Sewing

Style DIY: Faux Fur Infinity Scarf

Temps have been steadily dipping down, even in SoCal. For Christmas I went with CHPG to visit his family in Palmdale and if it weren't for this scarf, I probably would have frozen my butt off. I know it was definitely somewhere in the 50s. I know, I know, but 50's to me is freezing. 

Faux-Fur-Infinity-Scarf-Materials- 1 yard of faux fur fabric

- straight pins

-thread, needle, and scissors

This is a pretty simple one day project. I made it on the 23rd when I had a day off but needed something to occupy my hands. 

First, pin your fabric together lengthwise with the "right" side of the fabric facing together, and sew. I used a simple basic backstitch. When done with that your fabric will basically resemble a tube. Turn the fabric inside out so that it looks like it normally would. Next, gather your ends and pin together the "right" sides again. Trust me, it's going to look a little weird at first but as you sew the ends together in what will become the infinity, you'll start to see it. 

Faux-Fur-Infinity-Scarf-Sewn-EndsYou're doing this so that the ends aren't as visible. When you have about 2" left you won't be able to backstitch anymore and so you'll have to do a running stitch  in a loop to close the ends, and you're done!  

Now you've got yourself a pretty faux fur (which is all the rage this winter season) infinity scarf and you'll have caught up on a few shows on Netflix, all in one day. If that's not called productivity, then I don't know what is. 

Faux-Fur-Infinity-Scarf

Stay warm, Bears! 

Amanda

Amanda ❤

Sewing Basics: French Knot

So, I'm back with another basic embroidery stitch. The French Knot. I'm inclined to say it's fancy, but then I think I would only say that because the name has the word 'French' in it, and people have the tendency to think that anything French is fancy. I don't know, maybe I'm overthinking it, but here we go! 

French Knot Step 1 of 4 www.xopanda
Step One: Bring your needle up at one. 

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Step two: Holding thread tautly with your finger and thumb of your left hand, wind thread once

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...or twice, but no more than that, around the needle. 

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Step three: Still holding the thread, bring down the needle close to point one and pull needle through to the back of your fabric so that twists lie on the fabric surface. Repeat as needed! 

Ta-Da! I bet you thought it was going to be all super hard, didn't you? Nope! Now, you can use French Knots as a bold, raised dot, like an eye, or in groups, like the center of a flower. You can work them tightly closed or scattered. 

Don't be afraid to try this stitch. It's super easy! 

XO Panda

Amanda ❤

Sewing Basics: Back Stitch

Back-Stitch
If there's one stitch that you will ever need to know. I believe it would be this one. This is the main kahuna. If you're stitching up a hole, using it for embroidery or are like me who likes to create sewn items, but are afraid to use a sewing machine. THIS is the one you need to know. 

You can use this for straight or curved lines and outlines. 

How to: 

Working from right to left, bring needle up at 1, down at 2, and up at three. The distance between 1-2 should be the same distance between 1-3. Start the next stitch by bringing the needle down at 1, and repeat as needed to complete as necessary.  

Stay tuned for a Fashion DIY coming up using this stitch! 

Amanda ❤

Sewing Basics: Running Stitch

Running Stitch
Today I'm back with another embroidery basic stitch. I know it's been a while, but nevertheless I'm back! 
This is probably the most easiest embroidery stitch ever. EVER! 
How To: 
Bring needle up at 1 and down at 2, and repeat until finished. (Except in the picture above I show them spaced apart because they're too close together). This is one of the few stitches that you can make several stitches at once by running the needle in and out of the fabric. 
Amanda ❤

Sewing Basics: Star Stitch

Star-Stitch

I'll be doing a somewhat regular series where I show you have to perform basic sewing/embroidery stitches. 

I thought I'd start the series off with a simple Star Stitch. It can also be called the double cross stitch since essentially, they're overlapping crosses. These can be worked individually, in lines/row or simply sprinkled here or there. 

How To
Bring the needle up at 1, down at 2, up at 3, and down at 4. Bring the needle up again at 5, down at 6, up at 7, the down at 8. Repeat as much as needed. 

See? Easy peasy lemon squeezy. 

XO Panda

Amanda ❤