“My Peeps” Shirt with Free Printables

The herald of spring and Easter has arrived in stores, the marshmallow peep! Now that it’s arrived I thought I would make a shirt for my son featuring the peeps.…

Swap With Us! Low Volume Plus Blocks

I thought it was time to host another craft swap! This time, we will be swapping low volume plus blocks. These quilt blocks are easy and relaxing to sew, especially…

Reusable Sandwich Bags

Get ready for a delightful summer picnic in the park with these reusable sandwich bags! Made from oilcloth, these bags are easy and fun to whip up in a variety…

All-In-One Picnic Blanket Tote

With summer just around the corner I’m getting ready to enjoy to family picnics and being outside again (finally!). I wanted to make a picnic blanket that was waterproof on one side…

Back to the Books! Announcing Craft Book Month 2014

Craft Book Month

September marks the 4th Annual Craft Book Month at Craft Buds! This year, we’re excited to celebrate all month long with a blog hop of your inspiring craft book projects and LOTS of giveaways for sewing along with a sewing, knitting, cookbook or other craft book of YOUR CHOICE.

If you are a craft book hoarder, you are not alone. Several years ago, I had an urge to dust off my craft books, unfold those crisp pattern sheets and put those patterns to good use by actually making some projects. :)

2014 Craft Book Month Blog Hop!

I’ve teamed up with some fabulous bloggers who will be showing off their projects made from craft books, all month long!

Monday 9/1: Fabric MuttLindsay Sews

Tuesday 9/2: Rae Gun Ramblings / Craftside

Wednesday 9/3: The Feisty RedheadThe Fabric Studio

Thursday 9/4:  Marci Girl Designs / Small Town Stitcher

Friday 9/5: LRstitched / A Prairie Sunrise

Monday 9/8: Hopeful Threads / sewVery

Tuesday 9/9: 13 Spools / Lisa Liza Lou

Wednesday 9/10: Stitch This! / My Sewcial Hour

Thursday 9/11: The Littlest Thistle / Fabric Seeds

Friday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / Clover + Violet

Monday 9/15: Inspire Me Grey / amylouwho

Link Up

9/1-9/30: Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog, your Flickr or (NEW THIS YEAR) Instagram, and enter to win prizes. Please hashtag your posts #craftbookmonth so we can find them!
Note: Even if you share on instagram, please also come back and link the instagram URL in the linkup tool below to be eligible for prizes!
You may link up any project you’ve made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You’ll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October, 1!


1) One entry per person. 

2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2014. 

3) Create a new blog post, instagram or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2014 or later) and link back to Craft Buds/Craft Book Month in your post or photo description. In your post or photo description, make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.

4) All winners chosen via Random.org. Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!


Visit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept 1-30 and you’ll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from the Craft Book Month sponsors!


  Craft Book Month at Craft Buds

9 Free Women’s PDF Shirt Patterns!

Free Patterns Header

This post contains two of my favorite things, sewing and freebies! Here’s a roundup of women’s sleeveless or short-sleeved shirt patterns that bloggers and companies have graciously released for free. These aren’t just tutorials, there are printable pdf pattern pieces for each one along with instructions! Click the link below each photo to go to the pattern’s website learn more about each one. Some are multi-sized and others are not so see each description.

If you know of any more free shirt patterns, feel free to leave a link in the comments. Or, let us know if you’ve tried any of these patterns and how it turned out!

Note: We wanted to let you know about these patterns, but they are not affiliated with Craft Buds. If you have any questions or problems, please e-mail the website the pattern originates from.


Deer and Doe: Plaintain T-Shirt

Includes European sizes 34-46 with options for short, long and 3/4 sleeves and elbow patches.


Colette: Sorbetto Top

Sizes 0-18.


Tanit-Isis Sews: Ariadne Tunic

Sizes XS-XL.


Skirt as Top: Scoop Top

Size small/medium.


It’s Always Autumn: The Easy Tee

Includes size L pattern with instructions to grade up or down and 5 variations. Scroll to the bottom of the post for different looks.

Portia Top

Dixie DIY: The Portia Top

Includes 5 sizes ranging from bust size 32″-40″.


Made with Hugs and Kisses: Button Down Peplum

Includes pattern for bust, 40 inches and waist, 32 inches.


Cake Patterns: The Tee

Includes multi-sized pattern for 30″-59″ bust. Click the link above to go to the website, and on the right side of the website you’ll see an option to purchase the $10 paper pattern, and below that a link for a free pdf pattern download.


Grainline: Hemlock Tee Pattern and Instructions

One size, finished measurements are 44.5″ bust and 46.5″ hip. Just leave off the sleeves for a summer top!

NICU Holiday Smocks: Charity Sew Along

NICU Holiday Smocks Charity Sew Along

Today, I’m excited to share a charity sewing project I’m taking part in with my local quilt guild. If you’d like to join us, please stay tuned for how you can help!

Once in the spring and once in November, the Music City Modern Quilt Guild meets together to sew outfits for babies in the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU). These teeny, tiny NICU smocks are designed to fit babies weighing 3 to 5 pounds! When babies are in the NICU, it can really be a gift to the parents to see their little ones wearing some sort of clothing. (With all the monitors & wires, clothing is difficult to get on.)

The NICU smocks pattern is a FREE download from Everything Your Mama Made, and is available on Craftsy. Get it here!


I decided to get a head start on cutting out holiday fabrics for our November charity project with these beautiful fabrics from Anna Griffin and Blend Fabrics! The deer and ornament prints you see above are Treelicious by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics. The chevron design is from the Yuletide Greetings collection by Anna Griffin. I discovered I can cut two smocks from a half-yard of fabric and still have a bit leftover.

NICU Charity Smocks (Free Pattern)

Here’s what the finished smocks look like! According to the pattern, you can either finish with a serger or sewn them together as I did here (with the outer and lining fabrics right sides together, flipped outward, pressed and top-stitched). With a serger, these would go together in no time at all. For the back, I used a flannel fabric, and I’m going to pick up some Velcro for the closure “wings.” Just a tiny rectangle on each side does the trick!

As a quilt guild, we sewed together and donated 40 smocks this spring, with some delicious fabrics donated from Ann Kelle. (You can see them here!) For the holiday drive, I’m hoping we can multiply our donation and bring some holiday cheer to even more families at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.


You’re Invited to Sew Along with Us!

Craft Buds and the Music City Modern Quilt Guild would like to invite you to sew along with us! Here’s how it works:

1) Download the free NICU smock pattern here.
2) Print off the last 6 pages, and follow the directions for the preemie 3 to 5 pound size.
3) Sew one or more NICU smocks in cheerful holiday fabrics or child-friendly prints! (We’re using quality quilting cottons for the outside and flannel for the lining.) We’re always on the lookout for cute boy-friendly smocks that can be used any time of year.
4) Leave a comment here anytime before Friday, November 1, 2014 if you plan to sew along, and we’ll provide a mailing address to donate your sewn smocks to our guild’s charity drive (which will go directly to Nashville’s Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital). All smocks must be postmarked by November 14, 2014. Alternately, you’re welcome to donate to your local children’s hospital; just contact them first to make sure they can accept them.

We hope you can join us!

You’re Invited: The Sewing Party!

Have you heard all about The Sewing Party yet? It’s a really fun online sewing conference on November 8, and today you can enter to WIN A FREE TICKET ($40 value, 5 winners)!

Read more to learn all about The Sewing Party and how you can attend more than 30 classes during this super fun event!

The Sewing Party

The Sewing Party is the first ever online-all-day DIY event in history.


On November 8, 2014, thousands of DIY-ers will gather for a fun-filled day of sewing and crafting classes taught online by leading bloggers and educational experts. It’s all about connecting, crafting and creating.

Attendees will have access to more than 30 online classes available on the day of the event and for an additional 90 days. There is truly something for everyone! Classes include home décor, fashion sewing, quilting and upcycling, crafting, costume design, techniques for turning your craft into an entrepreneurial venture, and more!

So who’s putting on this party?

Some of the biggest names in the industry are behind this super fun day- take a look!

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This video sums up what The Sewing Party is all about!

Get your Tickets:

Space is limited and likely to fill up fast. Tickets are just $40,  and “The Sewing Party” participants can attend classes; chat with participants from across the country; interact with top bloggers and educational experts who are teaching; and explore the latest crafting and sewing tips, techniques and products in our marketplace.

** This year The Sewing Party is open to US residents only. They hope to expand in the future.**

** As a gift for you… if you go ahead and register between between July 15 and July 31 you’ll receive a free $20 t-shirt! Just be sure to use the promo code: LETSPARTY when you register. You’ll receive a follow-up email requesting size info and all that jazz.

So how about that GIVEAWAY?

How would you like to win a free ticket to The Sewing Party? Craft Buds has 5 free tickets to give away. Just enter via the Rafflecopter form below!

(U.S. only please.)

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Winners will be announced Monday, July 28th!

To stay on top of the details, be sure to follow The Sewing Party on social media!

Q&A with ‘Sew in Style’ Author Erin Hentzel + Giveaway!

Today, I am excited to have Erin Hentzel. Erin just wrote a book targeted toward kids learning to sew, and it’s called Sew in Style – Make Your Own Doll Clothes: 22 Projects for 18″ Dolls Build Your Sewing Skills. (FunStitch Studio).

Erin is here to tell us more about how she started sewing, how that creative passion ultimately led to writing a book, and what’s next on her radar. Be sure the enter the GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post.

Erin Hentzel

Erin, can you tell me how you got started with Avery Lane Designs and sewing in general?

As a child, I was surrounded by sewing. All the grown-ups around me could sew; my grandmas, my mom, aunts, older sister– even my dad could sew. I wore mostly handmade clothes as a little girl and looked forward to picking out patterns and fabrics for my new school clothes each year. I still remember these bright orange corduroy overalls that my mom made me (mind you, it was the ’70s). I loved those and wore them all the time.

I started my own sewing journey when I was 7. I attended a hand sewing class with my brother and younger sister. After that, I would sew in my room all the time. Using the patterns from sewing magazines, I taught myself how to make stuffed animals and would give them to friends for their birthdays. I would sew doll clothes by hand for my dolls and stuffed animals. I also have fond memories of sewing with my grandma and cousins in the summertime when we would visit them.

I was in 4th grade when I first learned how to use a sewing machine. In middle school, I took sewing at school and began making my own clothes. I sewed for myself throughout high school as well. It was a great skill to have when I wanted to give my clothes an updated look, to keep up with the changing fashion trends. Now they call that upcylcing, right?  In my early twenties, I worked for a local sewing machine and fabric shop. I received a real sewing education while working there. I loved my time there. Sewing has always been a huge part of my life.

As a parent, I got really into sewing for my kids. My girls wore a lot of my handmade skirts and dresses to school. I started Avery Lane Designs! when more and more preschool moms kept asking me to sew for them, and sell them these skirts and dresses. It evolved from there.

Sew in Style—Make Your Own Doll Clothes

How did you decide to go about writing a book about sewing clothing for dolls? Was this a big part of your childhood?

I’ve always loved dolls and so do my girls. I would sew matching outfits for my daughters and their dolls and stuffed animals. When I started Avery Lane, I was selling children’s clothing and matching doll clothes. It became harder to find the time to sew and sell my wares at the Saturday Markets and Street Fairs, so I began selling the patterns that I had drafted for the doll clothes through my Etsy Shop: Avery Lane.

After a few years of selling my patterns, I thought it would be cool to write a book and have it published. It’s always been kind of a pipe dream of mine to become an author. I’m sure many people have that thought. I even took a few fiction writing courses in college. I used to think about writing a children’s picture book and even sketched out pictures with story lines.  But sewing has always been my thing, writing not as much.

Sew in Style—Make Your Own Doll Clothes

What was the process of putting your book Sew in Style together?

It took me a long time to build up the courage to contact C&T about my book idea. And once I did, I wasn’t sure I’d hear back from them. I was really surprised to hear back so soon. But instead of a sewing book for adults, they asked if I would write a book for kids. As I thought about it, it made sense for me. I’ve been teaching children to sew for years and love working with kids. A sewing book for kids to sew for their dolls would also bring me back to my own beginnings. It was the perfect project for me. Drafting doll clothes patterns for children to sew would be a new challenge for me: trendy and modern styles that were also simple in construction. I really felt inspired to face the challenge.

It’s been just about 2 years since I first contacted C&T, and it’s been a wonderful learning experience. At times, I found myself without time to sew, as I wrote and edited the text part of my book. All the people at C&T were great. They’re all so personable and answered all my questions–there were a lot of questions along the way. I feel honored to have worked with so many amazing and talented people at C&T who helped to create my book.

Sew in Style—Make Your Own Doll Clothes

Erin, what’s next for you?

I have so much that I hope to do. It has literally been a dream to have sewing be a career for me. Ever since I was young, I loved sewing and had a special talent for it. I never seem to have enough time to get all the projects done that I would like and my “to-do” list just keeps growing.

I will continue to teach sewing, because I love watching kids catch the “sewing bug.” I don’t know who gets more excited about their projects: the kids or me. That’s the great thing about sewing– everyone inspires each other. I always leave class feeling inspired, and it’s awesome to have kids come back to class with projects they felt inspired to sew at home. Teaching keeps me pretty busy, especially during the summer when I offer more classes. I would love to open up a sewing studio where kids could come in after school and sew for an hour or two. And of course, I would love to write another sewing book. I have lots of designs in my head and some already in the works.

 Sew in Style—Make Your Own Doll Clothes


Do you know a child who would like to learn to sew? Leave a comment on this post telling us who it is, and we’ll choose one winner a week from the date of this post to receive a copy of Erin’s new book Sew in Style!

If winner is in U.S., they will receive a hard copy; international winner will receive an e-copy.

Blog Tour

Be sure to follow along for some fun tutorials and giveaways, as well as reviews of the book! Here’s where it’s going:

July 15: www.sewmamasew.com
July 17: www.probablycrafting.com
July 18: sweetjanesquilting.blogspot.com
July 21: www.craftbuds.com
July 22: www.sameliasmum.com
July 24: www.polkadotchair.com
July 25: www.fishsticksdesigns.com/blog
July 26: generationqmagazine.com
July 28: averylanesewing.com/the-blog

Dress Up a Summer Hat with Goorin Bros. + Giveaway!

Goorin Bros. Hats

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors, and a great summer hat can help keep you cool. Goorin Bros. has a new poolside collection of summer hats, and although I had a really hard time choosing, I chose this beautiful chocolate brown straw hat with red accent as my favorite.

The hat is the called “Mrs. Davis” and although this style is not available on their website, there are several comparable styles of floppy hats like the Mrs. Perfecta and Sun Kissed. I also found some really pretty cloche hats (think The Great Gatsby) and fascinators that, frankly, I’m not sure I could pull off. But they are adorable, nonetheless!

Goorin Bros Hats

This brown sun hat comes with a pretty red trim and a women’s Goorin Bros. bronze hat pin. The great thing about this hat is that the cap is fitted, so you can measure specifically for the recipient to get a great fitting hat that won’t blow away in the wind.

Mrs. Davis Hat from Goorin Bros.

This hat was a gift for my mother, and I decided to dress it up for her with a pretty fabric flower to coordinate with the ribbon. To make the flower, I used the Accuquilt GO! Baby fabric cutter and a red seersucker twist fabric print from True Blue by Ana Davis for Blend Fabrics.

Accuquilt GO! Baby

I tried out the flower die pictured, but ended up switching to the 5″ circles die instead. I then folded 6 fabric circles in the same way I did in this Pretty Petals Pillow tutorial, stitched them together and pinned to the hat ribbon with a safety pin. It was so simple!

If you’re looking for a summer hat, check out the poolside collection from Goorin Bros., and perhaps you can even win one today!

The Poolside Collection from Goorin Bros. on Vimeo.

This is a sponsored post from Goorin Bros. I received a compensation for this post, but all opinion are my own.


Would you like win a summer hat from Goorin Bros.? Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter form, and we’ll choose one lucky winner on Sunday to receive their choice of a FREE Goorin Brothers hat (men’s and women’s styles available) from the poolside collection.

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Be sure to check out the current 50% sale on Goorin Bros. hats! Good luck!

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