Thank you for the bow pattern--very cute and excellent details for new seamstresses/tailors, and also untrained ones. (I didn't understand clipping the edges until I'd been sewing for QUITE some time.)
I just finished sewing a kitty costume for my sister for Halloween and had the perfect size scrap to make ShellieMay a bow. This is the leftover piece from the cat’s tail.
I made the bow a little differently. There are less steps in this method of construction.
Fabric: You will need a piece of fabric that is at least 13” long and 4” wide.
Notions: Matching tread, 15” of 3/8” wide elastic and 100% Polyester Stuffing.
1. Fold elastic in 1/2. (If you are a beginner, I suggest you put a few hand stitches in the elastic to hold the ends together.)
2. Fold fabric in half and pin the elastic in the center of the seam. Pin the remaining seam edges and stitch along seam line. 1/4” seam allowance.
3. Refold fabric, placing the seam in the center of the bow. I used a piece of chalk to round the edges of the bow. Then pin your seams and leave at least 1 and 1/2” opening to turn and stuff the bow. I add a cross pin to remind myself where I will start and stop my stitching.
4. If you used very small seam allowances, you will not have to trim the excess fabric. If you have wider seams you need to grade your seam allowances (trim one seam allowance to 1/8” and the other to 1/4”) and clip little triangles in the circle so that the curves lie flat after they are turned.) Turn the bow right side out. Stuff your bow and then hand or machine stitch the opening closed.
(sorry - didn't get a picture of this step)
5. Use the remaining piece of fabric for your center loop. Pin the seam allowance and stitch.
6. Turn the loop right side out. Pleat your bow, place loop around the center and hand stitch into place.
ShellieMay helped me to make my first almost completely no-sew skirt. It’s nice and simple and you don’t need a sewing machine! It worked out pretty well and I think it will work well for the small keychain bears.
I am saying almost completely no-sew because you need to secure the elastic with some hand stitches.
Fabric: 1/4 yard of 44”-45” wide fabric. You are going to be working with ‘fusibles’, so it is very important to prewash your fabric according to the manufacture’s instructions. You’ll find the information on the end of the fabric bolt next to the price of the fabric.
Notions: Lite Steam-A-Seam 1/8” wide, 15 inches of 3/8” wide elastic, any color thread, Liquid Stitch (optional)
Cut fabric strip 30” long and 6 and 3/4” wide. (These are the measurements that I used, but obviously, you can make the skirt fuller by adding to the length and longer by adding to the width.)
On the back seam, place the Steam-A-Seam 1/4 inch from the edge on the right side of the fabric and apply with the manufacture’s directions. Peal the paper.
(This step not pictured.) Put the center back seam edges together and once again press according to the manufacture’s directions to secure your seam. Then press the seam allowance to one side.
Next, on both the casing edge (where you’ll insert the elastic) and on the hem edge, turn under 1/4 inch, pin and press.
Next, on the casing edge, fold over 1” and on the hem edge fold over another 3/8”. Pin and press.
Then open up the second fold and place the Steam-A-Seam just a millimeter or so away from the edge of the hem. Fold over and press to secure.
When placing the Steam-A-Seam on the casing edge, leave a 2” opening to insert the elastic. Fold over and press to secure.
Next, with a safety pin, insert your elastic through the casing.
This is where you’ll need to do some hand sewing. Over lap the edges of the elastic and stitch to secure. Since the elastic is on the inside, you don’t have to worry what your stitches will look like or what color thread you use.
Finally! Finish the casing. I decided to use some Liquid Stitch to close the opening. You can use your Steam-A-Seam or hand sew the opening closed.
........ and your skirt is complete!!!
You can add trims with the Steam-A-Seam or Liquid Stitch as well. I hope some of you give this a try! They sell so many wonderful ribbons and trims for you to really get creative and make your little girl some wonderful little skirts.
Esmeralda, when I get my tiny Shellie May yes, I will be removing her bow. I will most likely make bows using clear elastic bands as a band that can go all around her head to hold them on. I haven't tried yet, though, as I still need to make at least one outfit for the bear I have in-hand, LOL. Though Duffy has told me he is not above serving as a model for Shellie May. Should I be concerned?
Esmeralda is that, what, Vera Bradley? My mom LOVES her stuff!!!! LOL. Looking forward to seeing all your cute keychain patterns...I LOVE Shellie May's skirt especially! Also love Keychain Duffy's picture by "his" apartments. Too cute!