Sweet Heart Mini Quilt

For Valentine’s Day I designed this little heart mini quilt. Size it up or down for a wall hanging, pillow cover, baby quilt or whatever you feel like!  To make…

Fabric Covered Buttons

I’ve been making a lot of covered buttons lately, to turn into adoption fundraiser earrings. Today I wanted to share with you a basic tutorial on how to make fabric…

Patchwork Scarf Tutorial

Hello, and welcome to visitors of the 12 Gifts of Christmas blog hop! Twelve sewing and quilting bloggers have joined together to share handmade holiday gift tutorials to get you…

Women’s T-Shirt to Baby Romper

Women's T-shirt to Baby Romper
When my friend Raeanna asked me if I’d sew a project for Romper Week, I thought this would be the perfect motivation to do some sewing projects for fun and experiment with simple clothing patterns. The project I chose, an upcycled Threadless T-shirt to baby romper, is about as simple as it gets!


I was inspired by this tutorial at Feather’s Flights, which includes a free baby romper pattern for sizes 6-12 months. I followed this pattern for the most part, with a few changes . . .


1. My boy has a big noggin. It’s in the 90th percentile for his age. So instead of cutting into the neckline of the adult T-shirt, I chose a women’s tee with a smallish neck, which easily fits over his head without being too frumpy.


2. I also made the pattern longer and wider. In addition to having a big head, Elliot is very tall for his age, so I needed to make this work for both of us. Easier to pull over his head = happier baby!


3. I used snap tape for the closure! For more details on how to attach snap tape, you can refer to this excellent romper tutorial by Vanilla Joy.


4. I also enlarged the size of the sleeve seam by about 2 inches. When dressing the little man, I like it to be as painless as possible for both of us (he prefers to be unclothed) and this looser sleeve makes it much easier to bend his arms into place.


Overall, I’m pretty happy with how this turned out! It’s not sewn perfectly, but I did learn more about sewing with knits. And this is a cute Threadless shirt that would never fit me again . . . I’m happy to keep it in the family.


It’s Romper Week!


For your chance to win one of several fabulous prize packs, you can link up your romper sewing project to the inLinkz collection below! We will begin voting June 21st through the 28th and the top three entries to the link party will walk away with an awesome prize!

1st place (voting)
$30 credit to Girl Charlee
Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop Romper
Blank Slate Pattern Retro Romper

2nd place (voting)
Riley Blake Fat Quarter Bundle
Shaffer Sisters Betty Skirt Pattern
Winner’s Choice Sewing Mama RaeAnna Pattern

3rd place (voting)
Fat Quarter Shop Fat Quarter Bundle
Winner’s Choice Muse of the Morning Pattern

Romper Week Linkup Prizes

An InLinkz Link-up

Don’t forget to enter the Romper Week Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win:


romper button

Sewing Pattern Release: Hugh Manatee

This is a long time in the making. I’m happy to share with Craft Buds readers that my Hugh Manatee stuffed animal pattern is now available for purchase! The pattern first appeared in a sewing compilation book, and it is now available as a PDF pattern with full-size printable template and step-by-step color photos.

Hugh Manatee pattern
Get the Hugh Manatee pattern on Craftsy

One of my goals with this pattern was to create a truly inexpensive handmade gift that kids will love. By using coupons at Jo-Ann fabrics, I was able to pick up all of the supplies for two manatees including blizzard fleece and stuffing for just $6, for a cost of $3 per manatee.

And from what I’ve heard, kids really do love them! Here’s what some of my pattern testers had to say:

Hugh Manatee Pattern Test by Jenn

Jenn made this super-cute blue manatee, and said, “He would have been a super quick project had I had all of my supplies together!”

Hugh Manatee Pattern Test by Alyssa
Alyssa made a boy and girl manatee, and I am obsessed with her heart eyes, bow and tutu! She said: “My kids love them, they haven’t let them go since I finished them.”

Hugh Manatee Pattern Test by Stephanie

Stephanie of Swoodson Says added her own spin with these cute glasses! “It was very satisfying to have a quick easy sew!” she said.

Hugh Manatee Pattern Test by Lisa

I can’t get enough of Lisa‘s polka dot version! I really want to snuggle this guy.

Hugh Manatee Sewing Pattern

Speaking of polka dots, check out the pair of manatees Missy made from polka dot fleece! She said, “I found the pattern to be very easy to follow. This was a fun project, and my granddaughter picked out the fabric. I managed to get both of them out of 1 yard of fabric.”

Hugh Manatee Plsuh Doll by Jamie

How about a mini manatee? Jamie made this awesome 9″ long mini Hugh by downsizing the pattern. “I did follow the pattern throughout and I had no troubles at all! It was well-written and easy to read and follow,” she said. “I have only made a handful of items using patterns so I sometimes struggle with following, but this pattern was very clear.”

Hugh Manatee Sewing Pattern by Bethany

Holy cute! Bethany made this adorable snow-colored manatee, which her daughter affectionately named “Poofy.” She said: “I already had a friend ask me to make two of them for her bosses new twin granddaughters.”

Hugh Manatee stuffed dolls by Kimberly

Don’t be afraid to go wild and personalize your manatees, like Kimberly did. Someone is ready to party! She said, “This was a fun, quick sew and my grands will love it.”

Hugh Manatee by Caroline

Caroline made her Hugh Manatee in a pretty, winter-themed fleece. This would make a great holiday gift idea! “As a newbie, I was able to put Hugh together with the snippets of time that my 4- and 2-year-old allow. Maybe 1.5 hrs total,” she says.

Hugh Manatee Sewing Pattern

How adorable is this lakeside buddy sewn by Jess? Hugh definitely wants to be in the water.

Note: If you substitute fleece for another fabric like quilting cotton, take note that you may end up with some extra wrinkles around the body and tail, which is A-okay since he’s a manatee! The top pattern piece is purposefully larger than the bottom, which is why a material with some stretch works nicely to give Hugh the desired fullness.

Hugh Manatee Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern

Ready . . . Set . . . Hugh!

The Hugh Manatee PDF sewing pattern is now available for purchase at Craftsy. For a limited time, the price will be discounted by 50%, making it only $4. Then, on or around Father’s Day, it will go up to the regular price of $8.

Happy sewing!


How to Add or Sell a Pattern on Craftsy

In addition to wonderful online courses and craft supplies, Craftsy also has an independent online pattern store that lets anyone upload and sell downloadable e-patterns with no fee! Get more information on how to sell a pattern through Craftsy!

Baby Gift Idea: Personalized Wooden Blocks

Are you looking for a personalized gift idea that’s handmade and unique to the recipient? Then you’ll love a new handmade shopping site I discovered called Hatch.co.

If you are a handmade artist specializing in custom embroidery, quilts or any other handmade product, you may want to check out becoming a vendor at Hatch. It’s a marketplace of hundreds of hand-selected innovative makers and artisans who create customizable products.

Personalized Wooden Blocks Baby Gift Idea

It’s simple and fun to customize or personalize an order on Hatch, and there are some really fun and unique handmade gift ideas! Think made-to-order jewelry, custom decor, beautifully designed gifts, and fashion and wedding accessories.

Little Saplling Toys Personalized Wooden Blocks

I ordered 8 personalized wooden blocks for Elliot from a vendor called Little Sapling Toys. (You can also order 5 wooden letter blocks or 11 blocks (or any combination of the sets) depending on the length of the child’s name.) Aren’t they fun?

Little Saplling Toys Personalized Wooden Blocks

Each of the letter blocks has a photo on the back with a word that starts with the same letter. You can order extra blocks with a star or heart on them to use as spacers.

Elliot and Personalized Wooden Blocks

I really enjoyed browsing the selection of customized gifts at Hatch.co. This concept is unique among handmade marketplaces because every product can be customized in some way! With a name, with a photo, with a date or a location. I was this close to ordering a fun Instagram photo pillow!

Father’s Day Special: Free Shipping

If you’re looking to try out Hatch, here’s a special offer for Craft Buds readers! Hatch wants you to try out their site, and they will reimburse your shipping cost up to $10.

To get your discount, just e-mail discount@hatch.co with code ‘DAD14′ in the subject line and Hatch will reimburse the shipping cost (up to $10) to your credit or debit card. This offer is valid for up to 3 separate orders and expires June 14, 2014.

Disclaimer: I received this product free in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Fast Teacher Appreciation Gift! (+ Free Printable)


Last night I realized I hadn’t gotten anything for my son’s preschool teachers and their last day was today. So, we had to do some quick thinking. I love new scissors and I figured it’s something teachers could use so we ran to the store and picked out a few pairs of Fiskars designer scissors in different colors. They also have some fun prints like zebra print or a blue and white design (my favorite!) but those weren’t available at our local store.


I designed and printed tags, then we cut them out, glued them to cardstock, taped them to the front of the scissors and tied a big bow around the top. After these photos my son signed his name in the white space and I wrote a little note on the back. Fast and easy and the teachers were excited to get new scissors!

finished scissors

You can download the free printable Thanks for making me so sharp! and/or the You’re a cut above the rest! and there are 4 per page. Happy summer!



Non-Slip Sewing Machine Mat Tutorial from sewVery


Do you have problems with your sewing machine or serger sliding around on the table while you work? I do! I even broke a water glass the other day because it fell off my sewing table while my work station was bumping all around.

I love this smart solution from my friend Veronica, who blogs at sewVery! It features some pretty Maisie by Maude Asbury fabric from Anna Griffin.

Head over to sewVery to see the non-slip machine mat tutorial!

Patchwork Potholder Tutorial with Sewing Mama RaeAnna

My friend RaeAnna, who I have the pleasure of seeing in real life as well as following her sewing blog, has whipped up a fun tutorial for Craft Buds readers today! It’s a pretty patchwork hot pad featuring the Clementine line of fabrics in the Anna Griffin shop. You can make this project with fat quarters or scraps, and it makes a great housewarming gift!

Head over to Sewing Mama RaeAnna for the tutorial!

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