Adorable Girls Dress Pattern with Mommy and Me Pattern

As I move into the world of handmade children’s clothes, I”m so happy I can count on Brindille & Twig’s sewing patterns for easy and adorable patterns to start with. Kids are way comfier in this stretchy jersey knit fabric, which is what her patterns are primarily made for. This t-shirt dress pattern was super quick and easy, and it’s a super versatile garment for a little girl’s wardrobe. It is a comfy dress that can be worn with tights or leggings. It can also be made with long sleeves as well. The pattern is provided from 0 months up to 6T.

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Head over to Brindille & Twig’s website here to find the pattern.  She also has a very similar matching pattern for adults called “Flare T-Shirt Dress”. Be sure to check out the women’s pattern tab to find it!

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This adorable Dino print is from Joann’s Doodles collection and can be found here. It’s a cotton interlock knit, which is very comfy, and has a little bit of mechanical stretch, but this particular brand does seem to shrink, so be careful how you wash it! Otherwise, it’s super adorable and versatile. They have lots of irresistible prints.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate how stinking cute her sneakers are! Of course they come from Target’s awesome Cat & Jack line!  Check them out here!

If you’re not already a Target REDcard member, what are you waiting for? If you don’t like credit cards, that’s totally okay! They also have a card that links right to your debit card. You get 5% off EVERY purchase you make. It’s totally worth it if you shop there a lot, like me!

 

                                                                                                    

Back to the dress…this is seriously an easy sew! I may have mentioned this in my cuff T-Shirt post but you can make these without a serger using a zig zag stitch, but it will be way easier with one! I highly recommend purchasing a serger if you plan to sew with knits a lot. It just makes it so much easier, and will be more professional. You may even find one in the Amazon warehouse deals. Many times the products on sale from the warehouse deals are brand new with opened or damaged packages. It’s worth a look for a deep discount.

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I couldn’t make just one of these adorable t-shirt dresses. I had just enough of this precious winged jersey knit pattern by Art Gallery which can be purchased on fabric.com -> my favorite fabric site! They have EVERYTHING….not an exaggeration! Check them out!   

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I would love to see what you make with this pattern! Feel free to come back and post in the comments, and make sure to pin those awesome images to save for later!!

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Summer Headwrap Tutorial for Infants and Toddlers

Hi!

It’s almost 4th of July! My favorite time of year!! That might be because my birthday follows a few days later, but still. Summer is my favorite season! I love enjoying the fresh air and the warmth from the sun, and the fun summer activities.

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I thought I’d share how to make the headwrap style headband I show in my skirt tutorial. This is an easy project but you’ll need about at least a yard of fabric because it is quite long. It’s a little bit different than my other headbands you might see in my shop. I’m going to share how to do those soon!

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What you’ll need:

-Cotton fabric *46 inches by 7 inches* Measurements are variable which I will discuss later.

-As always…Pins, scissors, pinking shears, sewing machine and iron

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You could make this with a variety of fabrics, even a stretchy cotton knit or perhaps a gauzy fabric. I used woven cotton for mine. I love shopping for fabric at fabric.com. They carry all of my favorite designers and brands, and they have such a wide variety of type of fabric. You can even get free shipping for orders over $49. They always have great sales! Currently select summer prints are on sale! Great time to snatch some up.



First, I’d like to go over the sizing. 46 inch long fabric will give you a finished piece about 42 inches long. This fits an average-sized toddler head once around with a bow. It should wrap around a younger baby twice. If you’re considering cutting a different length, use a tape measure to wrap around their head the desired way (once or twice) and  then add about 26 inches for tying the bow and to account for the angle of the end and seam allowance.
To cut the fabric, fold it over lengthwise so you are measuring 23 inches (half of the total) long from the fold and 7 inches width. Use pins or a marking pencil to mark your measurements for cutting. Cut it out.

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Next, unfold the fabric so you have the entire length open. Fold right sides together and pin the whole length of the headwrap. Make sure to mark a gap of about two inches you will leave open to turn the headband right side out.

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Now use a ruler or straight edge to mark a line for the angle at either end. Mark and cut one end. Then flip it so the other end is the opposite angle and use the edge to guide your marking and cutting of the other end.Sew Jersey Mama | DIY Baby Headband | Sewing Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial Headband | Baby Headwrap |
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Once the angles are cut for both ends it’s time to stitch it up. Start at one end. Be sure to back stitch. Follow your angled cut at the end, make a nice sharp turn and stitch along the entire length of the headwrap except for the opening. Be sure to use your back stitch at the start and stop of the opening.

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Trim your edges. I prefer to trim with pinking shears so the fabric isn’t fraying inside. Use a chopstick or pencil carefully to help turn and push out the corners.

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Iron the head wrap. I do not bother to stitch the opening but you can stitch it or ladder stitch it closed if you prefer.

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There are a few ways these head wraps can be tied. My daughter does not sit still, so I quickly wrap it around her head and make the first knot to establish the size. I slip it over my leg and find a spot at that size to finish tieing the bow. Also note here that I fold the headwrap in half so it is less wide, but it can be used fully open as well. I open the fabric to its full width in the bow and position the ends so they match.

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If you are going around the head twice, the initial knot will be at the back bottom of the head.
Another way to wear it is as a flat band across the front and just two knots in the back with the ties hanging down. I have also put one knot in the center and used that as the “decoration” in the front and tied it in the back with the ties hanging down.

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These head wraps are so adorable and versatile. Check out what Target has available on sale right now in clothes to complete your little one’s look. 20% off clothing, shoes & accessories with promo code JULY4. Valid 7/2-7/4 Just click here!

Happy 4th of July!!!

 

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Turn Her Winter Pants into Summer Shorts in 5 Minutes

Hi!
I have a super quick and easy tutorial for all my mamas out there. I did this last year and I thought I’d share with you this easy method to change your little one’s winter pants into summer shorts, and the best part is it should only take about 5 minutes. Since the kiddos grow at alarming rates, there’s a good chance her leggings from the winter or spring won’t fit by the coming fall. Instead of packing them away, why not make them into shorts that are perfect for play time or under dresses or skirts. I did this last night with these adorable lemon print pants. It’s such a cute outfit, but once it hits 90 degrees F, I know we’re not going to be wearing pants much more for the rest of the summer. I thought these would work much better as shorts.

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Let’s get started!

What you’ll need:
– Leggings you want to turn into shorts
– Pair of shorts for size reference
– The usual (scissors, ruler, thread, marking pencil, sewing machine)

First, lay out the leggings nice and flat, and then lay the shorts over them, just like this.

Use a ruler (or even eyeball it if you’re not picky) to measure about 1 inch past the shorts for the hem. Mark the line across the legs.

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Take your scissors and cut across the line.

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Now turn the leggings inside out, and fold up the hem, making sure it’s even all around. It really doesn’t matter how much you fold it over, but I’d say about 1/2 inch. You can pin or even iron this if you’d like, but I found that it wasn’t really worth it.
Slide the short leg over your machine (you’ll need to take the storage compartment thing off….I’m sure there’s a technical name for this). Switch your machine to the zig zag stitch.

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I like to start stitching at or near the seam. Make sure you reverse stitch, and then continue forward all the way around the leg. You will want to make sure your zig zag stitch overlaps the edge just a little bit to keep the fabric down. When you get all the way around, go past where you started and then reverse again.

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Repeat on the other leg. Check to make sure the hem matches the side you just did.

And that’s it! Turn the shorts over and iron. Trim your threads! Now, go ahead and cut through all those leggings, and you’ve got your little one plenty of shorts for summer.

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How adorable these shoes by Carter’s would look with this outfit.

 

I don’t sell leggings, but you can check out my cute baby accessories here: SHOP

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Easy Plastic Bag Holder Sewing Project

Hi everyone! I’m back after taking a long break to move and get settled. One of the things I wanted to get a handle on right away at the new place was those reproducing (I swear the reproduce) plastic bags! I actually prefer using reusable bags but seeing as they were packed away in an unknown box up until recently, I managed to accrue quite a few of those plastic bags. Not to mention, there are always those times you’re out and you forget the reusable bags at home (hint – best place to leave them is in the car). I still manage to forget them sometimes! I decided to make myself a plastic bag holder.

 

Anyway, here’s a super quick and easy beginner sewing project for a plastic bag holder that will help you keep all of those plastic bags organized.

You will need:
– The usual (scissors, ruler, pins, thread, sewing machine)
– A fat quarter (will be using 22×18 inches) of a heavyweight cotton such as a canvas print from the decorator fabric section.
– An 8-inch piece of 1″ twill tape, or rope, or any sort of strong trim you can use to hang the finished holder.
– An 8-inch piece of elastic at least 1/2″ wide and probably no wider than 1″
– That’s all you need!

Fabric.com is my favorite place to order fabric from! They have almost anything you could ever be looking for!! Check them out by clicking the image below.

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The first step will be to cut your fabric. It will be 18 inches across and 22 inches long. I really need to get a cutting mat, but for this I used a long ruler, a marking pencil, and scissors. If it’s not exactly perfect, it won’t make much of a difference for this project.

Once it’s cut, we will iron down from the top (one of the 18″ sides) about 1/2 inch, and then fold over itself another 1/2 inch to make a nice edge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also fold over the bottom, but this time make sure the amount is enough that your elastic will fit through, as well as room for the seam allowance. So My elastic was 3/4″, so I folded over about 1″ and then again, folded that over itself an inch. Then ironed it nice and crisp.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we’ll stitch along the folds to hold them in place. I usually use a small seam allowance about 3/8th, 1/2″ also works. Be mindful when stitching the bottom that your elastic will still fit through the “pocket” after stitching.

 

 

 

 

 

After that, we will pin a safety pin to one end of the elastic so we can pull it through the pocket we made at the bottom of the fabric. Pull the elastic through until the end reaches the end of the pocket. Carefully stitch this down with a few straight stitches back and forth, as well as a zigzag stitch for extra security.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue to pull the elastic through to the other end as it starts to bunch up. When you reach the other end, stitch this end down the same way as before.

You’re almost done! Now we will fold the fabric in half with right sides facing in, and pin the edges so it can be stitched up. Then you will stitch up the side, making sure to do about an inch reverse stitch at the beginning and end. For this project, I used a straight stitch, but if you have a serger you can also use that. If you are doing a straight stitch, use pinking shears to trim the seam to help avoid fraying. If you don’t have those, you can do a zig zag stitch near the edge to help.

Now you will take your twill tape, ribbon, rope, or any other strong trimming piece, and fold over it in half, pin it to the top, and stitch it down. I used a straight stitch in two places for extra strength.

You’re finished! See, I told you that was quick. Turn your bag holder right side in, and hang on the wall. You’re ready to fill it with plastic bags 🙂

 

If you were looking to buy one, I’m hoping to have these available soon, but in the meantime, please check out my store with adorable baby and toddler items here -> SHOP

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DIY Girls Skirt Tutorial

As Riley is starting to grow out of the things I normally make (baby bibs, hats, crib shoes), I’ve been looking for something new to make for her. I stumbled upon a few skirt tutorials, and it turned out to be just what I was looking for. These skirts are super easy! You can whip up a few in one afternoon to pair with leggings and t-shirts. To make these, I used a pattern on Etsy so I could have multiple sizes available, but if you’re making these for your own little one, it’s easy to figure out the sizing with just a few measurements (I’ll explain later). The pattern is by Brindille & Twig and is very easy to follow. If you’re interested, you can purchase the pattern here.

If your little one is soon to be a toddler, make sure to check out my post about my toddler must haves! Better to stock up sooner than later 🙂

 

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These skirts and more are currently available to purchase in my shop! Learn how to make the matching head band/headwrap here!

What you’ll need:

You can use cotton or a knit fabric. I love the variety of fabrics available at fabric.com. The skirts in the pictures used fabrics by the designers “Dear Stella” and “Timeless Treasures, Inc.” They both have some great choices that area always changing!

Dear Stella currently has this fun line of Dinosaur prints available at fabric.com! But hurry because it looks like it will sell out fast! How fun for a skirt 🙂

Dear Stella Stellasaurus Dinomania Moonlight Fabric
Dear Stella Stellasaurus Hear Me Roar Phantom Fabric

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Fabric (about 1/2 yd to 1 yd depending on the size you are making.
Thread
Scissors
Elastic – 1.25″ wide
Sewing machine or Serger
Trim (optional)

To make this with your little one’s measurements, first measure around their waist. This will be the width of each of your two skirt pieces. For example, if your child’s waist is 21 inches, cut 2 pieces, 21 x length.

For the length, measure from the waist till where you want the skirt to end, and add 2″ for the hem and waistband.

If you purchased the pattern, use the sizes provided.

To start, iron your fabric, I usually fold over my fabric and cut both pieces at once. To make it even easier, cut with the right sides in and they’ll already be in place to sew.  Cut your skirt pieces (width X length).
Pin the two pieces together right sides together, and sew up both sides. You can do this with a serger if you have one, or a straight stitch at about a 1/4 inch allowance, and then an overlock or zigzag to prevent fraying. Iron your seams.

Next you will be serging all the way around the top and bottom edges. If you do not have a serger I’d recommend using an overlock or zigzag stitch after the straight stitch. This is to prevent fraying. Just a side note about sergers. They are really great, especially if you plan to sew clothing or work with knits more. As you can see here, mine is ancient. My amazing mom found this at an estate sale and got it even though I told her “not sure what I need it for”. I was so wrong! I use it tons. However, Amazon has a highly recommended Singer serger available for under $200 that will definitely work great for our purposes! Check it out here:

Now you will iron down the waistband and hem. Fold over 1 1/2″ from the top and iron down all the way around the skirt. You will do this for the bottom hem as well at 1/2″ inch.

Sew all the way around the hem. If you’re adding trim, now is the best time to pin it and sew it on.

Now to do the waistband. Cut the elastic one inch longer than their waist measurement.

First you will sew all the way around the skirt at the edge of the fold you made earlier, and leave a 2 inch gap. Make sure to back stitch at both ends of the opening. Then you will put a safety pin on your elastic, and pull through, mindful that you do not pull the other end through. It will start to bunch up as you go.

 

Once all the way through, line up the ends of the elastic flat overlapping one inch, pin and stitch. For this, I stitched all the way around and then an X across. This will ensure it is secure.

 

Almost done!! Finish stitching around the waist where the opening for the elastic was. Turn right side out, and you are finished! You should have an adorable skirt!

 

Almost done!! Finish stitching around the waist where the opening for the elastic was. Turn right side out, and you are finished! You should have an adorable skirt!

 

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If you missed the link earlier, click here to learn how to make the matching headband!

If you’re thinking about starting an Etsy with all the adorable items you’ve learned to make, head over to read my blog post for great info about what to consider before opening a shop of your own!

I’m going to take a wild guess that you like handmade items since you’re here! Did you know Amazon has a Handmade section, including a baby category. Take a look for some special, unique treasures!

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Zipper Bag Tutorial, DIY, Sewing Tutorial

Zipper Bags Tutorials

Hi!

So most of you know that I have an Etsy shop where I specialize in handmade baby, children and dog accessories. I was getting an itch to try some new items outside of those categories and decided to try my hand at sewing zipper bags. I’ll probably make a ton of these, but for now 5 will do! These zipper bags are definitely not for beginner sewers, but an intermediate sewer can have some fun with these.

I have a tendency to steer clear of anything with a zipper, and I felt like it’s time to get over this silly fear and tackle it. It is so much easier than I thought. The last time someone (my Aunt) tried teaching me how to sew a zipper I was a child, and the task was much more intimidating.

I tried a few zipper bag tutorials and the first bag I tried was the “Boxie Pouch” by So Chick Handbags & Embroidery. I love the boxy shape which allows you to fit tons of stuff in it. Perfect to gather electronics and wires, or toiletries to throw into a suitcase. These are also a great size for keeping some of these little teether toys and rattles contained. You can easily use waterproof material for the lining. I ended up using stiffer interfacing for the last two I made of these to help them keep their shape. I used Pellon 809 interfacing, which you can buy here on amazon.Pellon Décor Bond Heavy Fusible Interfacing 809P By the Yard

 

 

Link to blog post and tutorial here: Boxie Pouch 

 

 

 

 

 

The other zipper bag I tried is the “My Favorite Zipper Pouch” by Jedi Craft Girl. This one was a little quicker, and it is a great size for travel size toiletries to throw in a purse or diaper bag.

Link to blog post and tutorial here: My Favorite Zipper Pouch

After doing a few of these, I feel pretty confident with zippers and don’t feel like I need to avoid them any long. The possibilities are now endless!

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