Dressing Dolly, a wardrobe starts

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Those of you who have followed us for a while know that we mostly sew and design children’s clothing.  We like things that are easy to wash and wear,  designs that are classic but with a twist that makes them look like today.  Sometimes we are presented with an opportunity to do something a little […]

Pattern Hack: Izzy with Long Sleeves

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Climbing the Willow has a free pattern,  The Izzy has been all over the Facebook sewing pages.  I am sure that almost every mom sewing for a little girl has made at least one.  Well we have made several.  You can see our examples HERE.  In case you have not seen it, the Izzy is a […]

Free Pattern and Tutorial: Library Bag

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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 […]

KCW: Grandma’s Recap

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Kid’s Clothes Week was last week and I was happy to sew for the kids too.  My pile of things to upcycle is not very large, however my fabric stash and  pattern stash continues to grow.  So my resolution, to sew through both of those stashes. My first project was the LIV skirt, a free […]

Free Pattern and Tutorial: Tie It Up Cardi

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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 […]

Pattern Hack: Stitchwerx Raglan Tee & Tunic

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The Christmas decorations are all put away and the New Year’s resolutions have been made.  It is time to knuckle down into the depths of winter.  At least here in the midwest US.  Temps are in the sub-zero range (fahrenheit) and what better time to sit down at the sewing machine.  Last year for Valentine’s […]

Handmade Christmas Wrapping

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I am sure that we have spent a small fortune in Christmas wrapping paper over the years.  I grew up in a family of six children and Santa never wrapped anything.  I am sure by the time my parents bought gifts for all of us the last thing they had dollars for was wrapping paper.  I […]

Sweet Christmas Eve

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Christmas Eve and the tree is trimmed.  The kids are excited for Santa and all snug in their new jammies.  This is the final day of Ruffled PJ Tour. We hope that you have enjoyed seeing all the different variations. Remember that you can pick up your copy of the pattern today until midnight for […]

Jolly Old St Nicholas!

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We have a tradition in our family of hanging stockings out for St Nicholas Day.  Stockings are hung on St Nick’s Eve, December 5 and then during the night the stockings are filled with goodies.  Candy, fruit and usually a small toy or two makes for happy littles in the morning.   The feast of St Nicholas […]

Quick Christmas Coasters and Template

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At this time of the year it is not uncommon to get a quick invite to see a friend or maybe a cousin that we have not seen in a while.  It’s always nice to have something on hand that you can use for a hostess gift.  There are any number of quick gifts out […]