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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Adaptive Sewing Tutorial Series: Feeding Tube Pocket

In December 2018, my baby girl was born 8 weeks early due to pregnancy complications. She had a preexisting genetic muscle condition that was confirmed during the pregnancy. During her stay in the NICU, we learned that babies do not get the "suck, swallow, breathe" reflex until 34 weeks. We chugged along as she recovered from jaundice and learned how to breathe on her own. At 34 weeks we started her with a tiny amount of milk. It proved to be extremely difficult for her, and even though we practiced everyday, she grew so tired after just 15 mls (that’s just 1/2 oz!). We decided at the end of January 2019 to put in the G-Tube. It was a hard decision but the best decision for her!  
She was released a few weeks later and once we were settled at home, I realized she needed a few mommy made outfits that would work for her G-Tube. In March, however, she was put on a continuous feed due to illness and since she was hooked up all day we needed something that would work for that. On top of that the site got irritated--due to an allergic reaction to the gauze we were using--so she was constantly pulling at it. This meant we needed romper style outfits instead of 2-pieces that worked easier with feeding tubes. With my sewing skills,  I knew there had to be a way to make this work. So, I started experimenting and this is how I came up with what I am calling the “feeding tube pocket” .

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Tutorial for Tumbler Sock

Whether you're carrying a water bottle, tumbler, or travel size coffee around to keep you hydrated, you're going to love this free tutorial for a custom cozy.  Today Elizabeth Ward brings us this super cute and fun tutorial for making your very own! 

 Materials Needed:

20 oz. coffee tumbler:
1/3 yard knit for main fabric, and 1/8 yard or scrap for contrasting cuff.


Drink Tumbler:
1/2 yard knit for main fabric and 1/8 yard or scrap for contrasting cuff. 

Let's get started!

Cutting out your Fabric:

Step 1: Lay out your main fabric and out your main piece according to the chart below:

*Note we are using a 1/4" seam allowance and is included in the measurements above.

Step 2: Cut out your cuff according to the chart above. 


Step 1: Take your cuff piece and match up the short ends, right sides together. Pin and sew to make a loop. 

Step 2: Fold your body piece right sides together, matching up the long sides (like a hotdog). Pin and sew where when in red. 

Step 3: Fold the cuff pieces in half, wrong sides together and pin.

Step 4: Starting with the main body still wrong sides out, take the bottom and turn the right side out so that the wrong sides of the loop are facing each other. Match up the raw edges at the top, and the folded portion of the "tube" is at the bottom as shown above. 

Step 5: With the right sides together, take the cuff and match up the seam of the cuff with the seam of the bodice, and the raw edges of the cuff with the raw edges of the body. Sew all the way around the loop of the body/cuff. 

Tip: If you are using directional fabric, ensure the side you want to see is turned up. 

Step 6: Turn the cuff up and topstitch if you prefer a more professional finish, and you're done!

You're ready to have your custom tumbler sock for any occasion! Thank you so much for joining us for this free tutorial, and thank you to Elizabeth Ward for your contributions!  

We would love to see your creations, so please come share them with us on Instagram @CKCPatterns, and on Facebook in our group.

Sew Inspired,

Friday, May 17, 2019

Sleeveless Hack for Wanda's Ragland Bodysuit

We can't get enough of Tosha's amazing up-cycle bodysuits. Customers and fans have been crazy for the sleeveless version, so Tosha is sharing her hack with us today! *cue the cheers*

First things first, you will need Wanda's Pattern, which you can buy and download immediately as a PDF Pattern. It comes in baby, girls and women's sizes. 

Let's get started!  

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Modifying Adult Skylan's for a Formal Occasion

It’s that time of year for teen proms, banquets, or maybe even a formal night on a cruise. Formal gowns can be very expensive to either make or buy, so I wanted to modify Skylan to be the perfect formal attire for your special occasion at an affordable price.

First off, you will need to get the pattern here:
To begin, be sure to read the fabric requirements on the pattern. I used a white/gold ombre sequin on heavy mesh for the main fabric. This is a four way stretch knit material. For the lining, I chose to use a black yoga performance material. Both fabrics are from So Sew English Fabrics

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Sewing Tutorial for Wireless EarPods Case

I have been so excited to use my new wireless ear pods, but I have one problem... I'm always losing my case! This can be as big problem when they run out of battery life and I'm left digging through my bags to find it.  Even if you're a completely responsible human being and can keep track of yours, you'll love this cute case!  You can loop a key ring or carabiner to keep it securely where you won't lose it.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

How To Apply Horsehair Braid Trim

Oh the dreamy flowing twirl of a circle skirt!  It is one of my favorite design features, and nothing adds that extra wow factor like horsehair braid trim. I have been seeing it on some beautiful designs, and I just had to try it. 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Free Tutorial ❤️ Heart Pocket

February is around the corner, and my holiday crafting heart was craving a sweet accessory to my daughter's new simple Hattie's Dress pictured above. I've had this vintage candy heart stamps fabric for a while, and knew it would be a fun touch. Hattie's is one of my all-time favorite CKC Patterns, and what could be better than Hattie's with a pocket?  Let's make it a heart pocket!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

🎁12 Days of Christmas: Day 12 - Elf Hat

🎢On the 12th Day of Christmas CKC gave to me,
an oversized Elf Hat for all to see!🎢
Let's hear from Stephanie on how she created this adorable look!

Monday, December 17, 2018

🎁12 Days of Christmas Day 11: Doll Apron

🎢On the 11th Day of Christmas CKC gave to me,
A Doll Pattern for my favorite dolly!🎢

Oh how sweet is this doll apron pattern from Suze! It will be a fun accessory for 14", 15" and 18" dolls. You can download the Step-By-Step Pattern here.

These cute pockets are perfect for the apron, because lets face it, even dolls love pockets (and the girls who love them do too)!

It ties perfectly in the back over any outfit.

Here's a look at the completed apron by itself too.

And this apron is ready for play all year round!  

I can't wait to see your pretty doll aprons! Please come out and share with us in our Facebook sewing community or on Instagram @CKC Patterns.

~SEW Inspired,

Friday, December 14, 2018

🎁12 Days of Christmas Day 10: On the Go Snowman and TreeπŸŽ„

🎢On the 10th Day of Christmas CKC gave me to 
an On-The-Go Snowman and Christmas Tree!🎢

Today Audra has a kid friendly project that will be perfect for the season of traveling and visiting family! Whether you need a compact activity to take along, or are looking for a fun gift idea, Audra has you covered!  Let's get started!