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Puffy Sleeve, A-Line Easter Dress

My 5yo wanted “puffy sleeves” (I wasn’t thrilled with that- I don’t like sleeves!) and a “straight” skirt. I traced one of her T-shirts to get the bodice pattern, but made the waist fairy high. Then I cut the skirt to be an A-line style. The sleeves were a little trickier, but they turned out really, really well! I used the same technique as found here. I prefer invisible zippers and I used a sash…

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Ruffle Tank Easter Dress

For the Easter dresses this year, I wanted to: use things I already had, if possible skip the commercial pattern thing let the girls have a say in what style they wanted I had one yard pieces of cotton quilting fabric in pretty calicos that I made work for the younger girls, but I had to buy some for the oldest one. All these addicting blogs gave me the confidence to “wing it” with the…

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Butterfly Quilts

I try to make quilts for my new nieces and nephews when they are born. For my niece, Eden, I made this beautiful butterfly quilt, and I used some extra blocks to make a doll-sized version for her older sister, Anna, too. I used only fabrics I had on hand- I didn’t have to buy anything, so it was some major stash-busting! I even used up extra binding that I over-cut from the last quilt…

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My Buttercup Bag, Modified

As promised, I am showing you all my modified Buttercup Bag. I got this LOVELY fabric like I used in my sister-in-law’s purse for Christmas (I just reversed the outside and lining for mine). After making one for my daughter as a trial run, I realized the original pattern was too small for me, so I made mine a bit bigger (still a bit too small for me, but I am trying to size down…

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Kelsey’s Quilt

I don’t believe I have ever shown off one of my quilts on my blog, but I am also a quilter! (Actually, I learned to sew quilts before anything else.) After a really tough Spring semester my sophomore year of college, I sold back all the books I could find from the first two years, went straight to Walmart, and bought the only sewing machine I could afford. That summer, I taught myself to quilt.I…

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Buttercup Bag

I am trying to use up fabric quickly. I have to move all of my sewing stuff and fabrics to another room before Baby #5 comes! Then my husband will see just how much stash I have crammed into that sewing table, there! EEK!I saw the Buttercup Bag sewing pattern (Free! YAY!) and wanted to make one for myself. However, I need it a little bigger than that, so I enlarged the pattern. But, before…

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Play Pea Pods Tutorial

As pomised yesterday, here is my new tutorial on the play pea pods I made with the girls.I used some old green fleece (felt would have been better but I didn’t have any green), beads from a broken, gaudy, old Avon necklace, and some green ribbon. First I made a pattern on an old index card and traced it on the fleece- this was cheapy, one-sided fleece, so I used the non-fleecy side. I folded…

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Easter Sewing Part 4

My skirt is the last in the series… I wanted and A-line, and I loved the contrast of plain white against the fabric in the other skirts, so I wanted to trim with white. I used a pattern, sort of- because I made it myself! I took a skirt I already have and took the measurements of the bottom width and the length of the skirt and my waist. Then I took a piece of…

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Easter Sewing Part 3

For my youngest daughter, I wanted to make a dress instead. She is little, so I had enough material. I tried to make a pillowcase dress from this tutorial, but it was too big and because the material is stiffer than regular cotton, when I tightened the ribbons to make it fit it was then too short. I fixed the shortness by adding a ruffle on the bottom from the white cotton. I took a…

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Easter Sewing Part 2

For the next skirt in my Easter sewing series- I went totally without pattern! I decided I wanted to make this one a longer style with a wide white waistband along the top and a ribbon bow accent. I made another rectangle measuring 18” by the fabric width- 60”and sewed it into a tube. Again, I overlocked the edges and hemmed the bottom. Then I made a wide, white waistband by taking a 30” by…

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