Summer Essential: Flamingo Lounge Shorts Tutorial by The Boho Bobbin

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We’re jazzin’ up your summer wardrobe with help from Anna of The Boho Bobbin! Anna shares how she whips up a pair of these super cute & comfortable Lounge Shorts using Dear Stella Knits.

The best part is: you don’t need a printed pattern! Just grab your favorite pair of relaxed-fit shorts, and follow Anna’s instructions for drafting and customizing your own pattern. Check out the tutorial here on her blog!

Who else loves the pom poms?!

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Uses Flamingoes (Bay) from Dear Stella Knits.

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…and after!

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What will you make with Dear Stella knits? Tag us @dearstellafab and #dearstella.

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Baby Accessories Tutorial // Part 2

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We’re back with another *adorable* baby accessory for the 2-part tutorial series!

Last week we shared a baby headband tutorial by Danica Willig Designs. Today we have baby bunny and bear hats, also by Danica Willig Designs. If you thought the baby headband was cute, wait ’til you make one of these!

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Pictured above: bear hat (left), bunny hat (right). This tutorial will cover how to make both versions.

If it’s your first time working with knits on a sewing machine, Danica recommends using a ballpoint needle (“jersey” or “stretch” needles are comparable) and setting your machine to a narrow zigzag stitch or reinforced straight stitch (2½-3 mm length). Test on a piece of scrap fabric and lower your bobbin tension if adjustments are needed. Our friend Cheryl at SewCanDo also has some great tips here!

Continue for Danica’s instructions.

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Toddler and Baby Bunny and Bear Hat Tutorial

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

¼ yd of knit fabrics (fabrics photographed: Dollop and Triangle Dot)
Coordinating Thread
Ruler
Marking Marker or Pen
Sewing Pins

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Print out pattern pieces for desired size and ear shape. Turn off “page scaling” or “fit to page” in your print dialogue box to make sure the templates print at actual size.

Options include baby and toddler hat sizes and two different ear sizes to make either a bunny hat or a bear hat. To make either a bunny hat or a bear hat, be sure to cut the pattern pieces so the straight edge of the hat pattern is perpendicular to the selvage, so it has more stretch.

2. Cut out two hat pieces and 4 ear pieces.

FOR BABY HAT: cut a 17½” wide x 4″ tall rectangle.
FOR TODDLER HAT: cut a 19½” wide x 5″ tall rectangle.

3. On the wrong side of the fabric, transfer all darts and placement marks on hat and ear pieces.

SEWING INSTRUCTIONS:

NOTE: sew all seams at ¼” unless stated otherwise.

1. SEW DART: Sew darts on on hat pieces.

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2. SEW EAR PLEATS: Fold ears right sides together, match pleat marks and stitch over mark. Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of the mark. This will create a tucked pleat on each ear piece.

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3. SEW EARS: Place two ear pieces right sides together and stitch around the curved edge. Repeat with the other two ear pieces. Turn ears right side out, gently using the point of your scissors.

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4. SEW EARS TO HAT: Place the raw edge of the ear pieces on the placement marks on one hat piece. Then place the second hat piece on top, right sides together, and pin in place. Stitch around the curved edge of the hat across the sandwiched ear pieces.

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5. CREATE CUFF: Take the long rectangle and fold widthwise, right sides together. Sew edges together to create a loop. Fold the loop in half, wrong sides together, to create a cuff. Press in place.

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6. SEW CUFF TO HAT: Leaving the hat wrong sides out, place cuff around the outside edge of hat. Pin in place and stitch.

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7. TACK CUFF IN PLACE: Turn hat right side out and turn up cuff. Stitch cuff in place on the side seams of the hat.

All done!

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Collections used: Knits & Wee Gallery Knits.

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Baby Accessories Tutorial // Part 1

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We’re sharing some uber-cute baby accessories in a 2-part tutorial series!

Today we’re covering these darling little baby headbands by Danica Willig Designs. (Coming later this week… Baby bunny and bear hats. Stay tuned!) Pictured above: bow headband at far left, knot headband at far right. This tutorial will cover how to make both versions.

If it’s your first time working with knits on a sewing machine, Danica recommends using a ballpoint needle (“jersey” or “stretch” needles are comparable) and setting your machine to a narrow zigzag stitch or reinforced straight stitch (2½-3 mm length). Test on a piece of scrap fabric and lower your bobbin tension if adjustments are needed. Our friend Cheryl at SewCanDo also has some great tips here!

Continue for Danica’s instructions.

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SUPPLIES NEEDED:
¼ yd of knit fabrics (fabrics photographed: Fox Trot, Secret Garden, Blooming Bouquet, Fresh Dew)
Coordinating Thread
Ruler
Marking Marker or Pen
Safety Pin
Measuring Tape

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS:

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NOTE: Be sure to cut the headband pieces on the crosswise grain, which has more stretch.

1. Measure your toddler/baby’s head circumference. Subtract 1½” from this measurement; this will be your length. The width of the headband will measure 3″. Cut headband piece at the calculated length x 3″.

2. Cut 3″ square.

3. Prepare the bow or knot for your headband.
FOR BOW: Cut 5½” x 8″ rectangle.
FOR KNOT: Cut two 3½” x 5½” rectangles, then cut off the 4 corners of each rectangle.

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Fold headband piece in half lengthwise, right sides together. Sew a ¼” seam. Using a safety pin, turn headband piece right side out.

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2. Take the 3″ square and fold in half, right sides together. Sew a ¼” seam. Using a safety pin, turn right side out. This will the tube that is centered above the knot or bow.

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FOR BOW: Fold 5½” x 8″ rectangle in half length wise, right sides together. Sew a ¼” seam. Using a safety pin, turn bow piece right side out. Fold both short ends towards center overlapping by a ¼” (not pictured). Stitch in place.

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FOR KNOT: Sew knot pieces together with ¼” seam allowance around outer edge, leaving small opening at the bottom center. Turn knot piece right side out. Stitch opening closed.

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3. Take headband piece and overlap the raw edges by ¼”. Stitch in place.

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4. Place the knot (left) or bow (right) over the overlapped area on the headband. Scrunch and stitch in place.

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5. Take the 3″ tube and wrap it around the headband piece. Stitch the edges of the tube together at ¼”.

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6. Flip the 3″ loop so the seam allowance is facing inward. Pull the loop over the knot/bow and center.

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All done!

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Collections used: Knits, Fresh Dew Knits.

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Knits // Lark Tee from Jessie Stern Sews

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Knit is our newest substrate and we’re loving all the projects our friends are making with it!!! Today we’re featuring the Lark Tee (by Grainline Studio) made by Jessie of Jessie Stern Sews.

We’re covering the highlights and photos right here. Read the full blog post on Jessie Stern Sews.

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“[Dear Stella knit] is a great match for this pattern, and it’s so fun seeing this Scallop Dot print in a new substrate. The color is spot on, too.”

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Jessie used Scallop Dot in Fossil (WSTELLA-KRR512-Fossil) from our Knit collection.

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“I sized up so it would be a bit looser, and I’m feelin’ this fit. Instead of hemming the sleeves, I rolled them up and tacked them into place.”

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We’re diggin’ the personal touches on this Lark Tee, and we love how the Scallop Dot print gives a fresh feel to this wardrobe staple.

Jessie has made other garments using our knits; see them here!

All the Dear Stella knits here, here, and here.

Happy creating! ❋

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Introducing // Blue Moon

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The classic white-and-blue palette of your dreams is here! Introducing: Blue Moon.

We’re so excited to share these adorable designs! This collection is receiving an abundance of love from our quilt shop friends. Visit your local shop to get your fix of Blue Moon—hitting stores April 2017.

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Blue Moon transports you to a meadow of grazing woodland critters just as the stars and moon start to wink in the sky. This new collection sings a lullaby of hushed blues and white, telling a story of floating leaves and light breezes from dusk to dark.

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Woodland Critters reminds us of illustrations out of a favorite childhood storybook. So adorable.

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Awesome quilts ahead.

Alligator Alley by Sassafras Lane Designs (new pattern launching this spring!):

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Blast by Denniele Bohannon:

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Fabric Stash by Kelli Fannin:

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So I mustache you a question… What do you see yourself making with Blue Moon?

Comment below, or better yet, share it with us on social media! Tag @dearstellafab and #dearstella.

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