Pancake Tutu

It took me a while, but I finally finished making a pancake tutu for my oldest. It took a while because I get tired of sewing all those ruffles after about 2 layers, and take a week break in between. My oldest has been doing ballet for about 5 years now, and really wanted a big flat pancake tutu. I looked into buying one, but nice ones are hundreds of dollars. So then I looked on pinterest. I found a simple tutorial on Cosplay Island, complete with diagrams. I sewed 7 layers of tulle onto wide bias tape (unfolded). It fits her perfectly. I have not yet decided whether I will add a bottom/panty to it, but right now it looks great on her regular leotards.

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Halloween Costumes

I worked on some sewing projects today. Got a Halloween costume done for my oldest, and half of one done for my youngest. I did get the ideas from pinterest.
For little red, I made a half circle (took the measurement and stuff from a circle skirt tutorial). And I added a hood, made from 2 rectangles sewn together on the top and one side. For the dress I took a vogue sewing pattern that I have used before, then made a few small changes. I widened the middle section and added the lacing, and changed the princess seams so they went to her shoulders instead of armpits. I think it turned out pretty well.


For my youngest, who will be a garden gnome (because he is tiny for his age anyway), I made a simple tunic. I used a long sleeve shirt that fits him and made a pattern, adding some length to make it more of a tunic. It is just a front and back piece, the sleeves are included, not in-set. Now I just have to make him a hat, and maybe a beard and he is all set. He didn’t want the belt on, or his picture taken, so this is the best I have for now. Maybe he’ll be in a better mood next time.

Book Sling

My oldest is an avid reader, and also sleeps on the top bunk in her room. Right now she keeps a pile of books at the foot of her bed. So, I thought a great birthday present would be a place to keep her books close, and her bed clear. Enter: the book sling. I saw this a while ago on Penny Carnival. Then I forgot about it for a while. Then I saw it again on pinterest and pinned it so I’d remember. So glad I did. It came together perfectly and quickly. It only took one afternoon, which is saying a lot since my kids love to interrupt. An uniterrupted person might only have taken an hour to make this.

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Crib rail cover

Pinterest Challenge Day 6: Teething cover for crib rail.
My youngest is 18 months old, and likes to bite and chew on things. Including his crib rail. It’s starting to look a little beat up. I’ve seem some really cute sewn rail covers, but never got around to making one. Then on Pinterest I saw a no-sew crib rail cover! Hallelujah! Something I need and might actually make!
Mine isn’t as pretty as the one on the tutorial, but it seems to work just fine. And now baby boy isn’t eating paint chips.

Sewing and Knitting Projects

A quick update post to show off some of my summer projects.
Dress for my 9 year old
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Baby shower gift. Peasant dress and matching diaper cover, headband, knit cardigan and crochet mary janes.
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Some leotards for my oldest, who takes dance classes

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A tutu dress for my 3 year old

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Argyle vest for my 1 year old boy

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Crochet tiara/crown

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