Posts by Jennie

Roly-Poly Pinafore and KAM Snap Pliers

Maisie-Roly-Poly-4I made Norah this Roly-Poly Pinafore quite a while ago {I was working on it when I posted my tips for PDF patterns in May!}. However, after I made the same pattern for Lydia and did not like how my button holes turned out {or rather, that I had to remake one side 4 times!}. So, I tucked the nearly finished pinafore into a plastic bag and it sat…

KAM-Snaps-and-PliersThen, after I finished the Little Pearl Dress with snaps, I thought, why not finish the Roly-Poly the same way?! So, I got out my KAM Snap Pliers and some purple snaps {Norah chose the color} and finished the pinafore in a few minutes!

Maisie-Roly-Poly-2The tabs of this Roly-Poly Pinafore don’t have any interfacing, but I’ll make sure to add some next time {since I’ll be planning on using the snaps}. Hopefully it holds up okay anyway!

Maisie-Roly-Poly-3The fabric is Maisie by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics, the same I used for my Alder Skirt. I love the contrast on the Roly-Poly Pinafore, it gives it a fresh, fun look for little girls!

Maisie-Roly-Poly-5I’m working on building a partially handmade wardrobe for Norah, so these layering types of clothes are great. They’ll last through fall and spring depending on what she’d wearing under them. My goal is to add a couple more tops and a few skirts {fabric is on the way!}.

Do you have any favorite patterns for girls that don’t use tons of fabric {I love the frilly dresses, but cannot bring myself to using 2+ yards of fabric for a 3T dress!}? I’d love to hear them. And, if you’re looking for more toddler sewing tips, check out Rachel’s {Sew Happily} posts on children’s fashion.

Little Pearl Dress for Craft Book Month

If you’re anything like me, you probably buy a lot of craft books that you don’t use. Not for any real reason, except that you wish you had more time to make everything you want to make! September is Craft Book Month at Craft Buds, so everyone is encouraged {by prizes} to make something from their craft books!
Little-Pearl-Dress-FullThis year, I made the Little Pearl Dress from Libery Love by Alexia Marcelle Abegg. I had originally planned on making a much more complicated dress, but things weren’t really working out, so I found this one! The simple, A-line dress is fully lined and doesn’t use a ton of fabric {something I have a hard time doing for dresses that will be worn for so short a time!}.

Book-and-FabricSince I made such a small dress, I used a border print from Mustang by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel because it was just too pretty! The dress is lined with Free Spirit Voile in Seafoam that I bought last year to line a skirt with {I bought it at Shop Cucire, but she doesn’t seem to have any right now), which feels so soft and luxurious. I also picked up a pair of KAM snap pliers and assortment of snaps instead of using buttons for the back {my button hole attachment and I do not get along, and I knew that the seven buttons on this dress would cause some tears}.

Little-Pearl-Dress-BackI added a strip of interfacing to the dress body and little interfacing circles to the lining, to sturdy it up for the snaps. I really like the way they look on the back and they were much easier than buttons. I will be doing this more often.

Little-Pearl-Dress-FrontThe front of the dress in the book has a ruffle detail, but after an Instagram poll, I ended up leaving it off this time. Since the neck is kind of high, I’m glad I did.

I made Norah the size 3 dress and it seems true to size compared to her other 3T clothes. Since the is just switching over from 2T to 3T, this dress is a little loose, but that will allow for a shirt under it for fall and hopefully it will still fit by spring.

I already have the 18-month size traced for a dress for Lydia too, now I just have to sew it up! This dress is easy to make, fully lined, and doesn’t use much fabric. The only drawback is the pattern only goes to size 4, so it’s only for little girls. However, until Norah outgrows it, you’ll be seeing more of this Little Pearl Dress around here!


More about Craft Book Month

Craft Book Month

September marks the 4th Annual Craft Book Month at Craft Buds! This year, we’re excited to celebrate all month long with a blog hop of inspiring craft book projects and LOTS of giveaways for sewing along with a sewing, knitting, cookbook or other craft book of YOUR CHOICE.

If you are a craft book hoarder, you are not alone. Several years ago, I had an urge to dust off my craft books, unfold those crisp pattern sheets and put those patterns to good use by actually making some projects.

2014 Craft Book Month Blog Hop!

I’ve teamed up with some fabulous bloggers who will be showing off their projects made from craft books, all month long!

Monday 9/1: Fabric Mutt / Lindsay Sews
Tuesday 9/2: Rae Gun Ramblings / Craftside
Wednesday 9/3: The Feisty Redhead / The Fabric Studio
Thursday 9/4: Marci Girl Designs / Small Town Stitcher
Friday 9/5: LRstitched / A Prairie Sunrise

Monday 9/8: Hopeful Threads / sewVery
Tuesday 9/9: 13 Spools / Lisa Liza Lou
Wednesday 9/10: Stitch This! / My Sewcial Hour
Thursday 9/11: The Littlest Thistle / Fabric Seeds
Friday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / Clover + Violet
Monday 9/15: Inspire Me Grey / amylouwho

Link Up

9/1-9/30: Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to win prizes. To participate in the month-long contest, just link up any project you’ve made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You’ll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October, 1!


1) One entry per person. 
2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2014.  
3) Create a new blog post, instagram, or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2014 or later) and link or refer back to Craft Book Month at Craft Buds (#craftbookmonth for instagram) in your post or photo description. Make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.  
4) All winners chosen via Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!


Visit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept 1-30 and you’ll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from the Craft Book Month sponsors!

Craft Book Month at Craft Buds

Moonlit by Cotton + Steel Mini Quilt

mini-quiltThe Felicity bag is finally out to the pattern testers, which has given me a chance to just start catching up on some of my other sewing! The first finish I have for you is this mini quilt made out of Moonlit by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel, a division of RJR Fabrics.

We have worked with RJR Fabrics for a while {our Anne handbag out of Mary McGuire’s Cold Spring Dreams was our first collaboration and is still one of our best selling patterns!}, so it was exciting to see the new division launched and all the fanfare that has come with it!

mini-quilt-1And, just like RJR’s other fabrics, these Cotton + Steel fabrics feel so nice! I’m also working on making Norah a dress out of some Mustang by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel and I know it will be a dream to wear {maybe i need to make myself one!}.

mini-quilt-2Based on the sewing community’s response, I think we’re going to see a lot more Cotton + Steel in the future, and after having worked with it, even just this little bit, you’ll be seeing more of it around here too!

Now, this quilt is off to a quilty friend who’s been waiting far too long for it! I’m so glad it’s done and I”m hoping to keep things going at a little better pace now that the summer race {and relaxation} is over. What are you hoping to get accomplished this fall?

Bee Block Catch Up from June

Bee-Block-2I think I’m having one of those days weeks months summers where I bit off more than I can chew. Not to complain too much, but I feel like life has sort of snowballed on top of me and I’m digging my way out with a teaspoon! So, in the midst of having three crazy kids, I’m slowly working on getting unburied from projects that are long overdue. These bee blocks are one example!

Bee-Block-1They were the June block from the Modern Stitching Bee and I just finished them and sent them out a couple weeks ago. While they’re very pretty, they took a lot of time, so I’m glad to have them finally on their way. Hopefully I can find some time to finish the rest of my behind blocks soon. I’m doing my very best to avoid joining anything else until all my swapping, bee, and pattern writing commitments come to a close, with all the swaps out there, that is a hard thing to stick to!

In the meantime, we have some new patterns underway, which always takes longer than I think it will, but I hope they’re worth the wait! Thanks for sticking with us, even though we haven’t had much to show. I do have a couple kids waiting on some Banana Ice Cream, so I should probably head that way!

Spell It With Moda ‘S’ Pouch

S-BagI did a little last minute sewing yesterday, making my special little boy a snack pouch before he headed off to an afternoon activity. I used the Spell It With Moda letter ‘S’ {find the pattern here}. But when I first made it, the ‘S’ was way too big. So, I used Electric Quilt 7 to scale it down from an 8″ x 10″ block to a 6″ x 7 1/2″ block, and it was perfect!

Letter S Two SizesHere are both blocks side by side {I have yet to decide what to do with the larger one!}. I did add a 1 1/4″ border to the top and sides, and a 2″ border to the bottom.

S-Bag-Sidemade a little gusset on the side too, so it will hold his snacks nicely.

Bag-with-HeartAnd I sewed a little red heart to the inside. Lately he’s been wanting to stay with me instead of going to nursery or children’s church on Sundays, so I wanted him to feel a little extra love while we’re apart! He was pretty excited to pack this up and take it with him, so hopefully it will do the trick!

I’m so happy with the smaller size block, it is so usable! Maybe I’ll scale a few more down for a quilt with some words…in all my free time!