Holiday Ornament Appliqued Kitchen Towel

Hi everybody.  Ali here from HouseVintage.  I have a great little project to share with you today.  It only takes a few hours and would make a special handmade holiday gift.

See full holiday towel tutorial.

Here is what you need:
  1. Ornament template- I used this one from Martha Stewart.  Print it and cut it out.
  2. Buttons- I used some vintage buttons from my stash, but whatever you have on hand will work.
  3. Felt- This is a great use up for a scrap of felt.
  4. Kitchen Towel- Feel free to sew your own.  I bought this one from IKEA.

I decided to line up my three cutouts.  I then used a zigzag stitch on my machine to sew around the outside edge.  Go slow, and make adjustments, so you stay close to the edge.  If you don’t have a sewing machine, you could use an iron-on adhesive and skip the sewing all together.  
Position and hand sew on your buttons.
You are done!  Iron your towel, and it is ready to display or give as a gift.


Thanks Ali! These are the perfect way to spruce up your holiday kitchen or such a fun neighbor gift!

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Fall Fashion for Girls

Hello everyone! I’m Sumo, from Sumo’s Sweet Stuff!
sumo intro
I’m so excited to be visiting with you today. I absolutely adore Michelle, and am so thrilled she invited me over. If you don’t know me, my blog is a little bit crafts, and a whole lotta sewing. I’ve got three little girls that I enjoy sewing for.
girls collage
Michelle asked me to share about little girls fashion, so I’ll share a bit about what works for us and our style.
One thing I absolutely love are bright, bold prints. I am often drawn to fabric that is big and colorful. Sometimes, when you find a print that you really, really like, you might consider using it on a larger scale. In my post about the Sally dresses that I made for my girls, you can see that I let the bolder, busier prints be the main part of the dress, and let a more subtle print stick around for the pockets.
Little Girl Fashion - Sally Dresses by
Now, with that being said, I am also a huge fan of pattern mixing. I think it is fun to throw some patterns together, as long as it is in a more controlled way; basically not too over the top. On a smaller scale item, like this Ruffled Bustle Top, you can mix the patterns without it being way too overpowering with all of the different prints. Especially when paired with a simple, solid colored shorts or pants.
Little Girl Fashion - Ruffled Bustle Top by
There is also a Bustle Skirt, if you prefer to go that route. Again, paired with something simple and plain on top helps to balance it out!
Little Girl Fashion - Bustle Skirt by
A great staple for a fall wardrobe (or any season really!) is a maxi skirt. They are so versatile, and can be paired with just about anything. Fall and winter? Let’s throw it together with a sweater, tights, and boots. Spring and summer? A t-shirt and flip flops is perfect! If you can sew, this 30 Minute Maxi Skirt might be just the thing for you. And if you don’t, check the stores! Maxi skirts are super trendy right now!
Little Girl Fashion - 30 Minute Maxi Skirts by
Now, with three girls, I have a love for coordinating. I call it coordinating, not matching. Coordinating is different, you see. Coordinating is when you find the same item, but have it as many different ways as you need, which in my case is three. These Beachy Boatneck shirts that I made are a good example of coordinating. Same shirt, different prints. You can do this easily with store bought items as well! I am always on the lookout for shirts in different color ways. And I know what you might be thinking about that maxi skirt picture above. Those skirts are totally matching! But their tops aren’t, which I think is another great way to coordinate.
Little Girl Fashion - Beachy Boatnecks by
Here’s another example of coordinating from our recent family pictures (taken by Your Vantage Photography). All in the same color scheme, all peplum style tops, and my girls’ shirts are all store bought. Same style of shirts, but all totally different.
Little Girl Fashion by - Photo by
Those are just a few of the things I go by when I’m planning out things for my girls to wear. I hope you’ve enjoyed what I’ve shared, and can’t wait to see you over at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff!


Thanks Summer! Aren’t her girls adorable?! We went to lunch one day and I couldn’t believe how many people stopped to comment on how cute her girls and their outfits were! Be sure to check out her site for tons of adorable patterns and ways to dress up your cute girlies!
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Ruched Rosette Legwarmers

Hi again! This is Terra from mama says sew with another sewing tutorial for you today. Its some ruched leg warmers. I originally pinned them about a year ago, and now that they are no longer available for sale, I thought I’d make my own.

They are really pretty simple, and I love them paired with her striped ruffle skirt.

I also made a rosette by gathering some wide satin ribbon into a rosette and then sewing a button in the middle. I am really loving the combination of gold and coral lately.
To make these, you will need:
  • Knit fabric (very important-it must stretch!)
  • Elastic-both 1/4 inch and 1/8 inch wide
  • Sewing supplies-thread, scissors, your machine
  • Optional: Rosettes (or supplies to make them)

First, start by cutting the fabric for your leg warmers. I used a pair of leggings for a guide. You want your fabric to be at least twice as long as the length you want the finished leggings to be (in this case, knee to ankle). My fabric is also folded in half the long way, to make it wide enough to go all the way around the leg.
Make sure your fabric stretches from side to side (the short way).
Mark where you want your ruching to start. You will do two rows of ruching per leg warmer. I folded in half, then folded in half again, leaving room for a seam allowance (shown on the left). I put two pins, one in the top layer of fabric and one in the bottom layer of fabric (shown on the right-just imagine you have x-ray vision and can see the other pin).
Pin at the same place at the other end of the leg warmers so you know where to end up. You can draw a line from the top of the leg warmers straight down to the pin in the bottom of the legwarmers if you want.

Sew a 1/8 inch elastic from a top pin to a bottom pin, stretching the elastic as far as you can as you sew. Backstitch a couple of times at the beginning so the elastic stays in place when you stretch it. {Look at the next step before completing this one}.

Leave a space at the top and the bottom with no elastic so you can make a casing.

Repeat on the other side, so that you have two rows of elastic.

This is what it looks like on the other side.

Sew a casing on the top of the leg warmer wide enough for the 1/4 inch elastic.

Insert your elastic and stitch at both ends to secure. You want it to be snug fitting but not too tight. Repeat for the bottom of the leg warmer so that you have elastic at the top and the bottom.

Fold it in half with right sides together and stitch up the back.

Turn it right side out and this is what you should have.

Don’t forget to make another one the same way!

 You can add some embellishments if you want. I recommend attaching them with a pin, like a brooch. That way you can take them off to wash the leg warmers and you can also switch out the flowers so you can have one pair of legwarmers that matches everything.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please visit me over at mama says sew for more!

These are the times I wish I had a girl! These are adorable Terra!

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Hex Pencil Case Tutorial

Hi again, A Little Tipsy readers! I’m stopping by from mama says sew again to share the tutorial for this zippered pencil case with you. Don’t let the zipper scare you! It’s actually really easy to sew up.

See the full tutorial.

It’s the perfect time of year to make one! My kids are getting ready to go back to school, and what better way to show their personality than to make them their own pencil case? Okay, really, I’m sure there are lots better ways to show their personality, but it’s still fun to have something that no one else will have.
I appliqued hexagons in a honeycomb pattern, but you could do whatever you want. Here’s what to do.
You will need:
  • Fabric (scraps work great)
  • 7 inch zipper
  • Sewing supplies, such as scissors and thread

First, cut out your fabric. My rectangles are 6 inches by 10.5 inches. Also cut out your applique pieces {here is a hexagon template if you want}, and some scraps for the zipper ends {to make the zipper long enough for the pouch}. 
First, stitch one of your scraps to the bottom of the zipper with right sides together, like this:

Trim off the end of the zipper.

Repeat with the other end and the other scrap piece. Your zipper should now be 10 inches long, including the fabric {or the total length of the top of the pencil case, if you made it different dimensions}.

Next, applique your case. I arranged the applique pieces how I wanted them.

Then just stitched them in place.
Line up the zipper with the top of the pouch. The zipper should be face down on the top of the pouch. Stitch the zipper to the pouch along the top edge of the zipper and pouch.

Then stitch the back of the pouch to the zipper the same way. When you’re done, it should look like the picture below. Press flat and topstitch along the edges of the zipper if desired.
Fold the pouch so that right sizes are together and stitch it down one side, across the bottom, and up the other side. Make sure the zipper is open when you do this so that you can turn the pouch right side out! You can zig zag the raw edges to help keep them from fraying.

Ta da! All set for school! 
Thanks Terra! I love the pattern and colors you used and it’s so perfect to use up those scraps we all having hanging about!
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