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DIY Pendant Banner (With a No Sew option!)

DIY pendant banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation with a NO SEW option!

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Today I’ve got a fun easy to make (with even a NO SEW option!) DIY pendant banner.  Pendant banners are great for adding spice to any space.  For this DIY pendant banner made from fabric, I used all Indigo & Aster fabric by Bari J. for Art Gallery Fabrics.

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

First of all you need to choose your fabrics.  Using coordinating prints from a line of fabric is always a great idea because you are assured of keeping a cohesive look across the pendant banner.

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Have fun picking out trims and embellishments to add flair to your pendant banner.  Using a variety of trims, but on the same fabrics helps tie the banner all together.  Or you could mix it up and use different trims on different pendants across the banner.

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Next you need to cut out your pendants.  To use our exact same size pendant, you can use this FREE cut file which works for fabric, cardstock, vinyl, leather, and more.  If you have a cutting machine like the Cricut Maker, you can use our cut file and have the pendants cut out by machine!

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

We chose to fray stop the edges of each pendant with Dritz Fray Check.  In time, the edges of the fabric pendants could fray if they move around a lot.  Since we wanted to keep a clean edge look, we chose to fray stop the edges.

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Now it’s time for the fun part!  Grab the trims and embellishments you chose, and start playing!  We used beads, rick rack trim, lace, pom poms, feather trim, and seam tape.  Have fun and embellish away!  Cut each trim to fit the width of the pendant, and use original tacky glue to adhere the trims to each pendant.

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

The final step is to attach all your embellished pendants together.  We chose to use crocheted trim for one pendant banner, and lace for the other.  Sew or glue (for the NO SEW option) each pendant evenly spaced across the length of lace, ribbon or trim you’re using.  We found 1 inch to be the perfect spacing for our pendant banner.  If you sew the pendants to the banner, use a zig zag stitch across both the top and bottom of the lace/ribbon, or trim to keep it from rolling up when the pendant banner is hung.

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

That’s it!  Hang up your pendant banner and enjoy!  Now we’ll show you some detail shots with examples of embellishments and trims we used with links to where you can get them for your pendant banner.

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Left to right:

Indigo & Aster panel, feather trim, 3/4” Pom Fringe Trim Lime, Indigo & Aster panel, strung together with 1 1/2” Crochet Ribbon Red

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Left to right:

Indigo & Aster panel, beaded trim, Indigo & Aster panel, Treasure Splendor Tang with Riley Blake 3/4” Regular Ric Rac Hot Pink trim, Indigo & Aster panel, strung together with 3 1/2” Janice Cotton Lace Trim Natural

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Left to right:

Gran Opulence Citrus with 1 1/2” Crochet Trim Pink, Indigo & Aster panel

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Foliage Escape Vert with 3/4” Pom Fringe Trim Fuchsia, Indigo & Aster panel, strung together with 1 1/2” Crochet Ribbon Red

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Left to right:

Indigo & Aster panel, Gran Opulence Citrus with 1 1/2” Crochet Trim Pink, Indigo & Aster panel strung together with 3 1/2” Janice Cotton Lace Trim Natural

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Left to right:

Indigo & Aster panel, feather trim, strung together with 1 1/2” Crochet Ribbon Red

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Left to right:

Indigo & Aster panel, Gran Opulence Citrus with 1 1/2” Crochet Trim Pink, beaded trim, Indigo & Aster panel, Foliage Escape Vert with 3/4” Pom Fringe Trim Fuchsia, Indigo & Aster panel embellished with vintage floral lace ribbon, strung together with 1 1/2” Crochet Ribbon Red

Or how about this fun rosebud trim?

Or this fun burlap/lace trim to string the pendant banner together:

2'' Becky Jute Lace Trim Natural
2” Becky Jute Lace Trim Natural

Have fun, and let us know if you use our tutorial to make a DIY pendant banner!

DIY pendant banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation with a NO SEW option!

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Velveteen Rabbit Inspired Baby Outfit

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

This week the sewing theme over at Project Run & Play is Crafting A Story where everyone sews based on their favorite children’s storybook.  This is my Velveteen Rabbit inspired baby outfit.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

Recently I had the privilege of sewing up some fabric designed by the artist, Bari J.  She is one of my favorite designers for Art Gallery Fabrics, and she asked me to sew some items with her newest collection of fabric for the Lookbook.  This collection is called Indigo & Aster, and the Lookbook is an inspirational magazine showing ideas of what to do with the fabric.  Today I’m sharing one outfit I made.  There are several more things to share, and I’ll also be sure to link the Lookbook when it’s published.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The first item I sewed is the Rosemary pattern by Violette Field Threads.  It’s a vintage inspired pin tucked pinafore, and simply perfect for this fabric.  It ties on the sides and has sweet little shoulder panels.  Because I only had 1/2 yard to work with, I made the skirt in the vintage (short) length.  I sewed the size 12-24 months for Baby, and it’s just the sweetest thing ever.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The main green fabric I used is called Lush Bouquet, and the side ties and bodice lining are Bonheur Fresh.  Both are quilting cotton, perfectly suited for this pattern, and super soft as are all Art Gallery Fabrics.  See the whole soon to be released collection here.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The dress underneath started as the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Dress pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  I used my own tutorial here to create a gathered dress.  Then I added lace over the waist gathers, and at the end of the sleeves.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric used for this is a double knit similar to this one.  Ponte Double Knit Ivory Fabric  And above is a shot of the dress without the pinafore.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

It works very well for this purpose.  It’s stable and holds up to baby wear and tear pretty well.  Besides the fact that it’s white!  But the Rosemary Pinafore over the top helps protect it.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

And you probably knew I was going to add a bonnet to the outfit right?  What else would someone with a bonnet shop do?  So I used what just might be my favorite fabric from the Indigo & Aster collection, Foliage Escape Lapis for one side, and some blue velvet for the other side.  And the bonnet ribbons are blue velvet ribbon too.  It’s reversible, of course, and both sides look similarly cute.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The bonnet pattern we use is the Evergreen Bonnet by Twig + Tale.  This time we used the bunny ears for dramatic effect.  I mean, come on, just look at her in the bonnet and try not to smile!  Use this link to get $3 off any Twig + Tale purchase of $10 or more.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

Of course, the bonnet is the main part of the Velveteen Rabbit inspired look.  The pinafore is so old fashioned, and reflects the time the book was written (1922) when all little girls wore pinafores.  When I was a child I discovered The Velveteen Rabbit book by Margery Williams, and it has always been one of my favorite books.  The story of becoming “REAL” has so much imagery and so many applications in today’s world.  I think it’s a classic that should be read to all children!  Even as an adult, I feel like time is making me more REAL, and quite a bit of it is because I’ve been loved.  My hope is to help others become REAL too.

The beautiful photography in this post is the work of Delaney Aby.

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Lavinia Skirt {All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics}

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The next skirt for All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics is the Lavinia skirt and blouse pattern.  This pattern is about the sweetest thing ever!  Really.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

I know we’re supposed to get technical and review the pattern and fabric, but it’s hard to do anything other than gush when it all turns out as wonderfully as this one!  So you’ll have to excuse us if we’re extra gushy today.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The Lavinia is a vintage inspired reversible paperbag skirt pattern.  The blouse has a huge bow, buttons up the front, and has elasticized sleeves.  There are so many details in each of these that make for a wonderful combination of sweetness.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The Lavinia comes in 8 sizes from 2T to 9/10.  The blouse has 3 possible sleeve finishes, the long sleeves we made, a flutter sleeve, or sleeveless.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Measurements are given for the skirt and several of the blouse pattern pieces, reducing the amount of paper to be printed and tiled.  (We always cheer when that happens!)  The instructions are very thorough with photographic illustrations included for each step.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Even though the Lavinia pattern looks complicated, the skirt is very easy to construct, and the blouse could be completed by a confident beginner as well.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

We only made one change to the Lavinia pattern other than lengthening the skirt, our standard alteration for our very tall 7 year old.  We inserted lace between the two layers of the reversible skirt for extra length and vintage appeal.  Plus, just look how sweet it is!

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

 

Now allow us to gush about the fabrics we used for a minute.  Two of the fabrics came from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, and the mint and gold bird fabric (Michael Miller Brambleberry Ridge Flight Metallic Mint Fabric affiliate link) was in our stash.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The blouse fabric is from Bari J’s Anna Elise line and it’s voile.  Voile is a lightweight cotton material with beautiful drape and flow.  It made this blouse turn out even more fabulous than it already was, if that’s possible!

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The other side of the reversible skirt is Bespoke double gauze by Cotton and Steel, and if you’ve been around Skirt Fixation for very long you’ve heard us gush about double gauze before.  A softer fabric can’t be found, and for this skirt it’s perfection adding to the vintage appeal.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Annie has declared this her new favorite outfit, from the sleeves (like a princess, Mommy!) to the softness, and of course the glittery birds.  Fairy tale bliss for a 7 year old!

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Speaking of fairy tales, Allegra gets the credit for the stunning photos.  The lighting in the woods was just magical, and she captured the vintage feeling of the outfit perfectly.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

 

We hope you’ve been sewing up some Violette Field Threads patterns too!  Or maybe you’ve found some luscious fabric at Raspberry Creek Fabrics?  Well, now you can enter to win, too.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Simply link up anything you’ve made this year with a Violette Field Threads pattern or fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  And be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway too.  Two winners will each receive 5 PDF pattern from Violette Field Threads and $50 to spend at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

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Millie Fleur Canvas Jacket

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Recently I had the privilege of being a Quilt Market maker!  For anyone who doesn’t know, Quilt Market is a trade show that occurs in Texas annually.  Everything you can imagine that is related to fabric is there.  Many of the displays at Quilt Market are new lines of fabric soon to be released for fabric stores to peruse and purchase.  So fabric supplies and fabric designers sew up (and ask others to sew up) items using their new fabrics.  So I had the honor of sewing up some canvas from Bari J’s new Millie Fleur fabric line into a jacket to be displayed at Quilt Market.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

I wanted to make something very splashy for this special occasion, so I chose the Chloe Ruffle Jacket and Cap pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  I knew from experience, that a Peekaboo Pattern Shop pattern would make my job easier, there would be no mistakes in the pattern or difficult to understand instructions.  And I was right!  I made a size four since that was the largest size I could manage to get out of the Millie Fleur canvas piece I receive from Bari J.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Bari J. probably sent me all the fabric she had, but this was the “strike-offs” which is printed funny as a test before the real fabric is printed.  And then I insisted on making the cap because, just look at that cap!  But it uses a large circle of fabric.  This is an adorable little pattern, and I made a few more changes to make it even more eye catching.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Instead of spreading out the gathering across the sleeve cap, I gathered it tightly only at the top.

I shortened the “skirt” of the jacket by 1.5 inches.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Instead of gathering the “skirt” of the jacket, I pleated it for a more dramatic look.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

The sleeve opening is narrowed at the bottom.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

I lengthened the ruffle pattern piece along the front so as to make a tighter (and more eye catching) ruffle along the front.

The inside lining of the skirt is not gathered at all so as to not add bulk.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Instead of making buttons and buttonholes, the buttons are merely decorative and there are snaps inside the jacket.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.
Images captured from Quilt Market.

These changes were all very easy to make, and produced a finished product that captured many an eye at quilt market, so I’m told!  It probably also helped that people spent more time in front of Bari J’s booth as she was creating (and giving away!) live paintings.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

You can see the inside of the fully lined Chloe jacket and cap are lined with white fleece Ultra Cuddle Fabric.  The source is JoAnn Fabrics, and it makes the jacket able to be worn all winter long.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Also, cuddle is definitely the right name for this fabric!  It pairs with the Millie Fleur canvas perfectly.Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.I was careful to fussy cut the fabric for the covered buttons so as to accentuate Bari J’s Millie Fleur canvas fabric in all the right places.  I found little flowers and a butterfly to center on the buttons.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

The collar is genuine leather.  It is so extremely soft and supple and adds to the artistic feel of this little jacket.  Plus, the smell of leather!

Jacket made by Skirt Fixation and displayed at Quilt Market

I just love Art Gallery Fabrics, and this is the second time I’ve gotten to work with their amazing canvas fabric.  The other jacket I made was also at Quilt Market in the Art Gallery Fabrics canvas booth!  Talk about some famous jackets.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Seriously, I was so excited to be a quilt market maker.  The only thing better would be to have been there in person.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Since I didn’t have a 4 year old daughter to model the jacket, I had my 4 year old son put it on for a few photos before I sent it off to Bari J.  But I promised his brothers I would block out his face!  I just wanted to show how cute it was modeled.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

I can’t wait for this Millie Fleur canvas to be available in stores.  Since the Chloe Ruffle Jacket pattern goes up to size 8, I just might make one for Annie in her size.  Or find a new pattern and make something for myself!

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

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