Bohemian Baby Doll Dress and Ribbon Wand Tutorial

Elegance and Elephants Bohemian Baby Doll pattern sewn by Rae Gun Ramblings

I have another fabulous pattern to share with you. Heidi of Elegance & Elephants has a brand new pattern out the Bohemian Baby Doll Dress and Top. I’m very much in love with this pattern. I took the pictures of L in her Bohemian Dress at a family dinner and the grandmas and aunties were all gaga over it.

Easy tutorial for ribbon wands and Bohemian Baby Doll dress at Rae Gun Ramblings

But better than that L really likes the dress. I asked what she thought of it and she said that it was more like a T-shirt than a dress. Not sure what that meant I asked if that was a good thing and she said “Oh yes, it’s so comfortable. I’ve always wanted a dress like this”. Warms my aunty heart!

Darling girls dress. Bohemian Baby Doll sewing pattern by Elegance and Elephants sewn by Rae Gun Ramblings

To go with the dress I made a few simple Ribbon Wands and let me just say the girls were really into them. I think these would be fabulous for taking to parades or other Summer and Fourth of July festivities. It’s an project so easy that the little ones can make them themselves.

Ribbon Wand Tutorial

Make simple ribbon wands with craft scraps and wooden dowels. Tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

  • Ribbons, lace, ric rack and/or fabric strips,  of different textures and widths.
  • Wooden dowels

To make your wand simply cut your ribbons, lace, ric rack and fabric strips to different lengths. Lay them together and tie them around your dowel. And then you’re done! Gotta love an easy project.

How to make ribbon wands at Rae Gun Ramblings

Now back to the dress. There are a few details that I just adore. First it slips over the head no fiddling with zippers, buttons, or other closures. Next I love the option of having contrasting fabric for the hem finishing and sleeve lining. It’s such a fun way to have a subtle specialness peek through.

Easy festive ribbon sticks and Bohemian Baby doll sewing pattern at Rae Gun Ramblings

I sewed up a size 7 for L. Her measurements fit that size even though she’s 6.5 and tall she often still wears size 6 in ready to wear garments but I do think the 7 is just perfect for her. It has options for both a top and a dress as well as the cute flutter sleeves I did or a sleeveless variation.

Make festive wands of ribbon and craft scraps to celebrate the Fourth of July - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’d say a patient beginner could pull this off. There isn’t anything very confusing or complicated about the pattern in fact the directions are wonderfully clear. If you’re a more practiced seamstress it is a nice speedy pattern. I sewed it up during one of my baby’s short naps. This has quickly be come a new favorite pattern. T has already asked for one for her too and I’m been thinking of fabric combos to make a few more for the girls. I can see them living  in these all Summer. Buy yours here.

Let’s connect! You can also find me hanging out here.


Snappy Star Baby Shirt

Snappy shirt! Love this fast sewing project for baby - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’ve got another speedy pattern to share with you today. Trust me if I can get sewing done these days it’s got to be fast and easy. This Billy Bright Eyes Snappy Tee pattern by Muse of the Morning is no exception. Plus I think it looks crazy cute on little Teddy don’t you?

Cute boys sewing! Fast and easy snappy shirt easy to wear with pants or a simple diaper cover at Rae Gun Ramblings

I love the little snap detailing. With the variety of specially snaps you can get lots of different looks. I’m a little bit in love with the little star ones that I used. You could even do a pattern tweak and put button holes and interesting buttons in place of the snaps for a fun change.

I think it looks absolutely darling with simple diaper covers like the ones I sell in my shop. I know I’ll be making many more of these tees for my squishy face.

Love this darling little baby shirt sewing pattern. Snappy shirt (how cute are those star snaps!) at Rae Gun Ramblings

My little guy is about 2.5 months old now and I made the smallest size the 3 m. He’s kind of a peanut of a baby on the skinny side. It seems right on for size and I think it should last him for a little bit.

Snappy Tee Pattern review - Rae Gun Ramblings

If you want to sew up your own you can buy the Snappy Shirt Pattern and now through May 17th you can get 30% off all their patterns by using the code BLOGTOUR30. Also be sure to stop by Muse of the Morning in order to enter to win a pattern of your choice!

Let’s connect! You can also find me hanging out here.


Ojai Wrap Pattern Review and Giveaway

Quick and Easy Ojai wrap cardigan - Rae Gun Ramblings

When my friend Justine from Sew Country Chick blog and shop first posted her Ojai Wrap I fell in love so I jumped at the opportunity to join her on her pattern tour. While Teddy is getting better at sleeping (thank goodness) I’m still mostly flailing over here so I love love love how fast this came together.

Great women's sewing project. Quick and easy Ojai wrap - Rae Gun Ramblings

I made the medium size and sewed it up while the little guy slept. With cutting and sewing it came together in just about an hour. The construction is very simple so I think this would be a perfect project for beginners who are passed the simple bag and pajama pant stage. It’s made with knits too so if you’ve been wanting to start sewing with knit but a little nervous this is the perfect starter project to get your feet wet.

Ojai Wrap Pattern review - Rae Gun Ramblings

Luckily Justine is giving away 5 copies of this pattern just enter with the rafflecopter below.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Let’s connect! You can also find me hanging out here.


Cutest Raccoon Coveralls Pattern Review

Raccoon Coveralls Sewing Pattern - Rae Gun Ramblings

Cute boy clothing is hard to find and some of the patterns and fabric options out there aren’t too much better so I’m extra excited to share the cutest raccoon coveralls that I made from Sew Like My Mom’s Kudzu Coverall pattern as a part of a sneaky surprise pattern tour.

 Super cute DIY overalls with raccoon faces - Rae Gun Ramblings

My  cute friend Melissa is the mind behind Sew Like My Mom blog and pattern shop and a few of us sewing bloggers decided to get together for a fun pattern tour because as you can see her patterns are awesome.

Raccoon Coveralls - Rae Gun Ramblings

These coveralls come with the option for a raccoon or owl applique or you can make them plain. It came together so quickly and I think they turned out super sharp looking. I’m excited to make some more plain one’s for Teddy.

 Raccoon Overalls sewing pattern for babies and kids - Rae Gun Ramblings

Melissa has an awesome tutorial for doing appliques but I just did a my simple heat bond top stitch method to make my own fabric iron-ons that I’ve shared before.

 Handmade raccoon baby overalls - Rae GUn Ramblings

I made the smallest size (0-3 months) and a 3T for a little friend. For Teddy’s I did the snap option at the crotch and for the larger size I just sewed up the legs. Teddy is just moving out of newborn sizes (so sad I know!) and the 0-3 wasn’t giant on him but I can tell that it will last for a little bit still.

 Super adorable diy raccoon jumper - Rae GUn Ramblings

If you’re looking to make your own baby or kiddo overalls definitely check out this pattern it’s a keeper. I know I’ll be making many more for my little guy.

Sew Like My Mom Surprise Pattern TourDon’t forget to check out what the other bloggers that are joining in on this flash tour sewed up!

Sew a Straight Line
Rae Gun Ramblings
Andrea’s Notebook
Lemon Squeezy Home
Sew Very
If Only They Would Nap
Living With Punks
Craftiness Is Not Optional
Melly Sews

Adorable raccoon coveralls sewing pattern - Rae GUn Ramblings

Let’s connect! You can also find me hanging out here.



How to Make Baby Clothes from Dad’s Shirt

Take a grown up shirt and turn it into a fun outfit for baby. How to at Rae Gun Ramblings

So I just read an article all about getting your baby to love music. It suggested helping your baby find his or her favorite artist. So after some trial and error we think we’ve hit on something. This guy can’t get enough of Michael Bolton. And well sometimes you just have to indulge your one month old’s musical obsessions. So I present you a Michael Bolton Tour baby gown for Teddy. Ummm yeah just kidding April Fools. Teddy does not listen to Michael Bolton.

UPCYCLED baby outfit tutorial Rae Gun Ramblings

This is actually my April Fools Day joke for my hubby. Remember his gross Michael Bolton shirt that I instagramed a while back? Well after he saw the picture he said “you’re right that shirt is kinda gross” and decided to get rid of it. So yup I saved it and upcycled it into a baby gown.

How to upcycle dad's shirt into clothes for baby at Rae Gun Ramblings

I know baby it’s gross! Only the joke back fired. The husband thought it was weird, not gross, and it ended up being me who was cringing the whole time I had to look at my sweet baby with that grossness on his chest. Oh well.

UPCYCLED baby outfit instructions at Rae Gun Ramblings

But I thought that if it was not such a gross shirt like maybe say a band or sports team or other fun shirt of Dad’s it would make a really daring upcycling project. So to do that find a pattern you like. I used Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop‘s Baby Gown Pattern but I have made almost everything in her Lullaby Line and I like it all!. All you need to do is cut up one side of the shirt and across the shoulder to open up the shirt. This will give you the max fabric surface area to work with. Next lay your pattern out making sure to center any key elements you want to stand out. Four me I had Mr. Bolton’s face on the center fold.

Turn an ordinary T-Shirt into a gown for baby - Rae GUn Ramblings

Depending on how big your original garment is you might need to cut the back piece in pieces but that is not a problem. I cut the back piece in two (instead of on a fold) I just left a little extra room for a seam allowance and sewed the back up as the first step of assembling the outfit. I had to do something similar with one of the sleeves I cut it out of the sleeve/shoulder area so there is a seam across the sleeve but I think that just adds character. So be creative and remember you can always use other fabric to supplement. Like contrasting sleeves could be fun!

How to upcycle an adult shirt into clothing for an infant - Rae Gun Ramblings

And I repeat, Teddy does not like Michael Bolton. Well I take it back Teddy has not heard Michael Bolton. I guess I better check before I make such crazy claims!

You Might Also Like:

Yes! Totally agree. I wish I knew all of these when I was pregnant. Great tips for first time moms.

Best tricks and tips people forget to tell new moms!

Let’s connect! You can also find me hanging out here.


Sew Our Stash and Great Women’s Sewing Patterns

Great sewing patterns and inspiration for women's fashion at Rae Gun Ramblings

It’s time for another round of Sew Our Stash but this last month I’m pretty much in zombie mode as well as what the heck size is my body mode so I didn’t make any wearables this month for myself. So instead of sharing new creations that won’t fit for long I thought I’d share a bunch of great women’s sewing patterns, tutorials, and inspiration pics that I hope to make over this next year.

Don’t forget to swing by Flamingo Toes to see what Bev sewed up this month. And make sure to keep tagging your selfish sewing pictures with #sewourstash and follow Bev and Me on Instagram to see what we’re sewing throughout the month!

Sew Our Stash challenge hosted by Rae Gun Ramblings and Flamingo Toes

Let’s connect! You can also find me hanging out here.


Super Hero Dress and Pow Headband Tutorial

Super Hero Dress and Pow! Headband Tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

Niece T’s super hero addiction is going strong. You might remember that easy Super Hero Tank Dress that I made for her last Spring. Well I don’t think I’ve seen that child wear an article of clothing more so when I saw this awesome comic book page Super Hero fabric at Jo-Ann Fabrics I snatched it up. When I was given the chance to try out Go To Pattern’s Belinda dress I thought it would make the perfect new Super Hero dress and I was right. T is a big fan!

Great girl's sewing patter and Super Hero Comic book headband tutorial - Rae Gun RamblingsIf you’ve been curious about the pattern it’s a really quick and easy sew. I love the pocket shape and that whole front panel is actually a giant pocket. The girls were totally enamored by this!

Super hero girls dress! Made from Go To Patterns' Belinda dress and Pow Headband Tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

T’s kind of picky when it comes to cuffs that pull in. She’s always been like that, she just doesn’t like anything that gets smaller around her so I made a few little changes. Instead of having the bubble style skirt I skipped the band and added that length to the skirt pieces and then just sewed the hem closed with a rolled hem on my serger. And then the cuff on the sleeves I also did the same width of the the sleeve. I love the gathered sleeve and bubble skirt I just had a feeling that T would be a whiner ;)

How to make your own comic book inspired headband - Rae Gun Ramblings

But of course I couldn’t just do the dress, this screamed a need for a fun comic book inspired headband. I was thinking Pow! or Boom! I found a good Pow! design in Cricut Craft Room as well as the fun start burst so I went with that. If you want to make your own it’s super easy.

  1. I used my Cricut to cut out your phrase and start burst out of Iron-On Vinyl (see this iron-on vinyl tutorial if you’ve never done that). If you want it just like mine here’s my Cricut Craft Room file for the Pow headband. If you don’t already have access to the images it will just prompt you to buy them.
  2. Position your star burst onto a piece of felt (but do not affix yet) and mark where the points start. Remove the star burst.
  3. With a 3 step zig-zag stitch sew your felt piece onto an elastic headband between the markings.
  4. Iron the star burst onto a piece of felt.
  5. Cut around the star burst leaving a small boarder.
  6. Iron your phrase on. If the plastic does not cover the whole star burst use the plastic from the start burst and put it over the whole image so you aren’t ironing directly onto the vinyl.
  7. And you’re good to go!

POW! Headband. How to make your own wonderfully geeky comic book inspired accessories - Rae Gun Ramblings

And don’t think this is just for girls. You can put the pow on something smaller or do like T and wrap it around your wrist a few times to make a fun bracelet perfect for play fighting!

Make comic book inspired accessories. Full tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

Pow! There you go. And if you have any questions about the Belinda dress let me know. Otherwise you can grab your own at the Go To Patterns Shop.

Girls love super heros too! DIY comic book dress and headband at Rae Gun Ramblings

Let’s connect! You can also find me hanging out here.


Faux Pocket Tutorial, Great Baby Patterns and Giveaway

Fabulous baby sewing patterns and faux pocket tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’ve whined before about how frustrated I am with boy clothes so when I was given the opportunity to try out the new Lullaby Line from Peek-a-boo Patterns I jumped on the chance. I’ve made a couple things for Toasty so far but to be honest I didn’t love them. But, after trying out these patterns I actually got excited.

Cute clothes for baby boys - Rae Gun Ramblings

It might sound weird but being someone who has spent so many years sewing cute clothes (mostly for girls) and only really having girls in my family, it’s been a little rough for me that Toasty is a boy. Yes I am so excited for him, that’s not it at all but in my head part of being a mom was going to be sewing for my babe and I just didn’t know how/what to sew for a boy plus it took so much to get this little guy I’ve more or less assumed he’ll be our only kiddo.

All that is to say that I’m very grateful for being able to make up these outfits because it allowed something to really click in me and get me excited about my little boy and being his mom in a way that I had just assumed I wouldn’t be. Kinda cheesy but we can blame it on the hormones.

Stylish baby clothes that are boy friendly - Rae Gun Ramblings

The Lullaby Line is made up of a bunch of great basics for babies I tried out the patterns for the body suit, hat, and mittens but I’m super excited to give all the others a go. Since the little guy isn’t here yet I don’t have much to say about sizing although Amy has great tips and suggestions for picking the right size in the instructions. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy these came together. The directions are super clear and easy to follow (which I’ve come to expect from her patterns). But more than that these are FAST.

Darling boy friends baby clothes and faux pocket tutorial at Rae Gun RamblingsI can definitely make these much faster than it would take me to get into the car drive to the store buy an outfit and drive home. Plus I rarely find anything I like in the stores anyways!

Pretty much all pictures of me as an infant I had little baby mittens on, apparently I was a big scratcher and I’ve heard what a nightmare trimming baby nails can be. These little gloves come together so fast I’ve got a bag of scrap knits that will becoming mittens soon! But I think the hat is my favorite. It’s just so cute I can’t wait to put it on his wee head. The pattern actually comes with two other variations so I’m excited to try those out too.

How to add a simple faux pocket to anthing - Rae Gun Ramblings

I didn’t make any changes just added a tiny fake pocket that was so easy. If you want to make your own you’ll just need to cut out a rectangle and then trim one side to a point. Then you fold over and iron down the point plus a little of the edge. Pin the faux pocket on your finished garment and top stitch all around. You could stabilize it with some interfacing but I didn’t have any lightweight stuff and I didn’t want to take away from the coziness of the outfit.

Fabulous sewing patterns for baby and faux pocket tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

If you’re curious I found the awesome black and white print at Girl Charlee and used some green Sew Classic fabric from JoAnn Fabrics as the binding and contrasts.

Make sure to check out how other sewing bloggers are spinning these cute patterns at Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop Blog and on all of the blogs listed below.

In honor of the pattern tour Peek-a-boo Patterns is giving away three 50$ gift certificates to the shop! I’ve blogged about a few of their patterns before and loved them all, really I don’t think you can go wrong the patterns are top notch and extremely well written. Enter the giveaway or stop by the shop to check out the selection if you just can’t wait!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Let’s connect! You can also find me hanging out here.


Image Map

Heart Pocket Tutorial + Bond Top Pattern Review

Darling kids dress and heart pocket tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

My cute friend Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts has come come out with an awesome pattern with her company Beatnik Kids. I just adore The Bond Top pattern and am so excited to share my happy experiences with it. L loved it so much she’s already planning on wearing it this Friday for her free dress day at school!

Quick and easy tutorial for how to make heart pockets. Cute for Valentines decor, clothing and more at Rae Gun Ramblings

I hacked the pattern a little bit to make it a dress and added some  heart pockets. Scroll down for my heart pocket tutorial. Before we get to that here are a few notes about the pattern that you might find helpful.

 Rave reviews for Beatnik Kids The Bond Top sewing pattern. How to make it into a dress and a tutorial for heart shaped pockets - Rae Gun Ramblings

Just for reference L is 5, skinny, but not short. Based on her measurements I cut a size 4 for her but lengthened it because she wanted a dress. To do that I angled the side out towards the size 8 hemline and then added another 3 inches.

Cute sewing pattern for kids. The Bond Shirt from Beatnik Patterns sewn by Rae Gun Ramblings

Confession: While I’m totally comfortable making princess dresses collars, plackets, and other menswear details always make me a bit nervous. Luckily the pattern and directions were really easy to follow so it went pretty well. I wouldn’t think of this as a very beginner type of project but it’s not particularly complicated either.

 How to make heart pockets sewing tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

Now, making your own heart shaped pockets is really easy. Make some to add to a cute Valentine’s day outfit, add details to purse or even pillow cases. Really the possibilities for cuteness are endless.

  1. Make yourself a heart shaped pattern.
  2. For each pocket cut two fabric hearts.
  3. With right sides together sew around the edge of the heart leaving a small gap on one of the straight edges of the heart in order to flip it right side out. I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
  4. Wedge out the point of the heart and snip all around the heart up to the sewing line but not cutting the stitching.
  5. Flip right side out and iron down.
  6. Pin to your garment or project.
  7. Sew from the middle of the rounded edge, down around the point to the other rounded edge making sure to back stitch at be beginning and the end.

Easy tutorial on how to make heart shaped pockets - Rae Gun Ramblings

And there you go you have a cute little heart pocket! Thanks so much Stacey for inviting me to be a part of your pattern tour! See what other bloggers have done with this pattern all week long. Today Rachel from Once Upon a Sewing Machine is sharing her version too.

Bond Top Pattern Tour from Beatnik Patterns and discount code - Rae Gun Ramblings

In honor of the pattern tour and Kids Clothes Week, Beatnik Kids is be having a sale. Use the code BONDTOP to receive 2 dollars off the original $8 price. This is such a cute pattern if you have any inclination I suggest you snatch it up at this price!

Let’s connect! You can also find me hanging out here.

Maternity Bess Top Pattern Review and Giveaway

Imagine Gnats' Bess Top Maternity-ized by Rae Gun Ramblings

So I found another awesome shirt pattern! I was really excited when I was invited to be a part of Imagine Gnats pattern tour, I’ve been wanting to try out the cute Bess Top pattern since I’ve seen peoples versions of the shirt circulating on Instagram. But I was even more excited when I sewed up the shirt and tried it on.

DIY maternity shirt. Imagine Gnats Bess top sewn by Rae Gun Ramblings

Not only is it a SUPER quick and easy sew, I really love the fit. I did not alter the pattern at all to make it Toasty (prego) friendly. All I did was make the front piece out of a knit. This pattern is made to be used with woven (non-stretchy) fabrics but I’m just a rebel like that.

Quick easy shirt pattern that can be adapted for maternity - Rae Gun Ramblings

It comes in three lengths: shirt, tunic, and dress. I made the tunic since I figured that it would easily cover my bump now and then it would be just a normal tunic after Toasty comes.

Great fast and easy shirt pattern. Perfert as maternity or regular wear - Rae Gun Ramblings

Also I LOOOOOVE that it has two necklines. Really why don’t more patterns do this? Rachael is a genius that must be it. PS you know you love my startle face. PSS did you notice the new white walls? SOOOOO much better that the old yellow!

Maternity Bess Top. Great sewing pattern that works for pregos and normal bodies alike! Review at Rae Gun Ramblings

But back to the pattern, if you want to join me in “Sewing Our Stash” and making more wearables for yourself this is a great pattern to add to your collection. There are only a few steps so it comes together very fast. And I just love how unique a design it is. Simple but with cool details. I will definitely be making more.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enter to win a copy of the pattern (or a different one of the Imagine Gnats patterns) in the rafflecopter above. Also if you just can’t wait use the code “januarytour” in the Imagine Gnats shop to receive 20% off of any of her patterns. While you’re there be sure to check out her cute fabrics, I bought some darling ones for Toasty a few weeks ago (spoiled boy).

january pattern tour button 466And make sure you check out all the other great bloggers who are joining in on the pattern tour. I think it’s so fun to see different versions of the same patterns. Thanks so much to Rachael for having me on the tour. See more at her shop and her blog!

Inder Loves Folk Art / mon petit lyons / Sew Delicious
la inglesita / Miss Matatabi / Rae Gun Ramblings
Welcome to the Mouse House / Casa Crafty
Make it Handmade / Made with Moxie / Buzzmills
girl like the sea / just me jay / Play Crafts
Sew Well Maide / Sew Charleston / Mingo and Grace
Caila Made / Sewbon / do Guincho / call ajaire
Alison Glass / a.Amelia Handmade / Bored & Crafty
you & mie / Stitched Together / things for boys
fake it while you make it / Sanae Ishida
Behind the Hedgerow / I Seam Stressed / Charming Doodle
The Crafty Kitty / Siestas & Sewing / Figgy’s

Let’s connect! You can also find me hanging out here.