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My entry into Shwin&Shwin’s Link Party sponsored by Appliances Online.

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A few weeks ago, I finished this adorable kimono shirt for my friend’s son. The pattern came from Heather Ross’ Weekend Sewing –a book I really like. I have made a few projects from it, and they have all been easy and beautiful.

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I got my supplies at Hobby Lobby. Instead of making my own bias tape, I just bought some already made. It was very hard to find cute fabric for a baby boy there, but these polka dots were absolutely adorable.

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I am finding sewing for little kids such rewarding projects since they are always so cute and fast. The pattern was very nice, too, and quite easy to sew. The whole thing came together very fast!

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This is how I put it together for gift-giving. Cute, isn’t it?

What color combos do you like for boys?

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Shwin and Shwin

Nap Time Crafters

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…I finished a project!

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I finished this Sweet Little Dress from Leila&Ben for a sweet friend, and really enjoyed the process of watching it come together.

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I love the construction of this dress and how easy, yet amazing the results. This time I finished the hem using this technique from Liesl of Oliver + S, and was very pleased with the results. Super easy and lovely!

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I’ll be making more of these, for sure…

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Mini Art Folios

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I recently made these cute mini art folios to give as favors for my daughter’s “birthday playdate.” the pattern is by Ginger Cake and I actually loved sewing these. I have made both the regular size folio and the mini folio and have received many compliments on them.

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Pattern Review
I love this pattern. The instructions are very well written, with many pictures to help visualize what you are actually supposed to do. It sews up quickly and, if you have many to make, I recommend setting up a serialized operation where you cut, “fuse,” iron, and sew. It is an easy craft that provides a lovely, practical, useful result.

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This time I just made a small drawstring pouch to put them in. I love making this project; it is a quick, easy, and very inexpensive gift.

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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.

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Passionately Artistic.

Sumo’s Sweet Stuff.

Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night

Shwin & Shwin

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For the love of yarn

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I have been working on making these gorgeous Linen Stitch Bookmarks from More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson to give as gifts to friends this Christmas. I have to own this book at some point. All the projects are absolutely beautiful and, to a novice knitter like myself, sampling all the various yarns is simply a delight.

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The yarn is a Juniper from Alchemy Yarns of Transformation. It is amazing! Linen-stitch is time consuming, but the result is such a lovely weave! There is a bit of a mistake on the wrong side in this one; can you spot it? 😉

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I love knitting. The portability of this craft is extremely appealing to me. I may move on to knitting socks next. Any good pattern recommendations?

Linking at Skip to My Lou

Today’s Creative Blog

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Mermaidens

Inspired by this post from one of my favorite blogs, Homemade by Jill, I gave doll-making a try.

My daughters are obsessed with Mermaids and this adorable Mermaiden from Wee Wonderfuls was a joy to make. It was fun and easy from start to finish, and I even learned a new stitch: ladder stitch.

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I loved making toys! And I am also curious about something: when you make something for one of your children, do you feel like you have to make the other one something too? I could not make just one of these mermaids, but the same happens if I make a dress, or a skirt, or a game… I always double-craft! And feel bad when I don’t. I wonder if this happens to anyone else?

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Hillary Lang, author of Wee Wonderfuls, has a lovely blog.

Linking at Skip to My Lou.

Tip Junkie.

Mommy by day… Crafter by Night

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