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Circle Skirt Pattern Making – Cheat Sheet!

Published July 11, 2012 by MisMandie

This site makes creating a circle skirt in ANY size a snap!

  •  Just start out by selecting the “given c” option and put in your waist measurement (+2-4 inches depending on how fitted you want it and how stretchy your elastic will be) and it will give you the Waist Opening Radius
  • Next select the “given r” option and input the radius of your finished skirt.  See my photo above for how to measure this.   Skirt Length + Waist Opening Radius = Radius of finished skirt.
See the original Circle Skirt post for the tutorial on what to do now that you have your pattern! 🙂

Finally Finished!

Published June 1, 2012 by MisMandie

Here it is the new design I promised you earlier this week.  Sorry it took so long, both I and the little one have been sick and sewing just got pushed to the back burner for a while.


Sneak Peak at today’s project…

Published May 27, 2012 by MisMandie

Ok so my little angel didn’t take much of a nap today, but I at least managed to get 2 of these and a skirt all measured and cut out this afternoon….perhaps tonight after she goes to bed I’ll try to get them all stitched together….

And after all that I got about 1/2 way through and ran out of thread…. 😦  I really thought 1 spool would be enough ….guess I will have to put this off another day or 2, but I promise to get it done and posted for you asap!

Play Shorts with Many Style Variations!

Published May 6, 2012 by MisMandie

Today I want to share with you a GREAT pattern set for making toddler and kid size shorts for playtime.  My girl is between a 2T-3T right now and the toddler pattern fits her very well (shortened the elastic just slightly but it has LOTS of stretch so she will get the full use out of them still!) they fall right below her knee when standing and above when sitting – pretty much perfect for playing outside!

Here you will find the tutorials for the various styles:

I made a few small modifications to the basic pattern and here they are:

  • Instead of using jersey/knit material I used a 100% Cotton.
  • Instead of a “ribbed band” for the pocket outline I used a coordinating grosgrain ribbon (1/8″ wide)
  • Instead of a direct sewn elastic waist band, I made a casing out of the same material as the shorts with the waist band pattern piece then folded it in 1/2 right sides out turning the unfinished sides under on the front and back and attached that to the unfinished top of the shorts leaving just enough of a gap in my stitches to insert the elastic and seal it back up.
  • Added a coordinating button to the front center of the waist band/ elastic casing purely for decorative purposes. (no actual button hole sewn!)

There you have it, in about 2 hours you will have an adorable and very comfortable pair of shorts for your little one!  Feel free to play with the patterns, after all no one is going to yell at you if you do it a little differently- that is the beauty of making your own pieces – they are what YOU want them to be!

Circle Skirt (ie the Minnie Mouse Skirt)

Published April 30, 2012 by MisMandie

UPDATE:   Click here to see how to create your own pattern in ANY size – Super easy cheat sheet! 


I was going crazy trying to do all the math and could not find a single print ready pattern for a circle skirt, so I made one and here it is just for you.  This is about a 2T (Waist is 20inches and length is 10 inches).  You will need to print this at 200% for it to come out right then tape your pages together.

What you will need:

  • Fabric: 14″x14″ square
  • Pattern printed at 200%(above)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Narrow hem foot (recommended but not necessary)
  • Elastic: 18-19″
  • Decorative Trim

What to do:

  • Using your narrow hem foot finish all raw edges.  If you do not have one, simply fold over your fabric twice to conceal the raw edges in which case you will want to adjust your pattern to allow for the extra fabric needed for the seam allowance.
  • create a pocket for your elastic waist band and fish it though with a safety pin then close up the hole.  you can also use a decorative elastic (shown in this piece) to add a little extra style.
  • Attach any decorative trim you wish.  I used a white eyelet ruffle and a Minnie Mouse themed satin ribbon.

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Plastic Easter Eggs turned into cute animal puppet toys!

Published April 12, 2012 by MisMandie
(This site is not in english, but if you use ie or chrome you can simply hit the translate button that comes up and you will be all set!)

Ok, so this one is not mine, and I haven’t done it yet but wanted to share this idea with you as part of my Easter Egg Collection! 🙂 How cute are they?!?! I wish I may have to learn how to crochet so I can do this one… 🙂 Enjoy guys!

Turn Maternity Top into Toddler Dress

Published April 6, 2012 by MisMandie

What to do:

  • Sew down each side parallel to the original hems to take the bodice in to the appropriate size of your child.
  • Trim the excess fabric away
  • Remove the shoulder straps with a seam ripper and shorten to the correct length and reattach a 1/2 inch or so in from each side.
  • For a long dress you are done.  For a short dress, once again sew a hem that mirrors the original at the length you want and trim.  The excess fabric and then be gathered and attached at the bottom as a ruffle if you like or keep it simple.
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