101 Monday and Love

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You know how sometimes two people just need each other? They feel void without the other, ache for one another. My valentine and I are like that. I am not complete without him. We are dependent upon one another. We go together.

What’s the point? Well, our 101 Monday for this week is a part of a couple. It is not complete without this week’s Free Pattern Friday. They need one another. So, what’s a girl to do? I can’t separate them. That would be cruel. I have no choice but to give you both today.

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Let’s start with the free pattern.

You know how jeans look after a while? Holey knees. Frayed hem. It’s inevitable, especially when the jeans belong to your children. I always hated to throw those jeans away. Well, today’s Free Pattern Friday (even though its Monday) will keep them alive. Worn jeans will be transformed into one fabulous doll skirt that your little one’s will love. Once finished, the skirt will fit an 18″ doll like the American Girl dolls.

This is so simple. You are going to cut the end of a jeans leg and turn it into a skirt. All you need is 1 pair of jeans and a 9” long piece of ¼” wide elastic.

This is not just limited to upcycling from jeans. Why not use the sleeve of a t-shirt for a more athletic look.

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You can find the PDF full of instructions and color photos illustrating the steps here.

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Once you have a skirt, you can make it fabulous. Add some applique. I have a 101 Monday tutorial for applique here.

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What about today’s 101, you say? Ruffles. Add a ruffle to your skirt. How sweet. I’ve written a tutorial for you and you can find the PDF here.

I hope you don’t mind all of the clicking. It’s a lot of info for one post.

I would love to see your skirts and ruffles. You can post them on my facebook page.

Until next time…


101 Monday – Applique

Well folks, it’s Monday. Today’s 101 explains two ways to applique: one is all machine and the other has a little machine work and a little handwork.


[ap-li-key]  noun,   verb, ap·pli·quéd, ap·pli·qué·ing.

noun 1. ornamentation, as a cutout design, that is sewn on to or otherwise applied to a piece of material.


Let’s start with the all machine applique.


You need the fabric you are applying the applique to, the fabric you are using for the applique shape, some fusible web, and the shape outline. I’m using a heart. Go ahead and cut the shape out of the applique fabric and the fusible web.


Place your fusible web on the ironing table, glue side up. The glue will be shiny.

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Place your applique heart on top of the fusible web with the right side up. Fuse them together by pressing.


After the heart cools a little, peel the paper off, leaving the glue on the heart.

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Place the heart on the fabric where you want it. Fuse in onto the fabric by pressing it into place. Stitch around the perimeter of the heart, on the heart, close to the edge. I used a straight stitch for this but you could use a zig-zag, blanket stitch or any other decorative stitch. That’s it. Congrats! You can machine applique now!

So, how about another way.


Here’s what you need. Choose the fabric you are going to applique on, the shape you’ll applique and 2 pieces of fabric larger than the applique shape. These will be for the applique.

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Place the heart on the wrong side of one piece of the applique fabric. Trace around the shape. Place the two applique sheets together, right sides together. Pin together and stitch along the heart you traced.

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Now you have 2 pieces of fabric sewn together. Pinch one of the pieces of fabric and pull it away from the other piece. Now, snip a one inch cut in that top fabric careful not to cut the other piece.

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Trim around the heart. Be careful not to clip any threads. Trim fairly close to the point on the bottom and snip close to the top point.

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Now, turn the heart right side out by pulling it through the opening. Use a pencil eraser or the blunt end of a paint brush and push out all of the points and corners.

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After you push out all of the points and corners, press it. Then, pin it to the fabric that you will apply it too.

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Here’s the last part. Stitch the heart to the fabric by hand. I started with my needle on the under side of the fabric and pushed it through the seam in the heart. Send your needle back through the seam to the bottom. Continue sewing around the heart using a simple stitch and making sure to keep the heart straight. That’s all.

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Congratulations! You have successfully completed Applique 101. Now take your skills and fancy up your projects. Above are a couple of projects where I used applique. I used the hand applique method on the pumpkin and the machine applique method on the stocking.

Ok. Classs dismissed.