Eeking Out the Last Scraps

I sometimes am lucky enough to get fabrics that my kids get super excited about, like this Ladybug fabric (opening soon from Shear Madness Fabrics) and like to try to use up every last scrap. This is so when they outgrow that epic hoodie or dress or whatever I have made them, they get to keep a piece that isn’t just for wearing. Favorite ways to preserve these fabrics in the past has been using them for chapstick holders, small bags, pencil bags.

I recently got into making patches with the fabric that has larger artwork and it’s something Baby Bear really loves. Here is a tutorial using hot glue and painting but you can easily do the same with fabric. My favorite method is similar to this tutorial using a regular sewing machine. If you are using fabric I would recommend using heat n bond in between the decorative fabric and heavier weight interfacing then stitch around the design. My son prefers a more flexible patch so I just heat and bond the back of the fabric but for a more traditional weight patch, you would need to use the heavier interfacing. Make sure to use a heavy duty, jeans or leather needle as the interfaced fabric can be thick and universal needles will sometimes skip based on the decorative fabric with the interfacing.

And now that Sweet Pea is getting older, I am hoping to get her into patches too. But for now I am happy with inventing a new way for her to play. I took this fabric and fused it with heat and bond then fused to felt for felt story board play.

A variety of Ladybug and Cat Noir characters and kwamis cut into smaller shapes on felt backing. The Chloe character is already sewn around.

I sewed around the characters then cut them out as close to the stitching as I could.

And since I gave these to Sweet Pea, she has already engaged in several hours of fun.

Sweet Pea plays on her storyboard with the felt Ladybug and Cat Noir characters and Kwamis.

Don’t have a felt board like we do, no problem. You can cover cardboard, or poster board with regular eco felt. You can even get fancy and duct tape 2 pieces of cardboard together then cover with felt so that it is a collapsing storyboard to take places with you.

All the characters on a rainbow blanket all laid out.
A happy Sweet Pea smiles while holding up the characters and Kwamis for Ladybug and Cat Noir.

Hours of fun, entertainment, and storytelling just by using a few scraps.

Week 3: Sew Something for Health or Fitness.

Here we are 3 weeks in to the sewing challenge this year and I am already running behind….

The last couple of years I have tried to literally follow the challenges of the 52 Week Sewing Challenge and if it wasn’t literal then I would mark it as challenge rejected or going rogue. This year I decided that instead of just following along to meet a sewing ideal that I would look at my current sewing and how I could interpret it to meet the needs of the week’s suggested sew.

THIS week is sewing for health or fitness. Many in the group chose to sew with athletic fabric or using patterns that were designed to facilitate a healthy journey. I did see some fun sews that assist with both like a running belt and lunch boxes. I went a some what more vague route by sewing pajamas for Sweet Pea.

I chose to interpret this as being sewing for health because it is necessary to have warm clothing for our very cold winters here in New Hampshire. I was fortunate enough to be brought into a current pattern test with Eunoia Patterns to take photos of a soon to release night set (Goodnight Darling Robe and Nightgown set) and I knew that it would be the perfect pattern to stretch the definition of this week’s sewing challenge.

Sweet Pea holds a purple puppy that wears a crown named Princess Hot Dog that she is looking down at. She is wearing just the nightgown and the photo is a close up of the offset bodice with pink snaps. The nightgown is white with tiny pink rosebuds. You can see the pretty gathering of at the wrists.

From the Eunoia Website:

“The Goodnight Darling Robe and Nightgown is a nostalgic nod to long ago with a lovely floor length robe and sweet tea length nightgown. This delightful pair is perfect for flannels, eyelet lace, embroidery or vinyl embellishments, vintage buttons and even matching doll looks for your child to match their doll.”

Sweet Pea looks down at her feet. She is wearing the Goodnight darling nightgown in white flannel with tiny pink rosettes all over it. Her little feet are sticking out crossed beneath the hem of the nightgown.

Sizing is 2t-20 and the relaxed fit allows for comfort while playing and sleeping. We found it was perfect for all the playing that Sweet Pea likes to do before story time and bedtime.

Up close of the collar piping detail while Sweet Pea reads a book with a purple puppy under her arm.

We love the sweet details from the ability to use piping to the offset bodice of the nightgown and sweet gathers at the wrist.

Sweet Pea in Vamperina RTW pjs with the robe over top.

I also love how the robe can be paired with favorite rtw pajamas we already own to give a tad more warmth.

Sweet Pea lifting the robe and dress up while she steps out.

Check out this sweet pattern while it’s on sale for $7.50 (regularly $12.00) with a code in the Facebook Group to get the dolly pattern for free during the release sale. The doll pattern is priced at $2.50 and also includes both the nightgown and robe as well.

A Whole New Year!

Here we are starting another new year and a whole new sewing adventure.

So I am not really a resolutions person per se. I typically feel like setting resolutions sometimes set me up for failure so this year I am setting some clear sewing goals for myself.

-This year I vow to participate more in the House of Curves group.

-Sew more for me, I plan to try and make something for me every other month. This means 6 garments total for me. That sounds totally doable😊

-Get Baby Bear even more involved with his own sewing. Maybe even have him post his own blogs on here about what did and didn’t work for him on a pattern.

-While my creative space is all over the place (much like my own mind), I would like to clean and organize my crafting space AND work on keeping it that way. In the past I would always clean it up and 3 weeks later its back to chaos, I’d like to work on scheduling that time to focus on staying organized and sticking to it.

So that’s where I am this year!

Sew Family Jammies 2020 Blog Tour

I love pajamas. As a stay at home parent, I am often in pajamas more than any other clothing item. Especially during the winter time. I love being snuggled up in flannel or brushed poly. My children often spend a large portion of the weekends snuggled up in jammies too!

I was stoked to see that there was an amazing tour that focuses on making jammies for the family. And I was equally excited about my son wanting to have an “old timey nightgown” but with short sleeves. I was really excited to see that Rad Patterns just launched a new woven nightgown pattern Vintage Lounge Dress that would fit Baby Bear’s requirements and be able to be used for Sweet Pea.

Initially, I wanted to make all matching jammies but I bought Sweet Pea’s flannel a couple of weeks prior to the tour and didn’t have enough flannel to make both kids something so I let my son pick what he wanted. He choose the cute little french bulldog print.

We also went with calf length and because the boy has grown so much this last few months I opted for leaving the length since he will just keep growing. We elected for no ruffle.

For Sweet Pea, she is all about ruffles and was really happy to have a floor length option and a pretty cuff. This is a really great pattern and the designer’s stuff always fit both my hard to fit kiddos so well.

After finishing up their pjs, I realized I yet again did not have the correct amount of flannel for pants for me but I got some really lovely baby French terry that would make some cuddly and warm pj pants for me.

I chose the wide leg Parisian Pants from Winter Wear Designs and like many of Suzanne’s patterns, they are easy to follow and a fast sew. I didn’t even have to adjust for my height because the length on these were the perfect length.

I have made lots of jammies for kids all at different times but this is the first time I took requests and I feel like everything turned out great. And for the first time I have actually made jammies for opening gifts!

Hop on over to enjoy all the other bloggers on this tour!

December 2 Teri // Fa Sew La

December 4 Sierra // Seams Like Sierra

December 6 Emily // Replicate then Deviate

December 10 Heidi // Handmade Frenzy

December 11 Sharon // Sweet Mama Life

December 12 Carrie // Beri Bee Designs

December 13 Katie //

December 16 Melissa // A HAPPY STITCH

December 17 Taish // Blooming Skies

December 18 Leanne // Thready For It

December 19 Laurie // Make It Sew with The Bear And Pea Atelier

December 20 Brooke // Idle Sunshine

December 21 Marissa // Sew Help Me

December 23 Lara // Handmade by Lara Liz

December 24 Kelly // Petite Stitchery

December 25 Jess // Broad In The Seams

December 26 Victoria // Victoria Beppler

December 27 Heather // Heather Handmade

December 28 Sylvia // The Ravel Out

December 30 Victoria // Victoria Lucille Anne

December 31 Teronia // Sew Haute Blog

Daddy Made Sweet Pea a Kitchen

Sweet Pea loves to play make believe, several years ago my momma got her a kitchen from Walmart. It was lightweight and perfect for the tiny 2 year old that she was. She loves engaging in creative play, often making and serving us food, playing bake shop.

The tiny one that still gets lots of play was purchased when Sweet Pea was just over 2 and maybe 20 inches tall

It seemed natural to put a larger kitchen on the list for her now that she is 42 inches tall. We actually have lots of projects for Daddy Bear made stuff the next few months. So I was super excited when he picked the kitchen as his first real toy project. Daddy Bear started with Ana White plans for this kitchen. When he sat down to look over the plans he realized the orginal height was 32 3/4 which would still be shorter than her and mean she would want something bigger in a year or 2. So Daddy had to adjust the height and added 15 1/4 to make it 48 inches so there would be height to grow and still able to play. By adding the height Sweet Pea also gets a tad more storage for her fun foods and kitchen tools.

This was end of day one Daddy Bear worked hard doing all the cutting construction and sanding.
End of day 2 had more shelves and a faucet, plus Daddy Bear made the doors for the fridge, freezer and oven. We also popped by the hardware store and purchased paint, pink, green and gray.

We used this inspiration picture for a copper faucet but after checking out copper and brass parts opted for PVC because it would be lighter and considerably cheaper.

After the first coat of copper Rustoleum Bright Coat Paint, I feel like it’s looking pretty good. Take a look.

We will touch this up and coat it again. It’s looking pretty good for being pvc!

The paint palette we went with was designed to give a soft retro feel. I would love to have done the entire kitchen in pink and green but figured color choices change over time and with painting the shelves and door front, if Sweet Pea changes her favorite colors we can always repaint them easily.

Day 3 ended with Daddy showing me his progress, he holds up the backsplash here. The next time he works he will touch up paint then finish the final construction.
Here he has propped the fridge and freezer doors, the oven will be painted with pink like the top shelf and have plexiglass.

We used Contact paper for the silver backplash. Which in theory was a really good idea, it saved a lot of money using it over stick on back splash. In practice, it did not have much adhesive so it didn’t stick super well. Joseph was already planning on stapling the Contact paper to the back just to make sure it didn’t move but this made it a necessity. I am not sure if this is normal for the metallic paper, if it was a bad batch, or if it was just too cold the adhesive just couldn’t work well. We still have a few more bubbles to work out because you can’t pop them like Contact recommends because the paper isn’t sticking.

It’s all finished and now I’m off to the Dollar Tree to find baskets to organize her play food. And we need to find some small pots and pans and her Christmas gift is done with 10 days to spare!

This was a complete labor of love with lots of lessons for Daddy Bear but I think Sweet Pea is going to be all about this gift.

Sew Festive Holiday!

It’s that time of year when we start working on holiday gift ideas. I really love including at least one handmade gift for my children so this year I am making several gifts from the Winter Wear Designs 12 Days freebie items to figure out what I actually want to make.

This post I am all about the stocking stuffers and small gifts that won’t take very long for last minute gifts….

I wanted to work on a variety of projects that will free me up from last minute rushing that seems to always happen at the beginning of winter break. I listed my projects in order of published dates but I worked on them 20 minutes here and there over a few days.

The Animal Scarf: I really love this pattern. It is super cute and quick (except for trying to decide which features to give the critter you pick.) I went with knit for the accent pieces because Sweet Pea wanted her unicorn scarf to be a rainbow unicorn. I also used minky which while it created a plush cuddly scarf, its quite fiddly and I would recommend gluing the seams so they don’t slip or shift. I love the length for child size so I know for the few adults I’m gifting these to, they’ll be a great length. The knit fabric is from TKB Prints.

This project took the longest out of all the projects I made. It took me roughly an hour because of the choices that Sweet Pea chose.

The Wine Bottle Gift Bag: This is a gift that will be paired with a spiced holiday wine called gluhwein in a gift pack. This freebie has htv files so you can decorate with some fun sayings, take a look below.

Or you could go with a fun or funky fabric for something a bit more playful like I did.

This sew took 15 minutes and that’s only because I had to change my sewing feet to create a button hole. If you opted for tying the ribbon around the neck instead of making a casing for the ribbon, this project would take just a few minutes.

Alpine fingerless gloves: This pair specifically was sewn for the little Sweet Pea who is a children’s size 3/4 in width and 5 for length on things. The Alpine gloves begin at childrens 8-12. Since she is just outside of the range and the seam allowance is 1/4 inch, I know doubling the seam allowance would decrease the sizing over all by 1 inch and would probably work. I did have to rework the construction a bit because the sizing was so small. I started with sewing the thumb seam (using the 1/2 inch seam allowance instead of the original 1/4 inch one.) Next, I hemmed the thumb and finger holes. I then sewed up the side with the thumb hole with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, hemmed the bottom and finished with sewing up the last seam with the same 1/2 inch allowance.

This project took me 20 minutes start to finish even with changing the construction for the smaller size.

Christmas Cactus: This was a freebie was a bit more time consuming. In 35 minutes, I made these 4. I did not use full felt because I had a fun fat quarter of Christmas lights fabric and thought it might make the cactus look decorated. So I chose to use fray check on woven edges and backed with felt. I also used Pellon EZ5S Easy Steam Fusible Webbing to bind everything together prior to stitching. The bulk of the time I spent on these was the detail stitching, you could skip it (as well as stick with felt or fleece fabrics) and this would make a 20 minute or so project giving you 4 small gifts. These will go on containers of chex mix with tags for the kiddos teachers.

Earbud case: This was a super quick sew. I knocked 2 in about 20 minutes. I will eventually make 12 more for friendship gifts for the kids and wanted to try both the snap and the zipper to see the kids’ preferences for their friends. The beautiful Chibi Sailor Moon cats is a current preorder from Cosmic Fabric Creations. This preorder includes Sailor Moon, the Valentine Glitter hearts I showed off in the last blog I did and coming soon Baby Kevin. This project also comes with HTV emoji faces to decorate and has the button, zipper and snap options plus a hanging or wrist strap option.

The Hipster pack: This one might be my favorite gift so far. The pattern is straight forward and easy to follow. Typically, I muslin everything but went straight into using a beautiful hand dyed knit from Over the Selvage that is a current open preorder. The fabrics in this round are all designed to be dyed, colored or painted. I really don’t want to give this gift up because it is amazing.

This project took me roughly 30 minutes.

So there we go, half of our handmade Christmas gifts are all done! Which freebie do you like best?

Don’t forget to join the Winter Wear Designs Fun Facebook Group to see this year’s freebies.


Don’t miss out on any stops along the tour:
November 25
Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs
November 26
November 27
Alyssa of the Sewing Goat Herd
November 28
Patricia of Sew Far North
November 29
Livia of Liviality

One Thimble Tour- Issue 22

I was really love One Thimble Magazine. So I was gobsmacked when a call for a blog tour came out and I got to apply for it and I was accepted to create a post. I feel like One Thimble does a great job getting designers that create designs that work for my little Sweet Pea.

There are so many great designers this round:

And includes hacks from patterns by these designers:

I opted to start out with the Oceaan Shorts from The Eli Monster because I had lots of successs with the Neuix Tunic and Reizen pants (and Sweet Pea really wanted a new pair of shorts), you can see my notes on those patterns here–> Sew Fab Blog Tour. Sweet Pea settled on this lovely fabric from Cosmic Fabric Creations.

And off I went. As usual, the instructions have been amazing and we really love the button deals.

It was 6° outside so we had to go for an indoor photo shoot and still needed sweatshirts and tights.

I also got to sign up for the as Gentleman’s Polo which (yes, I made for my sweet girl) from Orange Daisy Patterns. I have never used any of this designer’s patterns and was hoping Sweet Pea would pick the long sleeved version. She opted for the midsleeve length, which is not a length we usually go for but I really like how it comes all the way down to the elbow. The placket construction was slightly different than I was used to but was quite easy to follow. We used the skirt from the Hickory & Spice Henley and colorblocking on the shoulders because Lolli was insistant upon it. The collar fit on the pattern quite nicely and I was quite proud to get nice sharp points, though I realize now after looking at the photos Lolli tucked the collar in so you can’t even see them🤦‍♀️

I’ll need to update with some more photos in a day or 2 to show off the really lovely collar. I really enjoyed the chance to work on this blog tour, get to discover a new designer and create fun stuff for my daughter to wear!

For your chance to win a copy of the new One Thimble Issue 22 – Summer 2019 please enter the rafflecopter prize draw here.Open until 12am Wednesday November 20th AEST

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We have some amazing bloggers joining in to share their makes this week. Be sure to check each one out on the tour and show them some love.

November 13

Idle Sunshine

Rebel & Malice

Sew Cucio

November 14


Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier

November 15

The Graham Crafter

Marvelous Auntie

The Accidental Sewist

November 16

Beri Bee Designs

{Spools+Oodles} of Fun

November 17




November 18

The Crafting Fiend

It’s Liesel

November 19

Lulu & Celeste

Idle Sunshine Tour Wrap Up!

Fall into Sewing: Look number 2!

It’s my second day posting on this tour and I am super excited to share with you how I used the amazing jacket I made earlier in the week and layered it with a new outfit! You can find my earlier post HERE.
This time I made the brand new Collared Shirt Pattern that recently released. I would have loved to make the dress for me but with it being the week of Halloween I have been in a last minute rush and was not able to get to the store to get me fabrics for my own, so of course Sweet Pea lucked out. In my previous post, I paired the Phresh Blazer with a tshirt and jeans look that completed a look that Sweet Pea wanted. In this post, I really wanted to accomplish a fun almost Harry Potter school uniform look with layers and textures and knew that the newly released pattern would be the perfect dress for the look I was creating.
  • Sizing in 1- 14y
  • Shirt or Dress lengths
  • Suitable for all genders
  • collar and collar stand
  • Inseam pockets
  • Chest pocket
  • 4 sleeve lengths- cap, short. 3/4, long
  • optional cuff on the long sleeve

The back yoke allows for fun details. Sweet Pea opted for a black yoke, placket and collar to match the skirt portion.

Model mesurements:

  • Chest: 22
  • Waist: 20
  • Hip: 20
  • Height: 41.5

Size made 5t with a 6t bodice length because Sweet Pea’s girth is very long.

This pattern features really great instructions for the placket, so if you are afraid of that you don’t have to be. Also you can swap out snaps if buttons aren’t something you enjoy (or in my case snaps are easier for Sweet Pea to close.)

Starting on the placket

Enclosed shoulder seams

I feel like we achieved the perfect vision with being able to layer the jacket and let it get 2 completely different looks—- what do you think?

Oh and the Harry Potter fabric, for those interested, is a current preorder from Cosmic Fabric Creations and they have all the houses available. The in hand feel of this woven has a slight stretch and lovely drape. The white and black were thrifted from my stash.

Don’t miss any of the stops along the tour:

Laura Hinze of Custom Made By Laura
Patricia of Sew Far North
Livia of Liviality

Fall Into Sewing: My Pin-speration meets a blog tour.

I love fall. It’s my favorite time of year. Here in New England the cool temperatures lend itself super well to layers. And since I have kiddos it frequently means my sewing is all about filling in their wardrobes!

This year Sweet Pea has been very specific about her likes and dislikes when it comes to clothing so we frequently have to scour pinterest to find styles for her with an overall look then try to replicate pieces of the look with adding fun custom pieces.

She has been super big on the patterned jacket look and I have to say I fully support that! Her favorite picture she keeps going back to is this one below. I knew immediately I wanted to revisit the Phresh Blazer but go with the regular sleeve and no ruffle design.

I got some really amazing fabric to work with from Cosmic Fabric Creations (House Owls are currently on preorder until November 7th and Jennifer has all your houses covered.) If you want more updates on this round check out Cosmic Fabrics Facebook group to stay up to date!

I knew this fabric was destined to be a part of the pin-spiration look I was going to go with and would be the perfect layering piece!

Pattern information:

Sizing: 1- 14

Pattern options: gathered sleeve, straight sleeve, regular length, 3/4 sleeve length, ruffles, welt pocket

Model size:

Chest: 22

Waist: 20

Hip: 20

Height: 41.5

Size made: 6, chosen to be able to layer sweatshirts as winter comes and heavier layers are necessary.

As I’ve made this pattern several times (I think we have 4 Phresh blazers), I won’t go into a review of the pattern because we love it in this house. But I will say this is the first time I made a plain version (every other one has puffed sleeves and or ruffles.) And I am no less smitten by it as I was the first time I made one (you can check out my original post here where I talk about hacking the Phresh Jegging pattern too.)

These photos were taken “hot off the pressing table.” I think Sweet Pea did a great job picking her accompanying items to look like her pin board.

Check back with me on Friday to see how this jacket does double duty with a fun new dress😊

Don’t miss any of the stops along the tour:

Laura Hinze of Custom Made By Laura
Patricia of Sew Far North
Livia of Liviality

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