Craft Book Month: Little Fixes Book Review

Little Fixes. Great tips on how to get extra life out of kids clothing - Rae Gun Ramblings

Do you feel like your kids grow out of their clothes faster than you can buy them? Well I have a fantastic book full of ways to squeeze every last ounce of wearableness out of kids clothes. Disney from Ruffles and Stuff wrote (and photographed) the cutest book: Little Fixes 54 Clever Ways to Extend the Life of Kids’ Clothes. Seriously if I wasn’t already a fan I’d still think the book was brilliant.

She has all kinds of tips on how to easily alter kid clothes. Whether the kiddo has outgrown the item, gotten a stain, or a rip she’s got tons of ideas.

Reverse stencil. A great tip for covering up a stain. Rae Gun Ramblings

So far Teddy barely has time to wear his clothes before they are too small but I do have a few onesies I bought for the shop that came stained so I’ve just been saving them for T to wear when he gets bigger. To deal with the stain I tried Disney’s tutorial for a reverse applique and I think it turned out super cute. I was really tempted to try one of her many “make it bigger” tips but since we’re still in onesies I’d have to do both length and width and really my growing machine is sure to be out of that in just a few months anyways!

little fixes a book full of creative ways to stretch the life of kid clothing - Rae Gun Ramblings

Tops, dresses, pants, and even accessories. This book is jam packed. I especially love this cute idea to add a fun bib when the neck area of a shirt is shot.

Little Fixes book review - Rae Gun Ramblings

And I think the nieces would be so cute in these sleeves turned leg warmers and arm warmers. Really how cut right?

Turn sleeves into leg warmers and arm warmers - Rae Gun Ramblings

I hope you liked my pick, Disney Powell’s Little Fixes, for Craft Book Month! This September marks the 4th Annual Craft Book Month at Craft Buds! This year, we’re excited to celebrate all month long with a blog hop of inspiring craft book projects and LOTS of giveaways for sewing along with a sewing, knitting, cookbook or other craft book of YOUR CHOICE.

Craft Book Month

If you are a craft book hoarder, you are not alone. Several years ago, I had an urge to dust off my craft books, unfold those crisp pattern sheets and put those patterns to good use by actually making some projects. :)

2014 Craft Book Month Blog Hop!

I’ve teamed up with some fabulous bloggers who will be showing off their projects made from craft books, all month long!

Monday 9/1: Fabric Mutt / Lindsay Sews

Tuesday 9/2: Rae Gun Ramblings / Craftside

Wednesday 9/3: The Feisty Redhead / The Fabric Studio

Thursday 9/4: Marci Girl Designs / Small Town Stitcher

Friday 9/5: LRstitched / A Prairie Sunrise

Monday 9/8: Hopeful Threads / sewVery

Tuesday 9/9: 13 Spools / Lisa Liza Lou

Wednesday 9/10: Stitch This! / My Sewcial Hour

Thursday 9/11: The Littlest Thistle / Fabric Seeds

Friday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / Clover + Violet

Monday 9/15: Inspire Me Grey

Link Up

9/1-9/30: Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to win prizes. To participate in the month-long contest, just link up any project you’ve made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You’ll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October, 1!


1) One entry per person.

2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2014.

3) Create a new blog post or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2014 or later) and link back to Craft Buds/Craft Book Month in your post or photo description. In your post or photo description, make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.

4) All winners chosen via Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!


Visit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept 1-30 and you’ll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from the Craft Book Month sponsors! More info coming soon . . .

Craft Book Month at Craft Buds

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  1. Not sure how I’ve missed this book, but what a GREAT idea! With 6 kiddos in our home, could surely put this too good use! :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Fun theme for a book. Thanks for sharing!

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