panda bear


I'm making a few things for Natalie's upcoming birthday.  I can't believe she'll be 6, for her it's not soon enough - all her friends are 6 already according to her.

We're madly in love with pandas, so I've been searching high and low for panda things.  Luckily I had this little idea tucked in the back of my brain for a little while.   I used the Square Bear pattern from the book Sew Darn Cute by Jenny Ryan as a starting point.  I used black flannel for the panda eyes, ears, legs and arms.  Put in a little pocket for top secret stuff (maybe even a lost tooth someday) and there you have it.

I think she's gonna love it.

yoga pants


I am so thankful I know how to sew.  My youngest daughter is so small in the waist that I can hardly ever find anything in the store to fit her.  And since I know it has to be comfortable and soft, the only way to get her to wear stuff I make is to use knits.

Slowly but surely knits and my serger are becoming my BFFs.  I love how quick it can be.

[twin needle magic, loving it!, if you're looking for some good info on twin needles, check it out here]

I used Lil Blue Boo's Perfect Short Pattern as a starting point and made them into yoga pants.  I slimmed down the pattern and just measured Emily's inseam measurement to make them into pants. I also inserted elastic into the waistband casing just to make sure they stay up.  I really thought that helped, especially with the knits I wasn't sure about how their stretch recovery might be. 

3 pairs down, now she has enough clean pairs of pants that she will actually wear and actually fit.  Yay!

I also quickly tested out the size of the shorts pattern for Natalie and made her some shorts out of some knit scraps.  She claims to not like them, but I'll let her pick out the fabric next time, hopefully that'll do the trick.  

Ottobre Kids Magazine Winners


I got distracted last night sewing some kids clothes for Elsie Marley's Kids Clothes Week Challenge.  Hopefully will be blogging about those successes tomorrow.

And the winners of the Ottobre Magazines are:


BloggerTara-ComfyandPrettyBlog who said...
Thanks for great giveaway!
and the second winner is:
Bloggerthatmoxiegirl who said...
What an awesome magazine!

I've emailed the winners! Thanks everyone for entering, wish I could each give you one! See you tomorrow.  ♥

Ottobre Kids Magazine Giveaway! [closed]


[This giveaway is now closed, thank you to those who entered!]

It's spring cleaning here and I went through my personal stash of good stuff and figured it would be a great time for me to share some Ottobre love with you all.

What's Ottobre you say?  Well, it's a Finnish magazine (written in English) that is loaded with patterns for kids from baby up to those tween years.  They also have a women's version, but both are published quarterly.

The awesome part is that the patterns are loaded with details, you could probably learn every garment sewing technique if you sewed your way through these magazines.  I'd say there for an intermediate type sewist, or someone who isn't afraid to try new things!  I had subscribed to the magazine a few years ago and have yet to complete a garment from the magazines, so I figured they might get a lot more love from one of you!  These magazine retail for almost $14 dollars a piece (and if you're curious you can purchase some here at Pink Chalk Fabrics).

Oh, and if you're digging the fabrics they use in the magazines, you can buy some at their etsy shop, they have a few magazines listed, too!

Please tell your friends to enter, tweet, blog, pin, facebook and spread the word!! 

Ready to enter?

  • Two winners will be chosen, each will pick two (2) of their choice as shown (yep, I'm keeping one for myself, just for fun).  The first winner I draw gets first pick.
  • Just leave a nice comment!  One entry per person.  Please leave your email address in your comment. You can leave it in a format like this if you wish: anna [at] gmail [dot] com, it's up to you though, if you have your email listed in your blogger profile, that works too!.
  • Open to international entries.
  • Giveaway ends Wednesday, April 25th at 10pm (central time).

i instagram


Okay, so not a lot of motivation to sew this week, but I admit I've been having fun using instagram.  Are you on?
Here's my week on instagram...

My name on Instagram is noodlehead531 if you want to follow along.  You can also pop in here online and join in.

Hope you have fun weekend plans, I'm headed to an estate sale tomorrow, gonna find me some mid-century goodness!

a little fun for your monday


Hey! Kids Clothes Week Challenge is back at Elsie Marley,  I'm happy to be guest posting today, stop by for some fun, okay ?!

easter dress


This is blog cheating at it's best.  Never thought about blogging about this dress, I had made it almost 3 years ago now.  But we were getting ready for church on Easter and Natalie decided she was going to pick out my outfit.  I thought about it for a sec and let her go ahead and choose.  She really was quite thrilled about it.  Anyway, she pulled out this dress I had made and paired it with my tall leather boots.  Future fashion maven perhaps?  Watch out Stacey London.

So I figured we might as well snap some pics and blog about it.  The fabric is by Amy Butler from the long gone Lotus Wallflower in Apricot (I think).

Simplicity Pattern 2702 View B

I'm still pretty proud of this dress.  Although it does come with it's flaws.  I've got some pretty crooked seams and whatnot, but it really looks pretty good overall.  Not to shabby for 3 years ago, but I can definitely see where I've improved (thank goodness).  I think I'll still keep wearing it this summer.  ♥

happy quilt


I've had this stack of fabrics waiting to turn into quilts for my girls.  Most of the fabrics are by Prints Charming, Rainbow Garden collection,  with quite a bit of Lizzy House thrown in and a bunch of others.  The Prints Charming prints are on a so soft poplin base cloth, it's just too dreamy.  I also used a few shot cottons for the patchwork as well as the binding.  Just some straight line quilting and we're all set.

Emily had been asking me for a quilt for months, I think way before I started the swoon quilt for my mom.  I had only made Emily one quilt before and it was a baby size quilt.  Since the girls share their room, I think they'll eventually need bunk beds (right now we've got one twin size bed and a toddler bed).  So even though this is a twin size quilt, she'll just snuggle under it every night until we make the upgrade!

Since I planned to make coordinating quilts for the girls, I knew I had to personalize it somehow.  Improv pieced 'Emily' on the backing was the perfect choice.  She'll always know it's hers.  Plus I've been saving this text ikea print for a long time, it worked out perfect for the backing.

finished size: 70" by 90"



wishing you a happy easter

had to make some eggs! kool-aid dyed easter egg tutorial via hey jen renee found on pinterest




You have to be careful about saying that word in our house, sends the beagle tearing around and looking out the windows.  Just a quick little project for Easter, a faux chenille bunny.  Check out the tutorial here by Sew Much Ado.  ps. this is a George look-a-like Jeni!

I knew I had some black flannel laying around and since I'm on a mission to use up some of my toppling stash, a bunny it was!  Seriously though, I'm so proud, I've been using up so many fabrics lately.  I'm excited to show you a project that I've been planning on making for about two years now.  It's making me so happy to take those fabrics off the shelf and put them to good use.

Anyway, a cute little bunny, who was going to make his way into an Easter basket, but we'll see if I can scrounge up some energy to make another little toy, and if not, he'll just be our cute (and only, how sad) Easter decoration for this year.
{had to throw in this shot from last fall, she looks so majestic here, hehe}

Hope you had a great weekend.
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