Free Girls Sewing Pattern: The Skirted Sweatshirt

Free Girls Sewing Pattern: The Skirted Sweatshirt sizes 18 months - 8 | happy together
Today is the day! This free girls sewing pattern is now available for everyone to sew. I call it the Skirted Sweatshirt pattern and it is for sizes 18 months to 8. It is meant to be slightly oversized making it extra comfy. In fact, I knew it was good when my oldest put it on and said so, haha, and she can be hard to please now.

Free Girls Sewing Pattern: The Skirted Sweatshirt sizes 18 months - 8 | happy together Free Girls Sewing Pattern: The Skirted Sweatshirt sizes 18 months - 8 | happy together
Another great thing about this pattern is that you can use a larger sweatshirt you have sitting in your closet, or one you thrifted, instead of buying sweatshirt fabric. In fact, the tops on my littlest girl (miss E) and her friend (in the pink) were made using sweatshirts that have been sitting in my closet for years without being used. I used some sweatshirt fabric on miss J’s that I happened to come across in a thrift store. That fabric is what actually inspired this pattern as I wanted to figure out a way to use it.

Free Girls Sewing Pattern: The Skirted Sweatshirt sizes 18 months - 8 | happy together Supplies:

  • Large sweatshirt (see tips further down if doing this) or 1 yd of sweatshirt fabric
  • 3/4 yd of Fabric for skirt part (the more movement the fabric has the better! Try not to use stiff fabrics for this as it won’t lay nicely.) *if fabric pattern is horizontal to the fabric width, then get 1 yard*
  • Free pattern (download here)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine, coordinating thread, etc.
  • Tape
  • Iron

*Notes: Use 1/4″ seams for sewing. Back stitch at the end of sewing. Remember, this is a slightly oversized pattern, so if your child is more on the smaller side of the pattern it might be larger on them. In the pictures the oldest girl is wearing a 7/8 and wears a 7 or 8 in store clothes. The girl in the pink is in the 5/6 (and I accidentally stretched the neck out…oops!) and fits perfectly in a size 5 normally (also note I did not hem up the bottom of the skirt since it was knit fabric, making that part longer). The littlest, in the lamb hat, is in the 3/4 and wears a 4 or 5 normally.

Sizing Chart     Chest Measurement

18 mo/2                19″-20″

3/4                         21″-22″

5/6                         23″-24″

7/8                        25″-27″

Use Adobe Reader to open PDF Patterns | happy together
Let me begin with a printing tip. PDF patterns print most accurately when opened in Adobe reader. Sometimes the “preview” of a pdf pattern doesn’t print it out quite right.  Also make sure to choose “actual size” in the printing options.

Free Girls Sewing Pattern: The Skirted Sweatshirt sizes 18 months - 8 | happy together
When you print out the pattern you can lay it down like this to see how the pieces fit. It starts at page 1 on the top left row and goes across (row 1: page 1-4, row 2: 5-8, row 3: 9-12).Continue Reading

Easy Bow Pillow DIY

Bow Pillow DIY | happy together
I set myself a goal that this year I would share a very easy sewing diy once a month. I have a list of all kinds of things, but if there is something you would like to see leave me a comment and let me know :) For this month, I am sharing a very easy Bow Pillow DIY.  I saw one in Target the other day and thought it was cute and wanted to replicate it. It uses very little fabric and it only took me fifteen minutes to make (and that includes me taking the pictures!).

Bow Pillow DIY | happy together

Supplies:

  • One fabric fat quarter (18″ x 22″)
  • One piece of fabric that equals 4.5″ x 20″
  • Stuffing
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine/thread/etc

Notes: *I used all 1/4′ seams when sewing. *Remember to back stitch.

Bow Pillow DIY | happy together
Directions:
1. Start by folding your fat quarter in half (the 22″ should be the width and the 18″ the height) right sides facing.

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2. Sew around all open edges except leaving a few inches open in the center of the long side. Turn pillow right side out and iron. Then fill it with the amount of stuffing desired. The more you put in, the firmer the pillow will be.

Bow Pillow DIY | happy together
3. Turn in side edges at the opening and sew closed. You can use a sewing machine to do this and if you do I suggest adjusting your needle to be as far to the left as possible so you can squeeze the edges under there enough to sew. Another option is to hand sew it shut.

Bow Pillow DIY | happy together
4. Take your 4.5″ x 20″ piece and turn each long side in 1/4″ towards the wrong side. Then turn in another 1/4″ and press.

Bow Pillow DIY | happy together
5. Sew side seams in place.

Bow Pillow DIY | happy together
6. Turn both ends in 1/4″ two times as well. Sew in place.

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7. Sew ends on top of each other to create a sleeve to go onto the pillow. Make sure fabric is right side up.

Bow Pillow DIY | happy together
8. Finish by sliding fabric sleeve to middle of pillow. You can tack it in place by hand sewing it on the back if you like.
I bet you could do this in boy fabrics and make it look like a bow tie pillow as well. I also think this would be a great project to do with a child (or adult) learning to sew since it’s simple and sews up quickly. Share your bow pillow diy creation with us if you create one :)
Happy Sewing!
jess

DIY Pie Pan Package and Personalized Picture Frames

This post is sponsored by Cricut. See further down for full disclosure.

DIY Pie Pan Package and Personalized Picture Frames | happy together
I find it really fun to create gifts and was looking forward to participating in a Secret DIY Santa Gift Exchange that is being hosted by Cricut. For each person who signed up, we were given the name of another blogger to come up with a special diy just for them that involved using our Cricut Explore machine. I created a gift package from a pie pan, personalized picture frames for the fridge, and a gift card holder for my giftee, Mariah of Giggles Galore.

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Mariah of Giggles Galore
I was thrilled when I saw her name because I know her blog and love it.  I mean really, look at a few of these recent diy’s she’s shared on her blog lately.

Mariah shares a ton of stuff from recipes to parties and as she says on her blog she’s “an event stylist, creative consultant, blogger, social butterfly and multi-tasking mom.” Make sure to visit her blog to see a lot more creative goodness.

Now for how to make your own pie pan package. It’s really simple to do and takes barely any time at all. You will need:

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If you like, spray paint your pie pan. Just remember that you can’t put food in that isn’t packaged if you do paint.

Pie Pan Gift Package | happy together
Create a circle in Design Space that is the same size as the pie pan top. Make sure it is a cut file. Add any other design of choice on top that is in the written choice. You can find this specific file I created (for a 8 3/4″ pan size) here.

Pie Pan Package DIY | happy together
Use your Explore to cut and draw this file.

Pie Pan Package DIY | happy together
When it’s all done it will look like this.

Personalized Picture Frames DIY | happy together
The second part of this gift are these personalized picture frames. I found the refrigerator magnet frames at Target and knew they would be cute with some extra additions added to them.

To make your own you will need:

Personalized Picture Frame DIY | happy together
You can find the three designs I used here: “you’re like, really pretty.”, confetti, and leaves. I simply used images in the Design Space library. That’s one of the great things about using these machines. I might not be able to create an image from scratch, but I can usually find pieces of what I want and put them together with what is already available. Once you have your design ready, use your Cricut to cut it out. I added the square cut around each design after I did the first one to make it easy to see what you needed. You can just peel off the unneeded area like above,

Personalized Picture Frame DIY | happy together
or you can cut out the area and then peel it. Whichever is easier for you. If anything has a hard time not staying put, use your tools to help hold things in place.

Personalized Picture Frame DIY | happy together
Next get your transfer tape.

Personalized Picture Frame DIY | happy together
Cut out a piece that is large enough to cover the area of the design. Peel off the backing and place the sticky side on top of the design. Rub over it with tool or something like an old gift card to make sure it really sticks to the transfer tape.

Personalized Picture Frame DIY | happy together
Grab a picture frame.

Personalized Picture Frame DIY | happy together
Place the transfer tape with vinyl right side up. Then place the frame on the side facing down that doesn’t have the magnet.

Personalized Picture Frame DIY | happy together
Rub over it again to help ensure it stays put when pulling off the paper.

Personalized Picture Frame DIY | happy together
Slowly pull off the paper and if anything doesn’t stick, just lay that area down flat again and rub over it again. If that doesn’t work, gently use the hook tool to help it unstick from the transfer tape onto the frame.

Cardstock Gift Card Holder | happy together
And I just had to add one more little thing so a little gift card to Target. I also created this little gift card holder using the Candy Shop card stock and this template. Then I glued the green to the blue for each side and then sewed both sides together leaving the one end open. It was such fun creating for a fellow craft blogger. I hope that this inspires you to create something special this month for a friend or family member.

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Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY

Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
My favorite time of the year has begun…. FALL!!! The pumpkins are showing up at the grocery stores and porches are being decorated. And, projects are popping into my head. I’m still a lover of all things chalkboard so I thought of this simple embroidery hoop pumpkin chalkboard diy to make for gifts. It is also a great fabric scrap buster which is always a good thing in my book.

Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
To make your own you will need (affiliate links may be used):

  • Vinyl Chalkboard
  • Embroidery Hoop (keep an eye open while thrifting and you can usually find all kinds)
  • Fabric Scraps cut into strips
  • Green Wool Felt
  • Thick Cardboard (I recycled some old moving boxes and an eggo box)
  • Brown Leather or Fabric Strips (for hanging)
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Other type of glue (I used tacky glue)
  • Pumpkin Leaves Pattern (Download Here)

Step One Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
Take your embroidery hoop and trace the outside of it on your cardboard. Cut it out just inside of the tracing. This helps the circle be a little smaller so no edges show but not so small that it doesn’t cover the whole middle.

Step 2 Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
Cut out a piece of chalkboard vinyl that is big enough to cover the cardboard circle.

Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
Peel off vinyl backing and place on cardboard circle.

Vinyl Chalkboard \ Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together Trim the vinyl edges.

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Plug in your hot glue gun and get ready to attach the fabric strips. Start a little ways from the top and glue the fabric on the side that will be the back of your project.

Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
Wrap fabric around the hoop. When you come to the end of a strip, make sure to glue it down on the same side as where you started. You want all the ends to be on the same side for a neat look on the front.

Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
I also find that lining up new pieces to where you ended helps it transition really well too. Continue wrapping fabric until the whole hoop is covered. Once you get to the hardware you might have to go in between the metal to cover it or it might be tight enough to not worry about. I used older hoops so some were a little warped.

Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
Use your regular glue and make a line around the back of the embroidery hoop (the side where you ended your fabric strips). Place the vinyl chalkboard covered cardboard on it and let it dry.

Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
While you are waiting for it to dry, use the pattern to cut out some felt leaves. I drew two sizes but you can enlarge or shrink them to fit the size hoop you have.

Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
Once the hoop is dry, use your glue gun to attach the felt leave at the top. Then finish up with adding a piece of leather string, fabric strip, or even brown yarn to the hardware area. This mimics the look of a stem.

Easy autumn gift idea \ Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
You can add a cute autumn quote,

Use different embroidery hoops to have different shaped pumpkins \ Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
draw a pumpkin,

Fabric Scrap Fall Project \ Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
share a greeting, or whatever else you would like. Now you have a scrappy little pumpkin chalkboard to enjoy share with someone else.
Happy fall ya’ll!!
-jess

Painting Wicker Furniture

Painting Wicker Furniture | happy together
Summer weather is officially here for us and we are spending a lot of time outdoors. I have noticed that some of our outdoor furniture is starting to look a little rough and was in need of some love. I received some of that wonderful chalky finish paint c/o DecoArt and decided I would try using it to paint the wicker chairs we have. They have weathered many years out in the Florida and Louisiana weather. Originally they were green then I spray painted them yellow. Now it was time for them to have yet another makeover.

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As you can see, there were many places where the paint had been worn off. We try to keep these under the awning but my kids like to drag them around and then they get rained on or stay in the sun for longer than they should.

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I used the Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting as the base for my color then added some of color Treasure to get this blue color. I tried to make one chair darker than the other but in the end they look pretty similar.

Painting Wicker Furniture | happy together
I wiped down the wicker furniture and trimmed off pieces that were broken. You can sand down spots if previous paint is chipping off, but I didn’t feel the need to and it turned out wonderful. Once it was dry, I painted on one coat of the paint with a regular paint brush. I was really happy with the coverage after the first coat and only did a second coat on the edges that had seemed to get the most worn.

Painting Wicker Furniture | happy together
Lastly, I finished by painting a coat of Ultra-Matte Varnish to protect the paint from the weather.

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I know that spray painting would be an easier thing to do to paint something like this, but I just love the finished look of the chalky finish paint. And quite honestly, I am starting to really love that hand painted look more on my outdoor furniture than a perfectly sprayed paint job. I feel like it adds more character. You can see other types of things I have painted using this type of paint here and visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration.

This post was created in partnership with DecoArt. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that support Happy Together.