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Cheerleader Apron for Seahawk Fans

30 Jan 2014

finished apron
Every Hawk Hostess needs a Seahawks Cheerleader Apron! Be the envy of the neighborhood in this cheer-y team colors kick-pleat beauty. Click on the pictures to see larger images.

What You'll Need:

1 yd lime cotton

7/8 yd navy cotton

Thread to match both

1/4 yd of fusible web: I used EZ Fuse Lite by Pellon

Rotary Cutter, Mat and Ruler

Pins

Frixion marking pen

Sewing machine

We've flipped the Seahawks 12 flag template for you to use.
Click here to download our flipped version of the 12 template.

How to Make: 

From lime fabric, cut:

Five 3" by WOF

One 4" by WOF

Three 6.5" by 14"

From navy fabric, cut:

Two 16.5" by 13.5" pieces

Two 6" by 14" pieces

Two 4.5" by 14" pieces

cutting pieces
Top:

Stack your navy 16.5 by 13.5" pieces and fold with the shorter sides together, so you have a folded piece

13.5" by 8.5". Put the fold on the 0"mark on your mat. Place your ruler so one end is at the 4.5" mark on the mat and the other is at the bottom corner of your folded piece (away from the folded edge.)
 
stack and cut

Cut away the side triangles.

your top
Unfold: this is your bib top and lining.

trace your 12
Trace the 12 onto the fusible web.

Adhere the fusible to the back of leftover lime fabric and cut out the numbers. Peel off the paper and iron them to the center of your bib front.

bib
Take the single 4" strip of lime fabric and shorten to 22". Put long sides together and sew. Turn right side out and press flat. Being sure not to twist it, pin each end to the top of your bib 1/2" in from the top corners. Match your lining piece to the bib top, right sides together with the straps in between, and sew both sides and the top, securing the straps. Leave the bottom open for turning. Clip the corners, being careful not to clip stitching. Turn right side out and press.

Skirt Assembly:

Sew your 14" pieces together in the following order:
navy 4.5", lime 6.5", navy 6" , lime 6.5", navy 6", lime 6.5", navy 4.5". Press all seams open.

14" pieces
On wrong side, press side and bottom edge turning up 1/4", then again 3/8".

Sew down, so all of hem is neatly enclosed.

stitch hem

Press all seams again so they have a crisp edge, pointed to the right side.


mark with pen
Using a Frixion pen, draw a line down the center of each green portion on the right side (Frixion pens are awesome because they completely disappear with an iron!!)

pin pleats
Bring your creased seams together so they meet perfectly at the line you drew and pin in place.  Press the heck out of it. Use steam. I used a Rajah pressing cloth, which is especially designed to set pleats.

flip and press back
Flip and press the back too, which will look like the picture above.

pin for stitching
Measure with your ruler 4" down from the raw edge top of your skirt piece. Use a pin to mark and hold the pleat down there.

stitch pleat
Sewing just next to each fold, sew from the top edge to the pin and back up to the top edge at the other fold.

Assembling the sash:

perpendicular

Cut one 3.5" strip of lime fabric in half at the fold. Take a long strip and place an end perpendicular to the end of a half strip. Sew diagonally and trim then press open seam. Repeat on the other side and then do with the other short strip making two approximately 100" strips of fabric.

Putting it all together:

press sash
Fold a sash  piece in half, finding the exact center. Match this center to the center pleat, matching the sash edge to the top edge of the skirt. find the center of the other sash piece and match up on the other side of the skirt. When you have the skirt centered and aligned between the sash pieces, pin in place and continue to pin the length of each sash, continuing around on both sides until you come back to the sides of the skirt. Place pins there and get ready to sew! 
 
Beginning at one of the pins that was at the side of the skirt, sew all the way around a sash piece and back across the top, securing the skirt to the sash and continuing around the other sash piece, stopping when you reach the pin marking the other side of the skirt. I sewed my sash ends at 45" angles just to be cute.

trim corners

Trim corners of the sashes.

turn inside out

Turn inside out: I used a Turn-It-All to do this. Insert the tube portion into the open end.

scrunch
Gather till the end of the tube is at the tip of the sash.

push
Start pushing the fabric into the center of the tube.

pull through
When it comes out the other side, pull it through and slide out the tube.

Press sash flat.

Press sash flat and away from skirt on right and wrong side. Press open edge seam allowance down by 1/4".

open
Insert bottom edge of bib between sash layers and pin in place.

sandwich
With lime thread, top stitch 1/8" from edge of sash all the way around, capturing the bottom of the bib and completing the apron.

apron cllose up

GO HAWKS!!

~ Anna-Beth, Northgate Store Manager & Head PacFab/Hawks Cheerleader


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Future Hawk Baby Blankie for Seahawk Fans

29 Jan 2014

El
2014 isn't just a great year for Seattle football. It's a great year for my friends Tasha and Brian. Not only are they soon expecting their baby boy, now Brian, a huge football fan, has been invited to watch the Super Bowl with a friend who got tickets!! In honor of their baby, I designed them this snuggly and fun baby blanket!

What You'll Need:

Two 1-1/4 yd pieces of Cuddle (in Hawks colors, naturally.)

6" of satin in contrasting color: navy to go on the lime side for me!

1/2 yd of fusible web (I used EZ Steam Lite II by Pellon.)

Rotary cutter, mat and ruler or sharp scissors and measuring tape

Sewing machine and threads

Iron and ironing board

Pins

Click here to download our "FUTURE" PDF Template

Click here to download our "HAWK" PDF Template

Click on the pictures to see a larger image!
trace template

Trace our template onto your web. Stick it to the back of your satin and carefully cut out the letters.

Trim your cuddle pieces to 44" squares.
arrange letters

Arrange the letters on the blanket.
iron letters
When you like the arrangement, peel off the paper backing and iron them down.

One of the great things about our high quality cuddle is that you can iron it and wash it and the embossed patterns stay put!
small stitch

Since this is a baby blanket, it needs to be washable. I used a small blanket stitch in my sewing machine to outline all of my letters.

face to face
Place your blanket pieces face to face and pin densely all the way around. On one edge, place two pins close together and another two pins about 4" away.
sa
Using a 1/2" seam allowance and a walking foot if you have one, start stitching at the first set of pins and stitch all the way around until you reach the next set. Stop stitching.
corners

Clip all of your corners to the stitching, being careful not to cut through the stitching.



Turn right side out, pushing out the corners and the edges. Flatten, pin the gap closed with seam allowances folded on and use a 1/4 " seam to top stitch all the way around.

Annika

Snuggle the nearest baby Hawk!!

~ Anna-Beth, Northgate Store Manager


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Layered Squares Scarf for Seahawk Fans

28 Jan 2014

finished squares scarf
On first glance, this scarf looks so intricate, but it's really just SO fun, quick and easy to make! Click on the pictures to see close-ups.

What You Need:

¼ yd. each of printed and coordinating solid fleece or two coordinating solid fleeces

How To Make:
cutting squares

  • Cut 18 squares of printed or solid fleece 4 x 4 inches and 17 squares of a coordinating solid 4 x 4 inches.
  • Using a chalk marking pencil, draw a faint line through the center of each square from point to point.
layer squares
  • Place a printed or solid square on the diagonal and lay a coordinating solid square on top. Align the points along the center line with the lower point of the top square 1 inch above the lower point of the bottom square. Pin in place.
  • Repeat by adding each additional square alternating prints and solids or solids and solids until all 35 squares are pinned together.

stitch through

  • Stitch down through the center of the layered squares, the full length of the scarf.  
more rows
  • Sew a second and third row of stitching ¼ inch on either side of the original seam.

Wear and enjoy while screaming "Go Hawks"!

~ Wendy, Northgate Assistant Manager


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We Love SkittlesĀ® Table Runner for Seahawk Fans

27 Jan 2014

We Love Skittles
Seahawks Running Back Marshawn Lynch is famous for his love of Skittles®, and this year no Seahawks-supporting Super Bowl party will be complete without a bowl of the rainbow candies.  To show the love, I designed a fun table runner to set off your Skittles® bowl!

Finished runner is 42” by 14”

What You’ll Need:

7/8 yd of navy cotton

1/3 yd of lime green cotton

3” each of purple, red, orange and yellow cotton

A piece of batting about 16” by 45”

¾ yd of fusible web – I used Lite EZ Steam II by Pellon, but any one you like would do!

Iron, Ironing board

Sewing machine

Scissors

Pen

Rotary cutter, mat and ruler

Download our pdf for the words and skittles template.

How to Make:

From the navy cotton, cut a piece 14” by 42”.

From the lime green cotton, cut three strips 2 ½” wide for your binding. Set these aside.

Trace the words and twenty of the skittles shape onto your fusible adhesive.  It worked nicely to trace the shape end-to end,
like an oval string of pearls. 

trace
Cut the skittles out in sets of four – you don’t need to cut around the individual shapes. Put one set on the back of each colored fabric, including the lime green. Put all the letters on the back of the lime green fabric.  Follow the instructions for your preferred fusible web.

place skittles
Cut out the letters, peel off the paper backing, and arrange them in the center on the long side of your navy piece – leave about an inch all around. Arrange your skittles around the edge too, still leaving that inch all the way around – I found that it worked well to have three skittles on each end. 

press
When you like your arrangement, press everything in place, melting the fusible web.

edges crossed

Layer your backing, batting, and your top. I used 505 temporary adhesive spray to baste my layers together.  Trim all the way around so the edges are flush.  Quilt if you want to, or just add your binding.

This is my favorite binding method – it’s hard to explain, so I took lots of pics.

cross

To add binding, sew strips together with edges crossed, sewn diagonally as in the picture shown above.

trim & press
After checking that your binding is a straight length (it’s easy to sew it diagonally the wrong way!) trim away the excess and press seams apart. (Click on the picture to see a close-up.)

Then fold in half with seams inside and press again.  With your runner right side up and starting in the middle of a side, put the raw edges flush with the raw edges of the runner and sew with a ¼” seam, leaving the first 8” of binding loose.

1/4" from corner
When you reach 1/4” from the first corner, stop with your needle in the down position, pivot and sew to the corner. Cut your thread and turn your project to prepare to sew the next edge.

fold binding

Fold the binding up, away from the project and the next raw edge, and then down, so it is now flush with then next raw edge. (Click on the picture to see a close-up.)

fold to center
Sew again until you have gone all the way around and stop about 10” before your stitching began.  Bring your binding over to your iron, fold the two loose edges so they meet in the center of the unsewn part, and press them firmly. (Click on the picture to see a close-up.)

pressed x
Unfold them – you’ve made two  pressed “X”es. Align them so the fabric is crossed as it was when you sewed the binding together, and sew across them diagonally. (Click on the picture for a close-up.)

trim & sew
After checking to make sure your binding is straight (again, so easy to sew this wrong!!) trim away the excess and finish sewing down your binding. (Click on the pictures for a close-up.)

stitch to back
Hand or machine stitch the binding to the back to the back of your runner, admiring your neat mitered corners, serve some Skittles®, and watch the Seahawks WIN!!!!!

~ Anna-Beth, Northgate Store Manager


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Loom Band Bracelet for the Seahawks 12th Kids

26 Jan 2014

finished bracelet
Grab the kids, invite their friends and spend the afternoon making "loom" band bracelets on your fingers. No loom required and you'll find Seahawk colored bands at all our stores!
(Click on the pictures to see a larger image.)

supplies
What You'll Need:
Two to three different colors of "loom" bands
One plastic "hook ring" per bracelet (included in band packages)
Two fingers

How to Make:

figure 8
Put your first rubber band around two fingers twisting it in the center to make a figure 8. Janissa (shown in our pictures) used the index and middle finger on her "non-writing" hand.

second band
Put a second rubber band over the same two fingers without the twist.

third band
Put a third rubber band over your two fingers, also without twisting. You can alternate colors however you would like as you go.

up and over
Pick up the bottom most band on one of your fingers and bring it up and over your finger, dropping it into the space between your fingers.
second finger
Repeat this on your second finger.

add hook
Now it's time to add the plastic hook ring. Pull down on your first band as shown and hook one end of the ring onto the first band.

add two more
Keep repeating the band steps until your bracelet is as long as you would like it.

repeat steps
Add two, pull ends over, add two, etc.

longer
You could make it really long to wear as a necklace, too.

When you are done, hook the other side of your plastic ring into the last bands to secure them and finish.

Make 12 and give them to all your friends!

~ This project was a fun joint effort. Janet, SODO Store Manager, showed Janissa, Bremerton & Office Staff Member how to make the bracelets. Annette took the pictures, then wrote out the instructions. Go Team PacFab!
 


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