DIY Elf Dolls Tutorial

Remember those giant dolls? Well they aren't pirates any more, I made them the cutest (and easiest) Elves Costumes!

Adorable Elf Dolls tutorial with free patterns

I apologize for the super long video. I've been sick and now the little one is sick so I didn't have a chance to edit it down and I thought eep Christmas is SOOON I just need to share this. But I hope to come back and replace this FB LIVE replay with a bare bones tutorial version!
Speaking of FB live if you don't already know I go live twice a week usually sharing some kind of sewing or crafting project and every once in a while cooking :) You can catch me on the Rae Gun Ramblings page Mondays at 4 PM EST and Tuesday at 1 PM EST. Supplies The pattern is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD to my newsletter subscribers. You can download the pattern here along with many other free patterns and templates.
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What to Do
  • Sew the Dolls according to the directions on the fabric panel. You can watch me sew the girl one in the video above or the boy in this video.
  • Cut the pattern pieces out. I used woven for the stripes but in retrospect I could have easily used the knit version and wouldn't have to worry about fraying. But I think the fraying adds to the pirate feel.
  • Note I'm not doing any finishing work since they are doll costume but if you want to finish your seams, edge stitches the pointy edges, press and all that feel free too!
  • I used 1/4 inch seam allowances
Boy Elf Doll Costume
  1. With right sides together sew the straight sides of the short pieces together (this will make the center seams).
  2. Open up and sew along the curve of the inseam.
  3. Iron the top edge under 1/2 inch and sew down to form a casing making sure to leave an opening for the elastic.
  4. Insert elastic. Sew ends of elastic together and close up the hole in the casing. The shorts are now done
  5. Make the vest by sewing the front vest pieces to the back vest piece at the top edge.
  6. Then sew the side seams from the markings making sure to leave holes for the arms.
  7. Top stitch the ric rac onto the right side of the vest along the front edge and neck. Now your vest should be done.
  8. Cut a length of ribbon for the sash. And attach a Holly Shoe Jingle Bell.

How to make holly shoe bells. Cute DIY Christmas craft tutorial

Girl Elf Doll Costume
  1. With right sides together sew the side seams of the dress.
  2. Fold the arm holes under 1/4 inch and sew down.
  3. Fold the top edges under 1/2 inch and sew down.
  4. Thread the green ribbon through the neck casings you have just made. I like to use a loop turner for this. You will tie a bow to close the dress on the doll. Now your dress is done.
  5. Wrap a Holly Shoe Bell around one of her pony tails and you're good to go.

Sew the cutest elf dolls and shoe jingle bells

DIY Pirate Dolls Tutorial with Free Pattern

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I made the cutest giant dolls this weekend for Teddy and I couldn't resist but make pirate costumes for them. Today I'm sharing my free pattern!

23 inch DIY giant dolls for boys and girls with free pirate costumes sewing patterns

Have you guys seen the Doll Fabric that See Kate Sew has out with Riley Blake Designs? It's freakishly adorable. It's a panel fabric which means that all the pieces are printed onto the fabric with cutting lines and instructions. I'm super in love with the fabric. Watch the replay of my Facebook LIVE of me sewing up the boy doll below. Go here to buy the DOLL FABRIC PANEL
Today I'm hanging out over at the Riley Blake Designs blog sharing the tutorial for how to make both the girl and boy pirate costumes as well as a little coordinating eye patch for your own little pirate (pirate costume available here).

Pirate Costume Pattern

The pattern is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD to my newsletter subscribers. You can download the pattern here along with many other free patterns and templates.
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Adorable pirate costumes for dolls and eye patch tutorial. Free costume sewing pattern UPDATED with full tutorial below

Darling DIY pirate dolls for boys and girls

Supplies

How to make pirate costumes. Sewing tutorial and doll pattern

What to Do
  • Cut the pattern pieces out. I used woven for the stripes but in retrospect I could have easily used the knit version and wouldn't have to worry about fraying. But I think the fraying adds to the pirate feel.
  • Note I'm not doing any finishing work since they are doll costume but if you want to finish your seams, edge stitches the pointy edges, press and all that feel free too!
  • I used 1/4 inch seam allowances

How to make a boy pirate doll with free pirate costume sewing pattern

Boy Pirate Doll Costume
  1. With right sides together sew the straight sides of the short pieces together (this will make the center seams).
  2. Open up and sew along the curve of the inseam.
  3. Iron the top edge under 1/2 inch and sew down to form a casing making sure to leave an opening for the elastic.
  4. Insert elastic. Sew ends of elastic together and close up the hole in the casing. The shorts are now done
  5. Make the vest by sewing the front vest pieces to the back vest piece at the top edge.
  6. Then sew the side seams from the markings making sure to leave holes for the arms.
  7. Top stitch the ric rac onto the right side of the vest along the front edge and neck. Now your vest should be done.
  8. Cut a length of red ribbon for the sash.
  9. Take the eye patch band and form a circle overlapping the edges by 1/2 inch.
  10. Pin the eye patch over the overlapping edges  and sew in place forming a small box (so that you catch the all edges of the band that touch the eye patch. Now your eye patch is done.

DIY girl pirate. Free sewing pattern for pirate costume

Girl Pirate Doll Costume
  1. With right sides together sew the side seams of the dress.
  2. Fold the arm holes under 1/4 inch and sew down.
  3. Fold the top edges under 1/2 inch and sew down.
  4. Thread the black ribbon through the neck casings you have just made. I like to use a loop turner for this. You will tie a bow to close the dress on the doll. Now your dress is done.
  5. Tie a double knot of ric rac to make your dolls necklace (alternatively you can sew it into a circle).
  6. Make an eye patch using steps 9-10 of the Boy Costume instructions above.
Child Sized Eye Patch
  1. Use the same size eye patch as for the dolls.
  2. Measure your child's head and subtract 2 inches for the band piece. Use the same width as for the dolls.
  3. Assemble the eye patch just like the doll eye patches (steps 9-10).

SO cute giant dolls for boys and girls and free sewing pattern for pirate costumes.

Teddy, my 2 year old, and I are totally smitten with these dolls. Like I'm already planning on getting more of this fabric and making other fun outfits for them smitten! They are just too cute.

DIY giant pirate dolls. Great sewing project would make a fun gift.

This tutorial originally appeared on the Riley Blake Designs blog.  

15 Minute Reversible Placemats Tutorial

These reversible placemats are SO easy that kids could make them. Well actually kids DID make them. Great easy sewing tutorial. How to make reversible placemats in 15 minutes. Great for beginners, kids and other sewing newbies. Last Summer when the nieces wanted to do "sewing class" I thought to myself, I really want some placemats for when they come over and eat like savages. And like the good Auntie that I am I decided to make them make the placemats themselves. 15 minute reversible placemats tutorial. Great DIY sewing project easy enough for beginners. I'm so excited to be FINALLY sharing this tutorial as part of 100 Directions's National Craft Week series! This project is super easy and fast which makes it a great beginner sewing project.

Perfect way to teach kids how to sew. 15 minute reversible placemat tutorial and free pattern

Since you have to turn something right side out (you know to make them reversible) that's a good technique that builds on what they learned with my go-to starter project the basic skirt. And this is all straight lines so good practice on that front too. And if you're interested in what machine I like for beginners it's this one, does everything you need (I still sew on this machine most of the time), affordable, and most importantly has speed control.

Very easy DIY 15 minute reversible placemats sewing tutorial and free pattern

I think the best part though is that the girls are were SO proud the first time we pulled them out for dinner. And any time someone new joins us they get a kick out of sharing that THEY made them.

Perfect beginning sewing project. DIY reversible placemats. Free pattern and 15 minute tutorial

What You Need I'm writing this for one but obviously multiply it by however many placemats you want! And a speed tip from a girl who sews a whole lot of the same thing over and over (ahem for my shop), cut all your pieces out at once and do the same step for all of them at the same time (as opposed to making one placemat completely and then starting another). Alternatively for motivation you might want to do one full one first or just a few so that you (or your sewing minions can feel successful and excited to keep going). 
  • Front Fabric 18 x 15 inches (I just use quilting cotton)
  • Back Fabric 18 x 15 inches
  • Loop Turner (optional)
  • Pins, sewing machine, thread, scissors, iron, all that basic stuff

The kids made a bunch of these. Super easy 15 minute DIY reversible placemats sewing tutorial and free pattern

What to do
  1. Start by cutting all your fabric pieces to the right size. Keep in mind that placemats don't have to be perfect you can do bigger or smaller if that works better for you (or your fabric stash) but the two pieces that will make up one placemat DO need to be the same size.
  2. Next decide which pieces of fabric will go together (the nieces loved doing this).
  3. Then with right sides (the pretty size) together pin around the edges with the pins going in perpendicular to the edge and the head of the pin on the outside.
  4. Starting at the middle of any side (so NOT at a corner) sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance (that is the space from the needle to the edge of your fabric) and leaving a 2 inch space between where you start sewing and stop sewing. To do this sew around and when you get 1/2 inch from the corner use your hand wheel and turn it so the need is down then lift your presser foot and turn your fabric so you are on the next edge of the fabric.
  5. Clip your corners. Basically cut your corners off (this will help you get a nice point when you turn your placemat right side out). Make sure to cut close to but NOT over the sewing line.
  6. Next turn your fabric right side out. You can reach in and grab it or use a loop turner to help. The loop turner is SUPER cool but does take practice to get the hang of it. If you are a newbie that might be an unnecessary frustration but if you feel confident I encourage you to learn how to use one it will make so many things in your sewing life easier (see my video on how it works here).
  7. Make sure the corners are pushed out from the inside (I use a loop turner but you can use a pencil) and iron making sure the fabric is folded under at the opening through which you turned the placemat.
  8. Now topstitch around the edge of the placemat with a 1/4 to 1/2 seam allowance (I like the look of a smaller one but that can be harder for new sew-ers).   This time sew all the way around and over where you started sewing this will close up the whole and also reinforce that initial sewing place.
  9. Make something delicious and eat it upon you new fancy placemat. Share it on instagram and tag me #loveraegun @raegunramblings so I can do a happy dance with you!

Just used this great sewing tutorial. Perfect for beginners or anyone wanting to sew reversible placemats FAST. Easy great home decor project. Will make more.

And remember it doesn't have to be perfect. The more you do the better you will get. In reality this is a piece of fabric to catch stray food (oh and to look pretty on the table I guess). But if your stitches aren't straight no big deal that's part of the fun make some more and get in some more practice!

The kids sewed some of these this weekend. Great 15 minute reversible placemats sewing tutorial perfect for beginners or anyone wanting a fast project. Free pattern.

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20 Minute Child Sized Apron Tutorial + FREE Pattern

Ready for a speedy beginner friendly sewing project? Awesome because today I'm sharing a FREE apron pattern that's perfect for learning, teaching or just when you need a cute and super fast gift.

The kid and I made one of these child sized aprons this weekend. Great sewing tutorial for beginners yay for free patterns.

My nieces made a version of these aprons when they were just 5 and 6 so I'm telling you, YOU CAN DO THIS! I've been having fun teaching the girls (now 7 and 8) and their friends to sew and one of our most recent projects were these easy aprons. Apron easy enough for a 5 year old to make. Free sewing pattern and tutorialIf you are comfortable sewing you could EASILY make on in 10 minutes. It really is just a few lines of stitching. If you're a newbie you could still probably pull this off in 30 minutes and that's with you going pretty slowly and rereading the directions a lot!

One of my favorite gifts for girls. And great fast tutorial for sewing beginners. Kid sized apron with free pattern

The girls did it in about 45 minutes and that was with me slowly explaining everything as a group, checking each of the aprons at every step, and sharing machines.

Super fast and easy kid sized apron pattern and sewing tutorial

  • Main apron fabric 17 X 11 inches A fat quarter should work unless it is a directional print.
  • Strap fabric 5 X 44 (or longer) inches
  • Pocket 5.25 X 5.25 inches (optional and it's fun to do different sizes)
  • Apron Pattern (download here)
  • Iron-on Vinyl for initial (optional)
  1. Cut all apron pieces. My main apron pattern piece is mostly an 8.5 X 11 inch paper with a curve at the bottom and then cut on the fold. You can make your own with that same idea or get my Free Kid's Apron Pattern just click on the image or link and then save to your computer.
  2. If making with a pocket begin by ironing the edges of your pocket piece down about 1/2 inch on all sides.
  3. Sew along one edge with a 1/4 seam allowance. This will be the top edge of your pocket.
  4. With right sides together iron you strap piece in have lengthwise.
  5. With a 3/8 seam allowance sew down the long edge of the folded strap along the raw edge  to form a long tube.
  6. Flip the strap right side out and iron. I use a loop turner (If you have never used one here's a video of how they work, they are magical!)
  7. Next serge or zig zag around the edges of the main apron fabric.
  8. Fold under, pin, and sew down the sides and around the bottom. For a prettier finish fold twice. We only did one fold and they are fine.
  9. Pin the pocket to the front of your apron how ever you would like and sew down the three edges leaving the top edge open.
  10. Next pin the waist band to the apron main piece overlapping about 1 inch.
  11. Sew to attach the waist band to the apron main piece.
  12. If you want to add some iron-on vinyl now is the time to do that. If you're like iron-on what? it's one of my favorite craft supplies and you can learn how to use iron-on vinyl here.
  13. Lastly tuck in the ends of your strap and sew a row of stitches across to close. If you used the end of the fabric from one selvege edge to the other then you can skip this step I didn't have the girls do this.
  14. Tie on and bake something awesome!

Perfect for teaching kids to sew! Great fast and easy child sized apron pattern and tutorial. Perfect for sewing beginners.

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20 Minute Personalized Reusable Gift Bag

Super fast DIY personalized reusable gift bag tutorial

What kid doesn't love their name on something. And even more so when it's an uncommon name like my buddy Atticus. This past weekend I was at my little buddy's house and saw this bag, this one I gave to him a few years ago being loving used to house a heck of a lot of plastic animals and I realized that I had never shared the easy DIY personalized reusable gift bag tutorial with YOU guys!

This bag tutorial is so easy. Great beginner sewing project and how to add cute personalizations

So today I'm excited to show you an easy way to make reusable gift bags. This simple bag tutorial is easy enough that it's a great beginner sewing project perfect for teaching kids to sew (or anyone who might be new to sewing). All you need to do is sew 4 straight lines for the basic bag! Step by step instructions to making a quick and easy diy personalized gift bag. Great tutorial What you need What to Do
  1. Start by deciding how big you want your bag. You'll want to double the length and add 3 inches for the length measurement. For the width measurement just add 3 inches to the finished width measurement.
  2. For the ribbon you want two pieces of ribbon that are 1.5x the width of what you want your finished bag to be.
  3. Start by ironing both short edges of your fabric under 1 inch. Also iron the long edges under 1/2 inch.
  4. Sew down the short edges with a 5/8 inch seam allowance.
  5. Fold the fabric in half so the folds are on the inside and the sewn short edges are aligned. Starting at the sewing line you made in step 3 sew down the edge of the bag with a 1/4 inch seam allowance catching both pieces of fabric.
  6. Now you should have a basic bag shape. Cut your iron-on vinyl out with a cutting machine (or if you're super brave use an exacto knife). If you have never used iron-on vinyl it's super awesome stuff and easy to use to learn more about it with tons of step by step pictures check out my iron-on vinyl tutorial. But the basic gist is that you make a mirror image that you want to cut, use a cutting machine and cut the vinyl out vinyl side up (plastic side down). Pull away any of the negative space of the design, lay the vinyl onto your bag and iron through the plastic and finally pull the plastic away. And don't worry, if it went too fast or you can't picture it just check out my long how to use vinyl post.
  7. Next seal the ends of the ribbon by running them across a flame.
  8. Thread the ribbon through one end and loop it back through the other. Knot the ends together. Repeat going the other direction and you should have a bag where you can pull the straps to cinch it closed.

Fun gift idea. Personalized gift bag. QUick and easy diy tutorial

These are awesome since you can make them into any size. You can use it to pack up a personalized little IKEA car like I did or something much bigger. They can be a gift all on their own or you can place other gifts inside to use it as a great double duty or reusable gift bag. double duty gift bag. easy tutorial I am strongly considering making a bunch up for Teddy and the nieces to use during Christmas!

how to make a fast personalized gift bag. easy sewing tutorial

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20 Minute Basic Band Skirt Tutorial

Love this skirt tutorial for teaching kids and beginners how to sew. Great first DIY sewing project.

I'm super excited about the skirt tutorial I've got for you today. This 20 Minute basic banded skirt tutorial is one of my go to projects for teaching people to sew. In fact aside from sewing on scraps these skirts are the first thing my nieces made. Now they have both made multiple skirts for themselves and have helped their friends to make them too. This is a great project for beginners and those in a hurry because it's just a few straight lines. You can simplify the skirt even more by doing it without a band but in addition to adding an extra about of cuteness I like that it gives the new sew-er an extra long length to practice sewing. 20 minute DIY skirt tutorial great for teaching kids to sew

Determining the Size and Fabric You Need

For these skirts I like to use quilting cotton for beginners but if you're comfortable with sewing it will work with any fabric you want. Whether I make this skirt for an adult or a child I always use the full width of the fabric for quilting cotton usually 44 inches. If the width of your fabric is longer there is no need to cut it down it will just be a little more gathered. Now measure from where you want the waistband to sit and where you want the fabric to end on your leg for example the right above the knee. From that number subtract 2 inches. This will be the length of fabric you want for your main fabric. Your band fabric will be 5 inches by the width of the fabric (usually 44 inches).

What to cut your fabric to and basic measurements for shirt lengths when sewing for children

Obviously this will have a different look for adults and children but I like how it looks on each and you can definitely do math to adjust your band with (taking a few inches from one fabric and adding it to the other). For your elastic you want to measure around your waist and make it a so it has to stretch. I usually subtract 4 inches from my waist measurement.

My go to skirt tutorial great for teaching new sew-ers. Fast tutorial for DIY skirt even kids can do.

What You Need

  • Main Fabric
  • Band Fabric (5 x width of the fabric)
  • 1/2 inch elastic for waist
  • Safety Pin

What to Do

  1. With right sides together (that is the pretty sides) align the main fabric and the band fabric and sew down the long edge using a 1/2 inch seam allowance (that means from the needle to the edge of the fabric it should be 1/2 there is probably a mark on your sewing machine).
  2. Finish the raw edges with a serger or a zig zag stitch (when I teach kids I do this step for them).
  3. Fold back the band. With right sides together match the short ends of the fabric together. Make sure your seam line is lined up. Pin in place or if you're confident you don't need to pin, beginners should pin though.
  4. With a 1/2 inch seam allowance sew down the short edges to make one big tube.
  5. Finish both edges with a serger or zig zag stitch (I do this step for the kids).
  6. Iron the edge of the band side under wrong side together 1/2 inch and sew down with a 1/4 seam allowance (usually lining the fold of the fabric with the edge of your presser foot).
  7. Iron the top edge of your skirt under wrong side together 1 inch. Sew down with a 3/4 inch seam allowance making sure to leave about a 1-2 inch hole to insert the elastic.
  8. String your safety pin on to one end of your elastic. Thread it through your waist band. Make sure it did not get twisted along the way. (I usually have to finish this for the kids but they can start it and given enough time they can probably do the whole thing but it's a lot of work for little fingers)
  9. Over lap the ends of your elastic one on top of each other about 1/2 inch and sew back and forth 3-4 times.
  10. Sew the hole closed in your elastic band by sewing over where your stitches left off over the space of the while and where your stitches start again.

Easy skirt tutorials for learners and kids wanting to sew

Wear your skirt with pride (or try it on your favorite skirt recipient). These skits above were sewn by my 6 and 8 year old sewing students. They aren't perfect, you can see little jags in the stitching but they are all theirs and SO awesome! Easy 20 minute skirt tutorial this 5 year old made her own skirt

Niece L trying on the first skirt she made under her dress when she was still 5 years old!

As a bonus these banded skirts are so quick and easy they make great gifts.  The best part is since you can find so many different basic quilting fabrics including all kinds of character and licensed designs you can make an awesome skirt that you'd never find in a store.

My favorite beginner and learning how to sew project. Great simple DIY skirt tutorial

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Easy Ruffle Girl Skirt Tutorial. Perfect project for beginners - Rae Gun Ramblings It's time for another Sewing with Kids project. My nieces have really loved learning how to sew and these skirts are a great project for beginners or anyone looking for a quick skirt. In fact I've made them a version of these skirts for almost every holiday since L was an infant! I normally like to use year around types of fabrics for my projects but sometimes the seasonal stuff at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts just sucks me in.

Fast ruffled girl skirt. Full tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

Since these easy ruffle skirts take such little fabric and come together so quickly I never feel bad making something that usually only works for the holiday. And the girls love having something new. It's so fun that now they can make their own!

Easy Ruffle Skirt Tutorial

Step by step instructions to how to make a simple ruffle skirt at Rae Gun Ramblings

What You Need What to Do
  1. Finish the top and bottom edges of your fabrics. I serged them (regular overlock for the skirt piece and a rolled edge for the ruffle piece). If you don't have a serger you can zig zag the skirt piece and then just take a very narrow hem on both edges of the ruffle.
  2. Run a line of basting stitches about 1/2 inch from the top edge of your ruffle. Basting stitches should be your longest stitch. Make sure to leave long tails at the beginning and end and you don't need to back stitch.
  3. Gather your ruffle to your skirt and pin in place making sure the basting stitches are about 1/2 and inch above the bottom edge of your skirt piece.
  4. Sew your rick rack on top of your basting stitches. This will tack the ruffle piece to the skirt piece.
  5. With right sides together sew the short sides of your skirt together to form a tube.
  6. Iron down the top about 1 inch to form a casing.
  7. Sew around the casing a little larger than your elastic (we did a 5/8 seam allowance and used 1/2 inch elastic) leaving a small gap to add your elastic.
  8. Using a large safety pin thread your elastic in and sew the edges together. Then sew the gap closed and you're good to go.

Kid ruffle skirt tutorial. Perfect beginning sewing project - Rae Gun RamblingsKid ruffle skirt tutorial. Perfect beginning sewing project - Rae Gun Ramblings

The girls were able to do most of the steps in this skirt. I did all the serging since I just don't trust them with the serger yet. Also I made them start the elastic and thread it about a 1/3 of the way but I finished it for them and sewed the ends of elastic together. I think these steps would be fine for an adult beginner but the nieces attention spans were already waning and they can be a bit tricky/frustrating at first.

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I hope you'll give these easy skirts a try they are so fun and quick. Perfect for gifts, holidays, and when you realize all your little one's skirts are now right under her tush!

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Free Kid’s Apron Sewing Pattern and Tutorial

 10 minute apron tutorial with free pattern - Rae GUn Ramblings

I am so excited to be joining Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom for her Holiday Sewing Blog Tour. We do a lot of cooking in my family especially around the holidays. I wanted to make my nieces some holiday aprons but then I decided that the project was SO simple that I wanted to teach them how to make their own aprons.

Holiday Sewing Blog Tour

I've hinted about it before but I've been teaching them how to sew and it's been awesome! I'll do a whole post about what has worked but all of that is to say that this project is easy enough for a 5 and 6 year old who barely can handle a machine. If you are comfortable with a sewing machine I think you could make this in 10 minutes. If you're super cautious and not yet comfortable with a sewing machine I still think you can do this in 30 minutes!

Quick and easy kid apron tutoria10 minute apron tutorial with free pattern - Rae Gun Ramblings

10 Minute Kid Apron Tutorial

Free child's apron pattern and step by step instructions at Rae Gun Ramblings

  • Main apron fabric 17 X 11 inches A fat quarter should work unless it is a directional print.
  • Strap fabric 5 X 44 (or longer) inches
  • Pocket 5.25 X 5.25 inches (give or take)
  • Apron Pattern (get it here)
  1. Cut all apron pieces. My main apron pattern piece is mostly an 8.5 X 11 inch paper with a curve at the bottom and then cut on the fold. You can make your own with that same idea or get my child sized apron pattern.
  2. Start by ironing the edges of your pocket piece down about 1/2 inch on all sides.
  3. Sew along one edge with a 1/4 seam allowance. This will be the top edge of your pocket.
  4. With right sides together iron you strap piece in have lengthwise.
  5. With a 3/8 seam allowance sew down the long edge of the folded strap along the raw edge.
  6. Flip the strap right side out and iron.
  7. Next serge or zig zag around the edges of the main apron fabric.
  8. Fold under, pin, and sew down the sides and around the bottom. For a prettier finish fold twice. We only did one fold and they are fine.
  9. Pin the pocket to the front of your apron how ever you would like and sew down the three edges leaving the top edge open.
  10. Next pin the waist band to the apron main piece overlapping about 1 inch.
  11. Sew to attach the waist band to the apron main piece. We used fun decorative stitches.
  12. Lastly tuck in the ends of your strap and sew a row of stitches across to close.
  13. Tie on and bake something awesome!

 Free kid's apron pattern great for beginners - Rae Gun Ramblings

The girls were so proud when they finished their aprons. They aren't perfect but they are getting more confident and it's so so fun to see them create things for themselves! I plan on doing a whole post about teaching kids to sew but I think the most important thing is to use a machine with speed control with decent slow setting. I used both this brother and my Emerald Viking and the Viking is a much stronger and faster machine which was a little harder for the girls to start on. Let me know if you have any specific questions or concerns and I'll try to answer address them. And don't get the impression that this is just a  kid project I've made these aprons myself and I think they would make darling gifts! Holiday Sewing Check out more from this cool Holiday Sewing series and check out the awesome serger giveaway that Jamie has going on as a part of this.

Christmas Aprons

Here's a peek of what's in store. Yesterday Jamie kicked things off with an Easy Holiday T-Shirt Dress and tomorrow The Stitching Scientist will be sharing a Baby Christmas Dress with a Free Pattern.
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Jellyfish Kiddo Craft Tutorial

Today I want to share a fun craft you can make with your kids Last month we throw my niece a mermaid birthday party. It was so much fun. But now that the she and her buddies are old enough for activities we wanted to have some thing more than just setting them loose in the play room. In addition to a fun game of pin the tail on the mermaids we helped the kids make these darling jellyfish finger puppets.
What you'll need:
  • felt
  • ribbon
  • googly eyes
  • double sided tape or glue
What to do:
  1. Cut your felt into half circle shapes. For each puppet you'll need two half circles.
  2. Have your kiddos pick out some ribbon. Cut to a few inches each.
  3. Lay the ribbon along the straight edge of the one of the felt pieces and sew down. Now flip it over so the ribbon attachment is hidden i.e. the right side is facing up.
  4. Lay on top of the other pieces of felt and sew the two along the curved edge.
  5. Have your kiddos take or glue on the googly eyes.
And yes I may have whipped out my sewing machine right in the middle of the party on the table right next to the cake haha. But It was so fun I thought it sounded a lot better than dealing with messy glue that you'd have to make the kids wait to handle. Previously published on Keeping it Simple on 5/8/2013 You also might like:

Love this tutorial for teaching kids and beginners how to sew. Great first DIY sewing project.

These all look so good. THings to remember to try on vacation at universal studios and the wizarding world of harry potter

Tutorial: Kid Sized Travel Neck Pillow

Easy DIY travel pillows for kids. Great fast sewing tutorial perfect for the next road trip or family vacation
Well we sent my naughty nieces off with my parents to Thailand for their yearly trip. Before they left my mom made these awesome neck pillows for them that are just their size.
They are a little thinner in the back part so it's more comfy for their little bodies instead of having them stick so far out from the chair if they used adult sized ones. The girls picked their own fabric and these came together super fast.
Make Your Own You'll need
  • 1/2 yard of fabric
  • batting
Make yourself a pattern you can get the basic measurements off of the picture of the pattern my mom made above. It would fit in a square that's about 11 x 16 . Cut it out on the fold of the fabric to the right. And you'll need two of those a front and a back. With right sides sew around all edges leaving an opening ( she did it on the inside part where the neck would go). Flip the pillow right side out. Stuff with batting. Hand stitch the hole closed.
And our little friend who just turned one was over and this size seemed to work for him so I'd think this would be a good size for kiddos one to maybe 6 ish. My eldest niece is 5 right now.

Happy travels!

Great sewing tutorial. Made these up for the kids for the last family vacation and they came together FAST. Super easy and just the right size travel pillows for children

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