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The only new thing I have been able to start is an explorer vest (an adorable project from Liesl Gibson’s Little Things to Sew ) that we will give to a friend of ours who is turning five.

I must say that this project has been incredibly fun. Working on the bellows pockets was tough, and I now regret the decision to use contrasting topstitching, but the project has come together so quickly and is so beautiful to look at. I’ll be making more of these!


I did finish our felt garland:


It was a quick, fun project, and I am glad I did it. What are you working on this week?


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


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.


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.


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!


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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Nap Time Crafters

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I got sidetracked yesterday and did not have time to post “Making it on Monday,” so here goes:

I always have more projects going on than time to finish them. But, these are the projects that I have actually done some tangible work on, at the moment:

– Pleated bishop dress for my two-year-old. I love how it’s looking. I wish her sister’s dress were as easy…



– Fall felt garland from this gorgeous tutorial. I pinned this to my Pinterest account since last year, and this year it’s finally getting done.


– My daughter wants a stuffed sheep. I know. So, I’m crocheting her one from this pattern. It is a dog toy, but she does not know that 😉

– The socks are still in the same, pitiful state, so I will not post a picture for those.

That’s about it for this week! What are you working on?

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I finished these two a while ago and never got around to posting the pictures. I *love* how they turned out!

This was my first experience sewing from an Oliver + S pattern and I have to say that it is love, love, love. I finished the main construction/sewing of the two dresses in two days! The pattern comes together like a dream and, I have to say, the challenging neck tie/placket were quite easy to put together thanks to the awesome instructions.


Sometimes it wears me out to have to make two of the same every time, but it’s so worth it. This fabric was lovely and perfect for the project: Michael Miller’s Children at Play, from fabric.com. I have some yardage left… Maybe shirts for the girls? I think I have just enough!


Here are pictures of some of my favorite details: love the finishing on the sleeves.


The placket is adorable, and that cute neck-tie completes the look of this dress so well.


Finally, I used blue and white buttons to finish it off, making reference to the playful pinwheels.



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So you think you’re crafty…

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…I finished a project!


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


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!


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

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


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.


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.


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!


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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Sumo’s Sweet Stuff.

Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night

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This is what they look like! It was tough finding fabric. I spent at least 45 minutes to an hour just wandering the store with my two toddlers in tow (I don’t recommend this!) and finally settled on this cute polka dot print.

Since I would not have a lot of time to finish the project, I opted for just making the pants (with the children’s version of Heather Ross’ pattern I’ve blogged about before here ) and using some t-shirts I already had. My talented mom helped me turn them into long-sleeved shirts with red knit fabric. Seriously, in just a few minutes the sleeve had been cut and perfectly fitted. Awesome!


I added the ribbon tree and voilá!


Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!

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