Make it Sew | Harness Boot Christmas Stocking

Print pattern and assemble pieces. Download here.
Cutting Directions:
Boot: Cut 2 Outer Fabric (Print)
Boot: Cut 2 Lining Fabric (Solid)
Cuff: Cut 4 on the Fold of Lining (Solid)
Harness Ankle Piece: Cut 2 on the Fold of Lining (Solid)
Harness Arch Piece: Cut 2 of Lining (Solid)
Hanging Loop: Cut 1 rectangle 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ of Lining (Solid)
Batting: Cut 2 of Main Boot
Use 1/2″ seam allowance on boot. Use 1/4″ seam allowance on cuff and harness pieces.
1. Pin batting to the wrong side of each of the boot outer fabric. Baste together with 1/4 ” seam allowance. Trim away any excess batting around the edges.
2. Top stitch quilting rows from top of boot to bottom (vertically) To determine even rows, fold the boot in half and mark center row with pins.  Stitch this row.
3. The rows will be 1 1/2″ apart.  If you have a width gauge on the machine foot, you can use that or, mark with pins. Repeat for other side of boot.
4. Cuffs:  Fold right sides together, length wise. Sew both short ends closed. Clip corners, turn to right side and press.
5. Place raw edge of cuff on the right side of the top of the boot, matching the center of the cuff to the center row of quilting stitch. Stitch in place with 1/8″ seam allowance.
6. Hanging Loop:  Press in half, wrong sides together, along 6 1/2 ” length. Press each side into center.  Fold that in half & press.  This should measure 1″ x 6 1/2″  Top stitch along the long length of the loop, closing the folds
7. Fold tab loop in half (matching raw edges together) Place raw edge of loop along the raw edge of the cuff.  This will be the back so it should be to the left side, toward the back of the boot, above the heel.
8. Outer Boot: With boot pieces right sides together, ( be sure cuff and tab are free from seam) Use a 1/2 ” seam allowance to sew together, but at the bottom of the heel & tip of toe switch to a 1/4 ” seam to lengthen them. Leave top open. Clip curves and into corners. Turn right side out and press.
9. Boot Lining: Pin boot lining pieces right sides together.  Mark a 6 ” opening along the calf seam (this will be left open for turning )  Sew along sides, leaving the 6″ area open and the top of the boot open. Clip curves and corners.
10. Without turning the lining (still wrong side out)  slide it over the outside of the boot. Line up the seam at the top of the boot, matching the side seams. With a 1/4 ” seam allowance sew all the way around the top of the boot, through all layers.
11. Pull outer boot through the 6″ opening of the lining. Pull the lining to the right side and press the lining flat.  Top stitch close to the edge of the 6″ opening to close it.  Push lining inside of boot and press.
12. Harness Arch Piece:  With right sides together, sew with 1/4 ” seam across point of arch piece, repeat on other set.
13. Open both pieces and press seam flat. Match the two sets right sides together and stitch along the long edges (leaving the short edges unfinished). Turn right side out and press.
14. Harness Ankle Piece:  Open fold of both pieces and lay right sides together. Sew with 1/4 ” seam along the V.  Trim seam and clip the center of the V.  Press seam flat. Fold right sides together and sew 1/4″ seam along the long unfinished edges. Turn inside out and press.
15. Constructing the Harness: You will want to “fit” the harness before final assembly.
a. Wrap Harness Ankle Piece around the boot ankle. On the front side of the raw edged opening, tuck under the raw edge into the tube of the harness. On the back side of the raw edged opening, slip the raw edge into the front side tube. You may want to trim some of the excess fabric. When it fits nice and lays smooth, pin well in place. (You will remove the harness to sew, so do not pin it to the boot itself)screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-8-58-31-am
b. Wrap Harness Arch Piece under the arch and lay over the Harness Ankle Piece, pinning in place for marking (on both sides). Using erasable fabric marker/chalk, mark points A, B, and C.screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-9-01-02-am
c. Unpin the Harness Arch Piece and then slip the Harness Ankle Piece off the boot without removing pin.
d. Topstitch the Harness Ankle Piece to secure the back and front.
e. Using a seam ripper, pick open the stitches between the two A and B marks you made (on both sides).screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-9-18-20-am
f. Slip the Harness Arch Piece into the slots you created and slide in up to mark C. Pin in place (on both sides). Topstitch the arch to Harness Ankle Piece.screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-9-11-01-am16. Slip Harness back onto the boot and sew a large button onto the ankle through
all layers on the front side of the boot👢😊


Make it Sew | Stitched Valentines

KB_VD4This is a simple idea that’s full of possibilities. They could be made for any holiday or occasion. What’s really wonderful though is that it’s perfect for scraps and your little sewists. The directions are vague which is nice because it leaves room for interpretation. We had 4″ envelopes so we worked backwards from there.

KN_VD1Mo Willems’ Knuffle Bunny was a great fabric to use for young ones since it combines a favorite character and hearts!KB_VD5

1. We printed out some sayings for a computer onto a stiff paper stock. This isn’t necessary, since you can always handwrite your Valentine’s Day wishes. As for size, we made the paper portion smaller so we could use fabric as a frame. So in this case, the finished size is for a 4″ envelope and the paper squares are about 3″ leaving 1″ in fabric border.

2. We cut fabric scraps roughly at about 5″ squares – enough so we didn’t have to line things up too strictly before sewing. Layering fabrics wrong sides together and placed the paper on top. We did not pin things because we didn’t want to leave a mark in the paper, but you could use spray glues if thought it would help for littler hands.

* We took the extra step in adding a layer of white fabric between the prints so they wouldn’t show though.

KB_VD33. Using any stitch you like and sewing with the paper facing up, stitch around the edge of the paper. Trim loose ends.

4. Finally, trim the fabrics to the desired size with pinking shears.

5. For a finishing touch, we added fabric “stamps”.KB_VD2

Dem Bones | Seasonal Setting for a Foyer

Dem Bones in a Seasonal Setting

Quilter and teacher, Charles Johns’ interpretation for a seasonal makeover in Dem Bones really impresses us!

Dem Bones in a Seasonal Setting

Firstly, he did this duo of pennant projects, which can really translate for any season, but work so nicely with the scale of Dem Bones. It’s subtle and easy to live with paired with a variety of gourd-colored solids.

The credenza and window treatments drip with festive triangular bunting. Download the triangle pattern PDF here.
Dem Bones in a Seasonal Setting
Dem Bones in a Seasonal Setting
Valance comprised of triangular pennants bound by binding tape tacks into the top of the window frame with ease.
Dem Bones in a Seasonal Setting

Christmas Tree Skirt

Nature Walk tree skirt in action

After the success of my Peep Boots (and the approval of my family) I was inspired to make a coordinating tree skirt. I found this great tutorial on Sew 4 Home– only I wanted to be able to see all 8 patterns in this collection – mainly because I can’t really say which 4 I like best and because my tree is nestled into a corner, you only ever get to see the front of the tree skirt… so I devised a simple pieced pattern that just introduces an extra step and allows for the showcasing of more patterns. Click here for the .pdf pattern piece. There is a full size for people who can print out large format 13×19 pages, or a version for letter-sized 8.5 x 11 which will require piecing and taping. Once you’ve sewn together the pieces (inner panel to outer panel) and have your slices of the pie ready to sew together, go back to this tutorial to finish through.

Nature Walk tree skirt

Couple of things to note: My skirt measures 48″ wide. I used store-bought bias tape – just didn’t have it in me to go the distance in such short time, though the red ditsy would’ve look marvelous!… I found Coats & Clark double-fold 1/2″ wide bias tape in Taupe was an excellent match. I needed 3 packages (3yds ea). I backed my skirt with flannel, but it could be anything, really. I used a layer of thin organic cotton batting between and stitched it up as noted on the tutorial, plus I stitched in the ditch of the horizontal seams I made.

A few other directions:
1. Here’s an image of what the letter-sized format pattern pieces should look like when pieced together-
the outer panel is above, the inner panel below).
2. Cut all 8 panels* of each pattern piece in various fabrics- you can be as random or pattern-like as you care to be with your fabric selections.
2a. *if you are using a one-directional print, be sure to align it so that the print will “face outward” from the tree trunk therefore it will look correct to you when looking down at it.
3. To create a full panel, sew the outer panel to inner panel (right sides together) matching notches. Press seam flat. Then continue to the tutorial.

Now, to decorate that tree! Hope your holidays has its share of crafty goodness!

…the Peep Boots were hung by the TV with care…

Peep Boots hung with care

Finally! Some Christmas decorations at the Bencsko household. The other day I bought this delightful Peep Boot pattern from one of my favorite designers, Lizzy House. Yesterday, Mom came over and helped me assembly-line-style by cutting out all the pieces for me (my least favorite part of sewing). Everything went without a hitch and I’m the proud new maker/owner of 4 sweet Peep Boots presented in Nature Walk. Perfect for a non-traditional traditionalist like me.

Hmmm, next, I may tackle a tree skirt! Have you got any holiday projects on or fresh off the cutting table? Share a link!
Peep Boots Closeup

HOOT! Tote = Halloween FUN!

Halloween HOOT! Tote

Because of the timing for the International Quilt Market, I won’t be able to enjoy Halloween with my kids this year. But at least a bit of me will be with them that day with this Halloween take on our HOOT! Tote pattern.

I made this Mini version, which is included in the pattern as well as the Big version. But now that I see it finished and knowing how much my little one loves his treats, I may need to make the bigger one for him!
Happy Halloween!

New Item | HOOT! Tote PDF Pattern

HOOT! Tote Pattern PDF

I’ve been hoping to team up with someone to help me create patterns for quite a while now, and it just so happened that the perfect candidate was right under my nose! Kayanna Nelson expertly created easy to understand and lovely to look at technical directions for this newest edition to our product range: the HOOT! Tote PDF Pattern.
Currently selling in our online shop and our Etsy shop and we’ll be adding some online retailers in the near future. Someone’s already asked if we’ll be making kits: We have no plans for that since we want to encourage sales at our customer’s shops first. We’ve also been asked if we’ll be doing hardcopies: We’re going to wait a little bit on that and see how things go. We’re new to this, so baby steps! (ie, maybe next week ;P )
It had occurred to me, it would be an ideal tote for Halloween!- possibly made out of felt. Must try that.
We hope to bring more projects as the weeks go on. We just received a portion of our My Happy Nursery sample yardage, so I’ll be sewing up a storm and cooking up new ideas.