Sew with Me!

I am thrilled to be teaching two classes at Hart's Fabric in September! I used to work at Hart's (a very long time ago) and it has never stopped feeling like home. It is such an incredible space for creativity and has one of the best fabric selections I have ever seen. If you are in the area I would LOVE to sew with you. You can sign up for classes on Hart's website (links to classes below)

the Grace Top // September 20th, 2017 // 6-9 PM // $40

The first will be a beginner class, perfect for anyone hoping to learn more about sewing with knits. We will be making the Grace Top. It will be fun and easy. Get all the details and reserve your spot here.

the Joni Jumpsuit // September 21st, 2017 // 6-9 PM //  $50

The Joni Jumpsuit is perfect for experienced sewists and confident beginners! Make yourself a super cool Joni Jumpsuit and expand your skills when it comes to sewing with knit fabrics. Get all the details and reserve your spot here

Pattern Hack: The Square Neck Top // Woven Fabric

The Square Neck Top is an easy to sew box top, designed for knit fabrics. The number one question we get is "Do you think I could make it out of a woven fabric?". Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, I'm here to tell you, YES! Yes, you can make the Square Neck Top from a woven fabric, and it looks fantastic to boot. 

This Square Neck Top is made it from a nice linen blend with a little drape, and a whole lotta wrinkle. On this version I decided to topstitch the facing down instead of hand tacking it. I like the added character that it gives.

Square Neck Top Sewing Pattern Linen 1

The only pattern modification that I did was to drop the armpit 1". You may or may not want to do this. I personally cannot stand tops that are tight or bunchy in my armpits, but it's up to you. To drop the armpit:

  • Cut and pin your pattern pieces on your fabric as usual
  • Once you have your pieces pinned, using some tailors chalk (or a different marking tool) measure 1" down from where the armpit ends, mark it.
  • Using a french curve, round the edge so that it meets up with the sideseam of your top (if you don't have a french curve you can kind of eyeball it, its a pretty forgiving underarm)
  • Repeat on front and back pieces!
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And that's it! Super easy! I love my woven Square Neck Top... almost more than I love the knit version... almost. 

Square Neck Top Sewing Pattern Linen
Square Neck Top
Frank Miller the Wonder Dog

Bonus shot of my studio assistant / professional derp-face, Frank. :P

DIY Plant Bucket

DIY Plant Bucket

These cozy plant buckets are perfect for plants of any size! You can add eyelets and convert them to hanging buckets. You could even put something besides plants in them if you want. They are not waterproof, so leave your plants in their plastic liner and take them out to be watered. We hope you enjoy this tutorial! If you share a picture of your plant bucket please tag @fridaypatterncompany and use #diyplantbucket. We love seeing your makes and looking at pictures of plants!

DIY Denim Shorts

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MATERIALS: All you need is an old pair of jeans and some bias tape! 

1. CUT your pants to your desired length. I find my ideal shorts length by standing up straight with my hand by my side, about halfway down my middle finger is where I want my shorts to hit. It may be different for you! I would recommend airing on the side of too long (you can always shorten them later!).

2. ROUND the edges. Starting about 1.5" up from your side seam, round the edge of your cut. 

shorts tutorial

3. PIN bias tape around edge of shorts. Repeat on both legs. 

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4. STITCH your bias tape in place 1/8" from the edge. Make sure you're catching the tape on the underside. Repeat on other leg. Press. Trim away loose threads.

denim shorts tutorial

5. CUT a 2" strip of your tape. Press it open (edges still folded under). Fold over 1/2" on either side, press the corners in so that you can't see them and pin in place on your shorts (see image below). Repeat on other side.

diy shorts

6. STITCH your little piece of bias tape in place, enclosing the raw edges of the bias tape you sewed around the hem. Press. Trim away excess threads.

shorts binding

7. STRUT around in your super cute new shorts! Head outside for maximum enjoyment!

diy denim shorts

KINSLEY BACKPACK

This sweet little backpack is as easy to make as it is cute. All you need is a few supplies and some basic sewing skills. You'll make your pattern pieces based on the measurements supplied below. 

THE MATERIALS:

• 1 Yard fabric

• 1/2 Yard lining fabric

• 2 - 1” D-rings

• 1/4 Yard  lightweight interfacing

• Matching thread

• Marking tool (i.e. chalk, disappearing ink pen)

PATTER DIMENSIONS:

• BODY: 17 x 15.5 (Cut 2 main  fabric, cut 2 lining)

• STRAPS: 6 x 30 (Cut 2 main  fabric)

• UPPER STRAP: 3 x 8 (Cut 1 main  fabric)

• FASTENER STRAP: 3 x 14 (Cut 1 main  fabric)

• FLAP: See template (Cut 2 main  fabric, cut 2 interfacing)

NOTES: 

* Seam allowance is 5/8" and is already included in pattern pieces, unless otherwise specified.

HERE'S HOW YOU DO IT:

1. Cut out all of your pieces + lining and interfacing (see PATTERN DIMENSIONS for instructions on what fabric(s) to cut each piece out of)

2. Fold the Upper Strap, Fastener Strap, and both Straps in half lengthwise and press. Stitch down the length of each piece making them into tubes.

3. Turn pieces inside out and press.

4. Turn raw edge under on one edge of the Fastener Strap, stitch across. 

5. MARK THE PLACEMENT FOR THE FASTENER STRAP: make a mark on the center of one of your main body pieces. Measure 5" straight up and make another mark. 

6. Using the marks you made, pin the Fastener Strap to the Body, matching up the raw edges of the strap and body pieces. 

7. Topstitch the Fastener Strap to Body ¼” from edge starting at the bottom, stitch 5” up, turn, stitch across, turn, and stitch ¼” from the edge all the way back down to base, securing the Lower Fastener Strap in place.

8. TRAPENTO STITCHING ON STRAPS (optional): stitch ½” from edge on strap, stitch ½” from opposite edge, stitch a 3rd time down the middle of the strap. Repeat on second strap.

9. ATTACH STRAPS TO BACK BODY PIECE: make a chalk line straight across 7" up from the bottom. Pin straps facing downward, matching raw edge with the chalk line you made, stitch across each strap. Trim away excess, flip straps upward and stitch across again, encasing the raw edges (see image below).

10. PIN STRAPS TO TOP OF BACK PIECE: the straps will be pinned at the top of the body piece. At this point you can adjust the length of the straps to what feels most comfortable for you! You can also chose how far apart (or close together) you want the straps. Just make sure they are centered! Once you have your length and placement set up, stitch across the straps at the top to hold them in place.

11. ASSEMBLE THE FLAP: (You can download the flap template here)Fold the Upper Strap in half looping in your 2 D-rings. Stitch across your folded strap to secure D-rings in place.  

12. Fuse interfacing onto Flap piece. Mark the center of your flap and pin the raw edge of your folded upper strap in place, stitch across. Pin front and back flaps, right sides together, sandwiching your Upper Strap with D-rings, stitch together leaving the straight edge open.

13. Trip away excess seam allowance and turn your Flap right side out, press. 

14. Mark the center of your back piece, and the center of your flap. Match these up and pin your flap to your back piece above where you secured your straps. Stitch across. 

11. Pin the front and back Body Pieces, right sides together, and stitch together on 3 sides, leaving the top open. Be careful not to catch the Straps, flap, or Lower Fastener Strap.

12. CREATE BOXED CORNERS: with your backpack still inside out, mark and cut away 2" squares from the lower left and right corners. 

13.  Pull apart the layers of the bag at the cut corner matching the edges so that you have a straight diagonal line. Stitch across. Stitch across a second time for added strength. Repeat on both sides. 

14. Stitch your front and back lining pieces together. Repeat steps 12-13. 

15. With right sides together put your outer backpack inside your lining and pin together matching up raw edges around the rim. 

16. Stitch around rim leaving a 4-5" opening. Pull out the body of your backpack and turn it right side out, stuff the lining back inside. Hand stitch the opening shut. 

17. AND THAT'S IT! Now just fill your backpack with goodies and take off on an adventure!!!!