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Today on the blog we have Sarah from Hunting for Ladybugs. Sarah has been a contributor to One Thimble several times and put together our recent Subscriber Gift Sewing Kits! I’m so glad to have her onboard today sharing this tutorial for an Easy Shower Cap.
Sew Your Own – An Easy Shower Cap Tutorial
There are already quite a few tutorials out there for sewing a shower cap but I wanted something that fit quite snugly without that giant bulky verandah of a frill that many patterns have. This is a simple cap with an elastic casing that is also suitable for boys with the right fabric choice. You will need a Teflon or walking foot to sew the laminate fabric.
- 0.75-1m of laminate fabric
- 0.5m of firm 12mm wide elastic
- Basic sewing kit including some string and a marker and two safety pins
- This post if you are unfamiliar with sewing laminate fabrics
Please Note: Modes4u supplied one yard of Riley Blake laminate fabric, from The Cottage Garden collection, for me to use for this project. All opinions are my own.
(based on a head circumference of 56cm/22”)
|Cut Radius of
(incl casing allowance)
|Junior / Child||25cm / 10”|
|Adult – Short to Mid Hair||30cm / 12”|
|Adult – Mid to Long||36cm / 14”|
These are just rough averages. I cut this one in the tutorial to fit a 6 year old and used a 9” radius but wished it was a bit bigger so I adjusted my sizings up.
1. Mark a circle on your fabric. I used a pin, string and permanent marker to make a large compass. Start on an edge and stretch out your string to the required radius to find your centre. Keep the pin upside down so you don’t end up with a hole in your cap.
2. Cut it out along your marked line.
3. Using a Teflon or walking foot, sew a long basting stitch 3-4mm from the cut edge.
4. Pull the bottom threads to gather the outer edge slightly. This will help make the pleats and folds needed to fit the casing.
5. Make a 1”/25mm casing by folding the cut edge of the fabric towards the centre before pinning it down. This is the channel for your elastic to run through. It won’t be super flat and you will need to fold and pleat the fabric as you go. Pin along your sewing line (the needle will be making holes there anyway so a few more won’t matter) making sure your pins face the right way for sewing clockwise (I may or may not have needed to flip mine first go). Laminate fabric doesn’t fray so there is no need to finish this raw edge; I also didn’t want the extra bulk it would create.
6. Sew around the edge leaving a 2-3” gap. I used a narrow zigzag stitch to allow the stitching to stretch with the elastic.
Optional but it gives a nice finish: Topstitch the folded edge of the casing using a straight stitch.
7. Cut your elastic +5” longer than the radius of your cap. Bonus points if you have a head to measure for a comfortable fit. For my cap, I used 15”/38cm of 12mm non-roll elastic.
8. Attach a safety pin to either end of your elastic. Thread one pin and the elastic through the gap in your casing. When you get about halfway around, attach the other safety pin to the fabric to prevent it pulling all the way through. Carry on until both ends are at the gap.
Tack the ends of the elastic together using a zigzag stitch and then sew the gap closed.
You’re all done!
This tutorial has been submitted by Sarah Caporn of Hunting for Ladybugs. She wrote about sewing with laminate fabrics and the pattern for the Make A Splash backpack in Issue 5. It’s her goal to teach you how to sew no matter where you live via her series of Sew Your Own kit projects that are mailed to your house. You can find her online at http://huntingforladybugs.com.au.
When Kt and I were in Brisbane for the school holidays I was lucky enough to meet the dynamic sister duo behind TigerLily Patterns. It was such a lovely morning and if there hadn’t been a plane to catch I would’ve liked to just stay there chatting!
Abbie is the “Mrs Lily” half of Tigerlily Patterns being Mum to a Lily and Jenna is the “Mrs Tiger” half of Tigerlily Patterns, being a mum of two little Tigers. Together they are Tigerlily Patterns, two sisters who love to sew and create. They are a team that have been sewing and making for almost as long as they have known each other. They combined together to become TigerLily to share their fun with you.
Can you tell me a little about how you got into sewing/designing patterns?
Abbie – Mum used to make a lot of our clothes growing up and taught us to make dolls clothes from primary school, then in high school I did Home Economics and really got into sewing clothes for me. I didn’t have a lot of time for sewing again until I stopped working to have Miss Lily. She has always been so tall for her age that store bought was always a funny fit so I made her clothes. As she got older I got more interested in designing things specifically for her and ended up doing a pattern making course which eventually led to Tigerlily Patterns
Jenna – Sewing has always been in my life- watching Mum sew as her hobby and she always let us (her 3 girls) use her machine to make and create. I loved taking Home Economics in high school and I was the one who made a patchwork quilt while everyone else was making a pillowcase. I began designing more of my own patterns after having my boys and finding a lack of choice, inspiring and fun things to make for them.
What is your best sewing tip or do you have a favourite haby item that you couldn’t live without.
Abbie – Best tip would be always keep scraps of all types of fabric to test different stitches, tensions, etc so it’s right before you start on your outfit. Haby item I can’t live without – sigh – My Seam ripper! Jen’s hubby loves woodwork and has made me a beautiful double ended wooden seam ripper that I use way to often.
Jenna – My tip is to ‘Measure twice, cut once’. Check, check, check before you cut, it is very hard to uncut fabric (some would even say impossible)! My favourite item is my random button collection- there is always the right button somewhere in the pile.
What inspires you?
Abbie – Miss Lily is my main inspiration – she will come and say “Mummy will you make me…..” From there a new pattern will be started
Jenna – Inspiration is everywhere, it doesn’t take much for an idea to pop into my head but mostly I am inspired by watching my boys (ages 4 and 8). I get so many ideas from their play, interests and needs. They also are constantly giving me detailed descriptions of costume requests- some of which turn into designs to share through TigerLily.
What’s your favourite (of your) patterns and why?
Abbie I think so far, that would have to be the Princess Hoodie. Miss Lily has a fun Pink one, a Frozen Fleece one , and this week has been a bit of a Disney inspired week and she now has a Snow White and Tinkerbell inspired one. I love how easy it has been to create so many different looks and she loves being able to dress up in the cold weather.
Jenna – That’s like asking who is your favourite child! I love them all but if I need to pick one I will choose the Crocodile Pants/Shark Shorts. It was the first pattern we released as TigerLily Patterns which in itself makes it special to me but also because it exemplifies so much of our philosophy of making more choices for boys that are fun and exciting. I have made many of these shorts for a range of ages and they are always popular.
Whats something that people might not know about you?
Abbie – I work in a fabric shop, and yes that is as dangerous as it sounds! even more so as it’s only 5 minutes away, so if I’m sewing and I “need” something it is only around the corner. I dropped off my resume just on the off chance they may need staff and a week later I was working there. It’s my local fabric store and I’ve been shopping there for 4 years so all the girls knew me already. I love working with other people who share my passion for sewing and chatting to people all day long about fabric and sewing.
Jenna – I am an early childhood teacher and have taught Prep and PrePrep students for many years. Children are my passion and I have had the privilege to teach and observe so many little personalities over the years. I have had some time away from teaching while my own little ones are still little which has given me the opportunity to, not only be involved in their school/kindy, but to develop TigerLily Patterns.
What is it like working together? do you think its easier because you are sisters? any tips for anyone else for working with family members?
Abbie – I think it’s easier as sisters who are friends than just friends as we have known each other forever (literally 🙂 ) and we know each others strengths and weakness like our own. We have a lot of fun working together and there is a lot of laughing all day long. Each of us have different skills and backgrounds with computers and design and complement each other really well. I think if you are working with anyone you always need to be upfront and honest about what you expect for your business, from each other and make sure you are always going in the same direction. It’s about constant communication with each other.
Jenna – We get asked this a lot! We are a team in every sense of the word. I think it is easy for us because we are friends as well as sisters. Like many siblings, we have different personalities and strengths and we combine our best attributes to make a dynamic partnership. I respect Abbie for who she is and how she works and don’t expect her to be anything else and she does the same for me (we are supposed to be our own person!). We are also equally involved and invested in our business. We don’t compete and compare. Her successes are my successes and vice versa. My tip comes down to three words; Trust, Communication and Respect.
Have you ever wanted to stretch your crafty skills and show those around you how flipping amazing handmade is, all while networking with others who feel the same way?
Well if you have, then there’s a good chance you’re part of the Collaborate for a Cause Charity Auction that kicks off this weekend. If you haven’t heard of #C4AC2015 then boy are you in for a treat – its pure Handmade Awesomeness!
Collaborate for a Cause is a facebook based charity auction that’s now in its 5th year. Teams of people with handmade businesses collaborate together on handmade items that are then auctioned in one huge facebook auction. Each team gets to choose which charity the funds raised by their items will go to. This year close to 100 charities have been nominated by the 120+ teams!
Here are just a few of the collaborations up for auction this weekend. Click on the images below to be taken to the auction album where you can find out more about the fabulous businesses involved in them!
To find out more about how things work check out the Collaborate for a Cause website.
And to see all of the auction lots and to take part in this years auction be sure to visit the Collaborate for a Cause facebook page.
Wow! Did you see the amazing entries in our #love2sewOT competition! If not then drop by our facebook page to check them all out HERE! We have some seriously talented and imaginative readers! Every time one of these entries landed in my inbox I found myself in awe! You guys rock!!!
Thankfully I had the judging panel to help me choose. I really don’t think I would’ve been able to otherwise!
So drum roll please ……
The winner of the Most Inspiring Prize is Marianne.
The winner of the Most Original Prize is Emma.
The winner of the Judge’s Favourite Prize is Mary-Anne.
Thank-you to all who entered. I really loved seeing your entries and originality and hope that you had fun trying new things with your One Thimble patterns and articles.
And a HUGE thank-you to our competition sponsors who donated the wonderful prizes!
If you don’t already “know” these great businesses then please drop by their websites to check them out.
Little Moo Designs, Izzy & Ivy, Serger Pepper, Sewing with Boys, Momma Quail Patterns, Bubby & Me, Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns, Melisa Jane, Two Pretty Poppets, Boo! Designs, Flosstyle, Hunting for Ladybugs, Zebra Fabrics & Threading Rainbows.
Busy Book Review for One Thimble
It’s no secret that I love working with felt. So much so, that I even wrote an article about wool felt for the current issue of One Thimble magazine (Issue 7), which starts on page 90. So it should be no surprise that I jumped at the chance to start sewing the ‘My Little Felt Busy Book’ pattern also found in the same issue. Kerry from Sutures & Sandpaper created the most adorable template and instructions. It’s well laid out, easy to follow, and has lovely clear photos and simple instructions. So I pulled out my stash of wool felt and got to work. And I just love how the first two pages turned out!
Kerry created a cute little girl (or boy) template to use for the first page. But I wanted to challenge myself and try something just a little bit different. So I used the Miss Miranda appliqué pattern from Issue 5 as an alternative to the template. I simply printed the template at 50% and used the same doll outline, dress and hair for this project, then sketched some new pieces too.
The doll shape, the hair and the new knickers were all backed with iron-on adhesive (easy fix) so that they could easily adhere to the felt background. If you choose to do the same, just be sure that the temperature setting isn’t too hot on your iron. And if you’re not working with 100% wool felt, be sure to use a press cloth to protect the felt as you iron it.
I then straight stitched the hair and knickers in place using the sewing machine. I also hand stitched her facial features, gave her a French knot bracelet, and added hair bows.
I also created some new clothes for Miss Miranda including pants and a top, another sundress, shoes and a handbag. Her wardrobe (and the clothesline) will be full! I love that all of these pieces can be rearranged, and changed.
Each piece of clothing was drawn on freezer paper. This product sticks to the felt when ironed, which means it’s really easy to use your drawn lines as a cutting guide for small and fiddly pieces of felt. It was particularly handy for the shoes and knickers. And best of all, the paper backing peels off when you’ve finished cutting. It leaves no residue, so you just have a clean cut edge on a shape that’s just the right size.
Embellishments were added to some of Miranda’s clothes too. Bows and buttons are such pretty additions! Now all of Miranda’s clothes can be safely stored in the open top of her chest of drawers!
The Clothes Line page was next, and it was also very straight forward to assemble. Once again I used iron-on adhesive to attach the grass to the backing piece. I straight-stitched the top edge on the machine, before I added the two trees. These were also ironed in place, and topstitched. Two rows of stitching were added for the clothes line too, leaving plenty of room for Miranda’s washing!
I was tempted to add more embellishments but settled on cutting out some ‘grass’ and ‘leaves’ freestyle. These will be left loose for more imaginative play. Little fingers will have lots of fun rearranging these extra shapes too!
Now that I have completed two pages from the book, I am looking forward to working on the rest. I’m planning this little book as a special gift for my niece. However, you could also use these gorgeous templates for appliqué on wall hangings, hoop art, or even a floor mat. The options are endless. Thanks for such a cute pattern Kerry! One thing is for sure. This little project is as much fun to make, as it will be to receive!
To learn more about the appliqué process, there’s a free tutorial over on the Molly and Mama blog, along with lots of felt projects, tutorials and ideas. And there’s always a mountain of inspiration to be had at One Thimble! Thanks for having me Jen. It’s been a pleasure.
Happy sewing everyone, Lauren x