Lollipop Swirl Skirt sew-along day 6

Lollipop Swirl Skirt sew-along day 6

Any questions, ask below in the comments or ask here

Today we are working on making the optional pockets.


You should have 2 main pocket pieces (in my case the birds) 2 pocket linings and 2 pocket bindings.


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Lay the pocket fabric and lining together with right sides together.

Sew together with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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1st picture shows pocket sewn.

Trim seam allowance to about 1/8″.

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Turn pocket right side out and smooth out the seams, press with iron.



Fold pocket binding in half with wrong sides together.


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Open up fold, fold up 1/4″ on one side and press with iron.



Now turn it so that it is right sides together and folded on previously pressed fold.


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Sew each side.

When turning right side out I don’t clip the corners, instead I will fold down one corner and turn it right side out.

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The I take something skinny and flat, in this case I use my screwdriver (actually I tend to use it for a lot of stuff in my sewing room) and I push out that corner.



Now you have 2 beautifully press pocket bindings with nice sharp corners.

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Fold both the binding and pocket in half and lay them one on top of the other.  Use a pin to mark where the fold of the binding is on the pocket.

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This can be a bit tricky with the pin in place but now you need to fold the fabric so that it makes a box pleat right in the center.


Sew across that box pleat to hold it in place.


Now place the long cut edge of binding to the wrong side (lining side) of pocket.IMG_9652

Sew across with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Fold over binding and insert seam allowances into binding, pin in place so that the folded fabric of binding just covers the stitching line.


Sew close to the folded edge.


Finished pocket.



Now decide where you want to put your pockets, on mine I decided I wanted them on the sides with them slightly more to the front than to the back.

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Place your quilter’s ruler inside the skirt under the pocket to make it easier to pin.  Without moving the skirt, place one pin on each pocket.

Now readjust the skirt and readjust the pocket so that it is as you like it then start off with 1 pin on each side of the binding and one at the center bottom.

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Now smooth out the pocket so that it is even, with no gathers, and put more pins around it.

Sew pocket to skirt, sewing close to the edge.

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This is what your skirt should look like, both inside and outside views.


The cute box pleat pocket.



You have now finished your skirt with pockets, please share your finished creation here

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Lollipop Swirl Skirt sew-along day 5

Lollipop Swirl Skirt sew-along day 5

Any questions, ask below in the comments or ask here

Today we will be attaching the elastic waistband and sewing the hem.


Fold waistband in half lengthwise and press with iron.



Open up the fold and sew short ends of waistband together.


Refold in half and press seam with iron.


One thing I like to do that is completely optional is to sew about 1/8 to 1/16″ from folded edge, I just like the way it looks when the skirt is finished.


Pin waistband to skirt.

Note: due to the fact that small variations in the seam allowance of the skirt can make a huge difference in the size of the waistband, the waistband may need to be adjusted to fit the skirt.


Sew waistband to skirt leaving about 1 to 1.5″ open for inserting elastic.


Put a large saftey pin (or your favorite item for inserting elastic) onto the elastic.


Insert the elastic into the waistband through the opening that was left open.


Pull elastic through and have 2-3″ of the elastic sticking out of the waistband on both sides.


Overlap the elastic by 1″ and sew together by sewing close to both cut ends of elastic.


Sew opening closed. IMG_9615

Distribute the fabric around the elastic by pulling on the elastic and sort of turning the skirt in a circle at the same time.  (The constant stretching of the elastic helps to distribute the fabric evenly.)IMG_9616

With either a serger or zigzag on a sewing machine, finish the waistband seams.  You will need to stretch the fabric as you go.


This is what your skirt should now look like.

Oops, I forgot one picture, with seam allowance down, top stitch around top edge of skirt about 1/8″ from folded edge.


This is not 100% necessary, but I like to serge the bottom edge of the skirt to make it easier to hem.  It also gives a clean and even edge to hem.

Note:  If the bottom of your skirt is uneven now is the time to trim it and even it out.


Turn 1/4″ along bottom edge and press with iron.

IMG_9620If desired, turn up another 1/4″ and press with iron, I decided not to turn and press again but to turn it as I sew it.  Sew hem in place sewing close to inner folded edge.


Picture of finished hemIMG_9623Now you have a finished skirt (yes I know my poor birds are flying upside down)

Tomorrow we will be working on the optional pockets.

I would love to see pictures of your finished skirt, you can share them here

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Lollipop Swirl Skirt sew-along day 4

Lollipop Swirl Skirt sew-along day 4

Any questions, ask below in the comments or ask here


Today we will be assembling the main skirt (we will be attaching the waistband tomorrow)

IMG_9589With right sides together lay one skirt piece on top of contrast skirt piece lining them up so that  they overlap by 3/8″ at the top.


Sew together with a 3/8″ seam allowance.


Finish the edges of the seam with either a serger or zigzag.

IMG_9592Open fabric and press with iron, (press all seams in the same direction.)

Continue with the other pieces being sure that the same exact fabric is on the bottom each time, (trust me you won’t want to have to undo the seams). IMG_9593 You will end up with 4 separate pieces.



Now repeating the same steps sew 2 pieces together right sides together, making 2 separate pieces with 4 pieces of fabric in each.


With those last 2 pieces, sew them together with right sides together, you now have 1 piece.


This is the trickiest part of making the skirt, now sew the skirt into a single continuous piece by sewing the 2 ends together with right sides together.

IMG_9597This is what your skirt should now look like.


Tomorrow we will be working on the waistband and the hem.

If you missed the previous post, click here for day 2.

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Lollipop Swirl Skirt sew-along day 3

Lollipop Swirl Skirt sew-along day 3

Any questions, ask below in the comments or ask here

Today we will be cutting out the fabric.

First be sure that your fabric is ironed, it’s so much easier to cut out a pattern that way.


When cutting out the fabric you may stack the 2 different fabrics together and cut as one, but be sure that you do not cut with the fabric folded, you do not want a mirrored image.

(oops, I didn’t realize until after I made the skirt that the birds were upside down!!!)

Be sure to cut the fabric with the line (with the arrows) following the straight of grain of the fabric.

IMG_9587After the first piece is cut out, line up the pattern again with the straight of grain and try to get that bottom corner as close as possible to the previous cut edge.

Proceed to cut out the rest of the pieces.


You should now have 8 skirt pieces and 1 waistband cut out and if you want to make the optional pockets go ahead and cut those out using the scraps from the skirt.


(note: If you happened to cut out your fabric wrong, such as with the pattern piece straight up and down rather than on a diagonal, it’s not the end of the world, just continue following the rest of the sew along, it just may not lay the same and you may have some crooked characters/print)

Tomorrow we will be assembling the main skirt together.

If you missed the previous post click here for day 2

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Lollipop Swirl Skirt sew-along day 2

Day 2 of the Lollipop Swirl Skirt sew-along

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Today we are altering the pattern for added fullness in the hem.



Note: Alterations will all be done on the side that is on the diagonal and not on the side that runs parallel to the edge of the paper.

Find the size you want to cut out and highlight the corners  making them easier to see and differentiate from the rest of the sizes.


With the straight edge of the ruler put side of ruler at top mark on pattern, on the bottom of the skirt move the ruler 2″ from the cutting line (or amount desired).


Using the ruler as a straight edge, draw a line, length does not matter right now, make it longer than it needs to be, (note, don’t worry about drawing into the waistband, it won’t be used with the elastic version.)


On the other side measure the length of the size you want to make.

IMG_9579Transfer that same measurement to the new line on the pattern, measuring from the top edge down.

IMG_9583At the bottom make a straight line from the corner on the straight line on the left to the mark on the new line on the right.

IMG_9583-2Draw a curved line just below the straight line.

IMG_9585Cut out the pattern.


If you missed day one you can find it here.

Tomorrow we will be cutting out the fabric. Day 3

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Lollipop Swirl Skirt sew-along Day 1

Lollipop Swirl Skirt sew-along Day 1

Welcome to my sew-along for the Lollipop Swirl skirt.

Any questions, ask below in the comments or ask here

In this sew-along I am going to show you how to alter the skirt pattern to give it more fullness in the hem but you may follow the pattern if that is what you prefer.  This sew-along will also be featuring the elastic waist.


Today you need to print and assemble the pattern, and assemble all your supplies.



Print pages 24-28 being sure that the print settings are set at Custom 100% and set to portrait.  Now measure the 3″ square with a ruler or something that cannot stretch out of shape (note measuring tapes can be stretched out over time.)


You will also need 2 different fabrics, yardage according to chart on page 3, note that yardage is for each fabric and not total.

3/4″ non roll elastic, thread to match fabric, pins, quilter’s ruler, tape, scissors, (an extra pair of scissors for cutting paper would be helpful), pencil or pen, and an iron.


Assemble your pattern, trim the right side of the pages and line up the 1/4 circles, matching the letters, to make half circles.



If you don’t like to trim you can also assemble your pattern in a window like this, just tape the first page to the window and line up 1/4 circles matching the letters together.  As you can see, with the sun shinning through, you can see the page underneath easily.

Other prep work you can do right now would be to iron your fabric.

Tomorrow we will be altering the pattern and cutting out the fabric.  Click here for day 2.

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Interweave crochet fall 2014

I got this in the mail a couple of days ago, I love it.  My skirt pictures are actually covering 2 pages.


This skirt was originally made for a dear friend of mine, using RedHeart Boutique Unforgettable in 2 separate colors of variegated yarn, alternating the colors every 2 rows.  The one pictured is made using Cascade Yarns Casablanca, a single color of variegated yarn but using 2 skeins at once to get the stripy look.  It is made on the diagonal so it has a bias stretch to it.  The skirt starts off narrow and the length slowly increases as the work progresses.  It also features a  ribbing edging with wood buttons towards the top.  Skirt is finished off with an elastic waistband using 2 pieces of 1/4″ elastic.

Doesn’t she look Beautiful!!





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Look what I found while shopping!!

So yesterday I went to Hobby Lobby and while there I decided to check out the pattern section just in case, I did not expect to see my book there. Well to my complete surprise it was, I picked it up and started jumping up and down in the isle and squealing, yes squealing. The employee in the isle must have thought I was crazy. So I did what any other self respecting designer would do. I took a picture of it.


Excitedly I went to Joanns to see if they had it yet, I was hoping but not expecting much because I had previously been told that it should still be another week, but guess what I found on the shelf?  Yup, it was my book.




I then went to michaels and looked with a little hope but, it was not there, but I was excited that the Crochet Scene magazine that I have a skirt pattern in was on the shelves so I decided to show that off.  I didn’t take a picture of it in the store but here’s the pattern in it.


Now I am just waiting on Fall issue of Interweave Crochet because I have a skirt in it.




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Baby Hats (my new book)

Today is the release of my book to all joanns stores. It is also the kick off of my blog book tour, through out the next week my book will be featured on several different blogs and some of those blogs will be giving away a pdf copy of the book to a lucky winner.

Edited to add: My Joanns does not have the book yet so other stores may not have it yet either.  But I am excited to say that I just got my copies of the book delivered today.

My little city girl August 7th (She just released some books as well go check them out)

Petals to Picots August 9th

Jaybird Designs – August 11th (She also just released a new book and is on Amazon, check her out as well)

Fiber Flux – August 12th

moogly – August 14th

Jocole   August 16th (will be doing a giveaway of a physical copy of the book plus supplies for 2 of the hats)


Baby Hats was designed with the idea of making quick but adorable baby hats in crochet. It was originally designed for my son’s eagle project in boy scouts. He had decided that he wanted to make infant kits for needy mothers and he wanted me to make hats and booties for each kit so that is when I started designing hats, after his eagle project was over I designed a few more hats and decided that this would make a great book. So that’s how it all started.

Ok I have to admit, I still look at these pictures and think how cute they are!!

8a53de8e5dc0177e7dddc4d3c94cd700This Cloche Hat is beautiful  it’s a fun hat with a narrow brim with an upturned edge with an adorable flower sewn onto it.

99d70047511a03f4fc5056a2b19d3cc9OK too cute, look at this bear ear hat, isn’t this adorable, this would be adorable for portraits.

254a7615c59b19a4a30eb04d6426035aOk I will be the first to admit, I love anything that spirals, just look at my other patterns.  This is a simple hat with a front post stitch that spirals around the hat.

626f4d14f71cf0cba865a805aa1b1de3Folded Brim Hat is a simple and quick hat to make

8930f8c3552ee26613b986c60807f868Striped Hat, the perfect had for any little boy or girl, I can see this one in boys colors, girls colors, or neutrals, I just love the shell edging on it.

380210215e8107e1711f28cc669273d9This one I called Heirloom because to me it looked like something that could be passed down through the generations, or maybe like something my great grandmother would have made if she had access to the soft baby yarns we have now.

b2d807adb9bb716812ebc010acd105f0I just love this Bunny Hat, look at those ears!

b75e6117a4a8fb90be814caade5f117aCap with Brim was done to look like a baseball cap, make this up with your favorite teams’ colors or in any color

edb6f0d5e041a77c86860d2d981be596I just love this one, it’s my Pixie Hat, made from a super soft yarn called Red Heart Plush Baby.  Just look at the point in the back it’s it adorable

fbb75f6e7b284666c15266f5ea0b3ebbFinally this is my Brimmed Hat with Flower.  This a beautiful hat with a round brim that goes all the way around the hat with a big loopy flower on one side.

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Sweet Innocence for 18″ dolls now available

Just released Sweet Innocence for 18″ dolls, it’s available on Etsy and Craftsy for a special value of $4 right now, On June 1st it will go up to $6.  Sweet Innocence and Sweet Innocence for 18″ dolls can be purchased together for a discounted price of $15.

I am so excited for the release of this pattern.  I really love it and hope that you will love it too.



Both Sweet Innocence patterns together on etsy

Like my Facebook page and you will be entered into a chance to win this pattern for free.


Included with this pattern is 3 versions of the over dress; one wraps around the front and buttons on one side, another crosses in the front and closes in the back and the 3rd curves up to the center to show the pants underneath, within those 3 dresses you can also pick between single or double ruffle.  Pattern also has 2 different peasant dresses, a basic peasant dress and a super full tiered peasant dress.  It also has a pair of ruffle hem pants where you can choose between a single or double ruffle hem, want capris cut the Bitty Baby line.  Speaking of Bitty Baby, It also includes cut lines to make the dresses and pants shorter for Bitty Baby.

That is basically 5 patterns in one and the mix and match possibilities are practically endless.  You can match any over dress with any peasant dress, add a pair of pants and you will have one decked out dolly.


Here are some of my tester’s photos, love how they all turned out

If you have previously purchased the girls version of Sweet Innocence you may get the pattern for $3, just email me with the email address you used when purchasing the pattern and I will invoice you for the special $3 price.

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