Just a few days until Christmas morning…I still have a few projects to pull together in the evenings, but the girls finished up school today and I’m looking forward to some slow mornings with my sweeties. We have had the Christmas decorations up for a few weeks now and I love how festive the house feels. I hope you are all soaking up some special moments with your loved ones during this busy season.
Today, Olivia and I are going to share a quick no-sew project with you. These no-sew fleece blankets have been around for quite a while, but I had forgotten about them until I took Olivia into the fabric store with me and she spent our entire visit with her body plastered up against the fleece aisle. There wasn’t a chance in the world that we were leaving without some in our shopping bag. This is a great project for non-sewers or for children. Olivia did the blanket over the Thanksgiving break and it was the perfect activity for a lazy morning.
Purchase two pieces of fleece. Since the fabric was 56″ wide, I had the store cut both pieces to 56″ long, giving me two perfect squares.
Clear a large work area and lay out your two pieces of fleece stacked on top of one another. Trim the selvage edges and any overhang so that both pieces are exactly the same size. I then folded my stacked square in half so that I could cut through four pieces at once and decrease the work.
Cut a square out of each corner. I measured 3″ by 3″. Then, make evenly spaced cuts all the way around your stacked square (if you folded your square in half, you’ll be cutting through four sheets of fleece at once; do not cut along the folded side). I made my slits 3 inches deep and 1 inch apart.
Once your slits are cut all the way around (unfold if folded in half), begin tying knots to join the top strip to the bottom strip. That is IT!
Tie all the way around and the blanket is done.
Also, I added a button to the quiet book sew along announcement for purchasing the “paper dolls” and clothes to go in the book. I’ll be back soon with a couple pictures of the finished quiet book and a list of supplies so you can start preparing!
I have an excuse to share more pictures of my silly, beautiful girls. The Christmas dress in the shop this year. It’s darling. I loved this fabric so much I had to find a reason to use it some more.
Addie was having a blast modeling. In fact, all three girls had a blast throughout. Perhaps it was the progressive delivery of treats along the way…milk with fun straws, cake pops, lollipops, little wrapped presents… Anyway, here are some shots of the new dress.
A few of you are asking about the fabric line. It is Kumari Holiday by Dena for Free Spirit. A quick etsy search will turn up plenty of options for you. I found mine at a local fabric shop.
I sat down in front of the TV one evening and made a pile of brooches/hair clips and Addie’s headband. So fun! There is a brooch included with the Christmas dress; I will be listing the brooch/hair clip and the headband separately as well. (You can find my tutorial for last year’s brooch here.) Olivia and Addie really got into having their hair styled special; hot rollers and hairspray can be fun. Unless your name was Grace on this day; then, not so much.
Let’s conclude this post with the most snuggly adorable picture of Olivia and Addie, shall we?
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I have gotten quite a jump start on Christmas here. I have several presents wrapped, Christmas card photos ready for printing, a little experimental baking done, and best of all, Christmas dresses DONE!!
When Lindsay, THE Cottage Mama from The Cottage Home , sent one of her new, seriously fabulous patterns to try out, I couldn’t help but jump on the chance to sew up three coordinating looks and call them Christmas dresses!! And since I knew I’d have a real juggling act to get some pictures to share, I decided to turn it into a big photo shoot party! These three girls had an absolute blast and I’m so excited to now share this pattern with YOU!!
The Janey Jumper pattern is probably the most well-written, well-executed pattern I’ve ever seen. I could probably go on for days about all the details that continued to wow me throughout the dress-making process, but I’ll include just some here:
- Variety – The pattern includes three variations and I loved them so much, I tried all three. On Grace’s dress, I changed the variation a little bit as the pattern has a flat patchwork panel running down the center of the dress. I chose to do two patchwork ruffles just so I could squeeze more ruffles in somewhere. I don’t know that the prints were different enough from one another to see the patchwork aspect, but just think of the possibilities with Lindsay’s design! There are also plenty of opportunities to add ric rac, ribbon, ruffles, buttons, all kinds of embellishments – love that! You can even get two looks out of one dress because it’s fully reversible!
- Straightforward – The progression of steps in this pattern was perfect. The instructions were clear and I loved that there were little tips included; I felt like Lindsay was there showing me what to do (someday maybe!!) The illustrations and extra details were invaluable.
- Seam Allowances – This is probably a little weird, but one of my pet peeves is when it takes me like a hundred years to identify the seam allowances on a pattern. Not so here! The seam allowances were written clear as day. It made me smile.
- Simple and Quick – The dress was simple enough to put together that I did the latter two dresses a couple steps at a time while cooking dinner or watching the kids color. After assembling the first dress, I didn’t even need to check the instructions the second and third round. Everything was just so well explained and straightforward. A quick sew ranks high in my book!
- No Seam Ripper Needed – This pattern is drawn so perfect and explained so well, I didn’t have to redo anything! Lindsay’s technique for the scallop front is genius and the scallops pressed out easily. (I trimmed all my seams with pinking shears). All three dresses came together easily with the lines matching up and everything lying flat. It was a sewing dream!
Sewing DREAM, I tell you. Of course, I expected nothing less from the Cottage Mama. These dresses just make me happy!
And now for the best part… Lindsay is giving away TWO of the Janey Jumper patterns here at
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If you haven’t already, you should check out what some other awesome bloggers are doing with the Cottage Mama’s Sewing patterns by following along on the blog tour.
November 8th – The Cottage Home
November 9 th – Craftiness is not Optional
November 10th – A Lemon Squeezy Home
November 11th – No Big Dill
November 12th – Kojo Designs
November 14th – Aesthetic Nest
November 15th – Girl.Inspired
November 16th – Noodlehead
November 17th – The Cottage Home
AND if you need to get your hands on the Cottage Mama’s sewing patterns right now, they are available for purchase by clicking here. You can also read all about the release of her first two paper patterns on Lindsay’s blog by clicking here.
Good luck and happy sewing!!
***The two randomly selected winners of the Janey Jumper giveaway are:
Kristin of The Meldrin Family
Barb from Quilting Barbie
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