Add Box Pleats to any plain bodice pattern: Tutorial and pattern

Add box pleats: tutorial and pattern

Last week we shared our Little Tummy Tunic for infants.  Download your free pattern HERE.  It is a very simple straightforward top that lends itself to a number of variations.  I have been having fun with pleats of late and today I am going to show you how to add box pleats to your tunic. […]

Banyan Tee, adding a long sleeve

Adding a long sleeve to a Banyan tee

Figgy’s Banyan Tee is one of those shirts I’ve had in my pattern collection and on the some day sew list for awhile. Blogging friend, Ajaire, posted one awhile back and we started chatting about how I would have to remember next summer to make one finally, then it struck why wait! We’re both sharing […]

Ruffle PJ’s Fleece Style

Fleece Ruffled Pj's

Adapting the Ruffled PJ’s In going to my stash for inspiration, I came across too many yards of fleece.  Were you one if those who stood in line an unreasonable amount of time to get your 50 yards of fleece that was on sale on black Friday?  Well we were.  Thinking I would make all […]

The Top 5 Tutorials of 2013

adding a hood

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a fun night however you chose to celebrate ringing in the new year. Our night was pretty low key, but we’re still in small child holiday recoup mode so that was nice! Popping in to share our top 5 visited tutorials for 2013. If you haven’t checked […]

Fast and Fun Circle Dress

Draft your own raglan circle skirt dress

Begin with the Top A while back Rachel posted the tutorial on how to draft your own Raglan tee.  This shape has become a staple in the kids’ wardrobes.  It is only a slight tweak from a basic tee block.  After you have your tee altered to a Raglan style we are going to add […]

Quick No Sew Memory Ornaments

No Sew Ornament

Since I brought my first destroyer of decorations and home decor home from the hospital I haven’t done a lot of decorating at the holidays. But now that everyone has a tiny bit more impulse control we’ve been taking out more and more things. I do, however, stick to things that are relatively unbreakable. We […]

These pants are too long- cute up kid’s cuffs (tutorial)

Creating cute cuffs for kid's pants

Some times your kid’s pants are just too long. I picked up these jeans for O awhile back. I had washed them before I realized they were really slim fit.  He never got a chance to wear them, but now they are a pretty close fit to M, except they are really long. So instead […]

DIY Heating Pad Cover- Cover the Ugly Easily!

DIY Cover for heating pad from Once Upon a Sewing Machine

I carry all my stress in my back, and for some reason over the winter the knots and aches tend to multiply. I frequently have a heating pad out, and they are ugly, really ugly. Even if you have a cover chances are that is also really ugly. So I decided to cover my mine. […]

Holiday Scrap Buster Project

A scrap buster with template: Fun fast Thanksgiving Project

Scrappy Turkey Thanksgiving is a fun time for us.  We have three children in Minnesota and a son in central Wisconsin, which is about a 2 hour drive from here.  The Minnesota kids are a good 6 hour drive.  I know that is not the end of the world, but with crazy work schedules and […]

Convert a Summer favorite into a Fall Staple

girls long sleeve pattern

You’ve spent the last 4 month stashing summer patterns. What happens now that back to school has hit and the temps will get cooler? How about a quick pattern hack to extend the life of your pattern? I made the cute Rosalie Ruffle summer tee into a long sleeve top in just a few quick […]