Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Riley Blake Designs Flannel Showcase Blog Tour: City Gym Shorts

We are so excited to be part of the Riley Blake Designs Flannel Showcase Blog Tour! I have been selling Riley Blake Flannel for years in my shop and can't say enough about the superior quality and fantastic designs Riley Blake Flannel has to offer.

I have had my eye on Purl Bee's City Gym Shorts free pattern for awhile and thought this Blog Tour would be a great excuse to try it out. My daughter and her 3 cousins all play soccer and spend LOTS of time running around in soccer shorts. They find them so comfortable, they often sleep in them. So I thought, why not make some flannel pajama gym shorts?
I am so glad I tried this pattern out in flannel! The shorts have a classic retro feel to them and allow for mixing and matching of fabrics. The girls absolutely LOVE them. I offered to make some up in cotton, too, but they said no way; they love the flannel!
I was surprised how easy this pattern was to sew. Once you have the fabric pre-washed and cut, the actual sewing takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.

The bias trim finishes all of your visible edges, giving the shorts a crisp, finished appearance, and a pop of contrasting color.
I made the shorts one size up because I knew these would be used for pajamas, and wanted to be sure these were roomy and comfortable. 
I chose prints ranging from vibrant primary colors to soft, muted pastel, to reflect the girls' personalities.

 You can find a huge selection of Riley Blake Flannel in my Shop.

Thank you Riley Blake for sponsoring this fabulous blog tour! I hope our readers are getting inspired and seeing all of the fantastic projects that can be made with flannel!

Here are some of the projects the other blog tour participants have come up with:
Riley Blake Designs: Jump Rope Dress in Flannel Gingham

Quiltscapes: Pajama Pants & Pillow

Fishsticks: Reversible Button Bibs

The Stitching Scientist: Toddler Nightgown

The Sassy Quilter: Patchwork Dog Bed


Simple Simon & Co: Flannel Pajamas

Fabric  Mutt: Patchwork Seat Cushion


 Just Let Me Quilt: Flannel Nightgown & Cape

Jedi Craft Girl: Easy Flannel Blanket & Burpers 

Rose and Odin: Christmas Pillowcase
Sew We Quilt: Newborn Nightgown

Haberdashery Fun: HST Baby Blanket

Leigh Laurel Studios: Personalized Pet Bed

Riley Blake Designs: DIY Chenille Baby Blanket & Pillow

and still yet to come are stops at Lucy Blaire on 10/31 
and a final post and giveaway from Riley Blake Designs on 11/4. Be sure to follow Riley Blake Designs on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram & Twitter for all of the latest scoop!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Riley Blake Flannel Fabric Blog Tour!

Riley Blake Designs is kicking off the fall season on their blog with 7 weeks of ideas and inspiration for sewing with Riley Blake Flannel! I can't wait to see everyone's projects. 

Mark your calendars and follow along for the next 7 weeks and get inspired!
10/14 Sew We Quilt
10/31 Lucy Blaire

I'm excited to be a part of this awesome event! (my post is on October 28th)

Friday, April 25, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Riley Blake Designs Union Jack Pajama Pant Tutorial

A friend of mine mentioned she would love to see Riley Blake's Union Jack panels made up into a pair of pajama pants with each leg being a different print. I thought it was brilliant, so Miranda, this tutorial is for you!

Let's get started!
I decided to start with the basic Red, White and Blue panel, but Riley Blake came out with the cutest Pink, Purple and Yellow panels as well. I'm sure I'll be making more of these jammies in every color! 
Before cutting into the fabric, I decided to add a little visual interest to the solid red blogs by adding a few pintucks. To make pintucks, you need a pintuck foot and a twin needle. You can find a super easy tutorial for using your twin needle here. 
Here is what the panel looks like after adding the pintucks. It just gives the solid red a bit of texture and visual interest, but you could definitely skip this step.
Now you will want to find a pair of pajama pants or lounge pants that already fit the intended recipient. They should be loose-fitting. We are going for a very comfortable, loose pant here.
Fold your Union Jack panel in half lengthwise. Now fold the pants in half and lay them on the fabric so that the outer folded edge of the pant leg lines up with the fold of the fabric.
You are going to trace and cut around the pants, leaving extra room for your seam allowance. I left 1-2 inches around the sides and top, and 1/2" at the bottom. (My daughter's pants were already very long, so I didn't need to add additional length at the hem.)
Use your cut piece as a pattern to cut the second leg.
Stitch up the sides of your pant legs using a 1/2" seam allowance. I always serge the seam for a nice finish. You could also finish it with a zig-zag stitch. Leave the crotch-to-waist edges unstitched for now.  
Next, turn one pant leg right-side-out. You will have one pant leg wrong-side-out and one right-side-out. 
Stuff the right-side-out leg inside the wrong-side-out leg, matching up the crotch seams.
Now with your crotch seams lined up, stitch from the waist, down to crotch, and back up to the opposite waist. 
Turn the pants right-side-out. 
 For the waist, I am using 1" elastic, so I will be creating a 1.5" casing. At this point, you may want to try the pants on the intended recipient and make sure the waistband will fall where it is comfortable on him/her. My daughter wasn't worried about how baggy the pants were here because she likes to roll the waist, so I didn't make any changes to the crotch-to-waist measurement. If you don't like to roll the waist, you will need to adjust the crotch depth here.
To make the elastic casing, fold the raw edge of waistband over 1/4" and press. 
Now, because I am using 1" elastic, I folded the fabric over another 1.5" and pressed. If you are using a smaller elastic, just add an additional 3/8" to 1/2" to your elastic measurementFor example, for 1/2" elastic, I would fold the fabric over 1".
 Stitch 1/4" from bottom edge, leaving about a 2" opening where we will slide the elastic through.
To measure your elastic, simply take the measurement of where you want the waist to fall. My daughter wanted the waist to fall between her natural waist and hips, so that is where I took my measurement from. 
Grab a large safety pin and pin it to the end of your elastic. Begin threading the elastic through your casing, leaving a few inches of the elastic exposed. 
Now take both pieces of exposed elastic and, overlapping them about 1", stitch them together.  I use a rough zig-zag stitch. 
Work the elastic into the casing and stitch the opening closed with a straight stitch. Your waistband is now finished.
 For the hem, cut the pants to the desired length + 1/2". Fold the hem over 1/4" and press. Fold over another 1/4" and sew, using a straight stitch.
 Voila! You are done! This project can be completed in 30 minutes to 1 hour!

I am absolutely in LOVE with these panels because they are so versatile. I can see teens and college students tacking them straight onto the wall, however, this Blog Tour is giving me tons of ideas for finished projects.

Here is the schedule for the Blog Tour. Be sure to follow along for more great ideas!

Tuesday 4/1 – Paula at The Sassy Quilter

Thursday 4/3 – Jina at Jina Barney Designz

Tuesday 4/8 – Karin at Leigh Laurel Studios

Thursday 4/10 – Marni at Haberdashery Fun

Tuesday 4/15 – Julia at My Fabric Obession

Thursday 4/17 – Molly at Rose and Odin

Tuesday 4/22 – Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl

Thursday 4/24 – Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt

Tuesday 4/29 – Julia at Riley Blake Designs

Thursday 5/1 – Ginny at Darling Adventures