DIY Superhero Cape!

Superhero cape time!  You can make an easy superhero cape in less than 15 minutes!  My daughter needed to be distracted in a fun way while I needed to care for her baby brother, so we pretend to be superheros who fetch diapers, plastic bags, and bottles for baby brother!  Also, her dolly had to have a super cape too! So I went to the fabric store and found the perfect superhero fabric!  The fabric has a great design and also is very stretchy and does not fray easily.  I also bought double sided bias tape in gold for the outside.  Her dolly also needed a superhero cape so I designed a small one for dolly.

As usual, there is a written and youtube tutorial for this cape.  I only used one side of material but you can easily do two fabrics (this is outlined below). Enjoy!

 

What you need:
1) Fabric (one or 2 different cuts 1/2 yard each)
2) Velcro or your preferred method to connect
around neck
3) Optional: Bias tape and/or monogram

 

You can decide on the best size by either knowing your childs height and how wide you would like it, or you can always look at their clothes! I do outline the length and design in my video and written tutorial.

  1. I made the cape for my 2.5year old but it ended up being very big, big enough my German Shepard dog could wear it!  The sizes I use could most likely fit up to a 4t.  Fold 1/2 yard of fabric in half.  Measure long way 26inches long (this was a bit big for my 2.5yr old but still worked) and cut straight across. If you are using two fabrics (one for front and one for back), repeat this whole cutting process.
  2. Then measure about 4 inches down from the 26inch top and cut in and up for the connecting part of the cape (mine was a bit big for my 2.5 year old but she will grow into it!)
  3.   If you are using two fabrics take both sides and cut and then face each other and sew all the way around except leave a 3 inch opening (as with all other projects with two fabrics).  Then pull the fabric through the hole and sew hole shut (make sure you push out corners).
  4. Next, I took the bias tape and sewed all the way around (pinning it first).
  5. Lastly, I ironed on the Velcro sections with the softer side facing on side downwards (that way if its too big at one point it is not rough on the skin). You can also use snaps or any other closing you would like.
  6. And that is it!  Pretty easy just eyeball the size or you can measure your little one!  Enjoy!
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DIY Bandana Drool Bib

Once the drool starts it doesn’t stop!  I saw an adorable bandana drool bib in a store and thought, I could easily make that!  And you can too!  It is a simple 5 to 10 minute project that makes a great gift and a fantastic accent and cute and functional accessory for your little one.

 

As always, there is a youtube tutorial and the written steps on here!  Hope you enjoy!

 

This is for size 6months to 12months.

What you will need:
1) Two Fabrics (one side needs to be absorbent). I used a cute flannel fabric and then a yellow fleece material for the back.
2) Velcro or snaps to hold it shut

  1.  Fold your fabric in half. Cut out two triangles, one with each fabric (you can use my measurements or compare to your bib size for your little one) .  I used the measurements of  9in long and 7 1/2in on the fold.
  2. Next, you are going to make a cut for the neckline about 3 inches in from the side
    and 2 inches down the fold.
  3. Cut the little triangle off the very end, abut half an inch, this is where the velcro will connect.
  4. Take pattern side facing pattern side and sew all the way around leaving a small
    opening around 2 inches (this is where you will pull it right side out)
  5. Now pull it right side out and hand sew the hole shut and VOILA! drool bib
    complete!
  6. Iron press it!  You can also go around the whole outside and sew it if you like for the design look!
  7. Next you want to attach either your velcro or snaps.  I have iron on velcro I used.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have questions just post! Thanks

 

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DIY Child Bean Bag!

I don’t know about your little one, but mine sure does love to read!  Well at this age, it is more like browse through the pages and pictures!  She sits by the book shelf and pulls out book by book looking at each page.

At first I thought maybe I should purchase her a bean bag chair, and then I thought, well lets just make one! This can also be a great gift for anyone!  I actually sometimes sit in it too (shhhh!)

So of course I have the video tutorial on youtube below and then the written and picture tutorial below that.  Let me know if you have any questions!

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What you need:

  1. Fabric (you can use two or one color) 2 yards total of each color (or 4 yards of one color)
  2. A 24 inch zipper (or you can use velcro or buttons)
  3. 4 yards of muslin or cheap fabric
  4. Bean bag filling (100L) (I couldn’t find a large bag at my local craft store so I bought mine on amazon with free shipping)
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  6. Make panels of 40×16 inches. You should do 6 outside (3 of one color and 3 of the other color) and 6 inner panels.
  7. Take one of your panels and fold once long way and once width. Have your fold on top and side when measuring to cut. Measure bottom to 6 inches (the long side) and start a curve and cut right up to the right corner. See picture below.
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  10. Line up two inside pieces and sew up and down one side.  I did this twice for more strength.  For the outside you will have the patterns facing inside towards each other and sew.
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  12. Once sewn open the panel up. Then place another panel on the original piece and sew the opposite side (you will end up with three pieces sewn together)
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  14. Then sew the other 3 inside pieces together and you will have two sets of three.
  15. Take the two sewn together pieces and face pattern side in (doesn’t matter with the inside bean bag layer) and sew all the way around the outside leaving a couple inches hole.
  16. Turn right side out.  Then you will put the bean bag filling it!  Ah what a challenge!
    Note: I did not completely fill and sew this until I was sure the outside would fit over properly.  I waited to finish this until the end of the project.
  17. Take one of your outside panels and face the zipper down on the pattern.  Line it up on your machine and sew the zipper on.Take one of your outside panels and face the zipper down on the pattern.  Line up the right outside part of the zipper to the outside of the panel (as shown) and sew the zipper on.
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  19. See the video for more of a demonstration on how to attach a zipper
  20. Sew pattern and right side of the next panel to zipper right sides facing each other (inside) and sew together.
  21. Line up the part below and above the zipper with patterns facing each other and sew
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  23. Then sew your 3rd panel on…complete another 3 panels together as done with the inside pieces.
  24.  **Open your zipper all the way.  Take each 3 piece panel set and place them facing each other (inside) and sew all the way around the edges.  Do not leave a hole this time, you will pull it out through the zipper opening!
  25. Next you will place your inside bean bag that is partially full inside.  If its full then you are done!  However, if you partially filled…continue to fill all the way and sew the inside bag shut.
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  27. Congrats you are done! Enjoy!  Post your pics below!

 

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DIY Felt Christmas Tree!

Cece bear loves to pull toys out of baskets and put them back in.  She also likes to build blocks and figure out other puzzles.  So I thought to myself, what can I make for Christmas that she can play with?  And a mini Christmas tree came to mind.  Eventually, I figured out a felt Christmas tree with all sorts of sensory stimulation and Velcro ornaments would work!  So I decided to get to work.

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I decided to make three trees, one for each of Cece’s friends.  It also made a great birthday gift for her friend Kyle’s first birthday!  This is a great activity to do with older children as well.  They can make their own ornaments and decorate the tree!  There are a variety of ways to put the tree, ribbons, buttons, and ornaments together.  The two I used were sewing and hot glue gun, but you can do one or the other as well.  Just make sure if you have a baby, infant, or toddler, to make sure everything is very secure so they can’t pull it off!

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As always, there is a youtube video and written steps and pictures.  Feel free to add your own creativity and pizzazz!!!

If you have an older child, instead of using velcro to stick the ornaments on, you can use string or twine looped on the ornament and they can put them around buttons on the tree!

 

 

What you need:
*Green felt fabric (I used 1.5
yards for three trees)
*velcro
*Brown felt fabric (stump)
*Felt fabrics of various colors for
ornaments of your choice and design
*optional: buttons, ribbons,
and other accessories

IMG_35381) Fold your green felt and make a tree outline on the fold (so half of it traced on).  Then cut your tree out!

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2) Next, if you want a stump, use brown fabric to cut one out!  Once again you can trace it out.  You can either sew it on the bottom or hot glue gun.

Snapshot 1 (12-8-2015 1-58 PM)3) I wanted to make something to hold the ornaments besides just having them stick to the tree.  So I decided a present with the child’s name on it would be perfect!  So next I chose a color of felt I had and cut about 11x 7 inches.

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4) Next, for one of the presents I made I wanted the bow long ways down so I sewed a piece of ribbon straight down the piece. (the other two I made have it across the box which you can sew on now or later)

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5) The next step would be to turn it right sides facing inwards and sew to the length you want so you have the top of the present flap long enough.  Check out the picture to see what I mean. Then turn right side out.

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6) As you can see, I decided to iron on letters for the name of the child.  These two presents are different sizes.  Also, if you want to put a piece of iron on or sew on or glue gun on Velcro to the top of the present to have it stick now is the time.

7)  Then decorate the present at will.  I added some adhesive Rudolph stickers.  I did hot glue them so they would be more secure.

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8) Follow that, I sewed the present onto the tree.  This is optional, you can have it separate or not have a present at all.  I opened the top flap and sewed right along the fold to the tree.  You can also hot glue gun it.

 

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8) Now, back to the tree.  Now is the time to get even more creative!  Use ribbons, garland, buttons, or whatever you want on the tree!  You can sew or hot glue gun them on.  If you have an older child and want to have hanging ornaments on buttons then align your buttons!

9) Next, it is time to make ornaments.  If your child is older they can help decorate and make ornaments.  I chose actually Christmas items and one ornament and one light bulb.  I used whatever felt scraps I had to make them.  I also made a star at the end.  Remember to Velcro your ornaments on the back using the hard side of the Velcro.  You want to iron them on before you decorate the front!  Otherwise you might melt or damage your decorations.

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To hang the tree, I used 3m adhesive strips, but I have heard that the blue paint tape works well on walls.  You can also use suction cups if its on the window or door.  Ok enjoy!  Feel free to post your tree below!

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Crib Rail Protector! GRR

One day I put my little munchkin down to nap and a couple minutes later I go to check on her and she is gnawing the crib side rail!  And you know how expensive cribs are, so I was not a happy camper.  I was also concerned about the stain getting in her mouth.  So, I got right to work making a crib rail cover and protector!  So far, she has only gnawed on the one rail, and that is because this rail faces the hallway that she enjoys looking out and crying to see if anyone will come to her rescue!

8867faf8-b143-4eca-b6be-d3c9f7f728b5          This is a simple project that should take no more than 15 to 20 minutes.  As always, I have a Youtube video and a written and picture explanation.

 

  • What you need:
  • Fabric with your chosen pattern
  • Batting (fleece or any type of padding)
  • Ribbon
  • Measuring tape
  1. First you want to measure your crib rail that you will be making this for.  Measure the inside from side to side for the length and then the width and add 2 inches (or measure downwards for how long you want it to go down).
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  3. Also measure where your ties will tie onto your railing.  Mark this all down so you remember.
  4. Then cut the length and width of the fabrics and also cut your ribbon.  Now you may want to make your ribbon longer for bigger bows but keep in mind your little one may pull at them if they are too long.  I recommend about 6-8 inches long. I used 6 pieces of ribbon (so 3 ties) total for the side rail.
  5. Pin your ribbon onto your batting facing inwards.  Have the two ribbons across from each other and make sure to measure out the spots. Pin them down with the shiny side or pattern side up.
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  7. Line up your other fabric piece with right side down (right sides facing eachother).
  8. Now you want to sew all the way around the edges leaving a 2 to 3 inch opening.  Make sure you backstitch!
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  10. Pull the inside out and make sure the corners are popped out.  Then sew this area shut.
  11. You are done congrats! Go put it on and save your crib!
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1st birthday dress!

I wanted that special 1st birthday dress, but not that especially high price that comes with most of them!  So once again, I searched pinterest, etsy, and other sites to find ideas.  I ended up combining ideas, as well as making up my own, to design with the dress I created. The theme was rubber duckies for her party.  Therefore, I wanted to incorporate duckies as well as other birthday fabrics.  I went to the store and examined numerous fabrics, buying  a yard of my favorites!  The extra fabric I ended up using to create the crowns!

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I purchased the iron on birthday 1 and ducky from etsy.  The number is even personalized with her name!  I also bought the duck buttons from the store.  I used white hair bands that I cut to make the loop holes for the buttons on the top of the shoulders.

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So how did I make this dress?  Well that’s a secret! But I can give you some hints.  If you are truly interested in a dress like this you can private message me or come back and look for my future etsy link!

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The skirt of course took the longest because of the detail.  I added yellow ribbon in between the rows as well.

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Then I added the cute duck to the back of the dress.  Personally, this dress could be used as a 2 in 1 dress because the back is also so cute!  However, the 1 in the front personalized this as a 1st birthday dress.

 

IMG_2457Well check out the other tutorials, as well as the 1st birthday party theme page for more ideas! Feel free to share pictures of your little one’s first birthday dress!

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Baby Slippers Tutorial!

In one of my last tutorials, I showed you how to make a super cute sleeper.  Now, here are the matching slipper shoes!

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What you will need:

  • Fabric of choice
  • 1/4 or 1/8 inch elastic
  • Thread color of choice
  • Optional: buttons or bows

I used a free pattern from marked crafts- > shoepattern

So lets get started!  here is the video tutorial and below that is the written and picture format.

 

  1. Cut your pattern out and decide on your color/colors you want to use (you can use two colors!
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  3. Cut out your pieces- there should be 4 of each piece
  4. Take your upper pieces (the two sided rounded pieces) and place them pattern facing pattern as usual.
  5. Then sew the non-rounded part only (the bottom of it)
  6. Turn right side out, then iron you piece down with the right sides out and sew a nice little line across the outside where it is sewn together.

 

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7. Take your heel pieces (the long rectangles), and place the pieces facing eachother (as usual) and sew just down one long side IMG_2292IMG_2293

8. Cut your elastic to 4 inches long (2 pieces).  Pin it to one end of the sewn heel piece.

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9. While sewing stretch the elastic and sew using your zigzag stitch across the length of the fabric

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10. It will be curled up as shown above.  Turn right side out.  Pin and sew below the elastic and all the way around the whole piece to make it look nice and then trim as needed.

11. Place sole pieces together with patterns facing eachother, use a basting stitch (set your stitch to longest number and do not backstitch).

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12. Pin together the heel and the front piece, adjust it to be the appropriate size for the baby/infant you are making it for.

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13. Sew straight across where you already have the previous sewn line from the front piece.  Then trim the rest off.  This makes a nice neat line when you are finished.

14. Find the middle of the sole and the middle of the top part.  You can do this easily by folding in half.  Line them up together and pin.  (the back of the sole is the smaller part). Have the top part the wrong side still out to pin. IMG_2301

15. Now sew all the way around! Almost done!  Doesn’t it look so cute?

16. Trim the excess fabric being careful not to cut too close to your thread line.

17. Now turn right side out!  And WA-LA you are done!  You can add a button, ribbon, or any other accessory you want!  Great JOB!  Lets see those pictures

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Sew An Easy Baby Sleeper!

Ever love that oh so cute baby sleepers with the elastic on the bottom?  I sure do, in fact I miss them now that my little one is getting older!  However, I have many showers to go to and it is a great gift!  The slip on sleeper with the elastic on the bottom is great for babies because you can easily change the babies diaper without fussing with all the buttons, snaps, or zippers.  It also keeps the baby warm and comfortable; not to mention how cute he or she will look!

IMG_2318First off, you need the pattern.  For this one, I used a neighboring sewing blog’s pattern since there are so many out there:

Stitched Together Pattern

So print your pattern making sure you unclick the fit to page (you want it letter size).

What you need:
*Fabric of chose
*Thread
*Elastic 1/4inch or
1/8inch
*Optional: bias tape (can
also make or just hem)

Below is the link to the Youtube video tutorial.  Below that is written instructions with pictures…enjoy!

  1. Print your pattern.  Cut your fabric as instructed on pattern

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You should now have one front and one
back piece, and two sleeves.

2. Next, you use your bias tape. If you don’t have bias tape you can hem the ends instead or you can make your own bias tape. Here is directions to make your own bias tape

IMG_22643. Fold your bias tape on the ends of the sleeves, pin on
and sew straight on both sleeves.  Do this also to the neckline of the front and back piece.

4.  Next, You want to overlap your front and back gown pieces by either looking at the mark you made from the pattern or you can measure 4 inches of overlap from the top down.  So you want to pin and sew the overlapping sides (the 4 inches)

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5. Find the middle of the overlap and the middle of the sleeves. This can be done by measuring 2 inches in for the overlap or folding.  The sleeve can be folded as well if you didn’t mark it. Line up the middle of the sleeve and middle of the overlap place pattern on pattern and pin and sew.

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You have to bunch it and pin it for it to stay.

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6. Turn your sleeper inside out and pin from the bias tape bottom all the way down to the bottom of the sleep.  Then sew!

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Almost there!

7.  Turn inside out and make elastic casing by folding up the bottom 1/4 inch for 1/8elastic or 1/2inch for 1/4elastic. Iron or pin the area to make it easier to
sew.  Don’t forget to leave a 1-2 inch opening to put the elastic through!
Remember to back stitch!

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8. To get your elastic through use a safety pin on the end and put in the opening
and pull through by bunching the fabric and then pulling the safety pin.

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9. Choose the tightness you need for your little one on the bottom and then sew your two pieces of elastic together.  Then sew the opening closed!

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That’s it!  Congrats you have finished!  Great job.  Any suggestions questions please let me know.  Look for the next post to be the matching slippers!

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Cloth baby book!

Cloth baby books are an easy sewing project that your little one will enjoy!  You can also embellish and make it more interactive.  Cloth books are great toys as well!

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There are several places to purchase panel fabric for cloth books; however, it is very hard to find in actual stores.  They are mostly sold online. You can also make your own cloth book!  The following tutorial is how to make a panel cloth book. If you would like to make your own cloth book that is not from printed panels, I would suggest the following sites for ideas: Color book , animal book ideas

 

Today, I put together the classic The Poky Little Puppy cloth book. It is quick, easy, and you can customize it as well!

Here’s a quick Youtube tutorial for all those audio visual learners (and below is the written method):

Okay, so let’s get started!  You have your panel, you have your scissors, thread, machine, and batting for in between.  Now as far as batting goes, you can use almost anything!  It depends if you like your cloth books thicker or thin, crinkly or quiet.

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I actually used leftover fleece I had from another project which made my book nice and thick.

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You panel will most likely come with instructions that are easy to follow.  Just make sure you remember to mark your page numbers so when it’s all cut you know which page is which.

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So cut the panels out as instructed.  Usually you want to cut two of the panels (pictures for the book) out in one large rectangle.  Do this for all the two pages as instructed.

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Next, you want to cut your batting or interface to the same size as one of the two page sets.  You usually cut one batting per two sets of panels cut (follow your instructions).  You want to take your batting or interface then and sew it on the back of the panel piece (Sew all the way around it will be the backside of the panel pages).  So you should have half of your panel sets that are cut out with batting sewed to the back.

You may also want to add some interactive pieces to the cloth book such as large buttons, ribbons, or other pieces of fabric.  This is the time to do this.  Just make sure it is sewn very tight and secure.  Also use very large buttons or pieces.  For this project I just cut out some of the fleece and attached it to the dogs ears so my little one can pull at the ears in the book.

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Then, you want to sew the page that corresponds as instructed face down to the other page cut out with batting sewed on.  You want to sew all the way around but leave a 2 inch opening so you can pull it right side out.

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Then pull right side out and close the hole with a simple loop stitch or your stitch of choice.  And WALLAH you have four pages complete!  Good job!  Follow the rest of the instructions as to what pages line up with sewing and complete them.

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Lastly, you want to line up your pages as instructed by your instructions.  Lay them all flat as shown above and you will sew right down the middle.  Don’t forget to backstitch!  Your cover tends to be larger than the inside pages.

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That’s it, very simple, quick, easy, you just have to follow instructions! Good Job!  Now go enjoy it!

 

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Peasant dress tutorial!

Peasant dresses are perfect for any age!  The elastic on the top and through the sleeves allows the dress to fit for much longer than most clothes.  There are also many ways to customize the peasant dress.

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I love the dress because it’s easy to put on my little one. It stretches right over her head and I dont have to deal with the fuss and fight that sometimes comes with putting on onesies.  Also, at home I use cloth diapers and it’s easy to just throw the dress on and she just needs the diaper underneath!  Of course I do this with regular diapers as well, but it looks so cute with the colored cloth diapers!  She seems to really enjoy the fabric too!  She enjoys playing with the design and discovering her feet and how the two things she is learning are her feet can kick the lace :op

So, lets get started…

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Here is the free pattern for sizes 4-10months (it stretches).  If you want a bigger or smaller size you can scale it down or hold the pieces up to one of your child’s dresses and adjust the sizing

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Below are the four components- don’t forget set printer option to print to actual size.

Here is the youtube tutorial for you to follow:

 

 

Or you can follow below:

  1. Print out the pattern and trace and cut as directed.  If using a pattern on the fabric make sure it is all going in the correct directions.
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  3. Line up one body piece with pattern facing up to one sleeve with pattern facing down.  Pin and sew.  Do the same for the other sleeve.
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  5. Next you want to take the other side of the sleeve and line it up with the other body piece.  Put pattern side to pattern side so it fits. Sew both sleeves.  Now you should have looking like this:
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  7. If you want to zigzag stitch on all edges to prevent fraying when washing, now is the time.  If you have a serger, by all means use that now. This is not required but is helpful to prevent fraying.  See the video for more information on zigzag stitches.
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  9. Next you want to form the pockets for the elastic for the sleeve and necklines.  I am using 1/2 inch elastic and folding the fabric edges about an inch in.  If using 1/4 elastic then you can fold in 1/2 inch.  I also press to make it much easier to sew.  See picture below.
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  11. Now you want to sew the bottom part of the sleeves down the long side but leave the small edge sides open for the elastic.  Then sew the neckline leaving 1 inch or so open.  Usually I do this towards one of the seems so its not as noticeable when you close it. This will be to put the elastic in.  So sew all the way around leaving a one inch opening.  Remember to backstitch.
  12. Next, use a safety pin and pin the end of the elastic.  Put the pin through the opening at the end of the sleeve and pull through.  Bunch the fabric over the safety pin and pull the elastic through.  When to the end you want to adjust the bunching to the appropriate size for your little one’s arm.  Then sew the ends of the elastic to the fabric then cut the extra elastic.  Do not cut before sewing or you may lose your elastic.
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  14. Now do the neckline.  Find your hole and pull elastic through.  Then adjust to appropriate size (which you can measure your muchkins neckline).  Then I cut the elastic holding it carefully and put a quick stitch in the two elastic pieces by stretching it outside the fabric area.  Then I let that go back into the fabric and stitch the hole shut.  You can also sew the elastic on the two sides of the opening on the holes (which may be easier).
  15. Now you should have your elastic all completed!  We are almost there.
  16. Next, you want to sew both sides of the dress closed.  to do this, put your dress inside out and pin sides together starting at bottom of the sleeves.  I usually do a zigzag stitch down the outside then a straight stitch on the inner side of the fabric.  This makes it stronger.  Do this for both sides making sure you sew the bottom of the end of the sleeve.
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  18. Now you should have both sides completed.  What’s left you say?  The bottom of course!  So decide if you want a plain hemline or lace. You can hem and then lace as well.
  19. So either hem, or continue and take your lace and line it up on the outside.  I have zigzag stitched the bottom already in a previous step to prevent fraying  If you have not done so, I suggest you do this or hem the bottom before adding the lace.
  20. Line up the lace on the bottom and pin.  Sew it and WaaaLa!  You are done!  Congrats!
  21. Optional is adding buttons or a bow!
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  23. Stay tuned for the hat tutorial!
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