How to make Teggings {tutorial}

So we have all heard of leggings and jeggings, but teggings? I will be honest, I thought I created this design and term, but it seems as though teggings are a real thing, at least for women. I know because I googled it. It’s funny how we always think we have come up with the newest and greatest idea only to find out someone else has already thought of it. So anyways, I still love the idea of these. Turn all those too short, outgrown tights into leggings…I mean Teggings! Plus, I don’t know about you but I have a ton of kids tights with stained feet and really they are going to be too small come next winter to be worn again anyways. So why not turn those tights into teggings?!

Teggings Tutorial
(Beginner level: takes about 5 minutes to make one pair)

Materials Needed:

* 1 pair of worn or slightly outgrown tights or you can use new tights.
First I am going to show you how I made one pair of teggings using two pairs of tights. I had a few pairs of tights that were too short but had really cute designs on them that I didn’t want to get rid of so I used two pairs of tights to make one pair of Teggings. Start by cutting off the feet right about the heel. Now cut at the top of the design. I think mine was about 6 inches long once cut. Take another pair of tights that were either too short or had holes in those toes and cut off the bottom of the feet about 3 or so inches above the heel. Take the cut piece from the decorated tights and fold wrong sides together. Make sure cut edges line up. Slide the cut part of tights into the folded decorated piece. Pin. Zig-zag or serge edges. Fold down and that is it. A new pair of Teggings! Now to make a pair of Teggings from one pair of tights. Take your pair of tights and cut like so. I cut my hemmed piece about 4″ long. You can cut it longer or shorter. It’s your choice here. Discard the toes and fold the hemmed piece in half with wrong sides facing. Again slide tights inside. Make sure all the edges line up. Pin in place. Zig-zag or serge. And there you have it…another pair of Teggins! They are so quick and easy to make. I made a bunch of these within 30 minutes. Tights that were headed for the trash, now have a new and fun use…gotta love that!

Pinafore Summer Dress

I made this cute little pinafore summer dress the other day and now I am wondering why I haven’t made one of these dresses before? They are quicker and easier to make then a peasant dress. This is a great little starter dress or the perfect dress to make when you need a quick gift.

I made this one in about 30 minutes along with some matching bloomers.

I added two button holes on each strap to allow for more growth.
I used a pattern to make mine, but if you are looking for a free tutorial Smashed Peas and Carrots has a great one here.

The Butterfly Coat Pattern from Me Sew Crazy

A few weeks ago Jessica from Me Sew Crazy was sweet enough to give me the gift of one of her patterns, The Butterfly Coat. I was in love the moment I saw this pattern. I love the butterfly wings just as much as I love the little ruffles on the back.

This is the first coat I have ever made. And really, it was so easy! Jessica’s pattern was so clear and easy to follow any experienced-beginner sewer could make one. Each step comes with clear directions and has a lot of pictures help you along the way.

The Butterfly Coat pattern is for 18 months thru 5 years and can be customized for each child. You can make the coat with or without the wings and it can even be made with full length sleeves or 3/4 sleeves.

Its one of those patterns that allows you to make the same coat so many different ways.
And I already know that I will be making a ton of these! I mean really, can that sweet little thing get any cuter?! She cried when I told her the coat was a gift for her cousin. Oh geez, break my heart folks! Seeing her love something that I made that much couldn’t have been any more rewarding, but I better start making her one now…and her sister too! Like I said, I see a ton of these in my future.
Thanks for the amazing gift Jessica! Your pattern has already made me step out of my comfort zone and attempt something I had always wanted to do, but feared.

**I just want to make sure that you all know that Jessica in no way asked me to post about her pattern. She may even be a little embarrassed with me doing so (sorry Jessica if you are). I’m posting about her pattern in hopes that all of you out there step out of your comfort zone and try something you have been fearing. Trust me, once you do you will realize how easy it is…and how rewarding!**

Anthropologie Inspired Toddler Bed Comforter Tutorial

In case you missed my tutorial over at Me Sew Crazy as part of Jessica’s New Years ReSEWlution series, here is my Anthropologie inspired toddler bed comforter.

As most of you know my husband and I just recently finished renovating 5 rooms in our old farmhouse. So now we have a lot of empty, undecorated rooms that echo like crazy. Yes, I have a HUGE to do list right now. First on my list was to make matching bedding for my three little ones that still share a bedroom. I wanted to make each of their bedding a little different and personal, but still use the same fabrics. So after seeing this duvet from Anthropologie I knew that at least one or both of the girls bedding would be similar in design but with a few added touches. My middle child right now just turned 3 and loves to button and unbutton things. She will spend hours buttoning and unbuttoning anything in sight. So it made perfect sense to make her bedding with some fun little flowers that she can play with. Maybe I’m just hoping that these buttons will keep her busy a few extra minutes at naptime so that I can spend a few extra minutes sewing. But whatever the motive, I am loving these sweet little interactive flowers.

So let’s get started.

Anthropologie Inspired Toddler Bed Comforter Tutorial
(allow 4+ hours to complete)

Materials Needed:

*1 twin flat sheet

*One 46″ x 60″ piece of batting or terry cloth (purchase about 2 yards)

*One 46″ x 60″ piece of minky fabric or any backing fabric of choice (purchase about 2 yards)*Cut 12 pieces of fabric that are 12″ x 4″. (These strips will be attached to the flowers and are needed if you want the flowers to have the ability to be buttoned and unbuttoned.)

*Assorted small scraps for flowers (about 1/2-1 yard of fabric total)

*6 buttons

Start by printing the template above. Go here to print template. Take two small scrap pieces of fabric and place right sides facing. Trace around template onto wrong side of fabric.
Sew right on top of marks. Trim excess fabric. Cut a little slit in the middle of the top layer. Make sure you cut just the top layer. Use this hole to pull fabric right side out. Don’t worry you will not see the hole once the flower is finished.
Pull fabric right side out and iron flat. Make sure you push out all of the edges neatly. Repeat with another piece of matching scrap of fabric. (You are going to end up making 12 of these single flowers to make 6 double flowers.)
Take 2 small scraps of fabric and place right sides together. Trace the larger or smaller circle onto the wrong side of fabric. (I made two sizes of circles just in case, but ended up just using the larger circle.) Sew around marks, trim excess fabric. Cut a small slit in top layer and pull fabric right side out through opening.
Take 2 of the 12″ x 4″ strips and sew the two together with right sides facing. Leave one end open to pull right side out. Iron flat and top stitch on sides. You should now have this. You may want to zig-zag or top stitch the flowers for a little added detail. If so, do so now.
Start by taking one of the flowers with the slit side up and place the strip on top of flower. The end of the strip should cover up slit in flower.
Take the other flower and place it slit side down on top of strip. Then place the circle on top and pin in place.
Zig-zag or straight stitch around circle. You will want to repeat this 5 more times to give you 6 flowers with strips attached.
Cut button holes into the flowers.
Use more scraps to make your buttons or use whatever you have on hand. Now set flowers and buttons aside and gather sheet, batting and backing fabric.
Lay sheet flat on floor. Place batting on top of sheet. Line up the side of the batting to side top of the sheet, minus the large finished edge. Cut sheet to the same width as the batting. Do not cut the length of the sheet at all.
Now determine how many rows you want. Take that number and divide by 46″. That will tell you how far apart to make your rows. I made 5 rows at about 9″ apart. Draw the rows in the whole length of the sheet.
Now you need to change the settings on your machine. Set the tension of your machine to the highest setting and the stitch length to the highest setting. This is a little trick I learned from these gals a few months ago and love to use it to ruffle. Of course if you have a ruffle foot you can use that instead.
Start sewing on top of marks. Now I decided to double my rows to cause the fabric to ruffle more. If you want the fabric to ruffle even more, sew a third row.
The top of my comforter all ruffled.
Now take the batting piece of fabric and lay it on top of ruffled top piece of fabric. Draw a line across the length of the ruffled fabric where the batting lines up.
Now before you trim off the excess fabric sew little stitches across the top of the stitches you just made to ruffle the fabric. If you don’t do this the threads used to ruffle the fabric will come out over time.
Now trim off excess fabric. Just make sure not to cut off little stitches just sewn in.
Save that fabric to make a little pillow with.
Assemble quilt like so. Batting on bottom, backing fabric right side up and then ruffled sheet right side down on top. Pin together…a lot. At points you will need to fold and ruffle edges by hand. Don’t get too picky on the edges, just make sure they line up all around. Now decide where you want your flowers to be. Pin them on the top of the sheet in desired locations. Line up the edge of the strip with the edge of the sheet. Pin flowers on right side up.
Layered like so.
Top stitch all around leaving a 8″ opening to turn right side out. Turn right side out and stitch opening closed.
Now fold strip and flower over onto top of comforter. Make a mark in the center of the button hole.
Attach button on mark.
Top stitch the straight strip in place for about 5″. This will allow the flower to be buttoned and unbutton but still safe and not allow too much room between the strap and the button to harm little ones. This step should not be skipped if using for a toddlers bed! Remember safety first!
And that is it. A cute little Anthropology inspired toddler bed comforter.

Now use your left over scraps to make some matching pillows.

Or a stuffie or two…or in my case three.

Thanks for having me Jessica and for inviting me to be part of your New Years ReSEWluation Series. At least now I have one project checked off that HUGE to do list!