Start out your Monday here! This blog hop is all about novelty prints from Kanvas--fun designs that make you smile--and our talented designing friends are offering up great ideas for using them! Use the links at the bottom of this post in case you missed one of the earlier tutorials.
Today Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts is here, with a salute to local heroes. See how she has used the Firefighters Rock and Boys in Blue collections from Kanvas to make some adorable accessories for her grandsons. Enjoy the tutorial, and then scroll to the bottom of the post to see how you can win a fat quarter bundle of these local hero prints.
I have two little grandsons who are into ACTION! They don't play with stuffed toys or little blankets and quilts. They just run through the house pretending to be super heroes. Firemen and policemen are superheroes, right?
|Let's hear it for our local fire fighters! Firefighters Rock Collection|
|My grandsons LOVE policemen. Boys in Blue Collection|
I made two things for them using these prints. One I'll share with you as show and tell, and the second I'll show you how to make yoursel. The first thing I made was a karate robe for each of them (2 and 4 years old). I used a commercial pattern by McCall's which also includes pajamas. Let me say, they don't make patterns the way they used to! I had to remake the neck interfacing 3 times, with the last time making my own pattern! I wasted a lot of fabric!
|First robe with reworked neck facing; for Miles (4)|
|Firemen fabric robe for Matteo (2)|
|Two easy pieces; I decided to line the vest|
|Cut out the lining using the same pattern pieces; back is cut on the fold|
|Outside and lining pieces ready to be sewn together|
1. Join the front pieces to the back piece, at the shoulders, for both the outside and lining parts.
2. Press shoulder seams open.
3. Sew the lining piece and outside piece together along the armholes (see below)
|Sew the lining and outside pieces together at the armholes|
|Sew the front and neck edges from the inside|
|Vest ready for side seams to be sewn|
7. This is what the vest looks like after the sides are sewn:
|The entire bottom of the vest is open for the next step|
|Last seam with opening|
|Police vest for Miles with NO raw edges showing|
|Firemen vest for Matteo|
What's a boy to do wearing a police vest if he doesn't have handcuffs and badges?
|Dollar store finds; I had enough fabric to make a pillowcase|
|Gotta have handcuffs!|
And one more pillowcase!
Little boys like action toys and these two collections fit the bill.
Thanks, Debby, for all the inspiration for using these the Firefighters Rock and Boys in Blue collections! Head over to Debby's blog to learn more about her work and find out how to enter to win a fat quarter bundle of the fabrics she used.
Don't miss our other novelty print tutorials!
Day 1: Reverse applique pillow by Lisa from Stubbornly Crafty
Day 2: Boxy make-up bags by Jennie from Clover & Violet
Day 3: Drawstring camera bag by the Benartex blog design team
Day 4: Pillow organizer by Wendy Sheppard from Ivory Spring