Sewing & DIY

By popular demand:

How to sew a zippered pouch! 

I sew these a lot! In fact, every girl or woman who knows me has most likely gotten one of these as a gift, a small thank you, a get-well soon or simply because! I love making these, I love giving these and I also love love love using these. Currently in my purse: one of these in handmade, one in leather giving to me by the Mr. and one faux leather to complete the trio. The best part about the handmade one is that I can toss it in the washing machine if need be.  Extra bonus! I’ve started making these back in 2012 when I first got my hands on a pattern but even without any major pattern piece or detailed instruction you can whip one up in 15 minutes!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a piece of your favorite fabric for the outside
  • the same sized in a coordinating fabric as a lining
  • a fusible interfacing (any thickness), I use  a mid-weight #
  • a zipper
  • coordinating thread
  • bonus: a tassle, a pom pom, a piece of ribbon to enhance the zipper pull

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Sewing in 2015

I love making these as gifts and just to use up some pretty fabric remnants: doll skirts with matching hair bow tie.




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They don’t use up much material nor time and fit an 18” doll as well as a stuffed animal. The bow ties are perfect for dolls or girls a like. The free tutorial is on the Oliver & S blog. 



Another fast sew and really versatile gift or favor bag is this little girl’s purse:


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DIY – Easter Bunny


Fun & easy project to do with your little ones this holiday or just as a softie! I like to fill them with organic lavender for extra luxury! Click here for step-by-step instructions. Enjoy!


Doll Clothes’ Hanger – DIY 

I’ve posted how I turned wire hangers from the dry cleaners into adorable doll clothes hangers here.



I posted pictures of how to make a Pretty Pouch here!

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Seda’s very twirly polka-dotted red riding hood skirt!

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I blogged about a fun Five Minute Project with embroidery hoops (here). Hint: No sewing needed!! 🙂 Enjoy!

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Lavender Sachets (I made these for Stella’s guests):

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I turned this old Hanes tshirt into a cute little summer dress for my little girl. (instructions coming soon!)




 And little doll outfits  for Seda’s guests:

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Our itty bitty American Girl Doll! She has more mommy-made skirts than my other two daughters! You’ll get to know her here pretty soon. A sneak-peak into Ciara’s Closet:


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