I'm now making my way through RightStart Level A for the third time and FINALLY got around to making the Sandpaper Number Cards from the games book! I have found that ALL my children really struggle with getting their numbers around the right way and I've read that kids greatly benefit from tracing the number… Continue reading How to Make Tactile Numbers for RightStart Math
Peony Patterns Daffodil & Wattle Mash Tutorial
It's time for another pattern mash! I've been seeing a lot of puff sleeves lately, and thought it would be cute to use the Peony Patterns Daffodil and Wattle to create this effect. I needed to sew up this beautiful organic cotton lycra plaid and ribbing from Wolf & Rabbit Fabrics and thought it would… Continue reading Peony Patterns Daffodil & Wattle Mash Tutorial
Tutorial: How to Sew Super Sharp Corners
I do love a sharp corner! Being able to turn a nice sharp corner on a pocket or collar can certainly make a difference to the overall look of a garment. Traditionally, this is done by trimming the corner diagonally and then turning. But the downside of this method is it can actually weaken the… Continue reading Tutorial: How to Sew Super Sharp Corners
Duchess & Hare Loosey Goosey Dress Release & Rolled Hem Tutorial
After a bit of a co-vid induced sewing slump I'm again sewing all the things! Case in point: I've participated in three pattern tests in the last three weeks and starting today I'll be sharing the first of my projects with you! Whenever there's a Duchess and Hare test, I try to jump on it… Continue reading Duchess & Hare Loosey Goosey Dress Release & Rolled Hem Tutorial
How to Add a Side Stripe to a Rashguard
As part of the Raspberry Creek Fabrics Blog Tour, I shared the Boo! Designs Swimmers Rash Guard with a side stripe running along the sleeve and side. I thought I'd write a separate post with instructions on how I did it!
How to Add a Flounce to Jalie Crop Top
As part of the Raspberry Creek Fabrics Blog Tour, I shared my take on the Jalie Crop Top. I thought I'd write a separate post with instructions on making the flounce! First up, I found this blog post from The Shapes of Fabric with instructions on working out the size of the flounce. I measured… Continue reading How to Add a Flounce to Jalie Crop Top
Harry Potter Inspired Vanja Sweater (and how to hide your lining seams!)
I’m so excited that my kids are starting to read the Harry Potter books! While I have the series in a combo of paperback and hardcover - and some British, some Australian, and some US editions - we’ve been borrowing the e-audiobooks from the library and listening to them instead. And of course, one of the best outcomes from getting my kids into HP, is that my daughter picked out this HP inspired fabric from the current pre-order round at MK*Designs!
Mouse House Creations Lulah Market Skirt & Flutter Tank Release
Wow! It has been a LOOOOONG time since something new has come from Mouse House Creations! I'm so glad she's jumped back in with two new patterns: the Lulah Market Skirt and Lulah Flutter Tank. They are SO cute together and both are very easy sews!
How I plan a sewing project in Photoshop
Have you ever stared at a pattern and a fabric collection and struggled with visualizing how it will come together? Often when I'm planning out a "strike off" project with custom fabric, I do quick draft in Photoshop first. I use Photoshop because I've owned it for years, but there are some free or cheap… Continue reading How I plan a sewing project in Photoshop
ModKid Shelby Dress Release (and: how to sew lace sleeves)
I recently stumbled upon a tester call for the new ModKid Shelby - I thought my 7 year old would adore it (and it would force me to finally try a ModKid pattern!), so I signed up -- and ended up testing for my 3 year old instead! Continued...