liberty of london Knot Necklace

liberty-knot-necklace---craftiness-is-not-optional

I'm so pleased as punch to share this project with you today, and to be working with Liberty of London on this project! It's easy, cute, and really lets you show off your fave fabric! Hop over there for the full tutorial!   … [Read more...]

fox in sock….puppets for Books Alive

fox-in-sock....puppets!-tutorial-by-craftiness-is-not-optional

If you have kids (or even if not!) you've probably read a few Dr. Suess books. Or many of them...we have a whole stack of them! (I prefer the board books, honestly...they're shorter haha! I'm not much of an "out loud" reader) Anyways, the rhyming words of Fox In Socks has always made my girls giggle, so I knew my book for Books Alive had to be … [Read more...]

“Z” is for zipper, zebra, and zig zag

"Z" is for zipper, zebra, and zig zag

First off, I am SO psyched to be a part of Katy's Sew All 26 series! I love all her ideas for series, and I adore having a theme to work with. (read: Project Run and Play) I immediately signed up for the letter Z when she first emailed me. For two reasons-it was at the end, and I have been a bit of a procrastinator always lately. Secondly-I had … [Read more...]

simple & easy pattern weights

simple and easy pattern weights

I am thrilled to be a part of Simple Simon & Co's prolific series-"What I wish I'd known when I started Sewing". Which is many things, for me. Alas, most of my sewing knowledge was gained due to plentiful mistakes, trial and error, and A LOT of fabulous online tutorials. So...let me share with you my favorite sewing trick/tool. Trool. When … [Read more...]

the princess bride film petit

princess bride film petit

  Guys I can't tell you how psyched I am to be a part of Film Petit this month! I've been begging asking the gals when my turn would be for years months. If you’re new to Film Petit, it’s an ongoing sewing series hosted by Kristin from Skirt as Top and Jessica from A Little Gray where they pick a favorite movie and sew an outfit (or two) inspired … [Read more...]

PJ pant tutorial for birch fabrics-with free one size pattern!

charley harper pj pants by craftiness is not optional

I am so excited to be over on the Birch Fabrics blog today, with a tutorial and free one size pattern for PJ pants with some (I think) awesome cuffs and button tabs! A great way to kick off Kids Clothes Week, dontcha think?!I used some of the amazing new Charley Harper fabric-main is Octoberama in Blue, and the cuffs are Twigs Teal.  See ya … [Read more...]

orange creamsicle pops for Color your Summer!

Hey guys! I'm psyched to be guest posting today over on Delia Creates, for Delia and Kirstin's Color Your Summer series!  It's been fabulous so far, right? I decided to play around with a recipe this time, although popsicles hardly count as a recipe, as you'll see...it makes them perfect for the kids to help though! These pops are sweet, … [Read more...]

fabric tray tutorial for ucreate

 I am so excited to be over on Ucreate today (yes, THE Ucreate!), for their amazing series all about using up those fat quarters we all hoard. I know I'm not alone...right ladies? :) The first step is admitting you have a problem.... hehe. This particular project is fantastic for scraps, as well! Which I also have plenty of. Fabric hoarders … [Read more...]

When we were young striped dress

When I first opened the email from Suz of Sew Pony about her "When We Were Young" series, I knew I HAD to do it....it sounded like a blast! I loved the challenge to re-create an outfit that you yourself wore when you were...well, young! My mom loved to sew for us kids. Basically if the internet would have existed back then she would have … [Read more...]

basic bodice design series guest post

 I'm so excited to be posting over on iCandy Handmade for their Basic Bodice Design series! What a great idea, right? Most everyone has a basic bodice pattern in their sewing arsenal, which is what makes this such a brilliant idea for a series? (Why can I never have these great ideas? lol!) It's a simple dress, but the way the bodice is cut on … [Read more...]