Pattern Review – The Party Dress by The Cottage Mama

It is Hannah’s 8th Birthday tomorrow!!! It dawned on me that she had outgrown her party dress.  I have wanted to try out The Party Dress by The Cottage Mama for quite a while now.  It’s so cute, has a large size range and is even free!  Excuse in hand I got to work and got this dress started and finished in 3 hours.  Not too bad considering I had never sewn it before and that I had to print and tape the pattern too (all of 4 pages lol!).

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Hot Dish Caddy Rectangle + Add Straps

Ok just one more Hot Dish Caddy to go with the original I made a couple of weeks ago (link here)!  I love my circle one but thought some handy carry straps would be a great little feature.  I also needed a larger rectangle shape to carry my large rectangle dish out to BBQ’s, picnics or pot luck dinners.   A double layer of flannelette was the lining of choice this time, rainbow stripes none the less!

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Birthday Calendar Verjaardagskalender Free Printables

I have been wanting a Birthday Calendar (Verjaardagskalender) for quite a while now!  Most people I knew growing up in The Netherlands had a Birthday Calendar (Verjaardagskalender) hanging in their house…most often they are hung in the toilet!  It is a room you go everyday, and when you hang the Birthday Calendar on the back of the door (or whichever way you are facing from the toilet) you will never miss that upcoming birthday again.  In New Zealand however no one has these, so I guess I might get some comments from family and friends who find it hanging in the bathroom!

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Hot Dish Caddy Tutorial + Free Pattern

The Hot Dish Caddy is just the thing for taking hot dishes out to pot luck dinners or BBQ’s.  In New Zealand we would say ‘bring a plate’ which means a dish/plate of food to share, and has confused many visitors over the years who actually turn up with a plate to eat off.  I believe we even did that once when we first moved to NZ from The Netherlands!  With this tutorial and free printable pdf pattern you can make your own Hot Dish Caddy to easily carry your hot dish from the oven to wherever you are going.  Not to mention it will help keep it nice and warm in the process too!

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Neoprene Ear Bands for Swimming with Grommets

Does a little person you know have grommets?  If so you have probably heard of or seen neoprene bands to hold their ear plugs in place.  This neoprene bands keep the ear plugs securely in place without the need for a swimming cap.  Which makes them great for in the bath or shower too, you can still wash their hair!  This tutorial comes with a free printable pdf pattern and all the instructions you need.

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How to Repair Small Holes in Clothing using Fabric Paint

Welcome to my how to Repair Small Holes in Clothing using Fabric Paint. Today I’m going to show you how to use dimensional fabric paint to patch little holes in clothing.  I have only done this on tees but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work on other fabrics too.  The first T-shirt I patched for Hannah is still going strong 8 weeks later and that is with a lot of wash and wear.

How to Repair Small Holes in Clothing using Fabric Paint (18)r

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Soft Stuffed Fabric Balls Scrap Busting Pattern + Tutorial

These Soft Stuffed Fabric Balls are an excellent scrap busting project!  Not only can you use the littlest pieces of scrap fabric you can stuff them with scraps too.  And also a great little gift to sew for boys or girls and I think a baby would love one too!  You could even add a few folded pieces of ribbon as in my Baby Taggie Blanket/Comforter Tutorial for that texture little ones love exploring.

Soft Stuffed Fabric Balls Scrap Busting Pattern + Tutorial Nina Makes (2)

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Upcycling Leggings into Children’s Harem Pants Tutorial

Upcycling leggings is an excellent way to get some extra life out those leggings you never did end up wearing.  I was given this pair and Hannah loved the look of them. They were much to big for her and too small for me not that I thought I would wear them anyway.

Upcycled Leggings into Children's Harem Pants Tutorial

After I was given these leggings to upcycle I had a brain wave for a quick and easy upcycle idea. Since these leggings are quite small and a nice floaty knit fabric (viscose elastane) I thought they would make great Harem pants for Hannah.  The only things I need to alter is the waistband and the length. Let the Upcycling Leggings project begin!

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