Modkid Styled - Quinn

Monday, December 22, 2014

Did you know that the Modkid Quinn pattern has a long sleeve option? It does!! I've paired it with some shimmery accessories perfect for a New Year's celebration, even if it's not the up until midnight kind!! The fabrics are from Patty Young's new line, In Bloom, now available at Joann's.

  1. In Bloom Ornamental
  2. In Bloom Quatrefoil Teal
  3. Shoes
  4. Tights
  5. Hat


Thursday, December 18, 2014

I am so excited about my latest fabric release! In Bloom is my 3rd collection created exclusively for JoAnn Fabrics. I designed this collection a few months ago (around Spring-Summer of this year) so I drew inspiration from nature, flowers, and all the bright, beautiful colors around me. How fitting that this collection should launch right now while we are all dreaming of sunnier days, right?

Here's a sneak peek of the designs included in this collection. All designs are printed on Premium Quality Quilting Cottons, same quality as all my former collections! Look for them at your local JoAnn's store... and if they are not carrying MODKID STUDIO yet, please ask for it! :)

FREE Tutorial: Memory Board 

When my youngest, Sydney, asked me for a Memory Board for her birthday, I was ecstatic to finally be able to create something with my upcoming fabric line for JoAnn's, In Bloom (now in stores!). I knew right away that my Quatrefoil fabric would be the way to go and I could even use some of my own jacquard ribbon collections for this project.

Here is what you'll need:

  • 18" x 24" canvas. I found a 2-pack at Michaels for $14.00 and used my 50% coupon, which made it only $7.00 for 2 canvases... $3.50 a piece! SCORE! Now I can make another one for her big sis! :)
  • 22" x 28" piece of fabric. I used Quatrefoil Fuschia from  In Bloom, exclusively created for JoAnn Fabrics.
  • 21" x 27" piece of quilt batting or fleece (for padding).
  • 5 yards of ribbon at least 1/2" wide. I used Happy Dot from my Lush collection of Jacquard Ribbons.
  • 5 brads.
  • Staple gun
  • Ruler and cutting tools
  • X-Acto Knife (or any other sharp tool for creating small brad holes)
Now, let's get started...

1. Layer the fabric and batting/fleece over the front of the canvas, as shown below. The fabric will be a tad wider than the batting/fleece because you have cut it larger.

2. Fold the fabric over the batting/fleece to create a finished edge and wrap it over the edge of your canvas, placing your first staple in the center of one of the long sides, as shown below:

3. Repeat above step for all 4 sides, pulling the fabric taut each time, then proceed to work on your corners. For each corner, fold your fabric over the batting, as shown below. Pull tightly over the corner of the canvas and place a staple there, as shown in the second picture below...

4.  After all 4 corners are securely stapled in place, proceed to pull the fabric tightly along all the canvas edges, placing a staple every 2 inches or so. Be careful not to staple over existing staples.

Here's a close up of what your corners should look like:

5. Use a fabric marker to mark the positioning of your ribbons. I positioned mine at the center of all 4 sides of the canvas, spanning over to the opposite side center mark. These will form a wide diamond shape over your canvas. Then, the final two ribbons go from corner to corner forming an X shape, as shown below.  From my original 5 yards of ribbon, I cut 2 pieces at 36" long for the corner-to-corner (X) pieces, and 4 pieces at 18" long for the center-to-center (Diamond) pieces. The remaining 1 yard of ribbon will be used later for hanging the Memory Board.

6. Staple the ribbon to the back of your canvas, being sure to fold the ends of each ribbon in before placing your staple:

7. Use an X-Acto Knife (or your preferred sharp pointy tool) to pierce a tiny hole at the center of each ribbon intersection. Then, insert a brad in each hole for a total of 5 brads. The center-most brad will be a bit tricky to do, since there is a piece of wood back there for the canvas frame. No biggie... just lift the canvas away from the wood with one hand, while inserting the brad with the other. You'll have to maneuver your fingers in between the frame and canvas to secure the brad on the back side, but it's easy enough to do.

8. To create your board hanger, take your remaining 1 yard of ribbon and staple each ribbon end to the top 2 corners of the canvas, remembering to fold the ends of the ribbon down for extra reinforcement. Place 2 or 3 staples at each corner to make it extra sturdy!

And VOILA! Instant awesome gift for a little girl, your best friend or for yourself! 

If you are giving this Memory Board as a gift, you can include a box of Patty Young Designer Pins. They are so cute and perfect to use for this project!

Modkid Styled - Travel Art Folio

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Since I've already sewn a Travel Art Folio for my creative girl, I thought it would be fun to style a Folio for a boy complete with all the fillers. The pocket could house the fun stencils and scissors. The pencil toppers might be fun for creative play that doesn't involve drawing at all!

  1. Just My Type Retro Clover Grey
  2. Just My Type Keys Navy
  3. Paper Pad
  4. Scissors
  5. Colored Pencils
  6. Stencils
  7. Pencil Toppers
  8. Crayons

London Dress Sew-Along // Results and Winners

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The London Dress Sew-Along has come to a close. We are so thankful for those who participated during this busy time of year!! The creations are all so unique!

The first participation prize of 5 Modkid PDF patterns goes to Kate Bristow-Smith. The second participation prize of 3 Modkid PDF patterns goes to Kelly Gifford. Congratulations!!

I've collected all of the sew-along posts in the Modkid London Sew-Along Page, so you can access these posts at any time through the links in the sidebar of the blog. We love what you make, so keep sharing and creating!

Give Patty Young / Modkid Designs This Christmas

Monday, December 08, 2014

Patty gave us a great gift round up with her Black Friday post. I'm back to round out your shopping list with a few more items that don't require sewing! Let's take the opportunity to spread a little Modkid cheer!!

Nuvango offers several of Patty Young's designs for your techie friends. Tough cases and ultra-thin skins for iPhones (any model... even the super old 3Gs!) protect and personalize precious cargo with a wrap-around design. Add a free matching wallpaper, too!

You can even personalize a laptop or game console.

How about outfitting a reader you might be giving as a gift?!?

For the non-techie, Nuvango also offers greeting cards, stretched canvases, and framed art prints.

Do you have a crafter or scrapbooker on your list? These paper collections featuring Sanctuary, Rendezvous, and Just My Type from Momenta are just the thing to keep them entertained. also offers a selection of unique gifts from coffee mugs to skateboard decks.

You can also find the perfect wrapping for a gift or two!!
Finally, from child to adult a little color play is always a good idea. (Playful Designs)

Hope you've seen a few ideas for loved ones on your list this year! From all of us at Modkid, we hope this season is merry and bright!

London Sew-Along // Day 5

Friday, December 05, 2014

It is the final day of the London Dress Sew-Along!! We only have a few steps left to wrap things up, so let's get started. As usual, use a 1/2" seam allowance unless noted otherwise. 

With the skirt wrong side out, insert the bodice inside the skirt. Pin the bodice to the skirt right sides together all around aligning the side seams. Be sure that the front of the bodice is facing the front of the skirt (with pockets). Adjust the basted bodice overlap if needed to align seams. 

Stitch the bodice seam and finish with a serger or zigzag stitch. Press the seam allowance down and topstitch along the skirt edge.

Hem the bottom of the dress by folding the bottom edge toward the wrong side 1/4" and again another 1/2". Press and stitch along the inner folded edge. Be sure not to sew the box pleats shut!

Mark button locations on the right side of the bodice to align with the buttonholes. Sew four buttons on the right side of the front bodice.

Pat yourself on the back for a job well done!! I have a feeling you've just made a little girl very happy! Be sure to add your photos to our Facebook group by Monday, December 8th to be entered to win the prizes. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #londonsewalong. We’ll announce the winner next week!

See the rest of the London Sew-Along here:

We’d love to see your progress!! Show us your photos in our Facebook group. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #londonsewalong.

London Dress Sew-Along // Day 4

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Today we move on to the skirt! Stick with the 1/2" seam allowance unless noted otherwise.

Pin contrasting pocket pieces right sides together. Note that there are 3 straight edges and a curved edge that mimics the curve of the skirt. Stitch the three straight edges of the pocket, leaving the curved edge unstitched for turning. Clip the two sewn corners.

Turn the pocket right side out and press well. Using the marking on the pattern piece as a guide, fold the top corner of the pocket down to reveal the contrast fabric and press.

Sew a decorative button in the corner, through all layers of the Pocket, to tack down the flap. Repeat for the second pocket, keeping in mind the opposing direction of the flap. If you are sewing the buttoned up version of the pocket, sew a decorative button near the top inner corner of the pocket on the outside.

Position each pocket onto a skirt panel 3" from the bottom edge of the skirt panel and aligned with the raw side edges. Baste at the raw side edges. Stitch close to the edges of the sewn pocket edges up to the flap at the side, bottom, and top of the pocket. Leave the flap portion open. If you are sewing the buttoned up version of the pocket, sew the bottom and side of the pocket leaving the top open.

To create the inverted box pleat on each skirt panel, take the right most notch at the top of the skirt panel and fold the fabric wrong sides together. Press in place. Bring the pressed fold to the center notch and press again.

Repeat with the left-most notch, bringing the fold to the center notch. Press well. Baste across the overlap. Repeat for the back skirt panel.

Create the skirt by placing each skirt panel right sides together and pin along both side edges. Stitch sides with a 1/2" seam allowance and finish with a serger or zigzag stitch. 

See the rest of the London Sew-Along here:

We’d love to see your progress!! Show us your photos in our Facebook group. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #londonsewalong.

London Dress Sew-Along // Day 3

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Let's wrap up that bodice today!! Again, keep in mind all seam allowances are 1/2" unless noted otherwise.

Open up the bodice and align one underarm seam with the other (lining and main fabrics) right sides together. You basically have to twist the fabric around which is a tad difficult to photograph. Pin corresponding bodice pieces right sides together, lining to lining and main to main. Stitch with a 1/2" seam allowance.

Trim the seam allowance to 1/4" and clip along the curve. Turn right side out and press smooth. Repeat for the other underarm seam.

Baste the bottom raw edges of the bodice together to keep the layers from shifting.

Now, let's add that fun pop of lining fabric at the sleeves. Turn the sleeve edges back 1/2" to expose the lining fabric. Press well. Topstitch along the sewn edge of the cuff. Repeat on the other side.

Create 4 horizontal button holes where you marked the bodice on the viewer's left side of the front bodice. Lay the bodice on a flat surface with the side seams aligned. Overlap the left side of the bodice and baste in place at the bottom front. The overlap should be 1/4"-1/2" depending on the size you are sewing. Hold off on sewing the buttons until the end in case you need to adjust the overlap when you sew on your skirt.

See the rest of the London Sew-Along here:

We’d love to see your progress!! Show us your photos in our Facebook group. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #londonsewalong.

London Dress Sew-Along // Day 2

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Welcome to Day 2 of the London Dress Sew-Along! Today we are working on creating the bodice. We won't finish it until tomorrow, but let's get started! Keep in mind all seam allowance are 1/2" unless noted otherwise.

First, fuse a 3/4"- wide strip of lightweight interfacing to the wrong side of the two opposing front bodice pieces along the diagonal front edge.

Place each front bodice piece on top of the back bodice piece right sides together. Align and pin at each shoulder. Stitch each shoulder with 1/2" seam allowance. Repeat for the remaining front and back lining pieces.

Press the seams open.

Place the bodice lining and main bodice pieces right sides together. Pin around the neckline and down each front diagonal edge. Stitch with a 3/4" seam allowance up the front diagonal edges and with a 1/2" seam allowance around the neckline.

Pin the sleeve openings making sure the shoulder seams align. Stitch with 1/2" seam allowance. Leave the underarm and bodice bottom edges unstitched.

Trim the neck opening to 1/4". Clip the neckline curve and the front corners of the bodice.

Turn the entire bodice right side out. Push out cornets and smooth out the curve. Press all edges well. Topstitch along the front diagonal edges and around the neckline. Tomorrow we will complete the remaining bodice steps.

See the rest of the London Sew-Along here:

We’d love to see your progress!! Show us your photos in our Facebook group. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #londonsewalong.
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