cosi swimsuits galore

cosi swimsuits || sewn by craftiness is not optional

  I am so excited to share these swimsuits with you part of the awesome Cosi swimsuit tour! you may have seen these around blogland already... If you haven't, and have ever thought about sewing a swimsuit, get this pattern, and then sew one! just do it! She's got a 15% discount with code: COSITOUR15 it's actually quite simple, and … [Read more...]

101+ easy birthday gift ideas and FREE printables!

buckets of fun birthday gift idea and free printable  craftiness is not optional

I'm excited to share today 101+ Birthday Gift Ideas for your Friends! I am joining forces with Kristen Duke in her Birthday Celebration Week along with over 100 talented bloggers sharing lots of inexpensive ideas and free printables! I was all for thinking of fun, inexpensive gifts you could have on hand for a friends birthday. All week long, … [Read more...]

bari j bianca top

bianca top || sewn by craftiness is not optional

On my quest to sew ALL THE THINGS for myself, the Bianca was in my sights-it looked flattering, and fun to sew. And guess what? it is, and was. I chose some lovely Bari J voile (from Fabricworm) which was amazing to sew with! buttery soft but still pretty sturdy. and what a gorgeous print! I love that it's like a grown up floral. it's like … [Read more...]

fourth of july circle skirts

fourth of july circle skirts

Happy Fourth of July to all the Americans out there! Hope you have a safe and awesome holiday! This year I actually remembered to get something together for the girls to wear...(and lately I'm into them matching...what?!) so they got easy peasy circle skirts-out of knit, so no hemming! They literally took about 15 minutes to make, … [Read more...]

knit pajama shorts

knit pj shorts

It's SUMMERTIME! I'm sure you were aware of that, but just in case.... the kids need PJ shorts. It's been a bit dire-especially for Ava. I chopped off the arms and legs of a pair of PJ's the other night because it was SO hot and she didn't have any short sleeved sets. Rory was like "dudette, you need to buy them some shorts". and I was … [Read more...]

essential shorts and some hemlock tees

I am all about comfort in those hot summer  know, lightweight, breathable... I'm also big on shorts and tees, they are kinda my summer uniform. I'm guessing most of you are nodding along with me.... So I'm psyched to share these chambray shorts I made with Make it Perfect's Essential Shorts pattern-they are awesome! I love how comfy … [Read more...]

a trio of union st. tees

I'm so psyched about these tees I have to share with you today. For one, they're awesome (more oh so much more on that later), for (two?)I got to try my friend Adrianna's new pattern, the Union St. Tee, and for three, I made a v neck tee! (confession, I had never done that before now.) I didn't really care for v-neck tees until I read that … [Read more...]

girly jungle birthday bash

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

Charlotte is FOUR! She (and Sadie) is obsessed with the Katy Perry song, ROAR, so we went with a jungle/safari theme for her birthday party this year, with some added pink of course! She had a blast, and it ended up being a really fun party for me to put together too, after some feet dragging. lol. let's dive in!  I designed this little invite … [Read more...]

southern fabric $40 giveaway!


 teal drops || pin dots || citron polka  woodland border || navy ducks || colorful checks persimmon berries || butternut floral || peacock floral Three cheers for fabric! FREE fabric especially. I've got another amazing giveaway for you from Southern Fabric....and I love the fabrics I picked out as my faves above! they have a few new thing … [Read more...]

rollie pollie pillow

rollie pollie pillow || pattern by MADE || sewn by craftiness is not optional

If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen that I've been working on my playroom-which is really an attached sunroom off of our living room. We've been in this house 6 years and still never framed out the door or finished painting or adding baseboards. for shame! It's been an eyesore (in my opinion, ha!) so I finally poked and prodded Rory into … [Read more...]