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15 Quick Easter Sewing Tutorials

Easter is just about here, but there is still time to sew something fabulous. Whether you need a basket, decorations, or something for you or the littles to wear to church, it’s not too late! I’ve gathered 15 quick Easter sewing tutorials that you can whip up in the next couple days.

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Ruffled Tulle Easter Card from See Kate Sew

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Egg T-Shirts from Crafterhourscrafterhours+easter+egg+shirt+3

Fabric Easter Eggs from Peek-a-boo Patterns

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Sweet Floppy Bunny (free pattern) from The Sewing Loft

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Fabric Carrots from Craftiness is not Optional

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Soft-soled Baby Shoes (free pattern) from If Only They Would Nap

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Make Your Own Petticoat from Sew Fearless

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Easter Basket from Melly Sews

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 Ruffle-y JCrew-y Dress from KoJo Designs

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Little Lamb Pillows from Purl Soho

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Men’s Bow Tie (free pattern) from Sew Like My Mom

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Easter Basket Lining from Delia Creates

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10 Minute Tie from Shwin & Shwin

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The 90 Minute Dress from Simple Simon & Co

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Baby Cardigan Onesie from Feathers Flights

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Happy last-minute sewing! :)

Turtle Kudzu Coveralls

Recntly, some blogging friends and I decided it would be fun to surprise our friend Melissa from Sew Like My Mom with a pattern tour, because we think she’s super awesome and her patterns are crazy fab. Also, surprises are really fun. :)

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I absolutely love sewing overalls for my boys - because really, how cute is a little boy in overalls?! I’ve made them with sweaters, knit fabric, corduroy, and mushrooms. When Melissa came out with her Kudzu Coveralls (and dress) pattern, I died with cuteness.

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First of all, Melissa is a pattern writing genius. This pattern requires printing only a few pages, and the way she puts the pieces together is really something you have to see for yourself.

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The Kudzu can be sewn as overalls or as a dress, and has ridiculously cute appliqué options. And it is SO fast. We all know how much I love really fast sewing projects. ;)

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My little guy is a year, but he’s small, so I wasn’t sure how the 12-18mo size would work. I ended up taking it in a bit on the sides and adding two snap settings. It’s still a little bit big, but still wearable for now, and perfect for growing into this summer.

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I adore everything about this pattern. It’s super comfy and gives you the perfect opportunity to use those adorable woven fabrics that you can’t really use once your kids get older. ;)

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And you know I was right, how can you resist this overall-clad baby?!

The Kudzu is not the only pattern from Sew Like My Mom, so pop over to visit these other blogs to see some more amazingness from the Sew Like My Mom Surprise Pattern Tour! :)

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Lemon Squeezy Home
Sew Very
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Living With Punks
Craftiness Is Not Optional
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Straight Lines and Angles Day 10 – Sew a Straight Line and Caila Made

The past two weeks have been outstanding! The Straight Lines and Angles series has been so amazing – the bloggers that have been sharing their geometric inspired projects have really brought it. I’m so thankful to each of them for being a part of this! We’re wrapping it up this week with two more fabulous bloggers!

Sabra at Sew a Straight Line is the Queen of Jeans. Which you will understand when you check out the jeans-sewing month she has been co-hosting. I love her girl sewing, but you know that I love that she has three boys she sews for. Her winter wonderland looks are some of my favorites. Head over to her blog to see the awesome pants she made for her son.

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Caila of Caila Made has a fresh style that I think really screams Californian… probably because she lives there. (And I’m totally jealous of her weather! :) She makes everything from clutches to adorable dresses. And you need to check out this fab boy’s shirt tutorial. Now pop on over to her blog to see this lovely hexie clip!

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The giveaway is ending tonight, so make sure you enter if you haven’t yet!

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Sharp as a Shark – Project Run and Play week one

Friends! Today is the day! Project Run and Play season 9 is starting today! (let’s just pause a moment while I squeal a little and try to catch my breath!)

The theme for week one is “Put me in the zoo” – looks inspired by animals. I pretty much knew immediately that my inspiration animal would be a shark.

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I’m not going to lie – I love every.single.thing. about this look.

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My goal with this outfit was to have pieces that were very wearable and that could be worn separately. I also didn’t want to be super obvious with my inspiration. The hood of the jacket, of course, is the most obvious – shark’s teeth! – but there are hints of inspiration throughout the whole look.

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Boy looks are all about the details – especially if you aren’t using a lot of prints.

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Since we’re right in the middle of the Straight Lines and Angles series, I had the geometric trend on the brain. So I used some iron-on vinyl to add these triangles. They also reminded me of fins or shark’s teeth.

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The jacket is made from a black denim that has some stretch. I based the jacket very loosely off of the shape of a raincoat we have in our house. There are a lot of pieces in this jacket, and a lot of seams. It was definitely a labor of love!

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The jacket is fully lined, and because of the stretch in the denim, I cut the lining on the bias, matching the stripes to match the lines of the fins.. or the waves. Or both. The pockets are set in the front seams, and peak out just a little.

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I love the contrast of the front zip.

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Speaking of zippers. How pretty is this zipper fly?? So pretty. After my last zipper fly (or should I say my only other zipper fly!), I might be addicted to making them. My pants are never going to be the same!

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The pants were drafted from a pair of ready-to-wear pants, with a lot of changes in the fit and style. The grey twill is super comfy, and I love how it looks with the red piping and top stitching. There also seemed to be something fitting about using red with a shark look…. am I right??

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In addition to the zipper fly, the pants have an elastic back waist, inset front pockets (with a super fun whale print, just because I could!), and back patch pockets (some of those aforementioned details!)

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The tee is made of a super stretchy and comfy knit, self-drafted to be more fitted and with longer short sleeves, because I love that 70s T-shirt look.

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Funny photo shoot story: I took the kids to a park on Lake Michigan to play and take pictures (because you have to take shark inspired pictures by the water, obviously!) I wish someone was taking pictures of me, because I’m sure it was hilarious. Picture me with a baby strapped to my chest, chasing my two-year-old out of the water, all while taking pictures. Sounds fun, right? :)

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It was a little bit, actually :) He really loves this outfit, and he had no problem running and playing on the beach (well, as much as you can do in 40F weather). And I really love this look too. It really is exactly what I wanted it to be!

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Okay, now run – don’t walk – over to the Project Run and Play blog to vote for my look!
Please and thank you :)

 

Fabric sources:

grey twill/black stretch denim: JoAnn Fabrics
blue and white stripes: thrifted
white knit: JoAnn Fabrics
ribbing: upcycled

Straight Lines and Angles Day 4 – Simple Simon and Elegance and Elephants

Well we are cruising right along with the amazingness that these bloggers are bringing for this geometric inspired Straight Lines and Angles series! And today’s guests are no exception.

Heidi from Elegance & Elephants has a sweet, classic style and makes impeccable clothing for her kiddos. She hosts one of my favorite series, Knock it Off, and has a growing pattern shop (affiliate link — and the fedora pattern? amazing.). I’m pretty much always in love with everything Heidi sews. Today she has a fantastic dress to share, so make sure you head over to her blog and see it.

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The ladies at Simple Simon & Co. are, well, pretty much rockstars. They have their own blog, plus they run Project Run and Play (where, you know, I am competing next week!!) and they also run Project Sewn. And they sew gorgeous skirts, dresses, quilts… basically, you name it, they sew it. And today liZ is sharing three skirts that she sewed with this super clever embroidery technique. Head over to Simple Simon to see!

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And the giveaway is still going on if you haven’t entered yet!

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Straight Lines and Angles day 3 – Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Today we have more geometric kid-fashion for you!

If you’ve been a reader here for awhile, you’re probably familiar with my friend Stacey of Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts.  She’s a fellow boy mama (check out her mega list of boy patterns), a super talented pattern designer, and she has co-hosted the Handmade Gifts for Boys series with me the past two years. I also just love that since Stacey has been living in Europe until recently, she has some fantastic European inspiration integrated into her style!

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Head over to see this rad outfit she created for her son!

And of course, don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

 

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Straight Lines and Angles – Day 2: Lexi Made and a super easy envelope pillow tutorial

Day two of Straight Lines and Angles means more geometric sewing fun!

Today I’m excited to have Lexi of Lexi Made as part of this series. Lexi is a new blogging friend of mine who is super talented, in both her sewing and photography. I love these ankle zips she made for her daughter’s skinny jeans and hello, these four dresses for herself? So fantastic! Head over to her blog and see the adorable dress she made for her daughter!

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I recently came across some fabric that as soon as I saw it, I knew it needed to be in my hands. I know you’ve been there, right? :) I decided to make some really easy pillow covers with this super fab geometric print, but these covers have a cozy twist.

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It’s backed with sweatshirt fleece!

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Supplies:

  • one square/rectangle of main fabric – the size will depend on the size of your pillow form
  • sweatshirt fleece fabric – you will need a little bit more than your other fabric, but again, the amount will depend on your pillow form
  • sewing machine/serger/sewing notions/etc.

DSC_03641. Cut your fabric square to fit your pillow form, remember to account for seam allowance. Then cut two pieces of sweatshirt fleece – they should be a little more than half the size of your main fabric. (I ended up cutting my fleece a little smaller than in the picture, as you can see in a later step)

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2. Press one of the long sides of the sweatshirt fleece over about 1/3in. and sew a straight stitch. Repeat this with the other piece of sweatshirt fleece. This step isn’t actually necessary with sweatshirt fleece, since it doesn’t fray, it just makes a more “finished” look for your pillow. I made this pillow using the same method and didn’t do this step. I’m pretty sure no one notices but me ;)

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4. Lay one of the fleece pieces on top of the main fabric – right sides together like this.

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5. Lay the other piece right side down, with the stitched seam on the opposite side.

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At this point, I decided that my sweatshirt fleece pieces were too long, and I wanted the seams closer together. I moved them like you see in the above picture and just cut off the extra fabric on the ends.

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6. Pin your fabric in place and sew all around. If you don’t use a serger, make sure you finish your edges if you use a woven fabric for your main fabric, because that will fray.

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Then turn it right side out and enjoy your new cozy pillow!

I can’t decide… living room?

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Or bedroom?

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Did you enter the giveaway yet??

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Straight Lines and Angles Day 1 – Alida Makes and Shwin and Shwin

Today is the first day of the Straight Lines and Angles series! For the next two weeks, bloggers will be sharing their sewing projects, inspired by anything geometric [lines, shapes, etc.] I’m so super excited to share my first two guests, both of whom I am HUGE fans of.

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Shauna of Shwin & Shwin is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. Okay, so we’ve never met in person, but we’ve been bloggy friends for awhile, and she is so kind and genuine. And she’s got some mad sewing and designing skills! She’s part of the Pattern Anthology team, plus she has an outstanding collection of patterns in her shop, Shwin Designs [my favorite are the Nowhere Man Pants, in case you're wondering]. Head on over to see the amazing dress she created!

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Alida of Alida Makes is like my fashion icon. She rocked it recently in Project Sewn [these pants she made? ahMAYzing], and she was part of the recent STYLO online kids’ fashion magazine. You’re going to love what she made for her daughter, so pop over and check out her outfit!

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Here are the giveaway details!!

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These four amazing designers and blogging friends have so graciously donated prizes for this series. There are four prizes, which means there will be four winners.

One winner will receive a $30 gift certificate from the Imagine Gnats shop. She sells gorgeous fabric and some really incredible PDF patterns – for women and kids. So whoever wins this will definitely find something wonderful!

One winner will receive a copy of the Triangle Pants pattern from See Kate Sew. When Kate released this pattern, I thought it would fit perfectly with this series, and was so excited when she agreed to be a part of the giveaway. I just love Kate’s patterns, and the design of the Triangle Pants is so unique!

One winner will get to choose between a copy of the Sally Dress or the Sweetheart Dress from Very Shannon. I’ve sewn the Sally Dress before (you can see it here) and it creates a wonderful garment. But you can’t go wrong with either one. :)

One winner will get to choose a PDF pattern from the Sew Like My Mom shop. She has some adorable patterns – for boys and girls. I have her Kudzu overalls pattern and am dying to get a chance to sew it up!

The giveaway will be open through the entire two weeks of the series, and then the winners will be randomly chosen.

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

We have more geometric inspired sewing coming tomorrow!

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Alter a shirt pattern to a gathered tunic [a tutorial]

One of the great things about sewing your own clothes is that you can make them how YOU want them to be. Have a great shirt pattern? You can make a tunic from it really easily!

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When Melissa of Blank Slates Patterns offered to send me her Shoreline Boatneck Top and Dress  [affiliate link] pattern, I was super excited. I love her children’s patterns, but I have yet to sew one of her women’s patterns. This pattern has both shirt and dress options… but I’m a girl who likes to have it all ;) so I decided to make it into a tunic.

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You can do this with pretty much any shirt or dress pattern you own [or you can even alter a shirt you have in your closet!], and it doesn’t take much.

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1. You’re going to cut the front and back bodice into two pieces. Firs, cut the top portion, both the front and the back bodice piece – but cut them about where you want the gathering to hit. Measure down from your armpit. The Shoreline Boatneck has a line on the pattern piece to lengthen/shorten, and I cut my bodice piece about an inch lower than that. The front and back bodice pieces should be the same length.

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2. Cut the bottom of the back bodice the same width as the pattern piece, but slightly longer. Measure down from where your gathering will hit down to where you want the tunic to end. [I ended up shortening mine after trying it on.]

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3. Now cut the bottom of the bodice front. You want it to be longer [the same length as you cut the back piece] and wider, to account for the gathers. I made mine about five inches wider, cut on the fold.

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4. Gather that front lower bodice piece you just cut. There are several different ways to gather. In this picture, I stitched a basting stitch and pulled on the bobbin thread to gather it. It’s more “proper” to use two lines of stitching.. but I tend to break the rules. ;)

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5. Gather your lower bodice piece to match the top of the front bodice. You want them to be the same width.

6. Sew the two front pieces together, then sew the two back pieces together.

7. Continue to follow the rest of the pattern instructions to complete your tunic!

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This mint green and cream striped Ponte de Roma fabric from Girl Charlee is amazing. I may or may not have snuggled with it after it arrived, it’s that soft. Don’t judge… you’ll do it too. It drapes really well and has a great weight. It has pretty quickly become one of my favorite knits to work with, I think.

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One of the things I love about Melissa’s patterns is her sleeves. They’re always perfect! I also added pockets to the tunic – because everything is better with pockets.

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Now excuse me while I go fill my entire wardrobe with Ponte de Roma tunics… :)

This post is sponsored by Girl Charlee, who provided the fabric for this tutorial. [Thanks, Girl Charlee!] All opinions are my own.

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The project that took a year to finish… or actually an afternoon.

Over a year ago, I posted about my ridiculously brown and boring living room. Complete with this gem of a photo:

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I was full-on nesting and preparing for baby number four to enter our lives. Then I realized I was nine months pregnant and a mom to three other little kids and sewing curtains just didn’t sound like fun. Well, that baby is now 11months old, and….. I just now made those curtains.

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Honestly, sewing curtains is still not fun to me. It’s kind of boring sewing… lots of pressing and sewing in a straight line for.e.ver. But the result is totally worth it, because my room is at least not totally brown anymore. An afternoon very well-spent!

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I also bought that lampshade to try and un-brown the room. It only helped a little. I’d love to paint the walls and slipcover our couches [did you see what Jodi did to the exact.same.chair? gorgeous!], but I don’t think I have the patience to make them.

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I was getting to the point where I hated walking into our living room. The curtains were making me angry. Now my curtains make me happy. Which is so much better. :)

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So, lesson learned: don’t wait a year to finish a project that you know is going to change how you feel about your home. Especially if it’s the place you spend 90% of your time. Okay 95%.

Oh and hey…. did you see this announcement?? Um, hold me. I’m nervously excited – and I’m up against some seriously talented ladies. I’ll be showing some sneaky peeks over on Instagram when I have them, so I’d love it if you’d follow me over there and give me some words of encouragement [or, you know, give me something to read while I'm frantically sewing late into the night....]