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Striped Dress Tutorial

I know I’m not much of a pattern girl (patterns printed on fabric) when I’m sewing for myself, but stripes, they are a different story.  They send my heart aflutter.  I love their clean lines and simplicity.

Striped Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

Striped Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

I have a super simple summer dress tutorial for you, sewn out of the softest rayon knit fabric, in none other than stripes.  In fact, Melissa has been rounding up summer dress tutorials all month long, leaving you with 30 + dresses to inspire you to pull out your sewing machine and make something great this summer!


Ready for the easy instructions!  Here we go:

Striped Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

1.  Grab your favorite tank top and trace around it on your fabric, adding 3/8 inch for seam allowance.  Add length to make it a dress, and about 1 inch at your hips to give your hips some room!  Do the same for the back.

*Stripe tip: to help match your stripes, place your tank top underarm at the same stripe for the front and back.

2.  With right sides together, sew the front and back side seams.  Sew the shoulder seams as well.  Use either your serger or a knit stitch on your sewing machine.

*Stripe tip: to help match your stripes while sewing, pin, pin, and pin some more!  Without pins, your fabric wants to move a little, and nothing is worse than stripes that are just barely off!

3.  Finish off your neck and armhole openings.  I used a knit binding method following this tutorial here!

Striped Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

That’s it.  I left my dress hem unfinished, knowing I liked the casual look, but you could easily fold up the bottom hem one inch and stitch in place.

Striped Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

P.S.  Melissa has a great giveaway here full of goodies!

Tutorial :: Chicken Zipper Pouch

Chicken Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

I have Easter on the brain, and little Easter animals on the brain, so I thought I’d share a cute chicken zipper pouch tutorial (and a bunny zipper pouch today over at Imagine Gnats)!  But first I have a little chicken story for you!

Chicken Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

We have lived in the same little town for about nine years now.  When we first moved in, we called the town to see if chickens were allowed, they weren’t.  We’re rule followers, so no chickens for us and our backyard!  Well, we called again a few weeks ago, and the rules have changed!  We are now allowed to have chickens!  So we are on the hunt for the perfect chicks and ready to build a coop in our yard!  Well, as perfect timing has it, our friend needed a chick babysitter for a couple of weeks, so we h ave a little trial run with six fluffy little chicks in our house!  We are enamored, and know we will be a little heartbroken when these chicks are ready to leave our house and live on the farm.  But we also will be ready and prepared for little fluffy chicks of our own!

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Okay, enough chicken stories.  I’m guessing you want to hear more about the tutorial.  It is super simple and only requires a few materials.  Grab a few scraps of fabric, a zipper, and print out the beak and comb template here.
1.  Select your outside and lining fabric and cut four 6 x 8 inch rectangles, two from your outside fabric (gray in my picture) and two in your lining fabric (yellow in my picture). Chicken Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift 2.  On your outside fabric pieces, sew wings by just sewing a wing shape.  You can use a matching thread or contrasting thread, depending on what look you are going for.3.  Print out the beak and comb template and cut out three beaks and three combs, two in your outside fabric, and one in craft felt or quilt batting per beak and comb.

Chicken Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

4.  Let’s start with the beak.  Layer your beak with the two outside fabrics right sides together and then your craft felt (or batting) on top.  Sew around the two curved edges using 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving the bottom straight edge open.  Flip the beak right side out and iron.  Repeat the same steps for the comb.

Chicken Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

5.  Line your comb on one long side of one outside fabric piece, one inch in from the side.  Baste in place using a scant 1/4 inch seam.  Line your beak on the shorter side of your outside fabric two inches down from the top.  Baste in place using a scant 1/4 inch seam.

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6.  Now you are ready to sew on your zipper.  With your comb facing up, place your zipper on top of the comb, teeth facing down, lining the end of the zipper up with the edge of your rectangle.  Now place your lining fabric on top of your zipper, lining up your edges and pin in place.  Sew your zipper with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  To help you sew the zipper, it is helpful to put your needle in the down position, and move the zipper pull when you get close to it while sewing.  Flip your fabric right side out and iron.  Top stitch.

7.  Draw your chicken eyes with a sharpie on the both outside fabric pieces.  Repeat the zipper sewing steps with your remaining rectangles (the outside piece you just drew the face on, and the other lining piece) from step five above, moving the bunny ears out of the way!

Chicken Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

8.  Now that your zipper is installed on both sides, open it halfway, and line up your outside fabrics, right sides facing, and lining fabrics, right sides facing.  Sew around the perimeter of your pouch, using 1/2 inch seam allowance, leaving a 2 inch opening in the bottom of the lining fabric.  Make sure your beak is facing to the middle of the bag while you are sewing the perimeter.

9.  Pull your bag right side out through the opening in the lining.  Maneuver the lining so it is inside the zipper pouch.  Now hand stitch that opening closed and your bunny zipper pouch is done!

Chicken Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

Make sure to check out the bunny zipper pouch tutorial on Imagine Gnats.  Okay, I’m off to go admire these cute little fluffy house guests we have staying with us!

Bunny Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift



Tutorial :: Clothespin Fish and Shark

Clothespin Shark Printable :: Dandelion Drift

This past weekend we needed to come up with a craft that my kids could teach younger elementary kids how to do.  Being the fish loving water family that we are, I looked for a fishy craft and stumbled upon these cute clothespin animals.  But there were no printables to go along with the cute pics that I had found.

Clothespin Fish and Shark Printable :: Dandelion Drift

Well, I set to work in illustrator and made a few printables so you could easily make this craft too.  Here they are:

Shark Printable

Fish Printable

Clothespin Shark Printable :: Dandelion Drift Clothespin Fish Printable :: Dandelion Drift
But you know, when we were ready to cut out the 100 fish and shark for the craft, my friend said, I have a cricut, can you just put these files into a .png file for my cricut to speedily cut them out for you?  Um, yes please.  So if you are lucky enough to have a cricut, here are the .png files for you!

Shark .png

Fish .png
Clothespin Shark Printable :: Dandelion Drift Clothespin Shark Printable :: Dandelion Drift

And here are the easy steps for the craft.

  • Download your files and print your fish and sharks.
  • Color in your creatures and cut out along the outside black line.
  • Now cut your fish and shark in half.  Start at the tail, and cut right down the middle to the mouth.  If you are doing the fish, cut your straight line almost to the eye and then give it a curve for a smile.
  • Glue each half to the top and bottom of the clothespin.  We found glue dots to be the easiest way to attach!

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Have fun with your fishy creatures!

Clothespin Fish Printable :: Dandelion Drift

Fruit Gushers Valentines Printable

Fruit Gushers Valentintes :: Dandelion Drift

The other week we ran in to WalMart and found a bunch of fruit gushers marked down to 10 cents a box.  The kids looked at me, I looked at them, and we both said, Valentines!  Nothing like last minute, but I sat down last night and made some cute little printables, after getting some advise from the kids on what they should say.  It was fun coming up with little puns for valentines day, and I loved seeing Sweet Pea and Bubba’s creativity flowing!

Fruit Gushers Valentintes :: Dandelion Drift

Fruit Gushers Valentintes :: Dandelion Drift

Just in case you are last minute like me, I thought I’d share them here with you!

Fruit Gushers Valentintes :: Dandelion Drift

I have them in two different sizes, you know, just because lots of options are lots of fun!

Click here to download the small printables.

Click here to download the large printables.

Fruit Gushers Valentintes :: Dandelion Drift

And then just print them out, cut them up, and attach them to your fruit gushers!

Fruit Gushers Valentintes :: Dandelion Drift

I hope your valentines day is gushing with love!


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