Butterfly Wings

Whew!! What a weekend!! We were super busy and it just flew by! We spent Saturday up north celebrating Easter early with my family, then on Sunday we headed down south to celebrate the 3rd birthday of one of our dear friend’s daughter.
Today I wanted to share the gift Brynlee and I made for her, I really think it is the perfect, whimsical gift that any little girl would love!


I purchased the Wife-Made butterfly wing pattern back in October when I made Brynlee’s Rainbow Dash costume and have wanted to make the butterfly wings ever since. And a gift for a 3rd birthday party was the perfect time to try them out! I found the super colorful fabric at Joann’s and decided to just use solids for the wing’s appliqué since the main fabric is so busy.


I also used silver glitter elastic to make the wings even more whimsical. Brynlee loved them so much that I will be making a second pair very soon, she’s been begging for some ever since I had her try these on to make sure they would fit well.


I also decided to make a flower crown to go with the wings so the birthday girl could be a butterfly princess. I got Brynlee involved by letting her help me choose the flowers and their placement and to help me add the jewels. I also found a blue butterfly to add to the crown since the birthday girl’s favorite colors are pink and blue.


And to finish off the gift, Brynlee and I made a magical wand to match the wings. Brynlee thought it was so fun to pick out the beads and help string them on the ribbons.

I love giving handmade gifts and I especially love when I can get Brynlee involved in helping me. She’s been asking me to teach her to sew lately, I already have her step on the pedal for me when I sew, but I’m not sure what age is appropriate to actually let her use my machine. I also don’t know if I have the patience for it yet, but I do really want her to learn. I wish I would have been taught when I was young and I’m so excited that she wants to learn too! I love sharing my hobbies with her.

So, if any of you have any recommendations on teaching a child to sew and what is a good age to start them, please let me know in the comments.

Happy Sewing!!

xo, Cassidi

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The Grace Dress

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shoes (old from H&M, similar pair here)

Brynlee had her Spring picture day a few weeks ago, so I decided to make her a dress that could double as her Easter Dress. And with Easter just a few short weeks away, I thought now would be the perfect time to share it.

Violette Field Threads is one of my favorite pattern makers for girls, I have almost all of their patterns at this point and am slowly making my way through all of them. They recently came out with a stuffed doll line that I am dying to make, I think they would make the perfect gift, especially with all the outfits you can make to go with them!

For Brynlee’s Easter dress, I knew I wanted to make the Grace Dress. I love the scalloped edge option and thought it was the perfect feminine detail for Easter. The floral fabric I used to make it is from Hobby Lobby, it has sparkly gold accents that I love! To dress it up a bit for Easter, I decided to make the bottom of the dress from tulle, I used 4 layers of aqua tulle and one layer of aqua cotton for the lining.  It is perfectly puffy and makes a great twirling skirt, which Brynlee has absolutely taken advantage of!

This dress is a pretty quick and easy sew, just go slowly over the scallops to make sure they turn out perfect.

Happy Sewing!

xo, Cassidi

Valentine’s Day Outfit

I meant to post this yesterday, but we had family visit and it just didn’t get done. So today I wanted to pop in and share the Valentine’s Day outfits I made for the kids.

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For Brynlee’s dress I decided on the Ayda dress from Simple Life Pattern Company. They have so many cute patterns. This one is quick and easy, it takes about an hour to sew up and I just love the back with the lace trim detail. It also has a circle skirt option, which makes it super twirly and of course Brynlee loves it. I used this Valentine’s themed fabric from Joann’s for the bodice and a matching red solid with one layer of red tulle overlay, also from Joann.

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For Lincoln’s outfit I just paired this striped Cat and Jack onesie with black pants and made a bow tie from the same fabric as Brynlee’s dress. I just stitched it to the neckline of the onesie, I didn’t want to add a bow tie strap or any other clip that might aggravate him. Now  I will just seam rip the few stitches I made to take it off and reuse the onesie for non-Valentine’s related things.

xoxo, Cassidi

What’s in Progress 10.11.16

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If you follow me on Instagram (and please do), then you saw this pic that I posted recently and know that I am so, so close to finishing my first crochet project ever!!!

Now, that’s not to say I haven’t started many (like this one), but I have yet to finish a single one… The only thing keeping me from finishing this one is a pillow form, I thought I had the right size, but it is just too big. So now I need to make a Joann’s run, then I have one side left to stitch up and I will be done! I’m so excited to have a crochet project completed and can’t wait to share it with you.

In other news, I did just finish a custom nursery set for a family friend and can’t wait to give it to her this weekend so she can welcome her sweet baby girl in style.

Also, I joined a quilt club! My HOA started one and I thought it would be a great way to help me learn the best quilting techniques and I am by far the most novice quilter in the group so it has been an incredible learning experience. We are currently working on Lori Holt’s Row Along from her book Quilty Fun. I just purchased this quilt pattern to make for baby boy’s nursery, so I might switch to working on that one to make sure I finish it in time.

And lastly, Brynlee’s Rainbow Dash costume. Brynlee asks me EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. if I’ve finished her costume yet, so I guess I really need to get that finished!

So, what have you been working on?

xo, Cassidi

Simple Sewing Patterns for Kids

In keeping with my theme from yesterday’s post, I thought today I’d share a few of my favorite simple sewing patterns for kids for anyone wanting to get their feet wet in the sewing pool. These are all patterns I own, most of which I have sewn multiple times and come together fairly quick.

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I mentioned Dana  yesterday and with good reason. The First Day Dress was the first article of clothing I ever made. I chose to make the A-line dress first, it looked to be the simplest and it was a great first project. It was very easy to make and although it took me a few hours the first time, I was being extra careful to read and reread the instructions for each step multiple times before completing it, it gave me the confidence to try sewing other clothing items. My second being the swing dress of the same pattern. As I said yesterday, Dana takes great care in providing very clear instructions and beautiful pictures for each step, which is great for beginners. This circle skirt tutorial is another simple sew and perfect for girls who love to twirl.

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Violette Field Threads is my go to for adorable girl sewing patterns. Just browsing their site makes me want to make each and every outfit for Brynlee, they are all darling. And truth be told, I probably own about 70% of their girls sewing patterns, I just need to get my booty in gear and make them all! The Hope Dress is a beautiful dress, designed for a beautiful cause, you can see the one I made here. Not only is the dress reversible (I mean, how fun is that) but it can be made in less than an hour. Its the perfect summer dress or can be layered over long sleeves and paired with tights as the cooler weather sets in.

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The Lola Top is another great one from Violette Field Threads that can be made in just around an hour. It’s super cute and Brynlee always gets tons of compliments whenever she wears hers. Here is just one of the ones I’ve made for her.

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I mentioned Kate yesterday too and it’s easy to see why with this pattern. The Recess Raglan is a great beginner pattern and perfect for this time of year. It has multiple sleeve length options and Kate offers additional add-ons/hacks free on her blog.

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Here’s a picture of the one I made Brynlee last year out of a quilted heart sweatshirt fabric I found at Joann’s. I sized up so she could layer it over a shirt and it worked perfect for her all winter long!

I hope you’ll try out one of these patterns and let me know how you like it! What are some of your favorite patterns?

Happy Sewing!

xo, Cassidi

My Favorite Sewing Blogs

Thank goodness for the internet and lovely people willing to share their talent, if not for them, I still wouldn’t have a clue what to do with my sewing machine! I’ve been meaning to share my sewing story/ journey here for a while and hopefully will get around to typing it all out soon. In the meantime, I thought I would share some blogs that have been instrumental in teaching myself to sew.

There are so many amazing sewist out there and so many amazing sewing blogs, here are just a few of my favorites (I have many), so if you’re interested in learning to sew, go check them out!

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madeeveryday.com

Dana is amazing and almost solely responsible for me learning to sew. It was her blog that first sparked my interest and her tutorials are so well documented, tons of photos and very clear instructions. Plus she now has a YouTube channel with video tutorials making it even easier to learn. I own multiple patterns of hers and would highly suggest them if you want to start making your own kid clothes. She also recently came out with her own fabric line and I am dying over all the bold patterns and bright colors! I can’t wait to get my hands on some of that “eat it all” fabric, I think it would make the most darling napkins!

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seekatesew.com

See Kate Sew is another great blog filled with all sorts of sewing know how from sewing for babies, kids and you! She is always coming up with super fun and unique tutorials, I love her doll fabric/tutorial. And if you’ve ever wanted to make one of those cute triangle quilts, but aren’t excited about all the piecing involved, try her 1-hr shortcut. She also has her own line a patterns and again, I own quite a few of them. I’m really excited to use her basic baby gown pattern for baby boy coming in December, these will make those middle of the night diaper changes “sew” much easier!

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sewcaroline.com

Great resource for learning to sew for yourself! She has great patterns (yes, I do own a lot of them) and tutorials for your everyday wardrobe. She is also a fabric designer for Art Gallery, her designs are so bright, colorful and fun!

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nanacompany.com

This blog is full of inspiration! Amy’s attention to even the most minute detail in each of her projects is something to behold! I love browsing her blog for ideas and she has plenty of tutorials to help out! She has two adorable fabric lines, a book and an Etsy Shop with some darling sewing patterns.

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beeinmybonnetco.blogspot.com

Lori is a quilting genius!!! I would love to be able to quilt like her some day. All of her creations are just gorgeous. Her blog and her home are filled with vintage-y goodness and I love it all! She is a long time fabric designer with Riley Blake, all of which are beautiful designs. She has three books, I own this one and am currently working on the row along quilt. I might finish it some time in the next decade…

If you are interested in sewing or just looking for some creative inspiration I hope you found this post helpful! And please share with me if you have any favorite sewing blogs!

Happy Sewing!

DIY Grocery Bag Holder

This is one of those projects that I’ve wanted to make FOREVER and just kept getting put on the back burner until I could take it no more! I recently did an overhaul on my pantry and organized everything! I purchased some plastic baskets from the dollar store to help sort like things and this has really helped in keeping the pantry organized. It’s been about 3 months and things are still looking great!

Except in the grocery bag department… I usually use reusable bags anytime I go grocery shopping, but on the off chance I forget them or if I make an unplanned Target trip (which probably happens far too often), we end up with a collection of the plastic kind.

Previously I tried storing them in a basket on the ground, under a shelf, but it really didn’t do a very good job of keeping them corralled and they would often spill out onto the floor adding to the disorganized state my pantry was in. Once the pantry was organized, a grocery bag holder rose to the top of my to-do list. It’s super simple and can be completed in under an hour.

I picked up some home decor weight fabric from Joann’s, from it I cut:

1- 2″x 4 1/2″ rectangle (for the loop)

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1- 20″x 24″ rectangle (for the main bag)

Also needed:

5/8″ elastic- Cut 7″

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Starting with your loop, iron your rectangle, wrong sides together, in half lengthwise. Open the fold, then iron each edge in to meet at the previous crease. Fold it all back up, press and stitch along the opening as close to the edge as you can. Set aside.

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Taking your main piece, fold in half right sides together lengthwise.

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Stitch along the long side using a 1/4″ seam allowance, forming a tube.

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On one open end, fold over 1/2″ and press, then fold over 1/2″ again and press.

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Open one fold, take your loop fabric, fold it over creating a loop and baste stitch across.

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Just sew along your loop, I attached it right at the seam so that when I hung it, the seam would be hidden in back.

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Fold your hem back over, hiding the raw edge, flip the loop up and sew around the perimeter of the bag.

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For the bottom, fold over 1/2″ press, the fold over 1″ and press.

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Create a casing by sewing around the perimeter of the bag about an 1/8″ away from the bottom. Leave a 2-3″ opening to insert your elastic.

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Insert a safety pin on one end of your elastic and start threading it through your casing.

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I like the pin the free end of elastic so it can’t slip through while I’m threading.

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Sew both ends together.

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Then sew your casing closed.

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Put your little helper to work stuffing the bag.

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Hang it up and you’re done!

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I used a command hook to hang mine and it’s worked wonderfully.

Hope this helps your pantry/ kitchen organization too!

Happy Sewing!

xo, Cassidi