Bountiful Fabrics for Kate

Hey friends! Today’s post isn’t for anything special other than just a regular ol’ “check out what I made” photo bomb! Sometimes, it feels good to just create for the sake of creating, without any other agenda or deadline.

The lovely ladies at Violette Field Threads are going through some of their older patterns and adding in new features, a more precise fit to their measurement charts and of course, the layer printing option! An update to Kate will be coming soon so in anticipation, I sewed up a Kate in all is country-charm cuteness with the new Bountiful fabrics from Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics.

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Kate is a jam-packed pattern: A dress or top option, a scalloped apron, and a handkerchief style headband.

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How perfect was the Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens & Nursery for this shoot? I was so glad I brought this outfit with us when we were photographing for the Fiesta Fun blog tour!

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I added some of the beautiful flowers from the Perennial Renewal print in a free motion appliqué to the apron for some fun flair.

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Kate and Bountiful were a match made in sewing heaven! I just adore how sweet this outfit turned out…so here are some more photos to admire!

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Big thanks to our friends over at Art Gallery Fabrics and special sweet hugs to Sharon Holland for sharing her amazing fabrics with us!

Keep an eye out for the upcoming Kate update from Violette Field Threads and start dreaming up your next sew!

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Fiesta Fun Fabrics {Blog Tour}

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Hey all!!!! If you’re anything like me, as soon as those temperatures start creeping up after a long winter and the sun starts shining longer into the evening hours, your creative soul begins eagerly planning for summer sewing! Right?? Good news- Fiesta Fun Fabrics are out in your favorite quilt shops and online fabric stores such as Hawthorne Threads and are screaming all things summer! I am so honored and excited to be a part of a stellar blog tour showcasing some of our favorite prints from the Fiesta Fun Fabrics collection by Dana Willard of Made Everyday for Art Gallery Fabrics. Alexis of My Sweet Sunshine and I got together for a festive afternoon at a local Botanical Garden. Let’s take a look at our fun shoot:

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What a trio of cuteness, right??? For my oldest daughter’s outfit I sewed up an Allie top with the Piñata Confetti print, trimmed with bright blue mini poms. I played with the incredible canvas from the collection in the *updated* Fawn shorts pattern.

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Thanks Target (and Alexis) for these perfectly perfect sunnies and headband- it’s like they knew we needed some props for this blog tour!

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Alexis sewed up the most darling dress in the Citrus Sunrise print- I seriously want to make one for myself!!!

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And for my youngest, a June dress sewn also with the canvas print. I haven’t made a dress with canvas before but the Art Gallery canvas has a great drape and structure, but still gathered up just fine for the full skirt. How fun!!!

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And because I can’t ever keep my posts short and sweet…here are some more photos of our day!

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Thanks for checking out my stop on the tour! Be sure to hop back to the Blog Tour Kickoff Post and check out all the other amazing makes with Fiesta Fun Fabrics!

Big thanks to our friends from Art Gallery Fabrics, and big squishy hugs to Dana for including us in the tour! Happy Sewing!

{Gnome Matter What!} Blog Tour: Everyday Elodie

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Hey friends! I’m joining the stellar round up of sewing bloggers for the Gnome Matter What! Blog tour hosted by Izzy and Ivy Designs for Ink & Arrow Fabrics. Be sure to check the tour schedule at the end of the post and find the link to the *giveaway* as well!

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The Gnome Matter What! fabric collection features darling little gnomes and other lawn figurines, sketchbook floral and snail prints and great blenders like dots and vines! I love the colors included in this collection: lilac, seafoam, subtle oranges, blues, and neutrals. Really great for spring!

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For the blog tour, I chose to sew up the new Elodie pattern by Violette Field Threads. Since my girls have a growing collection of Elodie dresses already, I decided to play a little bit with the pattern. This is the sleeveless, everyday version with some creative additions.

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I added a ruffle along the sweetheart bodice overlay by cutting a long 2″ strip of the Set Vines in Dark Seafoam, pressing the strip in half and gathering along the raw edge. When I make this modification again, I will lower the sweetheart shape to account for the added height in the ruffle because I kind of think it ended up too high at her neck 😦 Bummer dude.

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Another modification I made was to switch the lengths of the main skirt and skirt lining. I wanted the Square Dot Blender in Lilac to peek out below the Sketchbook Garden main skirt. To do this, I swapped the cut lengths of the main skirt and skirt lining, and then reduced the lengths so the skirt and lining hem was just a simple 1/4″ hem versus the 2″ vintage style hem in the original pattern.

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How cute is this Sketchbook Garden print? I love the subtle graph paper background (the previous math teacher in me is doing the happy dance). I also love the sketched flowers and stems, cute little snails, and soft splashes of color.

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I hope you enjoyed my stop on the Gnome Matter What! Blog Tour. Check out the entire line up:

Monday, April 3- Izzy & Ivy Designs

Tuesday, April 4- My Sweet Sunshine

Wednesday, April 5- Pear Berry Lane

Thursday, April 6- Lily Shine Creates

Friday, April 7- Pattern Revolution

Monday, April 10- That’s Sew Kari

Tuesday, April 11- Recap- Izzy & Ivy Designs

And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway! The giveaway will run through April 12. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize!

{Sage Fabrics} Mae and the Desert

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Hey there!!! I’m here to *finally* share with you some more Sage fabric love!!! Back in February, I released the Mae pettiskirt pattern with Violette Field Threads. The original intent for the Mae pattern was to be a super full, fluffy skirt that would layer great under other VFT pieces for added flair and fluff! But, I also wanted to make some everyday Mae skirts for my girls to wear as standalone skirts. SageMae5

Woah. Did you see that??? Your eyes are not deceiving you; those are not two different skirts. Yes, folks- that is a [reversible] Mae!!!! Because when you have to ruffle that much, you better get two skirts for the work of one, right?? HA! The reversible option is included in the pattern and is a great way to really maximize your sewing efforts!

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And when you have lovely fabrics like these two prints from the Sage Fabrics collection by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics, a reversible skirt is the perfect way to showcase that beauty!

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I used the Bougainvillea Lilac print for one side. I love the deep jewel tones and contrast in colors. And, since we live in sunny SoCal, I had to sew up some of the Coyote and Quail in Lavender for the reverse side.

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We had to take a trip to the gorgeous Cactus Garden in Balboa park- the most perfect setting to really compliment the Southwest flora and fauna featured in the fabrics.

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The Allie top in a white linen blend was the perfect pairing for the Mae Skirt. Pick up both patterns with coupon code “SPRINGDRESS” to save 15% this weekend only!

Loli Dress {One Thimble Issue 14}

Hey all!!! If you’ve been following my blog for quite some time (did you notice the name change?!?!), you know by now that I have insane love and adoration of Jen and the One Thimble sewing ezine. Every issue is jam packed with super trendy and fun patterns, incredible articles written to inspire and inform sewists and small business owners, and the greatest collection of coupon codes! Check out this issue’s contributors:

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Issue 14 has just released and I’m thrilled to share one of the exciting new patterns included in the ezine.

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Meet the Loli Dress, pattern designed by Bobkin Designs. It is sweet, delicate and brings full summer vibes! Written for sizes 2-10, the pattern includes a measurement chart to help you select the perfect size.

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Let’s talk about the amazing options included in the Loli Dress pattern

1) Dress or Top length

2) Button back closure or Elastic back

3) Cross over ties or Straight ties

4) Spaghetti Straps or Bias straps

5) Enclosed bodice or Topstitched bodice

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Now let’s take a look at the Loli dress I sewed up in the most incredible fabric from the Sage Fabric Collection by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics.

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I just *had* to play with the Painted Desert Night print. Seriously- it’s SoCal embraced in jewel tones. The “painted” florals make my heart melt. Ahhhhhh.

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My daughter, obviously, loves flowers and flowy dresses so the Loli Dress in Sage fabrics was a winning combination for sure! Her expression when she realized she dropped the flowers on the ground. Too funny.

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I loved sewing up this really confident-beginner friendly dress. The illustrated tutorial is concise yet contains helpful notes to make this dress with the desired options. I did add some length to the dress to give her a little bit of growing room throughout spring and summer. I know another growth spurt is on it’s way and with this beauty I wanted to max out the wearability!

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I look forward to seeing what the other amazing makers sewed up from One Thimble Issue 14. Be sure to check in on each stop of the blog tour, hosted by Pattern Revolution.

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Blithe Fabrics {Blog Tour}

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Growing up in Michigan, I always thought I would be much happier (and warmer) in Sunny Southern California. In fact, when we first moved here last January I was shocked to feel the “frigid” temperatures of the lower 60s (living in Hawaii for almost 4 years will do that to ya!) and couldn’t believe that the weather fluctuated this much here! Even more mind blowing- just two hours away from San Diego, you could venture into the winter wonderland of Big Bear, CA. When the opportunity to get together with my sew pal, Alexis of My Sweet Sunshine, and take photos of our kiddos in the snow-covered setting we jumped right in- snow boots on and all! I am so thankful for the opportunity to share what we sewed up with new Blithe Fabrics by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics.

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Blithe Fabrics were a match made in heaven for our Big Bear adventure! The cool tones in the Dear Deer Teal knits popped against the winter white setting.

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The sweet print of the Bows in Silence was the perfect scale for my little gal’s dress, as well as her doll’s tiny little outfit!

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I loved the light’s reflection of the snow in the warmth of the Birds Song Sun knit Alexis used in her daughter’s dress.

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I am super proud of our girls for braving the cold and putting on a pretty smile for these photos! They always have so much fun together at our shoots. I love that my girls have a great role model like Alexis’ daughter. They really look up to her!

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Of course our trip to Big Bear wasn’t all photoshoots and business, we managed to squeeze in some fun!

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Here are a few more photos from our shoot. There were too many beautiful ones to limit my post so I put together a little slideshow!

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Big Thanks to Katarina and our friends at AGF for the gorgeous knit fabrics! They are always a favorite of my girls and mind- so soft, smooth and cozy!

Here Comes the Fun {Blog Tour} with Sew Caroline!

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Sunshine. Bright Colors. Big Smiles. All these things are what makes my heart flutter and the new Here Comes the Fun fabric collection by Sew Caroline for Art Gallery Fabrics is finding a special place in my heart as well! We spent the past week completely drenched in rainstorms, but thankfully the sun came out just long enough for us to run outside and snap a few pics! I was hoping for a beachy-fun shoot, but I’ll have to try again another day.

This blog hop came with a super sweet surprise for the bloggers- a fabulous scissor and snips pack from Fiskars! I had to capture my fabric cutting dream team and share with my Instagram friends!

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I am so excited to be a part of this talent-packed Blog Hop! Let’s take a look at what I’ve sewn up with the new Here Comes the Fun Fabrics:

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I have been dying to sew with more AGF Voile because it is so super soft, has gorgeous drape and still enough sturdiness to keep me from pulling my hair out when sewing! For my youngest, I sewed up a beautiful Annie Maxi Dress by Violette Field Threads in the Block Stencils Burst voile.

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I used mini pom trim for the straps for some extra pizzaz and *FUN*

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For my oldest daughter, I pulled out an old favorite, the Ginger dress pattern also from VFT. I love this style and it always screams summer and all things fun so it was the perfect choice! (Did you read that in your best Olaf voice??)

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For this Ginger dress, I paired the Sprayed Doodles Coral print with Improv Strokes Citrus. I love the bright, cheerful colors and the subtle black touches to bring lots of dimension.

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Check out all the amazing hues in these fabrics! Ooooh la la!!!!

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These dresses sure brought the fun to our rainy week! I can’t wait to sew up some more gorgeous garments with this new fabric collection from Sew Caroline.

hctfIf you are excited to play with these amazing new prints, head over to her blog and enter to win a bundle of Here Comes the Fun fabrics -and- an awesome scissor pack from Fiskars.

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Want to see more awesome makes from the HCTF fabrics?? Check out the entire Blog Hop party:

 Aubrey Plays
A Jennuine Life
Izzy and Ivy Designs
Holly and Company
Elle Lee and Me
Lilly Shine Boutique
Simple Life Pattern Co
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Happiness in the Making
MADE Everyday
Little Bit Funky
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Fall Collection by VFT with Bari J

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I set a goal for myself last year to send our kindergartener to school with at least one piece of handmade clothing each school day. I decided to keep myself accountable and post her daily outfit on instagram with the hashtag #schoolfashionbymom. In November, we found out we were moving from the eternal summer of Hawaii to chilly California with a month vacation to frigid Michigan. That transition kind of put a kink in my plans and I resolved to start fresh again with another #schoolfashionbymom school year.

Dressing a six year old who seems to have her finger on what’s “cool” was presenting a bit of a challenge, so when Violette Field Threads revealed their Fall Boho collection in collaboration with Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics– both K and I were flipping out in excitement. She loves the boho style- easy fitting, vibrant and eclectic feel. I love all things VFT and Bari J so it seemed like a dream come true!

The response to the collection has been incredible. I have loved seeing everyone’s amazing creations in the VFT fan group and all over social media. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to dive in and dream up some new outfits for K to wear this fall.

Let’s take a look at each (of the 5) pattern and fabric combinations:

First up is Luna.

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It’s a sweet dolman style dress with a relaxed fit bodice, a darling square neckline and back tie closure. The Luna pattern sews up like a dream- in a little over an hour the garment was cut, sewn and pressed for photos! I kind of feel like sewing a separate sleeve is a little overrated and we should just dolman all the things. HA.

Every girl loves pockets- VFT did a phenomenal job designing these super cute, oversized front pockets. K could hardly keep her hands out of them, and I’m pretty sure a few pebbles found their way into the pockets throughout the shoot. On a positive note, they make for perfect storage for a lens cap or cell phone when I happen to be wearing leggings that day.

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I selected the Cocquet Bouquet print for the skirt and Stitched Diamant Verve for the bodice. I love the jewel tones in the floral print and the softness of the bodice fabric design. While perusing Hobby Lobby the other day, I stumbled upon this adorable blue leaf trim that fit perfectly in the midst of the gorgeous floral and greenery of the Cocquet Bouquet print.

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Next up we have the showstopping Odette.

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Odette has a silhouette so precious and sweet it will make your cheeks hurt! I just adore the darling flounces that bounce playfully with every move. The gorgeous side ties draw the easy fitting top in on my thin-waisted daughter.

Odette can be sewn as a dress or a top, is fully lined and has a keyhole back tie closure.

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Odette was a detailed sew, more suited for the intermediate sewist. The end result made me sit back and beam with pride at what a gorgeous top I had just made!

For fabrics, I chose to make Odette from all one print- the delicate and dainty Petit Potpourri Gold. The print showcases the softest pink and golden floral with light sage greenery. Since K’s favorite color is pink, I added a pop of pink with the beautiful ribbon sash and ties from Hobby Lobby. For the keyhole closure, I used a soft pink crocheted lace trim.

You can also see the Sloane cropped pant in this outfit. Sloane is a skinny fit pant or cropped pant with an optional tuxedo stripe. I really love the fit of these and of course, more pockets! I loved sewing with this amazing AGF Denim that had a shimmer in the light wash look. Pants are so fast to sew, I don’t know why I don’t make more.

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A fourth pattern in the Fall Boho collection is the Julianna top and dress.

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Julianna is an all knit dress or top, with the most adorable gathered sleeves or simple long sleeves. I sewed up a top version because K is always in need of cute sleeved tops to go with her leggings and skinny jeans. The dress version has a circle skirt just begging for twirls!

My favorite feature of the Julianna is the gathered sleeve. The sleeve cap is gathered and gives a little “puff” style, the mid sleeve is gathered with an elastic casing and the hem of the sleeve is also gathered with elastic.

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Julianna was another fast sew and perfect for beginners. I love the softness and structure of the Joy Plante Cora knit. Art Gallery knits are buttery smooth, the perfect weight and stretch for garments and sew up like a charm.

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Last, but most definitely not least (more like my favorite!!!), is the Giselle Kimono.

The Giselle kimono has several hem options, looks fabulous trimmed out with poms or fringe, and is perfect for layering as the temperatures fluctuate.

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Seriously a super fast and easy sew, I know you’ll end up with 10 or so once you get going. Kind of like pringles, once you pop you just can’t stop! The coolest part- Giselle can be made in your size too! I’m holding on to a little bit of this gorgeous Paradis- Sweet to make a matchy matchy set for K and I!

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She calls this her “poncho” and wants to have it on all the time. Thank goodness the beautiful floral fabric is light and airy, because it’s been so hot lately! Isn’t it supposed to be chilly and crisp in the fall?? Giselle pairs perfectly with the Sloane skinnies, and apparently that combo will induce sassy poses on the spot!

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I hope you enjoyed checking out our #schoolfashionbymom update featuring the *new* Fall Boho collection in collaboration with Bari J for Art Gallery fabrics. All fabrics shown were from the incredible Joie de Vivre collection and are a perfect pairing with the Luna, Odette, Sloane, Julianna and Giselle patterns.

Check more pics and daily doses of handmade kids fashion on my Instagram.

A big thank you to Art Gallery fabrics for sending along the most gorgeous Joie de Vivre wovens and knits and to the lovely ladies of Violette Field Threads for allowing me to sew up their incredible new patterns! Truly a match made in sewing heaven!

Back to School with M4M

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Back to School already?!?!!? I swear just yesterday my oldest sweetie graduated from Kinder and here we are- August- ready to go back to school! I can’t believe how fast the summer goes by but boy was it a fun one!

The darling mermaids over at Made for Mermaids invited me to join the fun in their sewing-star studded Back to School blog tour and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try a new pattern, shop for some fun fabrics and dress my girl up in a cute new school outfit! Let’s a take a look at what I sewed up!

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I eagerly picked the Katelyn Jumper to play with and it is just SO precious! The Katelyn Jumper is for girls sizes 1/2 through 14, has fun pockets and super cute button straps. It is a super quick sew with really beginner friendly instructions.

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For the fabrics, I shopped Hawthorne Threads for some fun back to school inspired fabrics and selected this great typewriter print from Pastel Thrift for Art Gallery Fabrics for the skirt fabric and Apples in Green from the London Calling collection from Robert Kaufman.

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Anytime that I sew something and there are pockets I always receive the biggest hug and the most compliments from my kiddos. Pockets make everything better!

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The jumper pattern has generous ease so the dress can just slip on and off over the head easily. I see it as a great dress that will get lots of wear as she grows!

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When I started cutting the skirt I noticed that the letters weren’t just random but that there were several hidden inspirations in the print! I’ll leave you with this photo as encouragement as you “make” your little ones their Back to School wardrobes! Happy sewing!!!

Big thanks to the Made for Mermaids crew for allowing me to join in on their great blog tour. Be sure to follow along to see all the great sews along the way! I’m sure after seeing all the great inspiration you’ll want to pick up some patterns so be sure to use the coupon code “M4MB2S” for 20% Off (Excludes fabric).

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One Thimble Issue 11: Baby Gifts

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It’s that time of the year when I get super geeked and pumped up about another amazing issue of One Thimble (affiliate link) sewing ezine is released and about a dozen new, epic, must-have patterns are available! This issue I am particularly excited about for two reasons: one, Little Lizard King‘s Hoya dress is one of the featured patterns and two, the Urban Jungle theme is totally on point!!! I am joining along with several other bloggers and Pattern Revolution to showcase some of the great patterns included in Issue 11. Jump to the end of this post to see a collage of all the featured patterns as well as the entire blog tour schedule. Want to check out what I sewed up??? Read on…

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If you’ve been following me for any period of time, you’ll see that I pretty much stick to girls clothing. It’s my home base, my niche, and definitely my comfort zone. However, I also like to stretch myself so from Issue 11, I picked to sew up a baby quilt and baby shoes for a sweet little baby boy who just entered into this world (read more about him later).

The Bear and Bunny Quilt, by Horris and Deedle, is an adorable, modern, rugby striped quilt pattern with fabulous animal applique options: bear, bunny, polar bear, and frog. I am not a quilter. Not at all. But, I really loved how simple and approachable this quilt seemed, and of course put an animal on anything and I’m there! It really was a fairly quick sew- only took a couple nights of sew-time, was great for small cuts of fabric and the applique went together easily.

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I sewed up the bear option, but did it in white and greys to match the prints of the stripes…maybe he’s not a polar bear but an albino bear? Is that such a thing? Either way, he’s pretty cute! The quilt pattern is a one sized pattern- coming in at 40 x 46 inches and perfectly sized for a toddler bed and a tummy time mat for infants!

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Next up was the itty bitty, adorable, Wild Things Baby Shoes from Big Little Patterns. I mean, can anything beat this ultimate level of cuteness?? The Wild Things Baby shoes comes with several animal variations: panda bear, bear, fox, bunny, raccoon, kitty and mouse and fit sizes 0-3 months to 12-18+ months. These little kicks come with traceable face details, adorable little ears to sew and come together super easy for being so tiny!

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Ok so you’re totally wondering why do these items look so boyish and why baby stuff??? One of my most dearest friends, Emily, found out a few months ago that she was expecting a baby boy. Of course I was thrilled for her but then immediately had to start thinking of what cute boy patterns I could use to make baby gifts for her. I was so excited to get started on some fun baby boy projects for her, when I unexpectedly received a text that her water had broke at almost 21 weeks. She spent the next 7 1/2 weeks on bedrest in the hospital under close monitoring and sweet Gideon was born, 12 weeks early and a tough little warrior. You can read all about her amazing testimony of strength and courage in her Mother’s Day blog post here. I chose to use tribal prints for his quilt as a homage to his strong battle in his early days of life. I also used a mint green triangle print, as their last name is Green and Emily loves the color mint. Triangles represent the heart of Gideon’s family- centered in God, his parents, and his siblings. I chose to sew up the bear as the bear is known as a symbol of strength, fearlessness and power. Three characteristics already evident in this little 2 week old baby boy, carried on from his amazingly courageous parents.

I share this story only because I know there are many who can relate- sewing, especially handmade gifts, is so much more than just fabric, thread and a great pdf pattern. It’s breathing life into simple materials, creating beauty with your love and care, and handing over a little part of yourself to the recipient. I hope that in Issue 11 you are able to find great patterns, inspirational articles and motivation to step outside your comfort zone, craft something amazing with your own two hands and to bring beauty to someone else’s day.

See all 12 pdf patterns featured in Issue 11:

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Follow along with the One Thimble Issue 11 Blog Tour hosted by Pattern Revolution: