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!

Felt Animal Cookies {Sewing with Children}

This contributor post is written by Susi from Lilla Luise.


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Hello everyone!!!

This is Susi from Lilla Luise again :) As we were sewing some pasta for our outdoor play kitchen last month I thought we totally should have something for our sweet tooth too, right? So what about making some super easy but oh so cute felt animal cookies? Summer is still in full swing so I am sure most of you can still do a lot of outdoor playing and hopefully “play-cooking”!

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To make your very own felt animal cookies you need to find some favorite animal cookie cutters (or any other shape, really, but we thought animals were the cutest choice).

We will also need scraps of felt, some beads and sequins, embroidery floss and a sewing machine.

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First of all place your animal cookie cutters on your scrap of felt and trace around it – we will need one cookie shape cut out and another piece of felt that is slightly larger than the cookie shape you just cut out.  Stitch on beads and sequins – you can skip this, but it really makes them look super cute – sprinkle-style, you know?! Make sure you don’t get too close to the edge otherwise you will have a hard time to sew around the cookie (been there, done it, learned from my mistake ;)).

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Once you are done with the embroidery part place your decorated cookie shape on top of the larger bit of felt and sew all the way around it with a sewing machine, pretty close to the edge.

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Last thing to do is cutting carefully around it and tadaa, you are done!

Here is our selection of cookies…camels, turtles, elephants and swans.

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Here is my little Miss in deep concentration, stitching on her little “sprinkles beads”.

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And here she is proudly presenting her new felt animals cookies.

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I hope this little tutorial is fun for you and inspires you to make your own felt animal cookies!

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Sewing with Children :: Pasta Tricolore

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Hello everyone!

This is Susi from Lillaluise again :) I hope you are all having a fantastic summer so far! We sure do. We spend most of the time outside and whenever we are outside and I need to go back in to prepar food I wish I had an outdoor summer kitchen. Have you ever heard of them? I think they are awesome. So one of my big dreams is to have one…one day :) So as I cant have an outdoor kitchen any time soon my girl does have one and she is madly cooking away felt food, her favorite at the moment is past…in any shape and size. So I thought it might be fun to show you how you can easily make your own felt pasta tricolore for your little ones outdoor summer kitchen!

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It really doesn’t require much, we just need some scraps of wool felt, thread and a needle. With a pair of zig-zag scissors cut out squares of felt that are about 2 inches in size. Use three different felt colors – we did green, red and yellow – to make it “tricolore” (three colors).

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Fold your felt squares as shown in the photo and run a few stitches with matching thread through all layers of felt to secure it. When doing my first stitch I like to secure my thread by simply going through my starting loop and pulling but you can totally just tie a knot to prevent the thread from slipping through!

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See, easy peasy and super quick! Have fun with the new dish in your outdoor play kitchen!

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Tiny Tots & Patterns

This contributor post is written by Rachel of Sew Happily


Hey yall! I’m Rachel from Sew Happily! I’m excited to be back again this month at Clover & Violet to share more about children’s sewing and fashion. Go here and here to read my previous posts for Jennie and Clara.

Rachel from Sew HappilyLast month, we chatted about color choices when sewing. This month, I thought we could chat for a few minutes about selecting children’s patterns – and a few of my personal favorites!

Wanna know the secret to my method to choosing a pattern to make for my daughter, Reagan?
Promise not to tell????

1. Browse Pinterest for a while.
2.  Read a few sewing blogs.
3. Go look through my fabric stash for enough to make a little something something.
4. Browse my Pinterest Sewing Girls board for more ideas.
5. Think about what patterns I have – and then remember that I have a Pinterest Pattern Stash Board to look through.
6. Realize that not all of the patterns that I owe are pinned so … time to go dig through my actual pattern stash.
7. Time for a cup of coffee.
8. Ah hah moment! That fabric – with that pattern – and that inspiration.
9. Wait- I don’t have enough of that fabric.
10. Here we go – this one’ll work, especially if I change the pattern a wee bit.

Time to get started cutting! :)
Pattern Stash

Some of yall are probably a whole lot more organized that me when it comes to making decisions about what to sew for your child. I’m a bit scattered when it comes to sewing for Reagan. How do you decide what to sew for your child (or grandbabies)?

Now, children’s sewing patterns come in all shapes and sizes.
You can generally classify them in a couple of ways.
Sewing Patterns info

My personal, favorite selection is this:

PDF, indie, lots of optional designer features, large size range, and either knit or woven fabrics. 

I LOVE to have lots of flexibility in a pattern – especially as my daughter (like all children) is constantly growing and changing. I look for patterns to have versatility and options.  What about yall?  What’s your magic formula in choosing patterns?

Right now, I’m LOVING these sewing patterns :
patternsPiper Dress & Leggings by Violette Field Threads, Pippa Peplum by see Kate Sew, Nessie Top by Craftiness is Not Optional
please note that I receive NOTHING for sharing these patterns with yall! I just love ‘em that much!

Hope yall take care! Looking forward to chatting with yall next month – in the meantime, stop on by Sew Happily and visit a while!

Bear Sit Upon

This contributor post is written by Susi of Lilla Luise


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Hello everyone!!!

This is Susi from Lilla Luise again! Finally Summer is here!!! For us this means we are going to spend a lot of time outside. We love to go exploring, doing nature walks and generally being outside. A lot of the time we will bring a picnic to just sit outside and enjoy life with yummy treats. Sometimes we will take a big picnic blanket but occasionally it is a lot more handy to just bring some simple sit upons instead of a huge blanket. If you happen to not have sit upons in your life yet here is a simple tutorial to make one…or many :)

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We will need:

fabric – scraps are great as long as they are big enough to cut out 2 circles and the ears
iron-on interfacing
felt for the eyes and nose

Print out your templates:

Bear Sit Upon Template 1

Bear Sit Upon Template 2

From fabric cut out 2 circles using your template. One circle will be the front of the bear, the other one will be the back. Cut one circle of iron-on interfacing.

Take the circle that you want to be the front/face of the bear and iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of the fabric.

Once this is done cut out 2 eyes and one nose from felt. Position them onto the face circle (with the iron-on interfacing) and secure with a a few pins. Carefully stitch around the felt pieces. This can be done either by sewing machine or by hand – whatever you are more comfortable with!

To make the ears cut out 4 ear pieces from fabric using the template. To make one ear take 2 ear pieces and put them on top of each other, right sides together. Stitch along the edge, leaving the bottom open. Clip the curves, turn right side out and press.

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Fold the ears as shown and pin to the bear face. Secure them with a few stitches as close to the edge as possible. Take the bear back circle and position it on top of the face circle, right sides together, wrong sides facing you. Secure with pins. Sew all the way around the circle, leaving an opening big enough to turn the sit upon right side out.

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Before you turn it clip the seam allowance every inch or so to make sure it looks all nice and round once turned.

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Turn and press. Topstitch all around it – this will also close your opening for turning. Tadaaa – all done!

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