Winter quarter is in full swing now and it has been raining for weeks! My poor fingers are cold all the time, so I took a break from textbooks and made these yesterday.
They were completely free too! Finny made a pair the other day and I totally love the idea. The material is from a sweater that I got from the giveaway bins in UCSC's laundry rooms. There is so much great stuff in there! I am amazed at what the students will give away.
I cut the arms halfway to the elbow, keeping the cuff at the bottom, and then turned them inside out. Measure on your hand and carefully open a hole in the seam with a seam ripper. Embroider around the edges of the holes and you are done. I didn't finish the top edges of these, but I imagine that you could embroider them or sew on a cuff.
The whole project took less then an hour. Enjoy!
Some people have asked me how I transfer patterns so I thought I would put up a quick tutorial.
If you want your pattern larger or smaller you can adjust the size on a copier or in a photo editing program (I use Gimp, free and AWESOME). Also remember to reverse your image if it isn't already.
2. Use a Heat Transfer Pencil to trace your pattern. Go Slowly, this will be permanent, but it will probably not be very dark (test first on scrap fabric).
Since its permanent I only do one or two tracings over the pattern before ironing. You don't want the transfer to be too dark. I also don't go over details. Trace outlines only and add the details later with disappearing ink.
3. Next iron your fabric then arrange the pattern over your fabric in the desired location. Getting the fabric warm first helps the ink to adhere. Iron over the paper carefully on the hottest setting. Hold the paper firmly and move the iron quickly all over the pattern for about 10 seconds then check to see if the ink has transfered. It will be light. Don't mind the writing on the back of the paper. Its scratch paper and the pattern is on the other side.
I told you it would be light.
4. I almost always go over it with an disappearing ink pen, sometimes adding in possible details (since they will disappear anyway). The ink lasts about 3-4 days and if I am not finished I go over it again. If it does disappear I can usually see the transfer well enough to re-trace it.
5. Put it in the hoop and start embroidering!
Update: Someone showed me the Sulky Pen recently and I love it! It makes a dark line that is permanent so you have to be able to cover it completely. It works great for most projects though!
1. Find an old (but still in good shape) pair of sweatpants and put them on. The ones I used were huge on me! Have someone mark your hemline with chalk. Take them off and fold them in half lengthwise. Cut 1 inch below the hemline.
5. Next, measure around the bottom of the skirt and double that number. Cut out long strips about 3 inches wide from the legs of the sweats or other material. I chose to do a very quick ruffle with the legs of my fabric. Sew the strips together to form one long strip.
6. Pin the strips to the bottom of the skirt making a small (or large) pleat every 3 or 4 inches. Top stitch into place and you are done!
PENCIL CASE in just 10 mins
Make a Lined Zippered Pouch
Reversable Bucket/Oval Bottom Purse
Stuffed Owl by Moonstitches
Designing a Softie Tutorial by Yarn and Coffee
Luggage Tag by Not Quite Vintage
Smocket Pattern by Mayfly (very cute!)
Ruffle Apron by One More Moore
Quick & Easy Drawstring Bag by Happy Things
Mama Backpack by Happy Things
Box Bag Tutorial by DragoKnit Wipe Clean Coasters by Allison Hill
Ironing Board Cover by Sew News
Reversable Apron by Craftzine
Kimono PJs by See and So
Twirly Skirt by Write Mama Write
Dish Towel Tote, Oilcloth Tote, Pillowcase Dress by Rostitchery
May 10th, 2007
Lots of Tutorials on how to make your own camping/backpacking gear
Cute Bag/Tote from Craftster
Circle Skirt for Belly Dancing May 17th 2007
So hear it goes...
I use cast iron pans and I have burned my hand so many times by forgetting to use a potholder and grabbing the very hot handle. These have been on my list of things to do for a while.
The finished project.
Materials: Flame retardant fabric. I used an old felted sweater that still had a little of its stretch left after felting.
1. Measure the length and width of the pot handles you want to cover, mine was approx. 5.5 inches by 2 inches.
2. Next, make a template of your design. I wanted my cozies to be really snug so I didn't add any seam allowances. However if your material doesn't stretch add at least a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Have fun with the design. I made a simple design because my fabric is already so eye catching. You could make the end pointed instead of rounded, a star or some other shape.
5. Turn right side out and enjoy! Note: I didn't finish the edges on mine because it was felted but if you want to, you would turn the edge on the opening under and sew them down before sewing the two pieces together. I hope you enjoy! This was fun, perhaps more tutorials will come soon.
Dec 25, 2006
Jan 16th, 2007
Jan 18th, 2007
Huge List of Clothing Tutorials from Craftster.orgApril 1st, 2007
April 13th, 2007
Feltland's Animal patterns
Please let me know if you have a tutorial you would like to add to this list.
Doggie Leash by Anna Maria
Chenille Backed Blanket by Craft Apple
Corkboard Wall Pocket by Craft Apple
Patchwork Notebook Cover by Craft Apple
Quilted Cards by Craft Apple
Purse Organizer by The Giving Flower
Tutorials by Creative Little Daisy are found here -a craft apron, belt, purse, pillow, and keychain
Headband by Heather Bailey
Bittie Booties by Heather Bailey
Yo-Yos by Heather Bailey
Continuous Quilt Binding by Heather Bailey
Stuffed Mouse At Sewing Stars
A Cat Basket by il Bloggo
Pointy Kitty by Wee Wonderfuls
Pocket Bag by JuJu Loves Polka Dots
My Little Mochi Tutorials -Pincushion, kitty and rabbit, plus more
One Hour Craft has a lot of tutorials
Whipup.net has a long list of honored tutorials
Mundane Superhero's Tuts
Kitchen Cozies and Fabric Flowers at Wise Craft
Soft Tree Pattern from Little Birds
Blinds Tutorial by two straight lines
Molly Chicken's Tutorials
Craft Sanity Podcasts
Apron Patterns at tie one on
What The Craft has a list of Tutorials
Craftster.org Purse, Bag, Wallet Tutorials List
Bubble Bag Tutorial
Pleated Tote Bag Tutorial
Mini Duffel Bags Tutorial
Camera Cozy Tutorial
Christmas Ornaments Tutorial
Stuffed Felt Monster
Vintage Plushie Patterns
New Added 11-29-06
Craftlog has lots of tutorials
Allsorts has a few tutorials
Apron Thrift Girl has a cool banner tut
Cloth Shoes Tutorial from Stardust Shoes
Blanket and Bags Tutorials from Happy Things
Shoulder Bag Tutorial from Tiny Happy
Tissue Holder from Whip Up
Zipper Pouch Tutorial from Twelve22
New Added 11-30-06
Origami Advent Calender by My Little Mochi
Create a Mantle Village via Kiddley
Actually Kiddley has quite a bit of various craft tutorials
New Added 12-05-06
Front Zipper Pouch by Thimble
Installing an zipper pocket inside a purse
ipod Cozy Tutorial from Julieree
Notebook Pencil Holder by One Red Robin
Jingle Bell Slippers, thanks to Martha Stewart
Make Up Bag Tut by Abyquilt
Owl Ornaments by Anna Maria
Placemat Pillows by Creative Little Daisy
Make and Grow a Loofa by Groovy Green
Yo-Yo Christmas Tree Ornament
Lots of Free Patterns at Sewing Stuff
Patterns for Period Clothing
Reversable Placemats from Martha Stewart
Strawberry Pincushions from Martha Stewart
Roving Angel by Echos of a Dream
Natural Dyes by Echos of a Dream
Thats just the tip of the iceburg. I have many more to add soon. Enjoy!