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Mad For Fabric DIY Quilting Cotton Jacket

DIY Quilting Cotton Jacket

Today I’d like to continue talking about sewing apparel with quilting cotton. You can read my original post about sewing apparel with quilting cotton here.  Quilting cotton is usually stiffer and has less drape than apparel fabrics. If you find a lovely quilting cotton that you absolutely must have as a garment, consider sewing a quilting cotton jacket as I have here. In my case, I found this lovely vintage print by Timeless Treasures April in Paris Collage.

Mad For Fabric DIY Quilting Cotton Jacket
Mad For Fabric DIY Quilting Cotton Jacket

As with my previous quilting cotton jacket, I didn’t take pictures in progress because it was before I started this blog. Here are some of the things I did for my jacket if you want to attempt your own DIY version.

Fabric

  • Chose a heavier weight quilting cotton since this is for a jacket. If you choose a lighter weight fabric then it would be too flimsy.
  • Consider using a knit fabric for the sleeves. I used a medium weight polyester knit for the sleeves.
  • Consider lining your jacket. I lined the jacket with a polyester lining to improve the drape and also added facing to make the jacket more heavy weight.

Pattern

  • Choose a simple jacket pattern that have darts. The darts will help shape the jacket and make it less boxy. I used Simplicity 1699 view C again.
  • My jacket pattern was unlined so I used the same pattern for the facing and then accounted for the difference in the seam allowance to cut the lining fabric. I increased the length of the pattern by about 3 inches because I wanted this jacket longer. For the lining I only increased 1 inch to make sure the lining was shorter than the jacket. I also cut the lining 1 inch wider on the fold in order to create the back pleat.
  • I did not line my sleeves so I just serged the outside and lining together at the armhole as you see in the picture below. If you want to completely line the jacket consider using the bagging method to sew your lining and outer fabric together. The inside of the sleeve is a white polyester knit backing so it makes it easier to slip on the jacket even without lining.
Mad For Fabric DIY Quilting Cotton Jacket -  Inside Out View
Mad For Fabric DIY Quilting Cotton Jacket – Inside Out View

Here are a few more views of the jacket interior and back.

Mad For Fabric DIY Quilting Cotton Jacket Interior and Back Views
Mad For Fabric DIY Quilting Cotton Jacket
Interior ( left ) and Back Views ( right )

 

Mad For Fabric DIY Quilting Cotton Jacket Close Up Views
Mad For Fabric DIY Quilting Cotton Jacket
Close Up of Top ( left )
Bottom Right Interior ( right )

I hope these tips are helpful if you decide to sew your own DIY quilting cotton jacket. Happy “mad” sewing!

Liberty Fabric Scrap Sun Hat - Mad For Fabric

Liberty Fabric Scrap Sun Hat

Today’s post is a project using my beloved Liberty fabric scraps to sew a sun hat using a free sun hat pattern from Lorenna Buck Designs. The pattern is designed to fit a head circumference of 22 inches. If you need a different pattern size, I also found this post for a free reversible hat pattern from April Cobb Designs with multiple sizes ranging from toddler to adult.

You can check out my other Liberty fabric scrap projects here.

Liberty Fabric Scrap Sun Hat - Mad For Fabric

I opted to use solid pieces for the top of the hat using 2 different Liberty prints, Margaret Annie and Claire-Aude. For the brim, I sewed different scraps together before cutting the brim piece. I normally use a stitch length of 2 or less to sew the scraps together so I don’t need to back stitch. Because Liberty lawn is so delicate, I use a Microtex needle to minimize the size of the holes made in the fabric when I sew.

Liberty Fabric Scrap Hat Top and Brim Pattern Pieces - Mad For Fabric
Liberty Fabric Scrap Hat Top and Brim Pattern Pieces

The sun hat can be reversible if you opt not to use lining fabric. I decided not to because I wanted to sew a strap inside my hat to prevent it from flying away when I use it on a windy day ( ask me how I know this ) . I had an old camera strap with a cord stop I no longer used so it was a perfect way to repurpose it. Since the pattern is not made to have straps I first basted the camera strap in place and then tried on the hat to make sure I liked the positioning before sewing it in place permanently.

Liberty Fabric Scrap Sun Hat Inside Views
Lining of hat with interfacing and straps basted for test fitting ( left )
Outside of hat ( right )

Here is a top view of the hat right side out.

Liberty Fabric Scrap Sun Hat Top View
Liberty Fabric Scrap Sun Hat Top View

I also really like that I can fold it up and put it inside my handbag.

Liberty Fabric Scrap Sun Hat Folded View
Liberty Fabric Scrap Sun Hat Folded

Thanks for stopping by today and happy “mad” sewing!

 

 

Mad For Fabric - Liberty Fabric Scrap Art Display

Liberty Fabric Scrap Art Tutorial

Today’s post is a tutorial on how to make canvas art using fabric scraps. I am using my beloved Liberty fabric scraps but this can be done using any fabric scraps you have on hand. You can also check out my other fabric scrap projects here. Want to make one of your own? Instructions after the jump.

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