Heart Shaped Pockets or Patches Tutorial

When I set out to make Brynlee’s Valentine’s Day dress I knew I wanted to add some heart shape pockets to it. I thought that she would really love having pockets and that it would add just the right amount of valentine’s-ness without it being too over the top that she wouldn’t be able to wear it later on.

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Making these pockets was super simple and the same method could be applied if you wanted to just add a heart patch to something. I’m loving heart patches on the elbows of sweater and might have to do that next!

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First, I made a heart pattern so that all of my hearts would be consistent. I did this by making a 4.5”x4.5” heart outline in Word, printed and cut it out.

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Then using your fabric of choice, fold it over once, pin your heart pattern on top and cut it out.

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Do this twice so you will end up with four matching hearts.

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Right sides together, pin your two sets of hearts.

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Sew around the perimeter of your heart, I used a ¼” seam allowance, leaving a small gap to turn your heart right side out.

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Make small snips around the rounded top part of the heart, making sure to not cut your seam. This will make it easier when you go to turn your heart right side out.

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Cut the bottom tip of the heart to ensure your heart will have a sharp point when you turn it out.

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Turn it right side out and press.

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IF YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE PATCHES: Once pressed, sew on your heart patch using a 1/8” seam.

IF YOU ARE MAKING POCKETS: Place pins on either side of your hearts making sure that point is even with the center dip in the heart.

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Using a 1/8” seam, sew the top of your heart from pin to pin, making sure to back stitch at the beginning and end.

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Now, place your pockets where you want them, pin them down and sew the bottom half of your heart, using a 1/8” seam beginning and ending where you have already sewn.

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I absolutely love this dress and think that the pockets really make it what it is! I can’t wait to add more pockets and patches to Brynlee’s clothes now. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and please share if you make any pockets or patches!

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The First Day Dress

Since making the transition from working mom to stay at home mom I have had the opportunity to spend some quality time with my sewing machine. Now if I go longer that a few days without sewing something I start to have little withdrawals and I’ve definitely seen a big improvement in my sewing skills now that I get a chance to sew more frequently (go figure!). And ever since I made Brynlee’s Halloween costume, I’ve wanted to make more clothes for her and have purchasing patterns here and there to add to my collection.

I have been a long time follower of Dana’s blog and have used many of her tutorials. I love her tutorials, she provides a plethora of very clear pictures and step by step instructions. I’ve had my eye on a few of her patterns for a while, but since they all start at 2T they were still a little big for Brynlee. Then a few weeks ago she had a pattern sale and I scooped up her First Day Dress pattern, as well as her Kids Shorts pattern. Now I’m kicking myself for not also getting the Baby Doll Basket pattern too! I might still have to.

Last week, I finally had some extra time to spend with my sewing machine during a few of Brynlee’s naps and whipped up two of the A-line dress and one that I hacked to make a Valentine’s Day dress for Brynlee. These dresses came together super quick! Like I said, I only had Brynlee’s nap time and over the course of the 3 days it took to make these that added up to around 6 hours.

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I really love how they turned out! And the keyhole and button detailing in the back is just so cute!! I especially love the wood button on this dress.

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For this dress I wanted a fun, contrasting button to go with the pattern and while I was a little nervous about whether I would like it once I added it, I really do love that extra pop of color!

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For Brynlee’s Valentine’s Day Dress, I used the top of the First Day Dress pattern and made the skirt out of two rectangles.

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Then I added cute little heart shaped pockets.

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I’ll have a tutorial up next week for adding heart shaped pockets or patches to anything, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

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I also replaced the button closure with ribbon for a bow.

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Did I mention how hard it is to get your 19 month old to cooperate when taking pictures???

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Oh, what’s that you say???, “Cassidi, why didn’t you brush her hair before the photo shoot?”, to which I would answer, “Oh, but I did! And then, being Brynlee, she proceeded to do this, over and over and over”.

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And of course we had to take pictures with one of Lola’s toys, because that is the chic thing to do, right?

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Regardless, I had a lot of fun making these dresses and can’t wait to make the other style, as well as, the top versions too!

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The First Day Dress pattern is basically 4 patterns in one, 2 styles of dresses and 2 styles of tops. And they are all fully lined, which was much easier to do than you might expect!

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So if you are on the fence about making clothes for your kiddos or even just learning to sew, head over to danamadeit.com to check out her patterns and tutorials, you won’t be disappointed, I promise!

Learning New Things – Crochet

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Hey friends! Don’t you just love learning new things? I do! Especially when it has to do with something crafty. Sewing will always be my first love, but I like to branch out sometimes just to mix things up. I have attempted to learn to crochet for quite some time now. I remember being around 7 or 8 and one of my mom’s friend’s tried teaching me, then again a few years ago I tried teaching myself to crochet a baby blanket when my sister was pregnant with her daughter. Both times I was discouraged by how long it was taking and how little I was accomplishing. I’ve sewn some projects that haven’t exactly been speedy, but at least I can see it coming together fairly early on in the project, which then encourages me to continue.

Then I found The Purl Bee website and wow, their tutorials are awesome!! They have a crochet basics page that gives you very detailed instructions that are accompanied by pictures depicting what you are supposed to do. Plus they decipher all of the cryptic crochet terms, I mean have you ever looked at a crochet pattern?? Start with a SL ST then do 15 HDC’s followed by one DC, two TR’s, and one DC. The first time I saw a pattern all I could think was “what the heck is that!!!”

After perusing The Purl Bee’s website a little longer I found this gorgeous granny square rainbow quilt and knew I had to make it. My rational was that if I could accomplish this blanket it one square at a time, every time I finished a square would feel like a win. And you know what? It’s working!!! It usually takes me about one hour to finish a square and I go through spurts where I will make one each night for a week, then I won’t make another for a month. I’m hoping that by sharing this project here I will feel more pressure to make another square when some nights all I want to do is veg out and relax once Brynlee goes to bed.

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I am still not super skilled at this yet, they are far from perfect and it’s hard for me to stop for a while then pick back up where I left off. I’m hoping that the more I do the better I will get at knowing where I am, then I will be able to work on them more. Another great thing about these squares is that there are a lot of different stiches used, so you get a lot of great practice! The Purl Bee has so many other great, smaller projects that I think will be fun to try too! Crochet washcloths anyone???

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Are you working on any projects or want to learn anything new? I would love to hear about them!! I also want to learn to knit, but last time I tried I felt like I was all thumbs holding those knitting needles so we will see how that goes!

Brynlee’s 18 Month Update

The holidays came and went so fast and we were so busy that I completely forgot to post Brynlee’s 18 month update in December. It is still really hard for me to believe I have an 18 month old (well, now a 19 month old), I still feel like it was only a short time ago that we were in the hospital awaiting her arrival and then bringing her home and learning to adjust to being a family of three! With that said, she truly has been our greatest blessing and watching her learn and grow has been pure joy!

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*She looks so excited to be taking pictures, doesn’t she?

Her 18 month well-check revealed that she weighs 22 pounds 8 ounces which puts her in the 30th percentile. This again surprised me, she enjoys food so much that I really thought she would have increased in this area. She did grow in length again, 32 ¼ inches putting her in the 60th percentile, so I think that is was dropped her in weight. It always seems that when she starts putting on some chunk, she has a big growth spurt and it all goes away. She’s looking less and less baby like and more toddler like as each day passes, which is definitely bittersweet. Her head measured in the 25th percentile at 18, which I think they may have mis-measured, because at her 15 month appointment it was larger…

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*Running around at the park

Brynlee continues to have a very healthy appetite. We are always giving her new things to try and some are wins (shrimp) and some are losses (mussels).  When we find something that she doesn’t like I always try to reintroduce at a later time and usually over and over and eventually she will start to like it. She hated bananas at first, but I kept offering them to her and now they are one of her favorite things to eat! She also loves all kind of pasta, sweet potato and butternut squash are still on the top of her list of favs, she’s also been loving green beans and broccoli lately too! She still prefers chicken or pork to any beef and also likes most of the seafood options we’ve given her (except the mussels). One newer thing is she’s been more open to fruit, grapes, blueberries, strawberries. She’s always much preferred vegetables to any fruit and at the end of any meal it was always the fruit that was left behind. I’ve started giving her fruit for her snacks instead and she seems to really enjoy eating it now. She’s also gotten a lot better about using utensils, and while she still uses her hands for some meals, she’s gotten really quite good at using a fork!

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*Fun times at the park

Brynlee loves to draw and color!!! And she has finally stopped trying to eat her crayons so I will gladly let her color all day long! I love seeing this creative side of her develop and am so excited to start doing crafts and other things with her. She still loves to dance and her current favorite song is Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off. It does not matter what she is doing, even throwing a tantrum, when that song comes on she stops and starts dancing! It is so cute and has proven to be quite useful! She still enjoys reading and loves going to the park. The slide is her new favorite thing!

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*She loves sitting in chairs and she almost always has a book with her

Mickey is, of course, still her BFF and goes everywhere with us! I have to admit that this love affair she has for Mickey is making Landon and I very excited for her first trip to Disneyland. I just can’t wait to see the look on her face when we go for the first time!

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*We found this boot/stocking Mickey while out Christmas shopping one day and I was certain I was going to have to spend the $20 on it. She would not let go of that thing for a very long time!!! Her love for Mickey knows no bounds!

Her new favorite word is Lola (our dog’s name) and she will say it over and over or copy one of us when we say it. She still says uh-oh all the time and is using it accurately and she has finally started saying mama more and more. But she is still sticking to only saying a few words at a time. Sometimes I get a little nervous at her lack of vocabulary, but I know that all babies/toddlers are different and will develop at their own time. I’m sure when she starts talking regularly she will go straight to talking in sentences.

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*Brynlee and Lola picking lemons off our tree

She still runs and climbs on everything!!! And her coordination is getting better and better each day! We always kick balls around or throw them and she started catching a few or kicking them herself. And she loves spending time outdoors! Especially when that includes being able to dig in the garden!

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*Every time we go outside know she wants to dig in the garden. I’m a little worried for once we actually plant in there, should be interesting to see how that goes over

Brynlee is such an amazing little girl and as I watch her beautiful personality develop more each day I can’t tell you enough how proud I am of her. Her immense curiosity (while it can be frustrating at times) makes each day so much fun! And she loves her family! She loves when we can all get together and she can spend time with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins! I’m so glad she is nurturing such a close bond with them early on. My family is so important to me and knowing that I always have their support and love is something that has helped me throughout my life, it is so reassuring to know Brynlee will have that too and I feel so blessed to know that she is loved dearly by so many!

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*Crazy shenanigans in the fabric store! I just love her personality!