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Be Active Shorts Pocket Tutorial

Be Active Shorts Pocket Tutorial

Hi everybody! It’s Heather Fletcher from @Fletchersewing. I’m going to show you how easy it is to add inseam pockets to the Be Active shorts pattern. 

First, find a pocket pattern piece that you like. I’m using this one from the women’s Zip It Hoodie pattern. Make sure that the wearer’s hand will fit into the pocket nicely. If you don’t have a pocket pattern piece, you can draft your own by drawing around the wearer’s hand and leaving a little bit of room and a flat edge to attach the pocket to the side of the shorts. Don’t forget to add 1/4” seam allowance if you are making your own.

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Top 5 Sewing Must Haves

Top 5 Sewing Must Haves

There’s something about the fresh spring air and the promise of warm weather that always seems to bring new sewists about and I just love that! There is so much to learn when it comes to sewing and there are many questions that come with the territory. Additionally, even the most seasoned of sewists look for new ideas, tips and tricks to add to their arsenal. One of my favorite questions which is often asked is “What are your sewing must haves?” Every time I see this question, I learn something new and I can’t wait to share my current top 5 list with you.
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How to adjust the length of the Beach Crop Top

How to adjust the length of the Beach Crop Top

Hello there! It’s Melissa again and I have a modification for the kids Beach Dreaming Crop Top pattern (affiliate link) I wanted to share with you. This is one of my most favorite Ellie and Mac patterns for my daughter. I feel like I sew at least one up each week. 

My daughter enjoys having crop tops of various lengths so I frequently modify the crop top to different lengths based on what she’s feeling like that day. 

I typically have three different lengths I go to for my daughter. She currently wears the size 7/8. These lengths are the normal drafted length, shortened by 2.5 inches, and shortened by 5 inches. I use the same piece, I just fold it to remove the length. 

Here are the three different lengths cut out with the front and back bodice pieces. The lemonade is the standard length according to the pattern, the watermelon is 2.5 inches removed and the be kind print has 5 inches of length removed. 
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High Hopes Lucky Girl Mash Up

High Hopes Lucky Girl Mash Up

Pinspiration, ever heard of? Pinterest, so many ideas, and so little time …
These days I keep quite a few screenshots of items of clothing that I like. I keep them as inspiration. I recently took these screenshots:

I came across these while testing for the High Hopes Dolman Top by Ellie & Mac. 
Immediately I was reminded of one of the previous tests I participated in, that of the Lucky Girl Top by Ellie & Mac. 
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Moto Patch Hack: How to Add a Moto Effect to the Kids Joggers

Moto Patch Hack: How to Add a Moto Effect to the Kids Joggers

Hi crafty friends!! Today I want to show you how to get this awesome moto look on your kid’s joggers! Lucky for us, there are already sweet color-blocking pattern pieces included, so we just have to create the moto look on the fabric. Here is how I created mine!
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How To Attach Labels

How To Attach Labels

Sewing clothing is a lot of fun, and it gets better if you can make labels for your designs. Having a pretty label with your name or the cloth’s description will give your handmade clothing an authentic feel. You can choose to use ready-made labels or make your own.

Ready-made labels come in different designs, colors, shapes, and sizes. You may also decide to buy a tag from a store that custom makes them so that you can have something that resonates with your style.

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Boys Fall Mini Capsule

Boys Fall Mini Capsule

Hey everyone! It’s Melissa again. I noticed that I seem to sew a lot for my daughter and decided that I would take some time to sew some clothes up for my son. I almost always lean toward clothes with characters and fun prints, but those don’t always match with everything. So over the last few days I have sewn up a mini capsule for my little guy. Some links included in this post are affiliate links..
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Refashion The Unworn

Refashion The Unworn

Hello! I'm Diana and today I'll be sharing some ideas to shop your closet and refashion unworn items. If you're anything like me, there are two things we in the sewing community like to "collect": sewing patterns and fabric! I have recently gotten into online fabric auction sales and noticed how dangerous it can be to my pocket.
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Tatum Tank Hoodie Reinvented

Tatum Tank Hoodie Reinvented

Hey there, it’s Melissa again and this time I want to talk about the modifications I’ve recently made to the Tatum Tank (affiliate link). I absolutely love this pattern, as does my little guy, but sometimes I like playing around with a pattern just to see how it could be a bit different.
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Clean the Clutter: Organizing a Neat and Tidy Work Space

Clean the Clutter: Organizing a Neat and Tidy Work Space

Ever search for an essential sewing notion, wondering...Where did I lay that down at? I have a few tips to get your space neat, and tidy for a serene sewing alcove.
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Finding An Alternative Way To Great Ruffles: Gathering Foot vs. Ruffler Foot

Finding An Alternative Way To Great Ruffles: Gathering Foot vs. Ruffler Foot

If you're anything like me Ruffles or Flutters, any type of gathering actually, really intimidated me for a long time! As someone who is completely right handed, when faced with a task that requires coordination with both hands combined with some nerve damage in my right hand, the technique of manually gathering fabric with basting stitches absolutely frightened Me! That didn't stop me from learning how to do it that way but it took me so long to get it done, I tended to stay away from patterns that required gathering!
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Quick & Easy Vacation Romper Hacks

Quick & Easy Vacation Romper Hacks

If I had to pick my favorite thing about sewing clothes for my family, it’s probably the fact that I can alter patterns and fit in numerous ways. So, once I get a pattern I love, I like to play with it and see what extras I can do with it. Recently I decided to do that with Vacation Romper from Ellie and Mac (affiliate link). The vacation romper is a unique romper pattern for both kids and adults that features simple, comfy straps and a unique harem silhouette.
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