How I Made a Book Sling (VERY easy tutorial!)

 I read MANY book sling tutorials when a good friend asked me to make her one. I was slightly confused by some, not liking the folded over hem look on others... and So I made up my own way to sew them.

Here it is:

Cut one piece of home decor med. weight fabric to 42" x 47". Fold in half (right sides together), pin the 47" length, sew it and then flip it

Now fold a 1inch ish hem around both edges, pin and sew.

Flatten out and measure 2 inches from the top (I made a pencil mark every 4-5 inches or so), pin and stitch all along the edge (this is where your dowel will go into)

and... DONE! Easy peasy! With no awkward looking hems and very little brain work involved. Perfect rainy day project in my humble opinion since I finished it within and hour and now get to feel accomplished and have time to read my book... or sew something else... or clean the house 

The Sophie Tunic Pattern

I have made the Sophie Tunic by Sis Boom a few times now  and thought I'd let you all know my thoughts on it (not being paid or compensated in anyway - even bought the pattern myself).

The 1st time I made this pattern I did a shirt length for my girl in the fall

This second time I did a dress length. (the fabric on the dress is a bit "busy" looking in pictures - but really adorable on). I also want to note that getting an 20month old to hold still or pose for a picture is much for complicated than a 13month old. haha, oh boy. oh and it's too cold for outdoor pics still. sadly.

Skill level: I would say beginner. The pattern steps are as clear as can be and worded very clearly, and no fancy techniques are used.

Fabric: I used cotton both times.

Other notions: I used a button for the back.

Fit: I would say this runs exactly true to size. I made the 12-18months last fall and then the 2T size this past week.

Alterations: Both times I had to add the button loop close to the back, which is not in the pattern but is very easy to do since you are already working with a facing. I just found the fit over my girl's head a bit tight and didn't want the front to dip to low.

Will I use this pattern again: YES! I LOVE it!

Extra info: I LOVE (really really love) that she makes her patterns print without overlapping - so this means no double printing for different sizes or tracing the size you want - just cut and go! (I keep each size in a separate envelope in my pattern binder). So handy.  Also note that there are directions for facing that shows, and cuffs (as in the fall tunic), hidden facing, and no cuffs (as in the spring dress). She also included different lengths for the sleeves and shirt-dress lengths as well.
So no guesswork to get many different looks!

So there you have it, If you are in the search for a tunic pattern I recommend this one!

working on the babes summer wardrobe

This past week this is the sewing I have been up to! Hot air balloon dress and on the far right a tunic dress using the "Sophie" tunic pattern from sis boom.

I used the artwork I drew as a template for the hot air balloon I painted on the knot dress. I love the blue and grey with a pop of orange in it! I really enjoyed the process of adding my own art to a dress I made, even though it added several hours to the completion time.  I also made the babes a matching hair clip (her hair gets quite unruly in the front!). 

(I know - terrible picture. We've had nothing but grey skies and rain the past few days)

as well as a book sling for a friend

Hello Spring!

We have beautiful weather where we are right now! As in +10C, although it is a bit windy... but the regular high is nearer a -1C for this time of year. So I took the babes out and splashed in the puddles and worked really hard to get a picture of our boots together (since we both have awesome puddle boots!) 

In the evening it was time to sew! A cute apron knot dress for a customer!
Slowly getting back into the swing of things! I think the daylight savings is helping, much more motivating to sew when it isn't pitch black out after the kiddo goes to bed!

In other exciting news - this blog has been going for a full year now! I am still surprised I have followers - and thanks to all of you who take the time to read this and to those who leave a comment you brighten my day!

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