Pattern Reviews

Petite Stitchery Back to School Collection

I was so excited to test out a few new patterns in the Back to School Collection for Petite Stitchery last week.  The Schoolhouse Tunic and the Tardy Bells are so fun and versatile for Fall!  My girls are in completely in love with both styles.

Living in South Florida we don’t need warm clothes for Fall so I was thrilled to see that the Schoolhouse Tunic had both short sleeve and sleeveless options.  I sewed up the short sleeve version for both but plan to try a sleeveless version with flutters next time!  It also fits a wide range of sizes going from size 2-12.  This pattern is perfect for that boho chic style with the full bottom ruffle and optional chest ruffle with or without accent buttons.  It’s also a great pattern for using up scraps with the color blocking on the sides.  I love mixing and matching fabrics so this pattern was right up my alley.  The tunic is full of options to get totally different looks all from the same pattern.

The Tardy Bells are probably my favorite pants pattern I have ever sewed up.  They are incredibly quick to sew up, as fast as a pair of leggings.  I was able to cut and sew each pair in under 20 minutes the first time.  There are elastic and knit waistband options which is great for my girls who hate elastic waistbands.  They were easy to grade for sizing with my very thin tall 9 year old who needed a 4 width and 8 length as well.  And, rumor is that ladies sizes are in the works!  My high school flare leg jean loving self is a little too excited about this prospect!


These patterns are both on sale for a short time so scoop them up here and whip up some back to school outfits for your girls!  I’d love to see what you create:)



Pattern Reviews

Petite Stichery Franken Tank

Last week I was able to test out a new baby and toddler pattern from Petite Stitchery.  The Franken Tank is LOADED with options and goes from newborn all the way to 4T sizing!  I was so excited to try out a few different versions for my  littles.

First, let’s take a look at the options available:

*Simple Tank Top

*Hooded Tank Top


*Skirt (with or without shorties)

*Romper (One piece or with a waistband, with or without hood)

*Dress (with or without hood, with or without shorties)

When you calculate all the options it’s practically endless (over 40 different combinations), you can create an entire summer wardrobe in ONE pattern!  The biggest drawback to the pattern is that the largest size is 4T and my older kids are jealous!  Hopefully a big kids size is in the works as it would be a huge hit as well.

My favorite option so far is the romper with a waistband for the baby sizes.  I made three in testing for my 3 month old and already have several more planned!  Both of these rompers pictured are made with fabrics from Raspberry Creek.  Their fabric is a dream to work with and these prints are so fun for summer!  The snap panel makes diaper changes a cinch and the neckband is stretchy enough to easily fit over the head.  You can customize it so many ways to your own liking as well by adding htv to the bodice, faux drawstring, a lace pocket accent, fringe on the neckline, and the list goes on!

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For my 4 year old the dress is my favorite option (so far!).  She LOVES all things twirly and this dress did not disappoint.  I have a hooded dress planned next for her.  The fabric for this dress is from the Doodles line at Joann.  The doodles fabric was on super sale so I scooped up some adorable prints last week.


The pattern is on sale for a short time so scoop up the pattern and whip up a summer wardrobe for you little!  Grab your pattern here and tell me what options you sew up!

Craft Tutorials

DIY Bow and Headband Holder

With the arrival of our baby girl coming soon my nesting instincts have kicked into high gear.  Number one priority right now is prepping all of the decor for her nursery!  One item I have made for our girls room that I knew we needed in the babies room as well is a bow and headband holder.  These are SO EASY to make and customize to your nursery theme that I wanted to share a quick tutorial with you!

You will need the following supplies to throw together this DIY bow and headband holder:

*Blank Canvas:  I prefer the 12×24 size

*Fabric (for covering the canvas)

*Cup Hooks:  I picked mine up at Home Depot but you can find them online as well


*Grosgrain Ribbon in 1″ or 1.5″ width

*Glue Gun, Scissors, Measuring Tape or Ruler, Lighter (for heat sealing ends of ribbon)

Bow Holder

Your first step will be to lay the canvas on top of your fabric and cut the fabric to size.  It will need to be several inches larger on all 4 sides so that you have enough fabric to wrap around the back edges.  Be sure your fabric design is STRAIGHT before cutting!

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Next, you will wrap the top and bottom edges of fabric taut over the back of the frame and glue in place using hot glue. If your fabric is cut too large and hangs over the wooden frame trim it down before gluing.  Be sure to check that the fabric is straight and taut on the canvas after gluing these two sides into place.

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You will then glue the next 2 sides onto the back frame.  Mine were too long and hung over the frame so I trimmed them down before gluing.  You will tuck the corners in and glue first, see photos below. Again, be sure your fabric is tight and straight on the front of the canvas.  After gluing down all 4 sides you can add fray check around the edges if you would like, I did not on this one but have on the ones I have gifted.  These raw edges will later be covered so it isn’t necessary to fray check.

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The next step is to add ribbon to the front of the frame to clip your bows onto.  You will use your measuring tape to mark along the top and bottom back frame where you would like to attach the ribbons.  I marked every 3 inches on mine and then chose to add only 4 ribbons instead of 6 as it covered too much of the fabric design on the front.  My ribbons needed cut to 16 inches to fit this size canvas.  You will then glue the ribbon down at each marking being sure to pull it taut before gluing the other end down.

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After the ribbons have been added to the front of the frame I like to also add hanging ribbon to the bottom to clip additional bows onto.  Being a bow maker my girls have LOADS of hair accessories and need as much storage on these holders as possible.  Again, you will mark on the back of the frame using your tape measure where you would like to attach the ribbons.  I spaced my hanging ribbon evenly between the ribbons on the front.  I used 20 inches for my ribbon length, you will need to use your lighter to heat seal the bottom of the ribbon to prevent fraying.

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Once all of your ribbon is added you will cover your back frame pieces with felt to cover the raw edges and give the back a nice finished look.  **If you would like to add ribbon or twine to hang the frame from please add it BEFORE adding the felt.  I chose to hang this one from the frame and not add a ribbon.**  Measure the width of the wood on the back of your frame to cut your felt to size, 1.5″ width for my felt strips was perfect for this frame.

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Your last step will be to add the cup hooks to hang your headbands onto!  You will use your tape measure one more time to evenly space your hooks on both sides and the bottom of the frame.  It is completely up to you how many hooks you would like!  Since the canvas frame is wood these hooks screw right in so easily.

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You are finished!  Wasn’t that super easy and quick?!  Now, go hang it up in your little girls room and organize all those adorable hair accessories!

Bow Holder


Sewing Tutorials

Pacifier Clip Sewing Tutorial

Would you believe I did not know how to sew five years ago?  I mean, at all.  I am completely self taught over these last four to five or so years and I can not believe how much I love sewing!  So, when we found out we were having another baby I knew I wanted to make as many items for her myself as possible.  I am having so much fun making the basics, coming home outfits and nursery items as well!  My goal is to have everything possible in her diaper bag handmade instead of store bought.

Today, I want to share a tutorial for one of those basic items with you!  I made several pacifier clips to help prevent those pesky pacifiers from dropping onto the dirty germ riddled floor.  This is another easy, beginner friendly, sewing tutorial that is quick and uses very little fabric.  It’s a great scrap buster.

You will need the following supplies:

*Fabric:  Cut to 12 inches long by 4 inches wide (1 strip per clip needed)

*Lightweight iron on interfacing (optional:  adds stability but not a must)

*1/4″ or 3/8″ elastic

*1″ Suspender Clips:  I order mine on e-bay but you can find these in a local craft store as well

*Basic sewing supplies and sewing machine

Paci Clip

If you have decided to add the interfacing you will first iron that on to the wrong side of each fabric strip.  You will then press the short ends in about 1/4″ or so, this is to hide the raw edges and press the fabric in half lengthwise.  Next, fold each side in to the middle and press again.  Use pins or clips to hold in place.  This is essentially a bias tape process, see pics below.

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After that you will cut your elastic and sandwich into one short end of the fabric in a loop.  I used 5 inches to that they would fit both types of pacifiers but you could definitely go with 3-4″ and be fine as well.

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You will then sew along all three open edges of the fabric.  I went over the elastic 2-3 times to be sure it was very secure.

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Your last step is to add the suspender clip to the other short end of the fabric.  You will simply loop the fabric through the bar and then sew it closed.  Again, go over it 2-3 times so it is very secure.

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You are already finished!  I made four of these in under 15 minutes from cut to finish.  All you do to attach these is push the elastic loop through the end of the pacifier and then loop the entire fabric clip through the elastic and pull (making a slip knot).  Clip the suspender clip onto car seat straps, etc and you are good to go!  No more pacifiers falling onto filthy dirty floors!

Thanks for checking out this beginner friendly sewing tutorial!  Happy sewing!

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Craft Tutorials

Oversized Hoop Wreath

This past summer we upgraded to new furniture in our living room and some fresh new decorations were needed to match!  We went with grey as our main color with blush and mint accents.  I had so much fun creating the new look, it feels like an actual “grown up” room for the first time!

We have a large empty wall space above our entertainment center that needed an accent decoration.  I wanted something large but still simple and sweet.  I decided to put together an oversized hoop wreath and put together a quick tutorial for you as it is SO easy and really adds to any room!

The supplies you will need are:

-Oversized hoop:  I used an 18″ Quilt Hoop that I picked up at Joann using a 40% off coupon

-Floral wire

-Artificial Greenery and Flowers:  I love the selection at Hobby Lobby (AND they go on sale 50% off every other week!)

-Glue Gun


**I did decide to spray paint my hoop light pink right before starting it because the wood did not match our living room decor.**

I started by pulling my flowers off of the stems and laying them out loosely on the hoop to get an idea of what it would look like.  After that, just add the greenery on first.  I wanted mine to cover only half the hoop. Use pieces of your floral wire to secure the greenery to the hoop.

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Once your greenery is secured use more floral wire to secure your flowers on.  You can use hot glue as well in any areas that need extra hold.

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Once finished you can hang just on the actual hoop or you can add rope, twine, etc to hang it from.  It looks perfect centered over our entertainment center and is exactly the oversized but simple statement piece we were aiming for!  And, even better, you can easily swap it out seasonally!

Completed oversized hoop wreath!




Sewing Tutorials

Critter Cuddle Sack

As if having three small children and a dog wasn’t chaotic enough we decided to add another pet to our family last month.  And it isn’t just a goldfish or chia pet.  We opted for a prickly, adorable, oh so shy hedgehog!  We did all sorts of research on these critters beforehand and knew what to expect.  We named our new friend Pepper as he is salt and pepper colored, the kids like to call him “Peps” for short.

When doing hedgehog research we learned that they like to snuggle up to sleep in or under something warm and fuzzy.  We decided to make him a few snuggle sacks to sleep in and also to cuddle in when being held.  Snuggle sacks are great for all kinds of small animals, not just hedgehogs!

These sacks are SUPER easy to make so we thought we would put together a simple tutorial for you!  You will need the following supplies:


-Basic sewing machine & sewing supplies (needle, thread, straight edge etc)

-Snuggly soft fabric, we used flannel for the outside and fleece for the lining, you will need  less than 1/2 yard per sack of each fabric depending on the size you make

-Cutting mat and rotary cutter (optional)

First, decide the size you would like your snuggle sack to be.  We decided on 12″ long x 10″ wide as that is just the right size for our hedgehog to cuddle but still have room to move around.  You will cut 2 pieces of each fabric 12″ x 10″ in size (4 pieces total).  I cut mine using a cutting mat, rotary cutter and straight edge.  You can just use scissors if you don’t have a mat and rotary.

I have fabric cut here to make two sacks so there are 4 main and 4 lining pictured.

Once you have your 4 rectangles (2 main and 2 lining) you will place the 2 main right sides together and 2 lining right sides together.  On your main fabric be sure if your print is directional that they are pinned together both facing the correct direction.  You will sew the 2 sides and bottom of the main fabrics as indicated by the arrows on the photo below.  You will leave the top edge open.  On your lining fabric you will do the same except you will leave a couple of inches open along the bottom edge as shown by the circle on the photo below.


After sewing as indicated above you will turn your main fabric right side out and slide the lining over it so that they are right sides together with the open edges at the top on both.  See photo below, I am sliding the main fabric down inside the lining.


Once they are right sides together you will clip or pin the open edge together and sew it together in a loop.  Do not sew it straight across (all 4 layers) as I did the first time as you will be sewing your sack closed!   The photo below shows the 2 layers clipped together all the way around forming a loop.  Sew this loop together (2 layers of fabric, main & lining).


After you have sewn the top edge you will pull the sack right side out.  You will do this by pulling the fabric through the open hole in the bottom of the lining.  You will keep pulling until it is fully right side out (both layers).

Once it is fully right side out you will sew up the hole in the lining you left in the beginning!  Just tuck your wrong sides in and sew straight across the small opening as shown by the clips in the photo below.


After sewing the hole closed you will push the lining down inside your main fabric and your snuggle sack is finished!  These are so quick and easy to sew!  I love this fully lined option as there are no exposed threads for Pepper to chew or unravel.  I made several as they get dirty quickly in Pepper’s cage so we always have a fresh clean one when the dirty one is in the wash!  I hope your little critter loves these as much as ours does!


Pepper loves to snuggle in our laps in his snuggle sack!
Craft Tutorials

Personalized Welcome Mat

Our first post will be a super easy tutorial for a personalized welcome mat!  We used a Silhouette machine to make our stencil but you can purchase pre-made stencils as well if you don’t have a vinyl cutter.

You will need the following supplies for this project:

*Blank Door Mat (We used this mat from Ikea but they are also at Target)

*Acrylic Craft Paint in Your Choice of Colors

*Foam Paint Brushes

*Vinyl (and Transfer Tape) or Pre-Made Craft Stencil (I used Design ID #30207 in the Silhouette Store)

My Supplies:  Transfer Tape, Vinyl Stencil, Acrylic Paint, Foam Brush, Blank Door Mat

I wanted something simple and bright to welcome our guests so I made a stencil with the word hello in a summery aqua shade.  First, you will adhere your stencil to the mat.  It is a little tricky to get the vinyl fully adhered to the mat so I did use a blowdryer to lightly melt the vinyl on the edges.

Applied Stencil
My Applied Stencil, I Used a Blowdryer to Really Adhere It!

Next, you will just paint your design.  I recommend a foam brush and to “dab” the paint on.  If you brush it on you will most likely get paint leaking under the stencil.  You will dab on several coats (3-4) until the stencil is fully colored without the mat color showing through.  Once dry, carefully peel up your stencil and you are finished.  This is so simple and a great way to personalize your front entry!

In Progress
Be Sure To Dab Your Paint On and Not “Brush” It On!
Finished Mat
My Finished Mat!