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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.

Cut out all your pieces for the shorts as instructed in the pattern and then cut out four mirrored pocket pieces for two pockets. Two mirrored pocket pieces are shown below.

Determine where you want to place the pockets. I did this by taking a pair of shorts I had already made using this pattern and having my son try them on and put his hand where a pocket would go. By doing this, I determined that placement would be approximately 1.25 inches below the top of the shorts pattern piece. 

Next, take one piece of the front shorts and one piece of the back shorts and lay them next to each other as shown below. Place your pockets on top of the shorts pieces Right Sides Together. The straight raw edge of the pockets will align with the shorts outseam.   

By placing the shorts next to each other you can make sure that the pockets will be exactly in the same place on the front shorts and the back shorts piece so that they will line up perfectly when you sew them together. Now sew the pockets to the shorts pieces using your favorite stretch stitch.

Fold the pocket pieces away from the shorts pieces and press.

If you desire, you can understitch the pocket to better keep it tucked in place. To do this, press the seam allowance toward the pocket (away from the shorts) and stitch the seam allowance down to the pocket along the edge. You can use a long narrow zig zag to understitch. I skipped understitching on these since they were just going to be play shorts for my son. 

Lay the shorts pieces right sides together matching the outseam and pocket raw edges. Pin or clip together.

Now sew all the way down the outseam and around the pocket using your preferred stretch stitch. I like to use my triple stretch stitch on my sewing machine and then my serger to make sure that the pocket is secure since it can be a high stress area. Make sure that your seams are pressed toward the pockets and that you catch all corners as you sew around the pocket

Close up of sewn pocket below

Repeat all steps with your other pocket pieces and shorts side. Then sew the rest of the shorts together by following the pattern tutorial. 

Yay! The shorts now have pockets that I’m sure the wearer will appreciate. I think I’ll be finding some Legos in the pockets of these!

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Top 5 Sewing Must Haves

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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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How To: Make and Add Fringe

How To: Make and Add Fringe

Hi everyone! I am Manda and I love to share a hack on the Kid's Discoverer Tee with you that I did a while ago. 

I love the look of some fringe, especially for summer. It has that kind of a summer vibe to it. So I thought about it and searched my favorite Ellie & Mac patterns, to find that one pattern that screamed "hack me"! And I found the Kid's Discoverer Tee. A great shirt, that is easy to make and yet gives you plenty of opportunities to add your own creativity. This is the vision that I had in mind: 
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Have you ever made a shirt and thought it was just about the most perfect thing ever! And you put it on and feel super good about yourself because it fits and the color is pretty much perfect and your top stitching was on point and it just really feels good! Then you go to take a selfie and look in the mirror and find wrinkles? And not the kind on your face, because those are totally different and I'm not going to tell you any great secrets to prevent that, because that's just part of life. But sleeve wrinkles, when you aren't expecting them, those can almost be worse! Only because you know there was probably something you could have done about them, but what?
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Autumn Spice Nursing Hack

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Easy? Putting a zipper in? If you’re like me…… zippers freak you out and they do not seem ‘easy’.

But I’ll let you into a little secret. They are SUPER easy! And I’m going to show you exactly how to do that using the Autumn Spice as a base. Here’s the one I created…. My friend didn’t even notice the zip until I pointed it out to her!!!
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Moto Patch Hack: How to Add a Moto Effect to the Kids Joggers

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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 Add Pockets To Any Dress

How To Add Pockets To Any Dress

Kendall here again! 

I’m in love with having pockets on my clothes (who isn’t?) and now, so is my daughter! She’s 22 months, and when I get her dressed in the morning she is searching for “pockee.” Taking this into consideration, I now have to make sure to add pockets to any outfit that I make for her. I have made in seam pockets, welt pockets, and applique pockets without a pattern, and my plan over the next two of my blogs is to teach you the same thing!
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How To Attach Labels

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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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True Beauty Band Hack

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I’m sharing how I modified the True Beauty I posted to the Ellie and Mac group page a few weeks ago. I wasn’t expecting the attention it got, but I had several people in various groups asking how I made it. I figured I’d make another one and share my process! Let’s begin…
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How To Make a Fancy Dress Using the School Cool Dress

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One of my favorite things about sewing is being able to see something on the internet or in a magazine and figuring out which pattern I can use to replicate it. I can sit for hours looking thought Pinterest and taking screenshots of outfits I want to make. I saw one a while back that I thought would make a great “Last Day of School” dress. Considering school is over in May and we are now in March, I figured I better get cracking. So I pulled up the picture on my phone again. 
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Sunny Day Dress: simple hacks

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Hello there! It’s Melissa again and I have a few modifications for the Sunny Day dress I would like to share with you. This is one of my most favorite Ellie and Mac patterns for myself. I wear one at least once a week. 

I decided I wanted to try making a version that didn’t have a lined bodice, with a hemmed neck and sleeves. I know those sound like a lot of changes, but I knew it would turn out okay. 

First to adjust the bodice, I mashed the Sunny Day Dress with the Watch and See Dress. 
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