1st birthday banner

Here is an idea on how to use leftover scraps of material to make a cute banner. This banner was used for a 1st birthday. It was tied around the birthday boy’s highchair.


Look! How cute! My daughter did the writing.


And ooh, yummy… Look at them cupcakes…(check out the cupcakes in this post.)

Back to the subject, want to know how to make this simple and adorable birthday banner using material that you might already have in your craft box? Check out the tutorial here.

Let your creativity flow.


Simplicity 1693- summer tanks


I must really like this pattern because I used it 5 times! I made two tank tops using view F and two tank tops using view C. I also made a top from view F by adding cap sleeves to the tank top pattern.

So, here is a top using view F.

The back has a little keyhole. Since I’m still learning to sew, I didn’t sew in a button at the top of the keyhole. I’ll learn how to sew a button on someday. Luckily, my head was able to fit through! The fabric that I used for this tank top is a crepe de chine. I like how it drapes.

Here is a top using view C. I opted not to put in the elastic at the waist. This view requires only ONE YARD of fabric! That is awesome because I’m always looking for one yard wonders. This fabric is cotton. Not very drape-y, but I think it looks good with jeans. I originally bought this fabric to sew napkins, but I decided to try it out on this pattern instead.

So here is another tank top using view F. I should mention that this top is longer in the back, so it has a high-low look. I used cotton fabric to make this one. This fabric was also intended for sewing napkins, but I changed my mind and made a top instead.

Here is view F again, but I added cap sleeves to it. I used a challis fabric. Soft and flowy.

Here is view C. I had one yard of fabric leftover from a dress that I made. So I made another tank top.

Safe to say that I’ve had a lot of practice making tank tops this summer! Perfect for those hot summer days.
Keep cool.


McCalls’s M7120

I picked the McCall’s M7120 dress pattern for my summer sewing project collection. I picked this pattern because it is designed for beginners. It’s a pattern that is really easy to put together and the instructions are easy to follow.

There is no zipper since it’s a pullover dress. It also teaches you how to sew darts and make a fabric belt.  This dress has a semi fitted ease. The pattern is designed for medium weight woven fabrics such as linen, chambray, cotton blends and crepe de chine.

I picked view D. View D has a high-low skirt which I am not really fond of but figured it would be a good lesson in sewing. I used a lightweight chambray. It was my first time sewing chambray fabric and I realized very soon that it’s an easy fabric to sew. I opted to not make the fabric belt. Here’s how it turned out:

I ironed the dress a couple times with steam but it still came out pretty wrinkly. I guess the fabric itself wrinkles easily.

I figure wrinkled dresses are part of my style anyway. This is a great dress to wear for Spring or Summer.

I can’t wait to wear my new dress!