Modkid Styled - Lily Skirt

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Has your sewing machine been buzzing with back to school items? Here’s the perfect look to send your girl back in style using the Modkid Lily Skirt. I’ve packed in a little education with alphabets, numbers, and honest Able, then added some sparkle and shine we know they all love. 


Lily Styled

1. Just My Type fabric – Letterpress

2. Just My Type fabric – Color Keys

3. Just My Type fabric – Crossgrain

4. Abe shirt

5. hair clip

6. shoes

7. backpack

Chic Accessories Now in PDF

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We are happy to announce the release of not one, but two of the most popular micro mini patterns in PDF pattern form. What was previously a quick sew, perfectly chic accessory is made even quicker by instant download! As you will soon see, both are perfect for back to school.

First up, we have the Jewelry Roll pattern. Transporting your jewelry just got a whole lot easier and cuter. With two necklace and ring holders, six separate pockets of varying sizes and a zipper pouch, you can store quite a few of your special accessories. It all rolls up into a compact little package that will easily fit into your purse or carry-on luggage.

What makes it even better? Our MODKID Jewelry Roll is not just for jewelry...

The inside pockets are the perfect length and width for coloring pencils, markers and crayons, while the zippered pouch will easily hold erasers, glue sticks, post-it notes or other small school supplies. Then it rolls up to fit perfectly inside their backpack or binder.

Teachers will find plenty of storage room for pens, Expo markers, rulers, staplers, calculators, etc. Feel free to modify the length of the inner pockets to suit your needs.

Whether you sew, knit, scrapbook or like to dabble in all crafty hobbies, keep your tools of the trade safely tucked away in this handy travel case.

You can find the Jewelry Roll pattern for sale in the Modkid Etsy Shop or on Craftsy.

Next up is the Modkid Lunch Bag. Lunchtime doesn't have to be boring with a brown paper bag! Be fashionable with this super chic insulated lunch bag. It has plenty of room for your food and drink, plus an extra little interior pocket to hold an ice pack. A padded handle and velcro closure make it easy to transport. 

You can find the Lunch Bag pattern for sale in the Modkid Etsy Shop and on Craftsy.

One last note about these micro-mini patterns. They don't include pattern pieces, just simple rectangles, so they sew up very quickly. If you are looking for a great teacher gift or wanting to install a zipper for the first time, these patterns are a great place to start!

Vote for the Next Sew-Along

Friday, August 15, 2014

We had so much fun with the last sew-along that we’re already planning the next one. We narrowed down some options for a fall-ish project starting the beginning of October, and we’re asking the Modkid fans to vote. Click over to the Fan Group to share your opinion.

SAL vote

Welcome to our New Look!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Courtney has been busy updating the look of our blog and we would love your feedback. Our newly updated blog is more modern, clean and easy to navigate. We have tabs at the top so you can easily find what you're looking for, and our sidebar links have also been updated so you can learn more about our company and keep up with us on social media.

Here are some highlights:

  • Click on the FREE PATTERNS link at the top ^^^ to easily download all of our free tutorials and patterns we currently have available. More will be added as they become available.
  • You can now easily find our PDF and Paper sewing patterns by clicking on the tabs above ^^^
  • Click on the social media links on the sidebar to follow us >>> and learn firsthand what we're cooking up next.
  • If social media is not your cup of tea, no worries, click on the ABOUT link at the top ^^^ to learn more about our company, or scroll down a bit on the sidebar >>> to find several Patty Young and MODKID interviews conducted by industry professionals.
  • The ROAD TRIP PATTERN CLUB logo on our sidebar will take you directly to an affiliate page where you can purchase the club membership and get  all of the current and previous patterns released. If you don't know about the RTPC, click here to learn more.

Past, on-going and future endeavors...

Courtney has been conducting a fun series she calls MODKID Styled, where she takes a MODKID sewing pattern (either PDF or paper) and pairs it up with fabric combos and trendy accessories to create a whole "ensemble". She even gives you easy links on where to find all the goodies so you don't have to do any extra work. If you would like her to "style" a favorite pattern of yours, just let her know in the comments.

Sew-alongs: We just completed our first ever sew-along, the Sun & Surf Tote, in conjunction with our first ever paper-to-pdf release. It was a blast and we really enjoyed seeing all the projects completed by our SAL participants. We plan to do more SALs in the near future, so if you have any special requests, just et us know in the comments!

MODKID FB Group: don't you hate it when everyone else is in the know and you have to find out second-hand? Join our FB Group to always be the first to get MODKID news. We will announce new pattern and fabric releases there first. We will also post FREE tutorials and poll our members for ideas and suggestions. As if that wasn't awesome enough, our MODKID group has become a sewing forum too where members post questions or concerns and get an answer within seconds from either a MODKID team member or another group member. Come join us here.

If you've been missing new fabric designs from us, I am delighted to say that there are TONS of new fabrics, in quilting cottons, knits and home dec, coming up in the near future. Stay tuned... as soon as I am able to reveal, I will give you the details! (pssst.... a little birdie told me that a sneak peek was posted on the FB Group, so head on over there to check it out.)

That's it for now! Hope you like our new look. Please give us your feedback. We would love to know what you think and if there is anything else you'd like to see form us either here or on Facebook. This is a work in progress...

Sun and Surf Tote Sew-Along // Results and Winners

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Our Sun and Surf Tote Sew-Along has come to a close, and what fun we have had!! We had people sewing along from Texas to Sweden creating beach bags to birthday gifts. Everyone became a cheerleader as the progress photos appeared in the Modkid Facebook Group event. We’ve got one amazing Modkid community!!

The variety and creativity is inspiring isn’t it!?!? As you can imagine, we could not have picked a favorite, so we let the random number generator do the hard work selecting our winners for participating. The amazing prize pack below goes to Marie Villa!!

Sew-Along giveaway

The winner of prize pack #2 (1 each of the 6 Micro-Mini patterns) is Tomi Gibson. CONGRATS TO YOU BOTH!

Since we were so pleased with everyone's enthusiastic participation, we have created a coupon code exclusively for sew-along participants as an extra thank you gift... it will be sent via Facebook direct message within the next 24 hours.

This certainly won’t be our last sew-along, so send any suggestions for patterns you’d like to see our way!

Modkid Styled - Hannah

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

For the last Modkid Styled post, I brought you Baby Hannah. Today, I’ve created a coordinating look for big sis with the Hannah pattern.
Hannah Styled
1. Fabric #1
2. Fabric #2
3. Fabric #3
4. Hat
5. Shoes

Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along // Day Five

Friday, August 01, 2014


It’s finally time to complete our tote!! Today, we’ll sew and attach the strap, insert the grommet, and add the button. We are in the home stretch!


Fold and press both short ends of the strap to the wrong side 1/4”.


Fold the strap in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press a crease. Open up the strap, then fold each raw edge in toward the center crease. Press well. If you used fusible fleece in the beginning, and it is already attached to your strap, fold the strap in half enclosing the raw edges and proceed to the next step. If you are using a loose piece of fleece, unfold your strap and insert the fleece inside in the center of the strap. Fold the strap in half enclosing the raw edges.


Topstitch around all four sides of the strap.

Install one large grommet on each side panel of the tote following the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure the top edge of the grommet is at least 1/2” down from the top edge of the tote.


Insert the end of each strap inside a grommet opening from the outside of the bag. Fold up the strap to the inside and stitch a rectangle shape with an X in the middle to reinforce the strap.

Stitch your large decorative button approximately 1” below the front V of the tote and close your tote with the button loop.

Time to hit the pool or the beach or fill with diapers or wrap as a gift!! Whatever its intended use, your tote is complete. Give yourself a pat on the back! Just be sure to add your photos to our Flickr group or Facebook group by Monday, August 4th to be entered to win the grand prize. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #sunandsurfsewalong. We’ll announce the winner next week!

See the rest of the Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along here:



Schedule and Prizes

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along // Day Four

Thursday, July 31, 2014


It’s day 4 of the Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along! Today, we will attach the lining to the body of the bag, insert the canvas, and topstitch around the top of the bag. You’ll have the main body of the bag completed!


Insert the tote’s outer body inside the tote’s lining, right sides together. All the pretty fabric should be to the inside, and only interfacing showing. The button loop should be sandwiched in between the layers. Align all raw edges and side seams. Pin and stitch the lining to the tote body along the top edge


Reinforce the stitching at the button loop.


Trim the seam allowances to reduce bulk, and snip close to the V, being careful not to cut through the stitching.


The paper pattern instructions and the PDF instructions vary slightly at this point, but with the same result. You can either insert the plastic canvas now, which is what I did, or turn the tote right side out, then insert the plastic canvas through the opening. Just make sure the canvas sits under the seam allowance. If the canvas does not sit flat, trim a bit off the short end.


Here, I’m pulling the canvas and main tote right sides out, but you may choose to reverse these steps as noted above.


Stitch the opening in the lining closed and tuck the lining down inside the tote.


Press the top edge of the tote, then topstitch along the entire top edge.

The end is in sight!! Tomorrow’s sewing is pretty light, so we’re almost there!!

See the rest of the Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along here:



Schedule and Prizes

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

We would love to see your progress!! Show us your photos in our Flickr group or Facebook group. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #sunandsurfsewalong.

Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along // Day Three

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Welcome to Day 3 of the Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along! We’ve already cut and prepped our fabric and completed the inner and outer pockets. Today we’re going to sew the outer tote and lining, square the bottom of the tote pieces, and attach the button loop. Let’s get started! Note: All seam allowances are 1/2” unless noted otherwise.


Pin the main front & back pieces right sides together, taking care to line up the top of the pockets. I like to put two pins there to make sure they stay in place. Sew along the sides and bottom.


Pin the lining front and back right sides together. Sew along the sides and bottom, but leave an 8” opening on the bottom of the lining for turning.


Measure and mark a 3” square in the bottom corners of the lining and main body.


Cut the square in each bottom corner of the lining and body pieces.

Square Lining

Flatten out the square opening of the lining so that the side seam meets the bottom seam. The first two pictures above show how I pinned this. To make sure my seams stayed aligned, I pinned on each side of the seam allowance. Stitch the opening closed 1/2” from the edge. Trim the seam allowance as needed. Repeat for the other corner of the lining.


In the same way, stitch the boxed corners of the main body piece. I reinforced the stitches at the center seam due to the thickness of my layers. Trim the seam allowance as needed. Press the center seam of the tote body open. Turn the tote body right side out, but leave the lining wrong side out. Push the corners out to form nice edges.


Now we’ll make the button loop. Fold the button loop in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and press. Open up and fold each raw edge in toward the center crease and press again.


Fold in half again, encasing the raw edges. Topstitch along both long sides.


Position both short ends of the button loop right at the V on the right side of the back of the tote. Baste 1/4” from the top edge.

We are in the home stretch now folks! Only 2 more days, and our bag will be complete. Feel free to pat yourself on the back after today’s hard work!

See the rest of the Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along here:



Schedule and Prizes

Day 1

Day 2

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

Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along // Day Two

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Welcome to Day 2 of our Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along! Hopefully you’ve completed Day 1 where we cut all the rectangles, stabilized our fabric, and cut the V shapes. Now we finally get to sew! Today we will complete the outer and inner pockets. Note: Use 1/2” seam allowances unless noted otherwise.

Sun & Surf Tote pocket

Place the inner pocket pieces right sides together and stitch all around leaving a 2” gap at the bottom long edge for turning. Clip all the corners close to the stitching without cutting the stitches.

Sun & Surf Tote

Turn the pocket right side out and press well. Topstitch 1/2” from the top long edge. Your gap for turning should be along the bottom edge.

Sun & Surf Tote pocket

Center the pocket on a tote lining piece and stitch 1/8” from the edge on the sides and bottom, leaving the top edge open. This will close the bottom gap. Stitch a vertical line 4” from the left edge of the pocket to divide the pocket in two sections.

Sun & Surf Tote pocket

Place one interfaced and one non-interfaced outer pocket pieces right sides together and stitch across one long edge. Repeat for the remaining two pocket pieces.

Sun & Surf Tote pocket

Turn right sides out and press. Topstitch 1/2” from the sewn top edge. Repeat for the other pocket pieces. This is the time to add any desired embellishments to the pockets such as ribbons or trims.

Sun & Surf Tote pocket

Place one outer pocket on one main tote piece with the pocket’s finished edge at the top and all raw edges aligned. Baste 1/8” from the sides and bottom edges leaving the top open. Repeat for the remaining outer pocket and main tote piece.

Sun & Surf Tote pocket

Stitch a vertical line 6.5” from the left and right edges of the main tote piece to divide the outer pocket into three sections. Repeat for the remaining pocket / tote piece. Doesn’t it feel great to see your tote coming together! See you tomorrow for more!

See the rest of the Sun & Surf Sew-Along posts here:



Schedule & Prizes

Day 1

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

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