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10 Classy Ways to use Fabric Scraps

10 Classy Ways to Use Fabric Scraps

10 Classy Ways to Use Fabric Scraps

Today I’m bringing you the first in a new series on classy things to create with leftover scraps.  Sometimes you have fabric that is so special for one reason or another that you can’t bear to throw away the scraps.  For the purpose of this series, we’re going to call scraps anything smaller than a fat quarter.  So let’s get started.

#1 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: A fabric map

Embroidered United States Map

In the past we’ve made several fancy projects using scraps.  Allegra created a series of custom United States maps using Liberty of London scraps.  This project uses teeny tiny bits of fabric scraps.

#2 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: A patchwork skirt

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

Twice I’ve made the Patchwork Twirl Skirt for Annie from many, many small pieces of fabric.  Once from Cotton & Steel fabric pieces, and once from Brambleberry Ridge fabric pieces.

#3 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: A mini quilt

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

This mini quilt was also made from fabric scraps.  In fact, paper piecing is a great way to use fabric scraps.

#4 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: A feature appliqué

10 Classy Ways to Use Fabric Scraps

An appliqué with a fussy cut fabric panel is a very classy way to use up scraps.  The border print fabric I designed is especially great for this use.  For this hoodie (which I made for my Mom for Mother’s Day) uses one radiograph flower cluster from the Shy Pink color way.  I simply zig zagged the edges on over the top of the front of the Lane Raglan Hoodie I sewed for her.  (She had never worn French Terry fabric before and is a new convert!)

#5 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: Reverse Appliqué

feather boa flamingo

Another way to use appliqué and scraps is with reverse appliqué, like we did on this flamingo dress.  We used scraps for the yoke and the reverse appliqué flamingo.

#6 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: Sew Together Bag

Rainbow Sew Together Bag sewn by Skirt Fixation

All the fabrics for the Sew Together Bag are cuts of a fat quarter or smaller.  We’ve made this bag 3 times, one rainbow version, one earthy version, and one Liberty of London version.

#7 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: A pincushion

Liberty of London fabric swap gifts made by Skirt Fixation

Pincushions are the perfect way to use small scraps of special fabrics in a classy way.  We’ve made pear shaped pincushions, turtle shaped pincushions, and hexagon shaped pincushions.

#8 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: Pockets

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThe sweet Forest Friends pockets are one of our favorite classy ways to use fabric scraps.  In fact they are so cute, you might want to go out of your way to get new fabric for them, but the point of this post is using scraps in a classy way!

#9 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: Clutch

BB8 Clutch sewn by Skirt FixationThe Curvy Clutch uses less than fat quarter cuts of fabric.  We’ve made the Curvy Clutch so many times it would be hard to remember and link them all!  But this photo is of a set of Star Wars themed ones for sale in our Etsy Shop.

#10 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: Caps

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Newsboy Cap uses slightly more than a fat quarter for a full size version, but these caps I made for my boys in scaled down sizes used less than a Fat Quarter!  And it doesn’t get much classier than a little boy in a Newsboy Cap…

BONUS! #11 Classy Way to Use Fabric Scraps: Doll/Bear Clothes

Harrods Bear in rain jacket

Doll and bear clothes are a great way to use fabric scraps in a classy way because you can use them to make matching clothes for a child and their toy.  Allegra did a whole series on the clothes she made for Annie’s bear for her birthday one year using fabric scraps leftover from making Annie’s clothes.

Alright, that’s it for this time.  Leave a comment letting us know what you do with fabric scraps you can’t bear to throw away.

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Birthday Patchwork Twirl Skirt

Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch Top

Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch TopRecently Annie had a birthday!  And I had made her a promise I needed to fulfill.  The very first skirt we made for our All The Skirts series was the Patchwork Twirl Skirt from Scientific Seamstress.  At the end of that edition of All The Skirts, we decided to donate the Patchwork Twirl Skirt to Skirting The Issue.  But as was very plain in the photos, Annie LOVED that skirt!  So I promised to make her another one.Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch Top I picked up a set of 11 Brambleberry Ridge fat quarters from Fat Quarter Shop during one of their 24 hour flash sales, and was all set to go!  Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch TopThe first time I made the Patchwork Twirl Skirt, I thought this pattern would work with 7 fat quarters, but it actually requires 7 quarter yard cuts.  No problem, with a little bit of math, I still made it happen!  And a matching shirt too! Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationAnd Aria made a matching skirt for Annie’s bear too.  There was only a very tiny bit of scraps left when we were through!Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch TopWe all love the Brambleberry Ridge fabrics.  The cute nature scenes, and the metallics scattered throughout make for very fun fabric!  The deer print has the largest scale, so I didn’t want to cut it up for the patchwork skirt. Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch TopI also wanted to make Annie a comfortable, everyday shirt to go with her new skirt, so I knew it would have to be knit.  Or partial knit!  I turned to the Oliver+S Hopscotch shirt and dress pattern.  We’ve made this once before, during All The Skirts: Oliver+S and Fat Quarter Shop, and loved it! Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch TopI guessed that the front panel could be made from a woven fabric with no other changes to the shirt for two reasons.  1. The gathering across the front panel would allow for give.  2.  The crossover neck would still be knit and fit over her head easily.  And it worked beautifully!Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch TopNow Annie has a new old favorite twirl skirt again!  Allegra took Annie out for her annual birthday photo session.  (She does this for each of her siblings on their birthday.)  I just love how she captured Annie’s personality, spunk, and cuteness. Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch TopOh, and this little bunny was also a birthday gift from Allegra to Annie! Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch TopAll of the outdoor photos of Annie in this blog post are taken by Allegra.  I took the indoor, twirling ones.Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationAnd then Aria took Annie’s bear out for a photo shoot in the skirt she made for her!  You can really see the metallics nicely in some of these photos. Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch TopWe made a longer size for Annie from the last one we made her.  That was October, and Annie has grown several inches since then!  The bear got the same size, however…Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch TopThe bottom of the Patchwork Twirl Skirt is over 25 yards long!  That’s a lot of zig zagging and gathering.  But in the end, seeing Annie’s face while she twirls and twirls and twirls is totally worth it! Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch Top

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Pixie Strip Skirt {All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew}

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban Sew

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban Sew

With great delight and a little sadness, we present you the final skirt in this edition of All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew!  The Pixie Strip Skirt is such a fun skirt that we can’t possibly be sad for long!  And to make it even more fun, we used Heather Ross’s Far Far Away line of fabric from Urban Sew.  And then we added a lacy, knotted shrug!  Lets take them individually:

Jocole Pixie Strip Skirt:

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban Sew

This Jocole pattern is pure fun.  Like for when your girl is ready to kick up her heels and have a blast!  It has a cute little handkerchief hem made from the 6 strips of fabric.  You can probably tell from the photos how light and flippy this skirt is!  Whenever a gust of wind came along, the skirt started to dance all on it’s own, and Annie would shriek delightedly!

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban SewThis skirt is the perfect skirt to showcase several selections from a line of fabric.  Little prints, big prints, busy prints, and so on.  The combinations are probably endless.

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban SewWe also sewed up a Pixie Strip skirt for one of Annie’s dolls, since there was enough fabric left and the instructions are included in the pattern.  As well as sizes newborn to 14.  This is a tutorial type pattern with only the waist circumference cutout as a pattern piece.  So if you dislike tiling patterns, or dislike math calculations, this is the pattern for you!

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban Sew

We chose fabric from Urban Sew in the Far Far Away prints (which are on sale right now!) to make this skirt.  Urban Sew has a really nice selection of the Far Far Away line by Heather Ross.  So fun!  This fabric was soft and easy to work with.  One note, if you are going to use directional prints to make this skirt, be sure that they are facing toward the ground so nothing is upside down!  We had to turn over the little frogs waiting to be kissed; no sense in dumping a future prince on his head!

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban SewThe lace shrug we made from the free Forget Me Knot dress pattern over at The Sewing Rabbit.  We adore Jess, the mastermind behind The Sewing Rabbit, and were ecstatic when she was chosen as the Project Run & Play sewing master for March.  We had a hard time narrowing down all the choices this pattern inspired in us, but finally decided on a Boho-Hippy-Chic look!  We flipped the pattern around backward, omitted the lining and the skirt, straightened out the back curve, and ended up with this lacy shrug!

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban SewWe love just had to feature those awesome knots infront, and we also love how the ties on the knots echo the handkerchief hem of the Pixie Strip skirt!

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban Sew

And we had to make one for Annie doll, since she already had the matching skirt.  Then because we were having so much fun making knots, we made a knotted headband too by cutting out 2 more back ties and sewing them onto a piece of elastic.

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban Sew

Since this is the final skirt for All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew, that means you only have a few more days to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway and link up your own creations made using Jocole Patterns or Urban Sew fabric.

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban Sew

We’re going to link up this outfit to Project Run & Play’s March challenge.  If we make it to the top 10, we’ll reveal where we found the lace to make that shrug!  And next Friday, we’ll show you which skirt we’re donating to the Skirting The Issue charity drive and draw a giveaway winner for Jocole Patterns of your choice and a $40 gift certificate to Urban Sew.

Here are the two ways you can play along.

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Twirl Your Heart Out Skirt {All The Skirt: Jocole & Urban Sew}

Drop And Twirl Jocole Skirt Pattern sewn with fabric from Urban Sew by Skirt Fixation

Drop And Twirl Jocole Skirt Pattern sewn with fabric from Urban Sew by Skirt Fixation

So far during All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew we’ve been telling you what awesome, basic wardrobe builders the Jocole skirts can be.  So today we thought we’d show you how these skirts can be fun accent pieces too.

Drop And Twirl Jocole Skirt Pattern sewn with fabric from Urban Sew by Skirt Fixation

The Jocole Twirl Your Heart Out 6 panel skirt is such a fun skirt!  The possibilities of fabric this skirt could showcase are endless.  We chose two chevron prints from Urban Sew, a black and white, and a brownish gray and white.  These are very good quality cottons.

Drop And Twirl Jocole Skirt Pattern sewn with fabric from Urban Sew by Skirt Fixation

Yes, I know, there are three different fabrics in the Twirl Your Heart Out skirt we made.  Because we decided to make the largest size, in the longest length, the recommended fabric yardage was not quite enough.  It could also be because we wanted to orient the chevrons horizontally across the panels instead of vertically or diagonally.  So we took the two chevron fabrics from Urban Sew and found a polka dot marsala (color of the year!) which totally makes this into a fun, fashion-forward skirt!  We love the finished result.

Drop And Twirl Jocole Skirt Pattern sewn with fabric from Urban Sew by Skirt Fixation

Backing up a few steps to reviewing the pattern, the Jocole Twirl Your Heart Out 6 panel skirt is very easy to sew.  So easy that Aria sewed up the doll version of the skirt by herself!

Drop And Twirl Jocole Skirt Pattern sewn with fabric from Urban Sew by Skirt Fixation

It was her first time to sew from a pattern, and she did awesome.  This skirt definitely meets the criteria of an easy beginner skirt pattern.

Drop And Twirl Jocole Skirt Pattern sewn with fabric from Urban Sew by Skirt Fixation

I love how it looks like Aria is dancing with her shadow in these twirling photos.  We were just attempting to illustrate how you can twirl your heart out in this skirt, but the dancing shadow effect is so delightful!

Drop And Twirl Jocole Skirt Pattern sewn with fabric from Urban Sew by Skirt Fixation

Now since no one has yet linked up to the Jocole and Urban Sew sew along, we are going to change the rules a little and up the ante!  Every entry linked up will be worth 5 entry points!  Because we really want to see what you’ve been sewing with Jocole patterns or Urban Sew fabric.

Drop And Twirl Jocole Skirt Pattern sewn with fabric from Urban Sew by Skirt Fixation

You can enter our giveaway to win 3 patterns of your choice from Jocole and a $40 gift certificate to Urban Sew.  Also, these two amazing, generous sponsors are offering discount codes just for Skirt Fixation readers during All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew.

Over at Urban Sew, use the code “urbansew15” for 15% off your order.

Drop And Twirl Jocole Skirt Pattern sewn with fabric from Urban Sew by Skirt Fixation

Here are the two ways you can play along.

1. Rafflecopter Giveaway:  Choose how many entries you earn by supporting these generous sponsors in as many ways as you can!

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Bouncing Bubble Skirt {All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew}

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

Serendipity.  When 2 things combine and make one perfect combination, that’s serendipity.

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

Jocole Bouncing Bubble skirt pattern and Urban Sew’s Wee Wander fabric.

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

Project Run & Play’s bubble tutorial sew along and the Jocole Bouncing Bubble skirt pattern.

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

Floating bubbles and flitting fireflies.  Serendipity!  We ended up making 5 pieces for our final look.  The Jocole Bouncing Bubble skirt, a Bimaa shirt, a Raven Hoodie, the matching doll bubble skirt, and the ribbon belt.

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

A few sewing thoughts.  The Jocole Bouncing Bubble skirt pattern delights the seamstress and wearer alike.  Easy to sew, fun to wear.  (Serendipity!)

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

The matching doll skirt, sewn from the same fabrics, allows the seamstress to test out the pattern before sewing the real thing.  And results in miniature cuteness!

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

The Jocole Bouncing Bubble skirt pattern has no pattern pieces, and is a tutorial style pattern.  Basically you start with rectangles and end with bubbles!  Delightful!

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

The Bimaa shirt.  We’ve sewn the hooded version of the Bimaa and the shawl collar version, but never our favorite look, the cowl neck!  It was time.

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

The white fabric is refashioned from 2 white t-shirts, one from Mommy, one from Daddy (serendipity!) and the ruffle knit was leftover from making this Beachy Boatneck.  (Mr. Skirt Fixation said this piece of the ensemble, his favorite, was a home run!)

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

The Raven Hoodie.  During All The Skirts: Clever Charlotte and Mabel Madison, we stocked up on some Clever Charlotte patterns, and the Raven Hoodie stood first in line to be sewn.

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

We made the top half pretty much as written in the pattern, but on the bottom half, we started making bubble hems.

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

More and more and more layers of bubble hems using Alida Makes tutorial for Project Run & Play.  The end result is an edgy hi-low silhouette from luscious crushed velvet.  With a faux fur hood!

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

We topped it off with a vintage ribbon belt we made instead of the tie front on the Raven Hoodie pattern.

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

In a nod to Alida’s Style That Kid ebook, we gave the photo shoot our very best effort.  Bubble props to echo the bubble hems.

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

A glowing vintage jar to accentuate Sarah Jane’s Wee Wander fabric in Summer Night Lights and Glow Friends.  (Although you can find this fabric many places on the internet, we recommend purchasing from Urban Sew.  Not only are they sponsoring this edition of All The Skirts, but $1 from every purchase goes to help foster kids in need.  Plus right now, you can get a 15% discount using the code “urbsew15” at checkout.)

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

We would be honored if you would link up anything you’ve made using a Jocole pattern or fabric from Urban Sew here.  And the giveaway for $40 to Urban Sew and 3 Jocole patterns is here.

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

If we make it to the top 10 in Project Run & Play’s Bubble Sew along, we’ll be back next week with behind the scenes photos, thoughts, and inspiration!

We made it!!! You can vote for us by clicking on this link, scrolling down to the end of the post and filling in the little circle next to our name!

Edited to add: You can read about all the behind the scenes adventures and failures here!

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Quilted Bear Sleeping Bag

Miniature sleeping bag!

This post started out with a skirt!  I promise!  But then it morphed…

Quilted bear sleeping bagYep, pretty much not a skirt!  Here’s what happened.  Annie had asked me for a loooooong skirt, and being it was her birthday, I went to the fabric stash.  (There seems to be a sewing for birthday pattern happening here!)  Before I started looking through the boxes, I decided to put away some fabric that we’d gotten out for previous projects, and also delve into a bag of fabric and sewing related items that we’d been gifted from a sweet lady.  Boy, oh boy did I find some treasures!  There was a lot of really great quilting fabric, a few patterns, and also the beginning of a quilt!  Once upon a time (before I had children) I learned to quilt, and enjoyed making several of them.

quilt flatThis quilt top was 50 squares sewn together, each square about 3 inches square.  They were sewn 5 across and 10 long.  It was just the quilt top and some batting pinned on.  This was a sort of funny shape that I didn’t know exactly know what to do with, until I thought of Allegra’s quest for accessories for Sarah-Bear in time for Annie’s birthday.

bear sleeping bagFold it in 1/2 and you have a bear sleeping bag!  So I picked out some fabric for the backing that echoed the vintage feel of the quilt top.  (It also was in the bag!)  I pinned it on, and looked at some quilting patterns on Pinterest.  Now there are some fantabulous quilting patterns on Pinterest, but having done my research (“honey, I’m not wasting time on Pinterest, I’m doing research!”) I chose this easy one.

square quilting patternThis quilting pattern I chose took about 2 hours to quilt this very small quilt top, but so much time was spent stopping and turning!  I think it was worth it.  I love the finished look.

insideThe quilting on the inside reminds me of very old mattresses!  After I had it quilted, I trimmed it up and wrapped the backing around to become binding.  Then I put in a zipper from my stash.  The final step was to sew up the sides, and there you have it! A quilted bear sleeping bag!

Bear sleeping in bagI had so much fun remembering my quilting days that I wanted to start a new quilt right away.

bear sleeping bag frontOne of the boys has requested a quilt for his birthday, so maybe I’ll get back into some more quilting.

quilted sleeping bagAnd I could always incorporate a little quilting into my other sewing, like Simple Simon and Co. did on a skirt!  So what started out as a skirt, ended as a bear sleeping bag.  Enter one happy girl and bear…success!  Total Cost: $0…happy me!  Do your projects ever evolve like this bear sleeping bag did?

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

We shared  this project with Saturday Sewing!

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Harrods Bear Clothing! Final Segment

harrods bear

Well, Annie’s birthday is tomorrow, so we thought that we had better show you the final two Harrods bear dresses before they are revealed. We are going to get some bear accessories today, so we might show them later.

harrods bearThe first dress is this lovely little purple number. We started by making the bodice part, which turned out too wide, so we put that pleat in the center. Then it was too small, so we decided that we would have to make the back button up, so I cut open the back, sewed both sides over, and attached buttons with a pretty flower stitch we found on Frances Suzanne’s Pinterest board.  Trial and error, right?

harrods bear clothesThis was my first time making buttonholes, and mom had to do the first one, but I think that I did pretty well. The last step was sewing white lace seam binding on the neck and arm holes.

harrods bearThe second one I wanted to make matching to one of Annie’s outfits, so I chose ‘this’ outfit that we made for Annie a while back. I took both kinds of fabric and laid them out, deciding to make a dress. I originally planned to make the dress’s skirt out of the bee fabric and the bodice out of the yellow, but after a botched skirt attempt on the bee fabric, we simply folded the botched bee fabric into a tube shape, sewed on black seam binding, and that was the bodice. The skirt was a simple matter of sewing a large tube of fabric onto the bodice. I decorated the skirt with one of the stencil flowers matching to Annie’s and an embroidered bee. I finished up by making pale yellow ribbon straps and a matching yellow ribbon bow on the front.

harrods bearThey both turned out soooo cute! I love how you can’t tell that we messed up on the top part, (both times) because we got them to turn out by making a few tweaks.  Mom’s glad that I learned more about sewing in this Harrods bear clothing project!

Wish us luck that Annie will like the present!

Fingers Crossed,

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Destash with a Bear!

Harrods Bear in rain jacket

To continue the Sarah-Bear posts, I bring you… Sarah-Bear Outerwear! It rhymes! I have two more dresses to show you, but I’ll save those till next week. Today I’m gonna show you the outerwear that I made for Annie’s bear. The week theme that I made them on was DeStash week, and even though every article of clothing for Sarah Bear I made was completely from our stash, I chose this for De-Stash week.

Harrods Bear in rain jacketArticle one is a little hooded short cape. You may remember this raincoat of Annie’s? Well, Mom helped me make a little cape out of the same material. Now Annie and Sarah-Bear can both be dry – and matching- when it rains.  We made the raincoat out of three sections of fabric, and when the hood wasn’t big enough to cover the whole head, we made ear slits so that the ears can stick through the hood. We lined the whole thing with black seam binding to match the black trim on Annie’s jacket.  We think that it looks adorable. It has pockets on the front made out of the same corresponding fabric as the raincoat, snaps closed, and has a button just for decoration!  We’ll have to post a picture of Annie & Sarah Bear together after her birthday.

sweater recycle

The second article is this little pink and black woven sweater and hat. I did not actually make these, but they were saved off of an old doll and since Annie presumably hasn’t seen them, and they fit Sarah-Bear, they’re going in the chest!  I love the little hat, and the pink roses on it! I’m sure that Annie will pair them over the dresses, so it won’t be a waste. In fact, we’ll call this a sweater recycle!  I’m planning on going to some thrift and flea markets soon, so keep an eye out for more Bear posts.

Keepin’ it classy,

Allegra.

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(Hint of) Vintage Nightgown for a Bear!

Harrods of London bear's nightgown

Well, to continue our Sarah-Bear series, we present this post. This post also represents what I made during our Challenge Create: Adult Edition sew along in the teddy bear version!

The next theme was (Hint of) Vintage, so I decided to make a darling little nightgown for the bear, as I had made just dresses so far.  Both the fabric I used and the idea of a nightgown are the vintage part of this outfit!  You don’t find many females wearing nightgowns anymore.

Harrods of London bear's nightgown

I start by cutting out a square of this fabric, and modifying it with armholes to the bear’s shape, which is a triangle-ish shape, which is hard to work with. I used this darling vintage cotton fabric with a small rose bud pattern. After I had sewed both the back and the front of the dress together, I folded over the neck and armholes, sewed them, and then hemmed it.  I made a collar out of corresponding pink-checkered fabric and sewed it on the collar of the dress. Then I sewed darling yellow lace accents onto the dress (to cover up a few flaws!) and I was finished. I really like the finished effect, and it looks very vintage, especially as most girls don’t wear nightgowns any more. I did have one when I was little, and I really loved it, but when Annie found it in a box in the attic, I had a rude awakening upon realizing that my beloved past nightgown was, in fact, a long petticoat!  Unfortunately, Annie doesn’t wear it as a nightgown, so it may be, after all this time, used in its original purpose!

 Cool Hobby Lobby chest

Anyway, we found this most adorable vintage-looking trunk at Hobby Lobby the other day, which will fit the ticket for a little wardrobe for Sarah-Bear. I promise that when I’m finished I will lay out all of the clothes and everything so that all of you have an overview of the whole project. I’m also hoping to go to a couple of antique stores later and find some accessories for Sarah-Bear. Mini brush set is at the top of my wish list.

vintage nightgown

How about you…what is your opinion on nightgowns?

Hang in there,

Allegra

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Refashioned Skirt for a Bear!

refashioned skirt for a bear!

This week I have another Sarah-Bear post for you. To correspond with our Challenge Create: Adult Edition theme; Refashion, I made a little satin ballet skirt fort Sarah-Bear.

The thing is, I’m really particular about these outfits. The colors have to be exactly right. For instance, I don’t want to make too many red or orange clothes, because her fur is orangey-brown. On the other hand, I don’t want to make too much of just one color. Decisions, decisions.

2skirt to lampshade after 1Anyway, Remember –this- refashion?  It’s in our ebook, too!  I decided to use the bottom of the lining to make a small skirt for Sarah-Bear.

 Refashioned Skirt DIY Instructions:

1. I took the tube of satiny fabric and gathered it.

2. I sewed a tube out of swirly blue-and-white fabric for a waistband.

3. I sewed the satiny fabric onto the tube waistband.

refashioned skirt for a bear!

Ta-da! A refashioned skirt for Sarah-bear! This was pretty easy, and I love the way that it turned out. Admittedly, the skirt doesn’t have any snaps, buttons, or elastic, so it isn’t flexible at all. The good thing is, bears, as opposed to dolls, can be squished into satiny skirts, so that isn’t really an issue. The thing I would do differently if I ever did it again, is make the waistband a titchy bit bigger and fold it over so that it covers the top of the gathered part.

Oh yeah, I also made the white bow tie that Sarah-Bear is wearing. I didn’t want to make a top, so I just made this bow tie instead. I simply made a bow out of two tubes of fabric, and sewed them onto a white band that closes with a snap.

I think Annie is goin’ to looooooove this sweet little refashion, so remember, all y’all, mum’s the word! Nobody go leaking this to Annie, I think she suspects something already!

Kay thanks,

Allegra