Shelley Made: April 2012

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Reversible Baby Beanie Tutorial

This is a tutorial for sewing up my cut and sew, pre-printed reversible baby beanies which are available on Spoonflower

UPDATE AUGUST 2012:  After a number of requests for a paper pattern for these little beanies, I've made the full pattern pieces and a PDF version of this tutorial available for sale on my online store.  That way you can use any stretch knit fabric you like!

  • My pre-printed fabric beanie pattern
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine or serger.
  • Needle and thread


1.     First step – prewash your fabric.  It will shrink.  Cotton knit does, but that is not a problem as I’ve allowed for shrinkage on my pattern. 

2.      Cut out your pattern pieces.  You will need two (2) matching pieces for one beanie.  They should each look like this:

3.      Fold each piece in half down the centre, printed sides together.

4.      Sew down the short seam at the top and bottom of the pieces, using a 6mm (¼ inch) seam.  I use a serger, but if you use a regular machine, use a zig-zag or stretch stitch.

You should have this when you are done...four seams altogether:

5.      Open the pieces out, and place them right sides together.  Make sure you match the patterns!

6.      Pin the pieces together – leaving an opening of around 1.5 inches for turning.  I find it easier to change the direction of my pins so I don’t miss them!  The opening should be about 2 inches from the centre of the side...  This way your handsewing or maching stitching will be hidden under the cuff.

7.      Sew around the circumference, again either with a serger or regular zig-zag stitch.  Don’t forget to leave that opening!!

8.      Turn the beanie right way through using your opening... 

9.      Push the raw edges through, and give it a press.  This will give you a good line for stitching closed the opening. 

Push one end of the hat inside the other, and press around the fold line to give a nice finish. Nearly done!

10.   Close the opening.  I prefer to handstitch, taking very small stitches on alternate sides (I use my knee to hold the hat while I stitch).  You could always take a very very small seam on your sewing machine if you are averse to hand sewing...

11.   Turn up your cuff and you are done!  Easy as that.  J

There you easy reversible beanie for a little baby.  Enjoy!
Coming soon..a tutorial for the matching reversible bibs!

Friday, 27 April 2012

Cut & Sew Beanies and Bibs

I'm rather excited...  I received my first set of my Cut & Sew fabric prints for babies yesterday, and today I found out the baby girl beanie design made the Top 10 in the Spoonflower Fabric of the Week competition! 

I was up late last night sewing one set up, so I could see how they turned out, before putting them up for sale today. 

This was the result:

Reversible Baby Beanie and Bib - Girls

Reversible Bib

Reversible Beanie

They are sized to be printed on Spoonflower's lovely soft organic knit (as it has a nice stretch to it).  I have a set of 5 reversible beanies, and a set of 7 reversible bibs - one for boys, and one for girls.  Each set fits on a yard of fabric.

Super easy to make.  I designed the bib back when my daughter was a tiny baby.  She had reflux, and we went through a LOT of bibs.  I wanted something not too big, and soft around her little neck.  I only wish Spoonflower had been around 4 years ago!

Each of the fabric designs used in the patterns are also available separately, so that you can make matching blankets, etc.

The designs are printed directly onto the organic knit fabric at Spoonflower.  There are the baby girl beanies (click on the images to see the details):

Reversible Baby Beanies - Baby Girl!

These are the baby boy's:

Reversible Beanies - Baby Boy

...and of course there had to be matching bibs, girls:

Reversible Bibs - Baby Girl

...and boys...

Reversible Bibs - Baby Boy

I'll be sewing more up over the weekend, so will have more photos to share soon, and I think I'll do a tutorial for them.  The instructions are printed on the fabric, but it never hurts to have some step by step photos!

I'm very pleased with how they turned out - what do you think??

I've just finished a tutorial on making the beanies - you can see it here.  I'll have one for the bibs soon.


Monday, 23 April 2012

My Fabric in Use...

I'm always thrilled to see what people make with my fabric, and I've had a couple of opportunities to see the end result lately.

First - Janice of Bluebird Mountain on Etsy has made some lovely Kindle covers.  She used both the grey and mid blue colours of my personalised fabric, which I designed for her with "Read" and "Books"

The other is Susanne, who recently posted about the neat quilted pillow she made on her blog Quilt It Out:

names fabric quilted pillow

If you have made something with one of my fabrics, and would like to share it, I've created a Flickr group.  Feel free to add to it - I love seeing what you make! :)

Friday, 13 April 2012

Little Birdy Fabric

I've gone with a purple and aqua theme this time for my entry into the Sewing Celebration contest at Spoonflower.  I've long been thinking about experimenting with different textures and this seems to be the ideal time to try it.

My entry is called Hello Stitchy Birdy and looks like this:

Hello Stitchy Birdy

If you click into the image it will take you to the Spoonflower site where you can see the full repeat on the fabric.  It is SUPPOSED to look like a corduroy background.  Diamond shaped lines of stitching to represent quilting.  The birds are felt appliques, with little stitched feet - and satin stitching for the eyes and beaks.  The daisy is again, felt applique.

The colours come from a corduroy skirt I made my daughter last year.  It's one of her favourites, and gets worn at every opportunity!

I did an alternate design as a coordinate, which was probably a mistake because I then just could not decide which one to enter as I really like them both.  This is it:

Applique Daisies Purple

I made the felt daisies in the aqua too, plus I did both designs in the standard way as well - i.e. not fake stitching! :)

Hello Birdy SmallBirdy Daisies Purple

Hello BirdyBirdy Daisies Aqua Blue

You can see the collection here in it's entirety, including some plain "corduroy" backgrounds.  I think I am going to have to order some...

If you would like to see the other sewing designs in the contest, and perhaps have a vote while you are there...the link is here.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, 6 April 2012

Once Upon a Fairy

I've just finished my latest collection. I'm entering one of the designs in the Spoonflower Fabric of the Week contest (the middle one, on the second row below).

It's all about fairies - pink, and purple!  My 4 year old daughter loves - you guessed it - faries, pink and purple :)  The blonde fairy is called Jessie, the brunette is Emma.

I designed a border print - which you can see in the background of the image, a print which could be used as a cheater quilt (a really wide stripe), and some coordinates.

Here is a close up of some of the detail on the main design I entered in the contest.  It has the phrase equivalent of "Once Upon a Time" in nine different languages!:

If you would like to cast your vote amongst the other Book inspired fabrics - you can do so here.

The collection is not for sale yet - but I will be ordering swatches soon.  You can view the whole collection at Spoonflower here.