Swan Wings + Hello Ollie Fabrics

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Hi Guys! Welcome to day 2 of the Hello Ollie Fabrics Blog Tour! I’m so excited to finally share the Swan Wings that I made earlier this year. Last spring Bonnie Christine asked me if I would make something for her booth at Quilt Market for her newest fabric line, Hello Ollie for Art Gallery Fabrics. I was so honored because I am a huge fan of Bonnie’s work… and how cool is it to have a project at Quilt Market?!


Bonnie’s new line is gorgeous and ethereal. Being named after Bonnie’s daughter, Ollie, sweetness is brought to life with dabbling swans, feathered fellows and garden blooms. Bonnie threw out a few ideas and I LOVED the idea of some pretty, girly Swan Wings and thought they would be perfect in Bonnie’s Booth.

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I used White Muslin for the base and made two quarter circles by sewing right sides together then sewing alone the side and bottom and left the top open. That made the wing’s base.

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I found this really pretty lace and cut it out in a strip and followed the lines in the lace to make it even more feminine… I kind of want this as the trim on a kimono now haha! I added this to the very bottom of the wings.

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Then I used all of the gorgeous Hello Ollie fabric to make the feather shape in rows of 2-3 and sewed it on starting at the bottom.


I used metallic silver thread and left it long so it looked natural and raw. I also trued to use the raw edge of the fabric for the inner part of the wings.


Then I added in real white feathers (strategically placing them in blank spots) and hot glued them to the base fabric.

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When I got to the top I used metallic gold bias tape to sandwich everything together.

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I LOVE how they turned out… I’m not going to lie it was hard to mail these to Bonnie but I knew they would get love at Quilt Market :) Look how amazing the Hello Ollie Booth was! Everything looked perfect!

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I had a little fabric and some gold metallic bias tape leftover and made this adorable Naples Dress (pattern found HERE). How cute is the little Hello Ollie tag I added from the selvage?!img_0676img_0679img_0682 img_0678

Be sure to check out the other talented women in the tour! Yesterday Lindsey, shared an adorable shoulder tablet bag and I know Amanda has something amazing up here sleeve for tomorrow! You can check out the rest of the Hello Ollie Tour HERE on Bonnie’s Blog, Going Home to Roost and you can find the fabric HERE.

Group Fruit Costume for Kids

I usually love to do over the top costumes with lots of sewing involved but this school Guess what time it is… GROUP COSTUME TIME!!! Basically my favorite time of the year. And I lucked out and somehow got these three to do a group costume again! Halloween Magic (or bribery :)

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I love to make over the top costumes with lots of sewing involved but this year has been super busy and I just wasn’t sure about cranking out three intricate handmade costumes. I came across Primary and fell in love! Primary is a children’s clothing company that was founded by two moms who were having a hard time finding clothing without all of the logos, slogans, and sequins. They carry almost any style in tons of colors and sizes AND they are super affordable… I’m pretty much hooked! I knew they would make the perfect Easy DIY Halloween Costume base. All of the tees, dresses, pants and leggings are from Primary and are linked in the post!group kids fruit costume

Last year they were bugs so I hinted about the food theme to the kids… they brought up fruit so I ran with it. I always have better luck if they have a part in the choosing. Almost all of the costumes are No-Sew, yay!! I did reinforce a few things with some quick stitches because my kids are wild but this could easily be done with glue, tape or hand sewing. I made them all in less than 30 minutes too! Perfect for the wishy washy child haha.kids group fruit costume

The Strawberry:
-Red Dress
-Green Leggings
-Green and Mustard Felt (crafting felt sheets from the craft store)

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I love this little red dress. All I did for the strawberry was cut out the mustard colored seeds (tear shape) and attached them to the dress. I did use a little sewing here but glue, tape, wonder under… all good options! For the yoke, I simply took a piece of green felt and measured the neckline on the front and back of the dress then cut out the center neck part. Then I cut out the strawberry leaf shape on the outer edge and sewed it around the neckline (again you could use glue here).

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The Kiwi:

-Green Tee

-Green Shorts

-Tan Felt (from the yardage section)

-black, light green and white felt

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I actually used glue on the Kiwi Costume because the little black seeds are too small for my sewing patience haha. I cut out an irregular white shape for the center then a slightly larger piece in the light green felt. I used hot glue and glued them both directly on the shirt. Then I started on the teeny black seeds. Each one is hot glued on. I had a million glue strands so I used a lint roller when I was done. This boy of mine LOVES capes so I turned the Kiwi “skin” into a cape. I used 1/2 yd of tan felt and this is basically the only place the I used any real sewing. I gathered the top edge and sandwiched it into a rectangle piece that I measured to go around his neck. I sewed that together. Then I used hot glue for the velcro so he can take it on an off. I sewed a small piece of elastic at the bottom edge so it is rounded like a real Kiwi.

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The Grapes

-Purple Long Sleeve Tee

-Purple Shorts

-Purple Balloons

-Green Pipe Cleaners

-Small safety pins

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I kind of feel silly even writing how to do this one… so simple. It took me and my son about 5 minutes to blow up the balloons but other than that this costume was done in about 60 seconds haha! The key is blowing the balloons to different sizes (and not too big) to make it look more realistic. I used the safety pins and poked them through the end of the balloon and straight onto the shirt. I also added a little green curled pipe cleaner for the stem/vine part. I tried to pin them into a “V” shape too. diy grape costumediy grape costumediy grape costume

One thing that I loved is that the kids kept saying over and over is how comfortable their costumes are. I actually had to force them take them off so they wouldn’t ruin them before halloween! Thanks so much to Primary for providing the base of our Fruits :) Now if only I could get the tiniest model to cooperate everything would be great haha. Happy Halloween!

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Pippa Peplum Piggy Dress

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Guess what I made… again. Another Pippa Peplum Dress by See Kate Sew, I love this pattern! And how else could I showcase this adorable PigFabric?! I can’t get over it. I just hope my model isn’t getting sick of it haha.

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I have yet to make an actual Peplum top using this pattern but instead I just keep making dresses! They are perfect for our “Texas Fall” because it’s basically in the 70′s for a few months. I have the dress add on pattern and I think it’s definitely a must have!

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This fabric is seriously to die for. I can’t get enough of it… I love the entire line!! It’s from Birch by Emily Isabella and the line is called Homestead.. this fabric is “Oink”. It is super soft and as usual Birch fabric is a dream to sew with.

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My model really wanted to showcase her jumping skills while wearing the dress… so I guess its safe to say it is comfortable haha! As usual I always size up, I like the kids to get a lot of wear out of momma-made clothing. I hope everyone has a great week… as happy as a jumping, spinning toddler!

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First Day of School Dress

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The baby of the family started school… kind of. It is just two mornings a week but she loves it, I love it… everyone is happy :) But she definitely needed a First Day of School Dress! My friend owns a Garnett Designs, a monogram and vinyl company (she ships so look her up) and she posted a cute little apple monogram and I just knew that Bee needed it haha! She had it on a white tee which was super cute but for some reason I needed it on stripes.

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I looked everywhere for a black and white striped dress that wasn’t a fortune and I couldn’t fine one. I guess that’s the beauty of being able to sew right? I already had this fabric in my stash, even better. I bought it years ago, and even used it for some newborn leggings that I posted about HERE. It’s from Girl Charlee, it’s super comfy but it’s super stretchy almost making it hard to work with, Thankfully I’m not a perfectionist :)

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As for the pattern, it’s the Pippa Peplum Top by See Kate Sew with the Dress Add-On. I have made this pattern a ton of times and I LOVE it! Seriously one of my favorite little girl patterns. Sometimes it’s hard to find patterns that are this simple, they all have ruffles or sashes or embellishments… which are great but we aren’t super girly girls over here. The dress add on bundle is so worth it, I have never actually made this as a top, just the dress. This is the “gathered dress” version, I also love the “circle skirt” version… which I made HERE.

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I know apples are kind of a “back to school” thing but I’m hoping they can also cross over into fall too right? Let’s say that they so because I just love how this one turned out, crooked stripes and all! I hope everyone has a great year and thank you Mary for the amazing apple monogram!

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