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Tutorial: Geneva Bonnet with Pintucks

Niina Kivelä

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Blogger: Kate Golden

Geneva Bonnet with Pintucks

Following the directions for the lined bonnet in the Geneva Bonnet Pattern:

When cutting pattern pieces, cut one lined bonnet piece, and one that is 2.25” longer along the short side. For example, if your first piece is 5 ½ x 12, your second will be 7 ¾ x 12.  This tutorial will add 4 pintucks to the front side of the bonnet.  If you would like more, add an additional ½ “ when cutting this piece. 

For the longer bonnet piece, use a removable marking tool to mark a line 1 ¼ “ from the front edge down the long side. 

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Mark 3 additional lines 1” apart.

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Wrong sides together, fold along the first line you marked.  I used a pen that removes when heated, so I finger pressed along the line.  Depending on how you marked this line, you could also press with an iron.

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Sew a straight line ¼ “ in from this edge.

Repeat folding the fabric along the other 3 lines, wrong sides together, and then sewing with a ¼ “ seam allowance. 

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Press the pintucks forward toward the front of the bonnet.

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Baste the pintucks down along the side seams.

Follow the remainder of the directions as instructed in the lined bonnet tutorial.

Shown here the Geneva Bonnet with pintucks paired with the Avonlea Romper.

Tutorial: Adding Belt Loops to the Newport Shorts

Niina Kivelä

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Blogger: Natasha Chrismas

A fun addition to the Newport Shorts is to add belt loops and a fabric sash, creating a whole new look. When making the Newport Shorts, follow the steps as instructed up to Constructing the Waistband in the pattern. Follow these additional steps to add the belt loops to the waistband front and back before the first step in this section:


Creating the Belt Loops

Cut a strip of fabric 2’’ wide by 11’’ long. The length of this strip is suitable for all sizes. 

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Fold the piece of fabric in half, aligning the long raw edges, wrong sides together. Press to make a crease.

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Open the fold and bring the long raw edges in to meet the center crease. Press. 

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Fold in half again, bringing the long folded edges together and press. The piece is now 1/4 its original size. Topstitch the long folded edge, using a 1/8’’ seam allowance, to secure it closed.

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Topstitch the remaining long edge using a 1/8’’ seam allowance.

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Cut the fabric into 3 pieces, matching the height of the waistband size being sewn. For example, size 3 will be 2 3/4’’.

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Find the center of the back waistband by folding it in half. Press to create a memory crease. Place one belt loop over the center position with the wrong side of the belt loop touching the right side of the waistband. Pin in place. Using a 1/8’’ seam allowance, baste in place at the top, and bottom of the fabric.

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Find the center of the front waistband by folding in half right sides together. Press to create a memory crease.

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Fold the waistband in half again. Press to create another memory crease.

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Unfold the waistband. Place the belt loops over the crease created on each side of the center crease. The wrong side of the belt loop will be touching the right side of the front waistband. Using a 1/8’’ seam allowance, baste in place at the top, and bottom of the fabric.

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Continue with the instructions for Constructing the Waistband per the pattern.

Constructing the Sash

Cut 2 pieces of fabric according to the chart below.

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Place the two pieces right sides together and sew one short end with a 1/2’’ seam allowance.

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Press the seam open.

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Fold the fabric in half, right sides together. Press.

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Trim the edge of each end of the fabric at a 45 degree angle.

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Sew around the raw edges of the sash with a 1/4’’ seam allowance. Leave a 2” opening in the middle for turning.

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Clip the corners.

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Turn the sash right side out using a turning tool of your choice. Press.

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Pin the 2” opening closed. Topstitch around the sash to close the 2” gap.

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Holiday Sewing Inspiration: Sugarplum Apron

Niina Kivelä

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Blogger: Natasha Chrismas

Sugarplum Apron

Sometimes starting out with a simple sewing project is only the very beginning of what fun can lay ahead. I recently bought some inexpensive tea towels, and after looking at them, thought, these would be so cute as little Aprons. With that in mind I set out to make a brother and sister set of aprons using the Sugarplum Apron pattern.

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To create the boys apron, I omitted the ruffled section of the ‘skirt’, and simply cut the width of the apron 2’’ wider than the bodice width, and did not gather it. No other changes to the pattern, it was really straightforward and the result was great!

They came together so quickly and easily, and after telling my friend what fun I had transforming the tea towels to aprons, she decided to make some for her girls too. We of course decided we must have a Christmas baking afternoon, and the plan was hatched to do some cupcake and biscuit baking.

Cue Mariah Carey, Michael Buble and Frank Sinatra Christmas songs, and a whole lot of dipping fingers in mixture and fun in general – a simple sewing idea turned into an afternoon of fun, Christmas spirit and wonderful memories.


Happy Holiday Sewing!!