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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Weekly Wound Up


It's been a great week at CKC and we love seeing all your sewing resolution projects coming together! We have just a few announcements for you this week, starting off with an awesome new pattern for everyone in the family:

New Releases


Introducing Lucas' Half-Zip Sweatshirt in all sizes! Lucas’ has a half-zip design with color-blocking on the chest, making it both easy to install the zipper and super attractive to wear! It features both short or long sleeve options, and the fit allows it to be worn with an undershirt, layering tee, or collar shirt underneath. Believe it or not, Lucas’ is a quick sew and your guy will want one for every day of the week! Grab Lucas on sale through Sunday night! From newborn on up to men's 4X! 




On the Blog


Did you know there's more than one way to construct William's vest and Baby Oliver's vest?  On this week's blog tutorial, our awesome tester Heather Cole shows us an alternate method with step-by-step photos!


Announcements



We're having a doll sale! Now through Sunday evening you can score any or all of our doll patterns for 50% off! Go ahead and shop till you drop!



Well, that's it for our Weekly Wound Up!  We hope you have a fabulous weekend. 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Alternative Method for Constructing William's Vest

William's is one of my favorite patterns when it comes time to dress up my boys!  The vest is pretty much a staple at our house and I think by now I can make it in my sleep.  It's a really fun one to make, even for beginners. 


 On occasion we have customers ask if the way we do the construction in the original pattern is the only way to do it, because they find it difficult to iron the armhole curves. As one of my teachers in high school used to say, "There's more than one way to skin a cat!"  I don't even want to know where that phrase came from, but I CAN tell you...  yes, there is more than one way to construct William's vest!  

I personally prefer doing the construction as originally written in the pattern (I think it's easiest and most tidy finish - yes, I am stubborn), but if you are interested in trying this alternative way, we will make it convenient for you to try it out!  Today's photos and instructions come to us from our awesome tester, Heather Cole.  She finds this method easier, and I think it's totally great if you adapt and do things the way you like best too!  Let's get started:



First, cut all the pieces as instructed in the pattern. Then sew the front to back at the shoulders with the main fabric, as shown in yellow above. Then repeat with the lining fabric. 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Weekly Wound Up


Happy 2018! We're off to a great start here at CKC and we hope this year brings you success in your projects and all the sewjo you could possibly need!


To help you jump into your goals, we have this fresh and pretty 2018 monthly calendar for you!  Simply download, print, and you're good to go! 

We didn't have any newly released patterns this week, but stay tuned for this coming Monday when we release a new pattern that's perfect for everyone in the family, sized from newborn up to Men's 4X!

This week we did have a blog post that may come in handy: 



Our little ones can be rough on their stuffed animals!  Sooner or later we may find ourselves with an injured stuffie and not know what to do with it. Most parents would make it mysteriously disappear or try to replace it -- but there's a good chance it can be fixed with just a needle and thread!  With  this week's blog post and a little TLC, you can help make your little one's stuffed animals (almost) as good as new!

Well, that was a quick Weekly Wound Up. We hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

How to Repair a Stuffed Animal with Needle and Thread

Our little ones can be rough on their stuffed animals!  Sooner or later we may find ourselves with an injured stuffie and not know what to do with it. Most parents would make it mysteriously disappear or try to replace it -- but there's a good chance that it can be fixed with just a needle and thread!  With  today's blog post and a little TLC, you can help make your little one's stuffed animals (almost) as good as new!


Here is our latest patient. I wouldn't say that having Bart's leg broken is the greatest tragedy in the world. However, my son brought him home as a souvenir from Universal Studios and seems to think that Bart is a pretty important little dude.  And so with tears Bart was lovingly placed by my sewing machine in hopes that I could fix him.   And honestly... he was no problem at all!  

I will walk you through how I repaired Bart here and you'll see how un-scary it actually is to sew these guys back together. 


First of all, assess the situation!  (This is my first aid training coming through.) 



If you have a "pose-able" or structured stuffed animal like this guy, it may have wires inside.  If it does, make sure they are bent into place to match the others, if possible. (On my guy, I made it match the other leg.) 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2018 Printable Calendar

A new year is just around the corner!  If you're like me, you may have new goals, new routines, and new projects on your mind for 2018.  What better way to get started on them than with a fresh and pretty new calendar?! 


Our 2018 printable CKC Calendar is free and fabulous! Simply download the file and print it so you'll be all set for the whole year. I like to keep the current month's calendar on the front of my binder, or you could hang it on the wall or keep it right on your desk. It's the perfect place to write down projects, goals, deadlines, shopping reminders (as if we need those), or whatever comes to mind.  We have also included some of our CKC sale dates on there, so that's totally handy too.




We hope you enjoy the calendar as much we do! And we wish you a very Happy New Year from all of us at CKC Patterns. <3

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Weekly Wound Up


Christmas weekend is here, ready or not!  There's excitement in the air and today we were even surprised with a nice dumping of snow on our little town. It's not every year that we get to build a snowman for Christmas!  I know a lot of our friends are still working on last minute projects before the big day; if you're one of them, we hope you take a little break now and then! Here's a little run-down of what's new at CKC: 

New Releases

This week we have one brand new pattern and two highly requested upsizes for you!



Maylee's Bow Hem dress is a truly unique style! Available for dolls, babies, and girls this dress is perfect for holidays, birthdays, or any other special occasion! With a brand new unique collar, and bow details on the sleeve and the hem of the dress, Maylee will make a great addition to your pattern library!

Monday, December 18, 2017

12th Day of Christmas: Choker Necklaces

It's the Twelfth Day of Christmas at CKC, and for today's free pattern we have Shannon here with a video tutorial on how to make your own choker necklaces! 



Chokers are really popular right now in a variety of styles, and with Shannon's tips you'll be able to make whatever kind you'd like in five minutes or less!  




She makes the steps easy to follow, and the video description even includes links to whatever supplies you may want for your chosen style.  

Friday, December 15, 2017

11th Day of Christmas: Soup Bowl Cozy

It's the Eleventh Day of Christmas, and for today's free pattern we have Elizabeth here to show us how to make a perfect Soup Bowl Cozy! 


Isn't it pretty?!  I am super excited about this pattern!  The bowl cozy will protect your counter tops, hands, and even lap from the heat of the bowl, while also looking and feeling super... cozy!  (Plus, I have no doubt mine will double as an Ice Cream Cozy. I think my parents are going to need these for Christmas! Sshh.)   Anyway, Elizabeth made the instructions super easy to understand, with step-by-step photos. You will soon be all ready to make the perfect cozy, or set of cozies, in no time!  Here's Elizabeth with the free pattern: 



Items you will need: 
1/2 yard cotton batting
 1/3 yard cotton fabric
 scissors
pins
 ruler/measuring tape

Important Note: Be sure to use 100% cotton for all your supplies (fabric, batting, and thread) so it will be heat-safe!  Polyester blends may melt or put off dangerous fumes when they're heated.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

10th Day of Christmas: Gingerbread Man Stuffie and Ornament

It's the Tenth Day of Christmas at CKC, and today's free project is a perfect one to make with the kids for the holidays! 


Aren't they fun?!  Tiffaney C. put this free pattern together for both the Gingerbread Man Stuffie and the Ornament, and you can use all different embellishments to make them your own. Plus, your kiddos are going to LOVE having a project they can do right there with you! 



That's precious, right there!  #teamwork #theygotthis

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

9th Day of Christmas: Log Slice Floor Cushion

It's the Ninth Day of Christmas at CKC, and today our FREE pattern is one that all members of your family can enjoy!   


Isn't it cool?!  I love it when home goods are both attractive and functional. I think it would make a great gift too! Jessica designed this Log Slice Floor Cushion, and with the easy-to-follow steps she put together, I know you can begin making your own in no time!  Here's Jessica: 


Materials
Woven Fabric (1/2 yd. for circles and 1/4 yd. for side)
Scissors or Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat, if using a rotary cutter
Ruler
Pins
Sewing Machine
Iron
Fusible Fleece (3/4 yd.)
Poly-fil Stuffing
Needle & Thread



First, we are going to cut out all of our pieces. You will need two circles of woven fabric and two circles of fusible fleece.  You will also need to cut out two rectangles that are 7”x 42 1/2”, one out of your woven fabric and one out of your fusible fleece.