Dresden Template Challenge

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Hey everyone, as you know I recently had the opportunity to attend a fun blogging convention, SNAP! I was able to meet so many amazing vendors. I was contacted by Sewing with Nancy and asked to participate in a sewing challenge: Sewing with Nancy Dimensional Dresden Template. 

I hate to admit that I didn't even know what a Dresden Plate was. I looked it up online and found lots of different varieties. 

When my package arrived I read through the pattern book and saw there are many different ways to use this template, which is great. You can make a bunch of different styles, curved, pointed, scalloped and more. I like to see the pattern and put my own twist on it - be creative and see where it takes you.

Since I am known for my aprons, I chose to make one for this project. I found this darling fabric from Moda Fabric: Corner of 5th and Fun. I used a charm pack and bought a few half yard cuts. 

First, I want to say that making a Dresdren piece is so much easier than I thought it would be. The pattern book is easy to read and my favorite part - at the back of the book they give you the finished sizes. 

Here is how I made my Dresden Plate for the apron bib. 

Enough Fabric for finished piece - I used Moda United Fabric Corner of 5th & Fun
Coordinating Thread
Sewing Machine
Sewing Needle for hand work

To begin:

Gather supplies and determine how big you want your final piece to be. If you have limited space measure carefully. There are 19 different sizes you can create. I chose the 1 1/2” size which finishes at  4 1/8”. 

Stack several layers of fabric together (yay! for cutting multiple pieces) and lay the template on top. Cut using your rotary cutter, my favorite is the Olfa Cutter. 

You'll end up with a bunch of cute little pieces like this. You need 12 pieces to make one Dresden Plate.

Next fold the pieces in half (right sides together) and sew. I like to chain stitch, which just means to continuously feed them through the machine without lifting the foot each time. You end up with a bunch of template pieces all sewn together. You will have to cut them apart. Then clip the corners so we can fold them. 

This is probably the trickiest part, but it's not that hard. Once you have clipped the corner you want to flip the piece so the right side is out. It will make a point at the top that you want to iron. 

After you turn the pieces they will look like this. Now for the fun part...figure out how you want them arranged. I love moving pieces around to see what I looks best, then it's time to sew. 

Make sure to iron them once you are done - the seams lay nicer and you will be happier with the finished product. 

Making the circle for the center is a lot easier than I thought it would be. You can use any method that you choose here's what I did. Cut a circle out of cardboard, trace onto fabric. I liked using these Eraseable gel ink pens, which I got from Nancy's Notions, of course.

Do a running stitch around the edges

Insert the cardboard piece and pull thread to tighten. Iron edges down over the cardboard.

Remove the card board pattern piece and iron again. 
Next, you can apply the circle to the dresden plate. You can either appliqué it on by hand or sew with your machine. I chose to sew with the machine. 

You are finished. Good news you can attach these to anything. I machine sewed it to my apron bib and I am thinking about adding it to bags. My daughter wants to make a hot pad to match the apron. 

And because I wanted to see what it looked like with a darker petal on another apron bib, I quickly did one more. 

This was a really fun project. I already know what else I want to make with this template. Yes, I did get the pattern book and template provided by Nancy's Notions, you can get your copy of the book and template here, but the opinions are solely my own.

Happy Sewing Friends!


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A Quick Sneak Peek!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

You guys! I am so excited. I just found the cutest fabric from #modafabrics. I already know what I want to make. Come back to see all the details. Plus there will be a fun announcement when I post about it. Yay!

SNAP Conference Review 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tauni: Opening Ceremony

This is the first year I have been to a convention for bloggers. I don't know if I would call myself a blogger just yet, but I am ready to get started and this felt like the perfect opportunity. Let me tell you it was AMAZING! They have so many classes, vendors, sponsors and information that my head was spinning - in a good way.

I came away with a sense of urgency and readiness to take the plunge into this blogging community. I loved that all of the participants truly wanted to help and support each other. I loved that it felt very friendly and kind. There are so many innovative and creative bloggers out there. It was super impressive and intimidating.

I met some awesome ladies and got many great ideas. I can't wait to put them into my blog. Thanks for joining me. I have some new projects ready to go, I will be posting each week. Here are some fun photos highlighting my experience from SNAP.

Paul: Master Lego Builder and my Cupcake Stand

Charmed Collections bracelet - it is so pretty

Team Spellbinders: Lots of fun make and takes here. 

Nancy's Notions: I've been watching her for years on TV. It was great to take a class from Nichole. 

I won this darling Doll. My kids were sew, so excited

Who doesn't love a giant Unicorn, long time friend Sara and a new friend Beverly of Happy Bubkin

Hey Girl! You should check out SNAP next year. Hopefully he will be there too!

Pajama Pants

Friday, November 20, 2015

I recently was contacted by a sweet mom who wanted some pajama pants for her daughter's sleep-over party. I love when my clients give me the opportunity to mix and match fabrics and patterns. She gave me a color palette and away we went. 

She was thrilled when I sent her a sneak peek of the pants. I can't wait to see a photo of all the girls. I want a pair for myself now.