Free sewing tutorial for a peasant dress with elastic sleeves. These dresses are perfect for charity sewing projects, nightgowns, or just cute dresses for little girls.Read More
Until halfway through 2015 I was still on a blogging break. I came back so that I could share tutorials and tips for the peasant dresses that we make for charity.
Of course, I made Easter dresses for my girls this year, although photographing and blogging about them was quite delayed. I did some upcycling and kept everything in a navy and white color scheme.
The girls got new dresses for the 4th of July again this year. They were peasant dresses like we make for charity, but with added bows.
In other sewing, I did two quiet books...
My family likes to do some homemade gifts and food is usually a good option because then the guys are happy, too. This year, for a few people, I decided to up my game a bit and do a "Jelly of the Month Club" with 12 assorted jams and jellies.
The ideal game plan was to do them throughout the year and eliminate stress in December. Well, I did half of them and then life happened. Things got busy and jam making was lower on my priorities list. I threw the last 6 together at the last minute, but WOW did my house smell good! They are just the 4oz. jars, because that way, if they didn't like it, there was only a little. I hope that doesn't happen, though.
I love the assortment of colors and textures!I printed out little certificates, tied baker's twine around them, and printed out labels (from HERE).
Here is what I made (recipes linked as available):
Sour Cherry Jam
Orange Marmalade- I didn't really follow this- I zested the peels and didn't leave many of the thicker edges in. I hear they are good for you, but I just didn't want to do it.
Strawberry Lemon Marmalade
Cranberry Orange Pear Jam
Caramel Spice Pear Butter
Apple Pie Jam
Carrot Cake Jam
Because it drives me crazy that the labels weren't lined up in the first picture...
I really love the print on this!!!
I did a decorative stitch around the edge that matched the ferns, but was too lazy to change my presser foot. I spent A LOT of time seam ripping the one full side I sewed before I realized it didn't look right. But, I like to pray for the recipient as I sew/seam-rip, so this little girl got a lot of extra prayers!
I hope that the baby girl who uses it will love it as much as I do!
If you want to make your own, just click on the picture below for the tutorial!
It shouldn't take a tragedy to get my attention.
There is nothing wrong with selling on etsy or blogging. There are lots of people who can do it all with grace and ease. But I am in a season of my life where I am spread too thin and I need to prioritize. It just isn't working for me.
I have decided to close my shop and stop blogging for awhile. I will trust God with the rest because I feel this is what I need to do. I am so thankful for the support that I have been given from so many people over the past 5 years.
Time is precious. It is a gift that is not given to everyone. I want to try to make the most of it.