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Finish-A-Long Goals Q1

I have been proudly showing off all of the things I have actually finished lately, but for each one, there is probably 2 things that are unfinished and 10 things in the grand ideas stage. That is how it is for me in this stage of life. One day I will have lots of time to sew, but that day is not today. However, there are some things that my girls are waiting on, and…

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Shirt and Suspender Memory Pillow Covers

I was asked to make these special pillow covers in memory of the recipients’ loved one who had recently passed away. He was known for wearing these button down shirts and patriotic suspenders. They were fairly easy to make. I had to iron all of the shirts really well, then slip my rotary cutting mat inside the shirt. Being careful of the placement of the buttons and pocket, I cut out a 16 1/2″square. I…

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Winter Quiet Book

I made a quiet book for my youngest daughter sometime late last winter. Just because. I originally planned to make one for each season, but that hasn’t happened. 🙂 It is much smaller than the other quiet books I have made because I wasn’t going into as much detail. You can see my other quiet books HERE. It is totally doable to whip up a quiet book before Christmas if you are still looking for…

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Vintage Sewing Machine Mini Quilt

When I made Grace’s quiet book sewing machine page a friend of mine joked that she would take a wall hanging like that, so I made one for her as a surprise. I added some hand embroidery on the “table” below the machine. It says: Good friends are like quilts- they age with you and never lose their warmth. I even tricked her into choosing the saying. Heehee! The background is leftover from Halley’s retro…

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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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Wave Fabric T Shirt Dress

When I was making Easter dresses this year, I started to run out of ambition. I ended up making a cheater dress for the youngest. She can’t voice her opinion yet and my best friend reminded me that there are no others to pass it down to later, so it would get less wear than the other dresses. I liked that logic. It is just a simple T shirt dress. I got a basic Garanimals…

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The Poofy Dress

So, it is November and I still have not finished blogging about the girls’ Easter dresses. The thing about the navy and white theme this year is that they are so versatile. It just looks classy for any season. This dress turned out so beautiful and – even if the pictures don’t show it by her refusal to smile – she loves it! I made a sparkly satin bodice (remnant from Joann’s) using The Party…

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Lace Overlay High Low Dress

I should be getting ready for Halloween, but I am procrastinating. Instead, I am backtracking and blogging about another Easter dress. This was one of the dresses that was completely dictated by my daughter’s preferences. It also ended up costing me nothing to make! So, we both won. The navy lining, made from another layer of my old bridesmaid dress, stops above her knees and the high-low lace overlay is much longer. It is a…

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DIY Fleece Peacock Tutu Costume

Two years ago, our family went trick-or-treating as the Ninja Turtles. Last year, my son decided he was too old (actually he decided that before but we forced him/bribed him with the baby’s share of candy). So, everyone got to choose their own costume again. No theme. I chose for the youngest. I really, really, REALLY wanted to make a peacock tutu costume. I just love the colors and thought it would be pretty. However,…

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