Newborn Baby Joggers: Free Pattern and Tutorial

adventures-in-crafting, newborn-baby-joggers

Today I have a pattern for a pair of knit joggers for baby! These are newborn sized. If you are new to sewing with knits, check out my tips for sewing knit fabric here. Scroll down for the FREE pattern and tutorial to make these baby joggers your own!

NewBorn Baby Joggers Tutorial

Supplies:

  • ~1/2 yard knit fabric (these take about 1/4″ yard total, but you’ll need the extra to have enough room to correctly lay the pieces in direction of greatest stretch)
  • Rotary cutter/scissors and mat
  • Ball point/stretch sewing machine needles & pins
  • Matching thread and/or stretch thread
  • 1″ elastic waistband (cut to 13″)

adventures-in-crafting, newborn-baby-joggers 1

Step 1: Print & Assemble Newborn Jogger Pattern

Open and print newborn baby joggers pattern. Trim overlap and tape together.

adventures-in-crafting, newborn-baby-joggers 2

step 2: cut pattern pieces

Cut pattern pieces from fabric. Pay attention to the direction of greatest stretch of your fabric and lay pattern pieces accordingly. Cut out two of each.

adventures-in-crafting, newborn-baby-joggers 3

step 3: pin legs together

Pin the edge of one front piece to the edge of one back piece. Be sure to line up the bottoms. It is ok if the top isn’t perfectly aligned, this will be hidden when the waistband is completed. Sew edges with 1/4″ seam allowance.

adventures-in-crafting, newborn-baby-joggers 4

Step 4: attach ankle cuff

Open pieces and press. Fold ankle cuff in half widthwise. With right sides together, pin ankle cuff to the bottom of the sewn leg pieces. The cut edges go together. Sew with 1/4″ seam allowance. Open and press.

adventures-in-crafting, newborn-baby-joggers 5

Step 5: Topstitch ankle cuff

adventures-in-crafting, newborn-baby-joggers

Step 6: sew joggers together

Pin both leg pieces with right sides together. Sew with 1/4″ seam allowance just to where the yellow lines indicate in the photo.

adventures-in-crafting, newborn-baby-joggers 7

Step 7: sew inseam

Open joggers and pin inseam paying attention that the ankle cuffs and the crotch seams line up. Sew from ankle cuff to ankle cuff with 1/4″ seam allowance.

Step 8: attach waistband

Craftsy has a great tutorial on how to attach the elastic waistband.

adventures-in-crafting, newborn-baby-joggers 8

The great thing about this pattern is it quickly comes together, so grab several fabrics in prints you love and make a batch for your new arrival!

Happy Crafting!

Erin

For more sewing projects, click here!

Follow me on social media:

5 Tips To Help You Sew Knit Fabric

As I ventured into sewing knit fabric for the first time, I admit, I felt a bit intimidated. It felt like there were so many rules to be successful at sewing knit fabric. Plus, that added stretch component that differs from wovens sounded like it could get tricky. But, with a few simple tips you can gain confidence sewing knits with ease. Below I share five tips that helped me as I got started; I hope they can do the same for you!

1. Choose the proper sewing notions/accessories

c/o Threads Magazine

Knit fabrics differ from wovens in how they are formed. One continuous thread forms interlocking loops as shown above, which contribute to the fabric’s stretchiness. This means that you will need supplies like pins and needles that slide through those loops, instead of piercing them. (Using a universal needle, for example, will cause the knit fabric to tear once it is stretched.) These include ball point pins/needles, stretch needles, and wonderclips. Both ballpoint and stretch needles work with knits; with stretch needles working well with higher stretching knit fabric. You can also find twin stretch needles for topstitching and finishing hems. I love using the wonderclips; they are so handy that I use them for pretty much all of my sewing projects.

adventures-in-crafting, knit-fabric, sewing-with-knits

One other accessory that can greatly assist you with sewing knits is a walking foot. This adds feed dogs on top of your fabric as well, so it will pull it through your machine evenly as you sew. This helps prevent puckered or wavy seams. While not necessary, I believe a walking foot has saved me a lot of headaches while sewing knit fabric; I highly recommend getting one.

2. Note direction of stretch

Make note of the direction of highest stretch of your fabric. (This is usually the width of the fabric.) You want to position your pattern pieces so the direction of highest stretch will wrap around the body. Most patterns will note how to position the pieces accordingly. This allows the finished garment to lay properly; without twisting.

adventures-in-crafting, sewing-with knits, knit-fabric

3. Choose proper thread and stitches

You have choices when it comes to the stitches you can use with knit fabric. Because of this, you don’t need specialty thread to sew knits; regular ole polyester thread will work. However, I favor utilizing stretch thread when sewing knits as this allows me to utilize a straight stitch more often. There are two types of stretch thread that will work well in sewing machines, they include: Maxi-Lock Thread, and Eloflex thread from Coats & Clark. While it is great that sewing brands are coming out with threads specifically for sewing with knits, they don’t come in the amount of color variety that all purpose polyester does. When I have a project that needs a specific colored thread, I simply use the polyester thread with my needle, and wind the bobbin with the stretch thread.

adventures-in-crafting, knit-fabric, sewing-with-knits

The type of stitch you use will depend on what your sewing machine has available. You want your seams to stretch with the fabric. The most commonly used and available is the zigzag stitch. A few others include a faux overlock stitch, stretch stitch, and triple straight stretch stitch. Experiment to see what works best with your machine and your project. (It’s always beneficial to test settings on a scrap of material) That said, a narrow, zigzag stitch will work universally for most projects.

adventures-in-crafting, sewing-with-knits, knit-fabric

4. Stabilize delicate knit Fabric

I feel that this tip is one of the handiest, and has really helped when cutting and piecing together high stretch/delicate fabrics. After your fabric is washed and dried and before you cut the pattern pieces out, treat the fabric with spray starch. This stabilizes the fabric a little better; preventing the fabric from curling too much and helps greatly when pinning the fabric together.

adventures-in-crafting, knit-fabric, sewing-with-knits

Another way to stabilize knits is to use hem tape.

5. How to fix wavy edges

Not all is lost if, despite all your preparation, your hems seem stretched after you finish sewing them. Using an iron press gently and apply steam to shrink the seam back down to size.

I hope these tips give you the confidence to tackle more knit projects, like they did for me. Check back on Wednesday for a free knit fabric pattern you can use to practice your skills!

Happy Crafting!

Erin

For more sewing projects, click here!

Follow me on social media:

Links to Love: 5 Free Cozy Earwarmer Patterns

The temperatures have dropped here in the desert, which has me thinking about more ways to stay warm. I have one more cozy links to love post for you! I have included 5+ free, earwarmer headband patterns you can crochet! The greatest thing about these patterns is they can easily be made to custom fit anyone; from babies to adults!

1. 30 minutes Crochet Headband by Adventures in Crafting

adventures in crafting, earwarmer, earwarmers, earwarmer crochet

2. Aspen Socialite Headband by Make and Do Crew


3. Knotted Bow Headband by the Friendly Red Fox

4. Twist Headband by All About Ami

5. Everly Headwrap by Mamachee

6. Knotted Headband by Rescued Paws Designs

Happy Crafting!

Erin

For more Links to Love, click here!

Follow me on social media:

30 Minute Crochet Headband for Baby

Adventures in Crafting crochet baby headband 4

I love how sweet knotted headbands are on babies! When I’m up with the girls at night I have to resist the urge to buy all the headbands. To save my bank account, I decided to crochet a baby headband myself with some leftover yarn from another project; making this a great yarnbuster pattern. To crochet a baby headband for yourself, scroll down for the tutorial!

Crochet Baby Headband

Materials:

  • Size J crochet hook
  • Worsted weight yarn (I’d also like to try this in a bulkier weight)
  • Yarn Needle

adventures in crafting crochet baby headband 5

For the headband:

Make a slipknot. Chain enough stitches so when the chain is finished it measures the length of the headband size you’d like to make. Ch 2 additional stitches.

Row 1: Double crochet in 4th chain from hook. Dc in each stitch across. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first stitch) dc in each stitch across to end of the row, including top of 3rd chain of ch 3. Turn

Row 3-5: Repeat Row 2. Finish.

Use yarn needle to weave in ends.

For the knot:

(You have some freedom here to make it as long as you’d like. I chained 25.)

Make a slipknot. Ch 25 (or desired length plus 2)

1 dc in 4th chain from the hook. Dc in each stitch across until last stitch.

4 dc in last ch.

Working in other side of chain, dc in each stitch across. 4 dc in last stitch.

Sl st in top of chain 3. Finish.

You should have two pieces as pictured below.

Lay your crochet baby headband flat and fold the edges into the middle. With a piece of yarn and needle, slip stitch the edges together. Pull tight enough that the edges come together but don’t bunch.

Finally, take your oval knot and tie it around the headband’s seam.

And there you have it. An adorable crochet baby headband for your littles! Feel free to experiment to find the yarn and size that works best for you!

Happy Crafting!

Erin

For more crochet projects and tutorials, click here!

Follow me on social media:

A Free Pattern Review: Adventures in Crocheting a Cabled Pillow

Adventures in Crafting cabled pillow

Happy Friday! I am popping in to write up a quick review of the Braided Cables Pillow Pattern, part of the Textured Pillow Trip from Red Heart. Cable Knit pillows are very popular, but instead of splurging $40-$50 for one from Pottery Barn grab a few skeins of Red Heart Soft yarn, and crochet one yourself!

Adventures in Crafting Cabled Pillow 1

This is a free pattern download from Red Heart. Not only is it free, but you also have three different pillow patterns to choose from. The Braided Cables pattern is rated as intermediate, which I would agree is accurate. The back crochets up quick utilizing rows of single crochet. The challenge comes with the cables on the front. They require more complicated treble and double treble crochet stitches. Each row also alternates. I found I had to backtrack a few times, as I would get my rows mixed up.

Adventures in Crafting Cabled Pillow 2
Buttons from Michaels

I will be honest. I also lost a stitch on one side, and didn’t realize until a little ways into making the pillow. Instead of starting over, I decided to keep going, and hope that it wouldn’t affect the finished project in the end; once the edges were bound together. I think I was right! Additionally, I used Red Heart Soft yarn in Off White. Had I used a different color, I might have purchased a similar shaded fabric and made a quick liner, as the pillow form slightly peeks through. A little extra work, but that would make for a more cohesive look.

adventures in crafting cabled pillow 3
DIY Bench from The Design Confidential, Rug from Target

I hope you’re inspired to try this pillow pattern this weekend. I think this is a great weekend project; I would say it should take about two weekends total to finish. Happy Crafting!

Erin

Follow me on social media:

Links to Love – 5 Free Bright Spring Cowl Patterns

We’re midway through February and as the temperatures warm up, layering skills become a necessity. Here in the desert it can be in the 40s in the morning and 70s by the afternoon. I’m planning on working on a knit cowl; for two reasons…one, to brush up on my knitting skills, and two, to add a lighter layering piece to my wardrobe. Cowls are perfect to add a little extra warmth instead of a bulkier scarf when the temperatures start to warm up. Here are five FREE online cowl patterns!

1. Stunning Knit Cowlby Red Heart


c/o Red Heart

2. Sweet Shells Twisted Cowl by Red Heart

https://i0.wp.com/www.redheart.com/medias/sys_master/images/images/h27/hbf/8921777405982.jpg?resize=401%2C480
c/o Red Heart

3. Rosy Stitches Cowl by Lion Brand Yarns

https://i1.wp.com/cdn.lionbrand.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/K/n/Knit-Pattern-Rosy-Stitches-Cowl-90710AD-a.jpg?resize=400%2C622
c/o Lion Brand Yarns

4. Contrast Ridged Cowl by Yarnspirations

c/o Yarnspirations

5. Twist and Shout Tweed Cowl by Yarnspirations

c/o Yarnspirations

Happy Crafting!

Erin

Follow me on social media:

Candy Heart Friendship Bracelets for Valentine’s Day

adventures in crafting, heart friendship braceletsValentine’s Day is only 2 days away, and today I have a fairly quick and easy bracelet tutorial as a last minute gift idea. The inspiration for this post came from HonestlyWTF, I loved the candy bright colors that they used. Also, I provide written steps below, but simpleDIYs on YouTube has a video that can provide a little better visual. You can find it here. To be honest, it took me some trial and error to get the steps down, so watching the video was helpful for me too.

To begin you’ll need:

  • 2 different colors of embroidery floss
  • Scissors
  • Clipboard/Tape
  • Seam Ripper (opt) – I used the tip to pull out knots when I messed up!

adventures in crafting, heart friendship bracelets 1

Step 1: Cut 4 strands of each color at about 36″ long…for a total of 8 strands.
Step 2: Gather together and tie a knot on one end, leaving about a 5-6 inch tail. Tape down the knot to a flat working surface, or clip onto a clipboard.
Step 3: Spread and alternate the strands, starting with the color strands you want to make the hearts with on the outside. (You will have two strands of the same color next to one another, in the middle)

adventures in crafting, heart friendship bracelets 2

Step 4: Make your first knot on the left side using the outermost strand (aqua). Create a 4-shape on top of the second strand (lavender). Loop the tail under the second strand and back up through the opening of the 4. Pull tight, pulling the tail in the opposite direction of the point of the 4. *Repeat

**Throughout this whole project, you will tie two knots on every strand

Step 5: Work your way across, using the same aqua strand. As you see in the picture above, you loop over the second strand first, then move along to the 2nd and 3rd strands. Then leave that first aqua strand in the middle.

Step 6: Repeat Step 5 on the right side. The only difference is that you begin the knots by making a backwards 4 shape.

adventures in crafting, heart friendship bracelets 4

Step 7: Once you end with both aqua strands in the middle. Take the right strand and make a backwards 4-knot, twice to finish. This strand will then end up on the left side. Repeat steps 4-7 starting with the new outermost strand, here it is lavender. Once you finish, you will have two rows of chevron knots.

adventures in crafting, heart friendship bracelets 5

Step 8: Now we begin the heart rows. Take the second strand from the left and make a backwards 4-knot over the first strand on the left (remember do this twice!) Then repeat on the right side.

adventures in crafting, heart friendship bracelets 6

Step 9 & 10: Next, the first strand has become the second strand. You will use it to 4-knot over strands marked 1 and 2 above. Then you’ll repeat on the right side with backwards 4-knots on strands 3 and 4.

Step 11: When you reach the middle, again use a backwards 4-knot to finish the row.

Step 12: Repeat steps 9-11. You should have something that looks like the picture right below.

adventures in crafting, heart friendship bracelets 7

Step 13 & 14: Repeat steps 4-7 (The first chevron row will finish your heart)

Step 15 & 16: Repeat steps 8-12

*So, the whole bracelet is made by making two chevron rows and two heart rows. I confused myself at one point, because I forgot that the chevron row that finished the heart is also the first chevron row of the set of two.

adventures in crafting, heart friendship bracelets 8

I finished with two chevron rows and tied another knot. My bracelet from knot to knot measured about 4-5 inches. I then completed a square braid on either side. To do so, I gathered the strands into pairs and lined them up alternating colors. To begin, take strand 4 and loop it under 3, around 2, and then finish  between 2 & 3. Then, take strand 1 and loop it under 2, around 4, and finish between 2 and 4. Repeat these two actions, alternating outer strands. (so next would be strand 3 that you loop under 4, and around 1, to finish between 1 and 4. Then move to strand 2) Once it measures about 3″, tie a knot to finish.

adventures in crafting, heart friendship bracelets 9

Finally, I used the tutorial from Purl Soho to complete an adjustable closure to make for easy on and off.

Happy Crafting!

Erin

 

For more craft projects and tutorials, click here!

Follow me on social media:

Adventures in Crafting Challenge: Sewing a Wardrobe for Spring

One of my main purposes of starting this blog was to challenge my crafting abilities. I have sewn here and there throughout the years; but haven’t really taken the time to push myself beyond the basics. As I have been exploring resources, I discovered Goodbye Valentino’s Ready To Wear Fast, here. Too late and not entirely confident in my abilities to fully participate, I plan on tackling 5 wardrobe projects each season til the end of the year. (That is as long as my little ladies allow time for it to happen!)

Beginning with my pieces for spring!

1. Lavender Suede Jacket: Purple is the color of the season and I fell in love with this Old Navy jacket. I found a similar style from BurdaStyle, here. I decided to go a little darker with the fabric and found this dusty grey suede with lilac undertones from Fashion Fabrics Club.

2. Slub Knit Tunic: Another Old Navy find, I think every wardrobe needs a basic tunic. I’ve been a fan of these from Old Navy the past few seasons. Style Arc Bali Bindi tunic has the drop shoulder style I’m looking for, and I plan on hacking the hemline to match the rounded hem of the one from Old Navy. Fabric.com has a variety of slub knit fabric, I plan to start with white.

3. Camel Market Tote: Spring has me thinking Farmer’s Market; which means I need a tote to carry all my goodies! I was inspired by this one from Nordstrom. I decided to try my hand at crocheting my own version. I would like to use Lion Brand Yarn 24/7 Cotton in Camel, and accent it with an ivory handle.

4. Pleated Midi Skirt: According to Glowsly, tropical prints are one of the big spring print trends for 2018. I thought the trendy print would work well with this classic skirt. I found the Butterick pattern on Etsy.com. The tropical prints here, here, here, and here. Spoonflower has a bunch, I’m still finding more I like!

5. Bead and Tassel Necklace: I’ve seen tassel jewelry popping up all over. These necklaces are from FranzimJewelry on Etsy. I plan on scouring the jewelry making sections at Joann’s/Michaels/Hobby Lobby for similar supplies.

I plan to update here as my projects progress!

Happy Crafting!

Erin

Follow me on social media:

Adorable Baby Bonnets +An Amazing Bias Tape Tutorial

adventures in crafting, baby bonnets, continuous bias tape

To let you know a little more about me; I have twin girls conceived via IVF. We were successful after a six year long struggle. As I made it through my fertility challenges, I would imagine the types of projects I’d make for my children one day. These bonnets from See Kate Sew were always at the top of the list.

I began with the classic baby bonnet pattern of hers; which you can find here. (Look for the pixie bonnet in an upcoming post!) I used woven fabrics from Hobby Lobby, and made my own contrasting bias tape.

adventures in crafting baby bonnets

What I love most about this pattern (besides that it is absolutely adorable) is that it is a quick and moderately easy sew…not taking more than an hour; probably less if you use packaged bias tape. If you would like to make your own bias tape, scroll down for the tutorial!

I’m so excited to have my girls wear these bonnets! The light woven fabric will be perfect for upcoming spring season.

adventures on crafting baby bonnets 2

Happy Crafting!

Erin

adventures in crafting continous bias tape

Scroll down for how to make a continuous bias tape!

Step 1:

Cut a square piece of fabric.
– 9″ square = ~1 yard of tape
– 15″ square = ~ 3 yards
– 20″ square = ~ 5 yards

Step 2:

With wrong side of fabric facing UP, measure halfway points on
left and right side of the square. Mark with a pin.

Step 3:

Using a pencil, draw a diagonal line across
the fabric from corner to opposite corner.

Cut along the line.

Step 4:

With right sides together, match pins and line up edges of fabric.

Step 5

Sew the edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Press seam open.

Step 6:

With wrong side up…parallel to the long edge of fabric,
mark lines with a pencil your desired width.
The whipstitch blog has a great resource to determine how wide to mark your
strips, here. Trim off any excess.

Step 7:

Turn your fabric right side up, and make a tube by bringing the short edges of your fabric together. On one of the lines close to the center, make a mark 1/4″ from the edge.
Initially your lines will line up (but we don’t want to keep them that way, because you will be left with fabric rings, not bias tape!)

So…you’ll want to shift your fabric so the line you marked is matched with the next line over.
Line up your edges, and now, shift your fabric a tiny bit more so where the paired lines cross one another is also where you made that 1/4″ mark.

Step 8:

Sew the edges with a 1/4′ seam allowance, and press seam open.

Step 9:

Beginning at one end, cut along pencil marks
until you are left with one long strip of bias tape.

Finally:

Using a bias tape maker, pull the end of the strip through. Iron the tape as you move the bias tape maker along. To make double fold bias tape, fold the tape over onto itself and press again.

Follow me on social media: