More Conversation about our patterns!

Do you want to know a bit more about a specific pattern? Maybe looking for a special tip or short cut?  This is the place where patterns will have some more conversation when something comes up!!


P160 -- Covered Up! The yoke piece measurement!
I love this laptop satchel but it is one of my harder patterns. That being said, they sure have been a lot of sewers that have completed this project. One customer mentioned some fine tuning on the pattern. On page 2, it says to cut the 'yoke piece' at 7" by 16 1/4". Make that 6" by 16 1/4". Though it can work at 7", it is just a bit too much fabric. 


 P181 -- Diva Babies! -- The yoke attachment!
We have a pdf document available for more information on attaching the yoke on a Diva Baby bib.
Email Barbara at barbara@vanillahousedesigns.com to receive this document. Ask for 181_yoke_moreinfo.pdf



P189 -- Dude Babies! -- The collar! 
See blog post under Labels>Bibs -- scroll down to August 21, 2013. 




P216 ---Boho 4 Corners! -- Sizing!
First of all, Boho 4 Corners is suppose to be 'one size fits all'. But just in case you would like it bigger, you can make the square bigger to do so. Just note that you can not make a square larger than 29" if you cut it on the diagonal (or on point) using a one-way print (like strips). If you would like it larger than 29", you have to choose a print that is not vertical or one-way! 

Second, the pattern suggests the neck strap length depend on the size of your head, since the neck strap is sewn in one piece with the apron. Heads larger than 23" heads need to add inch for inch. I might also suggest that longer or larger torsos might add some inches to the neck strap too. I think it would fit better. 





P217 --- Ergo Mitts! --- Bias Trim Length!
Just had a customer point out the instructions do not mention the actual length of the bias trim that goes around the edges of the oven mitts. I do say to cut two strips from a third yard and seam together. This will make about 33" of trim that can bind both the large and small oven mitt. The actual length of trim needed for the large is about 28" and the small about 26".


P219 -- Zip Folios! -- Pockets, right side up!
Twice, while making Zip Folios, I sewed the linings panels to the zipper, only to find out that I sewed the wrong edge of the panel to the zipper, thus the pockets are upside down inside the Folio! Must be easy to do so concentrate at that step and save yourself some time fixing that oops!



P221 -- Fabric Caddies! -- Buying the right pipe!
Here's a picture of the pipe used in the pattern. I didn't want to use the word 'sewer' (oooo!) pipe on the back of the pattern but maybe we can handle that word here. There is a thinner and a thicker [of the wall of the pipe] version, be sure to get the thinner walled version.



Update: So today, I went to Home Depot for pvc pipe for some Fabric Caddies, only to find the pipe in the top picture was not there but subbed by the pipe in the second picture. I bought it, though noticed that even though it was in the $6.47 slot, the price rang up at 13.98. I complained, and she gave it to me for 6.47. It is also a little thicker. So I checked it out with the pattern measurements and it still works fine. You might have to decrease the size of the bottom round ever so slightly to make it fit right. So if you have a choice, buy the pvc pipe in the top picture. I think the top pipe might be a bit easier to cut! Remember, still do not get the really thick walled pipe (1/4") -- it will not work.


P221 -- Fabric Caddies! -- Threading the Buttons!
Some of the caddy versions have buttons (maybe as many as five) on the top trim for embellishment. Looks cute, right!?! But sewing on the buttons, each one by hand, especially if making several caddies, is a nightmare. 
Well, I don't! I pre-thread them and hot glue them on -- so much easier. 
I had one suggestion to use your machine button attach option. Sew each button to a spare piece of fabric, cut the buttons off the fabric, and hot glue them then. But the little swatch of fabric on the back of the button in this process gets in the way of hot gluing the button thoroughly. 
So below are pics of my process:  
Really cute to have buttons on the top -- but it would be a nightmare sewing them all on by hand!

Make a group of threads, maybe ten strands thick and thread your first button.

Tie a knot on the back as shown. The end of the thread is only 2" long or less -- don't waste your thread here.

Cut off the thread right at the knot. You can use your ten-strand thread thing to knot several buttons. The whole process goes pretty fast. Then hot glue the buttons to the trim of each caddy.
 

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