Monday, 27 March 2017

Sewing Tutorial - The simplest Cushion Cover Ever!

Supporting notes for the video

16 inch pillow form
(1) 17 x 17 inch for front panel
(2) 17 x 12 for back panels
73 inches of bias binding - Add all four sides and add 5 inches.

14 inch pillow form
(1) 15 x 15 inch front panel
(2) 15 x 11
65 inches of bias binding - Add all four sizes and add 5 inches

20 inch Pillow form
(1) 21 x 21 inch fron panel
(2) 21 x 14 for back panels
89 inches of bias binding

Written Instructions:
  1. Prewash and iron fabric
  2. Cut out fabric pieces to specified size
  3. Take the back 2 pieces to the ironing board and iron the longer (horizontal) edge over 1/4 and again 1/4 inch to prepare for sewing. (:52)
  4. Sew down both seams that you just pressed with a coordinating thread about 1/8 away from the edge.(1:00)
  5. Take our fabric for your binding and make straight edges. Mine was 1/2 yard. (1:09)
  6. Take the selvedge edge of the fabric and fold it diagonally so that it lines up with the straight edge of our fabric (1:25)
  7. -the diagonal fold is the bias. It gives the binding more give and stretch to get around the corners.
  8. Fold the bias edge on top of itself 2 times keeping the folded edge lined up (1:45)
  9. Turn fabric so that your folded bias edge is on the right had side and trim the fold to create a straight edge (2:12)
  10. Flip that cut edge to the left side of the mat and using the ruler, make 3 cuts or however many you need to get appropriate bias binding size (2:20)
  11. Trim all bias strips so that it is a straight rather than diagonal edge (3:00)
  12. Join all bias binding strips with a bias join (3:14)
  13. Fold the end of the bias strip about 3/4 inch and place your cording inside (4:01)
  14. Fold the strip with the cording inside, matching up the raw edges and pin in place (4:08)
  15. Using a zipper foot or cording foot, sew a stitch as close to the cording as possible using a thread that blends with your fabric, back stitch on both ends (4:12)
  16. Attach the binding to the front square of the pillow pieces with pins very well.. (4:53)
  17. Match up the raw edges and put small cuts in the cording tape to go around the corners. (4:57)
  18. Trim end of the piping and place inside the fold from the beginning of the piping to conceal the end. (5:35)
  19. Using the zipper foot, sew the pinned piping to the front panel of the pillow back stitching at beginning and end.. Go slow around the corners.(5:53)
  20. Place front panel right side facing up and take the first back panel and lay the right side down (right sides together). The finished seam should be in the center of the pillow, raw edges should be matched up on the outside. Place 2nd back panel on top of the first, right side down with the seam toward the center and the raw edges matching on the outside edge. (6:56)
  21. Pin in place (7:10)
  22. Sewing all the pieces together with the zipper foot. Seam allowance should be between 1/2 and 5/8 inch. Remove pins as you go, and go slow around the corners. Back stitch at front and back as well as the openings. (7:21)
To make your pillow more washer friendly, serge or zig zag stitch your inside seam. No need to clip the corners.
You are done!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Tutorial #8 - Custom Toe-Up Socks using magic loop


As promised earlier. Today I am posting a tutorial on how to knit custom toe-up socks using magic loop technique, which essentially is knitting socks on one long circular needle. Since I am a visual learner myself, I figured a video will be the best medium to demonstrate this technique.

Hope this is helpful to all the viewers. Please use #krityummakers if you use this video to knit your project so we can take a look at your creations.


Friday, 30 September 2016

How to Knit Custom Toe-Up Socks for any yarn and any size


I have put up a new series of videos on my youtube channel on how to knit custom toe-up socks for any yarn and size.

Part 1 - Addresses Judy's magic cast on and how to calculate to knit up to the heel

Part 2 - Addresses placing waste yarn for afterthought heel and then knitting up to the cuff

Part 3 - Demonstrates how to pick up the heel stitches and knit the after thought heel, weaving in ends, steam blocking

Friday, 16 September 2016

How to Sew a Zippered Pouch for Sunglasses


We are sure everyone will agree that zippered pouches are the ultimate accessory for any age and any kind of bits and bobbles that we might have. Today, we would like to share with you our zippered pouch tutorial on youtube where SS makes a sunglass case for MS from the Krityum Team.

In this case the pouch exterior is shaped to fit a sunglass but the method would remain same for any kind of zipper pouch.

Find the pattern template for this pouch at the POLKA DOT CHAIR blog
You will need to subscribe to their newsletter to get the free template.

Or simply make your own template for two panels (one front and one back) of the same size for a pouch.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Shop Update #2 - Project Bags, Notions Pouches, zip pouches, DPN cozies


Our Krityum Handmade etsy shop ( now has a bunch of project bags, cosmetic bags, zip pouches and more. There are a lot of one of a kind ones in this update. More styles coming soon. 
These bags are great for use with your knitting and crochet projects, but that's not all. They are also good for organising a number of other stuff including school supplies, cosmetics, and other bits and bobs. Here are the different styles that are available in the shop now:

Find all the details for these in our etsy shop listings. In addition, there are a few knitting stitch markers available now. Crochet markers coming soon.

You can see our shop update video for these items on our YouTube channel. 

Hope to see you guys grab some of this stuff from our shop. 

Friday, 29 July 2016

First 100 giveaway on Instagram


Just a short post today to let everyone know that we (me and my sister) are holding a giveaway on our Instagram accounts in celebration of our first 100 followers. So we will be giving away this gorgeous handmade journal to one lucky winner on Aug 5th, 2016. It would be great for your project journal if you are a crafter or just a daily journal of your thoughts.

We have put up a small little video on our youtube channel too, to let everyone know.

Just a few simple rules to make your entry:

  •  Follow both our accounts on Instagram if you are not already - @krityum & @krityumhandmad

  • Tag at least one of your friends on Instagram to our original giveaway post. The more tags you make the more entries you get.

  • Repost our post on your public account with #first100

  • So All the Very Best to everyone.

    Tuesday, 19 July 2016

    Our first Etsy Update video! Hand Dyed Yarns for your pleasure!


    This is the supporting blog post for our first ever Hand Dyed Yarn update, for our etsy shop, on our new youtube channel.

    Be warned this is going to be a picture heavy one. Click on the name of the colorways under the picture to take you to the etsy shop listing.
    First up are few skeins of our Superwash Merino Worsted Weight Yarn

    Two skeins of Moody Sky
    Two skeins of Wild Pansy
    Two skeins of Hari Mirch
    One Skein of Tota
    One skein of Genda
    Two skeins of Thums Up
    Next up is our Superwash Merino Sport Weight Yarn

    Three skeins of Sindoor
    Two skeins of Patjhad
    Four skeins of Purple Hues
    Some Superwash Merino Fingering

    Five skeins of Neel Kamal
    Sock Superwash Sport

    One skein in Aru
    BFL Sport Weight

    Two skeins in Lali 

    100% Pure Alpaca Fingering

    Three skeins of Hariyali
    Merino-Bamboo Fingering

    One huge skein of Jamun

    You can find the youtube video for this update here:

    Krityum Sisters

    How to sew a custom bottle cover


    This is the supporting blog post for our second sewing project video tutorial on our new youtube channel... How to sew a custom bottle cover. We looked at primarily two sources while coming up with this one:
    The dimensions for fabric for one bottle cover are as follows:

    • One rectangle of main fabric
      • Width = largest cirumference on the bottle + 1.5 in (4cm)
      • Length = Height of bottle - 1in (2.5cm))
    • One rectangle from inner fabric with the same dimensions as above
    • One circle outer fabric drawn by tracing 0.5in (1cm) out of the actual largest circumference on the bottle
    • One circle inner fabric with the same dimension as above
    • (Optional) One rectangle of fusible fleece or interfacing with 0.5in (1cm) less all around dimensions of the fabric rectangles we cut before
    • (Optional) One circle of fusible fleece or interfacing with the same circumference as the largest circumference on our bottle
    • For longer strap 
      • For a kid - a rectangle each from inner and outer fabrics with width = 2.5in (6.5cm) and length 33in (84cm)
      • For an adult - a rectangle each from inner and outer fabric with width = 2.5in (6.5cm) and length 58in (147cm) or desired length
      • (Optional) - a rectangle of fusible fleece or interfacing with width = 1.5in (4cm) and length equal to fabric strap
    • For shorter strap 
      • For a kid - a rectangle each from inner and outer fabrics with width = 2.5in (6.5cm) and length 10in (25cm)
      • For an adult - a rectangle each from inner and outer fabric with width = 2.5in (6.5cm) and length 12in (30.5cm) or desired length
      • (Optional) - a rectangle of fusible fleece or interfacing with width = 1.5in (4cm) and length equal to fabric strap
    From here on follow our video tutorial

    Krityum Sisters

    Tuesday, 12 July 2016

    How to sew a mounted front envelop back cushion / pillow cover


    We are back with a new tutorial for everyone. And best of all, we made a video for all you guys so you can follow through with us.

    You will need:
    • Measurements of your cushion / pillow form. Ours is 15"x15" (38x38 cm)
    • Add half an inch all around to these measurements. So ours becomes 15.5"x15.5"(39.5 x 39.5cm)
    • Now calculate two thirds of the measurement of the longer side of your piece. Ours is a square so we have only one measurement. So (15.5*2)/3 = 10.5"(27cm). Add half an inch for seam allowance here = 11" (28cm)
    • Now we need to cut three pieces from our fabric: one will be the exactly 15.5"x15.5", and two will be 11"x15.5"
    From here onwards you can follow on with our video:

    The pair of cushion covers that are featured at the end of our video are available through our handmade items' etsy shop: 

    Krityum Sisters