my top 5 favorite kids sewing patterns + giveaway!!

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This post was really fun to write! and also a ton of work. gathering photos from a blog is no small feat. well, compared to climbing a mountain it is, but whatever. I got the idea for this post from an Instagram comment, and I ran with it! I definitely have a few fave patterns I come back to time and time again. They are all pretty basic patterns, … [Read more...]

KCW: polka dot chambray peasant dress

I was talking to my best friend the other day about how I don't like sewing with solids/basic patterned fabric. But in the end, they are usually my favorite pieces since they're so simple and versatile. I think the problem is that I have an obsession with prints...and especially sewing with them. It makes it more fun when it's with a brightly … [Read more...]

KCW: granny floral Norah dress

granny floral Norah dress || sewn by craftiness is not optional

It's not like Ava needs new clothes. She has two older sisters who hand things down (although not often, Sadie can still wear some 4T things and she's turning 7 this summer), so she has a few of their old dresses. It's just that I get tired of seeing the dresses on the THIRD GIRL in a row...lol. Put that urge together with my fabric stash and … [Read more...]

unicorn horn tutorial and free template

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You've seen those fun unicorn horns I made for Charlotte's unicorn/rainbow bash, right? Well here is the template and tutorial I promised! These were simple to make and I just chilled out in front of a TV show while gluing and cutting. Sadly that's my idea of a good time. ;) No, really. for these horns you'll need: glitter scrapbook paper … [Read more...]

rainbow skirt tutorial and free pattern

rainbow skirt tutorial and free pattern! #rainbow #rainbowskirt

 I can't tell you how stoked I am about how this skirt turned out...Ok, I will. I AM SO STOKED ABOUT HOW THIS SKIRT TURNED OUT!!!! I have a tradition (sometimes kept, sometimes not..lol) of sewing something for my girls to wear to their party that fits the theme. see some of them here, here (scroll down a bit), here, here, here, here, here, here, … [Read more...]

reese’s fathers day FREE printable

I whipped up these fun and cute Father's Day printable for the dads in our ward this sunday (pretty sure none of them read my blog....haha) and I thought I'd share them with you in case you need a quick Fathers Day gift or handout! I taped a few snack size reese's cups together or the printable also fits a regular sized Reese's package (with the … [Read more...]

unicorn and rainbow birthday party

rainbow-unicorn-party!

Charlotte is all about the sparkle right now, so a unicorn & rainbow party was right up her alley! I always obsess over designing invites, it's the OCD in me...but I was pretty happy with the way this one turned out from the get-go. :D Also lots of affiliate links in this post :) I went all out with the rainbow theme and created the … [Read more...]

5 and 10 Designs Look NO.5 Shirtdress

Aaaand I'm back with more pics and info about my second look-NO 5! (My favorite, don't tell #9!) A shirt dress you'll wish you could snatch from her closet for yourself. With delicate gathers at the shoulders, buttons from neck to hem, and a fabric belt that ties it all together, this adorable dress is a must sew for any season. And I seriously … [Read more...]

5 and 10 Designs color block look no. 9

  Just wanted to pop in her and show off some more pics of one of my looks from Vol 3 of 5 and 10 Designs-No. 9! It's both striking and sweet, and combines crisp color blocking with sweetly tied side sashes, making it a great dress for any occasion! Can you imagine it in a solid and a pattern? Or maybe stripes, but the panels cut horizontally or … [Read more...]

5 and 10 Designs Volume Three

5 and 10 Designs Volume Three is out! 1 Pattern, 5 Designers, 10 Pattern Alterations!

I am so excited for this release of 5 and 10 Designs' Volume 3 e-book! We've come full circle after our latest-Vol 2 (Outerwear) back to dresses again! This one is fantastic, guys. We took a basic A-line shift dress and changed it up 9 different ways-plus the basic look, that's a total of 10 different dresses we show you how to make! and these … [Read more...]