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Work In Progress :: Marigold Peplum

One thing I have noticed about me recently is how often I want things, and I want them immediately.  With sewing (or any crafting, actually) you have to hit the slow button on life and learn to wait for things, actively practicing patience.  Any project I try to speed up, or rush through to finish, quickly ends up being a mess.  This year I want to enjoy the process of creating.  I want to slow down with all of my projects and enjoy my craft!

Marigold Peplum :: Dandelion Drift

To help me slow down this year, I’m going to show you what I am working on, while I am working on it.  I think this little internet world can help feed our NOW mentality, and I’m going to put my bit of inspiration out there to wait and practice patience, slow down and enjoy the process of making.

Marigold Peplum :: Dandelion Drift

So here’s my first work in progress post.  Right now I’m working on the Marigold Peplum by Melissa over at Melly Sews.  I was running a fever when I started this shirt over the weekend, and my first thought was “let’s forget adding any french seams, and just sew this quickly to get it done.”  Thankfully I set the shirt aside when I was feeling the need to rush and picked it up again the next day to sew it with nice finishes.  Patience….these sewing projects might just help me to grow into a better person this year!

Marigold Peplum :: Dandelion Drift

What are you working on right now?  Feeling the need to rush through it?  Want to join me in slowing down this year?

Sew Together Bag

Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift

It’s beginning to look a lot like…gift giving season!  Everywhere you go!  And I’m thrilled that I am getting to do a little sewing this year for my gift giving.

Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift

I don’t think I’ve ever told you this, but I have a hard time telling people no.  For just about anything.  Acts of service are my way of saying I love you.  Well, that means anyone who has asked me to sew for them, friends, acquaintances, perfect strangers, if they have asked me, 99% of the time I have said yes.

Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift

Notice that past tense there….well, a few months ago Josh and I sat down and came to the conclusion that I need to get better at saying no.  A whole lot better at it.  And that means that now, 99% of the time if I am asked to sew, I say no.  Very kindly I say “I wish I had more time to sew for others, but right now my plate is awfully full!”  And you know what, I have so much more time to sew things I have been wanting to sew.  I now have time to sew gifts for others.  No can be a pretty freeing little word, and I’ve learned it has now allowed me to say a whole lot more yeses.  Yes I can sew that gift I have been wanting to give you.  Yes, Sweet Pea, I can sew a dress for your American Girl doll.

Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift

I know this is amazing (to me it feels amazing)!  Actually, from what my friends have said, I’m not alone in this aversion to saying no to others.  Well, with practice, no has become a whole lot easier to say!

Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift

So want to hear about what I got to sew for a present.  My mom’s birthday was last week, so I had time to sew her a Sew Together Bag.  Have you seen these things?  They are pretty neat…it’s a tiny little bag that packs a whole lot of organizational possibilities.  And this is actually the second one I’ve made.  The first one was gifted to the sweetest little three year old, you can see a little video of it here on my instagram feed.

Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift

This Sew Together Bag was made in the tiniest little remnant I had of some Amy Butler Fabric.  I used Cotton and Steel fabric to make the binding, and snuck a little more Cotton and Steel inside the pockets.  The lining is a brown twill I had in my stash.  And I love that blue vintage metal zipper to tie it all together!

Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift

I have one more of these bags on my to sew list for Christmas this year.  I think it would make the perfect little travel bag that you could tuck your odds and ends into while you are jetting around the world.  My mom proclaimed it would travel with her laptop to hold her computer supplies.  This Amy Butler fabric matches an ipad sleeve I had made her a few years back.

Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift

Have you been doing any sewing for gift giving this year?


Woven Felt Basket Tutorial

This post originally appeared on Living With Punks. I am bringing it home today to share with all of you!

Woven Felt Basket Tutorial

Woven Felt Basket Tutorial

Woven Felt Basket Tutorial

Hi there Living with Punks readers.  I am Teresa and blog over at Dandelion Drift!  I am so excited to be here to bring you a little tutorial.  When Susan asked me to come help contribute to her home sewn series, I was a little bit stumped.  I need a ton of things sewn for my house, which can be a bit overwhelming.  The number one need on my list though, is a little help with organization.  I looked around my favorite home decor blogs and found these great West Elm felt baskets.  And then I found out they don’t sell them anymore.  What is a DIYer to do?  Make it, of course.  Here’s your tutorial for these beautiful woven felt baskets.

Grab your supplies…just one yard of felt (and your sewing machine, of course)!  Ready for the steps?

  1.  Cut out two rectangles from your felt.  Cut one 10” x 31” and cut one 14” x 27”
  2. Fold over the top inch of each rectangle on the shorter sides and stitch in place.
  3. Place one rectangle over the other, and stitch around the rectangle in the middle, where the two pieces of felt intersect. woven felt basket steps 1, 2, 3
  4. Measure up six inches from your stitched inner rectangle and mark with a washable fabric pencil.
  5. Cut a line every two inches, perpendicular from your inner rectangle, up to the marked line.  Do this on all four sides. Woven Felt Basket Steps 4 and 5
  6. Now fold up each rectangle, until the corners meet.  Stitch down the corners at the top two inches.  Do this to all four corners of your basket.
  7. Now cut three long rectangles 2” x 49”.  These will be your weaving strips.
  8. Weave your first layer, down at the bottom of the basket, going over and under.  When you get to the end, grab the ends of your long weaving strip at the inside of the basket and stitch the ends together.  Do this with the next two layers, alternating each layer over under then under over. woven felt basket steps 6, 7, and 8 Woven Felt Basket Tutorial

That’s it…you have made it to the end and you have a beautiful woven felt basket!  Enjoy!   Woven Felt Basket Tutorial Woven Felt Basket Tutorial Woven Felt Basket Tutorial

Thank you so much for having me here, Susan!

Linen and Leather Tote Tutorial

Linen and Leather Tote Tutorial

Linen and Leather Tote Tutorial

Linen and Leather Tote Tutorial

Linen and Leather Tote Tutorial

The ladies at Kollabora and Plaid Crafts sent me these new peel and stick stencils to play around with.  I fell in love with this one particular stencil because it reminded me of Hawaiian quilts that I grew up around!  I really needed a new tote and loved the idea of stenciling extra details onto the front so I dug into my fabric stash and came out with this gray linen and scraps of sueded leather.

Want to know how to make this cute linen and leather tote?  Well, let’s grab our supplies.  You’ll need:

linen, leather, interfacing, lining material, (and if you’d like to stencil your linen, stencils and paint)

Linen and Leather Tote Tutorial

Stenciling with these Handmade Charlotte stencils is super easy.  They are peel and stick.  So just peel them, place them where you would like, and paint.  If you would like a repeat design, like I did, just peel them up and place the stencil right next to your painting.  I used Plaid paint as well, and just used an iron to set my work once the paint was dry.


Now are you ready to make your tote?

Cut List:

Linen:  (2) 14”x10.5”

Leather:  (2) 14”x6.5”

(2) 20”x2”

Lining:     (2) 20”x2”

(2) 14”x16”

Interfacing:  (2) 14”x16”

(2) 20”x1.5”

Before we start, there are a few things you should know.  All seams, unless otherwise noted, use 1/2″ seam allowance.  It is important when sewing with leather to get the right needle.  Your local fabric store will sell leather needles, grab one.  Otherwise your needle will break.  Ask me how I know!


  1. With right sides together, along the 14” side, sew the linen piece to the leather piece (the 14”x6.5”piece).  Repeat this step for the remaining two leather and linen pieces.  Press your seam.
  2. Iron on your interfacing to the back of this piece.  DO NOT IRON THE LEATHER.  I did not iron the interfacing on to the back of my leather, it would not be pretty.  I stopped ironing the interfacing when I got to the bottom of my linen piece.  I used a fairly stiff interfacing, but it is up to you what kind of interfacing to use.  Add topstitching along the leather, linen seam at this point.
  3. With right sides together, match the two linen and leather pieces and sew around three of the four sides, leaving the top (linen 14” side) open.
  4. At the bottom, box the corners by matching the side seams of your bag.  Sew a perpendicular line, one inch in from the edge.
  5. With your lining pieces (the 14”x16” pieces), starting near the middle of the bottom, sew to the corner and up to the top of one 16” side.  Repeat on the other side, leaving a 3” open space at the bottom.
  6. Now it’s time to create the handles.  Iron on the interfacing aligning one long edge to a long edge of the lining.  Do this to the other handle lining piece.  With right sides together.  Sew your leather strip to the lining strip, along the long side of the handle only using 1/4″ seam.  You want this seam to be along the interfaced side.  (There should be a ½” gap on the lining that does not have any interfacing.)
  7. Now press this seam, not ironing your leather, but ironing your interfacing.  Turn your interfacing under ½” and your leather ½”.  Using binder clips, clip this seam so that wrong sides are together, right sides are facing out.  Sew along the opened edge, and your handles are done!!!  That was the hardest  step, so pat yourself on the back!
  8. With your leather facing the linen, baste your handle in place, 2 ½” in from the side seam of your bag.  Do this to all four sides, making sure your handles do not twist.
  9. We are about to finish up the bag.  Now take your bag, with the handles basted in place, and stuff it inside the lining.  The lining should still be inside out, so when you put your bag in your lining, right sides should be matching.  Make sure your handles are perpendicular to this top edge, and the side seams of the outer bag are matching the side seams of the lining.  Pin in place.  Sew around this top edge with a 1” seam allowance.  Find the hole at the bottom of your lining now, and pull your bag through.
  10. When it is all pulled through, you should have your bag right side out with your lining sticking straight out.  Find that hole (that the bag just came through) and sew it together, either by hand with a blind stitch, or on your machine.  Stuff the lining inside your bag.  Iron the top seam down and topstitch the top edge of your bag.  YOU MADE IT! linen and leather tote instructions linen and leather tote side view

Linen and Leather Tote Tutorial

 Stencils and paint were provided, but all opinions are 100% my own!

Leather Heart Pockets

leather heart pocket

I have a fun, quick little tutorial for you today.  I wanted to add a little valentines love to a couple dresses and a skirt I picked up at the store, and immediately thought of leather heart pockets.  It is super easy and is such an eye catching addition to plain, store bought clothes.

leather heart pocket

So here goes….grab your supplies.


You’ll need some scrap leather (mine came from a thrifted jacket), a store bought skirt or dress, scissors, a heart shaped cookie cutter, and tape.

  1. Grab your leather and cookie cutter.  Tracing onto leather is not the easiest.  I found it best to just press hard with the cookie cutter, make a good indentation on your fabric, and then follow those lines to cut out. heart
  2. Try the garment on your child and measure where the pockets should be placed.  Put a pin where your child’s hand hits comfortably.
  3. Tape your hearts onto your garment with scotch tape, removing the pin you had just put in during step two.  The tape will secure the pockets into place while you are getting ready to sew.
  4. Sew around the leather heart with an 1/8 inch seam allowance, using the dotted lines (in the picture below) as a guide as to where you should start and stop your sewing.  Back stitch at the beginning and end, and pivot at the point of the heart.  (To pivot, when you come to the point of the heart, leave your needle in the fabric, lift up the presser foot, and turn the fabric until you are facing the direction you want to sew.)  Remove the tape as you sew. stitches

leather heart pocket leather heart pocket leather heart pocket leather heart pocket And that’s it!  Grab a couple skirts, a couple dresses, all the kids you know and outfit them for Valentines Day!  Let me know if you have any questions.


Maxi Dress from a Jersey Knit Sheet

The other day I was walking through Target and saw that all of their back to college things were being clearanced out.  I snatched up a few packages of jersey knit sheet sets, knowing that I would get a ton of yardage for a very little price.  In fact, Kate has done the calculations.  There’s about 6 yards of material in a twin sheet set….whoa that’s a lot of material for my $12!!!

The sheets sat on my shelf for a few weeks, and then it hit me….the gray flat sheet would be a perfect maxi dress!  I whipped this dress up in about an hour…it is super easy!  So easy that I thought I would make a tutorial for you all!

DIY maxi dress tutorial

Here are the things you need to grab:

  1. a flat jersey knit sheet
  2. 1 inch wide elastic
  3. favorite t shirt pattern or shirt to trace (Kristin has a free tee pattern here)
  4. scissors
  5. sewing machine

Alright…let’s get started on the steps.  The dark gray in these pictures shows the wrong side of the fabric and the yellow shows the pieces you are cutting out.


  1. Lay the flat jersey sheet out in front of you lengthwise.
  2. Fold the left and right sides in. Step 3
  3. For this step you need to grab your t shirt or pattern to trace.  Cut out the front and back t shirt pieces on the fold.  End your pattern pieces 2 inches below your natural waist.  Also cut out your sleeves, neckband, and if you wish, armbands (to finish off your sleeves). Sew these t shirt pieces according to your pattern directions, but omit the bottom hem. Step 4
  4. Open your flat sheet back up.  The bottom part of the sheet will become your skirt with the hem becoming your bottom hem.  Measure yourself from your natural waist down to your ankles.  Take this measurement and add 1/2 inch.  Cut out your skirt piece by using this measurement as your length (in the picture the short side of the yellow rectangle) and then use the length of the sheet as the width of your skirt (the long side of the yellow rectangle).  Leave the left and right hem of the sheet behind when cutting out the width. Step 5
  5. Grab your elastic and measure around your waist.  Subtract 1 inch from that measurement and cut the elastic.  Overlap the ends of your elastic by 1/2 inch and zig zag stitch to form a tube. Step 6_edited-1
  6. With right sides together, fold your skirt in half and sew the back seam (this is the short side of your rectangle). Step 7_edited-1
  7. Flip your skirt right side out.  At the top (unhemmed edge) sew a row of basting stitches 1/4 inch below the top.  Sew a second row of basting stitches 1/4 inch below your first row.  Gather your skirt together by pulling on the top threads of your basting stitch.    Step 8
  8. Now pin your skirt to your elastic, with the elastic on the inside (wrong side) of the skirt, matching the top edge of your skirt with the top edge of the elastic.  I also matched the zig zag seam of the elastic with the seam of the skirt.  Sew the skirt to the elastic using a zig zag stitch.  Step 9
  9. Turn your shirt piece inside out and match the top of the skirt (where you gathered the fabric and sewed the elastic) with the unfinished bottom edge of your shirt.  Right sides will be matching.  Pin around, placing the skirt seam at the back of the shirt.  Sew the shirt to the skirt and elastic using a zig zag stitch or your serger.  You will need to stretch the elastic as you sew.  Flip right side out, and you are done!  Great work! Maxi dress from a sheet tutorial Maxi dress from a sheet tutorial Maxi dress from a sheet tutorial Maxi dress tutorial Maxi dress from a sheet tutorial Maxi dress from a sheet tutorial profile photo


Countdown to Halloween :: Dinosaurs and Cowgirls

When I was a kid, one great memory I have was coming up with a Halloween costume idea.  Every year, it was a handmade something, weather we bought a pattern and my mom sewed it up, or my dad helped me scrounge around the house to find the perfect pieces to put together to make a costume.  I particularly remember my dad helping me paint butterfly wings. Buying a ready made, store bought costume just wasn’t something we did!

Handmade halloween portrait We have carried that tradition on with our kiddos.  So, since this is my first year blogging about Halloween, I’ll do a countdown every Wednesday, from today until the night before Halloween showcasing some of my kiddos costumes from the past!  Cowgirl and dinosaur Dinosaur and cowgirl Three years ago, my kiddos requested to be a cowgirl and a dinosaur.  This was the first year that I couldn’t convince them to coordinate their costumes, and I was absolutely bummed.  Who raised these kids to have an opinion of their own?  Cowgirl and Dionsaur walking Dinosaur cheese Dinosaur In the end, though, I love what they chose because it showcased their individual personalities.  For Bubba’s costume, I followed a Simplicity pattern, kind of.  The material was just two XXXL green t shirts from Wal Mart, because I knew if this costume was not comfortable, it would not get worn.  dinosaur hugs cowgirl cowgirl hugs dinosaur Sweet Pea’s costume was super easy.  I started with a handkerchief skirt and a yoga waistband.  And the vest is a thrifted suede jacket cut up and then reassembled as this cute little cowgirl vest.  trick or treating trick or treat I love looking back at these pics and seeing the joy on my kiddos faces!  Are you sewing something up for Halloween this year?  Amazingly, the kids have already nailed down their costumes and, here’s the shocker, I have already purchased all the supplies and I have started the costumes!  This year, I won’t be up feverishly sewing the night before all the festivities begin!