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Passion Patrol

In Tutorials on 08.3.09 at 9:00 am

Our friends, Taylor and Julia, are expecting their second baby girl. We have been friends with them since college and now they live only 6 hours away from us. To celebrate baby #2, I designed and made a applique onesie just for them.

passion patrol 2

In college, Taylor fashioned retro shirts with fun sayings such as “Passion Patrol” or “Let’s Get Physical” or “Gettin’ Lucky in Kentucky”. Then the thought came to me, How fun would it be to put “Passion Patrol” on an onsie?!

So here I go with my first tutorial: applique Passion Patrol onesie.


  • onesie
  • scrap fabric
  • trans web
  • iron
  • letterings

1. I designed my own letters on paper then cut it out.

2. I used Lite Steam-A-Seam2 trans-web sheets, they are amazing and so simple to use. I used the lite weight trans web for the onesie so the letters won’t be too stiff. The Steam-A-Seam2 is easy to use because you only iron once and you can readjust the applique until you iron it on. It is also machine washable or dry cleanable.

trans web
Follow the direction on the packaging for your trans web you are using. When using Steam-A-Seam2, the webbing is protected by paper on both sides. So trace the letters on backwards on one side of the trans web. Peel off the paper on the other side and stick it to the fabric.

For most trans webs, you iron the webbing side to the scrap fabric then trace the letters backwards on the paper side of the trans web.

3. Cut out the letters. To get the little holes in the middle of the letters (P, O, A), I folded the letters in the middle of the little hole and used a pair of sharp fabric scissors. You could also use an extremely sharp Exacto knife and a cutting board.

letter cutouts

4. Measure and pin the onesie to mark center and straight, or just eye it if you’re that good.


5. Iron the letters onto the onesie. Check the trans web packaging for iron setting and duration of ironing. Some trans webs require a cloth or damp cloth over the fabric when ironing. But also check the type of fabric you are using for the correct iron setting. If you are using Steam-A-Seam2, make sure you peel off the second layer of paper before ironing.

6. Stitch the letters onto the onesie using the zig zag stitch on the sewing machine. Or in this case, I hand stitched because the letters are so small. I used running stitch because I wanted the edge to fray a bit.

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In Inspirations on 07.23.09 at 9:00 am


A friend of mine, Emily, was cleaning out her craft supplies. She asked if I would be interested in taking any of it. Of course! I inherited a collection of patterns, even vintage patterns of children clothes. I also received sewing books and years worth of magazines- Sew News, Burda World of Fashion, and Threads. I’m excited to go through all the stuff. Thanks, Emily!


Lace On

In Crafts on 07.22.09 at 9:00 am

I bought a dress from Target on clearance for $6. However, the dress was a bit too short for my liking. And come to find out, a dear friend of mine bought the same dress but a different color. To fix that, I whipstitched a lace trimming to the bottom while watching reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond. Love that show!



Wild Wild West

In Crafts on 07.9.09 at 11:05 am


I’m not the Western type of gal. So I wasn’t sure about making bandana skirts since the only thing I have used bandanas for was to blindfold in games. I thought I would give it a try since I found bandanas for 50 cents each. I think they turned out pretty cute and not too Western-ish. I used a white bed sheet from the thrift store as the trims. The only thing I forgot to do was prewash the bandanas. Oh well, they still turned out fine after I washed it.



P.S. I got the idea from Vanessa’s blog. She has the cutest stuff.

My New Excitement

In Crafts on 06.30.09 at 10:57 pm

Last week Hobby Lobby had McCall’s patterns on sale, 99 cents each. I had to check it out. I was a pattern virgin, but I quickly figured out the works – look in the catalogs, write down pattern number, look for it in the drawers. It took me a few minutes to come to the conclusion that although the catalogs had different covers by the same brand, it had the same contents.

I also had the privilege that day to shop by myself, without two curious kids in tow. So I took some time to browse through the catalogs, then narrow down my choices. I felt this was a beginning of something great in my life. I was going to learn to sew with patterns and learn a bit about how clothes came together. First I had 12 patterns on my list, then eliminated half. However, only five were in the drawers. They sold out on a cute purse pattern. Luckily, my next stop was JoAnn and they matched prices. I got the last pattern for the same price as the others.

Of course, when I got home, I called my grandma for an appointment to take Pattern Reading 101. I’ll list my patterns on this week’s Friday 5 at 5.

It’s Going Around

In Crafts on 06.30.09 at 9:12 pm

Back in April Dana from the Made blog posted a tutorial for turning men’s dress shirts into adorable dresses for girls. What a fabulous idea. I had to try it out for myself. I am amazed by the things people can come up with. I absolutely loved the idea of reusing men’s shirts.

The shirt I used for Kaye was a $2 XL shirt from the thrift store. I had to find a pink shirt since she will only wear pink. Kaye’s dress was also my first attempt at applique. Not bad, but not good either.


The shirt I used for Elle was a Polo shirt from my dad. It had a large rip on one of the side seams.