Apron in an hour!

Need a hostess gift or a little something to perk up your time baking cookies?  This tutorial for an apron in an hour is fun and quite easy.  She’s done a wonderful job explaining each step!

Here is one I whipped up the other day from these new fabrics in the shop from the Bella by designer Lotta Jansdotter.

All you need it one fat quarter, for the body of the apron and one half yard for the waistband, hem and ties.

My favorite part about this apron is the extra long ties.  The can be simply wrapped like above or with a fancy bow!

You can make one too!  As the Jona Giammalva’s blog states…Stop Staring and Start Sewing!  Brilliant!

Happy holidays and happy sewing,


Crayon Caddies!

Happy Holidays all!
About this time of year I like to whip up a bunch of these crayon caddies for my daughters friends.  She loves to pick the fabrics and the past couple of years she was able to help with the sewing which makes it more fun for us both!  There are a gazillion tutorials out there.  Here is how I make mine.
You will need:
Two coordinating fabrics cut 10 inches by 12 inches.  (I found mine here by my fabric designer crush, Monaluna.)
Put your two cut pieces right sides together, pin and sew up two shorts sides and one of the long sides. (Usually prints that can go any direction are best.)  Clip the corners where you have sewn to make it lay flat when you turn it.  Turn inside out and poke those little corners.  I use my super fancy rouge chop stick, everyone should have one!  Press.  On the open side fold it in about a half an inch.  I eye ball this because children are not all that concerned about the evenness.  However, if you would like, you can use the disappearing ink pen and mark a straight line to make sure it is even before folding in.  Press.
Open side to the right (or to the left if you made it all upside down… which I have done TOO many times to mention) fold over the bottom about 3-3.5 inches to create the pocket.  Slip the ribbon, folded over, into the open side and pin.  Sew both long sides up.
Now mark the outside of the flap in one inch intervals with your ruler and disappearing ink pen.
Sew those up and you are all DONE!  Should take about 30 minutes or so.
Darling stocking stuffers or class gifts for preschoolers. Birthday party favors are another favorite for these! Perfect for all those little scraps hanging around! Can be made for markers, pencils, etc.  Once you make one you can adjust it as needed.
My daughter is not satisfied with just six color choices so I make her bigger ones.  Just cut your fabrics 10 inches by 20 inches, sew up TWO long sides and one short side with the right sides together and mark the crayon pocket lines with the pen at 1.5 inches instead.
You can do that for sure!  Easy Peasy!
Happy sewing!

DIY Pajama Pants

Part of what I want to do with the blog is to share projects and hopefully inspire you to get creative.  You can make these too! Try these little jammies pants!

Easy for a beginner and a quick fun project for the experienced.

ANYONE who has children knows one day clothing fit and the next day they magically do not!  Amazing!  For me, the combination of a leggy six-year-old along with the hurricane rains blowing outside inspired a little sewing therapy here!  In this case it was to replenish the EVER shrinking supply of pajamas around here.  Image

There are a TON of pajama pant tutorials on the Internet and Pinterest.  Here is one that is the closest to what I did but I did elastic for the waistband.  Easy-peasy.

It’s a quick and satisfying project for the time crunched crafter (aka mommy).  I made a pair in about a half hour or so.  Of course, I can’t just make one so I made four instead. (Pictures of the others coming soon)
How cute would it be to make matching/coordinating Jammie’s for Christmas morning?   Or for gifts!  I even made a little cloud pillow out of left overs of one of the fabrics for a bed time snuggle.
Fabrics from the pajamas I made can be found here and here. Or pick your own here.
Have fun and get creative since they are Jammies be brave!
Happy sewing.
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