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Women's Dress to Girl's Skirt Refashion Tutorial Continue reading...

Women’s Dress to Girls’ Skirt Refashion Tutorial

I love living in the country. Except for my kids, it is nice and quiet. We have a little farmette with lots of animals and the kids have plenty of space to play outside. We are pretty much in the middle of nowhere. The downside to this is that there aren’t very many places to shop for fabric, especially apparel fabrics. We do, however, have a really big thrift store nearby, so I often get creative…

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Free pattern for a doll dress to fit 14-inch Disney dolls! Continue reading...

Merida Doll Dress Pattern and Tutorial

At our recent trip to the thrift store to get bunny ears, we also picked up a few other things. One of them was a Merida doll. My 3yo LOVES that movie! (Honestly, I have never even seen the whole thing. If the kids are glued to the TV, I am busy getting something done. Like sewing.) Normally, I would not buy a doll with curly hair, but it was only $1.50 and in great…

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DIY neck warmer teacher gift with free printable gift tags! Continue reading...

Neck Warmer Rice Bag Tutorial with Teacher Gift Tags

I had a very busy end to the school year! I was asked at the last minute to fill in for a teacher who was having a baby. The last few weeks of school are a very busy time filled with lots of activities. The first week, I went on a total of three field trips (two with my own children and one with my substitute class). The second week, we traveled to the middle…

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Scrapbook Paper Picture Frame Tutorial

April is generally the craft month for our MOPS group. We wanted to come up with something that every mom could use… picture frames! At the March meeting we set up a photo booth with two background choices: an aqua sheet thumbtacked to the divider with THIS pink and yellow bunting or a navy sheet thumbtacked to the divider with some yellow stars that are part of our “Starry Eyed” meeting decor. They were simple,…

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Step-by-step tutorial shows how to make hand warmers from old sweaters. Continue reading...

Upcycled Sweater Heart Hand Warmers Tutorial

Sometimes I get these overly ambitious ideas and that is as far as they go. Just big ideas. Sometimes, a year or so later, I actually act on them. And, more often than not, it was a lot easier than I anticipated. This particular big idea: I wanted to make hand warmers from sweater scraps. I made some sweater pillows (some are still not finished, so I will blog about them eventually) and I have…

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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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Easy Ribbon Wands

I thought ribbon wands would be a fun craft project for the girls and a nice addition to the little “photo shoot” we do with their new mama-made dresses each year. The girls had fun playing with them and even got to choose ribbon from my stash to coordinate with their dresses. These took just a few minutes to make! Here is how we made them: Cut dowels into three pieces- each 12″ long. Sand…

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Men’s Dress Shirt to Girls’ Vintage Style Dress

Ever since THESE dresses, I just can’t seem to get over that whole retro, vintage style. I love the 1940s/1950s era of fashion! I wanted to do a “shirt dress” style, but decided to upcycle/refashion one out of a men’s dress shirt. (There are also a few aqua polka dot details just for fun!) It even has a built in pettiskirt to make the full skirt pouf out. I don’t have a full tutorial for you, but…

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