The Everyday Sweatshirt Pattern is HERE!

You guys. This has been a long time coming!
But I’m SO excited to finally announce that the Everyday Sweatshirt Pattern has arrived!

We’ll show you how to turn cozy piles of this, into….
I hope you have a blast sewing up all the best sweatshirt options —
kangaroo pocket, high low, tunic length, and optional puffed sleeves.
It’s the perfect cold weather staple for your boys AND girls, babies AND tweens.

The Everyday Sweatshirt – $9
Purchase HERE.

There are 11 Sizes and 5 Styles.
You’ll find all the info HERE in the SHOP.
But here’s some more details…

The Basic version of the Everyday Sweatshirt is the classic that you’ll
reach for over and over again. But it’s also infinitely customizable. I
love contrasting ribbing! And this lace-overlay version I made for Clara
is one of my favorites… so far…
The High-Low version is really one of the reasons I wanted to create this pattern. I love the look of a high-low hemline!
Plus you can make it with no ribbing, so simple. It’s also got you covered with a wide
size range – 12 months to 12 years.
And finally, I had to throw in another couple fun options. The tunic length is perfect for leggings (or you could even extend it a few more inches for a little dress). And for just a tiny added effort, the puffed sleeves add an adorable little girly touch.
I have no idea why, but Clara has decided that glasses are her new favorite accessory for photoshoots. But I completely approve.

Whatever style you choose, it’s going to be a party.
And if you’ve been subscribing to our newsletter….
You know that we announced and released this pattern yesterday to you guys!  That’s right, another high five for reading our newsletter.

Plus, we gave away FIVE FREE PATTERNS to newsletter readers as well.
Woot woot.
So subscribe to our newsletter over there in the right-hand column.

When you’re ready to sew your Everyday Sweatshirt, we’ve also created a HEADQUARTERS page—-with additional links, fabric info, tips, FAQs, and other tutorials. This will be an ongoing resource page that grows over time.   So check that out as well.

Now move those little fingers over to the SHOP!
Happy Sweatshirt Sewing my friends.

Tiny Floral Circle Skirt

One of our favorite teachers at school had a baby girl recently.  So I did what always seems easiest (when it comes to gifts)—-I whipped up a teensie tiny circle skirt.  Cause really, is there anything cuter than a miniature skirt??
Well, other than the miniature human that’s wearing it?


I know I’m always talking about making skirts for gifts….and how it’s faster than going to the store to buy a gift….because it only takes BITS of fabric and BITS of time.
But it really is true!

Just download my free newborn size pattern.
Print it out and follow the simple steps.
Or you can make a circle skirt in ANY size—-just watch my video here.


Then pair it with a store-bought onesie.  Because I’m a big fan of semi-homemade.  You don’t have to make it all my friends.  And when I see cute onesies on sale at the store, I buy them and add them to my gift stash at home.  Then all I have to do is make a skirt!


….and a hospital birth day garland to go along.
YES.  I’m totally predictable when it comes to gifts.
If you know me in real life, this is a preview of your future gifts to come.


And since I don’t have an After photo of my friend’s baby, how about this one of Clara???
She was just telling me this morning that I need to call the dentist to schedule her an appointment.
Oh that baby doll.  I forget that her hair was kind of red.


If skirts aren’t your thing, then you can always bust out the Perfect Diaper Cover free pattern + tutorial, which is another go-to-gift favorite.


But whatever you’re feeling, have fun sewing!
And enjoy the tiny projects.

AND get ready for the Everyday Sweatshirt Pattern. It’s coming within the week!
If you want to be the first to get it, sign up for our newsletter in the sidebar on the right, because newsletter subscribers will be informed first!

Nick Wilde Fox Costume


Owen is a pretty funny kid.
In groups and social scenes, he’s somewhat quiet and shy.
But ask him to dance or model for photos?….and he totally hams it up.
In fact he wasn’t an ounce embarrassed to be walking the streets dressed like a fox, with mom and camera close behind.


Like Nick Wilde, I think he enjoyed the attention of owning the moment.
What a guy.


Oh, this fox head was so much fun to make.  And could be used for so many different animals —- bear, pig, bunny, elephant.
The best moment of the season is when Owen walked in the room and saw the finished fox head and bellowed out, “EPIC!”  Haha.
Making Halloween dreams come true for everyone.

Now, in all honesty when Owen said he wanted to be Nick the fox from Zootopia, I first looked on Amazon so I could click and purchase a costume.  I’m kind of in that “we can only make one kid’s halloween costume a year” mode.
But I was totally unimpressed with what I saw.  The costumes were all those onesie type things, where the shirt and pants are attached and the whole thing velcros in the back?
No gracias.

So we put together our own look, with the fox head being the star.


You’d be surprised how hard it is to find a green shirt!  So….RIT Dye to the rescue.

• I found a white cotton shirt at Old Navy and dyed it in a bowl in my sink, using this liquid Apple Green dye.  His shirt in the movie is actually a green print with palm leaves, but this was close enough. Make sure your shirt is 100% cotton or it might not dye properly (see next bullet point)

Use my tutorial here for info on dying fabric and elastic.

It’s also hard to find simple blue/pink striped fabric. So….

• I cut out a tie using my Everyday Necktie Pattern, in navy blue fabric.
• I sewed skinny satin ribbon to the fabric to create the stripes, spacing them about an inch apart.  I just used the width of my ruler to help guide me.  I sewed the ribbon the whole length of the outer tie fabric (it didn’t take as long as you would think).   And I actually love how it turned out.  The satin makes the cotton fabric feel a bit “fancy”.  I might have to try this technique for reals on other ties.



As I mentioned above, the real star of this costume is the head—-kind of like adding a yarn wig to your ensemble.
I’ll have to do a full tutorial for this later.  But here are some photos to get you started:

• I used the same concept as the Bat Costumes, Kitty Cat Costume, and the hood in the Beach Robe Pattern.
• I used white faux fur for the outer head and orange cotton fabric for the lining.
• I drafted my own patterns and sewed everything first.  Then I spray-painted everything with orange paint.
• For the tail, I added stuffing and bunch of floral wire stems so the tail could bend and stick out.


• Once the orange paint dried, I used black spray paint to add some accents.
• Then I sewed the ears to the head (similar to the Cat and Bat costumes)
• I added two ties at the bottom of the hood so it would stay on his head (but this is optional.  It would have stayed on without the straps also).  I used pieces of bias tape with velcro attached.


And there you go!
Hat and tail ready to go.


(And, another goofball who likes to get into character.
The moves were all her own.  I merely asked her to try it on for size. )


• The tail is attached to the back waistband of the pants with a couple
safety pins.


I pinned the tail from underneath…meaning: when you’re pinning, hold the tail UP toward the shirt, then when you flip it over it helps it to stick out more.

Then throw on your brown pants and make your sly way to the party.


Happy Halloween from Willardtopia!
Have a festive weekend!