Free Patterns in the month of Sept

Wow, the russian site leko is giving away all their patterns for free for the month of sept.   Granted, it’s only for 2 sizes (they say they are equivalent to burda 42 and 44, so us sizes 10 & 12) .  But for the awesome price of free, I am willing to alter.   It’s also fun to just see how certain pattern pieces are drafted too.

This is their website http://leko-mail.net/mod-e.php

I am especially interested in this coat.

Adding Sleeves To A Onesie

I’ve gotten a few emails asking me where I got the onesie with the alternate color sleeves in the Toby turns zero post.

Well, guess what? I made that. Not the whole thing of course, I’m just a tad too busy for that. I had purchased all these short sleeve onesies for my baby shower, but it’s still a bit cold for Toby to be laying around in short sleeves. So I decided to add some sleeves to them, it’s super easy.

Want to see how?

1. Determine roughly how long and how wide you want your sleeve. Cut a piece of fabric twice the width and the length plus 1 inch. With the right side of the fabric facing each other, sew down the long side. Flip one of the widthwise raw edges over and sew that down. I did this with a combo of a serger and a sewing machine, but you can really even do this by hand since there is so little sewing.

2. With the sleeve still inside out and matching the cut edge with the edge of the onesie sleeves, feed the sleeve through the neckhole of the onsie.


3. Match up the cut edge of the sleeve with the edge of the onesie sleeve and sew it down.





4. Trim threads and flip the sleeve inside out. Yay, you have a onesie with one long sleeve! Now, you can leave it like that for the one armed 80’s look or repeat this on the other sleeve.

Super Easy Adjustable Baby Sling Tutorial

I’m sure there are hundreds of baby sling tutorials out there, but I still wanted to share mine. Because damn it, what is the internet good for, if it doesn’t offer you different choices?

This one is based on a professional sling that a friend gave us. Basically it’s a long piece of cloth with two O-rings attached to it. See? SUPER simpler.

What you will need.


Fabric: you’ll need a piece that’s 33 X 70, your exact length will depend on your height and how low you want your sling to hang. Some pins (although these are kind of optional, depends on precise you want to be). Sewing equipment (notice I didn’t say sewing machine here, you can hand sew if you want. Me? I am too lazy for hand sewing), 2 steel rings. EXCEPT You’ll want rings that are 2 inches wide, like these below. The rings in the original picture turned out to be too small. I got these at Home Depot, in the hardware section.

Now, what you will want to do is to fold up one end of the fabric. Bringing the sides to the middle and then repeat. Ignore the wrinkles, there is no time for ironing, I have a newborn! :)

In case the top picture is not clear, here’s the fold done in paper. Easier to understand?

Feed the folded end through your two rings. If you want to be precise, you can pin the layers down and feed everything through carefully. Don’t poke your fingers like I did.

Flip the end over the rings, and sew it down. I’ll have to take a picture of this soon.

You are done! To wear, feed the other end through both rings and then again through one ring. Here’s an action shot of the sling.

Recent sewing class.

Pictures from recent sewing classes. I have to get better about remembering to take pictures!

He was so happy about his new PJs!

A student’s tote bag from Tote-A-licious

Thing-A-Day- Book Purses – Bang For the Last Day.

Well, the third trimester of this pregnancy has hit me much harder than the first two,  I did miserable at the thing a day challenge this year.   But here’s a good effort for the last day.  I even made a tutorial for this.

Book Purse Tutorial

Book Purse/Clutch

A purse for the librarian in you.  (Update:  If any of you makes a book purse, please send me a pic!  I would love to post it.)

1.  Find an old hard covered book with an interesting cover.

2.  Use a X-acto knife and cut out all the pages of the book.  You
should now have just the book cover. I know, I know, this part is PAINFUL…  But you can maybe make some pretty book art from it.

3.  Cut a piece of fabric the same size as the book cover, fold the
edges in 1/2 inch and iron.  Uhhh…. I forgot to take a picture at this step, so here are some cherry blossoms from Tokyo instead.

4.  If you are making a clutch, you can skip this step and go onto step 5.  If you want a purse, this is the time to dig out your purse handles.  You can buy purse handles in a lot of places nowadays.  Just google it.  These handles I have here, they each have a little slot for attaching it to a purse.  Your purse handles could be totally different, so you have to get creative by yourself here. But the basic idea is to use some of your fabric to create straps for attaching your handles to the inside of the book.

Sew the strips with the right sides facing each other, turn them inside out, fit them through the handles and sew the straps together.

5.  Glue the fabric straps to the book (Of course, you don’t do this for the clutch).  And also glue the piece from step 4 onto the book.   I use E6000, which is like the mother of all craft glues for this.  Be warned though, it also smells like the mother of all craft glues.

6.  Now set that aside to let it dry and we are going to make the insides of the purse.  Get out a large piece of paper, or just tape two together like I have done half-assedly here.  Trace the cover of your book on a large piece of paper, making sure to MARK both ends of the spine of the book on your paper.

7.Measure the width of one side of the book, and draw a line that is that same length about 75 degrees from where you marked the beginning of the spine.  This angle controls how wide your purse will open.    The smaller the angle the wider your purse will open.

8.  Now you are going to duplicate the line to the other side by cutting out the line and the fold the paper over width-wise.

9.  Now do the same lengthwise, so you reproduce the triangle on the other side also.

10.  Cut two pieces of this out of the fabric for the lining of the purse.

11.  Take one of the pieces of the fabric, with the right sides of the fabric facing each other, sew the edges of the triangles to the edges of the square.

12. Repeat with the other piece of fabric.  Turn one of them inside out, you should now have something that looks like this picture.

13.  Put the right side out piece inside the wrong side out piece, and sew around the top edge.  You need leave a hole big enough for you to put hand though.

14.  Put your hand through the hole you left, and turn the whole thing inside out.  Stitch down the hole.  You should now have something that looks like this.  (I also topstitched around the top edge for a cleaner finish)

15.  Sew velcor onto either side of the purse.

16.  The end is near, can you feel it?  Glue the insides to the book frame you created earlier.  Hopefully, the glue will be dry already from the earlier step (if not, you should really wait for it to dry, this is advice coming from the world’s most impatient person, so trust it!)

17.  Done!!

18.  Variations: Some people find that the velcro doesn’t do a great job of keeping the purse closed.  I think it depends on the thickness of the spine of the book, but you could always make a clasp closure of some kind and glue it at the same time as the handles.  You can also obvious decorate the surface of the book if it’s too plain for you.

Thing-A-Day Feb 8th

This didn’t turn out very well.  But the MAN was sweet and wears it with pride.

Thing-A-Day Feb 6th

Jumper from my sewing for toddler’s class

Thing-A-Day Feb 2nd

For thing-a-day Feb 2nd and also a friend’s baby shower.   The tree trunk and grass fabric were fabric that was picked by the mom-to-be and we were supposed to make something in the theme of jungle.