The Madonna Ruffle Top

 A few days ago Shauna from Shwin & Shwin launched her new fall patterns. They are all amazing but the moment I saw The Madonna Ruffle Top I had to have it!madonna tops 010The pattern comes in PDF form and is sent right after purchase, something I always love! That afternoon I quickly put the pattern pieces together and started cutting out my fabric. For me, cutting out the fabric pieces is always my least favorite part to do. So I have been trying to do this the day before while the kids are eating lunch.
madonna tops 002 The next day I sewed both tops in under 2 hours worth of time. They went together super fast and without any issues.madonna tops 003And as you can see my girls LOVE these tops! I used some regular knit fabric that I had along with some ribbed knit that I purchased for about 50 cents a yard a few weeks back. The colors look great together.madonna tops 005 I made both tops a size 4t. One of my girls is more like a 3t but I always make a 4t to allow for growth. For her, the top is more like a dress then a top and that is perfectly fine with us. This way we can pair it with leggings or tights and hopefully we can get a few seasons out of it.
madonna tops 006 I love how the sleeves can be shorter or longer just by pulling them up. The ribbing on the cuffs keeps them in place perfectly. One of my girls likes the sleeves up and one of them likes the sleeves down. Funny how they are!madonna tops 008 Of course their favorite part is the ruffles on the bottom.madonna tops 011And I would have to agree!

oliver + s popover sundress pattern remix

Another season of Project Run and Play is underway and I have finally recovered from when I competed about a year ago. I am ready to start sewing along for the challenges and make my girls some new clothes. Plus my sewing machine has been severely neglected…along with this little blog of mine. Anyways, The first weeks challenge is The Pattern Remix Challenge. We are to use the oliver + s popover sundress pattern and remix it in anyway we want. popover sundress 005I used two dresses that my girls have and love as the inspiration for these dresses.popover sundress 006 I made the dresses in their favorite colors, pink and blue and used some ribbon trim that matched perfectly with both colors. You know how much I like to coordinate their looks without being too matchy-matchy, right?popover sundress 003For the blue dress I doubled the width of the pattern and gathered the fabric to give it a fuller look.
popover sundress 004 Then I added a little ruffle to the top of the yoke piece along with the ribbon trim. Nothing too complicated but a sweet dress that I know they will love to wear.popover sundress 012For the pink dress I did not stray too far from the pattern. I just made the dress a little wider then the pattern called for and added the ruffle trim and ribbon trim piece at the top of the yoke like I did in the blue dress.
popover sundress 007It feels really great to be creating for these little girls of mine again.popover sundress 009I sure have missed it! popover sundress 013Now make sure you head on over to Project Run and Play to cast your vote for your favorite look. The designers this season have done an amazing job! I am not going to tell you who I voted for, but I am rooting for two super sweet girls that I met at Fabric Weekend, Mie from Sewing Like Mad and Caila from Caila Made. Their looks are amazing and I am still in awe of how much time they put into their looks!

Oh and don’t forget that there is a sew along group, so those of us at home can participate right along!

Kids Chore Chart #waverize

Did you know that it is National Sewing Month? It is also Waverly fabrics 90th anniversary! To celebrate, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and Waverly fabrics is holding a Waverize It! Facebook contest. Head on over to read all the details. Trust me, this is a good one and you will not want to miss it! The grand prize is $1000 in Waverly fabrics and a $250 gift card to Jo-Ann’s. How is that for a contest?!

As part of the celebration Waverly and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores sent me some beautiful Waverly fabric to see what I could create with it. I decided to create a kids chore chart. It is something I have been wanting to make for some time now.

CHORE CHART 019I came up with a simple design that I think will work best for our family. The chore chart has three sections and two pockets in each section. Each kid gets two pockets. One pocket in the front and one pocket in the back. The pocket in the front holds the chores that need to be completed and the pocket in the back holds the completed chores. CHORE CHART 011They simply grab a chore card from the front pocket, complete the chore and then move the chore card to the back pocket. When the front pocket is empty they have completed all of their chores. CHORE CHART 014To keep the chores organized I color coded them with my kids favorite colors. I also added a felt flower (in their favorite color) to the front of the pockets so they know which pocket is theirs.
CHORE CHART 016 This chore chart is just as much for me as it is for them. This way I know who is supposed to help me vacuum for the day and who is going to help me make dinner. No fighting over who did what yesterday and who’s day it is today.CHORE CHART 018CHORE CHART 020Any of you use a chore chart? Do you give rewards? Please I would love to know!

And don’t forget to check out the Waverize It! Facebook contest!

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The Skipper Top Pattern from Sew Much Ado

Earlier this week Abby from Sew Much Ado released her Skipper Top pattern.
skipper top cover600I had the privilege of being one of the pattern testers for The Skipper Top and to say that we love this pattern is an understatement! The Skipper Top is a super quick and easy sew project. If you have never sewn with knits before this is a great pattern to start with. Abby shares a ton of tips for sewing with knits that even I learned something new.

top 049The Skipper Top is a dolman style top. The pattern ranges in sizes from 6 months to size 10 and has a bunch of different design options included. It comes with two neckline options, two sleeve options, and two hem options. The pattern also shows you how to add a heart, pentagonal pocket or some lace. For this shirt pictured I chose the option to top stitch the neckline, arms and waist as well as added a pentagonal pocket. top 050I have made three of these tops already, but this little pink polka dot one has become the favorite…for both girls. The girls have had their first fight over clothes with this little shirt. Oh the tears that this one shirt has caused is crazy! Don’t let this face fool you she is the worse of the two…and sneaky!top 057 What I love most about the shirt is the length and fit of it. It is roomy enough for both girls to share (or fight over) without it being too small or too big for either of them. Plus, it takes me less then an hour from cut to finish to make one of these tops. I like that…a lot! top 052top 064Oh and don’t forget that when you are checking out The Skipper Top pattern to check out The Seafarer Top pattern. It is a pattern for the same dolman style tee but for us adults!  I have made three of these tops for myself and just love them. How fun to make matching mother and daughter tops?!
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How to make a sewing caddy

Unfortunately I do not have a sewing room, which means my I have to sew at my dining room table. I store all of my fabric and supplies upstairs in 2 large armoires. So every time I need some of my sewing supplies I have to go upstairs to grab it. As you can imagine there is a lot of going up and down the stairs while I am sewing. It is just not fun. So a few weeks ago I decided to make a large sewing caddy. At least then I would have all of my sewing supplies in one convenient spot.
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Materials needed to make one sewing caddy:

* 1 wooden crate

*4 rolling castors

* 4 baskets

* screws

I started by using an old wooden box that was headed for the trash. It needed a good washing, but other then that it was the perfect size, shape and I loved that it had a shelf in the middle. And honestly, I kinda like the vintage worn look of it. Guess I am a sucker for free old junk! Once the box was cleaned I let it sit outside in the sun for a few days to get any of the smells out. Then I wiped it down with a little Old English. Once it was clean I added some rolling casters to the bottom of the box. Having it roll around the table was key to me. Lastly, I screwed 4 wire baskets to the sides. The baskets came from Decor Steals and they were the perfect size. Now came the hard part…organizing and de-stashing.top 033The top shelf holds all of my button making and snap making supplies. It also holds my sewing feet, needles, lint rollers and other little random sewing accessories. As you can see I used two of my bread pans on this shelf to hold my items. The bread pans just happened to fit perfectly in there.

top 026On the second shelf I used a box to store all of my metal clasps, d-rings and all my other little metal extras. On top of the box I have all of my rolls of elastic. 
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I use this smaller metal caddy to hold all of my sewing supplies that I use each and every time I sew. I like having all of my sewing supplies in a smaller caddy so that I can move them straight to my table when being used. top 039

One of the baskets on the side of the caddy holds all of my smaller zippers.top 024

And one holds my larger zippers.top 025

Another basket holds all of my elastics, bias tape and piping.top 029

And of course I have a basket for all of my thread.top 030I use a few canning jars to hold all of my labels and some buttons.top 038Now I have all of my sewing supplies in one convenient spot. When I am sewing I can roll it right up to the table and have everything I need within reach. And when not in use I can hide it out of sight.
top 036How and where do you store all of your sewing supplies? Do you have to sew at your dining room table too? Any other fun organizing tips for me?

Organizing Sewing Needles

sewing needles 011The other day I found myself sewing on knit fabric with a jean/denim needle. I was struggling with the skirt until I realized I had the wrong needle in my machine. I sew on all types of fabrics and switch from one fabric to another on a daily basis. One day I might be working with a stretchy knit fabric and the next I may be hemming some jeans, therefore I switch my needles often. The problem I run into is that I never remember which type of needle is in the machine when I go to use it the next time. I have noticed that some needles are now marked with color…but some are still not.
sewing needles 004 So the other day when I shopping at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores I decided to get my needles organized. I was in need of some new  needles anyways, so it was perfect timing. I bought a package of each type of needle that I use on a regular basis and I also bought some stretch needles and microtex needles…just because. Once I got home I took some colored sharpie markers and marked the needles that weren’t already marked. Now each needle has its own color.sewing needles 005 Then I cut off part of the card stock packaging that labeled each needle as well as gave a description of is uses on the backside. Then I just colored a corner of the card stock the same color that I colored each needle. sewing needles 008Then to store all of the needles I purchased one of these cute little metal tin sewing machines. They are used to hold gift cards but I thought it would be perfect for holding all of my needles.
sewing needles 009 Now I just combined my love for organizing and sewing. And now I will always know which type of  needle is in my machine. No more sewing a knit skirt with a jeans needle!sewing needles 010 How do you keep your needles organized? Any other tips for keeping your sewing goodies organized?

Fat Quarter Friday {Pattern Weights Tutorial}

It’s Friday which means it is fat quarter friday over here! twolittlehooligans_tutorial_colorA few months ago I saw some pattern weights at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores and thought that they were such a great idea. So I added them to my Sewing To Do List. Well after cutting out fabric for some dresses last week I decided it was time to make those pattern weights. They really are super easy to make…and super cute to look at. I’m really hoping that they will make cutting out patterns and fabric more fun. For some reason that is always my least favorite part.pattern weights 013

Materials Needed:

* Small fabric scraps cut into 2″ square pieces

*Quinoa, rice, bolts or anything else that is small and will fit into the hole whiling give it some weight. The hubby suggested using bee-bee’s or fishing line weights and I thought those would be a great option too. **Just keep in mind that these are small and could be a choke hazard for little ones.**

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Take two squares and place them right sides together. Stitch all around while leaving a 1/2″ hole to turn right side out. Trim and square off corners. Turn right side out and iron flat. Make sure you push out the corners.fireflies 006Use a small spice funnel, piping bag or a plastic baggie to fill up the fabric pieces or you could just use your hands depending on what you fill it with.
pattern weights 005Stitch the opening closed.
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And that is it! Super easy right?!pattern weights 013Now make a bunch of them.pattern weights 015 pattern weights 016They are too cute not too! Even the kiddos can’t keep their hands off them.
pattern weights 017 Happy fat quarter friday! What are you making today?

Fat Quarter Friday {Dish Towel Tutorial}

This week I decided to share a tutorial for another one of my favorite items to make…dish towels. A nice set of dish towels is something that everyone loves, but will rarely splurge on for themselves. This is also a great beginner sewing project. So if you have been wanting to start sewing for the first time or needed a refresher project this is the perfect one to start with! dish cloths 022

Materials Needed:

*1 fat quarter of cotton fabric cut to preferred size. I leave mine pretty close to the size of a fat quarter.

*1 fat quarter of velour terry cloth or terry cloth. Cut the terry cloth slightly larger then you cut the cotton fabric above.

*small scrap piece of fabric that measures 8″ x 3″

dish cloths 009Take your 8″ x 3″ piece of fabric and make it into a bias strip.
dish cloths 010 Top stitch down the middle of the bias strip. Set aside.
dish cloths 011 Now gather your cotton fabric and terry cloth. Layer the fabrics like so: terry cloth on bottom-right side up, then cotton fabric right side down. Pin in place. dish cloths 012 On one of the corners place your bias strip like pictured below. Pin in placedish cloths 013 Sew all around edges, but make sure to leave a 2-3″ opening for turning right side out. Trim off excess fabric and square off edges.dish cloths 014 Turn right side out. Iron flat and top stitch around edges. I top stitch around the edges twice with my dish towels, but you can do it only once if you prefer. dish cloths 015And that is it, super easy right?!
dish cloths 016 Make a bunch to give away as gifts or make a bunch for yourself.dish cloths 017Cute little tabs keep those dish towels hung nearby and dry.
dish cloths 019Pair it with some homemade vanilla extract and you have yourself the perfect little gift.last day of school 004Happy Friday!

Fabric Cupcakes {fabric bakery part 3}

Today I am sharing the third and last tutorial for my little fabric bakery items. Today I am going to show you how I made these cute little cupcakes.Each cupcake consists of a rounded body with a removable cupcake top. You can mix and match these little cupcakes however you want. And to make them even cuter you could add some embellishments to the tops. How cute would some little fabric flowers look on top? And just like with the cakes these are machine washable. I would just recommend air drying them.
The fabric I was given to work with was Peggy Sue from Ro Gregg. Isn’t is simply beautiful?! I was given 1/2 yards of each fabric, which is pictured below. I recommend buying half yards to work with if you are going to make a few cakes (from my other tutorials) as well as some cupcakes. But if you are just going to make the cupcakes then fat quarters and large scraps will be just fine.

Materials Needed: (to make one cupcake)

* Fat quarters or large scrap pieces of fabric.

* 1 bag of batting (don’t worry, you will not use a whole bag)

* 8 1/2″ of 1/2″ wide or smaller anti-roll elastic

*Regular mouth canning jar lid to use as a template for the cupcake

*Templates for the cupcake top (see links below) 

Start by printing off the template for the cupcake top. You will need to print off all three pages. Page 1, Page 2 and Page 3. They are labeled as nesting baskets at box, but just ignore that. They are the same templates that I used to make these. I did notice that when I printed the templates off that the margins on the circle templates were a tiny bit off. Don’t line up the circles right next to each other. Just line them up as close to a complete circle as you can. To make the cupcakes you will be using the smaller circle template only. Once you have printed off the circle templates, piece them together and then cut out the smallest circle.  Now figure out which fabrics you want to work with. You are going to need one main fabric for the cupcake and then another fabric for the cupcake top. The kids love being able to mix and match the tops. So think of them while your making it.

Cut the following pieces out of fabric:

*Two circle pieces from your main fabric. Use a regular mouth canning jar for the template.

*One piece of your main fabric cut 17″ x 3″

*Cut two circle pieces from the smaller circle template (use a different fabric then what you used above)

Gather the 17″ x 3″ piece of fabric. On the right side of fabric measure and iron at 1″ increments. You want the ironed points to be on the right side of fabric. You are doing this to make little pin-tucks. They will give the “cupcake wrapper” more detail. Pictured below is the wrong side of fabric. It shows you what the wrong side of the fabric will look like once ironed.Using the folded edge as your guide sew on each folded edge. I used a sew seam slightly smaller then a 1/2″ but if you do use a 1/2″ sew seam that is fine too. I made sure the piece of fabric is large enough for you to do so. Iron flat again. Make sure all of the edges are going in the same direction.
Now sew the seams down so that they do not “flap”.Now gather the two smaller circles and the long strip you just made. Start pinning the strip around one of the circles. Right sides together.
Now find the spot where you started pinning the long strip of fabric around the circle. Measure in about 1″ from the end on the strip piece. This is where you want to start sewing around the circle. Stop stitching around the circle about 2″ from where the strip piece will meet. Now pin the remaining fabric around the circle until the strip piece meets. From the middle of where they meet measure your 1/2″ sew seam and then trim away any excess fabric. Now sew the two ends of the strip piece together. Now that the ends are sewn together you can finish sewing the strip piece onto the circle piece. Trust me, it is way harder to explain then to do! Now repeat the steps above with the other small circle piece. This time just remember to leave a 1″ opening for turning right side out.Turn right side out and iron. Working in small batches fill the cupcake with batting. Hand stitch the cupcake closed.Now to make the cupcake top. Cut out two pieces of fabric using the small template that you printed off. Sew right sides together. Leaving a 1″ opening for turning right side out.

Turn right side out and iron flat. Top stitch all around circle.Take your 8 1/2″ piece of elastic and pin it about 1/2″ in from the edge. Now you want to start sewing (with a zig-zag stitch) while you are pulling on the elastic and much as you can. This is a little tricky. Just take your time and work in small sections. I usually sew a few stitches and then pull the elastic tight again. Make sure your needle is down and in the fabric when you go to pull the elastic tight, if not it will pull your stitches and fabric out of place.
Trim off the excess elastic on the end.Now place on top of your cupcake.Aren’t they cute? The girls love being able to mix and match with all the different tops and bottoms.Don’t forget to check out these other tutorials for the handmade fabric bakery.Ruffled Cake TutorialTiered Cake Tutorial
I hope you have enjoyed our little handmade bakery as much as we have! If you have any questions or comments please contact me at twolittlehooligans@yahoo.com.

The Seafarer Top

Abby from Sew Much Ado just released her Seafarer Top Pattern and I couldn’t pass it by. I love me a good knit tee!
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The Seafarer Top pattern is super easy to follow and has pictures with each step. It would be a great beginner project for those of you who have never sewn with knits before. Abby just makes making a cute tee easy. Now I am off to make a few more. The only thing I plan on doing differently this time is making them in a size medium instead of a large. This tee is a little too big for my liking, but it is so comfy I am leaving it as is! rhubarb 013