Pattern Review: 5 out of 4 Ninja Leggings

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5 out of 4 (affiliate link throughout) Ninja leggings are AWESOME!

Honestly, they are so easy. Cut. Leg seams. Gusset/font and back seams. DONE. An entire pair of leggings completed in no time!

On our recent trip to San Diego, California.

Sewing in the gusset is the hardest part, but the wonderful people at 5oo4 save the day and have created a video to help us all out.

Sorry, my leggings aren’t actually different lengths, my legs are (real story) – I forgot to adjust the bottoms before I took the photo.

I sewed up a size M without any modifications. The only thing I did a little differently than typical was to make my own bottom ankle line between the regular and the long – I like my leggings a little bit longer on me.

When your leggings match the statue…

This pattern would be so easy if you had to grade between sizes or something.

Cost: $9.95 from the website without a code. However, if you join their Facebook group you can get a code for a SUPER discount (one that you cannot refuse)! Hint Hint!

On our recent trip to San Diego, California.

I hemmed up the bottom of my leggings per the pattern. I know that there are lots of people who don’t bother – I might not for the next pair(s).

Let’s see – I think that might be it. If you have questions let me know!

On our recent trip to San Diego, California.

How Do I Use My Rotary Cutter?

So in my posts about making napkins and coasters I mentioned that types of projects like those would be a lot easier if you had a rotary cutter and self-healing mat. Then I put something to the effect of “dear Santa” as a joke.

Since it was never something I had specifically told Mr. Canada that I wanted for Christmas, I didn’t think anything about those tools when I was eyeing my wrapped presents and brainstorming what they could be.

But to my surprise and great joy (I might have squealed little bit), there was a rotary cutter and self-healing mat under the tree for me from Mr. Canada!

What to make first!? And maybe more importantly, how do I use this thing!?

It seemed pretty simple, based on what I had read, but it seemed too good to be true.

IT WASN’T. It was wonderful.

And really, it’s just as easy as it seems.

Lay your mat out on a hard surface. I use the dining room table (who am I kidding… It’s a craft table now).

Lay your fabric out flat lining it up at the corner where the ruler starts (be careful to set the corner of the fabric at 0 and not 1 – I seem to have that problem).

Decide what your fabric measurements need to be, find that number on the ruler of the mat. Line your straight edge up on those lines being careful to get it straight.

Use the hand that isn’t holding the cutter to hold the straight edge VERY still. Roll your rotary cutter along the straight edge, moving your “holding” hand as you go so that your edge doesn’t accidentally get tilted.

Turn fabric, lining it up as before, in order to cut the other side.

This will be all you need to cut a square/rectangle.

I have also used the rotary cutter to cut around a pattern. Basically use the pattern in leiu of a straight edge that we used above. You can either use a fabric pencil to trace the pattern then cut, or just hold the pattern while you cut.

Depending on the size of the pattern, you may want to have someone help hold it still – especially if you have a Moose that thinks he wants to help you with your sewing.

The rotary cutter isn’t the best on curves, but in my experience, it does the job. Ultimately, it’s your sewing project – you decide.

I think the rotary cutter was one of the best investments as far as sewing tools is concerned.

Note: please know that rotary cutters are VERY sharp. It seems like an obvious reminder, but one that I think needs to be emphasized. This is even more important it you have children or pets who may not be able to  understand what you are doing.

Be careful, also, because some mats have certain storage instructions. The particular one I have says not to roll it or get it wet.

Happy Sewing!

How Do I Prep My Fabric?

Does anyone else have this problem? I decided that I needed new cloth napkins for a holiday party Mr. Canada and I were hosting. Great! I excitedly stopped at the craft store on my way home from work.

Boom! It hits me. I suddenly have no idea what I want in life and walk aimlessly around the fabric section for many, many minutes. Up and down the holiday fabric isle I go debating different colors, prints, and if I should buy that cute (and unrelated) pupper print I saw.

Finally I figured it out and took my new treasures to the cutting counter in order to zoom out of the store without buying too many more things.

WHAT NEXT! You ask?

How to get your fabric ready for you to sew with it:

Step One: Sew along the sides of the fabric that were cut.

This step applies to fabrics that will fray (cotton is the most common for me). There will be two sides of the fabric that will fray – the sides of the fabric that were cut at the fabric counter. Nothing fancy here. I just use a small zig zag stitch. I normally don’t even bother to use a certain color thread because I’m probably not going to use the fabric ALL the way to the sides.

This step is totally optional and can be skipped if you are using a non-fray fabric (knits and the like) or just want to wash the fabric and trim off the frayed bits after it’s dry.

Step Two: Wash and Dry

Wash on warm or hot and dry on warm or hot to pre-shrink your fabric. It would be a bummer if you made a great new shirt and it shrunk the first time you washed it.

Step Three: Iron

I don’t iron any of my clothes. And for that matter, I don’t iron any of Mr. Canada’s shirts either. The only time when our iron gets used is when I’m sewing.

Once your fabric has been washed and dried, iron it on the most appropriate setting, as you see fit. It will get out the creases so the when you cut you get the exact measurement, not the measurement plus all the extra fabric that was hiding out in the wrinkles.

You are now ready to cut and sew!

PS: If you have some kind of fancy fabric or something you don’t normally use, do some research before preparing – make sure your special fabric doesn’t have any special care instructions!

This particular prepping process would have been way faster, but this handsome guy wanted to play fetch. Find more of his cute face on Instagram @mooseofthehoose