Announcements, announcements, annoooouuuuuncements!

Sorry I’ve been so quiet the last 2 weeks. Things have been a little hectic over here, and I haven’t had a whole lot of time to do much of what I wanted to do. In the last few days I have been slinging out sewing projects left and right, so I look forward to sharing those with you! :)

Now, what good news could I possibly be sharing today??? Well, 2 weeks ago (today), we found out the gender of our little bean! I meant to share the news that day, but my doctor is 1 1/2 hours away, and by the time I got home, I was exhausted. So without further ado…

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You could probably see that from the top of the post, huh? Hahahaha. (If you want to get this or several other “Keep Calm” images pop on over HERE.)

Another BOY! 3 BOYS! I pretty much had a gut feeling that this baby was a boy. Didn’t stop me from dreaming about ruffles and lace. But that will come another day. I’m actually pretty excited to have a little crew of boys running around. My two are pretty high energy when they’re together, and I’m sure this little guy will just jump right in. My husband and I made a deal that he would name the boys, and I would name the girls, (we can veto any names we just don’t like) and he is having a hard time decided which one to use. It’s driving me a little crazy not to have something to call this little guy beyond “baby”, “little guy”, “baby boy”, etc. I will survive I’m sure. ;)

I was looking forward to being able to share a little more variety on here with my sewing, so I guess I’ll just have to sew girly things for me instead, right? ;) I do plan to do a lot of sewing for this babe. I wasn’t as into sewing when I had my other boys, and I need some new things to liven up the things I’ve kept. 3rd time around it’s still cute, but something fresh would still be nice! And honestly, give me a reason to sew. Go ahead. :))

Finding cute boy fabrics has gotten a lot easier in the last few years, but it’s still not EASY. A good portion of what I find reminds me of my 90′s childhood, but there have been some nice releases lately that I hope to utilize. And give me hope for a brighter future in the boy department. Look forward to plenty of boy thing roundups, some outfit ideas, and of course anything I sew myself. :)

It looks like it might be a little cooler here today and rain. Glory hallelujah! I can’t take anymore of this 80′s in October. GIVE ME FALL! I’ll probably regret that in a few weeks when I’m freezing my bottom off. Anywho, have a beautiful Monday! I look forward to sharing all things BOY with you! :)

DIY Skinny Jeans for under $10!

I cannot believe it’s already Friday! I guess time goes by super quick when you’re busy being sick or taking care of someone else who is. Thankfully everyone is feeling better, so we can get back to the semi-normal life that is pregnancy! Speaking of which, I’m 20 weeks pregnant today! Woohoo! :)

Okay, back to why you’re really here!

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Totally adorable right? The jeans are pretty nice too. ;)

I’m sure if you’re a regular reader that you’ve guessed this pattern is another from Peekaboo Pattern Shop. I’m addicted, I’ll admit it. But looking at these jeans I’m sure you can see why! These are only the 4th and 5th pair of actual pants I’ve ever made. (Beyond the occasional pair of pajamas anyway.) My boys wore them to their doctor appointments yesterday, and they got a lot of compliments.

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Xavier wasn’t exactly thrilled to be getting his picture taken like normal, so unfortunately I didn’t get many pictures of the boys together. He wasn’t thrilled to have “matching” pants either, but as soon as he put them on he changed his mind. ;)

I’m sure I’ve said this before, but my favorite part of sewing clothes for kids’ are the personal details you can add. My boys love all things construction, so I used some construction sign fabric for the front pocket linings. Xave found it a while back at Joann’s in the clearance section and begged me to buy it. I wasn’t sure what I’d be able to use it for since it was in your face yellow, but this worked perfectly. They know it’s there and it’s cute without being obnoxious. (He wanted a whole shirt made out of that and I just couldn’t do it.)

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The deer pockets were done on my sewing machine, no special equipment needed! I found a free deer head silhouette on google and printed off several copies, some regular and some mirrored. You want both so your pockets mirror each other like on regular jeans. After ironing my pockets I added some tear away embroidery stabilizer to the back (it just sits there) and pinned the silhouette where I wanted it on the pocket. Then I slowly stitched around the design, stopping frequently to turn and maneuver around all those little turns. The triple stitch takes more time and you have to be careful to count your stitches. If you’ve never done this before, I recommend practicing on scraps with a straight stitch and a simpler design. Okay, so after my pockets were stitched up, I ripped off the paper and stabilizer, which can get pretty tedious in those tiny little areas. A seam ripper or pin is great for that though. Just be careful not to rip any stitches out. I’m thinking about doing an actual tutorial at some point, so if you’re interested let me know.

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When I shared these on Instagram and Facebook, I had a lot of people ask about the distressing and how I did it. Hopefully in the picture above you can see the difference between the before and after. The 2 pictures were taken within a few minutes of each other. It becomes more noticeable after washing, which is why the ones further up might look more dramatically distressed. So how’d I do it? Well, I use 220 grit sand paper and a handheld sander. Not the power tool kind! You will rip a hole right through your pants if you use an electric sander. I also took a Craftsy class a while back that shows you specific techniques and places to distress to get that designer look. She also shows you different ways and places to top stitch to make them look like ready to wear jeans. Since I learned all those things specifically from her class I don’t want to share them here. (Sorry! No affiliation, just want to be respectful.) However! You can find distressing tutorials online or just take a look at your own jeans and try to mimic them.

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I’ve got plans to make up a few more pairs for Hunter since he’s a little low on pants for the fall. These are great for upcycling adult jeans too! If they’re non-stretch, you can use this tutorial to adjust the pattern to accommodate that. I’m also contemplating altering the pattern to make a straight or relaxed fit jean too. Anywho, if you wanna make your littles some awesome possum skinny jeans too, you can get that pattern HERE. Hopefully I can find an adult jean pattern that’s equally as awesome, because my husband wants some now too. :)

Now the price breakdown for anyone who’s wondering! (For both pairs)

Denim fabric:
$11.25 (about 1.5 yards with 50% off coupon)
Pocket lining fabric: used scraps (could use a fat quarter too! Probably about half for 2 pairs)
Thread: ~$2*
Buttons: free from my Grandma
Total: $13.25 for 2 pairs or about $6.63 each

*I don’t usually include thread in my cost breakdown since I usually use what I have on hand. However, since I used denim top stitching thread and quite a bit, I included it here based off full price. You can get 3+ jeans from 1 spoil depending on the size of your jeans and type of top stitching.

So there you have it! Designer style jeans for your kids at a fraction of the price! If you use old or thrifted jeans, the cost can be even less! I pick up pants when our thrift stores have $5 bag sales, so I get several for only a few bucks. If I’ve inspired you to try them out let me know! They really are so much easier than they look. Happy Friday! Have an awesome weekend!

This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this post. (Blah, blah, blah, legal stuff and whatnot.) I promise I will only ever share things I love and use personally. :)

We Are Kenya

I had planned to share the skinny jeans I’d finally finished making for my boys today, but we are still recouping from a nasty illness, and when I saw this project this morning, I knew it was more worthy of my time today.

I know there are a lot of programs needing homemade items here and abroad, and I’m always touched by them when I see them. Typically I sew, crochet, craft, what have you, because my kids need something, or I need a gift to give, or just because it’s a source of stress relief and joy. But every once in a while I stumble on projects that will require very little effort on my part that will bless someone else’s life immensely.

So as I’m flipping through my Facebook Newsfeed I saw a post about Craft Hopes 25th Project… We Are Kenya.

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This group is based in Soweto, Kenya, one of the biggest slums in their country. The children often struggle to find food, and have little chance for education. But We Are Kenya has partnered with Provision Education Center to provide nearly 200 children with 2 meals a day, and an education from university trained teachers. 20 children also call the PEC home.

If you haven’t already clicked over, and are wondering how you can help, read on! They are in need of 25 quilts (you need to email and check if these spots have been “filled” as they only have space for a limited number), approximately 200 warm hats and scarves, handmade stuffed animals (check Pinterest for cute ideas!), and sanitary pads.

I think the need for warmth and comfort items are pretty self-explanatory in nature, but the reason for the need of sanitary pads nearly broke my heart. When girls “come of age” they are forced to stop attending school as their families can’t afford sanitary products. I know that time in a girls life already isn’t the funnest thing to look forward too, but knowing that it will mean your educational future will come to an end? Devastating. And again, these could probably made with scraps of fabrics you already have on hand.

I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend. If you want to read more about this project or find where to send finished items you can click the link above or here. Everything is due in November, and even if you don’t have the time or resources to help right now, please pass the information on. Share it on your social media, blog about it, or even just discuss the project with your friends.

Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass…” -Alma 37:6

10 Awesome Baby Shoe Patterns And Tutorials

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I’m 19 weeks preggers today! Woohoo! That means I’m only a week away from being halfway done (theoretically!) My 20 week ultrasound is in a week and a half. Or 10 days. But who’s counting anyway?

I am DYING to start making little things for this baby. Making things makes me happy. Seeing my kiddos wearing things I’ve made them makes me even happier. :)

So here goes! These are 10 of my favorite shoe patterns for babies in a range of skill levels and a variety for boys, girls, or gender neutral.

Baby Tom-Inspired Slip-Ons
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Okay, seriously, can it get much cuter? She has a free pattern for a basic baby and toddler shoe. If you want more specific sizing, you can buy a pattern with more options. Find it here.

The Mila

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Aren’t these just darling? She has some variations you can add besides the ruffles. You can find it here.

Little Man Slip-Ons

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Don’t let the name deter you! I think these are a great basic style for boys and girls! You can always add a little flower or bow to make them more feminine for a girl. You can buy this pattern here.

T-strap Booties

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This Joyfolie pattern is just beautiful. These can be made without the flower embellishment for a simple but adorable boy shoe as well. Little leather shoes are impressive looking too. (Who doesn’t love bragging rights like THAT?) Get the pattern here!

Lil’ Papoose Moccasins

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Speaking of leather shoes… These are soooo cute, are they not? I can just picture some tribal/Aztec leggings with cute little mocs on a little girl! (Or boy!!) These can be sewn up in vinyl, suede, or leather giving you a variety of fun and different materials to work with. Buy the pattern here. (Affiliate link*)

Faux Fur Boots

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Quite honestly, these are one of those things that makes me both laugh and swoon. On the one hand they could be confused for a fluffy bird, on the other, they look so cozy and soft, I’d make them for myself. With the right materials, they can be for a boy or girl. Check out some of the other sample styles and get that pattern here.

Ruffled Mary Janes

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I think my Mom’s heart just gave out… These. Just these. I love the vintage feel they have with the ankle strap and little ruffle. The lacy white bloomers surely helps that image, no? If you’re a lover of vintage type things (or you’re sweet mother is) click on over and grab that pattern here.

Finley Boots

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With a winter baby on the way, these are a must! I’ve always secretly wanted my own pair of the grown-up ready made version. (Don’t judge!) This is of course a gender neutral pattern, and you can get it here.

Baby Ballet Shoes

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These are so simple and cute, I just adore them! Perfect for summer or with some tights in winter! :) They have a Mommy and Baby matching pattern bundle which I’m going to link because the baby pattern isn’t loading on my phone. You can find that here.

Cloth Baby Shoes

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Okay… Who loves Michael Miller Fabric? (Oooo! Me! Me!!! Oh. Sorry…) These are from the Michael Miller blog thanks to Joanna Armour! This one is completely free, and I’ve seen some super cute versions on Pinterest. Download the free instructions and pattern pieces here.

Hopefully you and your wallet don’t hate me now for sharing all the cuteness… I think mine is running for cover. It’s going to be hard to pace myself and not buy every pattern at once. One at a time, right? One at a time…

If you have any cute shoe patterns you’d like to share, please do!!! I’d love to see your versions of these shoes too! Post a link and I’ll come check them out. Have a great weekend! :)

*I am an affiliate of Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop. I receive a small commission for all referrals at no extra cost to you. All opinions are my own. Once you try her patterns, you’ll be hooked! (I also plan to buy this pattern when I purchase other patterns for baby cakes after my ultrasound! :))

Upcycled Church Outfit

Well, while I’m trying to get back into the swing of things, I thought I would share this cute church outfit I made for Hunter earlier this year.

Upcycled church outfit-Professional look for $0 using materials you have on hand--thelittlewaffleflower.com

The pants and shirt were made from things the hubs had grown out of, so my only cost was thread. :) I like those kinds of projects! I did use patterns, so technically if you consider that a cost, I did spend something, but I don’t usually factor that in since I can get so much use out of it. Although, if I could always find things to upcycle, it would take quite a while before my materials ever equal the cost of the patterns themselves, so really I think it pays for itself in that regard.

Upcycled church outfit-Professional look for $0 using materials you have on hand--thelittlewaffleflower.com

The patterns I used are from Peekaboo Pattern Shop. I am an affiliate, but I became one after I had already fallen in love with them and realized she had an affiliate program. So as much as I rave about them, they totally live up to that expectation and its just an expression of how much their patterns rock! The instructions are clear and easy to follow, and she’s always quick to reply if you have a problem or a question. The Peekaboo Pattern Facebook Group is great too for any range of questions you might have from what type of fabrics will work, custom alterations, etc.

Upcycled church outfit-Professional look for $0 using materials you have on hand--thelittlewaffleflower.com

So the patterns themselves are the Classic Oxford with the short sleeve option, and the Classic Chinos with welt pockets. I know what you’re thinking, darts and welt pockets? Come on that’s not easy! Trust me, I’m somewhat of a newbie at clothing making, but Amy practically holds your hand through each step. I’d NEVER sewn a dart or welt, and think I did a pretty good job on both. I did get a tiny wrinkle on one of my pockets, but for a first attempt I can’t complain. :) I really must advise your seams in some way though. French seams, a zig zap, serger, or other technique should be fine! These fabrics just tend to fray, which can make quite the mess on the inside. It’s only visible to you, but drives me crazy personally. I hate working on a project and then having a rats nest of fraying threads on the inside. (By the way, the staining on the front is just dirt, because I do have boys and they are magnets to all things dirty and within 2 seconds he’d found a place to squat down and get his pants dirty! It did wash out though. Phew!)

Upcycled church outfit-Professional look for $0 using materials you have on hand--thelittlewaffleflower.com

I couldn’t get a good picture of it since his pockets are so little, but I used a scrap of batman fabric for the pocket lining for a fun hidden surprise. Truly, the little personal touches you can add to your kids clothes is my favorite part of sewing for them. This outfit is getting a wee bit small, so I think some new things are in order! I also have some blue corduroy and fun plaid button down shirts I’m hoping to use for the boys’ fall wardrobes if I can get to all of them!

Upcycled church outfit-Professional look for $0 using materials you have on hand--thelittlewaffleflower.com

I just have to share this picture too… I told him I needed to get a picture of his hiney and this is what he did… I also have to point out that I just pulled out the camera and he started posing for me. Grabbed the shovel and everything. This kid was born to model. Lucky for me, eh? ;)

I love being able to use something that doesn’t fit anymore to make something new for my kiddos, especially when no one can tell it was homemade! What are some upcycle projects you’ve done?

 

This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own. I just really LOVE these patterns! I receive a small commission from the regular or sale price at no extra charge to you. :)

Bold and Beautiful Triangle Baby Quilt

I cannot believe summer is already almost over! Let me tell you, I am so excited for some cooler weather though. I thrive in sweaters and sweatshirts. Mmm… So cozy!

Anywho… I have done hardly any sewing all summer! Can you believe it? I’m just kind of waking up from my sewing slump and kicking it back into high gear. I also still have no computer, so that’s wonderful and puts a damper on things since I can’t print off anything without leaving the house, and reading directions on my phone can be so aggravating. Am I alone in that? Probably… Oh well.

Bright triangle quilt from thelittlewaffleflowerblog.com

One of the few things I got done before my sewing hiatus was this gorgeous baby blanket I sewed up for my cousin’s sweet baby! Oh my is he cute! They were going with a bold super-hero theme, so I wanted to reflect the bold colors without anything too busy or in your face. Ya know? I also couldn’t find the character fabric I wanted at my local Joann’s and since I’m a last minute kinda gal, ordering wasn’t really an option. I’m kind of glad that was the case though, because I LOVE the way this turned out. It was a little hard to part with… I really need to make something for myself so I can just keep snuggling on it and not have to let it go, huh?

Bright triangle quilt from thelittlewaffleflowerblog.com

Okay, the specifics for anyone who likes that sorta thing. ;) I got a handy dandy triangle ruler and cut 6″ equilateral triangles (finished 5 1/2″) or perhaps it was 5 1/2″ and 5″ finished? Aargh. It’s been too long. You get the idea though… I got all my fabrics at Joann’s ’cause that’s the only fabric store in my little town. So I used their Legacy Studios solids in Poppy Red, Pewter, and Curacao and Kona Cotton in Orange. I also used some Quilter’s Showcase Chevron in gray/white to add a little fun and break up the bright and bold colors. The binding was done in the Poppy Red and I love how it brings everything together. I often find I HATE a quilt after I’m done piecing and quilting. Then I magically love it once the binding is on. Funny how simple finishing touches can make such a big difference isn’t it?

Bright triangle quilt from thelittlewaffleflowerblog.com

Since this was a baby quilt for someone special to me, I opted for cotton batting, which I have never done before. It made the quilt so cozy feeling. I wish I could afford to use that all the time, but the cost can really throw a wrench in my project budgets. The backing is a charcoal gray dimple dot minky, and I just adore it. If you’ve never used minky for a quilt backing, you’re seriously missing out. A little spray basting helps keep it from shifting, and the result is a thick and soft quilt that is perfect for snuggling. I’ve also seen many a baby roll and rub all over it because it just feels that good on your skin.

Bright triangle quilt from thelittlewaffleflowerblog.com

I just did some straight line quilting to outline each triangle and help the pattern speak for itself. No need for anything fancy. I think the simple quilting highlights the geometric patterns without detracting from the quilt itself.

Bright triangle quilt from thelittlewaffleflowerblog.com

I’m sure you’ll see more triangle quilts in the near future, and maybe even a repeat of this one because… We’re having another baby! Woohoo! Yeah, tricky, huh? Putting that announcement at the end of a baby quilt post. ;) All the specs… I’m due in February, I’ve had a whole slew of strange pregnancy symptoms that have left me void of energy and the will to do much more than take care of my family. (Hence, the lack of sewing!) We find out in 2 weeks if it’s a little boy or girl, and I could not be anymore excited!!! That also means I’ll probably have a lot of baby projects going on in the next few months since I’m super excited to get to sew for this little lad or lass. :)

So how has your summer been? I’ve missed y’all and would love to hear what you’ve been up to! :)

Sewvivor-The Little Waffleflower

I am SO excited for the Sewvivor Season 3 auditions at Family Ever After! I have auditioned for the past 2 seasons so… 3rd time is the charm right?

This year’s theme is QUILTING! When I first found out I seriously think my heart didn’t stop racing for several hours I was so pumped. Last year, I attempted my first machine-quilted project, and I’ve been addicted ever since. For anyone popping over from the competition, or anyone who has forgotten, last year for Christmas I took on the task of making 8 quilts in 2 months. I finished 5 on time, 2 I have since finished, and 1 went horribly wrong and is still sitting in a box in my basement. Now I see that as a pretest for this competition since I’ll only have a short time to finish each project if I have the pleasure of competing. :)

So without further ado, I’ve chosen one of the more complicated quilts I made for Christmas last year, and one of the ones I didn’t finish on time. The Abstract Mountain and Flying Geese Quilt:

 

Mountain and flying geese quilt

I really tried to make each quilt personal for the person receiving it. This one was for my Dad who loves nature and the mountains. I have always had a view of at least 2 mountains wherever I’ve lived, so they really have become a huge part of my life. I don’t think I could ever live in a place where I couldn’t see one or at least big hills of some sort.

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My original inspiration was from these two quilts HERE and HERE. Neither one had any sort of directions, so I did my best to piece it together on my own. For some of the flying geese I used THIS tutorial, and then a few months after Christmas (*ahem!*) I discovered paper piecing and used THIS pattern to finish the rest. (I’m not sure of the original source of the paper piecing pattern as I found it on Pinterest, and the link led to the image I linked too. If you have more accurate information, please let me know so I can update it.)

Abstract mountain and flying geese quilt

I WISH I would have known about paper piecing when I had pieced together the mountains. I’m sure it would have saved me a lot of time and effort. And headaches. And frustration… I do love the way it turned out in the end, but it was definitely a learn-as-you-go type of project since I had never done something like it before. I pieced together the mountains, adding one more strip here and there until I liked how it looked. I then folded over the edges and appliqued around the top of the mountain to the sky background.

Abstract Mountain and Flying Geese Quilt

I wanted the sky section to really have a “sky” feel… Did that sound as corny as I think it did? Oh well. I chose to do an all over swirl for the sky only because it reminded me of swirls of wind created by someone who can actually draw. I was really nervous since I’m not super experienced with free motion quilting, but I love the movement it gave the quilt. It definitely added the feel I was hoping for.

Abstract Mountain and Flying Geese Quilt

I apparently didn’t get a good close-up of the mountains on the front of the quilt before giving it to my Dad, but I think the back also helps show the quilting detail. Each section of the mountain had a different filler pattern. Towards the end I wasn’t sure I would accomplish that, but thankfully I scrounged up enough ideas to finish all the different section. One of my favorites is the “wheat” you can see in the bottom left corner that covered the green section on the front that represents the grassy hill or field coming down off the mountain. The funny looking section on the right hand side of the mountain was super hard to photograph, and I’m super disappointed I couldn’t get a better picture. That section says “World’s Best Dad,” but it just didn’t want to show up on the camera for me.

 

There you have it! I put a lot of love and time into this particular quilt. It was a super fun project that let me explore all different techniques from the quilting world that I often times hadn’t heard of when I began making it. I hope you love it as much as I do and consider me for a spot in Rachel’s quilting competition. I am SO excited and look forward to seeing that amazing things that are made throughout the competition once again. :)