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Apron Skirt Tutorial


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This is such a simple and easy little skirt to make. I wanted to do something different than just a bunch of plain skirts for Skirting the Issue and this is one of them that I decided on.

 

I used about a 1/2 yard for the skirt and maybe an 1/8 for the little apron. A fat quarter would be great!! 😉

 

 

Step 1 – 

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Fold over the edges on 3 side by a 1/4″, press and fold them again by 1/2″

Then  stitch them in place.

PRESS again!

 

Step 2 – 

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Next  cut out a heart from the main fabric, just like cutting a heart from paper. 😉

Then  pin it within an inch of its life and zigzag it all around.

PRESS!!

 

 

Step 3 –

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Set the little apron aside and fold and press your hem. Fold and press 1/2 ” and then again by 3/4″.

Then  stitch it in place and press again!

 

 

Step 4 – 

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Now, pin the apron to the skirt, wrong side of apron to right side of skirt.

Sew a line of stitches across the top to secure the 2 pieces together.

 

 

Step 5 –

 

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Next, pin and sew your back seam.

Press it.

 

 

Step 6 –

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Now, you are going to make your elastic casing.

Fold over the top of the skirt by 3/4″ and press. Then fold it over by 1″ and press.

Sew the casing but make sure to leave an opening to insert the elastic.

Pin one (or both ends) of the elastic with a large safety pin and thread it through the casing.

Sew the ends of the elastic together.

Sew the casing closed.

You are now DONE!!!!!!

Sit back and admire your pretty little appliqued apron skirt! 😉

 

As always, if you have any questions, just hit the Contact Me button at the top of the page and shoot me an email! I always answer back! 😉

Let me know if you find this easy to follow!

 

THANKS!!!!

 

HAPPY SEWING!

 

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Chest of Drawers Redo Reveal


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I had painted this chest of drawers black a couple of years ago. I wish I had a picture of it in its original state. You wouldn’t believe the difference! LOL

 

 

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Can I just say that I LOOOOOVE LOOOOOVE LOOOOOVE the way it turned out!!! It’s just the way I wanted it!! YAY!!!

I used the exact same paints and stuff that I used for the Door to Headboard Upcycle.

When I painted the dresser black, I just painted right over the pulls. This time I took them off and painted them blue.

 

I also made 2 skirts for Skirting the Issue! 🙂

 

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Deanna has been very adamant that I should make things for older girls. I made this skirt for a teen girl. She was very pleased. 😉

 

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This is the other one I made. It’s such a sweet print.

 

I am nearly out of donated fabric, which, if you think about it, it a WONDERFUL thing!! It means that the lives of so many children have been touched!!! YAY!!!!! Isn’t that AWESOME??? Everyone that donated fabric has touched the lives of children all over the WORLD! Not just the US but South Africa, too!!! YAY for you!!!! 😀

We are going to have company today!! YAY!! Some friends that we’ve had for 12 years (or so) are coming to visit with us for a few days! I can’t wait to see them!! So, if I’m a little quieter than normal, you know why! LOL

 

HAVE FUN SEWING, CRAFTING or SCHOOLING! 😉

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DIY Door to Headboard Upcycle


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We recently gave the girls our old bed set and changed out our bed clothes. Now we needed something to match!

I have been seeing a lot of DIY headboards on Pinterest and knew that I wanted to give it a try.

The simplest way seemed to be the door to headboard upcycle. I knew we had an old door in the garage so that was PERFECT! All I needed was the paint! 😉

 

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We had some plain white paint sitting around in the cupboard under the stairs, so I grabbed that! Then I got some Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Colonial Red. It has Primer built in! Then I grabbed a sample of Glidden Rich Navy for the stencils.

The stencil I picked up at Home Depot. It had 3 different designs but I was partial to the fleur de lis.

 

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First I sprayed 2 coats of the Colonial Red. No sanding, no priming. Just painting! 😉

 

 

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After the red was good and dry,  I taped around the middle sections and added 2 coats of the white.

I had a bit of an issue with the tape. I used Scotch brand and expected good results. Instead, the white bled through the edges and the tape left a sticky residue on the red paint. GRRR!!!!!!!

 

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I did a little bit of touch ups.

 

 

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Next I added the stencil.

That was a bit harder than I imagined it would be. SIGH… I still have some touching up to do but I am pleased with the way it turned out over all.

Advice – Tape the stencil very securely and start with just a small amount of paint. 😉

 

I wish I could show you how the headboard looks actually on the bed, but we can’t  seem to find our screws!! ARGH!!! I will be getting it up in a day or two and will be sure to take some pictures then! 🙂

 

I hope this all made sense! I am up at 2 am writing it all out! LOL

 

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All Time Faves


So I was looking through my blog stats the other day (bloggers just LOVE their stats) and I noticed that there were a few that were obvious favorites. I thought that it might be nice to do a little countdown of my top 10 posts. Not surprising in the least, they are all tutorials! LOL

One view = one different person

 

10 – Fat Quarter Skirt – August 18, 2012 – 1,418 views

I love this little skirt. I ended up making 3, one for Cailey and one each for two of her friends. 🙂

 

 

9 – The Marvelous Romper – July 16, 2012 – 1,482 views

Yeah, I know… That collar is NOT very marvelous but I do really like the rest of it! 😉

 

 

8 – Fast and Easy Fab Mod Dress – June 23, 2012 – 1,726 views

Now, this one is a definite favorite of mine. That reminds me, I think it is sitting in my mend box waiting to have a button replaced… OOPS!! I think we all know that we would rather be creating something new than mending something old…. 😉

 

 

7 – Tee to Short-all Refashion – January 23, 2013 – 1,787 views

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This was made for my cousin’s little guy, Liam. You can see her blog at Rivas & Co.

 

 

6 – Easy Peasy Apron Tutorial – July 11, 2012 – 1,859 views

I love that little apron. Cailey was wearing the Red, White and Blue dress just the other day. I love that she can wear something different every single day that was made by me.

 

 

5 – Cool Cotton Caftan – August 10, 2012 – 2,698 views

 

 

4 – High Low, High Low! It’s Off to Play I Go! – August 9, 2012 – 3,423 views

This is one of Cailey’s favorites. She wears it at least once a week! LOL

 

 

3 – Mountaineer Girl Purse – July 2, 2012 – 3,951 views

 

 

2 – Eyelet Tank – June 2, 2012 – 4,535 views

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I LOOOOVE this tank!! It goes with SOOOO many different things.

 

 

NUMBER ONE!!!!! – Fleur de Lis Maxi Skirt – July 3, 2012 4,992 views

 

I still wear this skirt ALL the time. It is so comfy. It’s starting to show a little wear, though… I keep stepping on the hem while going up and down stairs! LOL

 

 

I think maybe I should do one about MY favorite projects! LOL   OOOH!!! Or maybe a  list of my LEAST viewed posts…. LOL

 

Have fun sewing!!! 😀

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EASY Stuffed Shark Toy Tutorial AND Pattern


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I wanted to make a stuffed shark out of that cute shark knit for Sewing to Rebuild,  BUT I was a little intimidated by the free patterns I found. SOOO many pieces!! They all looked very complicated. Seeing as how I am so new to sewing stuffed toys, I thought I would try my hand at making my own pattern and that is what I came up with. Only 4 pieces total and very simple. Easy peasy!! 😉

Click Shark Stuffed Toy Pattern 1 and Shark Stuffed Toy Pattern 2  for the pattern!! (Hopefully the PDF will pop up like it’s supposed to…)

After you print, cut and tape your pattern these will be the steps to sewing.

STEP 1

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Cut your pieces. This is what they will look like.

STEP 2

Sew your fin together, right sides together, leaving the bottom open.

STEP 3

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Cut the slit for your fin.

STEP 4

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Turn the fin right side out. Insert it into the slit in the top of the shark body. Pin it in place and very slowly sew the bottom of the fin to the sides of the slit in the shark.  The fin will be open for the stuffing.

You COULD stuff the fin and then sew it into the slit. Whichever is easier for you to do.

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This is what it will look like when you are done.

STEP 6

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Pin the fin out of the way. Now, pin the shark body pieces with right sides together. Sew the pieces, making sure to leave an opening for the stuffing.

STEP 7

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Turn it right side out, stuff and sew the opening closed!! 🙂

Now you are all done!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Let me know what you think!! Are the steps easy to follow??

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Sewing Clothes for Kids in Need


 

So here I am, touting the Sewing to Rebuild from Pattern Revolution, again… 😉 Yesterday I shared some additional links for toys you can sew. There’s a great list on Pattern Revolution, but I wanted people to see just how many different free patterns and tutorials are out there for you to choose from. 😉

Oh! Each of those links takes you to a different part of the Pattern Revolution blog. Check out all 3 links! 😉 This last link will show you some of the things they have received so far! AWESOME!!!!!!

 

Now, on to the patterns and tutorials.

Of course, you are more than welcome to check out my tutorials…. 😉 LOL

 

Some great resource sites are SewSet, Free Needle and All Free Sewing.

 

 

Shorts from ELOLEO (The page is in Dutch but Chrome will translate that for you.)

 

 

Puffed & Cuffed Shorts from Cass Can Sew

 

 

Wrap Skort from Our 3 Sons Plus 1

 

 

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Dottie’s Dress from The Sewing Rabbit

 

 

Herringbone shorts from CailaMade

 

 

Ruffle Clover – No Big Dill

 

 

Basic tee – Dana Made It

 

 

 

Junebug Dress Remix – Fil a l’agulla

 

 

 

Lined Tutorial

Lined Sandbox Pants – Siestas and Sewing

 

 

Snap shoulder raglan – Melly Sews

 

 

Ninja Turtle T-Shirt – Sewing Mama RaeAnna

 

 

Here is a list of tutorials from my friend over at Squiggly Twig Designs

 

 

 

Reversible Pants – Sew Easy Being Green

 

 

Pocket Capris – Elegance & Elephants

 

 

 

Skirted Pillowcase Romper tutorial – Create Kids Couture

 

 

Layers of Sunshine – iCandy Handmade

 

 

 

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Pleated skort – Blooms and Bugs

 

 

 

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Spring Romper – Mama Bear Says

 

 

 

Racerback Dress – Crafterhours

 

 

90 Minute Shirt – Dana Made It

 

 

Reversible John-John – Growing Home

 

 

 

Sailor Dress – Me Sew Crazy

 

 

 

One Hour Sundress –From an Igloo

 

 

 

Put together by – Max California

 

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SHEW!!! Well, there you go. Just about every tutorial I have ever seen…. LOL I would play around on the different blogs, if they have one tutorial, they probably have more. 😉

 

HAVE FUN SEWING!!!!!

 

It’s going to be soooooo hard to figure out what to sew first!!!!

 

 

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Toys to Sew


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I have decided that I want to sew 6 bags and fill each of them with a sewn toy and at least one article of clothing. Wish me luck!! LOL

I am going to make the bags that I made for Bags of Hope and Love. I’ll be making the drawstring bags for boys and totes for girls.

If you want to see my tutorial click HERE

I don’t think I ever did a tutorial for the totes so I will be working on that. 😉

I have never sewn a toy….. But I am determined to make it work! 😉 Pattern Revolution has some links to free patterns and tutorials but I found a TON on Pinterest!!!

Here are just some of them. 😉

Sock Kitty from P and E Cats

Super Hero Costumes from Twin Dragonfly Designs (it says no sew, but I would still sew them so they can be washed).

Alphabet in a Bag from Chez Beeper Bebe

Make a Horse from No Big Dill

Fleece owl pillow from Joann’s (the link takes you to a PDF).

Squirrel from Matsutake

Bunny Pillow Made Using this Free Pillow Pattern

Bunny Pillow Pet from About.com Sewing  

There are more free patterns and tutorials here if you explore the site.

Little lambs from Molly’s Sketchbook 

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A sweet little bunny from Allsorts

You can find 3 different bugs at Craft with Confidence 

Sewing: Puppy Plush Toy {Tutorial & Pattern}

Puppy from Craft Passion

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Felted stuffed animals from Martha Stewart

You could always make these from old sweaters. 😉

Sock monkey and friend from A Beautiful Mess

Kitten of terry

Terry cat from Doll Maker 

Alligator from Sew 4 Home

I would check out All Free Sewing,  Sew Set and Free Needle they all have tons of links.

Hopefully you will find something that you would LOVE to make!!! 😀

Have fun sewing!

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Some Pinteresting Tutorials & Ideas


 

 

 

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Well, I am not much closer to having the house unpacked than I was went I last posted… Stupid fibro. I have been having a lovely flare up. :/ Hopefully it won’t last much longer, we have company coming this weekend!! I can’t wait to see our friends and I hope that I have everything put in its place by then!!

 

Anyway….

 

I thought I would share some cool tutorials that I have Pinned onto my For the Home board. I hope you enjoy! 🙂

 

 

 

Here is a round up of headboard ideas and tutorials from Saved by Love Creations

I need that one myself! We are giving the girls our bed (headboard, foot board) and will need something to go in its place!! LOL

 

 

How to upholster a bench seat from – Sunlit Places

 

 

Laundry room ideas from The Cranky Queen 

 

 

 

Building a cat tree from P and E Cats

 

 

Bench Drop Zone

20 Weekend Projects Under $20 from Better Homes and Gardens.

 

 

 

Before and after

Glider Make Over How-to from Rock Paper Scissor Graphics

I have one of those that needs some work!! 😉

 

 

Burlap and ruffles ottoman from Burlap & Blue

 

 

 

Tablecloth to Rug from Design Share

 

 

 

Computer chair redo from Sugar Bee Crafts

I have an ugly computer chair that I have been DYING to redo.

 

 

 

Monogram wall art

DIY Wooden Monogram  from Dittle Dattle

 

 

 

Here are some cute, free kitchen printables from Over the Big Moon.

 

 

 

Free vintage printables to cover tin cans from Lily Box Designs. LOVE this!!!

 

 

Easy home decor craft and gift ideas  from Better Homes and Gardens.

 

 

Key holders from Design Sponge.

 

 

I don’t about you but I need some crafting supplies!!! LOL I want to make ALLLLL of these!! 😉

 

 

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Reverse Applique Knee Patches Tutorial


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Here is what I have been working on for so long…. A while ago my cousin (Sandra over at Rivas & Co.) commissioned me to make a t-shirt into short-alls and a pair of leggings with diamond shaped reverse appliqued knee patches with a matching bib. It took me FOREVER, or at least it felt that way!! I goofed SO many times on this…. I think I made 4 different sets!!! The first time my machine at the leggings. GRRRR!! The 2nd time I cut and/or sewed the patches in the wrong way. The print is a little crazy and the lines are not straight. I had to cut, pin and sew them JUUUST right. Then on the 3rd, I did every thing just right but when I went to cut the top layer over the patches, I cut the leggings instead!!! YILES!!!! Finally the 4th time was a charm! Good grief! LOL

So here is what I did.

 

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The 2nd and 3rd attempts were made from this black t-shirt. The 4th attempt was from a different one. The 1st attempt was from some black jersey knit.

First I cut off the sleeves and collar. Then I cut the shoulders and sides. That left me with enough fabric to make 2 pairs of toddler leggings.

 

 

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Then I cut the legs. These are for leggings so the legs are skinny and there is more room in the seat. 😉

When I cut them, I used the t-shirt hem for the leggings hems. 😉

 

 

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Next, I cut the diamond shapes from 2 fabrics, 1 main and 1 for stabilizing.

 

 

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Then I pinned and sewed the patches to the INSIDE of the leggings.

Next, I trimmed the excess from around the stitching. Be very careful here! THAT’S where I cut the hole in the leggings!!!

 

 

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Now, I very carefully snipped the fabric from over the top of the patches and cut off the excess.

After that is done, you simply sew the leggings like you would any pair of pants. 🙂

 

 

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This is the matching bib. 🙂 I hope she loves them!!!

 

If you would like a step by step tutorial for making the leggings, you can follow my tutorial for the T-shirt Tunic and Leggings.

If you feel that you would prefer a pattern, try SquigglyTwigs Designs Quick Pants (you might recognize the model over there), just be sure to cut the legs narrower. 🙂

 

My next few projects will probably be very hush-hush. 😉 I’ll be working on my Pay It Forward gifts for 2013! I can’t wait to get started!!

HAPPY SEWING!!!!!

 

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Sunshine Day Tunic and Clam Diggers – Tutorial


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Well, the name is Sunshine Day BUT the pictures for this were taken on the COLDEST day we have had since moving here!!!!! LOL There was no way I was going to make Cailey stand outside in 40 degrees…..

 

For some reason this outfit (or maybe just the striped fabric) reminds me of…….

 

 

Y’all remember that, right??? LOL I loved watching Brady Bunch reruns after school when I was a kid.

 

 

ANYWAY…. Here is the tutorial.

 

 

What I used – 

3/4 yard of the stripes (very silky and flowy)

1/4 yard of the gold cotton for the yoke at the top

1 yard of heavier, stretchier cotton for the clam diggers

1″ elastic

 

 

 

 

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I had this idea… I was going to make the front and back yoke one piece…. with lining….. Yeah… I even cut a muslin (above).

It took me a bit to figure out the problem. LOL

One I realized that I wouldn’t be able to turn it right side out after sewing the lining, I resigned myself to 4 pieces instead of 2.

 

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So, then I made a pattern piece after much measuring and figuring. LOL

 

 

 

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Pin the lining pieces to the main pieces and sew all around, leaving the bottom open.

 

 

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Clip the corners, turn right side out and press.

 

 

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Cut the pieces for the bottom of the tunic. I cut the top of it about a 1/4″ wider than the bottom of the yoke.

Make it as long as you like, widening as you go and curving the bottom.

 

 

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Pin the bottom of the yoke to the top of the bottom piece, with right sides together. Sew then press your seams.

 

 

 

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Now, pin the front to the back, with right sides together. Sew the shoulder and the sides.

 

Next, fold up and press 1/2″ on the bottom. Then fold up and press 3/4″. Sew the hem.

 

 

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Remove the cat from your work space.

 

 

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Grab a pair of your child’s pants to use as a cutting guide for the clam diggers. Turn up the leg bottoms to your desired length.

 

 

 

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If you have a right side/wrong side fabric, you will want to flip the pants guide over to cut the second leg.

 

 

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Sew up the inseam from the bottom to the start of the crotch curve.

(If your child is very small, you will want to hem them first.)

 

 

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Turn one leg right side out and slide it into the other leg. Pin and sew.

 

 

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Now for the elastic casing. Fold over 1/4″ and press. Fold over again by just over 1″, press and sew the casing, making sure to leave a section open to insert the elastic.

 

 

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Pin the ends of the elastic and insert into the opening.

Then pull both ends out and secure with zigzag stitches.

Sew the opening closed.

 

 

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Fold up and press the bottom of the legs by 1/2″. Fold up and press another 1/2″ and sew the hem!

 

 

Turn right side out and press!

 

YOU ARE DONE!!!! 😀

 

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As always, let me know if you have any questions. You can always use the Contact Me button at the top of the page.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

 

 

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