Free Pattern and Tutorial: Library Bag

Books have always been very important in our home.  Nighttime ritual included stories before bed.   Our kids spent a fair amount of time in libraries both at school and in the community.  The day care we used was very close to the library and one day a week during the summer break they would line the children up and walk them over.

Now our grandchildren are going to the library.  The moms or dads take the littles to story time when they are young and as they get older, they are choosing their own books.  Sometimes I have a hard time imagining how all those books ever get back.  How do you keep track of library books?  The kids have books that they own as well and they just get all jumbled together throughout the week.  As they kids get older they like to be in charge of their own books.  I have designed a library tote so that the kids can carry their own books all together in one place and maybe even keep better track of them.complete

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KCW Recap: The Bimaa

This week we are going to show off what we sewed during last week’s Kid’s Clothes week. The theme was Upcycled.  For my first project I used a mint sweater that had been well loved and was way past washing the spots out off, and a peach colored knit from my stash.

My second goal was to use patterns from my stash. Enter the Bimaa. This sweater has been on my to sew list f-o-r-e-v-e-r.

Bimaa- PDF patternShe likes it! The Bimma comes with three different neck options. A hoodie, cowl, and shawl. I sewed up the cowl option.  I was a little worried she would protest as this is a new style on her. After initial confusion over what the heck this cowl was – she wore it happily.

It was a very fast sew, and I had the impulse to sew several more immediately once I finished this one.

Bimaa- PDF pattern

I used the mint as the bottom, underside, of the cowl. That way when she moves you see a peek of the accent fabric. Overall I’m very happy with the effect.

I sewed up a 4. Normally she is a 3, occasionally a 4. She is on the edge of a 5 in this pattern. I upsized because I had read so many reviews mentioning that the pattern was a very slim fit. I’m going to heartily agree.

Bimaa- PDF patternPattern: Bimma by LouBee Clothing

Fabric: Mint Upcycled Sweater, Peach Knit- Girl Charlee

I bought some new Seamless paper in pink and gray for my pictures. (affiliate) The kids found it terribly entertaining and wanted to stage their own photo shoot. She’s carefully listening to instructions.



Free Pattern and Tutorial: Tie It Up Cardi

This has been another crazy winter.  Sometimes the sun  comes out and we hit the 35-40 F degree mark.  Other times we don’t see the sun for days on end and it snows or is just cloudy and windy.  It is on those days that we need one more layer.  Out of that need we have created a free pattern for you.  It is a size 3, drafted for our petite almost 4 year old.

TIe it up cardi free pattern

It is designed for a soft knit and is a quick sew and will work great over a t-shirt for an extra layer of warmth.  Easy on and off to help accommodate temperature changes.  Made out of knit there will be no fraying of fabric, so there is no need to finish seam allowances.  A favorite design element of ours is present in the unfinished tie.  The knit tie will curl at the neck edge, giving it a slight lettuce look.  Quick, easy and functional.  We find that M loves knits and will choose them first whenever able.  The tie can become a bow or a knot.

The Tie It Up Cardi

Download the Free size 3 PDF HERE.

(You will be directed to our Craftsy shop for Download. The pattern is free, but you will need an account, they are also free. If you open a new account we receive a small affiliate amount- thanks!) 


Main Fabric: 1 yard knit

Contrast: 1/4 yard knit


2 Fronts, 1 Back on fold,  2 Sleeves on fold.  Your fronts will be mirror images.  Cut your fabric with the stretch going around the body.

You will also need a length of contrasting knit 3x the length of your neck edge.  Mine measured 51″ long and 3″ wide.  The stretch will go the long way of your fabric.

You will use a 3/8″ Seam Allowance. 

1. Sew front to back at shoulder seams RST.  Knit fabric will not fray so you do not need to finish your seam allowance.  Press seam allowance open.front to back illustration2. Pin the center of your sleeve to the shoulder seam RST.  Pin the end of your sleeve to the underarm edge and pin and ease until you have the sleeve pinned all the way around.  Ease by gently pulling your sleeve as needed. Do not stretch your armhole. Sew.  Repeat with the other sleeve.  Press your seams open.tie it up sleeve3. Fold your cardi in half and sew from the edge of the sleeve to the hem on both sides.  Press seams open.tie it up side seams4. Turn under 3/8″ on the sleeve and hem.  Stitch hem with a double needle.  If you do not have a double needle you may stitch close to the folded edge and then again 1/4″ from first stitching line.

5. Turn under 3/8″ on both fronts and press.  Stitch front hems with a double needle.  Again, if you don’t have a double needle, you may stitch close to the folded edge and then again 1/4″ from the first stitching line.  You will then turn under and press the bottom edge in the same fashion.  Stitch as before.

6. Attach your tie.  Fold your tie in half.  Mark the center of your tie and match to the center of the cardi.  This next part is easy.  Sandwich the top edge of the cardi inside the folded tie about 1″. The raw edge of your neckline should be sitting against the inside folded edge of your neckband. Pin well to avoid tie

7. Top stitch the neck tie in place sewing from one front edge around the back and ending at the second neck edge.  Your stitching line will be 3/8″ inch in from the raw edge of your neckband. Remember to backstitch and the beginning and end of your stitching lines. Your neck tie will have a raw edge on the front side and the wrong side.  The more you wash and wear this little cardi, the more the edge will curl.tie it up stitching line


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Pattern Review: Rachel Dress by MODKID

I have been aware of ModKid patterns for awhile, but this is the first I have sewn up. I hesitated at first, because I’m sure like many of you I have no short supply of girls’ dress patterns. Did I really need another? But the style enticed me- and I’m a sucker for a knit pattern. Here is my Rachel dress!

titleThis dress was a big win in our house. My little model was smitten immediately. The front ruffle and ruffle hem appeal to my girly girl so much so that she didn’t blink an eye when I used fabrics without so much as a hint of pink and purple. Which did comes as a bit of a welcome reprieve. She has deemed this her zebra dress.

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The knit dress allows for easy movement- a must when chasing balloons. It also means she can dress herself, which is important for a 3 year old who needs to make several wardrobe changes a day. She’s sitting between a 3 and 4 sizing wise. I made her a 3 because the stripe knit is VERY stretchy. The triangle on the other hand is really not. I think it helps stabilize the dress. The only issue I had was the knit with less than the recommend stretch made the neck a little tight over the biggest part of her head- total user error. Luckily she’s cool with giving it an extra tug. Note to self: Follow pattern recommendations.

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I had waited to put the dress together until I had a larger chunk of time, and then planned for more than one sitting to finish up the project. It went together surprisingly fast! The pattern itself taped together very quickly. Taping is my least favorite part so any time saved there is good for me. The directions were clear and very professionally put together. I had a dress together in one sitting, no ripping.

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This dress has already been through 2 wash cycles and survived taco night. Though that did remind me why her wardrobe is light on the white clothes. I see more of these in our future, and I am happy to add it to my pattern box. It is a unique style with easy construction- a double win for those looking for a faster sew.

The Rachel Dress by ModKid is available as part of the Girls’ Bundle Up sale going from January 23- February 3. Make sure to visit all the other bloggers below featuring Bundle patterns this week! Or visit Pattern Revolution to learn more.

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We were given this pattern for free, the opinions are our own.

One last round of Thumbs Up Tee inspiration

Today we are sharing the rest of our great testers Thumbs Up tees. Don’t forget you can still review it to win it through the end of the month! On February 1st we will draw two names to have the cost of their pattern refunded from those who have left reviews. Your chances are still great!

The Thumbs Up tee is a fun everyday knit staple. It runs from from 12 months to 12 yrs, and includes a layer option so you can print just the sizes you want. If you missed our first round up you can see them HERE.

buy nowThe Stripes

Personally I’m a sucker for stripes. We wear a lot of them in our house, seams maybe we aren’t alone…

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The Prints

Boy prints can be fun too! Trains, dinosaurs, pirate dogs, you name it!

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And a good old fashioned colorblock! 

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Big thank you to all of our testers! Remember to drop a review of your new Thumbs Up tee for a chance to win back the cost of the pattern between now and the 31st.

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Happy Sewing,

Rachel and Donna