Christmas Gifts with Riley Blake Sparkle

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It’s that time of year to do ALL the gift sewing.  I sat down with my oldest daughter and we had a little sewing afternoon and whipped up some cute, quick presents using FREE patterns from some of our favorite designers.  This fabric from Riley Blake Designs was perfect for accessories that will match everything!

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We used a Swiss Dot on Black Gold Sparkle from Riley Blake.  This fabric would make a darling dress, skirt, pillows, or quilt… there are loads of possibilities!  I love the classic dots and the sparkle of the gold.  There’s just something about a good black and gold combination!

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Our first project was one that has been all over the sewing community since it debuted last year- a hidden pocket infinity scarf.  We followed this tutorial from Patterns for Pirates.  It was easy to follow and so fun!  That hidden pocket is perfect for holding your cell phone, keys, mints, etc. and is such a genius idea.

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She plans on gifting this one to her favorite teacher with a gift card snuck inside the pocket.  I think we’ll have to make a few more for teachers, neighbors, and friends.

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We turned to Made for Mermaids for our other two projects.  Both M4M and P4P do a fun 12 Days of Christmas each year and offer free patterns and projects.  I don’t know how they continue to come up with them year after year but I always look forward to them.

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My girls still love a good simple bow so we just had to make the new Hadley Hand-Tied Bow.  We did the largest size and I think it works great for tweens and teens.  I’m glad they even included a little tutorial on how to tie it up just right.

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We also sewed up the Bow Scrunchie pattern.   My daughter has made dozens of scrunchies and I love the bow addition on this one.  She was easily able to sew up both of these hair accessories (I manned the iron while she sewed!).  I love seeing her sewing confidence grow with each project!

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We had to throw in a Flower Market version with the little scraps we had leftover from this jacket.  These hair things are perfect for all those precious scraps!  She’s planning to gift these to her little sis which is fantastic because that means they’ll stay in the family and I can steal them!

Are you sewing handmade gifts this year?  Do you wait until the last minute or are you already done with your crafting?  I usually think I’m done and then like to cram in some last-minute gift sewing in the final days before Christmas.  Doesn’t that make me a true sewist?!

Riley Blake Flower Market

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The Flower Market line from Riley Blake is full of all my favorite types of prints.  Bold florals, geometrics, dots, and ginghams in all of my most loved colors too!  I knew my Payton would love this line and boy, was I right!

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She fell hard for the main print on black and I got to pick a couple of coordinates to go with it.  I used the Folk Pink as the lining and my go-to knit 1/2″ black and white stripes for the hood and bands.  I can never get enough of the black and white stripes- so classic and the perfect coordinate for EVERYTHING!

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For this project, I was really looking to branch out.  I love using Riley Blake cotton for dresses, skirts, and pajamas but knew I could push them further.  When I sewed up the Senpai Jacket last month I really wanted to try it in wovens.  This bold, fun print was perfect for giving it a go.

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It is recommended to use knit for the hood, bands, and lining.  I used quilting cotton for the lining bodice and the striped knit for the lining sleeves without any issues.  I omitted the welt pockets and used inseam pockets from another pattern.  For some reason, this girly has a hard time finding her inseam pockets though.  It’s quite hilarious watching her find them every time.  Welt pockets might be good for this silly girl!

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I really love this pattern and so does she!  I like the boxy, slightly cropped fit. It has a neckband option as well if you’d prefer it without a hood.  She has asked for another one that she can add patches to.  I think it will be my go-to jacket for my younger kids.

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The snap front also makes it a fairly quick sew.  I did struggle with one step- sewing the sleeve cuffs to the main and lining arms.  The instructions don’t have the seam hidden in between the layers and I really wanted to figure out the clean finish.  After unpicking multiple times, I gave up and did it per the tutorial.  Do you know the magic way?  If done correctly this pattern could be reversible.  I love that idea!

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I absolutely adore this fabric line and think it will make the most beautiful things.  Little baby quilts, bedding, dresses, ugh!  It all would be adorable!

One Thimble Issue 22 Blog Tour

xanadu1 One Thimble magazine has just released issue 22!  How exciting is that!  I’m here to show-off the Xanadu Bodysuit by Duchess and Hare, one of five pdf patterns included in the issue. xanadu6 I knew this pattern would be perfect for my little dancer.  I was planning on a full leotard but she begged for a crop top version for hip hop class.  She fell in love with these sets at her dance competitions this spring but me being the ‘mean mom’ wouldn’t let her get one.  I knew I could make a set that would fit her long proportions for a fraction of the cost.  So it was about time I lived up to that promise! xanadu4 I sewed up a size 8 with added length according to her measurements.  I added about 2 inches to the short sleeve length as well.  It was a very straightforward sew and was super quick.  I did get a little confused at the band finishing and just sewed them on like bands instead of binding.  I think in the future I would actually make them wider and slightly smaller to help the crop top bottom not crawl up as much and stay in place. xanadu3 I paired the top with Thread Faction #131 Drop Crotch Pants that were part of Issue 21.  That big front pocket had her giggling when she discovered it!  I love that they’re loose but not ginormous.  I sewed up a size 9 width with a 12 length but still ended up having to take in the waist a bit after these pics were taken.  These were such a fun sew and I think she’ll request more of these.  They’re comfy and oh so cute! xanadu8 The fabrics for this outfit all came from CaliFabrics.  I think they have the biggest selection of Liverpool around and it was fun picking out a few to mix and match.  Since her inspiration outfits were made out of Liverpool I wanted to get as close as we could to recreating them.  These fabrics were perfect!  I love to sew Liverpool.  It’s sturdy but not too thick and doesn’t curl when sewing.  It’s soft and almost squishy like scuba making it super comfy. xanadu9 The finishing touch was this cool embroidered floral that I had in my stash from a previous project.  It tied the top together with the bold floral of the pants and really took it to another level.  I’m pretty sure it took longer to sew on this applique than it did to sew up the whole top.  Totally worth every minute! xanadu7xanadu5xanadu10

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SLPco Holiday Blog Tour 2019

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The SLPco Holiday Blog Tour has turned into one of my favorite traditions each year!  This is our third year joining the fun (you can see our past looks here and here).   It always pushes me to get our holiday dresses done a little earlier and my girls get to wear them through the whole season and beyond.

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This post is sponsored by SLPco, Sly Fox Fabrics, and Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I’m so grateful for their generosity in helping make these looks a reality.

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These looks started with this amazing scuba knit from Sly Fox.  The floral is flocked onto the most vibrant red scuba knit.  I’ve always loved scuba for it’s thick, soft and squishy texture.  Throw on the velvety goodness of the floral print and I’m smitten!  This fabric was destined to be a holiday dress and so perfect for this spitfire.

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I turned to a tried and true pattern- the Adelyn.  I’ve lost count of how many of these I’ve made.  That big bow back just makes such a statement!

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The pretty puff sleeves and twirly circle skirt are details this girly loves!  I love how quickly it comes together.  The bodice is lined (I used a cotton lycra to reduce bulk) and there are no closures.  I skipped hemming on the skirt (I couldn’t get the scuba to give me a crisp press and I’m always game for anything that makes my life easier, lol).  I did an 8 with a 12 length on the skirt according to her measurements and think the fit is spot on.  I can always count on SLPco to fit just right!

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My older daughter wanted something a little more sophisticated.  We used a classic black velvet from Raspberry Creek Fabrics to create a timeless look.  I used Autumn’s Shift Dress with the shoulder ruffles for a simple dress with so much class.

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She’s off the charts for height now but this pattern was easy to add length to.  I did the bodice lined version to skip the neckband.  This is the 3/4 sleeve length as well.

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It was so fun to get together with Inara and her mom for this shoot.  Anna shot all of these group pics and I’m dying over how cute they are!  These girls love any chance they get to see darling Inara.

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Personalized Christmas Jammies with Cricut Maker, EasyPress 2, and EasyPress Mini

 

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How many of you have the tradition of fresh new pajamas for Christmas morning?  It was a tradition in my home growing up and one that I’ve loved carrying on with my own kids.  Some years we all sport matching sets, sometimes they’re a mix of store-bought and handmade, and sometimes the littles get cozy footie pajamas while the rest of us are happy with new flannel pj pants.  This year I’m excited to be ahead of the game and my kids are thrilled with their new jammies that match their personalities to a tee.  This post is sponsored by both Cricut and Raspberry Creek Fabrics to really bring their visions to life.

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We broke out all things Cricut for this post and I can’t wait to share all about them.  We used the new Infusible Ink products, some fun Iron-On Designs, Everyday Iron-On with my Cricut Maker, EasyPress 2, and EasyPress Mini.  Having the right products and materials made it so easy to create looks that this crew really loves.

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The first thing we did was head to Raspberry Creek to pick their fabric.  My younger three are all about the CLUB fabrics.  I try to keep them in CLUB pajamas for every season.  The CLUB fabric bases are so soft and comfortable and are their absolute favorites.  I loved that they immediately found prints they loved and that they went for three different base fabrics- the famous cotton lycra, double brushed polyester, and the new sweatshirt fleece.  My big boys wanted flannel bottoms and you can’t go wrong with any of the Robert Kaufman flannels in the shop.  They are so soft and fluffy and wash up better and softer with each wash.  I have a pair from many years ago that still look brand new even after constant washing during the colder months.

With their fabrics picked, we found the perfect matches for their personalized tops.  My big boys wanted simple designs so we tried out a couple of Infusible Ink papers.  My oldest daughter loves buffalo plaid and we just had to do the matching Infusible Ink.  My spunky younger daughter fell for the perfect Iron-On Design and my little man went with easy Everyday Iron-On.

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My littlest was very insistent he needed this adorable Christmas Cactus print for his pj’s.  He sat on my lap and scrolled through DesignSpace with me and just cracked up at this design he picked.  Boy, does it suit him!  He’s sweet to the bone but his curiosity can get the best of him.  We used Kelly Green Everyday Iron-On for a simple tee that we both love!  I used the Titchy Threads Rowan tee for his top and Sew A Little Seam (free) Movie Night Pj’s for his bottoms.

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This little miss loved this bright and fun Iron-On Design.  I let her cut it all out and place it on her tee how she wanted.  We used our favorite raglan pattern, Hey June’s Camden, and leggings pattern, Love Notions free Leggins’ to create an easy set.  I wouldn’t be surprised if these pieces made their way into her everyday wardrobe too.  This striped double brushed polyester is one of my favorites from the fall collection and I can always count on my go-to mustard dots to coordinate with just about everything.

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It’s no surprise that this daughter of mine picked something I totally want for myself!  I would live in those cozy fleece joggers!  We used this buffalo plaid sweatshirt fleece for a pair of Made for Mermaids Lexi and Lou Loungers (with added elastic in the waist) that I’m sure she’ll wear every chance she gets.  How fun is it that this Infusible Ink matches so good?!! Perfection!  She picked this darling deer head from DesignSpace for a look that is so on trend.  We used a Cricut blank tee as the base and we were both in awe as we watched the Infusible Ink melt into it.  It was shocking to see how bright and smooth it came out!  We were both mesmerized by it and are already planning more projects with it so we can see the magic again.

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This kid is the ultimate sports fan.  His room is decorated floor to ceiling with all things Broncos, Jazz, Yankees, and soccer.  It was no surprise he wanted a simple Utah Jazz note on his tee.  We used Infusible Ink and a Cricut blank tee paired with his cozy Patterns for Pirates Walk the Plank pj pants (another free pattern!).

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My oldest is a senior this year and spends all his free time playing soccer.  We found this cool silhouette in Design Space that looks soooo much like him- it was perfect!  I added his school name and graduation year to really personalize it.  He also got a pair of Walk the Plank bottoms.

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For the front designs, I used my big EasyPress 2.  I love the even, smooth results I get every time!  I couldn’t live without my EasyPress!  I was so excited to get the EasyPress Mini.  I used iron-on size tags in almost all our handmades (it makes hand-me-downs easier and also helps my kiddos find the back, lol!).  The EasyPress Mini is going to live in my sewing space and makes adding those little tags so.dang.easy.  It heats up fast and is the perfect size to get in the neckline.  My mind was blown!

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A HUGE thank you to Cricut and Raspberry Creek Fabrics for providing all the supplies for this post.  I love that we were able to spend time together creating the perfect jammies for each of my kiddos.  The memories of that day are just as special as the pj’s!  That’s what the holidays are all about!

Quick and Cute Mime Costume

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Who else loves a great last-minute Halloween costume idea?  This costume came together quickly and I bet you have most of the components in your closet and dress-up bin.

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I had to giggle when this chatty girl wanted to be a mime this Halloween.  She’s ever the performer and has been ‘practicing’ her silence for a couple of weeks in preparation.  The whole family is loving it, lol!  We snapped these pictures on her way to dance (yep, it was snowing brrrrr!).  Upon picking her up, she said her dance team LOVED her costume and insisted she stay in character all night.  I’m thinking her school teacher might appreciate her commitment to her costume as well!

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For this look, she is wearing an Ocotillo Leotard in Riley Blake knit and suspenders from this shoot paired with black pants.  We picked up the scarf, gloves, and beret at the costume store and I was surprised we didn’t already have them in our own dress-up bin.  I think they’ll come in handy in the future and will work for so many other simple costumes.

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We went with simple make-up.  I am definitely not a make-up artist.  I need some You-Tube lessons stat!  Luckily, she’s not picky and the teardrops and red lips were perfect for her.

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I’m secretly jumping for joy that my girls picked striped costumes.  That’s my girls!

 

 

Easy Halloween Costume featuring Riley Blake Stripes

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Halloween around these parts is pretty low-key.  I’m not the mom that loves to spend hours creating masterpieces.  I adore seeing other amazing handmade costumes but for me, I’m all about keeping things simple.  My little man wanted to be Captain America this year and I almost danced to the register to spring the $20 on a store-bought costume- done and done!  When Sophie said she wanted to be Wenda from the Where’s Waldo books we love, I was all on board.  I knew I could whip up a tee and beanie in no time.  My kinda costume!

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I reached out to Riley Blake and they generously sent over these perfect red and white stripes.  After searching the net for the perfect fabric I was happy to see that Riley Blake’s stripes were the best match for what we needed.  It’s a bonus that they’re soft and comfy too!

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I used the Love Notions Girl’s Classic Tee (affiliate link) for a simple silhouette that fits Wenda’s style.  Throw in the free Patterns for Pirates Slouchy Beanie with a couple of mods and Wenda is complete.  I added length to the beanie and lined it so she could flip up the bottom and made a pom-pom for the finishing touch.

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I love that she can wear this costume to school and be comfortable and not too flashy.  Perfect for a middle schooler!  What are your favorite quick costumes?  I’ve got one more to share this year that the whole family is loving!