Sewing Pattern Sale

PDF Sewing Pattern Sale via lilblueboo.com

New Spring PDF Sewing Patterns are coming! To celebrate please take 20% off ALL current sewing patterns at Lil Blue Boo Digital! This includes all of our contributor patterns. We have patterns for almost anything: clothing for girls, boys and women, hair accessories, rag dolls and doll clothing, even an adorable tent. Some of the new contributor patterns we are excited about:

 

Great selection of patterns for boys and girls from Blank Slate Patterns.

Blank Slate PDF Sewing Patterns via lilblueboo.com

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Fun DIY Kids Clothing to Make For Fall

Fun Clothing to Make For Fall via lilblueboo.com

I rounded up a few of my favorite tutorials from that past that are fun for fall clothing!  Remember any of these? [Read more…]

DIY Nautical Inspired Altered Tote (A Tutorial)

Nautical Inspired Altered Tote DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I saw some large totes made from recycled canvas sails in Tahoe the last time I visited and wanted to make a similar nautical-inspired tote. I used a plain white tote as my starting point. If you don’t have one you can always make one from plain white canvas or even a canvas table cloth. I’ve got a simple pattern in the shop here and you would just leave off the handles.

Other materials:
Large “snap” curtain grommets (you can get these at Micheal’s or Joann’s)
3/4″ “by the yard” rope from the hardware store

Nautical Inspired Altered Tote DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

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The Reversible Bubble Skirt PDF Pattern

This is one of the most popular designs we make and sell at Lil Blue Boo….and now it’s available in a pattern so you can make your own!

The Reversible Bubble Skirt PDF Pattern via lilblueboo.com

Two skirts in one:

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Apron Skirts (A Tutorial and Download)

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I’m attacking my fabric stash….and making apron skirts! I have so many novelty prints that look fun mismatched:

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Here are just a few combinations I’ve made recently:

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Here are the basic measurements I use for skirts (click image to download a PDF version):

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

To make your skirt the directions are pretty straight forward:

Step 1: Cut 2 main skirt pieces and 2 waistband pieces using the measurements in the chart.
Step 2: Cut one apron piece using the measurements in the chart.
Step 3: Place your two waistband pieces together so that the right sides are facing each other and sew up the sides as shown using a 1/4″ seam. Finish your edges with a zig zag stitch or an overlock machine.
Step 4: Place your two main skirt pieces together so that the right sides are facing each other and sew up the sides as shown using a 1/4″ seam. Finish your edges with a zig zag stitch or an overlock machine.

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 5 & 6: Take your apron piece and fold one side 1/4″ and then again 1/2″. Press with an iron. Repeat for the opposite side and bottom of apron piece.
Step 7 & 8: Stitch the sides and bottom of the apron with a 3/8″ seam.

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 9: Turn your main skirt piece right side out and place the apron piece on top so that it is centered in the middle.
Step 10: Place the main skirt piece up inside the waistband piece so that the right sides are together (your waistband piece will actually be upside down).
Step 11: Stitch all the way around the top of the waistband piece attaching all three pieces (main skirt piece, apron and waistband piece. Finish your edges with a zig zag stitch or an overlock machine.
Step 12: Flip the waistband piece back up and iron the seam flat (so that the inside of the seam is pointed upward onto the waistband).

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 13 & 14: Fold the hem of your skirt up a 1/2″ and press with an iron. Fold the hem over 1″ and press with an iron.
Step 15: Fold your waistband down 1/2″ and press with an iron.
Step 16: Fold your waistband down enough to accommodate the elastic width (allow about and 1/4″ on each side). Press with an iron.

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 17 & 18: Stitch the bottom fold of the waistband with a 1/8″ seam all the way around but leaving an inch opening to insert your elastic through.
Step 19: Top stitch the seam connecting the waistband and the main skirt piece.
Step 20: Stitch all the way around the hem of the skirt using a 1/8″ seam.

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 25 & 26: Using a safety pin, insert the elastic up into the 1″ gap in the waistband and work it all the way around until it comes out the other side.
Step 27: Stitch the elastic closed.
Step 28: Stitch the 1″ gap closed.

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

A finished apron skirt! You can also leave the apron off for an easy basic skirt.

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com
I love the contrast of these fun Japanese fabrics:

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

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The Reversible Bubble Hoodie PDF Pattern!

(make sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post)

Introducing the newest Lil Blue Boo sewing pattern: The Reversible Bubble Layering Hoodie! The pattern is available in the Lil Blue Boo Pattern Shop now but you can enter to win one of 4 copies being given away this weekend below.

It’s an Intermediate level pattern but is a very quick sew.  Sizes 6 months to 12 years. The best part is the layering possibilities and that it is fully reversible:

 

 

Fun for warmer weather as a swimsuit coverup or an extra layer…..

 

 

….and versatile enough for cooler weather as a jumper layered over short sleeves, long sleeves, leggings and boots!

 


 

 

 

The Giveaway is now closed. The winners are:

From the blog comments: #6 Heidi and #66 Jennifer Dingman

From FaceBook comments: Delene Potgieter and Rachel Hatch

Please email lisa (at) lilblueboo (dot) com to claim your prize!

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We will be giving away 4 copies of the pattern away! 2 on Facebook and 2 on the blog.

To enter on Facebook just comment on the link to this post and leave a comment here to enter on the blog!  Giveaway ends Sunday night at midnight!

 

A special thanks to Katherine of Bebe Gear for the model photos!

 

 

Quotes on the photos in the post taken from poems by:

Alfred Lord Tennyson
Robert Frost
Evaleen Stein
Elaine Goodale
Will Carleton
Robert Louis Stevenson

A Stuffed Frog Prince (A Tutorial and Download)

 

A Stuffed Frog Prince Free Pattern and Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I’m slowly updating some older Lil Blue Boo patterns to make them easier to download. This is an updated version of the Stuffed Frog Prince Toy Pattern with both the frog toy/beanbag and frog prince crown pattern combined into one PDF. The very first frog I made was a VERY OBESE frog….but we still have him and he makes a great doorstop.

So many options….here’s just a few:

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Vinyl Tablecloth Roll-up Diaper Changer (A Tutorial and Download)

How to make a round diaper changer from a vinyl tablecloth (plus free pattern downloade) via lilblueboo.com

It’s a baby boom in the Lil Blue Boo family. I have two brand new nieces…..one is only a week old. And of course there’s the recent announcement Boo helped me make.  I love round diaper changing pads and wanted to make a few for gifts.  I’d been stocking up on these pretty vinyl tablecloths from Marshall’s and TJ Maxx because they were all under $5. I had a few projects in mind for them and this was one of them.

How to make a round diaper changer from a vinyl tablecloth (plus free pattern downloade) via lilblueboo.com

A diaper changer pad in action:

How to make a round diaper changer from a vinyl tablecloth (plus free pattern downloade) via lilblueboo.com

 

I love the variety of color and how easy they are to make. The most tedious part is making the bias tape……but you could always use store bought trim and you could whip one of these out in 30 minutes.

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A Ruffle Sundress (A Tutorial)

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I love this dress from Free People. I made a simplified version of it using some soft beige cotton lycra knit:

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

The dress pieces were so large it was hard to get a good photo of them so I’ve drawn several diagrams instead:

Step 1: First, I cut 2 large rectangles of knit fabric….

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

…..and then cut out the dotted lines to form the shape as shown below (the measurements are how I made mine):

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com


Step 2: I cut 2 pieces for the bottom ruffle….you may need to sew multiple pieces together so it is long enough to attach to the entire bottom section of the dress once ruffled:

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 3: With the right sides of the main dress pieces places together, I sewed the seams shown below closed:


Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 4: I turned the dress right side out again and used a coverstitch to hem the top of the dress. You can also use a zigzag stitch or a straight stitch as long as you stretch the knit as you so as to not “pop” any stitches when you put the dress on.

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 5: To gather the knit ruffle, I added elastic thread to my bobbin (regular thread on top) to my regular sewing machine…..the elastic thread gathers the knit:

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 6: I attached the ruffles to the bottom of the dress by stitching along the gathering stitch:

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 7: To make the straps I cut three 3/4″ strips of fabric for each one…..

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

…..and braided them together:

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

A straight stitch keeps both ends of the braid secure:

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 8: I tried the dress on to get the placement of the straps perfect and pinned them in place in the front.

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

A few stitches to keep the strap in place:

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

I attached the back straps and voila! A finished sundress! (or maternity dress?)

I’ll post more as I make them….my next one needs to be a tad shorter I think:

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

The Perfect Shorts ePattern

A few new patterns on the horizon! The first of which is the Lil Blue Boo Perfect Short ePattern! It is now available in the Lil Blue Boo Pattern Shop!

(Giveaway is closed….see giveaway page for winners)

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