Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Birch Warehouse - BTS

Being the Birch Fabrics Photographer, I always enjoy snapping photos of our beautiful organic fabrics, but sometimes I like to switch things up and surprise the rest of the Birch crew with a sneak attack - right smack dab in the middle of their busy work day.  So here's my Birch Fabrics special behind the scenes look at an ordinary day with some truly extraordinary people :)
-Patrick













Thursday, April 9, 2015

Free PDF Pattern | Basic Yoga Pants | The Crafty Kitty

Hi there lovelies!  We're welcoming back our friend Stephanie of The Crafty Kitty.  This time she's pulling out the goodies for us adults!  A free yoga pants pattern??  Yes please, and thank you!  Keep reading for the pattern and full tutorial.



Whether you are a busy mum, fitness enthusiast or just like something comfortable to wear whilst you are sewing... these yoga pants are just the thing! Exclusively for Birch Fabrics, they come in sizes XS-XL and with just 1 pattern piece, they will be even quicker to whip up!



The mod basics solids, knit fabrics are made with 5% spandex making them extra comfortable and the perfect choice for projects like these!

Supplies
*Pattern includes assembly and cutting diagram, supplies and measurements tables for different sizes as well as layers options to 'turn off' the sizes you don't need. Ever since Titchy Threads pioneered the layers option in PDF patterns, I have been meaning to include it in one of my patterns... and now I have!*

Optional:
  • 2 eyelets (or sew buttonholes instead)
  • t-shirt yarn or twill tape for ties. Cut to desired length.

Preparation

Assemble pdf pattern and cut out your size from prewashed fabric. Transfer pattern makings.

Using an overlocker/serger will definitely make the sewing process faster but instructions are also included for those using a standard sewing machine. For the best finish, a cover stitcher or double needle is preferred but you can still get a similar finish using a nice stretch stitch. 

Karen LePage has some great tips on sewing with knits, which are also worth a read!

Instructions

Seams are 1/2" unless otherwise stated.

Step 1
With right sides facing (RSF) align the centre FRONT seams and sew together with a stretch stitch or narrow zig zag and finish with an overlock or zig zag stitch.


Step 2
With RSF align the centre BACK seams and sew together with a stretch stitch or narrow zig zag and finish with an overlock or zig zag stitch.


Step 3
With RSF, align the two centre seams, and sew the inside leg seam with a stretch stitch or narrow zig zag and finish with an overlock or zig zag stitch.


Step 4
Attach eyelets or sew button holes to front of waist as marked on pattern.


Step 5
Overlap the waistband elastic by 1/2" and sew together using an elastic stitch.


Step 6
Pin waistband to wrong side of waist and sew in place using either an elastic stitch or overlock stitch.


Step 7
Thread drawstring through eyelets and around waistband.


Step 8
Fold waistband to wrong side of pants and  top stitch in place using a double needle or an elastic top stitch. Make sure you keep the drawstring above the top stitching.

Step 9
Finish leg cuff raw edge using a zig zag or overlock stitch, fold under by 1" and  top stitch in place using a double needle or an elastic top stitch.

I hope you enjoy making your yoga pants! 




Make yours in any of these beautiful colored knits!


If you have any feedback or questions, please email me or join my Facebook group!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Now Shipping | Solid Organic Knits!



Apparel sewers, we've got you covered!  You asked for a range of organic solid knits, and we have delivered you with 19 gorgeous colors to enhance and balance all of your Birch sewing projects.  Made up of 95% fine organic cotton and 5% spandex, or knits have a beautiful drape and an incredibly soft hand.

Photo by Patrick Patton Photgraphy
We went MOD with our sixties inspired photoshoot using the Francoise sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons.  Try something different by using a solid knit for the body and printed knit for the collar detail.
Photo by Patrick Patton Photography

Slash up any basic pattern, and color block it!  you'll give an old pattern an new fresh twist!


Use our solid knits to add bits of interest to your garments.  Mix with your favorite prints for a balanced and sharp look!  We used Hoodie #14 pattern from Brindille & Twig for this look.

Photo by Patrick Patton Photography
We're very excited to announce a brand new and FREE Yoga Pants pattern!  Coming very soon to this very blog! :)  We'll announce it's release very soon!


And just because we are in love with this photoshoot, here's one of my favorites.

Photo by Patrick Patton Photography.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Free PDF Pattern | Log Slice Pouf | by Swoodson Says

We're thrilled to welcome back Stephanie of Swoodson Says.  Today Stephanie is sharing her log slice pouf tutorial with us, using our Circa 52 collection by Monaluna.  Isn't this project just so darling?  These little tree stumps wood look great in a child's reading corner, or even slid underneath your coffee table for extra toddler seating.  Have a look, and enjoy!


Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says again. I am so excited to share this log slice pouf project with you, it is the perfect complement to the prints in the Circa 52 collection.



I love trees, faux bois, and woodland themes for decorating - this collection ticks all those boxes! You could use them for pretend play, as stepping stones, as mini poufs, or skip the heavier filling and fusible fleece and use them as throw pillows. My son is two and he took one look at them, grabbed a book, and plopped down without any prompting, so it has the toddler seal of approval!



I made two poufs, one with a squirrel applique and one with hand-stitched "tree rings". The squirrel applique template is included in the pattern but I just free-handed the tree rings. You can use a removable marking pen or chalk to sketch your lines out first if you'd prefer! Ready to make some for yourself?

Supplies (for both poufs):
  • Squirrel applique template & circle pattern file
  • 1/4 yard of Birch Organics Mod Basics in Solid Orange
  • 1 yard of Birch Organics Mod Basics in Shroom
  • 1/4 yard of Birch Organics Circa 52 in Tree Stripes Shroom
  • 1/4 yard of Birch Organics Mod Basics in Woodland Friends
  • 1/4 yard of Wonder Under of other paper-backed fusible transfer paper (for squirrel applique)
  • 1.5 yards of fusible fleece
  • Embroidery needle & floss (DMC 740/orange & DMC 644/brown used here)
  • 1 32 oz bag of Poly-Fil stuffing & fabric scraps to add weight
  • Sewing machine, coordinating thread, scissors, iron
Steps (for making both poufs): [1/4 seam allowance used throughout]



1. Cut your circles. Fold your fabric in half, and then in half again, aligning the 'fold' lines with each fold and only cut along the curved edge. When you unfold, you should be left with a perfect circle! Cut 4 of your solid fabric and 4 of fusible fleece. 2. I recommend adhering the fusible fleece to all 4 circles before embellishing; it is a little tougher to get your needle through but the added heft will prevent any warping or puckering. Put the glue side down on the wrong side of the fabric and press.



3. Prepare your applique: Trace the squirrel on to the smooth side of the transfer paper and roughly cut around it. Press with an iron, with the bumpy side down on the wrong side of the fabric. Once it has cooled, trim exactly around the tracing, peel the paper off, position adhesive side down on the circle's right side, and press again to adhere. Hand or machine stitch around the edges. If you anticipate needing to wash it frequently, I'd recommend a tight zig zag to prevent fraying. On your other circle, hand-stitch the tree rings.



4. Cut your fabric rectangles, 7" X 42.5" and 6"X 42.5". Cut one of each size from the fusible fleece, trimming 1/8 inch roughly off each edge so there isn't any overhang. Adhere your fusible fleece rectangles to your main fabric rectangles; put the glue side down on the wrong side of the fabric and press. Fold, right sides in, and sew the short ends together. Press the seam open.



5. Place your top/embellished circle right sides together (make sure that print will be facing up when the top is up!) with your new edge circle and sew, making sure to keep fabric fed evenly. If you are not confident sewing in the round as you go, you can use pins or clips to mark each quarter of the circles and make sure they stay matched up as you sew. Finger press this seam open as best you can.

6. Repeat the same steps with the bottom circle, leaving a 4" opening for turning right side out and making sure to back-stitch and secure at the beginning and end of the opening. Turn right side out carefully, trying not to strain the opening. 7. Stuff! I use a blend of Poly-fil and fabric scraps, trying to keep the Poly-fil around the sides and bottom to keep it smooth and stuffing fabric scraps in the middle and then adding a layer of Poly-fil on the top again. This gives it more weight and makes it less pillow-like, while keeping scraps out of the trash.



8. Use a ladder stitch to close the opening. Fluff and enjoy!



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Thank you Stephanie for sharing your lovely project with us!


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Circa 52 Blog Hop Round Up | And Giveaway Winner Announced!

So we are so very excited to have finished the Circa 52 Blog Hop feeling very inspired and super pumped up for the arrival of Circa 52!  We've seen lots of great projects using both the knit fabrics and the poplins.  If you missed some of the stops on the blog hop, below is our comprehensive round-up.

First up was Caroline from Sew Can She with her Free PJ Bottoms and Shorts Pattern!


Secondly, we had the pleasure of welcoming Heidi from the Fabric Mutt.  Heidi made this fabulously rainbow striped floor pillow using Circa 52 poplins and the Birch range of organic solid poplins!


On the third day of the hop, we were excited to see Anneliese from Aesthetic Nest share her beautifully sewn garment!


Day four of the hop, we welcomed our great friend Melissa from Lunden Designs.  Melissa whipped up her classic quilt pattern, By Sea Or By Land, using Circa 52 tree stripes and a couple prints from our Mod Basics line.  We love those new pink tree stripes!


On day five of the hop, we were excited to introduce so many people to Brindille & Twig!  A fabulous PDF pattern company with modern patterns for children.  Isn't this pattern just the cutest in our Woodland Party print?


And last but not least, Marte from Compagnie M, created a beautiful sweater from the Tree Stripes Shroom print!


And don't forget that the giveaway has just ended and we're thrilled to announce the winner in the widget below!  Thanks to all who entered the contest!

Circa 52 Blog Hop Giveaway!