Wednesday, June 3, 2020

FREE Summer Clothes Patterns for Kids


Summer is right around the corner & the temperature outside is already there: hot & sun-filled.  Dressing the kids is a challenge for many of us due to all the new hurdles surrounding what used to be basic shopping (both in-store & online), still being restricted to the house most of the time and trying to live on less income.  

I've started sifting through my fabric & outgrown clothes stashes and past used pattern to get a to-do list together for sewing as much of a summer wardrobe for the kids as I can to ease things a bit.  I thought a helpful start would be to compile some easy and FREE patterns available for kids of all ages, so anyone can join me in this sewing for summer effort.

Here are a few 

Runaround Romper for babies.  This is my own pattern and it's sized for 12-24months (btw my now 27mos old still can wear it unaltered!), but can easily be tweaked to also fit 6-12 & 2T-3T.



Girls Ginger Shorties from Sew Like My Mom.  It covers size 12mos to kid's 16.  See my review HERE.


She also has this great unisex Sycamore Shorts pattern for sizes 12mos to kid's 8.


Easy & Free Knit Girl's Tank Nightgown by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.  It offers sizes 3-16:

girls nightgown patterns

as well as this Girl's Apron Top in size 2T-6:

Free sewing pattern! Girl's Apron Top - sz 2 to 6)

And this shirred waist Cover Up Skirt sizes 3 & up.

How to sew a quick and easy swimsuit cover up skirt! 

 Ester & Ebbe Kid's T-shirt from Threads By Caroline. It covers sizes 9mos to kid's 11 for boys and girls.


Ottobre Design offers this free Kid's Tank Top pattern.  It covers sizes 12-18mos to kid's 7.


Any Size Knit Play Dress.  The name kind of says it all.


Another any size design, my Easy Make Maxi Dress, is ideal for beating the heat:


My Sleeveless Sunday Girl's Dress.  The PDF file fits size 8-10, but can easily be tweaked down to a size 6 too.



I'll continue to share any more free finds, as well as versatile inexpensive patterns too and some new goodies as I make them.  

Happy Sewing!



Sunday, May 31, 2020

Hello to June Craftastic Monday Link Party


June is here and I'm just thrilled.  Sunny days, being able to get outside on the regular and SO many more crafting possibilities ahead!  It's a big step closer to life feeling more normal, so let's embrace it.  

I'd love to see your latest (and past greatest) outdoor, garden & patriotic projects.  Wearables, recipes, DIYs, decor projects - whatever screams summer!  


Last week I shared my latest FREE PDF Pattern & tutorial, the 
Serena Baby Dress.  It's the perfect easy sew outfit for summer!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Now for this week's Craftastic Picks:


Southern Sunflowers shared this painted plastic flower pot makeover:


painted flower pot

Scratch Made Food gave us a great recipe for whole wheat browned butter chocolate chip cookies:

Whole Wheat Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies!


Kiku Corner shared how to make these easy DIY beeswax lotion bars:

Beeswax Lotion Bars

DIY Homemade Household had this fresh parsley buttermilk and parmesan dressing recipe.  It sounds ideal for adding to a summer vegetable tray:

Parsley Buttermilk and Parmesan Cheese Salad Dressing is creamy and delicious!

If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 
Want a Chance to 
Be Featured Next Week?  

Link back to the party somewhere on your blog.
I can't feature your post if you don't share the party.  
Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to other people's work or to shops - join my Crafty Business Weekends Link Party instead!).  
  • Add the link to your specific post. Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post, party page or blog somewhere.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Back to Sewing + FREE Serena Baby Dress Pattern!


Annnnddddd....I'm back!  It feels like an eternity since I've had a tutorial to share, but finally the "no free time" clouds have parted a bit around here and I'm actually sewing again (thanks to a few random hours when both baby & toddler have napped at the same time).  Coordinated naps have been VERY unusual until now, so here's hoping that normalizes soon!

Speaking of normalizing, that's the other reason sewing is happening here: my kids are literally running out of clothes thanks to the "new normal" aka lockdown crisis.  We went from wet & cloudy 50s for ages to full sun & 90 days ago.  Months of actual stores being closed, online shops being out of stock/taking nearly that long to ship orders + reduced income has made buying new clothes for 5 growing kids nearly impossible.  You can't keep shoehorning a 2yr into last summer's clothes (believe me, I've been trying).    

Thanks to our witless governor, my new baby will probably be a teen before we're allowed to go out as a family of 7, mask-free, to a mall or store to shop without an appointment.   Therefore, I'm combing my fabric stash and pattern folders to try to keep my kids clothed...although they may be shoeless soon.  Sigh...ok rant over.  

So first up, in what I hope are a number of projects & ideas to share, is my 
Serena Baby Dress Pattern:


This fully lined/reversible dress is an easy sew and super versatile.  I'm providing sizes for 0-6 and 6-18 months as dresses, 
but the larger size could also be worn as a tunic top for up to 2T.


It's ideal for summer as a sleeveless dress or pair it with a short or long sleeved onesie for the rest of the year.

Sew Can Do Reversible Serena Baby Dress PDF Pattern image 2

It works great with woven cotton, as well as corduroy, minky or lycra knit.  The dress also uses very little fabric, so it's an inexpensive project too.  Heaven knows we could all use some $ savings right now.


I first made this dress for my older daughter when she was a baby and I've just started making some for my new little one. I originally offered it for sale in my Etsy shop with very detailed directions, but now I'm offering a more streamlined version right here for FREE!


For my latest version I paired up two pretty fabrics from my shop,


so it would be cute and sunny, inside and out:


Now let's get to the dressmaking!!


Materials:
- (2) 1/2yd cuts of cotton fabric 
- (2) snap sets (or 2 buttons)
- 1 yd double fold bias tape
- Scraps of interfacing (or additional fabric)

Download My FREE Serena Dress PDF Pattern

Set printer to actual size (100%), then print, cut out and tape pieces together per the instructions.

 

                    

After pre-washing the fabrics, press then open and refold as shown to lay each pattern piece along a fold of the fabric.  Cut from lining and outer fabric.  Mark snap placement on front & back pieces of each.


Open up the pieces and press flat.


With right sides facing, pair up the fronts and backs of both fabrics and sew down the sides with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.


Turn the lining dress right side out and slip inside the outer, lining up the straps and side seams and pin all along the top.  Then stitch along the top, from under the arms, around the straps and all the way around using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  


Trim down seam allowance and clip around curves (I use pinking shears to make this a single easy step).  Add interfacing or additional fabric scraps to each strap area to reinforce it for the snaps/buttons.  Turn right side out & press.


With the lining & outer dress smoothly matched up at bottom, encase the raw edge in the bias tape.


Stitch into place close to open edge.  


When reaching the end, cut bias tape an inch longer to overlap, then fold the raw edge under and stitch over the starting point to finish.  Set snaps or add buttons (on the front) and buttonholes (on the back) at the marking points. 


If you don't have bias tape, you could always fold the raw edges inward 1/4 inch, press and then topstitch the layers together, but the contrast of of tape adds a nice detail and makes it very fast to sew:


It takes less than an hour to make, so go ahead and make lots of sweet dresses!



My little sweetie loves wearing hers:)





Sunday, May 24, 2020

Memorial Day Craftastic Monday Link Party


It's Memorial Day weekend and, thanks to the weather finally being nice, the closest to normal things have felt in a while.  Now if everything else would act normal (lockdown madness especially), we could really start enjoying the coming season!  

It would be wonderful to see more spring, garden & patriotic projects, new or old, so come link up below and give us some crafty goodness to enjoy!  

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Now for this week's Craftastic Picks:


Pillar Box Blue shared how to make these sweet shibori indigo planters:


3 indigo planters

Love My Little Cottage did these gorgeous hand painted hibiscus flower sneakers:


Hand Painted Hawaiian Hibiscus Vans

Hello Sewing shared how to make these cute DIY bow hair ties:


The Kitchen Is My Playground had this yummy lemon curd tartlet recipe:

Lemon Curd Tartlets Image

If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 
Want a Chance to 
Be Featured Next Week?  

Link back to the party somewhere on your blog.
I can't feature your post if you don't share the party.  
Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to other people's work or to shops - join my Crafty Business Weekends Link Party instead!).  
  • Add the link to your specific post. Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post, party page or blog somewhere.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!



You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Sunday, May 17, 2020

A Hopeful May Craftastic Monday Link Party


A hot second ago May began and suddenly here we are more than half way through the month!  It's a weird combination of time seeming to fly by, yet so many same-y days that all run together.   Time is hard to keep track of anymore, isn't it?

Household chores have really amplified thanks to all 7 of us being home 24/7 and spring starting.  That, plus my shop being blessed with busy-ness, has meant my craft projects have been moving at a snail's pace for as long as we've been in lock down mode.  And no end seems in sight for any of it despite so much time passing.  I'm sick of this un-normal "new normal" that's replaced the fun & joy felt when I was making things.  So, I'm trying to carve out time to get some new stuff ready enough to FINALLY post.  Feeling excited about crafts again helps bring hope of more carefree & joy-filled times ahead.  I appreciate everyone hanging in there despite my own lack of craftastic-ness!

It's a real boost on so many levels seeing all the fantastic & clever projects that everyone's been making, so keep linking up those recipes, DIYs, up-cycles, crafts, decorations & gardening ideas.  

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Now for this week's Craftastic Picks:

DIY Vibes shared how to make these wood and copper herb markers:

herb markers

Lalka Crochetka did this incredible crochet motorcycle:




My Slices of Life showed how to make this cool color changing slime:


Annemarie's Haakblog shared how to make these sweet crochet tea light covers:


DIY Homemade Household had this tasty recipe for fresh tangerine jam:

Easy to make, Small Batch Tangerine Jam.

Marilyn's Treat's gave this handy how-to for homemade confectioner's sugar:

It's the preferred sugar for baked good decorations like frosting, icing, and dusting. I also sift it on donuts. I also use it used often in candy and fudge recipes as well as dense cookie and dessert bar recipes.

If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 
Want a Chance to 
Be Featured Next Week?  

Link back to the party somewhere on your blog.
I can't feature your post if you don't share the party.  
Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to other people's work or to shops - join my Crafty Business Weekends Link Party instead!).  
  • Add the link to your specific post. Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post, party page or blog somewhere.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!



You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails