Piggie Pacifier Clip tutorial

Cute idea for a Piggie pacifier clip holder. These are so simple, great baby gift.

Oink! Stephanie from Swoodson Says here, I’m sharing a quick and easy pig pacifier clip tutorial today. My son never took to a pacifier very well but I know when he carries things around, the last place I want them to end up is left in a shopping cart or on the floor! The felt piggie adds a special touch and could be swapped out for any other animal face. I never pass up a chance to add an animal when sewing for babies — if you’re looking for more ideas, check out my list of Free Softie Patterns + Matching Kids’ Books. I want to be clear – use caution when sewing things for little ones! If safety is a concern, you could alternately use velcro for both closures instead of sewing and using the KAM snaps. Make sure … Continue reading

Christmas Baby Bib

Christmas Baby Bibs to sew includes bib pattern and 2 appliques.

I had a lot of fun with this project! I prepared a pattern to make your own bib complete with two different appliques. If you don’t have a baby to sew for, you can use the silhouettes for a multitude of other projects! I think I might make a shirt for my little one with the reindeer. I just love how cute it turned out! To make your own Christmas baby bib, you will need: The Pattern – DOWNLOAD FROM HERE a large scrap of Christmas fabric a large scrap of soft fabric (I used flannel for the back of the snowman and a minky fabric for the back of the reindeer) a small scrap of black fabric a small scrap of red fabric (if sewing the reindeer) matching thread freezer paper (optional) scissors sewing machine How to sew a Christmas … Continue reading

Easy DIY Felt Elf Hat pattern

These easy felt elf hats look fun to make.

When I sat down to make these hats I wanted to make something simple to recreate but something that could easily be customized. These would make the perfect props for Holiday photos or simple handmade favors for a Holiday party!! To make your own elf hat, you will need: Felt (green and red) a length of yarn the same height you want your hat jingle bells (I used red but any color will work) matching thread Needle Scissors Sewing machine How to sew your Felt Elf Hat Pattern 1. Cut between a quarter and a third of a circle out of the green felt (Use your yarn to measure the height you want your hat and to measure the circumference of the head. The circumference of the head will create the distance along the curved edge in the third photo below. Use a … Continue reading

Make your own Hammerhead Shark Pillow Pet Pattern

How to make your own Pet Pillow - love this one is a hammerhead shark. What a great idea.

Hi! I’m Stephanie from Swoodson Says and I’m excited to be contributing posts over here. My son is almost 2 and at such a fun age; I love making him unique toys, dress-up accessories,  and softies. Two of my favorites that I’ve blogged about are a DIY Buckle Toy & a giant Floor Book Pillow. Pillow pets are so popular – we already have one store-bought small one and my son loves to lay on it and read or drag it around by the tail. The selection of animals is pretty small, so I decided to make my own! Materials: 1/2 yard grey minky fabric 1/2 yard grey fleece fabric Scraps of dark grey & ivory felt for the eyes Coordinating thread Poly-fill 6 inches of white Velcro The pattern download How to make up your hammerhead shark pillow pet … Continue reading

Baby changing mat pattern – two options

Baby changing mat. Several different styles and options in the same pattern.

  Babies will soon be popping out everywhere so my sewing for all the new babies continues.  There’s one thing I know, when they aren’t sleeping / feeding / screaming, babies are pooping.  One of my expecting friends showed me the changing mat she used first time round and just told me – it’s just so big.  I don’t need all these pockets and things, all these bells and whistles.  Just make it simple and small enough to carry about, but big enough at the same time. And it needs a wipe clean inner surface. So I made one, and although it’s great and is already on its way to a new home, I wanted to make one that closed up even smaller so I made a second version too.  Here is the pattern and brief instructions for both. Making … Continue reading

50+ more Halloween sewing ideas

More than 50 Halloween sewing ideas for projects of all sorts.

Last year I published a collection of more than 50 Halloween sewing ideas so this year when I started looking around at recently posted projects I didn’t expect to find many new ones.  Boy was I wrong!  Looks like the bright colors and spooky fabrics are addictive and Halloween sewing is HUGE!  Especially Halloween quilting, maybe that’s a project for me for next year. In the end, I had to cut back on the projects I included or this page would take 5 minutes to fully load!  Even then, there are still another 50+ free sewing ideas and projects here, all with a Halloween theme.  Grab yourself a big bundle of holiday fabrics and go to town – both big and small projects, easy and more involved to choose from. Halloween sewing ideas   {Right click and open each project … Continue reading

Crinkle ribbon toy for babies

How to make this ribbon toy for babies and toddlers that makes a crinkly noise that they love.

Did you see the article I did on the comfort snuggle blanket for babies and toddlers over at Little House Living? This one was made with super soft flannel and minky and was SO soft and cuddly. But I’m told babies don’t sleep all the time and sometimes they’re pretty active and like to play.  One mom-to-be tells me that her crinkle sheet was kept with the changing mat and was the only thing that would keep the little devil angel from squirming away during changing time. So this version has smooth satin ribbons around the outside in some nice bright colors, a regular cotton front and back – and the special crinkle liner that makes the interesting noise babies love when you scrunch it and wave it. To make your Crinkle Ribbon Toy   Supplies: Two 12 inch squares of … Continue reading

Crossover baby bib pattern

How to sew this cute baby bib pattern. I love the video, makes it look so easy.

The Baby Showers are fast approaching and I’m sewing madly to get the bundles together. Today, I’m making bibs. Not the most glamorous of items, but an everyday essential and no one wants a grotty one when you can have a really nice home made one instead. I’ve tried several styles, and depending on time might share some of the others later, but here is the crossover style that I’ve been making in batches today. It has a cross over front with the option to have two different fabrics, plus, its fully reversible so you can have another two different fabrics on the back if you want to. The perfect way to use up 4 smaller leftover pieces of fabric from other projects. With the 4 layers of fabric, this is going to be long-lasting, hard-wearing in the wash time after … Continue reading

Awesome free pencil case patterns to sew

Great variety of all sorts of zipper pouches and pencil cases including some really interesting ideas

Enjoy these awesome free pencil case patterns!  Everyone is settling into the new routine.  Kids are back to school, Mom has more spare time for her own interests and crafters everywhere are starting to think about the upcoming holidays.  So time to get organised. Here are a few of my favorite pencil case patterns.  Good for the kids pens, pencils and crayons at home or at school, good to keep all your pens where they should be instead of strewn around, and perhaps a nice stocking stuffer to sew too.  They don’t need to just be for your pencils – these are one trendy, fancy bunch of pencil cases you can use to keep lots of things organised – enjoy!   Free pencil case patterns and tutorials Click on each of the pictures to go to the original free pattern … Continue reading

Faux chenille baby blanket

The most adorable chenille style baby blanket. I want to make a full sized on for my own bed. Just takes a bit of patience!

After my recent attempt at quilting and all the adventures, failures and very steep learning curve that went into making a baby quilt, I decided for my next expectant friend, a different approach was in order. Pinterest to the rescue for inspiration and I came across this tutorial for a faux chenille baby blanket. Although the end result is lovely, it didn’t look easy and even the writer had plenty of problems along the way. Never to be daunted, I gathered my materials and got to work. Materials needed: Top layer – I used this cotton panel above.  Any good quality non-stretch fabric should work. (See HERE for other cute panels to use.) Quilt binding, or make your own Underneath – shaggy layers, I used 3 pieces of flannel.  Try with 3 or 4 layers. Basting spray Patience – lots of … Continue reading

Sunshine for babies – handmade baby toys

Easy and quick to make terry and ribbon baby toy. Could use an old towel too.

With 3 friends expecting happy events shortly, I’m concentrating some of my sewing time for sewing for the little ones.  Today, making handmade baby toys.  Don’t we always joke that if you buy a child a toy, it spends more time playing with the box than with what’s inside.  Somewhere along the line, moms started to notice that babies enjoyed the feel of the labels on their toys, and the ribbons, and so those started to become a feature of the toy itself.  Such as the satin binding on the comfort-blanket. As we get older, what feels good to us changes.  Right now, good feels like a big creamy latte and a Danish pastry. Photo credit: Linh H. Nguyen via photopin cc   But back to the sewing, and a quick and easy toy for a new baby with plenty … Continue reading