Category Archives: Sewing

Ways to cut Fabric

Hello everyone. I hope you all are well. I haven’t had much time to write recently due to our youngest needing surgery and then also receiving said surgery.  He is healing well now and hopefully the issue is now fixed permanently.

Now that I have more time to work on things I am planning on getting more writing done when I can, and some more sewing projects done as well. I have quite a few. While our son was healing up I had some time to think about things to write about.

I figured I would do a few more posts about sewing related topics. So I would include writing and sewing together. The first post, this post that is, will be about the different ways you can cut your fabric and why you would use those specific ways.



For the longest time I only ever used cheap Walmart scissors.  Nothing against them really. They get the job done, but they were constantly getting dull, and would eventually break near the handles. They were cheap (around 1 dollar) so it wasn’t a huge loss, but at some point I realized that my Grandmother has had the same pair of fabric shears for quite some time and they work wonderfully. Plus she doesn’t have to constantly replace hers either.

That is when I decided to invest a little extra money up front for a good pair of fabric shears. I have gone through a few different brands. This is mostly because my family seems to think that because they  look like scissors you can use them to cut everything around the house and it won’t hurt them at all. WRONG. They would chip or dull them and I would need to buy a new pair. I now have a great hiding place so I don’t have to worry about replacing them.

I have tried these and these fabric shears, and ended up using this pair of fabric shears. They are my go to when cutting larger items with not a lot of curves, or for very shear fabrics. They cut through fabric easily and do not give me the scissor callus on my hand I always seem to get with regular scissors and many brands of shears.

Another great way to manage to cut large items especially if they are  lot of straight lines is to use bent blade fabric shears.  I love how easy it is to use this pair to cut my large amounts of fabric into smaller more manageable sections.

If you have a type of fabric that seems to fray easily, like come woven fabrics, pinking shears come in really handy. They cut the fabric in a zig-zag patterns leaving small little triangular notches along the cut edge of the fabric you are working with.  I love these when working on clothes for my sons. I have also heard many people say they make their cloth wipes for cloth diapers by cutting squares of fabric out with pinking shears to cut down on fraying.  I have not tried this myself so I am not sure how well that works. I make my cloth wipes like this.

I recently found out how wonderfully useful rotary fabric cutters could be. I did try them out until I was gifted a set and oh my goodness. I did not know what I was missing until then. They are a huge asset when cutting either small items, or items with many curves or details. I use these more with smaller clothing and cloth diapers I make. I have two different sizes and they both work wonderfully still. What is also nice about rotary cutters is all you have to replace is the blades.

I love that there are so many options when it comes to cutting fabric, and all of them have their uses.

What styles of fabric cutting do you prefer? Let us know in the comments.

 

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

Top Sewing Supplies

My top sewing supplies

  1. self healing cutting boards-

These are a great item to have in your box… closet…room…house full of sewing supplies. I have two of them, and would like a third eventually. I have a small one that can fit onto a small folding TV table. The second is a little bigger for slightly bigger projects. The really large self healing cutting mat I want is more for larger patterns and projects like adult clothing. I haven’t really dabbled in adult clothing sewing yet, but I am beginning to and the big one will be so much easier and more convenient.

2. fabric measuring tape

This is an absolute must have when it comes to the best sewing supplies. How can you make anything without being able to measure what you are making or who you are making it for. Whether you are sewing a pillowcase for your child, or a pair of pants for your husband you need to be able to measure whatever it is your doing.

3.rotary cutter

A Rotary cutter is a great thing to have in your Sewing supplies. Scissors or shears will get the job done but there is nothing else like cutting through a layer or more of fabric like butter with a rotary cutter. I absolutely love it for larger projects as well, and projects with a lot of straight or semi straight lines. If you haven’t tried one out yet I definitely suggest you do. I would also suggest some extra blades too.

4. pinking shears

Pinking shears are a great item to have in your sewing supplies. This is especially true if you plan on working with fabric that unravels easily. Pinking shears are fabric shears that cut in a zig-zag patter creating small triangles along the cut side of the fabric. This helps the fabric fray or unravel a little less. Also I have not yet tried them but I really want to try this type of pinking shears soon.

5.fabric clips

I wasn’t even aware these existed a few years ago but more and more often I see people raving about them. I found a great deal online so I decided it couldn’t hurt to try them out so I went ahead and purchased them. I just have to say. I love using these for top stitching and seams. They are a great alternative to sewing pins especially if you have a little one who loves to crawl around on the floor and find things you didn’t even know where there, like stray sewing pins. Yikes. I would highly recommend these to anyone who has not yet tried them. They are inexpensive and highly useful.

6. safety pins

This may seem like a strange thing to add to your sewing kit but I absolutely love having a safety pin or to ready. I used them mostly to thread elastic through waistbands on diapers. You just pin the safety pin to one end of the elastic and push it through the elastic casing you just sewed and out the other side. It makes life so much easier in my opinion. So if you haven’t yet. Go grab yourself a pack of safety pins they work great for temporary fixes as well.

7. regular shears

This is also a must have in any sewing kit. I mostly use my regular sewing shears for cutting small pieces of fabric that pinking shears wont work for, or trimming off the loose pieces of threads on my stitching.

8. quilting measuring square

These are great to have if you are making blankets or un-paper towels or washcloths, or almost anything really. The great thing is they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

9. Metal ruler

A metal ruler is a great thing to have to help you cut straight lines with your rotary blade, or you can just use it to measure things too. Heheh.

10. sewing machine

This is kind of an obvious must if you are planning on sewing a lot of items or bigger items in general. I do hand sew some of my projects but so many of them I use my sewing machines for it. I have three all together but two were old hand me down machines that work great but they just don’t sell anymore. The third is my Brother sewing machine. It is simple but it gets the job done and it would be great for beginners as well as others.


These are my must have sewing supplies. What are yours?

Thank you for reading,

The Momnipresent Mother

 

Do It Yourself Children’s Pants



Step 1: Find a pair of pants that fit your child.

M is cloth diapered so I made sure to pick a pair of pants that fit well over his cloth covered butt. 

Step 2: Fold the pants in half.

Make sure to get the seams lined up as well as possible and all the cloth is as flat as you can make it. 

Step 3: Trace the pants onto something.

After making sure it is lined up and flat use a pen or a pencil and trace the pants onto a piece of cardboard, paper, cardstock, ect. Then add a 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam allowance (whichever you feel more comfortable with).

Step 4: Cut out new pattern.

Cut out the Pattern you traced.

Step 5 (optional): Measure pockets on pants.

If you want to add pockets to the pants measure the dimensions of the pockets on the existing pants. 

Step 6 (optional): Draw the pockets.

Draw the dimensions on the same material you traced the pants onto and add the same seam allowance around it. 

Step 7 (optional): Cut out pattern for pockets.

Cut out the pattern you just drew for the pockets.

Step 8: Place pattern(s) on new fabric.

Take your pattern for the pants and place it on the material

Take your pocket pattern and place it on the fabric you want your pockets made out of.

Step 9: Trace pattern onto new fabric.

Trace around the pants pattern with a pen, chalk, marker, or fabric marker.  Trace the pants pattern twice with the crotch facing left and then flip the pattern over and trace that one twice with the crotch facing right. 

Trace the pocket pattern once and then flip the pattern and trace it again.

 

Step 10: Cut out the pieces.

Cut out the pants pieces you created by tracing the pattern onto the fabric. 

Step 11: Put the two pants pieces right sides together.

Place the two pairs of pants pieces right sides(the side you want on the outside when finished) together. 

Step 12: Sew from the waist to the crotch on both sets of legs.

Sew the two pieces of fabric for each pair together from the top of the crotch to the bottom.

Step 13: Place the two sewn pieces right sides together.

Open both pairs of sewn fabric up and place the two pieces together right sides together.

Step 14: Sew down the sides of the pant legs.

Sew down from the top (where the waist band will be) of the outer legs to the bottom (to where the cuff of the pant legs will be).

Step 15: Then Sew along the insides of the legs of the pants.

Sew from one bottom of the inside leg, around the crotch and back down to the other inside leg.

Step 16: Fold the cuffs of the pants up an inch.

Fold the bottom of each leg up in the pant leg about an inch.

Step 17: Fold the cuffs up another inch.

Fold the folded bottom of each leg  up in the pant leg another inch, and pin or clip.

Step 18: Sew around the cuffs.

Sew around the folded up leg cuffs. 

Step 19:  Fold the waist down 1/2 inch and sew.

Fold down the waist 1/2 inch and sew around it.

Step 20 : Fold the waist down another two inches and sew it down leaving an opening for the elastic.

Fold down the waist again but two inches and sew around the waist leaving an open for threading the elastic through the waistband.

Step 21: Measure around the waist of  your child, and add an inch and cut that amount of elastic.

Take a measuring tape around your child’s waist and add and inch then cut that amount of elastic.

Step 22: Take a safety pin and pin the end of the elastic, and thread it through  the waist band.

Take a safety pin and pin the end of the elastic, and then thread the elastic through the waistband used the pin to push it through to the other end.

Step 23: Sew the two ends of the elastic together at the ends.

Once you have the elastic threaded all the way through so you have both ends sticking out of the hole you left in the waistband, remove the pin, overlap those two and sew and X or a box over the overlapping elastic.

Step 24: Tuck the sewn elastic in the waist band and sew the opening closed sewing a little over the elastic to keep it from bunching.

Pull the waist band and that should tuck the elastic back in the waistband, if not use your fingers to push it back in.  Then sew the opening shut and overlap just slightly over the elastic inside. 

Step 25: Try them on your child.

Try them on your child and enjoy. 


Thank you for reading through this tutorial. For more tutorials like this you can subscribe to my blog. I hope you enjoyed this one. If you tried this one let us know how it turned out and if you want post photos of your end results in the comments.

 

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

Make Your Own Two Ply Cloth Wipes

Hello Everyone. I hope you are doing well.

I recently bought a few new overnight cloth diapers, and realized I needed to make a few more cloth wipes to go with them so that I had enough for each diaper change. That gave me the idea that I should make tutorial here on how I make my own cloth wipes.

It really is very easy and even if you are new to sewing, and it is worth it if you are already doing cloth diapers. You can just toss the dirty wipe in the dirty diaper and toss it all in the diaper pail together and then wash together. It is much easier in my opinion than trying to remember to throw the disposable wipe out and then put the diaper in the pail. Plus my son gets irritation from even the sensitive disposable wipes.



Step One: Buy some cloth.

Flannel is ideal for cloth wipes. It is absorbent, and soft. Terry cloth is also a good choice. You can also buy equal amounts of both flannel and terry cloth and do some dual sided wipes. We use those for the really messy diapers.  

Step two: Pre-wash the cloth.

This step is very important in pretty much any sewing project. It is important to wash your fabric before you sew anything with it because it does shrink. Wash on high heat. This also get rid of any particles left on the fabric from where it was before it got to you. 

Step three: Dry the cloth.

Drying the cloth in the dryer is also good to do to make sure it shrinks as much as it will and of course so it is dry and you can sew with it. 

Step four: Measure by 8.5 inch out 8.5 inch squares.

I use a quilters square measuring tool to trace out 8.5 in by 8.5 in squares on the wrong side of my fabric(s). You could do bigger or smaller but I would suggest at least 8.5 in by 8.5 in because any smaller and using them might get your hand messy.  

Step five: Cut out the squares.

The next step is more time consuming if you are using regular scissors, or pinking shears. I would highly suggest purchasing or if you already own some using a rotary cutter. It will save you so much time. 

Step six: Put the squares right sides together.

Next take all your squares of fabric either flannel and flannel or flannel and terry cloth and place them right sides (the side you want to see when you are done) facing each other. You can pin or use wonder clips to hold them together while you sew but if you feel comfortable sewing you don’t necessarily have to. 

Step seven: Sew around the edge leaving a hole to turn the wipe.

Sew around all the sides leaving a 1/4 in allowance on the edges but leave a 2-4 in opening so that you can turn the fabric. 

Step eight: Turn wipe.

Turn the fabric so the right side is now on the outside. 

Step nine: Push excess fabric in.

Fold the excess fabric left from the hole you used to turn the fabric in so it matches the rest of the edges.  You can pin or clip this part but you don’t have to. 

Step ten: Top stitch wipe.

Stitch around the edge of the wipe to give it a nice finish and close the hole you used to turn the wipe. You can use a zig-zag stitch or straight stitch . Both work but you may like the look of one over the other.

Step eleven: Wipe some baby bottoms.

I think this is self explanatory. Enjoy!


If you have any questions about this process feel free to ask in the questions.

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother