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FREE dribble bib pattern

Years ago when I was brave enough (or stupid enough) to enter the world of selling ready made items and attend craft markets, I used to make dribble bibs.  I worked hard to get my bibs fitting well with no gape at the neck which I find lots of dribble bibs do. My solution was to add a little bit of elastic to the neckline to pull it in.  And it worked. Well time as gone by now and I […]

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Straight Skirt and Kit and Kaboodle Mash

Wow, the sucess of the straight skirt has blown my mind. I’m loving that you are all loving the free pattern.  Remember to keep posting photos of the ones that you have made up because I LOVE seeing what you all sew, and the gorgeous fabrics you use ( I secretly drool over these as in NZ it is very hard to get nice knits). The person who sews the most skirts wins a pattern of their choice. Here are […]

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How to sew a plastic bag holder.

We have an engagement party tomorrow night and being tight on $$ I made the gift.  I decided on something useful, (I know, boring) but really, it is useful, I use mine all the time. I made an oven mitt, using my pattern that you can purchase here, as well as a plastic bag holder.  I haven’t written up a pattern for this because I’ve been meaning to write up a tutorial on the blog for over a year now. […]

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{Sewalong} ~ VEST ~ Day 1 & a Yoyo flower tutorial)

Welcome to day 1 of the VEST sew along. I’m very excited to see what all of you come up with.  I love seeing the different interpretations of my patterns and how one pattern can look so different when made by two completely different people. Remember to read through the MAIN POST it has all the important information about what you have to do and when you have to do it by 🙂 Today we are printing, taping and cutting out […]

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I KNEEd a Smile.

So, Elijah’s jeans have been sitting in his drawer since last winter , not being worn because of the hole in the knee, well, more the truth is that is wasn’t cold enough to wear them…Well now it is and I know what will happen the first time he tries to put them on, his toes will get caught in the hole and RIPPPPP it will be huge and irreparable….So I thought I’d mend them before this happened. Today I […]

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Kymy’s Dolman (Split Sleeve Tutorial)

 I have recently become OBSESSED with the Kymy’s Dolman Top by Everything Your Mama Made.  It has a huge size range, from XS – 5x plus a bonus of maternity.Oh and I have to mention, if you use the right sort of knit this top is very breastfeeding friendly. Buy your pattern here I love how it has transformed me from a frumpy mummy to a stylish mummy within a matter of days.  I now have 5 of these tops […]

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Fabric Flower Tutorial

So…with the iminent release of my next pattern, an A-line Pinafore with multiple options, I was taking product shots of Brylie today and I had made her a wee flower headband to match her dress. This dress is the Panelled Pinny version. Which features a panel (wow, really?) in the centre front. You can choose to do fully lined, hence it can be reversible, or just a facing (top of the bodice lined)  which makes it cooler in for the […]

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How to make BIAS BINDING

For a while now I have had people asking me how to make bias binding.  I make all my own for all my kiwiana bibs, and like to think that I have developed an easy (well easier) way of making bias binding. DOWNLOAD THE PDF VERSION HERE I usually use a 112x112cm piece of fabric and this will give me 20ish metres of perfect binding. For this tutorial I used a piece that measured 50x50cm and I ended up with just over […]

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{Tutorial} New Born Stretchy Pants

New Born Stretchy Pants Suitable with knit fabrics or fabrics with 1 or 2 way stretch. Click here for the pattern pieces Recently I have joined a group on facebook (a very dangerous group) where other ladies are selling off their unwanted or unused fabrics for very good prices.  My latest score arrived this morning.  Two very nice pieces of knit, of very nice quality and thickness.  PERFECT for little trousers or leggings.  Seeing as I have made so many […]

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Barbie clothes Tutorials

Just a small collection of cute barbie doll clothing tutorials that I have found and would love to try out one day. Shirred Dress – http://create.thebirdflock.com/?p=308Peasant top – http://create.thebirdflock.com/?p=212Capped sleeve top – http://www.craftinessisnotoptional.com/2010/09/barbie-cap-sleeve-shirt-tutorial.htmlpoofy skirt – http://www.craftinessisnotoptional.com/2010/09/froufy-barbie-skirt-tu…torial.htmlcute little dress – http://www.craftinessisnotoptional.com/2010/08/barbie-dress-tutorial.htmlt-shirt – http://www.craftinessisnotoptional.com/2010/09/barbie-knit-top-tutorial.htmlvintage dress – http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fnetworkedblogs.com%2FsgT7T&h=ZAQFDTsl6AQElv-5VPHIYDiOUc5_my86ZzvdkfuH8M1mFBQeasy straight skirt – http://www.craftinessisnotoptional.com/2010/09/easy-barbie-skirt-tutorial.htmlBall gown – http://www.craftinessisnotoptional.com/2010/09/barbie-ball-gown-tutorial.html

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