<![CDATA[The Littlest Studio - Blog]]>Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:01:57 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Christmas Tree Bobble! Holiday DIY]]>Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:03:38 GMThttp://thelittleststudio.com/1/post/2017/12/christmas-tree-decorations-holiday-diy.html
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Hey Everybody! 

Not going to keep you here too long! But I wanted to put a Sewist spin on the traditional Christmas Tree Ball Ornament. And I think these are so perfect for creating a unique and simple decoration. These are also super useful because we have pets and young kids and the delicate tree decorations just aren't practical. But ones made of fabric? Yes please!!

Another idea if you're thinking about these for a kid friendly tree, is pairing them up with cute and colourful fabric. Throw in some Christmas themed pom-pom’s and you have yourself a tree like no other!
SUPPLIES:
  • Fabric Scraps
  • Pillow Stuffing
  • Needle and Thread

Click here to download template

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Cut out 6 Pieces of the Ornament Template. Cut out your pieces on the Bias, it will result in a nice smooth shape. 
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Place two of the pieces right sides together and stitch down one side of the curve.
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Clip your curves!
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Take a third piece and attached it to your two pieces as shown above! You have now completed one half of the ball. 
Repeat this process for the remaining three pieces. 
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Take your two halve and place one inside the other, right sides facing. Match up the raw edges and sew around joining them together. Leave a small opening through which you can turn your ball right sides out. 
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Stuff your ball with pillow stuffing. Avoid "balling" the stuffing to prevent lumpiness. Instead use fairly loose pieces. 
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Use a ladder stitch or slip stitch to close your opening. 
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<![CDATA[Free Christmas Tree Pattern!- Holiday DIY]]>Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:18:46 GMThttp://thelittleststudio.com/1/post/2017/11/free-tree-sewing-pattern-holiday-diy.html
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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!! Hi everyone :) 
This is my most favourite season and I have so many new holiday DIY's in the works, so keep checking in cause you don't want to miss these DIY projects. These elegant trees are soooo simple to throw together and they remind me of similar trees I've seen at Homesense. I threw these together with scraps I had laying around. They are a great budget friendly project to get your home holiday ready. 

I've included three different sized trees in the pattern below! I hope you enjoy and make sure to share your projects on Instagram by tagging me @thelittleststudio!
If you have any tutorial or project requests please let me know in the comments below :) 

SUPPLIES:
  • Fabric Scraps
  • Thread
  • Pillow Stuffing or Polyfill
  • Polyfill Pellets or Rice

You will also need to be able to print the pattern on letter sized paper. 

Click Here to Download Pattern  :) 

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Cut out your tree piece and your tree base. I cut my tree piece on the Bias because I feel like it gives a smoother effect, but this step is totally optional. 

Fold your tree piece in half and stitch together. Leave a small opening so that you can turn your tree right side out. 
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Take your tree base piece and pin it to your main tree piece. Pin together as shown! 
* Getting circles to fit together exactly as in this case, can be a little tricky. So pin first and you may have to make minor adjustments to make sure they fit perfectly. 
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After you have attached the base, trim out the excess fabric around the base and off the tip of your tree. Turn right side out!
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Take your polyfill pellets or rice and put into a small sandwich bag
This is a rough guide for how much pellets or rice per tree size:
Large Tree      =1 Cup
Medium Tree  = 3/4 Cup
Small Tree      =1/2 Cup
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Put your baggie of pellets/rice into the bottom of your tree and tap on a hard surface to even it out!
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Fill the remainder of your tree with pillow stuffing. I recommend starting with very small amounts and filling the top of the tree first. 
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Once you're happy with how full the tree is, take your needle and thread and do a ladder stitch or slip stitch to close your opening. 
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<![CDATA[Pattern Review: Blackwood Cardigan]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 20:48:45 GMThttp://thelittleststudio.com/1/post/2017/11/pattern-review-blackwood-cardigan.html
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HelensCloset.ca
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So lately I've been thinking about branching out and trying some of the fantastic indie pattern designer that have been popping up all over the Interwebs. And I thought: " well if I'm sewing it anyway, I might as well post a mini review/first impressions of the pattern". I asked on Instagram what people recommended for a great fall project, and almost instantly someone suggested looking into the Blackwood Cardigan. I fell in love instantly and as I waited for it to print out, I nervously hoped it would meet my exceptions. And you know what? It did!

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So easy to sew, I completed it in about 40 minutes of sewing time. Cutting it out was nice and simple. The fabric I used was some Ponte de Roma that I had just enough of to make it work. I was worried the Ponte wouldn't have enough stretch to suit the fit of the Blackwood, so I did frequent fit checks to make sure things were going smoothly. I did use a 1/4" seam allowance rather then the suggested 3/8" to allow for a bit of a looser fit and I think that was the right call, just because my fabric wasn't a stretchy as it probably should have been. I can't wait to play around with some great sweater knits, I would love to have a more lightweight version to add to my fall wardrobe!

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<![CDATA[Free Pattern and Tutorial-Simple Girls Dress!]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:07:10 GMThttp://thelittleststudio.com/1/post/2017/10/free-pattern-and-tutorial-simple-girls-dress.html
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Hi Everyone! 

How are things going? If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen me asking if anyone was interested in me releasing this as a free download. Well there was so much interest, I thought I would get this up asap!

I'm going to keep this intro short + sweet. I love how easily this dress went together. I made it for my daughters halloween costume and out of some old lining fabric I had lying around. Which is why it looks a little wrinkly :) But hopefully you can see past the wrinkles and get loads of use out of this simple pattern! 

This style is super timeless and can be made a fancy or as causal as you like. 

I hope you enjoy and leave a comment how which fabric you would love to make this out of!!
Supplies
  • 1-2 yards of Fabric (Woven)
  • Thread
  • Buttons or Zipper

Dress Pattern Download

Cut out the following pieces:
  • 1 Dress Front out of main fabric
  • 1Dress Front out of lining fabric ( I used the same fabric for both)
  • 2 Dress Backs out of main fabric
  • 2 Dress Backs out of lining Fabric
  • 1 Skirt piece (recommended skirt measurements are in the download) 


The Seam Allowance for this pattern is 1/2"
Start by taking the pieces cut from your main fabric. Place the dress back pieces on the dress front piece matching side seams and shoulder seams. The CB edges should overlap by about 1".

 Sew shoulder seams together. Repeat for the lining. Press your seams open!
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Take your main bodice and lay it over your bodice lining. Match everything up! 
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Sew around the neckline and the arm holes. Trim seam allowance to 1/4" and clip curves. 
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Turn the entire bodice right side out through one of the shoulder openings. 
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Press everything, paying close attention to the curves. 
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Sewing the Side Seams:
Flip open your side seam on the dress front and back. Place them together matching the armhole seam. Sew straight across, flip to the right side and press flat. Repeat for the other side seam. 


***This part can be a little confusing to read, so I found this great video by TELAFANTE on Youtube that shows exactly what to do starting at 3:00 minutes, though I would recommend watching the whole video because it's so well done!
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After sewing the side seams. Baste and serge the bottom of the bodice and the CB seams. There are more professional ways of finishing off the CB seams, but a busy mom doesn't alway have time ;) 
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Serge around the entire skirt piece. 
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Run two lines of gathering stitches alone the top edge. Gather until your skirt piece matches your bodice piece. 
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Sew your bodice to your gather skirt piece at a 1/2" seam allowance. 
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Sew the skirt together at 1" seam allowance until about 6" below the waist seam. Fold and press the 1" seam down on both sides as pictured!
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I added some stitches to the top and bottom of my CB fold to secure and added three button holes evenly spaced. You can also add a zipper or if you are making a costume some velcro will do the trick!
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Check out these PDF Patterns for Sale on ETSY!


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Childrens Leggings
0-12 years
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T-Shirt Dress 
Size 2-9
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Grow with Me Pants!
0-2T 
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<![CDATA[How to apply Appliques to Leggings! Plus Free Template!]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:18:43 GMThttp://thelittleststudio.com/1/post/2017/10/how-to-apply-appliques-to-leggings-plus-free-template.html
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I've had this idea for such a long time! I wanted to jazz up my Basic Legging Pattern and thought that cute little hearts down the side? I mean, super cute right? And you can use this technique on any legging pattern you have and play around with the placement of your appliques. And don't be afraid to play around with different designs, I have included a free template of the hearts I used in this tutorial but you can use any shape you want!

You could even do this to a pair of leggings you already own by taking out the inseam of the leg, adding your appliques using the steps below and resewing the leg up! 

Enjoy!!

Click Here to Download Heart Template

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I'm using the Basic Legging Pattern available from my Etsy shop, but feel free to use any pattern you have available!
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Cut out heart templates from your scrap fabric. Apply the interfacing to the wrong side of each heart!
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Cut out your legging pieces according to the instructions. Apply the fusible stabilizer to where ever you want your applique to go. You should cut your stabilizer larger then the design area. 
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Position your appliques in whatever pattern you like and pin in place! 
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I set my machine to a zig zag stitch and shorten the width and the length of the stitch slightly. You could tighten it up more then I did, but I wanted a patchwork effect so I left it a bit looser. 
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Slowly stitch around each heart. Take your time and when sewing the curves of the heart, stop and lift the pressor foot and shift to follow the edge smoothly. 
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And don't worry if it's not perfect, it'll add to the patch work charm ;) 
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Continue for all your appliques!
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Continue sewing the leggings together as usual, by placing the two pieces together, right sides facing and sewing up the front and back rise as in the picture above. 
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Sew around the leggings inseam, making sure to match up the seams. 
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Apply the elastic to the waistband by stretching as you sew. Your elastic should be about 1.5" smaller then your child's waist measurement. 
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Fold the elastic so that it's hidden and stitch in place using a zig zag stitch!
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Hem each leg opening by overlocking/zig zag stitching around the raw edge, fold up 1/2" and sew in place with a zig zag stitch!
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<![CDATA[T-Shirt Dress Pattern! NEW!!]]>Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:21:46 GMThttp://thelittleststudio.com/1/post/2017/10/t-shirt-dress-pattern-new.html
Hi Everyone! 

I'm back with a brand new sewing pattern! I've been dying to make a sweet little t-shirt dress for my girl and I'm so proud that I've finally done it! This dress is so fast and easy to sew, I promise it's sure to become a stable piece in your collection. 

I hope you enjoy this pattern and remember to tag me on Instagram when you make yours!! 
@thelittleststudio
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<![CDATA[TOP 10 Free Sewing Projects- Baby Edition]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:51:11 GMThttp://thelittleststudio.com/1/post/2017/03/top-10-free-sewing-projects-baby-edition.html
Hi Everyone! 

Here are my Top 10 Free Sewing Projects-Baby Edition! 


Let me know if this is something you would like to see more of :) 


Melanie

oxoxox
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<![CDATA[Fabric Crown Pattern! ]]>Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:33:07 GMThttp://thelittleststudio.com/1/post/2017/03/fabric-crown-pattern.html
Hi Everyone! 

I wanted to talk a little about my new pattern which I'm soooo proud of. I have seen fabric crowns going around Pinterest and I was so inspired to create my own version. 
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My little girl loves using her imagination and playing dress up is an important part of her day. 
I'm not a massive fan of the silver plastic ones you can find a Wal-Mart and since I'm a DIY'er, I wanted to give this a shot! And once I made one, I had to make more! 

This pattern sells for $4.00 CAD and can be immediately downloaded to your home computer. And also each templates can be printed off each on only 1 sheet of printer paper. 

The pattern is on my Etsy shop and it includes the following:

  • 3 Unique styles
  • Fabric recommendation
  • Clear photo and written instructions
  • Online support at any point
  • Is one size fits all!
  • Reversible

I'm warning these are addicting to make. Once I started, I couldn't stop until I made 6 different ones. 

Another bonus, is that these are REVERSIBLE!! So pick your two fabric fabrics and pair them together to get two looks in one. I hope you enjoy making these crowns as much as I do. Please tag me in all your photos @thelittleststudio!

On another note, thank you so much for all your support on my Etsy shop :) It means to much and your positive feedback means sooo much! 


oxoxox
Melanie 

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<![CDATA[New Pattern for Sale and a Freebie :)]]>Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:31:45 GMThttp://thelittleststudio.com/1/post/2017/03/new-pattern-for-sale-and-a-freebie.html
Hi Everyone! 

I've been busy chipping away at a new pattern for my Etsy shop and it's finally ready! I had this idea to create a master baby hat pattern to include all the adorable styles I could think of!
The set includes the following styles: Basic, Top Knot, Bunny Ears, Bear Ears, Cat Ears, and the Square Beanie. 

It comes in sizes Premie to 12 Months to carry you through all the adorable baby months :) 

As a thank you and to celebrate this new pattern I have decided to give one of the included styles away for FREE!! 

The pattern I'm giving away for free is the square beanie hat is absolutely adorable and so easy to make. It resembles an little owl and I love it! Included in the download is the patterns fitting size premie to 6 months. I didn't included the 12 month size, because it wouldn't fit in the pattern layout but since they are stretchy and depending on the fabrics you probably could get the 6 month size to fit your 12 month with a little extra width added. 

The free pattern comes with fabric recommendations, tips and tricks as well as clear photo instructions fabric recommendations etc!

Click here to download FREE Pattern

Instructions:

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<![CDATA[Kitty Sleep Mask! ]]>Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:44:13 GMThttp://thelittleststudio.com/1/post/2017/01/kitty-sleep-mask.html
SUPPLIES:
  • 1/4" Elastic 
  • Fusible Fleece
  • Minky/cuddly fabric
  • Fabric for lining
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Kitty Sleep Mask (Download Here)
Print off the kitty sleep mask template. Make sure to print off the template at 100% scale or it could be too small. 

Cut out your kitty mask template in your minky/fuzzy fabric, one from your lining and one from your fusible fleece. 
Apply your fusible fleece to your lining piece. You can also add a blackout fabric to the inside for more light restriction. 

Measure the elastic from ear to ear and cut that length. Stitch each end of your elastic to the sides of your masks lining. 
Lay your minky/fuzzy side facing down on your lining piece. Make sure all the elastic is inside. Stitch around the sleep mask leaving a small opening between the ears.  
Trim around the curves and the corners of the ears. Flip to the write side!

Take black embroidery floss and create your whiskers.

Use the small opening to keep all your stitches on the inside of the sleep masks. I did one long stitch for each whisker. Knot on the side. 

Fold the edges of the opening on the inside and stitch closed. 

Patterns available for sale:

Other Tutorials!

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