Thursday, July 21, 2016

Favorite Children's Sewing Patterns

Summer vacation means lots of time for sewing! Some of my favorite items to sew are for kids as they usually take no time at all to whip up and can be made with the most adorable and fun fabrics! Today I thought I'd share a few of my favorite free and/or inexpensive children's sewing patterns!

Children's Clothing Patterns

One of my favorite sources for kid's patterns is Sew Sweet Patterns (not sponsored in any way, I just like their patterns). The patterns are for beginner/moderate sewers and they often have sales. I've made two adorable patterns including my most recent project, a dress for my friend's daughter which could quite possibly be the cutest darn thing I've ever made! I used the Collette Dress pattern and coordinating fabric purchased from Hobby Lobby. I fell in love with the ruffle details on the front and on the sleeves!



I also made a sweet little girl's romper using another Sew Sweet pattern. The original pattern isn't listed on their page anymore but they have several other romper options.



One of my favorite free patterns for little boys is this toddler/baby necktie pattern from Kinzie's Kreations! It can easily be put on and taken off thanks to the velcro closure on the neck loop! The pattern comes with a few different size options, too.


For the babies, I've made a couple sets of knit leggings, bibs, and hats, all using free patterns. Knit fabric can be tricky to sew but there are lots of tutorials on Pinterest that explain how best to sew with knits! If knits are too intimidating, the bandana bib can be sewn using cotton fabric which is easier to work with.


The knotted hat pattern can be found here, the bandana bib pattern can be found here, and the baby leggings pattern can be found here. In addition to being free, I love these patterns because they are unisex (depending on the fabric choice), and can be whipped up really quickly. I've attended a few baby showers recently and have given these sets as gifts!

I'm always on the hunt for new patterns and projects to sew and have quite the collection of ideas on my Sew Cute Pinterest page! Come on over and find me there, too! Now, I'm off to start my next project!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

DIY Closet Jewelry Organizer

I have A LOT of statement necklaces and scarves and was finding it difficult to locate and choose the pieces I was looking for when getting dressed for the day or for an evening out. The necklaces were in a pile on my dresser and would sometimes get tangled with one another. I decided to use the space on the inside of my closet door more efficiently by adding some wood and cup hooks! Today I'm sharing an easy and inexpensive way to turn any unused door space into a jewelry and accessory organizer for under $25!
jewelry organization
Supplies:
-5 pieces of primed 1.5"x3/4" pine board (really any inexpensive wood will do and the size is a matter of personal preference). I had my boards cut at Home Depot into 24" lengths. If I wanted to be fancy, I could have painted the boards but the primer was good enough for me!

-Package of 40 plastic coated cup hooks

-Drill and drill bits

-Long Screws (make sure your screws are shorter than the combined width of your door and your piece of wood so you don't drill through your door...I used 1.5" screws)

-Level

-Measuring tape or ruler

Step 1:
Using your screw gun and appropriate size drill bit, drill a hole about in inch in on each end of your pieces of wood. This will be where you will screw the wood into the back of your door. The holes should be large enough for your screws to fit through, without the screw head going through the hole.



Step 2:
Screw the cup hooks into each piece of wood. I laid out all 5 pieces of wood so I could use a pencil to mark where I wanted each hook. I staggered the hooks so that when the jewelry hangs, there is space for each necklace without falling on top of each other. It may be necessary to drill small starter holes into the wood to make it easier to screw in each hook by hand. I also had a pair of pliers ready to help with any stubborn twisting! I used 7-8 hooks on each piece of wood.



Step 3:
Decide where you want your pieces of wood to be placed on your door. I used 5 pieces of wood on the top portion of my door as I also hung a towel rod on the lower portion for scarves. I marked where I wanted my top piece of wood to go as well as where I wanted to bottom piece to go, then divided the space in between evenly and marked where my remaining three pieces would go. Use your level and a pencil to mark where to drill your pilot holes. Then use your long screws to drill each piece of wood into your door. Be sure to stagger your pieces in correspondence with your hooks and make sure the screws you are using are not too long...you don't want them to drill straight through to the other side of your door!


I left some space between the last piece of wood and the towel bar so that my necklaces have room to hang without being hidden. The towel bar was purchased for $10 at WalMart and is a great space to hang scarves and belts. Some hooks could even be added to hang purses, too! In total, the project cost less than $25, including the towel bar, which makes it really economical as well as practical!

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