Harry Potter Fashion Sew Our Stash

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Are you ready for some awesome Harry Potter Fashion?

DIY Hogwarts Swim Team Shorts fun Harry Potter Fashion

It’s the last Thursday of the month as well as Happy Harry Potter week 2 which means I’ve got a Sew Our Stash Harry Potter edition coming at you. And I have to say that I absolutely ADORE the two items I made for myself this month.

Harry Potter board shorts and towel. And other DIY potter fashion

I liked my shirts from last month and have worn them a ton but I squealed from delight when I finished my two pieces for this month.

How awesome are these Harry Potter inspired Hogwarts Swim Team Board Shorts DIY sewing pattern

The first are these swim shorts. I used the Swim and Surf pattern by Gracious Threads along with some board short material that I got from Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop. And I couldn’t resist attacking them with heat transfer vinyl to add Hogwarts Swim Team emblem to them with my Cricut explore. And you guys I TOTALLY love them.

DIY women board short sewing patten review

I made the size 16 in the Run (medium) length. I like it a lot but I think I’ll make the Swim (shortest) length next. I did the simplest version without a tie or eyelets and used regular elastic instead of multiple rows of swim elastic. I figure IF I wear them in the water and the elastic breaks down fast I can just open the casing and replace it easy peasy. If you’re looking for an easy and cute board short pattern I highly recommend this pattern. I will definitely be making more for myself!

Fabulous swim short sewing pattern for women plus how fun Hogwarts swim team board shorts

I’m sharing this as a part of the Summer Swimwear Tour hosted by by Call Ajaire, Gracious Threads, and The Wolf and the Tree  to see more awesome DIY Swimwear, get discounts, and enter their fabulous giveaway see this post! I had originally planned on sharing my easy technique for making bias tape like I used on the shorts BUT I had some major technical issues so I’ll have to share that later.

Deathly Hallows tank top. Santa Fe sewing pattern review. DIY shirt

Now to my second creation the Santa Fe Top by Hey June Handmade. You all know I love Adrianna’s patterns. I seriously love this tank. I made the Large which was exactly what my measurements suggested I should make and I think it fits great.

Super cute women's tank pattern. Great fit and fast sew. I will be making many more

I love the flowy style and the various options. I’m excited to try both the more narrow tank version (this is the wider tank) as well as the actual sleeved versions.

Fabulous diy harry potter tank and sewing pattern review for women

It came together SO fast I really can’t wait to make more. Goodness I really need to just cut out a bunch. Of course I had to add some Iron-on vinyl again because I just can’t handle plain clothes and I think the Deathly Hallows sign on it is the perfect compliment. And it’s totally just a tad off center ugh but I don’t think I’ll ever but still enough or the shirt will be sitting just so that most people would be able to notice without staring and then they would be the weirdos right!?

Don’t forget to check out the awesome top that Bev from Flamingo Toes made! We would love you to join us by tagging your selfish sewing with #sewourstash and challenging ourselves to sew at least one wearable item each month for ourselves.

And there’s still time to enter the Happy Harry Potter giveways! They are amazing guys!

 

 

Awesome Must Sew Patterns for Women and Sew Our Stash

I’ve been on a sewing spree so I thought I’d gather up some awesome women’s sewing patterns and inspiration as a sort of to-do list.

I want to sew all of them. So many great sewing patterns for women. Great DIY fashion

It is indeed Sew Our Stash day. And I DID make myself something (wahooo) my Vintage Kitchen Kitty dress that I already showed off. But between Easter, which I did quite a bit of other sewing (for the kids), spring break, and company, that I didn’t have time to make a second item. But if you haven’t seen my dress yet I love it and I also share an easy tutorial for how to make the back stretchy even when using non-stretchy fabrics!

Love this idea to add an elastic back panel to DIY sewing dresses so they always fit no matter your weight changes! Great tutorial with lots of steps and pictures

Something about Spring fires up my sewing bug. Maybe that we aren’t constantly bundled under layers and coats, but regardless of the reason here are some fabulous sewing projects for women I hope to be adding to my stack and eventually my closet!

Must sew them all. Great DIY women's clothing sewing patterns.

Must Sew Women’s Patterns

Did you sew something for yourself this month? I’d love to see it remember to tag your pictures #sewourstash and follow me on Instagram at @raegunramblings to see my behind the scenes SOSing all month. And don’t forget to see what Bev from Flamingos Toes made this month!

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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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Easy DIY Bunny Costume and Easter Outfits

Some of my favorite creations have been made at the very last minute. This cute bunny costume is definitely one of them.

Love this easy bunny costume tutorial. Great fast sewing project for Easter or Halloween.

Last Easter I was running behind with everything and all of a sudden the church Easter egg hunt was the next morning. Luckily my fabric hoarding self had everything I needed on hand to make a cute little bunny outfit for my little bunny err bear.

Sweetest bunny costume and only takes 1 hour to sew. Fun for Easter, Halloween or just a cute hat during colder months.

I am especially in love with the little bunny outfit because it reminds me of one of our favorite books I Am A Bunny by Ole Rison and Illustrated by Richard Scary. We discovered it around Easter last year but it has stayed a favorite! It is the sweetest tall board book. I love the story and so does Teddy.i am a bunny fabulous book for little ones for Easter (or really all year around). Plus easy DIY bunny costume

Last year Teddy was just under 1 year old when I made it and I did the smallest size of the All in One Hooded Scarf PDF pattern (so I had immediate access gotta love digital patters!). This is the same pattern I used for Teddy’s crocodile hood for our Naked and Afraid costumes last Halloween. He is still comfortably wearing the hood now at 2 years old. The sizing is pretty generous which works great for a hood but just in case you want a more fitted look you might want to compare a the pattern piece to a hood your kiddo is wearing now before picking your size.

1 hour DIY bunny costume. Easy sewing project for Easter, Halloween, or just a cute anytime hat.

Make A Simple Bunny Costume

Just cut up the pattern and sew according to the pattern. It’s very easy. And to make more of a caplet like I made just add one button and buttonhole at the top corners instead of the two down the front that is shown in the pattern directions. For the bunny tail I made a little circle pattern by tracing a circle from a glass (you could totally free hand it). Then I cut a circle of fleece and safety pinned them onto Teddy’s pants. If you want more of a poof style you could make a large pom pom out of matching yard.

I need this baby bunny hat. 1 hour sewing project good for Easter, Halloween, or any time sewing.

We get comments on this sweet little hood every time Teddy wears it. And I just think Teddy looks SO stinking cute in it so I put it on him all the time. He wears the hood down sometimes while we’re in a store and when we’re about to walk back outside I tell him to “bunny up” to keep his head and ears warm.

1 hour DIY baby bunny hat and tail. Such a cute costume for Easter, Halloween or any time with the hat.

And while I’m sharing last year’s Easter creations I thought I’d share the official Easter outfits. That I made everyone. If you’re still hoping to whip up some festive outfits these are great ones that can be made really fast at the last minute. Ask me how I know ;)

Cute handmade Easter outfits for all the kids. Sewing patterns used listed.

What I used for everyone’s outfits:

Made this bunny outfit the morning of our Easter egg hunt. Little one wears the bunny hat all the time. Easy 1 hour sewing project.

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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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DIY Slouchy Sweatshirt Hack + Sew Our Stash

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I am still giddy at how easy it was to tweak one of my favorite patterns to make a slouchy sweatshirt.

DIY slouchy sweatshirt great tutorial

Ever since I got my Owlcrate sweatshirt I’ve been obsessed with making more girly sweatshirts. I have never been a sweatshirt girl but this one has such a feminine cut with it’s wide neckline and fitted bodice. Luckily I’ve been hording this great floral sweatshirt fabric so it was pretty much meant to be.
quick and easy DIY slouchy sweatshirt sewing pattern hack

Since it is the last Thursday of the month that makes it Sew Our Stash day. I’m so excited we’re doing this again. Since I now have TWO new sweatshirts that I love.

Love this how to take a regular raglan and turn it into a slouchy sweatshirt

I made both using the Lane Raglan pattern by Hey June Handmade. Even though my sweatshirt knits had almost zero stretch I cut the same size as I’ve made before (a large) and it worked beautifully.

Basic raglan pattern hacked into a slouchy sweatshirt

I did make a couple tweaks to the pattern to get the more relaxed look. I really love that it scoops down in the back the same as the front. I adore the black one it’s perfect. The floral one I like a lot but the print makes the fabric more stiff and it’s heavier and just a little too warm. Both sweatshirt fabrics I found at Girl Charlee the stripes have been in my stash from a trip to LA Fabric district ages ago.

Super easy sewing hack. Make a DIY slouchy sweatshirt

  1. Instead of the front and back bodice pieces of the Lane Shirt Pattern I cut two fronts. This helps to get the wider slouchy look.
  2. On the pattern the sleeve goes up to accommodate the back bodice pattern piece but you want it to fit with two fronts so cut  your sleeve pieces by folding your sleeve pattern in half and only use the “front half” on the fold.
  3. Add two inches to the waist band. I have wider hips and I new with the lack of stretch in my fabrics that I would need a little more room for it to look right. I didn’t change the bodice pieces and they stretched fine to fit the bigger band. I made sure to put the bodice piece down when I serged the two together.
  4. I did not add any length to the neck band. Okay I did at first I added 2 inches to the pattern (totally the length to 4 inches) and that was TOO MUCH. It didn’t lay right at all. So I cut it back down to size and it worked great. BUT next time I am going to try adding 1/2 inch to the pattern since I think I’d like even a wider neckline.

Great sewing tutorial for turning a regular shirt pattern into a slouchy sweatshirt

Also have I mentioned how awkward it is to take pictures of yourself? Especially when your camera battery is low and the the self timer takes FOREVER to take the 10 pictures it’s supposed too? Umm yeah well it’s awkward.

DIY slouchy sweatshirt quick and easy diy sewing hack

Don’t forget to hop over and check out what Bev made this month and keep tagging your sewing with #sewourstash we LOVE seeing what you’ve been up to.

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Bottoms Up Pants Pattern Review

Flat front baby pants pattern - Rae Gun Ramblings

I didn’t write out any formal resolutions or goals this year but one thing I do want to do is make something for me and something for Teddy each month. I’m excited to already be able to check off Teddy’s creation for the month. Are these pants not the cutest in the world?

Bottoms Up Pants - Rae Gun Ramblings

My husband is totally go with the flow with most thinks I make, but these pants I could just tell he really liked them. When it was time to wash them he kept on asking if it was okay to wash them normally because he didn’t want to mess him up. After he nervously asked for the 3rd time if I was sure I said if they get messed up (which I did not think was an option) I can just make another pair. And he said, “But this pair is perfect!” Warms my cockles.

If Only Designs Bottoms Up Pants sewn by Rae Gun Ramblings

I made them with If Only Designs awesome Bottoms Up pattern. I am in love with the pattern. It’s so so speedy and the fit is just darling. I made Teddy the 12 month size since he’s starting to grow out of his 9 month things. These fit great and have a little room to grow.There are a bunch of pocket options (or no pockets) and of course I wanted to add my own little flair hence the bird.

Secret bird baby pants - Rae Gun Ramblings

The little bird pops out but it’s attached so you don’t have to worry about losing it. I love how the front of the pants are flat but it’s still elastic in the back. Including the bird addition it took me less than an hour to make these. I know I’m a fast sew-er but still that’s a pretty quick project. These are simple enough and the directions are super easy to follow that I think a patient beginner could pull them off no problem.

Quick and Easy flat front baby pants pattern - Rae Gun Ramblings

I may be a tiny bit obsessed with the bird pocket detail. Don’t be surprised if you see more secret pockets in the future! I’ll be sharing how to make your own little pop up bird pocket on Monday so make sure to check back in to catch the full tutorial and a video on how the little bird pops out.

To celebrate the release of the Bottoms Up pattern If Only Designs is offering it for 25% off through 1/18/2015 no need for a code the price is already discounted! See what others have made from this great pattern over at If Only They Would Nap.

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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!

Rules

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 Random.org. Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!

Prizes

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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How to Use Kid’s Art in Sewing Projects

Tips on incorporating kids art into your sewing (this would be so cute for grandparent and teacher gifts) - Rae Gun Ramblings

One of my favorite projects was my kid painted dresses from a few years ago where I had the nieces paint on fabric and then I sewed them dresses from the fabric. It was so fun and they proudly wore them. Now that they’ve been really getting in to drawing I thought it would be fun to do a spin on that project. My friend Veronica of Sew Very released her awesome Sunny pattern and I thought the neck ruffle provided the perfect canvas for my little artists. I showed them both the picture of the pattern and they got excited.

Get kids to draw on fabric for an interesting and fun pop in a sewing project - Rae Gun Ramblings

This was so easy. You can have your kiddos design some fabric to integrate into your sewing either for their own garments like I did or how fun would it be to make something up for grandma our your favorite teacher. But I do have some tips to set you up for success.

Convert kids art into fabric designs for their own clothes or unique gifts - Rae Gun Ramblings

What you Need.

  • Fabric Markers (I found mine at Jo-ann Fabrics and Crafts)
  • A sewing project cut out
  • Packing Tape

Tips on using fabric markers - Rae Gun Ramblings

What to Do

  1. Start by picking a project that has a section you’d want to feature kid art. I recommend starting small like the neck ruffle, a pocket, or border hem.
  2. Cut the pieces out and then tape the piece you want them to decorate right side up to a table. This will stabilize the fabric making it easier to draw on. I also recommend taping over any space that you need for seam allowances (you don’t want to cut off their masterpiece). I did not do this but both girls made designs that had a center so I wish that I wish that I would have marked the center on their fabric. T’s was a bit off so I just hacked off some of one of the ends of the ruffle so it would fall more center.
  3. Then let them go at it!
  4. After that all you have to do is assemble your project like normal.

Sunny dress featuring kid art on the ruffle - Rae Gun Ramblings

Now a little about the Sunny pattern. It comes in both a top and a dress with an option for ruffle and one without. I did both dresses with ruffles since that’s what the girls picked. It came together super fast. The directs are really clear and I think this would be a doable project for a beginner. I think the girls might be able to sew their own with a little help on the ruffle part so I think an adult beginner with a little patience can totally do this.

Darling Sunny Dress sewing pattern - Rae Gun Ramblings

T is 7.5 and L is almost 6 and based on their measurements I sewed up the size 6 and 7 and I think it fit them really well. After I was done taking pictures T said “this is really comfortable I’m going to just keep it on” yay. Really there’s not much more you can ask after you sew a kiddo something than that they actually WANT to wear it.

Sunny Dress sewing pattern with ruffle - Rae Gun Ramblings

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Thanks so much to Veronica for inviting me to try out your pattern! And if you want to sew your own you can get yours here. And as a part of the pattern turn August 11th – 17th, use code SUNNY20 at checkout to save 20% off the regular price when you purchase the sewVery Sunny Dress & Top Pattern. Be sure to wee how the other bloggers sewed up this pattern too!

How to turn kids art into fabric designs for their own clothes or unique gifts - Rae Gun Ramblings

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Pattern Anthology Make (Believe)

Pattern Anthology (Make Believe)

Have you had a chance to see Pattern Anthology‘s new line of patterns, Make (Believe). I’m seriously swooning over here. I am so blown away by the creativity of these girls. I love the line and can’t wait until Teddy can fit (the smallest sizes are 12 months). They have four top/jacket patterns and they each come with a slew of variations (see them all in the look book below).  I hope to make a few of them up for the nieces for their back to school wardrobe!


Not only do they have the awesome unisex kids patterns but they have created a super cool ebook that I was lucky enough to be able to review along with the patterns and I have to say it’s pretty fun. It’s full of great activities to do with the kids.

Pattern Anthology packages

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