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This is what’s on my working table right now:

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1) My Minoru Jacket. I’m almost done!

2) Fabric to make a sweet newborn a Sweet Little Dress.

3) Finger puppets for my nephew. These were a valentine’s day present…

4) My knit socks. This project is fun, but a lot of work. At the moment, I only knit while we travel, so it does not get a lot of love…

Not pictured: mittens for my girls, from Little Things to Sew.

Does anybody own Sewing for Boys? I have a few boys in my life who will be needing presents soon and I am wondering if I should get this book.

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It’s coming along! I worked on the lining on Saturday evening and could not resist slipping it in to see what the whole thing looked like. Fabulous! I *love* this pattern; it’s full of so many feminine details and has been great fun to put together.

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I am pretty in love with my fabric choices. The jacket is red wool crepe and the lining is a quilting cotton, both from fabric.com. I have never worked on such an ambitious project, but I think it’s coming along rather nicely 🙂

At this stage, the biggest lesson I have learned from the process could not be more simple: Take the time early on to prepare to sew. I did not transfer any of the pattern markings before, have not been too careful marking notches, etc. and now I really see why it’s worth taking the time to do all that. It makes the process go so much more smoothly at a time when you don’t want to stop sewing to take care of all those little details! (or when you have already put your pattern away!)

What sewing lessons have you learned the hard way?

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Fantasizing and daydreaming about upcoming projects is a favorite pastime of mine. Here I share what’s been on my mind lately, hoping to make these come to reality!

1. Being more intentional about learning with my girls. This week, I received More Story Stretchers and Story Stretchers for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos, which I am hoping to begin on Monday. Now, the trick will be to conduct two craft activities with two children at the same time…

2. Minoru sewalong! Tasia is wonderful and this sewalong has been incredibly fun.

3. Planning a Spring wardrobe. Inspiration here, here, and here. What are, really, the basics in a spring wardrobe? Growing up in a place where the seasons were practically nonexistent, seasonality is a concept that both fascinates and bewilders me. I’m having fun exploring all the options.

4. Developing your personal style. Loved this post by Sarai of Colette Patterns, this one by the Cottage Mama, and this one by the talented Kristin, from Skirt as Top. Great thoughts!

5. Loving these patterns: Tee, Made by Rae, and this Tunic, by Shwin & Shwin, and Sweet Little Dress, by Leila and Ben. Gorgeous all!

Lastly, I’ve been wondering if I’m brave enough to smock an Easter dress. Or two.

Have a good weekend, all!

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For Valentine’s Day, I made each of my daughters a ballet drawstring backpack.

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I used this tutorial from Prudent Baby and recycled an image I had used for baby gifts/t-shirts here. The image goes on the fabric by the means of iron transfer paper, a favorite of mine. The fabric is regular canvas from the craft store.

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I really enjoy making these drawstring pouches, and this tutorial offers a way to add in the casing without the fake buttonhole that I enjoyed (though I need more practice at it). The tutorial calls for 2 yards of trim for the straps, but one yard per side ended up being too short; I used 1 1/2 yards.

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I used ribbon from my stash for the straps. Finally, here is a picture of how the ribbon is inserted through the gusset at the bottom to make the strap. It works!

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There! I used it as a gift bag, filled with a book, movie, stickers, hair accessories, and a handmade heart bracelet from Stash Happy Felt. After getting their gifts out, the girls will be able to use their backpacks to bring ballet slippers, tap shoes, tutus to ballet class and back.

I really enjoyed working on this project. It was cute, quick, and useful.

Linking at:
Passionately Artistic.

Sumo’s Sweet Stuff.

Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night

Shwin & Shwin

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Heart Bites

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One of my husband’s awesome aunts gave usBakerella’s Cake Pops for Christmas. I’ve had my eye on this book for months and was so excited to get it!! My daughter and I flipped through it and decided that these lovely cake pops were too cute not to make. We did not have pop sticks, so just turned them into bites. They were super easy and cute. The book calls for a heart-shaped cookie cutter, but I did not have one that size. So, I free-handed.

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I love making cake pops! We wrapped them up in tissue paper and gave them out as valentines.

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It was a fun project, well worth the time and effort. Thanks, Bakerella!

Linking at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff

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Amidst the chaos of getting our new house organized and moving boxes unpacked, I have had the most fun sewing my Minoru Jacket along with the wonderful Tasia from Sewaholic . I love this sew-along! I feel like I am learning so very much through the whole process. Thank you, Tasia!

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