Create Your Own Fabric Bolts!

I have a serious fabric addiction.
Thanks to The Little Green Bean I'll be able to organize my fabric and see exactly what I have!
Check out these DIY fabric bolts she created by using foam board! GENIUS.
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Creative Guest: Cardigan Refashion by Make It Perfect

Hello! I'm Toni from Make It Perfect and I'm so happy to be guest posting a tutorial at Ucreate today! I'm a stay-at-home Mum and have three children - Oscar (4 1/2), Lil (3) and Tommy (1).
As well as my children keeping me busy, I am also the designer of a sewing pattern range "Make It Perfect". My patterns are aimed to suit busy sewers who want to create modern, fresh and funky clothing. And because I can't sit still, I have recently started to make vintage-inspired hairpins and jewellery which are for sale in my shop, Citrus pOp!

I've had this 3/4 sleeve sweater for years and years, but it hasn't been worn for over 12 months so has been banished to the "don't wear anymore but think I can refashion it to be something that I will wear" box!

Cardigans are my thing...9 times out of 10 I will wear a cardi over any sweater/jumper type of top, so I decided that I could cut and alter my old sweater and refashion it into a cute cardi that I will wear again.

If I could dress like anyone, it would be Emma Pillsbury from Glee...I LOVE LOVE LOVE her style. Cute and girly, always perfectly accessorised and classy taste in skirts, dresses and of course, cardis. And have you seen the awesome cardi clips that she wears? Check them out...

So, I'm excited to share with you today a tutorial for The Emma Pillsbury-Inspired Cardi Refashion & Cardi Clips.
First of all, you gotta turn on the Glee soundrack with the volume up high :)To make The Emma Pillsbury-Inspired Cardi, you will need:
One sweater you are willing to cut up
A contrasting (or matching) scrap of fabric to use for finishing and embellishing
Step 1.
Take your sweater and find the middle of the front. This was easy for me because my sweater had a v-neck, but will only take a bit of measuring and folding to find the middle. Draw a line down the middle of the front using an erasable fabric marking pen.

Cut straight down the marked line - make sure you cut only the front layer of your sweater!

Measure the length of your two cut edges. This is how long you will need to cut your bias binding strips.
Step 2:
To make bias binding, take your piece of fabric and lay it on your cutting surface so that the selvedge edge is sitting to the left-hand side. Fold the selvedge edge over so that it matches up exactly with the cut edge of the fabric. Press the crease using your fingers.

Open fabric up and cut directly along the folded crease you made in the previous step.

Using this cut line as a guide, continue cutting parallel lines to cut strips 1 1/2" wide. Cut enough strips so that when they are joined together, they will equal the length of the two cut edges of your cardi, plus about 5" for good measure :) Sew strips together to form one long strip.
Take strips and make a center fold by folding in half, length ways, so that wrong sides of fabric are touching. Open out and fold both long raw edges of fabric in towards the center fold.

A much, much easier way to do this is to invest in a bias binding maker...they are GREAT! Very affordable and make light work of making binding. I used a
Clover 18mm Bias Binding Maker.

STEP 3: Open the binding strip and fold one short edge under about 1/4". Line up one raw edge of the binding strip with the raw edge of the cardi and pin into place. Make sure the short, folded edge matches up exactly with the top of the cardi front.

Sew binding to cardi by stitching directly in the folded ditch. Continue sewing until you reach near the bottom of the cardi. Trim binding so that it has about 1/4" overhang and then fold the overhang under to finish the binding in the same way you started it.

Open the binding strip and press.

Fold binding over to the wrong side of the cardi and pin into place, making sure that the folded edge of the binding just covers the stitching line.

Pin into place on the front of the cardi. Sew binding down by stitching down the length of the binding about 1/8" from the edge of the seam where the binding meets the cardi.

Repeat steps to attach binding to the other side of the cardi.

Step 4:
To make pockets, draft a pocket template which is 4" x 4" as seen below:
Cut 4 pocket pieces.

Place two pocket pieces right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam around the edge of the pocket. Leave a 2" gap on the side to turn. Clip corners and into curved edges.

Turn pockets right side out and press flat. Position on front of cardi and pin into place.

Sew 1/8" around the curved edge of the pocket, leaving the top of the pocket open and your cardi is done!

To make Cardi Clips, you will need:
Two self-covering buttons
Fabric to cover the buttons
Two clip-on earring backs
Two jump rings
One desired length of chain
Strong glue

Step 1:
Cover buttons with fabric following manufacturer instructions. Remove the loop at the back of the button so that the back is flat (I used pliers to cut the loop then pull it out).

Using pliers, open a jump ring and attach to the back of one clip on earring. Attach end of chain to the same jump ring and close. Repeat to attach other end of chain to second earring.

Use glue to adhere button to earring.

Open earring while glue is drying to prevent it from sticking closed.

Clip onto your cardi and you have a brand new, one-of-a-kind cardi that I'm sure Emma Pillsbury would be proud to wear :)
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Yard Charts for Upholstery!

Do you want to reupholster a piece of furniture, 
but don't know how much fabric you should buy?!

Well...check out the many yard charts over at Pearl Street Interiors. Jenny has an incredible blog and shares a variety of home decor ideas and tips!

Take the guessing away, save money, and buy just the right amount!
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Frayed Edge Bib Tutorial from Creations by Kara

frayed edge bib tutorial by creations by kara
Hello crafty ladies, I'm Kara from Creations by Kara! I am totally excited to be here today. I've always loved UCreate, and when I met Kari at CBC, I was thrilled to discover that she is an absolute sweetheart. Thanks for having me Kari! If I hadn't met you in real life I would be uber nervous because your blog is utterly fantabulous!!
I am a SAHM that loves sewing, cooking, home decorating, trash to treasure projects, refinishing furniture, and all things crafty. We are in the process of trying to adopt a baby girl. Today I will be sharing one of the projects from my adoption hope chest. After I made my rag quilt, I had lots of leftover fabric, so I decided to put it to good use. I made some frayed edge bibs. Wanna learn how?
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Hanging Storage Baskets by The Mother Huddle

Hanging Storage Baskets Tutorial by The Mother Huddle

Hi friends! I am Destri from The Mother Huddle, pleased to meet you. I had wrote a little ditty with what we are all about, but it became entirely too long so instead I thought I would just let the about page introduce us. Really I have been waiting for what seems like ages to share this project with you, so shall we just get on with it?!

I have a great little landing at the top of my stairs that has acted as my kids toy room for years now. The thing I dislike the most is that the only soft element in the room is the carpet, everything else is hard. I wanted to bring in some more storage but thought if I put in more shelving it would just add to the "hard" look of the space. So then I remembered
a project I had done for my sewing room with little hanging baskets and how if I just made them bigger they would be perfect. I knew I had to add something to hold the bottom in place, but if you are anything like me, if I have to pull out an electric saw to get a project's going to take a while :). So I found the perfect solution at Home Depot, and did some math and created a tutorial that only involved a little quality time with my seam ripper. Sweet. Let's get started!

Hanging Fabric Storage Baskets

  • all your sewing stuff
  • cafe rod, or curtain rod
  • brackets to hang rod
  • three 8 x 10 Plexiglas sheets, I bought mine at Home Depot for about $4 a piece, by the window section
  • each basket takes 1 yard of fabric, so I used three for this project.
  • each basket needs a yard of interfacing, again I used three yards. I used pellon 809 decor bond, but craft bond would work as well.
Fabric Cuts:

From your fabric cut six 18½ x 28 inch pieces, and three 4 x 10 ½ inch pieces. You will then iron them onto you interfacing per it's instructions, and then cut out. Trust me, it's easier than cutting out the pellon and then ironing! As a side note, the ironing is the longest part of this project...if I had a teenager I would have paid top dollar to have them do it, just sayin'!


Now for the fun part! You will use a ¼ inch seam allowance unless noted, and don't forget to back stitch!

Take one of your 18 ½ x 28 inch pieces and fold it in half with right side in, short ends together. Now sew up the sides, leaving the top open. Repeat on the five left.

You will need two sheets for one basket, and they should look like this. I alternated them so that I had a different pattern on the inside then I did on the outside.

Leaving them wrong side out, take and fold your corners down like shown. To make sure that you are aligned correctly, just make a crease on the bottom fold and line that up with the seam on the inside, make sure your seam is flattened all the way out.

Take a ruler and mark a line 7½ inches long as shown and pin. After you make the line measure from the point to the line and you should get 3¾. Repeat on the other side, and do this on all of your pieces.

It does help if you have a cutting mat with measurements, you can see how I lined up the corners to make sure they were symmetrical. If you don't, that's fine, just eyeball it.

Now sew along the lines on each of your corners.

Take the pieces you want on the outside and turn them right side out, folding the corners down. Drop the Plexiglas into the bottom.

Leaving your other pieces right side in, fold your corners under and place inside of the other shell, on top of the glass.

Next fold your outer shell over about a half inch and pin then repeat on the inner shell...

using the same pins so that you are pinning them together. Make sure the two overlap some where you will stitch together.

Take your three smaller pieces and fold the ends over a ¼ inch and sew both ends.

Fold in half and insert on what you would like to be the backside of the basket. Pin in place, making sure that whatever rod you use will fit through. I tested mine now to make sure.

To make sure that I had it centered, I just pulled the basket straight at the seams and eyeballed it.

Now with a little longer stitch length just sew all around the top, making sure to get all the layers included in the stitch.

See, one nice and clean seam.

And you done! Now just hang them!

Then fill 'em up!

They really are super easy, and the possible uses are endless. I have
this post that explains how to make them different sizes and if you make them smaller they should need nothing in the bottom. You can use any kind of curtain rod, just make sure your piece that the basket will hang from is big enough. Let me know if you have any questions!

I hope you will come join us in
"The Huddle", we love having new friends to share with, and no you don't have to be a mom...we all just happen to be :)

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