Girl’s Summer Dresses

One Thimble Issue 19

Summer is heading our way. The trees have gone green and the days warmed up. What better way to celebrate than summer dresses. Something bright and fun.

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Josephine Dress

josephine pdf dress pattern Laela Jeyne patterns

Summertime means light flowy dresses. The Josephine is the perfect fit for a Sunday afternoon.

I always struggle to find the right mix of summer knit dress that gives some shape while also not being so snug I’m left pulling at it and sweating. I think the Josephine achieves that pretty well. While I paired mine with a belt it can easily be worn without and still hold shape at the waistline.

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Video Tutorial: Attaching beaded sequins

how to sew on a beaded sequin

If you’re looking to add a little bit of fun to an outfit or an embroidery piece you’re working on may I suggest a beaded sequin?

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Tutorial: How to sew a lined reusable grocery bag

Fully Lined Grocery Bag Tutorial

I have been a diligent reusable bag user for years, but a recent move closer to the East Coast has made me even more serious about it. In an unexpected cultural shift we found store out here did not use paper bags, and since cheap plastic bags can’t actually hold the weight of anything they were packed with 1-3 items a piece. I’m not exagerrating.

The first full trip to a grocery store yielded dozens of plastics bags- it was the stuff of reusable bag nightmares. So I started adding more bags to my stack to make sure I had them in the car for all of my unplanned (and planned) trips into stores.

Fully Lined Grocery Bag Tutorial

This style of bag is even quicker to whip up if you decide not to line it. I like to have a few vinyl lined bags in my aresonal for frozen items. It keeps the wet contained.

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Tutorial: How to sew a shirred pocket

shirred pocket tutorial

Pockets! Everything is better with a pocket. Today I’m going to share with you how to make a cute shirred pocket. We used it on our lined market bag. You can find the full market bag tutorial here. 

Ready let’s get started!

What you need

A piece of scrap fabric, size depends on your desired pocket size

Elastic thread* (I like Gutterman, but I have also used Dritz) affiliate link

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Mr. and Mrs. Moonface

mr. and mrs. moonface pillows One Thimble 18
It’s One Thimble time! Issue 18 * was released this week. One Thimble an online sewing magazine releases quarterly with an assortment of patterns, sewing articles, and tutorials.

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Springtime Table Runner-Book Review

It is about this time of year, shortly after all the Christmas decorations are put to sleep for another year, that I get really anxious for spring.  Living my entire life in the midwest, I know spring is not going to arrive for quite some time.  So the next best thing is to give the house a little facelift.

I use runners all over my house. I love tables and trunks and use them in every room.  I love to quilt, but there comes a time when you just don’t need another quilt.  Enter table runners.  I can use up stash and finish a small project all at the same time!  BONUS! I went into my stash and pulled some of my favorite leftovers.

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DIY Hanging Towels | Hand Stamped Towels

DIY Hanging Towel | Perk up your kids bathroom with a handstamped towel that they can't toss on the ground every time they use it. Great for kitchens too!

On Monday we ran through how to make your own stamp with a pantry staple in a quick five minutes. If you missed that post check out the potato stamp tutorial here. 

If you are armed and ready with your potato (or any other stamp of your choice) let’s make some cute hanging towels.

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DIY Potato Stamp | How to make your own stamp

DIY Potato Stamp | How to make your own stamp

Valentines is fast approaching and a fun craft was in order. Painting is always a huge hit at our house so we created some custom stamps and got messy.

Since my toddler was going to get first go at the potato stamps while big sister was at school I wrapped our kitchen table in paper. My favorite for this is an IKEA roll.

DIY Potato Stamp | How to make your own stamp from a simple pantry staple. Quick and easy kid's craft valentine.

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Laela Jeyne Wanderlust

Ivy Trouser PDF pattern Laela Jeyne patterns

I’m going to lead with a confession. I think it has been nearly two years since I’ve sewn a functional fly into a pair of pants.

I was really excited to sew up Laela Jeyne’s new Ivy Trousers pattern. Not in small part because my drawer is full of ill-fitting RTW bottoms that I have really been meaning to do something about. I collected my supplies, cut my muslin, proceed to get sewing and then hit the zipper installation.

Have you ever been caught in a wave of theme park excitement bought tickets, stood in line, clicked into a rollercoaster car only to get to the top of the first big drop and remember you are totally terrified of rollercoasters?

Me too.

While it’s probably dramatic to compare zipper installation to dropping hundreds of feet at 60 mph, I was nervous, and since these pants need a functional fly I was also at a point of no return.

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