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 Free Skirted Sweatshirt Pattern for girls | 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.

Bow Pillow DIY | happy together
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

Fox Quilt in Blues, Greens, and Oranges

A Fox Quilt | happy together
This fox quilt is probably one of my favorite quilts I have sewn up so far. The main reason, besides all the fox cuteness, is that I used a linen fabric for the background fabric and it made this quilt so cuddly! Miss E has requested a fox quilt for herself and I will most certainly use the linen fabric again (this one was for my newest nephew). It was hard to keep the linen fabric from moving all over the place when doing the quilting part but it was totally worth it.

A Fox Quilt | happy together
I used the Fancy Fox Quilt Pattern by Elizabeth Hartman here. Isn’t it adorable? It’s a pretty simple sew as far as quilts go. Lots of cutting, but once that’s done it goes fast. This was the baby size but the pattern also includes sizing for a lap and a twin size quilt. The baby size is still a good size so you could just not use as many fox blocks and make a smaller one to be used for a car seat blanket if you wanted.

A Fox Quilt | happy together
I used the Keepsake Calico Cotton Fabric – Mini Crosshatch Black/White fabric for the backing. The binding was a gingham that I had gotten from Walmart a long time ago. I used fabric from my stash for the fox faces. Some of those are even vintage fabrics. It’s fun mixing the old with the new. For the batting, I used a 100% cotton type because this quilt will live in an area that actually has some colder weather.

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Has anyone else made this quilt yet? Share if you have a link. I would love to see your variation :) The next one of these I make will be super girlie with pinks, purples, and yellows per miss E’s request.

-jess

 

Sewing a Cardigan

Sewing a Cardigan| happy together
Do you ever find a fabric you love and buy it even though you have no plans for it? That is what happened with this piece of Aztek Jaquard fabric. We went over to Texas one day and I swung by Jo-Ann Fabric Store to see what they had. I don’t get over there much, so I knew if I saw something I liked and wanted to sew with eventually it would be smart to go ahead and buy it.

Sewing a Cardigan | happy together
Once I got the fabric home I decided that I would be sewing a cardigan. I got around to doing so the other week and used a sweater I have to create a pattern. The fabric doesn’t have much stretch like my sweater so I had to adjust and make sure there would be room enough for me to fit into it.

A Sewn Cardigan | happy together A Sewn Cardigan | happy together
I barely had just enough fabric to make this! I even had to add length to the sleeves with remnants to make it work. In lieu of the fabric shortage, I left all the edges raw so I wouldn’t need the extra material to create nice finished edges. I personally don’t mind raw edges and I plan on going over them with my serger later. Can you believe I still haven’t unpacked it since we moved in July? Hopefully this project encourages me to get it back out and running. The lack of fabric also made it not possible to add an extra strip that would go down the front sides and around the neck. It creates for an interesting neckline but still looks good to me.

A Sewn Cardigan | happy together I’m thinking I should try and find one of those super large safety pins to secure it to the side when I wear it. Any ideas where to find one?

-jess

My Projects in “Sew Sweet Creatures”

New Book Release: Sew Sweet Creatures | happy together
I had the privilege to work with Lark Crafts again and have three of my projects that you can now make published in one of their newest books Sew Sweet Creatures. To my surprise, one of my projects (the party fox) even made the front cover!!! That made my day :) I had a lot of fun creating these creatures, what theme they would have, and the props that go with them.

Sew Sweet Creatures - Party Fox pattern | happy together
I based this little gal on the ever so popular photo booths that we see at parties. There are instructions to make the props that go with her too along with an idea to create her very own photo booth (see pic further below for that).

Farmer Hare in Sew Sweet Creatures | happy together
The Farmer Hare was inspired by my farm loving daughters. The accessories that are shared with this guy are a simple basket to hold his yummy food he grows and clay carrots to go in it.

Adventure Bear Pattern in Sew Sweet Creatures | happy together
And the Adventure Bear was inspired by our love to explore. His accessories are a map, book bag, and camera.

Party Fox in Sew Sweet Creatures | happy together
Party Fox in Box | happy together
You can see below that the book is full of many other fun and cute projects to sew up as well.

Projects to sew in Sew Sweet Creatures | happy together
List of Creatures to Sew | happy together
Book: Sew Sweet Creatures | happy together
If you are interested in buying a copy, you can support Happy Together by using the affiliate link below. You can also find this book in local book stores. Happy sewing!!! -jess