Another Freebie! Baby Leggings pattern

So there’s another freebie up today – some baby leggings! See the link on our ‘Freebies’ page to download a single PDF that includes the pattern for sizes 000 to 2, and full photo instructions! Happy sewing ūüôā

Baby & Toddler Leggings Sewing Pattern & Instructions PDF download

Baby & Toddler Leggings Sewing Pattern & Instructions PDF download

It’s been a while

So much has been happening, it has been too long! I’ve been working on a few new patterns, two of which are up on the Etsy shop now – the Reversible Romper and the Bloomer Shorts.

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The Reversible Romper is a great one for both boys and girls, because of the tighter fit than the original romper and the racer back necklines. And, well, it’s reversible so two-for-one! The bloomer shorts are a really simple pattern, for a really cute fit, something the kids could wear with a shirt or under a dress.

There are so many other things in the pipeline – leggings, another romper, winter dresses and jackets that I can hardly keep up! Plus I have a very exciting contribution to a large sewing blog coming up in early April…

Happy Sewing until then ūüôā

Cot Rail Teething Guard/Cover

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Yay! Finally finished the listing for the cot rail teething guard, so it’s up on Etsy now (www.frianki.etsy.com). It comes with¬†featured options such as button, snap/press stud, or tie closures, and the inside is padded with full instructions on how to sew it. And the best part? It can fit any cot. There are clear and concise instructions on how and where to measure your cot and construct a custom pattern, just for you.

Now back to clothing!

Memory-Lane Monday

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Another flashback to things I’ve made previously – this one was not too long ago. When I first started sewing for Sadie, she was only 3 months old, and I wanted to use this cute zebra fabric I found. Created from a combination of using existing clothes for sizes and draping on her little frame in muslin, it took about three days of sewing every now and then to finish.

The skirt is pleated, and the bodice lined with the outside cotton. I hand stitched the ribbon around the edges, just for decoration, leaving about an inch open at the back, so you can tie the ends together and get the fit tighter (or looser). And the highlight of this dress, the reason why I love it? The heart cut-out in the back, with a button for closure. Took me a while to figure out exactly how to do it (I ended up cutting the bodice pieces, sewing around the heart and then turning it inside out), but was really happy with the result!

And now a sneak peek at what I’m currently working on…

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A pattern to make your own Cot Rail Protector, so no more bite marks!

Until next time, happy sewing!

Baby Footsie Leggings – What a hurdle

Finally I have uploaded the Baby Footsie Leggings pattern, the beginning of my winter collection. But it took so long to get to this point! So simple, so easy to make (with a pattern), but they have taken me the longest time to create out of all my patterns to date.

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Well, the rate babies seem to grow always astounds me Рand trying to find the average    size and difference is a killer, especially in their pudgy little feet!

I ended up making 7 muslins (Size 00 and 2) to try and find the right fit. From the crotch being wayyy to low, to the feet being the wrong size; the biggest issue was the dorsal (the top of the foot) being the wrong shape, as this meant the foot became too short and the (walking) kids’ heels kept making the pants fall down. But sure enough I figured it out – and as per usual, one tiny alignment and problemo solved.

But it all worked out in the end, and the pattern is now available from the Etsy store.

 

Stay tuned because I have some big news (new associations) coming up soon!

Happy sewing ūüôā

Sewing Alert: New patterns in girls sizes

I’ve been quiet on the blog¬†for the last few weeks – because I have been busing sewing, sewing, sewing! I’ll begin though with¬†my apologies – I have been fighting with my computer for the last couple of days, and I still can’t upload my fabulous¬†pictures I put together for this post! Grrr. Hopefully later. SIDENOTE: Yay! Just fixed it, pictures now on the post!

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But back to sewing. We had a lovely school holidays visit with miss Madison, which gave me a great opportunity to make up a few of the designs I had set aside for her, in girls sizes. I’ve already put up a Halter dress (3rd from left), Harem pants (far right) and the Hi-Lo dress (second from left) on Etsy (and Facebook, and Instagram, and Twitter, and… sheesh!) all in children’s sizes 4 to 10, and I have one more to go.

The last (for now) will be¬†some children’s Pyjamas (far left), so I’m now up to¬†grading the pattern and making instructions to upload those too.

On the sewing plate for babies – I have just finished some boys shorts (loving double stitching as a finish lately! So professional!) and some leggings with feet that will be great for both boys and girls, for the coming colder days and nights. If I can get my two munchkins to sit still for a photo, I could be in with a winner there!

There is a few posts in the pipeline, on different finishing techniques – and I’m working on a competition for February! Stay tuned ūüôā

Kids Sewing Project – Drawstring Bag

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I needed a project today for 7 year old Madison, who wanted to learn to sew while I was fiddling around in my sewing room during nap time… So we created a bag!

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Short enough to keep up with a kids attention span, still easy but with just  enough detail to keep them happy, this is a project they can tote around with  them and put all their special odds and ends in.

I’ve created a photo PDF tutorial that describes each step, so you can make it with your own kids. Just something quick, easy and fun to fill in a couple of hours.

You can download the tutorial here: KidsSewingProjectDrawstringBag