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

Tiny Tots: Fashionable

This contributor post is written by Rachel of Sew Happily

Hey yall! It’s Rachel from Sew Happily, here to bring you your monthly children’s post!!

Rachel from Sew Happily

One of my favorite things about fall is fall fashion! Tights, leggings, scarves, boots, layers, layers, layers…. Anyone else? This year, I’m especially excited for my Reagan to be able to start wearing fun fall clothes. Last year, she wasn’t quite two – and to me, just still a baby. This year, I see more and more of a free spirit in her – and I can’t wait to let her feisty personality shine.

But, since I have limited sewing time during the fall, I’m trying to be more organized and methodical with my sewing for her. So, I’m creating a fall wardrobe plan for her. I thought I’d share with yall some of my inspirations and patterns choices for her fall wardrobe.

fall mosaic

These are my four favorite photos for Reagan’s fall wardrobe ideas!
I’m hoping to make her these fun patterns:

1. Geranium Dress by Made by Rae

2. Audrey Dress by Violette Field Threads

3. Pippa Peplum by See Kate Sew

4. Fawn Lily Tunic & Dress by Willow & Company

I’ll probably add in some leggings, and hopefully her fur vest from last year still fits!
What about yall? Any fall sewing on your plate?

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.


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”!


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.


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 ;)).


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.



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.


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




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


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


Sewing with Children :: Pasta Tricolore


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!


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).


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!







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