Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted!! {but I’ve been up to lots of crafting} So stay tuned for some new posts. 

In the meantime, here are the shirts I made for my two oldest daughters to wear to school. I’m loving my Silhouette!! 

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! 🎉

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Paris Party Dress Style!

I am really excited to share this new pattern with you!! Rebecca from Mummykins and Me is at it again with another fantastic PDF pattern.  The Paris Party Dress is a gorgeous and stylish pattern with so many options.  There is both a womens and girls pattern available.  The top is knit and can be made with a scoop or boat neck, as well as 3 different sleeve lengths.  The skirt is made with woven fabric and has 3 different length options as well.

For this project I had a Christmas Dress in mind for my middle daughter. {you know, the sassy one 😉 }  We went with a short sleeve, boat neck, crop top in a green scuba knit that I picked up from my local Joann’s.  The skirt is a plaid tea length with an exposed zipper.  While i’ve been sewing pretty regularly for about a year now, this was my first attempt at a zipper, pleats, and button holes.  I was a little intimidated by the thought of incorporating so many new techniques.  Rebecca does a wonderful job of walking you through the steps in her tutorial and I am excited to report I am ready to sew button holes on EVERYTHING!

While I think this pattern achieves a perfect Christmas dress, fabric selections can completely change the look!  Make sure to check out some of the other looks created during this pattern test: Valerie from Elegantine, Emily from The Sew and Tell Project, and Tasha from Sewn at Seams.

Happy Sewing!!

Mason Jar Pin Cushion

In an attempt to better organize my sewing space… and keep the important items accessible (and pretty 😉)… I present to you: my latest project!

I have a few mason jars hanging around the house, so I took one of the smaller ones and turned it into a pin cushion.

To get started, I gathered my supplies.
*mason Jar
*scrap fabric
*spare fiberfill/stuffing
*cardstock or thin cardboard
*glue gun

Step 1: Use the top of the mason jar to trace a circle onto cardstock or thin cardboard. Cut out the circle and make sure it fits into the top of your lid.

Step 2: Again, using the top of your jar- trace a circle onto the wrong side of your fabric. You are going to want the circle to be approximately 3/4 inch wider than the lid.  Cut your fabric following this circle.

Step 3: Add a small amount of fiberfill (or some sort of stuffing) and sandwich it between the cardstock and fabric.

Step 4: Wrap the fabric over the edge of the cardstock and secure with hot glue gun.

Continue to work your way around the circle.

Step 5: Place the pincushion lid up into the top of your jar.

Step 6: Place original lid over the pincushion to provide extra sturdiness. You can use the hot glue gun to keep it in place if you’d like, but be careful as excess glue can make it difficult to screw the top on the jar.

Step 7: Fill with goodies {in my case, this is awesome storage for my wonderclips} and ta-da!! You have a cute storage solution for your sewing area!

Help! My uterus is hurting!

I should not be permitted to sew for tiny babies anymore… because this outfit is so stinking cute it makes my uterus hurt!! 

This gem was a gender reveal gift and one of the few times I’ve sewn for a boy. {one of the downfalls of having 3 daughters} 

The gown is a FREEBIE from Stitched-Together and is one of my all time faves for easy diaper changes in the middle of the night.  Who on earth wants to mess with zippers or even worse– snaps?!? 

The adorable knot beanie is also a free pattern from Stitch Upon A Time!  I sewed up both patterns in a super soft Art Gallery print that I picked up from SPP Fabric Shop.

Xx ~Happy Sewing!

Spice Cake Top

I am a fan of dolman style tops with leggings. And when you make one for a tiny lady, it’s automatically 1000x cuter in my book!! 

I had the opportunity to test Patterns for Pirates’ new Spice Cake top- a perfect addition to their momma version Pumpkin Spice Dolman

It’s a great pattern with a ton of options making it a versatile must have for me. There are short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve and long sleeve options. With… wait for it… elbow patches 💕   The top can be changed up from a curved hem to a banded bottom as well!

This is just my first, with many more to come for my other girls!  Baby G is rocking a short sleeve Spice Cake dolman with a banded bottom in a soft french terry from Knitpop

The Best Friends Collection💕

I had the amazing opportunity to test a few of the patterns for Made for Mermaid’s Best Friends Collection that they’re releasing this week and I am SO excited to finally be able to share them with you!!

I really love testing sewing patterns – it gives me the opportunity to expand on my sewing skills, but it kills me to have to wait on sharing my creations until the patterns release! {could you tell I was a kid who was shaking the gifts under the tree before Christmas Day?!}

So without further ado, I present to you: the Stacey Top! I sewed up a few versions- there are optional bibs, pockets, and elbow patches. I am a sucker for elbow patches! 

Another pattern within this collection is the Barbie Headband. The accessorizing possibilities are endless now that I’ve learned to sew shabby flowers!!! M4M’s tutorial is so easy to follow. 

The last pattern that we tested is an update of the Hailey Pants. These are the perfect addition for a boutique styled outfit for your little ladies. 

There is a Skipper Skirt that’s also part of the collection. It is absolutely adorable and I can’t wait to get my hands on the pattern and get one sewn up!!

You can check out the full collection here! Through this weekend M4M is offering two great bundle options. 

Happy sewing!! 

Disney Inspired Raglan T-shirts

We surprised our girls with a trip to Disney this past weekend!! I couldn’t think of a better way to spill the beans than to have them open a gift bag with some Disney goodies. 

The t-shirts are Made for Mermaids Rowan Raglan pattern. One of my favorites because of all the great options. That plus it took minimal time to get 3 of them sewn up! 

I finished off the shirts with vinyl Minnie heads and some polka dot ribbon. 

It was a great weekend and the girls got a lot of compliments while we were in the parks ☺️


The Key Jar

The big girls are back in school… And the baby is down for a nap… So I find myself scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed when I stumble upon a post from Momastery. If you don’t follow Glennon yet, you should. Her honesty about how imperfect life is along with her compassion for people is inspiring. 

I’m sorry, I digress. So her post today is about a “Key Jar” to help unlock conversation and getting to know your family better. Replace the usual “how was your day” with questions that help you discover things you may not have even known about yourself.  Check out her post here for more details! 

I wanted a slightly craftier version, so I grabbed a decorated mason jar {that I had left over from a birthday party} and some popsicle  sticks to write the questions on. I also added some of my own. I had the privilege of attending an ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference a few years ago where the theme was “the power of positivity”. I learned to ask questions that train your brain to think in a positive manner. For example, instead of “how was your day”, try “tell me about the best part of your day”. 

I ran out of sticks for all the questions, but we have a good start for now and I’m so excited to get this new tradition started at dinner tonight! 

Fluff Butts 💜

I was recently introduced to the addictive world of cloth diapering by a friend. {don’t say I didn’t warn you}

I had contemplated using cloth with my older two daughters, but was overwhelmed by all the different types… And to be honest, the thought of washing poop was revolting. 

So this friend was kind enough to lend me a couple to try. And as it turns out, it’s not as complicated {or as gross} as I had worried.  So now we can save the environment and some money while rocking a cute fluff butt. 

In an attempt to not go broke buying all the fluff, I’ve started making my own!  Sahara Fabrics is my favorite place to buy PUL, which is the outer waterproof layer of the diaper. 

Here are a few of the latest diapers I’ve been working on:

Are these clouds not the cutest?!

Sunshine Dress

I’ve been sewing up a storm lately! {I promise to post about something other than sewing soon} but in the meantime I HAVE to tell you about the new Patterns for Pirates Sunshine dress!!!

When I saw there was an opportunity to test this new pattern… a comfortable maxi dress… nursing friendly… with POCKETS, I mean… who says no to that??

 I was over the moon to add this one to my wardrobe. There are plenty of options for this pattern including a strapless and halter version, but the crossover body perfectly compliments the lifestyle of a nursing momma!