Then you’ll fit right in on Valentine’s Day. Cause you’re….BOWlicious!
I mean, you BOW me away.
You’re bow cute?
I bow-lieve in you! (and I’m hair for you)
Call the bolice.
Why are Valentines so cheesily fun??
It’s the only time I can get away with the dumbest one-liners and my (almost) 8-year thinks I’m fantastic.
Come be fantastic with us! Let’s make Valentines!
Here’s what you do…..
Download and Print our free Bowlicious Valentines HERE.
This is a 12-page pdf document with different sayings and color options.
You can print in color, or print the Black and White pages and let your child color in the rest.
• They work best printed on Cardstock (rather than paper)
• I prefer sending the document to Office Depot so they can print for me on their nice machines. I print to their heaviest cardstock, which has a semi-gloss finish on the front and back (the cardstock they use for business cards)
• If you only want to print one of the styles—open the document, open the thumbnail view, and delete the pages you don’t want, and resave. Then send to your print shop and print multiple copies.
• Do not “scale” the settings when you print, unless you’d like the valentine’s to print smaller.
When your valentines are printed….
Find or make hair bows.
I found all of these at Target and Forever 21.
If you can’t find hairbows for cheap, you can make them!
Here are a few ideas:
• cut fabric strips (serge the edges if you have a serger), tie it into a bow, thread a bendy clip in the back.
• make simple felt bows and glue a clip to the back.
• use ribbon, washi tape, whatever you have on hand and get creative!
Now combine the two together!
Lucy loved helping with this part. It was like Christmas cards all over again.
• Personalize the cards with your Valentine’s name and who it’s from.
• Cut along the dotted line.
• Cut two slits with a craft knife. It helps to place a piece of tape on the back of the card at the edges of the slits so the card doesn’t tear as you attach the bow.
• Thread the bow through the slits.
And you’re done!
Now repeat and repeat and you’re ready for the 14th.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
I guess delicates isn’t exactly the right term here. But calling them jammies would give off the wrong vibe.
Mostly, I wanted to sew a pajama set that was soft and girly for my dainty Lucy girl, who’s tiny body is so full of energy it’s often bouncing off the walls.
And Kid’s Clothes Week seemed like the perfect time. In fact, I love it when KCW rolls around because I just have fun free-sewing—without thinking about making a tutorial and documenting each little step (though I do think this would make a darling pattern. hmmm…..)
If you’re new to Kid’s Clothes Week (organized by Elsie Marley), it’s a week dedicated to well, sewing for kids! But you only have to do it a bit at time, one hour a day. It’s that simple motivation you need to just do it. And when hundreds of other sewers are doing it too (and sharing cool creations in the group here and here) you just want to sew more.
So the other day when the kids were home from school for a snow day, I whipped something up. Shorts and snow. They totally go together. And so does Fold Over Elastic (FOE) right?
I pulled out some of my most lightweight cottons from the stash and a grabbed whatever fun trims I’d accumulated over the years. Btw, I fully believe that when you see a trim you love, even if you’re not sure what you’re going to do with it, you should buy it. You’ll use it one day. And today I grabbed the turquoise FOE and the large spool of blue elastic purchased at the FIDM scholarship store 2 years ago, and turned them into Lucyisms.
For the shirt I drafted a quick peasant top pattern so it would be roomy and comfy for sleeping, with slightly larger armholes.
I serged the sleeve edges with a dainty rolled hem and sewed the elastic exposed on the neckline, leaving extra length at the neck to tie it in a bow. Then I sewed the whole thing up in about an hour. And it totally turned out how I pictured in my head—I love those kind of projects. Lucy loved it too.
For the shorts I used the KID Shorts Pattern and made some slight adjustments. I flared the bottom of the legs out a bit to make them extra roomy but I think that the look would have worked better with a silky/satin fabric. I trimmed extra length from the legs to make them extra short (within reason and taste of course). Then I trimmed a good 1.5 inches from the waist so I could bind the edge with Fold Over Elastic for the waistband, instead of sewing a casing and stringing elastic through. I’m still playing with this and will have to share a tutorial another time when I work out the kinks.
But overall they turned out really cute and look more like “delicates” than playtime shorts.
And I’m always amazed at how a little hemming and elastic can turn this crazy mess,
Sewing impresses me every time! Even when you’ve been doing it for years.
So there you go.
A simple set of dainties for my dainty.
I’m sure I’ll be making more.
Because the other good news is….if you wake up late for school, just throw on your jeans and call it a Pajama day!
Sweet dreams, sweet girl.
The coolest thing about creating a pattern, is to see how differently each person interprets it.
And I love it when you share your creations with me.
So today I’m going to share YOU….and your Baby Doll Baskets, cause they’re making me smile.
Smile Exhibit A: this fantastic combo by Vanessa of LBG Studio. You must click over to see more lovely photos. Oh how I love her style (and her sweet Mooshka dolls. I got a few for Clara too)
Jenny uploaded these to the Flickr group and made the coolest babydoll wrap to go along. Click over for more photos and fabric details.
Here’s a cheery collage of Instagram pics, all tagged with #babydollbasketmade:
TOP: @mtgoddess • @amydunn • @bentegundelsby
MIDDLE: @izamonky • @gluesticksblog • @elstonk
BOTTOM: @mtgoddess • @ilovebuttonsbyemma • @mimipalmer
…and some photos of fabric scheming and projects in the works:
@mybellababyshop • @wrholley • @amydunn:
Larissa from Just Another Day in Paradise blogger her darling Fox basket along with thoughts on using our patterns. If you’re someone who doesn’t typically follow patterns and you’ve been on the fence about it, check out what she has to say.
And just yesterday, Anneliese from Aesthetic Nest posted not one, not two, but three beautiful baskets she made for Waldorf Dolls. I love how these baskets work for any toy! Her post also shows how to add pockets on the inside of the basket to hold items. LOVE.
Keep the inspiration coming friends!
You can purchase the Baby Doll Basket Pattern HERE.
If you’ve made one and would like to share:
• Tag your pics on Instagram to #babydollbasketmade and tag me as well @danamadeit
• Upload photos to the You MADE It Flickr group
• Email your pics to me: danawillard (at) gmail (dot) com
Have a great Thursday.
At least that’s how the project seems at 8pm.
And then Casey walks by my sewing machine to say goodnight, and I’m still finishing the last 4 bags…
But hey if you’re gonna sew one, you might as well sew many! Right?
And then tie them up with business cards inside?
This was my game plan for the fantastic Alt Design Summit that I attended last week.
This was my third year as a speaker, and as I’ve posted in the past here and here, Alt never disappoints. It’s a blast! And the networking, learning, phototaking, and conversations are top notch.
But I’ll share all that in another post.
Today let’s talk business cards.
Each year I leave them to the last minute.
Which means, I keep the design simple.
They’re 5×7 postcards, designed in Illustrator, and printed to heavy cardstock.
And they’re nothing compared to letterpressed, 3-D, goodies-attached kind of business cards that many Alt attendees hand out. But I’m fine with that.
And for a few key contacts, I bumped the presentation up by adding a tote bag. Hey, maybe if I’m on top of it next year, I should have MADE Everyday bags printed! Wouldn’t that be fun?
I used my Basic Pocket Tote tutorial, with fabrics from Ikea and Joann Fabrics. But the beauty of bags is that there are so many options! Click a tutorial button below for all the info:
I can never decide if this green fabric looks better cut vertically as the grainline recommends, or if I like it off-the-grain….and whether I should sew the straps to the inside of the bag or the outside. Guess I like them both!
With the bags finished, I grabbed my stack of cards and started wrapping.
(you know that moment when you say the same word over and over again and it starts to sound weird?…..)
I folded the front of the bag up, to create a faux pocket, and tucked a business card inside. Then I flipped the bag over to the back and folded both sides in. I taped the straps down in the back and then tied it up.
Then I wrapped up 9 more in the hotel room in Salt Lake City. Because hotel bedding makes the perfect photo backdrop. I’m gonna remember that.
And there you go—-Business Card Bag.
…..which oddly enough totally matches the clothes that I threw in my suitcase for the weekend.
Funny how the brain works.
Have a great day!