5 quick last-minute gifts to sew

With just a few days until Christmas, I thought some of you might appreciate having a few last-minute ideas for gifts to sew. So I’ve put together a little roundup of patterns and tutorials from my blog for you ALONG WITH A NICE PINTEREST-WORTHY IMAGE* just in case you’re still scrambling for ideas!

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1 // Lickety Split Bag: This pattern takes the win for quickest gift that also is sure to impress. If you have a couple of yards of coordinating fabric and a couple of minutes to tape this pattern (it’s only five pages I think?) together, you’ll have a gift in no time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this one as a gift; it’s useful as a shopping bag, diaper bag, gym bag, weekend bag…need I go on?

2 // Showoff Bag: This pattern of mine is one deserves some love because it’s an easy project that comes together quite quickly, making it a great gift. A yoga mat nestles nicely between the straps, by the way.

3 // Buttercup Bag: Probably deserves credit as the pattern that launched my business, the smaller sized handbag is free, and the larger size comes with the purchased pattern. Quick and easy and cute!

4 // Chevron Wristlet: This free pattern and tutorial is another great gift — if you don’t have time to piece together the strips, just use the main template for the outside and you have a super-quick gift.

5 // Pom-Pom Scarf: This is another free tutorial on my blog. I still wear this scarf more than any other I’ve made.

Sewing for kids? Check out my quick gifts to sew for kids post!

For more gift ideas, you can visit my pattern shop and click on “children’s patterns” to find more sewing patterns and free ideas, or check out my tutorials page on the blog!

*I am not above producing Pinbait. And this image took for-freaking-ever to make, so I’m also not above pointing out how much work went into it. haha!!

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Last minute gifts to sew for kids!

With just a few days until Christmas, I thought some of you might appreciate having a few last-minute ideas for gifts to sew. This blog has a bunch of tutorials and patterns that tend to get lost in the archives, but lately I’ve noticed (on the sidebar, where the most viewed pages show up), that two of my older fleece tutorials have been getting a bunch of love. That gave me the idea to put together a few ideas for you ALONG WITH A NICE PINTEREST-WORTHY IMAGE* just in case you’re still scrambling for ideas!

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1 // Snowblossom Hat: This super adorable made-to-measure fleece hat is usually sewn for girls, but if you leave the flowers off, it also makes a great gift for your favorite boy (bonus: it’s a free tutorial on my blog!).

2 // Handmade Pajamas: I made these cosy sets for Clementine and Elliot last year (and they still wear them, by the way!) by pairing the Charlie Tunic with the Parsley Pants; both patterns are incredibly versatile on their own, but put them together and you have a recipe for instant cute.

3 // Dragon Slippers: I think the ric-rac down the center and buttons are a great addition to these fleece slippers, but if you wanted to make them more big-kid-friendly, you could just make them without the embellishments. This tutorial is made-to-measure as well, so it’s great for kids of all ages!

4 // Backpack: My little backpack pattern comes in a small toddler size and is really easy to enlarge for a bigger kid — clear instructions for that are included in the pattern, as well as how to line it — so if you’re looking to make something that will both impress everyone and be practical, look no further. (FYI — this one is not a *quick* sew!)

5 // Big Butt Baby Pants: These pants are quick and easy and they make great gifts for babies and toddlers still in diapers. Give a whole set in fun colorful fabrics. For notes on gathering the cuffs as shown here, visit this post.

For more gift ideas for bigger people, check out my 5 Quick Gifts to Sew post!

Or visit my pattern shop and click on “children’s patterns” to find more sewing patterns and free ideas, or check out my tutorials page on the blog!

*I am not above producing Pinbait. And this image took for-freaking-ever to make, so I’m also not above pointing out how much work went into it!!

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Meadow Blossom from sketch to fabric

Here’s another sketch that turned into a Lotus Pond print. Can you recognize the print in this sketch?

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The idea for this design came from a simple comment that Michelle Engel Bencsko made when we were planning out the collection (Michelle is co-owner and art director at Cloud9 Fabrics; I am a licensed Cloud 9 Collective designer); she mentioned that it would be nice to have a large-scale floral to round out the collection. So I sketched out the design above, and she loved it. Then I took the design into Illustrator and turned it into a digital design, added some colors, and sent this back:

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I also sent this yellow version to Michelle. I love to play around with the colors and see what happens!

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Then Michelle took the basic design and made it into the cascading floral repeat that became the final design, which is good because this kind of repeat is a bit of a challenge, and I’m still a bit of an Illustrator newbie. I just love how the flowers cascade across the width of the fabric, which you can see below in this photo from Cloud9’s Instagram feed:

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(photo courtesy of Cloud9 Fabrics)

We landed on a bold blue and white background for this one, and it’s one of my very favorite prints in the whole collection!

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If you liked this post, you might enjoy my other sketch-to-fabric post, Lotus Drop Sketch to Fabric!

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Check, please!

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I’m falling hard for checks, gingham, and plaids right now y’all. It really puts me in the Christmas spirit! Green, black, red!!! The images here are screenshots from my newest Pinterest board, Check, Check.

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Other random plaid-related thoughts:

Do you love it too? Or does plaid just bring back bad memories from the 90’s (grunge, anyone)?

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Pierrot and Moon Pants for Stylo

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Let’s take a look at another outfit I designed for Stylo Magazine using the Cotton+Steel Bespoke Double Gauzes! (I blogged about the first outfit in this post).

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This fetching ensemble is comprised of a Pierrot Tunic, Moon Pants (a pattern-in-progress…for more information, see this post) and a headband made of double-gauze blossoms. This is a slightly different version from the first pair of Moon Pants in that the cuff is separate and there is a beautiful crescent moon-shaped pocket.

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If I had to pick an outfit as my absolute favorite of the four I created for the Stylo spread, it would be this one. Which is funny because it started out being my least favorite, mainly because I couldn’t really get either of the garments to photograph very well when I took the initial flat “still-life” photos. Pierrot is oversized so when you lay it out on a table — let me be honest — it’s not at its best. But as soon you put it on your kids it’s Instant Cute. So when Clementine put them on they really sprung to life and I ended up LOVING it. The double gauze just creates a beautiful drape when the clothing is worn that you can’t capture when it’s on the hanger. And the tiny stars on these prints are really, really gorgeous.

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Here’s a closeup of the double gauze ruffle on the Pierrot Tunic — when you cut the double gauze on the bias and stitch with a zig zag along the edges, it creates an amazing texture. After making the ruffle on the tunic, I decided to take more strips and turn them into the flowers for the headband. I’ll try to figure out a way to post more about the headband because it’s pretty cool: I made it with a strip of velcro on top and then put velcro strips on the bottom of each of the flowers so you can move them around and mix and match the colors!

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Clementine rocked this outfit. Clearly.

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She’s wearing this outfit with a sherpa vest from Mini Boden that coincidentally had stars on the lining too. Perfect!

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To see the entire spread, complete with the three other outfits I designed, follow this link: Stylo Issue 3 (my spread starts on page 99)!! You can see the entire collection of Bespoke Double Gauzes over at the Cotton and Steel website (they ship early next year). And of course, the Pierrot Tunic Sewing Pattern is available as a PDF download in my pattern shop.

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