the Tracey

I had a friend ask if I would sew a purse for her, and that expanded a bit to some other orders! The newest addition to my shop is ‘the Tracey’.

‘the Tracey’ is custom made to order for $35 (but the one pictured here is ready to ship for $30). It is customizable and the way I made this one is with the lining fabric matching the flower fabric and the interior pocket fabric matching the main fabric. That awesome flower pin can be repositioned or removed so you can do it however you want!

The pocket on this one I made to split into two so that one side is smaller (my cell fits perfectly) and the other side is larger. There is also a magnetic clasp to hold all your junk necessities inside.

The strap fits comfortably over your shoulder and is what I consider to be the perfect length. But I guess everyone has their own preference!

‘the Tracey’ is made with a tutorial I found over on pinterest. It is a little pricey and I don’t recommend it for beginners. It is easy enough for a beginner to sew if you have the know how regarding basic sewing technique (seam allowances, turning fabrics, backstitching, etc.) There are several details that I found missing from the tutorial that would be necessary for a beginner. 


Pinspired for Baby

When I realized that I had done absolutely nothing to get ready for baby, I suddenly panicked and for some reason turned to my sewing machine.  The kids and I went to the fabric store and I let them help pick out some fabric for our baby and some for my sister’s baby. I know new babies get bombarded with blankets, but I wanted some special from me.

I had pinned a post from delia creates on some sweet and simple swaddling blankets and since I had just been gifted a hand me down serger that I had no idea how to use (I had no idea how to use any serger for that matter) it seemed like a perfect easy project to start with.

Can you tell Miracle picked this one?

I love flannel receiving blankets, but most of them are so tiny. These are such a great size! And I am pleased to say I mostly figured out my serger. Axel picked out some fabric for Auntie Amber’s baby too, but I forgot to take a picture of that one. I highly recommend this quick, easy and inexpensive project. They make excellent baby gifts!

I love this fabric!

I had another Pin for an embellished minky blanket from the fiCkle piCkle. Originally I was drawn to the embellished aspect of the blanket, but when it came time to add them I changed my mind. I was afraid of possible choking hazards and I didn’t want them to get in the way of coziness.

I normally would never have chosen this fabric, but I love it so much!

This is another simple project and great baby gift. Once again, I love the size and I tested the snuggle factor on my other kiddos. These blankets are fantastic. The minky can be a bit tricky to work with, but just take your time measuring and pinning and you will be fine. Also, make sure you buy the minky on sale or with a coupon or it can get pricy.

I loved the first one so much I had to make a second!

Of course I made one for my sister too. I wanted the babies to be matching so I used the same green minky. Then for a matching onesie, I cut out one of the rectangles from the flannel fabric and stitched it on. I also cut out some of the flowers from baby girls flannel and stitched it on a onesie for her. LOVE!

Possibly my new 'go-to' baby gift!

Super Fun

I am so thrilled at how well my custom super hero/prince/princess capes have been selling. They are so much fun to make and I just love putting fun fabrics together. Seriously, every time I finish a cape it makes me smile. I tried to narrow down the amount of pictures I put in this post, but it was super hard. If you want to see even more that I have finished recently you can check out my album by clicking here. And if you want more info on ordering you can send me a message or see my etsy listing.


The Evangeline

I just absolutely love this dress. I’ll apologize right now for all the pictures in this post…

It doesn’t help that my model is so stinkin cute!

When I first started looking for dress patterns I didn’t really care for this one at all, but I saw someone wearing something similar and decided to try it out. I love it and everything about it! It is so feminine and lovely and the big bow on the back is dreamy.

The Evangeline was made from this tutorial from Sew Happy by Carrie and I was impressed with the tutorial and pattern, as well as the excellent communication from Carrie. Please know that the sizes do run large though!

The Evangeline. Sizes 18months- 5T. $35


Axel begged and begged me to make him a bow-tie. He wanted to come to the fabric store with me to pick out fabric. In my mind I was imagining all the fun fabrics we could use. He chose black.

All he wanted  was a plain black bow-tie. I tried a brown striped fabric, some black, blue and red fabric and just about every other fabric I saw. Just black. He was so excited about it though! And he was so proud to wear it.

I begged him to wear a pink polka dot one to match his sisters dresses. I even tried bribing him. He said he wouldn’t do it for a million dollars. He wouldn’t even do it for one hundred dollars. I finally talked him into just wearing it for five minutes so I could take pictures.

I love that he is excited about bow-ties. I just wish I could convince him to wear more than just a plain black one. I understand the no pink (even though I think this one was ok).

This bow-tie was made using this free tutorial. It can be made so that you tie it every time like a normal bow-tie, or you can put a hook or velcro in the back so that you just tie it once and then hook it on. Axel is patient enough to wait for me to tie it, but a little guy would be too wiggly.

Boy's Bow-tie $10 ~ You choose the Fabric

My ‘Secret’ Project

I posted a little teaser on Facebook a few days ago about a ‘secret’ project. There was really no reason that it was a secret other than it was just more fun for me that way. Last week I whipped up a new dress style (more on that later) and made… matching clothes for all the kiddos!

It was fun for me, fun for them… Ok, ok, Axel did not agree with the pink bow tie. Actually, he did not agree with any bow tie other than black. But he really, really, really wanted a black bow tie! (more on the bow ties later too)

So I got them all dressed up and took them out to get some good pictures.  Unfortunately it was hot, windy and nap time. I ended up taking almost 200 pics in 15 minutes and then calling it quits. Oh the joys of digital!

Andrew has been trying to convince me to use iPhoto for some time now, so I played around on it a bit and I have to admit it was pretty fun. I still think Andrew does better at it than me, but I’m sure he’ll just edit them again later anyway.

The Mira

My momma asked me the other day why I hadn’t named any dresses after my own girlies. I told her that I did, but then I realized I never told anyone about it! (Well, there are pics up on my facebook page.) This dress suits my girly girl with all the fun fabric to twirl. And don’t worry, The Evangeline is on it’s way! Oh, and just for the record, Miracle really does not like being called Mira but I didn’t want to name a dress The Miracle. It just didn’t sound right! haha. 


This one is a touch too small for her because it actually isn’t hers. (I would never dream of making something for her that isn’t pink or purple!) She was gracious enough to put it on for a few pictures though. Oh, and that fantastic headband is courtesy of Miss Greyley. We are the proud owners of several of these fantastic wire creations. I told the girls we were going to all share them together, but I may have hid one in my room, just to keep it safe.

I told you! So fun for twirling. I made this dress using a pattern I got from Jocole. It was an excellent pattern to work with and I learned a few new tricks too.

The pattern didn’t actually call for a tie in the back, but I added it on. Andrew was super impressed that I made ‘a real dress’ and that I ‘just added on a tie’. lol. He has been my biggest fan in my new sewing venture- well, he may be tied with the girls.

"The Mira" size NB-5T $40 without tie, $43 with tie


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