If you child is like mine, if she has a sleeping bag, she wants Caroline, her doll, to have a sleeping bag. This is a very easy project for a beginning sewer. Download the free pattern HERE
Sunday, August 25, 2013
My oldest, Natalie, officially lost her first tooth! I have been preparing for this moment for quite some time, as most of the kids her age have already lost multiple teeth. Natalie has been longing (somewhat apprehensively) to join the toothless club. Find my free pattern for this adorable Tooth Fairy pillow: HERE
Friday, August 16, 2013
My daughter, Natalie loves to sew with me, and she loves having clothes made for her American Girl Doll. I try to tell her not every little girl gets a new outfit each week, but it does not seem to sink in. So, almost every day she is asking to make something for Caroline and something for her to match. Last time I was at Goodwill I saw two matching skirts and jumped on it.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
My daughter, Natalie loves to sew. I am always hunting for easy projects that she can do. Sewing School 2 is an excellent book for beginner sewers. It comes with the patterns in a pouch in the back and very detailed easy to follow instructions complete with pictures.
Friday, July 12, 2013
I bought this fabric with seed packets on the front because when I saw it I immediately thought of a friend who loves to garden. Fast forward a year and a half and I was headed to visit her and still couldn't decide what to do with it. I wanted to do something different. So, I turned to Pinterest and found exactly what I was looking for: No Paper, Paper Towels!! With a day to complete the project, amidst packing, three kids and cleaning the house I carved out two hours.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Friday, March 8, 2013
Here's a FREE sew simple pattern for your daughter to learn to sew her doll a dress. This pattern was designed by Natalie's grandma. Natalie has been watching me sew doll clothes and has been excited to sew for Caroline, but she is still learning how to sew. Could she make a slightly more finished dress? Yes. But she wants results within a thirty minutes!! This was so successful she is probably going to start making some as gifts for her friends.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
These will be the easiest puppets you will ever make!! I love to sew, but I know that many of you like Sarah prefer glue and puffy paint :) These puppets can be made either way.
I actually made these several years ago. I believe that they were originally inspired from the Land of Nod. I made a set to keep and a set to give away. I really love to do that when I craft. You have the supplies and you are already doing it. Chances are you already know someone who's kids would appreciate this inexpensive project.
Monday, February 11, 2013
This is the finished product for the PJ Slippers!! Cut out the Pattern and instructions Found Here. The options are limitless for embellishments. Here is another idea (pictured on the left). Add a gem you can purchase at JoAnn's or Michael's, for a fancier look! Cut a piece of craft foam from the Dollar Store and glue to the bottom of each shoe for a dressier look! The following tutorial will be alternating between the PJ Slippers and the Ballet Slippers Outfit found here.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
American Girl doll clothes can be tricky. Buying clothes from their official website can be fun, but pricey! Man, they can really get you with all those adorable little accessories. Everything is so small and cute...and expensive! The off-brand ones you can buy at the store don't always fit right, and can still cost you a pretty penny.
Now that I have a little girl who is interested in all things American Girl, I have given her a doll I triumphantly discovered at a garage sale for 25 Cents, as well as the doll my parents purchased for me as a child. I have a new appreciation for all the little dresses my mom spent hours sewing. She had said no way was she buying all of Felicity's outfits for 20+ dollars a piece. Instead, we got a pattern for historical doll clothing at Joann's and I picked out the fabric that best matched each of Felicity's gowns. I am still pretty impressed to this day, at my selection in fabric :)
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Here's another great idea for a gift or something to use at home. I had two pieces of fabric that were given to me. The front is the United States and at the bottom of the post is the back the World. I improvised to make the two fit and came up with this arrangement. My kids love pockets, so I added two. At this stage of my life, I was not able to get a picture without the help of two youngsters :) I laid the top and bottom fabric pieces out and cut them to match evenly.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Here's a pattern for an adorable girls apron. Create a matching one for her 18" doll too! The apron pictured on the left was made for a Christmas gift and turned out beautifully. I added a string of "pearls" to each apron for fun. You can purchase strands of inexpensive beads like these at any craft store. They can be cut and sewn onto your fabric just as I have done. Get creative with other embellishments, there are so many possibilities! I've included pictures to help you along the way. The PDF pattern and instructions are located at the bottom of this post. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have, I'd love to help!
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Martha Stewart Living had this article several years ago. I just love these coveralls. They are soo cute. If you have a husband who is handy, this is a fun way for your kids to relate to him.
I was hoping to find the original article online to link-up, but so far no luck. This is definitely all the tutorial you need to complete this project!! Repurposing is always so fun :)
Friday, November 9, 2012
These are the best ideas out there for repurposing your sweaters. Don't forget when you are sewing to sew twice to prevent raveling. Stich once and then stich next to it agian. If you want more details on any of the pictures you see, the source for each of these ideas are located under each picture.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
My kids love dressing up and making up stories. My 6-year-old daughter has a Snow Princess dress she was given last Christmas. When I went looking for it, my daughter told me that it needed some fixing. The dress costume fabric frays so easily. I have serged seams before, but couldn't on this problem area. The silver, glittery edging was off and surrounded by fraying fabric. I need a quick fix!!
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Yea, that's right, I used an old cloth diaper and some fabric to make a sweet, protective case for my netbook! What do you think?? I'll do my best to help you follow what I did...
First off, I wanted to use something as padding inside the material, to keep my netbook nice and safe. My motto is, look around and utilize what you've already got on hand. So, my options were an old terry cloth hand towel, or a cloth diaper. The diaper was nice and thick, and it just happened to be the exact size that I needed!
Monday, July 16, 2012
I am blessed to have many people consider our family when they are finished with kid's clothes. I tell people not to feel embarrassed if they think they are not giving me great clothes. I will take anything and sort for myself. Take these snow pants for example. The zipper was broken. I had it in my mending pile for quite a while. Once I remembered to buy velcro for $2.00 at JoAnn's I was off and running.