Kids Clothes Week June 2015

kid's clothes week

Last week was Kid’s Clothes Week, and I managed to keep up with sewing an hour a day to make a t-shirt for both boys.

I used two Fishsticks Designs patterns. For the small one, the 18-24 month size lap tee from the Wee Tot Collection. I was expecting the envelope neck to be much trickier than it actually was – I thought it was actually much simpler than an ordinary round neck as you sew onto two straight edges instead of a round one.

I used a pale blue jersey with a giraffe print with white ribbing round the neck.

For the big one I made the size 6 from the Charlie Tee and Hoodie Pattern. I used a red and blue stripes jersey with black ribbing for the neck.

They both turned out pretty well and have already been worn a couple of times.

The sizes seem a good fit, so I think I’ll be making some more for both of them 🙂


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Bag of the Month 2015 – January

This year I signed up to the Bag of the Month Club, where you receive a new bag sewing pattern every month from January to June. The bags from last years club looked really good and I thought it would be a way to try out patterns that I possibly wouldn’t have chosen had I seen them beforehand.

January’s bag was called the Companion Carpet Bag, designed by Sewing Patterns by Mrs H. I did actually start it in January, but saved it for my sister’s birthday in March, and then we went away for a month, and somehow the photos have only just made their way from the camera and onto the laptop ready to be uploaded!

I chose an upholstery weight spotty fabric to make it in that has been in the cupboard for several years waiting to be made into something. There is a layer of fleece inside to give it shape which I quilted in place first. It is lined with cotton and contains a layer of plastic canvas at the bottom to make a rigid base.

The handles are leather and were bought ready made. I sewed them on by hand with extra strong black thread.

I like the frame that is the main feature of this bag. It opens so you can see everything inside. It stays open when you open it, and stays closed when it’s shut! It was actually a lot easier to install than I was expecting, although it did take two of us to hold it and screw the little screws back in once we’d slotted it into the channel!

On the bottom are 4 bag feet. I’m not convinced that they do a lot, but they do make it look quite nice.

I think it turned out well and my sister was pleased with it 🙂

Now just to finish the rest of the bags!



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Kids Clothes Week Feb 2015

kid's clothes week


I’ve missed out on the last few KCWs, but am back in time for the first of this year!

I didn’t quite manage an hour every day, but caught up with some extra time at the end. I always overestimate how much I will get done in a week, and this time was no exception. I started making 5 pairs of trousers, but only completely finished the first pair during the week, and have been finishing off bits on the others for the past week. But now they’re all done and the mini one has a whole load of extra clothes added to his wardrobe!


All were made using the Big Butt Baby Pants pattern by Made by Rae.

The first pair I made was the simplest version with plain green cotton drill, with an elephant print for the bum panel.

The next two pairs I made with cuffs that match the bum panel. One is green and blue corduroy…

… and the other is orange with owl print corduroy.

The last two pairs are made with a single material each, and with elasticated ankle cuffs.

One is in red sweatshirting to make joggers …

… and the other is in vehicle flannelette. I think I like the elasticated ankles best as they help them stay put and keep his little legs warmer.

Five new pairs of trousers 🙂


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Hashtag Quilt Blocks

Molli Sparkles is making quilts for the families of the victims of the Sydney siege last week.

He shared the tutorial for this block and will make several rainbow hashtag quilts from all the blocks sent in.

These are the blocks that I have made and are on their long journey off to Australia.

We can make. And our makes can show people we care and are thinking of them, even when there’s very little else we can do to help. To find out more, read the FAQ over on Molli Sparkle’s blog