Upcycled Baby Romper and Headband


I bought this sweatshirt off a clearance rack without trying it on first and it was too big!  I loved the floral print on it so I thought, why not try making it into something new?


Since it was stretchy fabric, I also got to practice using my serger!

I purchased the PDF pattern on Etsy from “Brindle & Twig patterns” .  You can purchase the pattern here.  The pattern was really nice to read.  It was really clear with detailed photos of every step.  It had nice big font and it even came with photos and terms to help beginners cut out the pieces correctly.

Instead of making fabric straps and snaps like the pattern suggests, I used soft, fold over elastic.

To complete the outfit, I created a matching headband which was really easy to make. Seriously easy.  Like, you can make it in 5 minutes easy.  Here’s how:

  1.  Choose a part of the fabric you’d like to use (in this case, a rose.)IMG_0865
  2. Cut out a piece of heat n’ bond lite approximately the size of the rose and iron on to the wrong side of the fabric with the paper side up.IMG_0868
  3. Cut out the rose with the paper still on the back.IMG_0869
  4. Peel off the paper on the back and place on your backing fabric (in this case, some felt) and iron on using a pressing cloth to prevent the synthetic felt fibres from melting!  I used felt because it gives the rose some added stiffness and texture.

    5. Cut it out and stitch around the rose to secure it to the felt.  If you use Heat n’ Bond Ultra hold however, it can stay in place without stitching.IMG_0876

    6. Tack it to the elastic with a few stitches and sew your elastic to size.  FullSizeRender-1


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Let me know if you give it a try!

Happy Sewing,




“Whatcha Got?” pouches

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Alas, a  moment to blog again!  It’s been a bit of a whirlwind having a baby and moving to a new country – but we’re settled in, the baby is napping and I feel like I’m back!

I made these little pouches during my last week of pregnancy.  I was 40 weeks pregnant and reallllllly antsy!  I needed something quick and easy to make to keep my mind off the upcoming labour but also something I could realistically finish in time.

I LOVE these pouches and use them every day.  The small size is great for travel diaper items.  The larger size is great for packing an extra onsie or hat, etc.

I purchased the pattern from my local quilt shop.  It’s by “This and That.” The pattern was really easy to follow and it was fun to learn how to sew with clear vinyl.  It actually wasn’t too hard!  My only advice is to use a larger stitch length when sewing through the vinyl.  I’ve heard that if it’s humid in the room, the vinyl can stick to the sewing machine and make things difficult but I didn’t run into any problems.

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For the smaller pouch, I altered the instructions slightly and didn’t sew together small squares for the front of the pouch.  By doing it this way I could make it even faster!

Let me know if you give it a try,

Happy Sewing!


Easy Owl Pillow Tutorial

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Our good friends from out of town were coming over for a visit and they have an adorable little girl!  I wanted to give her little something so I whipped up this cute owl pillow in no time.  I used fabric I already had and used this great FREE pattern from “We All Sew.”  (Thankyou!)

As per usual, I didn’t follow the pattern exactly!  I didn’t include a centre strip (because I didn’t have much time!) and I dislike “raw edges” in appliqué, so I used an “appliqué without raw edges” technique that involves sewing two appliqué pieces right sides together and turning them right side out.  If you’d like to learn more, keep scrolling!

First, download and cut out the pattern pieces.  You can find the pattern pieces here.


Pin the pieces to your chosen fabrics and cut out.

With my “appliqué without raw edges” technique, I had to cut out double of the eye, beak and wing pieces with an extra 1/4″ seam allowance.   So in total…I have 2 main body pieces, 1 bodice piece, 4 feet pieces, 4 wing pieces, 4 large eye circles, 4 small circles and 2 beak pieces.


Using one of the large eye circles as an example, I have demonstrated the “appliqué without raw edges” technique I used below!

Sew 2 large circles, right sides together all the way around.  Do not leave an opening.


Trim the seam allowance to be a scant 1/4″ and cut little slits around the edge being careful not to cut through the stitches.  (This helps the fabric lay flat when turning the piece right side out.)


Choose which side of the piece will be the back and cut a slit in the centre (again, being careful not to cut too close to the stitching.)


Turn the piece right side out through the slit you just cut and press with a hot iron.  Although not a perfect circle, the edges are nice and clean and it’s ready to be sewn to the owl!


Continue this technique with the other eye circles, beak and wings.  (*note: for the wings, I only sewed the inside edge, right sides together.)



When all the pieces are prepped, you’re ready to assemble the owl.

Start by folding under the top edge of the bodice piece and sew into place.


Place the wings on top.  Pin in place and sew the inside edge of the wing with 1/4″ seam allowance. (I like using my 1/4″ seam foot for a clean line.)



Now, add on the face.

First, place the beak on the owl face.  Because the piece is small, I used a tiny dab of school glue to hold it instead of pins.

So….Dab the glue…


press in place with a hot iron…


Sew it to the owl with a 1/4″ seam.


The white part of the eye was big enough to use a pin for placement.  For the black part, I used the glue technique again.


Once the face is applied, add the feet!

Sew the feet, right sides together, turn and pin the raw edge of the feet to the raw edge of the owl’s body.  (I was running out of time so I didn’t stuff the feet but they’d look cute stuffed too!)


Place the back piece of the owl body over top and pin the layers together.  (I used “wonder clips” – they are so great to use when you’re trying to pin layers of fabric together quickly.)  Sew with 1/2″ seam allowance leaving a 3″ opening for turning.



Turn project right side out and press.  Stuff owl to desired puffiness through the opening you left.


Hand stitch the opening closed using a ladder stitch and you’re done!


Voila!  A quick and easy, one-of-a-kind owl!  Let me know if you give it a try or have any tips or tricks.

Happy Sewing!


Cloud and Heart Nursery Mobile

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Continuing on with the nursery decor, I thought I’d make a little cloud and heart mobile!  I didn’t follow a pattern in particular but used a heart template and a cloud template that I found online.  If you’d like to make your own, here is what I did!

For the hearts, you can find the template I used here.  (I used the smallest heart on the template for the mobile and shrunk that heart 50% with a photocopier for the appliquéd heart on the cloud.)

For the cloud, you can find the template I used here.

To make the mobile, I started with making the hearts.  I wanted 2 blue, 2 yellow and 2 pink so I cut 4 rectangles that would fit the heart template in each colour.


Now, I know most people cut out the shape first and then sew.  Since these hearts were pretty small, I decided to trace the shape onto the fabric first, sew on the line leaving a small opening and then I cut it out with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Now, for the exciting part…turning the hearts!  I used to dread this part but with the “Dritz Quick Turn” tool, it was so easy!  I love this tool and feel it was the best $8 I’ve spent on sewing notions – it comes with 3 tubes in different sizes.

To get started, first you stick the tube inside the opening.


Then from the opposite end, insert the “chopstick” into the opening of the tube.


Then push the fabric over the chopstick.


Set the tube aside and use the chopstick to push out the seams of the heart.  The whole process takes about 30 seconds!


After I sewed 6 hearts, I pressed them and stuffed them with polyfill.


Now, if this was a toy, I would hand stitch each heart closed BUT since it’s a mobile that won’t really be handled, I closed each heart up with a dollop of hot glue.  (It saves time and no one will notice!)


See?  How cute!  🙂


Okay, now on to the cloud. I used the same technique as I did for the hearts.  First I traced the cloud onto the wrong side of my white fabric using a disappearing ink marker .


Before sewing with right sides together, I added a mini appliqué heart to each side of the cloud.

To appliqué, first, trace 2 tiny hearts onto the wrong side fabric and cut them out.  Trace 2 tiny hearts onto the paper side of “Heat N Bond” and cut them out too.  The “Heat N Bond” is great for appliqué projects because it holds little shapes in place without pins.  (Make sure you use Heat N Bond that is meant to be sewn through on a sewing machine.)


To apply the heart to the cloud, iron the rough side of the Heat N Bond heart to the wrong side of fabric heart.  (Please excuse the busy ironing board cover!)


After, peel off the paper backing, apply the heart where you want it on the cloud and secure into place by pressing over it again with an iron.

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Once the heart is in place, stitch around the perimeter with a small, zig-zag stitch.


To sew the cloud together, I used the very same technique as the hearts.

First, stitch on the line of the cloud the was drawn leaving a small opening.  Cut out the cloud with a 1/4″ seam allowance.   Turn right side out using the tube turner tool and press the seams.  Stuff with poly-fil.  Instead of gluing this seam closed, I hand stitched the cloud closed using a ladder stitch.


Finally, I sewed the hearts to the cloud with some white thread and a long embroidery needle.

To sew on the hearts, mark where each string of hearts should be on the cloud with a pin.


Tie a knot in the end of long piece of doubled thread, and insert the needle into the top of the cloud and out the bottom where you marked your first pin.


Gently pull the thread until the knot is pulled inside of the cloud.  Draw the needle through the first heart until you have it at the desired length and tie a knot at the bottom of the heart.  Draw the needle through the second heart until you have it at the desired length and tie a knot at the bottom again.    (If you look at the picture carefully you can see the knot I had started to tie at the bottom of the second heart.)


Before you cut the end of the thread, pull the needle back through the heart and out the top, pull tight and snip the end.    By doing it this way, there are no loose ends of thread sticking out.


I repeated this process with the yellow and blue hearts…


Before long, I was done!


I loved this project because it was fairly quick and easy and a super cute addition to the nursery.  Let me know if you give it a try!

Happy sewing,


Lined Tote Bag – A Sewing Pattern

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I recently took a “bag making workshop” that I really enjoyed.  I also recently had some complimentary photos taken of me and my hubby by my talented friend.  As a “thank you” for my friend, I thought, why not make her a bag?  You know…put my new bag making skills to the test.  Well, I’m thrilled that I was able to do it!  A little quality instruction and practice can go a long way.

The bag I made is based on this lovely FREE pattern by “The Inspired Wren” – thank you!  Her tutorial is available on her blog but I loved how I could get a PDF version as well off of Craftsy.  You can find the link to the Craftsy PDF here.

Her instructions were very clear and easy to follow, her pictures were great, and she had some handy tips.

To make the bag durable, the pattern suggested using indoor/outdoor fabric and/or duck cloth but when I saw this “camera” quilting fabric, I knew it would be perfect for my friend!  (I purchased the fabric at Hobby Lobby here.)    So, instead of using indoor/outdoor fabric or heavy canvas I ironed fusible batting onto the wrong side of the outer shell fabric and bottom panels – it worked wonderfully.  If you decide to do this however, you will need to trim off the excess outer shell fabric that ends up being underneath the bottom panel…feel free to message me if you do this method and have any questions!  I’ve included a picture below.


I wanted the straps to be a bit longer so placed them 5″ from the bottom of the bag instead of in line with the bottom of the bag like the pattern suggests.

My proudest feature of the bag is how I added the “welt pocket” on the inner lining.  (See that little black pocket hole?  It fits an iPhone!)  I will be posting a tutorial on how to do that shortly – stay tuned!


My friend loved it – yay!

Happy Sewing,


Bag Making Classes – Utica, NY

Over the past 4 weeks, I’ve been taking some amazing classes at Tiger Lily Quilts in Utica, NY and have really enjoyed them!

My teacher, Marlous, owner and operator of www.MarlousDesigns.com not only is an amazing teacher but has designed these patterns herself!  You can find her patterns at the following links:

To find “The Little Messenger Bag” pattern (green and brown bag) click here.

To find the “Cabana Mesh Tote” pattern (black and watermelon print) click here.  It is a quick and easy bag to make.  I used 5″ half square triangles instead of charm squares (5″ squares) to create the zig zag look.  See my half square triangle (HST) tutorial here.

The “Diaper Bag” (also called the “Monster Tote”) is not listed yet, but you can view all of the Marlous Designs available bag/tote patterns here.

If you’re ever in Central NY, I hope you can check out some of her classes.  I am so happy I was able to take them before my husband and I head back to our home in Toronto, Canada.

Happy Sewing,


Mary Jane Baby Shoes fastened With White Snaps


I loved making these shoes.  (It was a nice contrast after sewing a big quilt to sewing little baby shoes!)  They were fairly quick and easy to make and I got to use my nifty “Babyville Boutique Snap Pliers” for the little white snaps on the side!

I got the pattern for FREE from a blog called The Cottage Mama – thank you!  You can find the pattern here.  She used velcro instead of snaps for fastening the strap.  If you’d like to learn how I used snaps, scroll on down!

She used fusible fleece interfacing for some of her pieces.  I didn’t have any on hand so I did without.

To start, I cut out the fabric pieces and ironed on the fusible interfacing to wrong side of the grey fabric.  (grey pieces are the outer fabric, yellow pieces are the inner fabric.)

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I folded, stitched and turned the straps and attached them to the outer fabric of the shoe.  I stitched a 1/4 inch seam on the inner and outer pieces, right sides together, to close up the back of the shoe.

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(*stitch strap to the opposite side for the second shoe. —>)

I pinned the sole of the shoe to bottom and stitched it closed with a 1/4 inch seam.  I did the same with the inner fabric.  After, I trimmed the edges with pinking shears and turned the inner fabric right side out.

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Next, I placed the inner fabric inside of the outer fabric (right sides together), pinned it in place and stitched a 1/4 inch seam around the opening of the shoe leaving a 1-inch space opening for turning.  (This was a little tricky to sew because the opening of the shoe is so small!)

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 10.50.49 AMI turned the shoe right side out and hand stitched the opening closed with an invisible stitch.  Click here to learn how to invisible stitch (also called a ladder stitch.)

Now for the fun part – adding the white snap buttons using the Babyvillle Boutique Pliers!  (I’ve seen these pliers and snaps by other brands too.  I don’t think it matters which brand you use.  I just happened to buy these last year on sale at Joanne.)

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The idea to add snaps to the shoes instead of velcro came after I had finished sewing.  Next time, I will put interfacing on the inside of the strap for extra support.

Step 1: Use the pointy piercing tool (it came with the pliers) to punch a hole where you’d like the snaps to be.

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Step 2:  Push the pin of the flat piece through the hole on the strap.

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Step 4: Smush it together with the pliers.  (The pointy part flattens out!)

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Step 5: Push another flat piece through the hole on the side of the shoe (flat part on the inside.)

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Step 6:  Put the other round piece on the other side (see how it’s a little different from round piece on the strap.)  This photo was taken after I “smushed it with the pliers” which is why the pointy part is already flattened out in the photo below.

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Step 7: Smush it together with the pliers.

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You’re done!  So easy and professional looking, right?!

After all that, I also found a youtube video that explains how to add the snaps here.

I really enjoyed this project.  Although I posted a lot of steps, it was quick and easy!

Happy sewing!