Choosing Fabric for Children’s Clothing

Choosing fabric for children’s clothing can be tricky. The fabrics available in many local stores lend themselves well to quilting and home decor but often not clothing, especially for children. Left with few option, most home sewists turn to quilting cotton. This can work great for structured dresses or ruffly skirts but not for other garments, especially pants and tops.
When looking for fabrics for children think about the drape and weight. When shopping online, check their suggestions for the fabric. If it says it suggests the fabric to be used for home decor, skip it.

GTP Tour: Sew a Straight Line

Sabra from Sew a Straight Line is pretty much a sewing genius. She sews her own jeans and looks fantastic and not like she's wearing pajama jeans or jeans her grandmother made (no offense to grandmothers everywhere). She made the most amazing Study Hall Jacket a couple months ago and she's back with a simplified […]

75+ DIY Halloween Costume Tutorials Roundup

As the 3rd Annual Handmade Costume Series wraps up I thought it would be fun to look back at all the tutorials we’ve shared. If you need to know how to make a Halloween or dress up costume of any kind this is the place to look! From ninjas costumes to princess costumes and everything in between (ipod’s, anyone?) they’re all here! We’ve got mermaids and chefs, dragons, elephants, woodland creatures, hedgehogs, peacocks, fish, gnomes and dwarves, vikings, ewoks, R2D2, Rapunzel, Belle, Tinkerbelle, Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy, Jessie, The Lorax, Fairies, Nacho Libre, Stick Men, Upsidedown men, witches, cats, legos, Wall-E, ladybugs and much more!

Sewing gifts for kids: Pajama Eaters

I prefer to make gifts for my kids for Christmas. I usually make pajamas, clothes and a toy. Last year I made each of my kids a Pajama Eater to go with their new pajamas. I used the pattern by Sew Fearless and loved it. I didn't make any of them exactly like the pattern. […]

FINAL day to buy the Alphabet Collection!

Buy the Alphabet Collection and get 10% off the next Pattern Anthology collection coming in November! Today is the last day of this fantastic SALE. (BUY HERE) We have been so excited about the overwhelmingly reviews this collection has received. In case you haven't seen them yet, here are the 4 patterns included in the […]

Sewing school clothes

The Alphabet Collection by Pattern Anthology is a pure genius collection of Back to School unisex sewing patterns. You’re sure to love these!

Unisex sewing patterns that you’ll love

Last year Pattern Anthology was born when 4 friends, who happen to design sewing patterns, decided it would be fun to collaborate. So we worked tirelessly on the first collection. We had so much fun collaborating that we decided to do a second collection. This time it is a completely unisex, four piece collection for […]

The day I made 3 Beachy Boatneck shirts in under 2 hours (plus 2 more)

Last week I started sewing up some of the patterns from the Sun & Surf Collection. I started with the Beachy Boatneck. After making one for my middle daughter (I’ll share later in the week) I decided to make a handful for my son. I cut three out and once they were cut they only took me an hour and a half to sew all three. And that was with little distractions here and there. Pretty sure this one of my favorite patterns.

Sun and Surf Collection is HERE!

If you follow me on instagram or facebook you have probably seen sneak peeks of this fun new collection that I collaborated on with Kate, Shauna and Melissa. We've been working out the details on this since last Fall. It has been so much fun putting all the details together and collaborating on our designs! […]

A Very Go To Christmas: Maxwell Shirt

I'm so excited that Stacey from Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy Crafts joined this series! She sewed the Maxwell Shirt by Shwin Designs. I love the details of this shirt pattern for boys. (Though I think it would be cute on a girl too!) And while you're checking out the Maxwell shirt, check out the […]