One of the things that is fast becoming a favorite of mine is sewing for my girls.
I like being able to create exactly what I want for them, as opposed to scouring the stores and settling on something that's okay, but not what I'd hoped for.
I love giving them something that is uniquely theirs, that can hopefully be theirs to treasure in years to come.
And I think that the creativity and focus of purpose that sewing allows is a bit therapeutic for me.
So today, I'm sharing with you three of my favorite things when it comes to sewing. The ones that are fast becoming my standby/go-to projects.
The first is this felt crown tutorial.
I made my first "birthday crown" in September 2009, and it has become a much anticipated part of our birthday mornings around here.
The thing I love about this tutorial is the simplicity of it. After making several I've gotten to the point wear I can do the actual sewing of the crown (minus the decorative embelishments) in about 15 minutes.
I also love the room for creativity in making these. Here are a couple I've made.
This one was for my niece's first birthday "poodle" party.
This is Miss E's for her "Fancy" party last year.
I go back to this basic pattern every time and am always so happy with the results!
Okay, second is a newer discovery, but I already know I'm in love.
My first experience was the Miss Mary pattern, for my Miss A's 9th birthday.
I need to take a full length shot of this one, but as you can see it's a beautiful yet simple "big girl" dress.
The website says the patterns will take you about two hours from start to finish. This one took me four hours, but now that I know what I'm doing, I'm sure I could do it in two next time.
The patterns are easy to follow and require very basic sewing knowledge. It was exactly what I had hoped for when I ordered it.
And favorite sewing resource number three….
Well, you remember these girls.
Well, the love has continued as I've been able to pull out the pattern again to clothe our little "girls" in dresses to match their owners.
My girls have long been fascinated with the American girls and how you can dress them just like you. So we've found our own version of that and they couldn't be more thrilled. I've found that they are not concerned at all if the actual pattern of the dress is identical, as long as the fabric is the same.
There you have my three favorite things when it comes to sewing lately.
I pulled out all three last weekend and in a single day whipped up Miss I's entire birthday loot.
The prized birthday crown (made extra fast and simple this time by the use of printed felt), a little dress for Josie and a matchy Miss Madeline for the birthday girl.
The Miss Madeline pattern actually did only take me two hours, start to finish on my very first try, so I will definitely be going back to this one.
I hope you're inspired to try all these things out. You won't be disappointed!
**disclosure: these endorsements are my own, not solicited or compensated in any way.