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Scrappy Square Boys Quilts

This is all very unusual for me. First of all, I actually finished not just one, but two quilts! Second, they are made for boys! I bet you didn’t think I even owned boy fabrics. Well, that just goes to show how old these quilt squares are. Some of them were cut over 10 years ago. These are almost my oldest unfinished quilts, but sadly, not quite. I used to make a lot of pillows…

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Elastic Sleeve Peasant Dress Tutorial

We have made hundreds of peasant style dresses over the years. It can get a little boring to make the exact same style of dress over and over. However, there are many different variations of this dress style! I am going to try to make some peasant dress variations and share tutorials for them on the blog from time to time. You can find my pattern and cutting tutorial for peasant dresses HERE. I also…

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Shoebox Sewing ~ 2-4yo girl

I haven’t done shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child in awhile, but I wanted to do one this year. I only did one, and wanted to really focus on making it a nice gift.  I started out with a doll that had ladybugs on its sleeper and a toy ladybug. From there, I built the “theme” around it. I made a felt ladybug softie. It is fuchsia instead of red, though, to match the doll. We…

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Elastic Waist Doll Dress Pattern

Happy World Doll Day! In honor of this day, I would like to encourage you to use up some of that scrap fabric (I have WAY too much!) and make some doll clothes for organizations that donate dolls to children who could use a little joy in their lives. Here are some that I have found: The Broken Doll– restores dolls and gives them to girls in foster care and hospitals Broken Dolls Healing Hearts–…

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Peasant Dresses for Charity- Choosing Fabric

Yesterday I shared how we cut out peasant dresses quickly and efficiently, and I probably should have done this first, but I want to backtrack a bit and talk about how to choose fabric for these dresses. First, a bit about fabric… 100% cotton works best. It is durable and will hold up to a lot of wear and tear. We usually hit up Joann’s red dot clearance sales when they have 50% off the clearance…

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