Kudzu Coveralls Dress

Last weekend, I went to my cousin’s baby shower and she’s having a GIRL! Since my world is all boy sewing, I was a little giddy with excitement at the idea of sewing a dress – the Kudzu Coveralls Dress from Sew Like My Mom!

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I picked up this butterfly corduroy at JoAnn’s in the remnant section awhile back. Since I don’t have a big need for girly fabrics, I like to scour the remnants and find smaller pieces that hide out in my stash for just these situations.

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The sweet little gathers in corduroy! Is there anything cuter?

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I lined the bodice with a vintage floral and used Kam Snaps. Just like the overalls, the dress version of the Kudzu is super easy to follow and comes together so quickly. And the itty bitty dress that comes out is freaking adorable.

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I also made a little headband, using some fold over elastic and this super easy flower tutorial.

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I can’t wait to see this little cousin wearing this sweet little dress! (wait, if she’s my cousin’s daughter, what does that make her to me… once removed? second cousin? I truly have no idea..)

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This, my friends, is more pink than my sewing machine usually sees.

Happy sewing!

DIY Boxy Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Zipper pouches are perfect for basically everything… and a boxy pouch that can stand up? Better than perfect. It’s easily a naptime sew (you know how I love those), so let’s get making!
Make your own boxy zipper pouch

Supplies:

  • outer fabric
  • lining fabric
  • zipper

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1. Cut two outer fabrics and two linings. I made mine 8in x 8in x 8in x 10in. to make a trapezoid – but you can adjust the size as needed.

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2. Sandwich your zipper (mine is 7in) between one of the outer and lining, right sides together, and sew using your zipper foot. The outer fabric should be on the top of the zipper.

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3. Flip the fabrics back, press carefully (without melting your zipper!) and topstitch.

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4. Now repeat with the other set of fabric.

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5. Open the zipper (don’t skip this step!)

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6. Lay the lining and outer fabrics right sides together. Carefully pin together. Sew along the edges, leaving an opening at the bottom of the lining.

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7. Flatten the bottom of the lining and the outer fabrics. Sew across the corners and cut off the leftover triangle.

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The bottom should look like this when you’re done.

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8. Turn the pouch right side out, using the hole in the bottom of the lining. Then sew the lining shut. I like to hand sew this with a blind stitch, because I think it looks cleaner, but you can also straight stitch along the entire bottom seam with your machine.

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Then rejoice in your beautiful standing zipper pouch!

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Fill it with make up or hand sewing projects or throw it in your purse to hold all that random junk that doesn’t have a place.

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Happy sewing, friends!

Boy Sewing: Inspiration + Tips

When it comes to sewing for boys, one of the top complaints I hear in sewing circles is that it isn’t as fun as sewing for girls or that you can’t find good patterns and inspiration. Well, as a boy mama, I completely disagree. Sewing for boys is far from boring, and to show you what I mean, I’ve got a roundup of boy sewing inspiration that is sure to get your creativity flowing! Plus, you may find a new blog or two to follow!

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(And P.S. I know that many of these tips and ideas would be equally lovely for girl sewing, so you girl mamas can get inspired too! But because the point is to inspire some sewing for boys, forgive my gender inequality today please.)

1. Costume turned everyday

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One of my favorite blogs to follow for boy sewing inspiration is Sew a Straight Line. Sabra knocks it out of the park every single time. and her details are amazing. She recently sewed the Knight Hoodie pattern by Charming Doodle. It veers toward costume-y, but still make something suitable for everyday play. Plus, is this not the coolest thing you’ve ever seen in your life?

2. Root, root, root for the home team

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Have a sports lover in your house? Sew up a jersey, or a t-shirt that looks like one! Melissa of Melly Sews sewed her boys these jerseys so they can show their school pride.

3. Create your own graphic tees

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 1. Delia Creates         2.  If Only They Would Nap      3. Shwin&Shwin

I think both Delia and Shauna do graphic tees really well (among so many other things). I’ve seen them both share a variety of techniques and graphics that any boy would love. Plus, this one doesn’t actually have to involve sewing – you can add graphics to a T-shirt you buy at the store.

4. Color blocking

Kids can get away with some pretty rad color combos, so don’t be afraid to mix it up.

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Color blocking can really crank an outfit up a notch, as Monica from Adirondack Inspired shows with this fantastic chambray outfit. Plus, this is stunning, am I right?

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Color blocking + exposed zipper =  See Kate Sew is a genius.

5. Bring out your inner animal

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Adding ears, spikes, wings, etc. makes your little animal lover happy. Also, a baby in a bear hoodie is just too.much.cute. Marissa at Raegun Ramblings is a new boy mama, and I think she’s already got the boy sewing down.

6. Layer it up

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 Since boy mamas aren’t adding ruffles and gathers to their clothes, add interest with layers – vests and cardigans! They can be dressed up or down to fit your boy’s look.

7. Pattern Play

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Don’t let the girls have all the fun when it comes to using prints. Whether hiding in the lining like Sharon at Zonen09 and her amazing Lars jacket…

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..or used as your main fabric like Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts did with this rad houndstooth Bimaa. Her boy rocks the prints!

8. Add accents and bright colors to pants

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                      1. Piping           2. Neon + Tuxedo Stripes          3. Neon Color Blocking

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No more boring clothes excuses here! Adding accents to pants is one of my favorite ways to personalize boys’ clothing. Whether it’s piping or patch pockets, your boy’s pants can match his style. Caila at Caila Made added these awesome patch pockets in this geometric fabric, changing the entire look of the shorts.

DSC_2271The subtle color additions to these pants from Laura at Craftstorming is a perfect touch.

9. Embrace the Overalls

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Okay really, is there anything cuter than a little boy in overalls? I’ll tell you. No, there is not.

10. Be a Hero

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Adding a little super hero to a boy’s wardrobe is nearly always a win and super fun. (See what I did there?) I love the way Max California used Green Lantern as her inspiration for her son’s motorcycle vest.

Are you feeling inspired for some boy sewing?? I know I am! If you’re looking for some boy patterns, make sure you check out this Mega List of Boy PDF Patterns from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts.boy megalist pinterest

Cars + Arrows for the baby

Sometimes, when you’re immersed in the beginning of a new school year and working on things that aren’t ready to be shared yet (read: I’m working at a snail’s pace due to all.the.children), you sew up a quick outfit, just for the fun of it.

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The shirt was a quick pattern-less draft that I eye balled while the babe slept, so not perfect, but good enough.

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The arrow is painted on with fabric paint and I totally love it.

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I love a little cloth diaper booty.

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I’ve got some good things coming in the next few weeks, so make sure you follow on Bloglovin’ or Facebook, because exciting things are in the works (oohh mystery and intrigue! ;)

 

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Thrifty Sewing – some PDF pattern sales!

Happy almost weekend! I just wanted to pop in and tell you about a couple of deals I’ve seen floating around the online sewing community. (Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with these deals, but good sewing friends enable help each other out, right? ;)

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The Perfect Pattern Parcel is a bundle deal where you get to pick your own price, and the proceeds go to charity. I have sewn two of these patterns (the Zippy Jacket and the Skinny Jeans) and they’re must-haves. The deal ends today, so if you’re looking for deals on patterns good for boys or girls, hop over and check this one out.

September-Pattern-MemberHave you heard of Pattern Member? This is the brainchild of the amazing Jess of Sewing Rabbit fame. When you become a member, you get three patterns each month at a steal of a price. This month’s pattern bundle includes two patterns that I’ve sewn and love – Surfer Slacks and Sally Dress, along with another pattern – for only $10!

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The lovely ladies at Frances Suzanne have been hosting a super fun Flip This Pattern competition (you may remember my flip), and this month they are doing a September Showcase! They are featuring patterns from indie designers who have five or fewer kids’ patterns. They have a pretty sweet giveaway, but also they have a HUGE list of discounts from the participating pattern designers. So scoot on over there to see the list and find the discount you maybe didn’t even know you were waiting for.

Have you spotted any good PDF pattern deals lately? Leave a comment if you have, I’d love to hear about them!

 

Zippy Jacket for the Blank Slate Sewing Team

Happy Friday, friends! Today you can find me over at Melly Sews, sharing a tutorial for this half-zip pullover. Pop over and check it out!

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Win $50 of fabric from The Fabric Fairy!

You may have seen already, but there are a bunch of giveaways going on all over blogland today. That’s because it’s Super Saturday over at The Daily Sew Facebook page!! Every hour there is a new giveaway posted. If you don’t already like that page, click over there now and like it. Then come back and enter to…

win 50 of fabric

 

I’m teaming up with The Fabric Fairy to bring you an awesome giveaway. One of you will win a $50 to her shop! She has amazing fabric. Her knits are gorgeous. I’ve posted about them before here.

DSC_0056This retro cars print is one of my faves!! She has such a great fabric selection at great prices.

 

Click here to enter the giveaway!!

And remember, there are giveaways going on every hour on the hour today, so visit The Daily Sew to win lots of really great stuff!

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Thanks so much to The Fabric Fairy for sponsoring this giveaway!

Personalize a bridal shower gift

Last month, my sweet sister-in-law had a bridal shower, in anticipation of her fall wedding. I wanted to purchase her some necessities from her registry, but I also wanted to add a personal touch to her gift.personalize a bridal shower gift with embroidery

So I made a quick zipper pouch with brown linen, and embroidered her soon-to-be married name on the front.

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She can toss her wedding make up in there or throw it in her purse for her honeymoon. Or just stare at it and imagine how she will soon be a Mrs. I so remember how that felt to see my married name for the first time! :)DSC_0306Throw it in a cute basket with some registry items: bathroom rug, hand towels, etc. and you have a personal and functional gift!

Happy sewing, friends!

 

10 T-shirt Patterns for the entire family

If your family is anything like mine, T-shirts are a wardrobe staple. Great for school, play clothes, exercising, or even with a pair of jeans a heels for a night out! Here are ten T-shirt patterns for your entire family.

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1. Anytime At All Tee from Shwin Designs

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This kid’s tee is super versatile – the smaller sizes come as a bodysuit, and the larger sizes have plain or ruffle options, as well as a couple different sleeves. It’s available in sizes 3mos – 8yrs.

2. Union St Tee from Hey June Patterns

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This women’s pattern is next on my to-sew list. I basically live in this type of tee, and you have four different sleeve options and can make a scoop or v-neck. It’s available in sizes XXS – XXL.

3. The Trifecta Top from Kitschy Coo

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Amanda is a knit sewing genius, so when she makes a pattern, it’s going to be good. It’s available in 8 different sizes.

4. Free Men’s T-shirt pattern from Melly Sews

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Because the man in your life needs T-shirts too, right?

5. Easy Tee free pattern from It’s Always Autumn

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This free pattern is available in a size large, and Autumn shows you lots of ways to make it just the way you like it!

6. Recess Raglan from See Kate Sew

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I’ve made the Recess Raglan a bunch of times (see more of my version above here), and each time I love it more. There are quite a few option for this one too, and it’s available in sizes 18mos-8yrs.

7. The Tumble Tee from Imagine Gnats

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The Tumble Tee is a super cute color block tee, and even has a dress option. It’s available in sizes 6mos-10yrs – as either a PDF or a paper pattern.

8. Day Camp Set – a free t-shirt and shorts pattern from Peek-a-boo Patterns (affiliate link)

IMG_1503__98004.1406729833.800.1000This is a great basic t-shirt, and bonus – it comes with shorts too! It’s available in sizes 2T – 5T.

9. Vintage V-neck from Blank Slate Patterns (affilate link)

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This tee, in true Blank Slate Patterns form, comes together beautifully. I love a good v-neck, and the instructions make it easy to do. This one is available in sizes 18mos – 8yrs.

10. Casual Lady from Go To Patterns

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This is one of my favorite for-me patterns, and I’ve sewn it ohsomany times. You can see a few of my versions here.You can make it a top or a dress (which I’ve also sewn, but have yet to blog), and it’s so comfortable! It’s available in sizes XXXS – XXL.

 

This really is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to T-shirt patterns – I had a hard time choosing just ten! Many of these designers have others so you can make your perfect tee, so click around their shops to find what you like. If you have a favorite t-shirt pattern, leave it in the comments so we can all check it out!

Happy sewing, friends!

 

Some news!

I’m super excited to share some news with you! Not long ago, Melissa of Melly Sews and Blank Slate Patterns asked me to join a team of (amazing) bloggers to contribute to her blog. When I read the email, I didn’t even have to think about it before I replied yes. If Melissa wants me on her team, it’s pretty much a no-brainer. :)

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The sewing team she put together is awesome – I really feel honored to be among them. We will be sewing up Melissa’s own patterns, and I’ll be sharing my first post over there in just a few weeks. If you’ve been around here for awhile, you know I’ve never met a Blank Slates pattern I didn’t love. I’m really excited to share more of them with you!

So head over to Melly Sews to read all about the rest of the team.

Happy sewing, friends!