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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Stay-cation & Doll Clothes

vacation1Summer just keeps getting better! We had a family stay-cation last week and did a little exploration around our area!

vacation2We picnicked, enjoyed some time on the water, and took a lot of pictures {we haven’t been good about capturing memories lately, so hopefully things will change!}.

vacation3Josiah also helped me rearrange some furniture around the house so I have more shelf space in my sewing room! And, I did do a little bit of sewing, some doll clothes for Baby Stella {I love the near-instant gratification of doll clothes!}.

stella1This fabric is Honey, Honey by Kate Spain, Norah was so smitten with the outfit that she claimed it for her doll {even though I had made it for a friend}. Since she doesn’t often love the clothes I’ve made, I let her keep it!

stella2I also cut into some of my hoarded Bliss and Ruby stash for this outfit, I think this would be an adorable child’s outfit too, if only it didn’t use so much fabric {since I don’t have lots of it left!}.

Lately I’ve been buying larger cuts of fabric to make children’s clothes, so hopefully I won’t have this problem in the future. There seem to be so many pretty fabrics though, it is difficult to narrow it down. Do you have any favorites that would be great for kids clothes?

Tiny Tots & Color

This contributor post is written by Rachel of Sew Happily


Hey yall! I’m Rachel of Sew Happily, and I’m back this month to share more on sewing and children’s fashion. Go here to read my post from last month!

Rachel from Sew Happily

Today, I wanted to chat with yall about color.

As sewists (or seamstress – whichever you prefer), we have the whole world at our fingertips when it comes to creating beautiful garments for our kiddos. Literally. There are countless options available to us – and if you’re an indecisive individual, it can be overwhelming!

When I begin making a garment for my daughter, Reagan, I start with color first. Some people may start with a pattern or what they want to sew, but me, I start with color.

They are a variety of factors to consider when thinking about what colors to make your handmade garments in!

1. Personal Preference - I love pink, black/white, and any shade of aqua/mint/turquoise. Those are my favorite colors. I would have them everywhere and dress Reagan in them all the time. It’s just who I am … in terms of color. My husband loves blue and orange. Those tend to be his ‘go to colors’. Whatever they are, you’ll probably notice that you’ll see them all around you.

Color Preference

The fabrics that I am showing are some of my favorite colors to play around with.

2. Skin Tone / Complexion -Reagan (and I) are both very…. fair skinned. We burn – REAL easily, yall. And, I’ll be honest, we don’t look so hot in certain colors. Lime green. Yellow. Brown. They just don’t work for us. I’ve learned to stay away from those colors in garments. My mom, on the other hand, looks FABULOUS in those colors. If you’re not sure what colors work for your child’s skin tone and complexion, hold up different colors near their face. See what makes their face look vibrant and youthful. And if you’re looking for more information on skin tones, complexions, and colors, check out makeup counters! Seriously – those ladies know it all! 

3. Availability - Fabric comes in all sorts of colors and types! If you’re looking for a specific type of fabric in a specific color, it can sometimes be tricky to find just what you’re looking for. Usually, you can find just about any color/ pattern in quilting cottons. Up until recently, I personally think it was more difficult to find apparel fabrics in lots of options but the apparel fabric world is starting to become more and more accessible to at home sewists. Places like Michael Levine Low Price Fabrics, Mood Fabrics, Girl Charlee, and even the quilting cotton manufacturers are beginning to make more apparel weight fabrics.

Color Availability

The fabrics that I have pictured are set aside for garments for Reagan – a pink stretch lace, a black/white triangle knit, a pale blue poplin, and a mint/cream stripe knit. They coordinate some with my color preferences but they also were what was available at the time.

4. Wardrobe - For me, making garments for my daughter that complement and coordinate with other garments is a must. I want her clothing to have versatility. If I make her a skirt, I want her to be able to wear it with lots of shirts that she already has. This means that there is a common theme to her wardrobe. You may not be thinking about your child’s clothing as a ‘wardrobe’  but I encourage you to do so! Take stock of how many graphic tees that your son or daughter might have – then come up with ways that they can wear them: leggings, skinny pants, shorts, skirts, over a dress, under a jumper. Then, see how many different colors that shirt matches up with.

Color Wardrobe

You can see how I took two of Reagan’s graphic tees and laid out some different options to match up with them! You can tell that her ‘wardrobe’ more clearly has turquoise and pinks than reds in it.

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So, now I’m curious! Where do you fall in the color wheel? What are your favorite colors to sew with? What color garments do you make with your children?

Take care yall! See ya next month – and in the meantime, don’t forget to stop on by Sew Happily and see what I’m up to!