Bottoms Up Pants Pattern Tour with Sew a Straight Line

Today’s stop on the pattern tour is the ever-amazing Sabra from Sew a Straight Line. Sabra has the Midas touch – everything she sews is golden. And I absolutely adore her girlie version of the Bottoms Up Pants!

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Head on over to her blog to check them out! And of course, the Bottoms Up Pants pattern is still 25% off through 1/18 (no code needed!)

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We’ve got a few more stops left on the pattern tour this week, so stay tuned!

Jan 5th –> Sarah at The Crazy Tailor
Jan 6th –> Melissa at Sew Like My Mom
Jan 8th –> Marissa at RaeGun Ramblings
Jan 9th –> Emily at Naptime Creations
Jan 12th –> Me!
Jan 13th –> Sabra at Sew a Straight Line
Jan 14th –> RaeAnna at Sewing Mama Raeanna
Jan 15th –> Kacia at Coconut Robot
Jan 16th –> Scary at Shaffer Sisters

Add a Lining to any Pants Pattern

Today we have another change in the tour schedule, so you get to see another one of MY versions of the Bottoms Up Pants! I added a flannel lining (because babies in -25 F windchill need to stay warm!) and today I’ll show you how to add a lining to any pants pattern you have.Add a lining to any pants pattern

Adding a lining is super simple. It obviously adds a little bulk, so you may have to go up a size, especially if your little one is close to moving up to the next one. My little guy still fits into the 18 month size at 21 months, but I want the pants to last through the rest of the winter, so I went up to 24 months.

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Let’s get started!

1. Cut out the front and back pieces in both the outer and inner fabric. Sew them together according to the pattern instructions – remember to add your pockets first! Keep your lining pieces inside out.

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2. Since the Bottoms Up Pants don’t have a separate waistband piece, you will need to trim your lining pieces. Cut one inch off the top of the lining to avoid bulk in the waist. If you’re using a different pants pattern that has a waistband, you won’t need to trim your fabric.

There are two different ways to attach the lining.

Here’s option one (this is a great option if you want to cuff the pants so the lining shows):

  • Tuck your lining (still inside out!) into your outer fabric, making sure the bottom of the outer and lining fabrics meet at the bottom. If you’re using the Bottoms Up Pants pattern or another without a separate waistband, your lining won’t reach the top.

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  • Turn the outer fabric inside out, holding the bottoms together.

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  • Sew the lining and outer fabrics together with the right sides together. Do this carefully so that you only sew through the two layers. Repeat with the second leg.

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  • Now pull the lining and outer fabrics together!

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Here’s option two (this is great if you don’t plan to cuff the pants):

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  • After trimming one inch off the top of the lining, trim 1/2 inch off the bottom of the lining. Then hem as the pattern instructs, tucking the lining into the hem.

Now finish the waistband according to the pattern instructions, making sure the lining is tucked inside!

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Now you have some nice and cozy lined pants! Perfect for keeping those baby legs warm. :)

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I used the same lining fabric for the pockets, and I used the flap pockets that I loooove.

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My little guy is still pretty short for the 24 month size, so we have a pretty wide cuff on these pants. I could have used the 18 month length, but we should get some great wear out of them throughout the whole winter!

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And because a pattern tour is much more fun with a discount, the Bottoms Up Pants pattern is on sale, 25% through 1/18 – no code needed!

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The tour continues with some fabulous Bottoms Up Pants fun all week long! So make sure you come back and check out all these bloggers and their lovely versions :)

Jan 5th –> Sarah at The Crazy Tailor
Jan 6th –> Melissa at Sew Like My Mom
Jan 8th –> Marissa at RaeGun Ramblings
Jan 9th –> Emily at Naptime Creations
Jan 12th –> Me!
Jan 13th –> Sabra at Sew a Straight Line
Jan 14th –> RaeAnna at Sewing Mama Raeanna
Jan 15th –> Kacia at Coconut Robot
Jan 16th –> Scary at Shaffer Sisters

Bottoms Up SNOW Pants with Nap Time Creations

I can’t even contain my excitement about today’s stop on the Bottoms Up Pants pattern tour. Emily from Nap Time Creations made SNOW PANTS! Emily was one of my fabulous pattern testers, and I love that she has the creativity to transform them into these incredible pants!!

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Head over and check them out! And don’t forget, the Bottoms Up Pants pattern is 25% off through 1/18, no code necessary.

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The pattern tour fun continues next week! :)

Jan 5th –> Sarah at The Crazy Tailor
Jan 6th –> Melissa at Sew Like My Mom
Jan 7th –> Ari at Max California
Jan 8th –> Marissa at RaeGun Ramblings
Jan 9th –> Emily at Naptime Creations
Jan 12th –> Courtney at Simple City Life
Jan 13th –> Sabra at Sew a Straight Line
Jan 14th –> RaeAnna at Sewing Mama Raeanna
Jan 15th –> Kacia at Coconut Robot
Jan 16th –> Scary at Shaffer Sisters

Bottoms Up Pants Pattern Tour with Raegun Ramblings

We had a slight scheduling change, so there was no post yesterday, but we’ll catch up later. :) Today on the Bottoms Up Pants pattern tour we have the oh so talented Marissa of Raegun Ramblings and her ADORABLE boy Teddy. Just wait until you see the AMAZING pockets she came up with for her version of these pants! Ah. May. Zing.

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Pop over and see all her pics!! Plus, rumor has it she might be adding some of these to her shop…??

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The Bottoms Up Pants pattern is still 25% off through 1/18 – no code necessary!

Jan 5th –> Sarah at The Crazy Tailor
Jan 6th –> Melissa at Sew Like My Mom
Jan 7th –> Ari at Max California
Jan 8th –> Marissa at RaeGun Ramblings
Jan 9th –> Emily at Naptime Creations
Jan 12th –> Courtney at Simple City Life
Jan 13th –> Sabra at Sew a Straight Line
Jan 14th –> RaeAnna at Sewing Mama Raeanna
Jan 15th –> Kacia at Coconut Robot
Jan 16th –> Scary at Shaffer Sisters

Bottoms Up Pants Pattern Tour with Sew Like My Mom

Today’s stop on the pattern tour is the ever lovely Melissa from Sew Like My Mom, my blogging soul sister. I just adore her sweet and simple version of the Bottoms Up Pants!

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Hop over and check out more pics and see what she thinks about these pants! And don’t forget, they’re on sale – 25% off through 1/18, no code necessary!

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The fun is still coming, so come back tomorrow to see more pants!

Jan 5th –> Sarah at The Crazy Tailor
Jan 6th –> Melissa at Sew Like My Mom
Jan 7th –> Ari at Max California
Jan 8th –> Marissa at RaeGun Ramblings
Jan 9th –> Emily at Naptime Creations
Jan 12th –> Courtney at Simple City Life
Jan 13th –> Sabra at Sew a Straight Line
Jan 14th –> RaeAnna at Sewing Mama Raeanna
Jan 15th –> Kacia at Coconut Robot
Jan 16th –> Scary at Shaffer Sisters

Bottoms Up Pants Pattern Tour!

Happy January!

I thought it would be fun to kick off the New Year with a pattern tour, and I’m so excited to share with you all the amazing version of the Bottoms Up Pants that these lovely blogging friends of mine are making!

Today I have the amazing and fabulous Sarah of The Crazy Tailor. If you don’t know Sarah, you want to know her. Her construction and style is flawless. She rocked our season of Project Run and Play and you will die over these PJ’s she made for her little guy!DSC_0125

Seriously, how cute are these??!  You need to click over and read all about her Bottoms Up Pants and see more of her fabulous photos.

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The Bottoms Up Pants PDF pattern is ON SALE during the pattern tour, 25% off through 1/18!

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 And every day for the next two weeks, all these lovely bloggers will be sewing up and sharing their versions of the Bottoms Up Pants:

Jan 5th –> Sarah at The Crazy Tailor
Jan 6th –> Melissa at Sew Like My Mom
Jan 7th –> Ari at Max California
Jan 8th –> Marissa at RaeGun Ramblings
Jan 9th –> Emily at Naptime Creations
Jan 12th –> Courtney at Simple City Life
Jan 13th –> Sabra at Sew a Straight Line
Jan 14th –> RaeAnna at Sewing Mama Raeanna
Jan 15th –> Kacia at Coconut Robot
Jan 16th –> Scary at Shaffer Sisters

See you tomorrow with more Bottoms Up fun! Happy sewing, friends!

Great Big Leather Tote from Sewing to Sell

My blogging bud Virginia from Gingercake Patterns just wrote a book called Sewing to Sell, and it’s about exactly that… helping you to launch or improve your handmade business. I took a look at this book, and I made one of the projects to share with you.
Great Big Leather ToteI was super impressed as I went through this book. Virginia has covered pretty much everything from A to Z in regards to starting a handmade business. Not only that, she has included 16 projects that you can make and sell at craft fairs or in your own shop.

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The Great Big Tote from the Sewing to Sell book by Virginia Lindsay

The projects in the book also include tips for sewing a bunch of them at once and for highlighting your product to sell. If you need a few more tried and true handmade goods to add to your inventory, you have a wide variety to choose from a few different categories: useful items, best use of materials, and great sellers. There are projects for kids, babies, women, or the home, covering a range of customers.

dsc_1817Even though I don’t have any plans to sell my handmade goods, there are so many great tips in this book, about photography, finding your personal style, even having the right sewing equipment. I learned a lot, and plan on going through the book again to glean some more of Virginia’s wisdom. :)

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Plus, Sewing to Sell covers the business side of selling handmade, which is an invaluable resource. You basically have everything you need in this one book!

11060_FrontCover_FullSizeI think one of my favorite parts of the book, though, are the interviews with bloggers/handmade shop owners. I love reading through the experiences of others and hearing what has or hasn’t worked for them.

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I love how this tote worked with the leather, and you know my love for bags, big and small. All of the projects in this book are perfect to customize to your own style. The book is available in hard copy or as an e-book, and I get to give away a hard copy of this book to one of my lucky readers! Yay!!

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 Click here to enter the giveaway!

(open to US residents only, sorry!)

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Make sure you check out all the other fantastic bloggers on the book review tour!

Disclosure: I received an e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Peppermint Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (and a free treat topper printable!)

This time of year, I enjoy handing out small gifts to people who have made an impact on our lives – teachers, childcare volunteers, friends, neighbors, even postal carriers. But obviously we don’t have the money to buy each and every one of them an extravagant gift. I think that giving a small treat is a simple yet meaningful way to say “Merry Christmas, I appreciate you!”
Peppermint Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie BarsDisclosure: This post is sponsored by Hefty. I received compensation for this post and these products. All opinions are my own.

These cookie bars are sooo delicious. And it can be our little secret, but they are actually pretty good for you! This recipe doesn’t contain any refined sugar, and it uses whole wheat flour, so it’s much better for you than your average cookie recipe! And the peppermint gives it a refreshing “Christmasy” surprise. :) There’s a good amount of butter, but I’m of the opinion that butter isn’t really bad for you. Even if you disagree, pretend you don’t for the sake of this recipe… it’s that good.

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These cookie bars, combined with the Hefty Treat Toppers  free printable make giving small gifts to everyone in your life simple and delicious. :) Three different versions, because a girl’s gotta have options.

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Start by gathering all your ingredients:

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. peppermint extract (If you’re not a big fan of peppermint, substitute vanilla instead!)
  • 8 oz. dark chocolate chips

Mix all your dry ingredients together. Then add the softened butter, honey, applesauce, eggs, and peppermint extract. Mix together.

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Now add your dark chocolate chips and spread the mixture into a deep baking dish. I would recommend stoneware or even a cast iron skillet if you have one. If not, make sure you grease the baking pan well.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, depending on your oven. Mine cooked perfectly at about 38 minutes.

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dsc_1877Then sample the fabulous peppermint dark chocolate combo. These cookie bars are perfectly moist and the peppermint flavor isn’t overwhelming.

dsc_1800Now grab yourself some Hefty Slider bags so that you can package these up for your friends and neighbors. Hefty created these super adorable Treat Toppers that you print out right at home. A day when I don’t have to take my four boys out shopping with me is a good day.

dsc_1922Simply print them out, fold, punch a couple of holes, and staple them to your Hefty slider bags. This is a great activity for the kids to help with. I love that these slider bags are super easy for them to use – they can always get them closed and don’t need to ask for help, at least this one time during the day. Mom for the win!

dsc_1943Add some festive ribbon and you’ve got the perfect last minute gift for that childcare volunteer you forgot to get something for… not that I’d know anything about that. ;)

dsc_1913Just don’t forget to save some for yourself, because you.need.these.in.your.life. Trust me.

Hefty has all kinds of great ideas to help make your holidays simpler, including ornaments and crafts you and your kids can make together during the cold winter days where you’re all stuck inside all the live long day.. and tips and products to make holidays easier. Because who doesn’t like easier?

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Christmas album giveaway: Lingering from Karla Adolphe

Friends, I love Christmas music. Love, love, LOVE it. There’s something magical about the entire Christmas season: the anticipation, the hope, the joy in the waiting for the birth of a baby who changed the world. The music just sets the mood for all of that. So when I come across a new and wonderful Christmas album, it just makes my Christmas-loving heart sing. Literally.

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I’ve been a huge fan of Karla Adolphe’s before I even really knew her name. She has been featured on some of the Enter the Worship Circle albums, and I was always drawn to her voice and her music. And then few years ago, I had the privilege of meeting her in person and hearing her sing live. She is the real deal, friends. She is lovely and honest and her music carries that beauty through her lyrics and unique sound.

After reviewing her Honeycomb Tombs album, I was thrilled when she contacted me to review her new Christmas album as well. I was so excited to listen to it! Oh, it does not disappoint. I have had it on repeat in our house, and it’s brought a peaceful sound to our days. In Karla’s own words: “The songs express themes of pilgrimage, longing, hope, revelation, visitation and prophecy.  I hope in them you find rest; linger with me and thank you for joining me on this journey.” c2bce1_6f9be4b5c088ee3a85e8f0aaa22fa002.jpg_srz_p_300_220_75_22_0.50_1.20_0

The soulful, beautiful sound of Karla’s songs is so unique. She has brought her own twist to some traditional Christmas songs (some of my favorites, in fact!) – they become her own, yet maintain the integrity of the song. Sometimes I don’t care for an artist’s version of a well-known Christmas song, but Karla’s are absolutely worth listening to… again and again.

What I really love, though, are her original songs she has on the album. My favorite, All Your Glory, is a beautiful reflection on the Truth of Christmas.

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I can’t recommend this album enough, and you can get your copy for only $6 on her website or on iTunes!

And I’m giving away two digital downloads of the Lingering album! Two people will win, so enter to get yourself a copy in time for Christmas :)

 Click here to enter the giveaway!

Capitol Hill Dress for the Sew Fab sale!

I’ve been trying to sew more for myself, and the pattern I’m sharing today is perfect for all that me-sewing: the Capitol Hill dress or tunic from Straight Stitch Designs!

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Have you heard of the Sew Fab pattern bundle sale? Well, today is the last day, and you can get yourself a bundle of women’s patterns that will give you an incredible variety for a fantastic deal, including the Capitol Hill.

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Let me tell you how much I love this dress. So, SO much! It sews incredibly quickly and easily, and as with the Ballard, Kimberly’s instruction are extremely thorough. The front pleat detail is a super unique feature, and I like that about Kimberly’s patterns, she always brings something different to the design table! She also includes a really great video tutorial for the front double pleats, just in case you (like me!) are a bit more visual and like a little more hand-holding than written instructions.

Capitol Hill 5The Capitol Hill has a bunch of different options – elbow or long sleeves, tunic or dress, gathered or circle skirt. I chose the long sleeve and half circle skirt option, because… well, Wisconsin winter. Everything about this dress is just lovely, and I’m trying to come up with excuses to wear this one

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I feel great in this dress. It fits well and is flattering and because it’s knit (fabric is a fabulous Ponte de Roma from Girl Charlee that has a great stretch and is the perfect thickness) it’s so COMFY. I kind of feel like I’m wearing my pajamas… really fancy-like jammies. ;) And a dress with pockets, well, I can’t get enough.

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My five-year-old told me I looked like a princess when I put it on, which is basically the highest of compliments you can get from a five-year-old. Depending on fabric choice, you can dress this up for a wedding or date night, or you could make it more casual for everyday wear. And I can sew it completely with my serger and coverstitch (affiliate links), it is so fast, I really could fill my closet with them. And I just might! I’ve already started on a second.

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The Capitol Hill is just one of 10 women’s patterns that you’ll find in the Sew Fab bundle, and none of these patterns have ever been released previously. There are dresses, shirts, and even lingerie! Something for you and the hubs. ;) The bundle is only $29.95, so basically $3 a pattern, which is a ridiculous steal. But today is the last day of the sale, so get yours quickly! The patterns will eventually be released individually, but not at this price.

Capitol Hill 7And just for fun, check out the twirl on this dress!

Capitol Hill 2I really can’t recommend the Capitol Hill pattern enough! I’m on my way to having a handmade wardrobe, and there will be more Capitol Hills in my closet soon!

Disclaimer: I received the patterns in the Sew Fab bundle in exchange for blogging about them, but my opinions are true and honest, and I don’t say I like something unless I really do…. and I really do!