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Annual Christmas Tag


I was tagged!! I was tagged!! Karen from Baking in a Tornado tagged me in the Annual Christmas Tag!! 😀

Once you’re tagged you answer the questions and then tag 10 more bloggers!


So here we go….


1.       What do you love the most about Christmas time?  Oh, that’s easy. My kids. I love seeing my kids on Christmas morning.

2.       Do you celebrate the holiday in style or is Bah-Humbug for you? Definitely in style. The house is all decorated, we have a REAL tree, I bake cookies, we play carols and I usually make a ginormous Christmas dinner.

3.       Are you leaving anything out for Santa Claus this year so he remembers to leave your presents? Cookies and eggnog for Santa, carrots for the reindeer.

4.       What is the one gift you are most looking forward to GIVING? {It can be to your kids, another family member, etc – remember to be discreet if they read your blog!}  Well, SHHHHH!!! But we FINALLY got the kids a Wii. I have been bugging The Hubby for YEARS about getting a Wii. We have 3 PS3s, PSP, X-Box 360 and 2 DSs but no Wii! I finally talked him into this year! YIPPEE!!

5.       What is your all-time favorite Christmas movie? Can I have a 3 way tie?? A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas Vacation! OH!! 4 way tie!! Love Actually!!!

6.       What is your all-time favorite Christmas song? Carol of the Bells

7.       If given the opportunity would you participate in an “Ugly Sweater” party and what sweater would you wear?  Peruse one on the internet or even in your own closet and show us! Oh, I would most definitely have an ugly sweater party!! I would want the one from Bridget Jones! LOL

8.       Have you started any Christmas traditions this year that you plan on carrying forward? Hmm, not that I can think of. I think we pretty much do the same things year after year.

9.       It’s Christmas morning … what does it look like outside where you live? Brown. BLECK! Lots and lots and lots of brown. Brown grass, brown trees and probably brown mud. SIGH…

10.   You just found yourself standing under the mistletoe … who comes up to give you a kiss first? THE HUBBY!!!



So, here’s the part where I am supposed to name 10 more bloggers… Here’s the thing.. Whenever one of these things come up it seems that the most of the bloggers I choose aren’t really all that interested in participating. Sooo, here’s how I like to work it.








Even More Christmas Crafts for Kids

Even More Christmas Crafts for Kids



SHEW!! We have been busy little elves around here! The kids have been making things left and right! I have to keep thinking up new things to keep them busy!



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We made cardboard stockings and painted them.



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We made coffee filter snowflakes and decorated them with glitter glue.


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We also made aluminum foil Christmas trees and painted them. That was a definite favorite!!


Then we made something very special for a friend but you won’t be seeing that until next week. 😉

We also played around with cornstarch and baking soda clay but they wouldn’t leave them alone long enough to dry. We ended up with crumbled messes all over the place. 😦





Christmassy Stuff and More Kids Crafts

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We have been VERY busy lately with Christmassy stuff. Our tree went up the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It was a day late! LOL

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I took Cailey and Colin to the Lowe’s Build and Grow last Saturday. They made the cutest scratch and sniff Christmas trains!!

We missed the 2 kids workshops at Home Depot this month. 😦 One because of a bad tire (and NO place open to replace it) and one because of the ice storm (see yesterday’s post).

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We’ve painted ornaments for the tree. Colin decided to go with an all black snowflake. LOL That child definitely has his own opinions about everything! 😉

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The Hubby and I sneaked away for a few hours to go to his company’s Christmas party. It was sooo sooo sooo pretty! I was afraid that I was going to get thrown our for harassing the peacocks!

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And we have been doing tons more Christmas crafts!!

You can find the template for the Christmas Tree puppet at Scholastic.



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We made Rudolph with hand print antlers. Colin’s is on the left and Cailey’s on the right. She said she wanted hers to look like it was facing her.


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We listened to The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies from The Nutcracker and I asked Cailey and Colin to paint what it made them think of while they listened to it.


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Then I let them watch it with me and paint what they thought of it after watching it.



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Here we did white crayons with water color paints over it. If you look very closely you might be able to see their snowflakes. I think next time we will try construction paper instead of butcher paper.


SHEW!! And that is what we have been up to lately. I’ll surely have more crafts and activities in the days to come! 😀




Christmas Crafts for Kids

Christmas Crafts for Kids




We have been very busy the past 2 weeks with lots of Christmas crafts! SO MUCH FUN!!! We actually had more than I am going to show you but someone THREW THEM AWAY!!!!! ARGH!!!!!!!!


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These are ornaments made from toilet paper rolls. Cailey used a little glitter glue to decorate her blue one. Unfortunately it didn’t show up very well in the picture.



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Here are their Santa faces. They used a pencil to curl his beard.



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They free painted Christmas trees and dabbed on the ornaments with their fingers.



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Here are their winter scenes, done in white paint on black construction paper.



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We’re calling these  mixed media works. 😉 White paint, blue, black, yellow and orange construction paper, cotton balls, and white crayons.



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Here are their construction paper poinsettias!


We are doing more and more Christmas crafts every day and as soon as I have another big grouping I’ll be sharing them with you!






Sew or No Sew Stockings

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Christmas is in a few days… HELP!!!!!!  If you are looking for a last minute idea, here you go! These are super fast and super easy. I did 4 of them in an afternoon.

You can sew them or glue them or both. I did both.

What I used to make 4 –

1 1/4 yards of burlap

2 different spools of red, wire ribbon

1 partial spool of shiny, red rickrack

1 spool of gold cording

2 plastic snowflake ornaments

1 tiny bottle of Tulip Puffy Paint

hot glue gun



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First I drew out a pattern.  You can trace an existing stocking or free hand it.

Yes, I know this looks NOTHING like the stockings I made… I’ll get to that. 😉



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Place your pattern on the burlap, making sure the burlap is folded so you cut the front and back at the same time.

Yes, still looks different. I’m getting there. LOL



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Sew or glue the front to the back.


Then hack off the curly toes when you realize that burlap is just too thick to turn right side out with that narrow of a space…. LOL

Now, that being said…. If you want to leave the stockings inside out, it DOES look really cute. The curly toes don’t show up as well as expected but still very cute.

Too bad I didn’t think about that BEFORE I got frustrated and hacked them off…..

Now, turn right side out and press. Use a cool iron if you’ve used hot glue. Or leave it inside out. 😉




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Turn the top in about 1/2 inch and press. Again, using a cool iron if you’ve used hot glue.



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Now, cut a small piece of the rickrack and pin in place OR hot glue in place.

Then either sew the top under and the rickrack in place or glue the top under.

This one I did with the sewing machine. The other 3 I just glued.  Either way works just as well as the other.



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Cut your ribbons to make as big a bow as you like. Cut a smaller piece, about 3 “, to use for the middle. Wrap it around the center of your bow and glue or sew it in place.



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Glue or sew your bow in place. Then adjust the ribbons. 😉



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Measure out the rickrack to go around the toes, cut and glue in place.



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Now do the same for the heel!



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Then write the name with the puffy paint!

It takes about 4 hrs for the paint to dry so I would suggest putting it up somewhere that the cats can’t get to…… 😉



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This is the first one I did.



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Colin informed me that boys don’t like big, red bows so I went with little gold bows and snowflakes for theirs. 😉



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I hope you like the tutorial! Please let me know if you have any questions. You can leave a comment or use the Contact Me button at the top to email me! 🙂






What’s Been Going on Around Here


I can’t tell you how many posts I have written and then deleted. There’s so much going on right now. Not only in the larger world but in my little world, too. Now, that being said, the stuff we are dealing with here is no where near as tragic as things that other people are dealing with right now, so I will just be keeping all that to myself. No matter what is going on here, I still have so much more than so many others and I need to count my blessing, starting with the fact that all my children are alive and well, even if one of them is so far away.

So…. Let me share with you some of the things we have been doing lately. Both the Cs have been sick this week so we haven’t done much in the way of school with them.


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Cailey’s Christmas tree art.




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Colin’s Christmas Tree art!




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Here is another pair of pj pants that I made for my cousin’s boys.

I can’t show you hers yet… OR the surprises that I put in the box. 😉  (Hee hee hee! Sorry, Amy!)





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This is Cloud hiding in Cailey’s desk last week! LOL





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Here our tree for this year. Cailey and Colin decorated most of it themselves. 😉





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Cailey’s snowflake ornament.




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Colin’s snowflake. He never did go back and finish it. LOL




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Colin’s snowman ornament.




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Cailey’s snowgirl ornament.



And that’s about it…. LOL

I have SOOOO many projects that I have been meaning to work on but I have been in such a funk that I just haven’t been able to get myself to do them.  I have the fox flannel outfit, burlap stockings, 4 pillows a piece for the Cs….. And the list just keeps going…. YILES!!! Time to pull myself out of the funk and get busy!!!!!! If you could, please keep me and Jacob in your prayers. This will be the first Christmas that he hasn’t been with us. It’s going to be a rough one.


Speaking of busy, don’t forget to check out my friend’s blog, Eileen’s Perpetually Busy! She has a great pattern for crocheted hats up!! And I know it’s great because we have 4 of her hats here. 😉



Christmas Tree Tutu Shirt Tutorial

HEY!! I have another tutorial for you! YAY!!!! 🙂 And I will be adding in a couple of hair clips and another headband! 😉

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This was SOOOOOO easy to make! I have been seeing shirts like this allll over Pinterest and thought that I would like to try it myself! 😉 But then I had some red tulle and I just couldn’t resist adding it to the bottom! LOL

Here is what I used-

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A red shirt

Different types of green ribbon and white lace

3 yards of red tulle

3 yards of white tulle 6″ wide

1 yellow button

I promise that rickrack is a nicer color green… Not sure WHAT happened when I took these pictures! I realllllly need a camera other than my iPhone! LOL

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Line up your ribbons and laces in any order that suits you and cut both sides at an angle.

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Line up the ribbons and laces in order and pin! Then sew them on! 😉 Easy peasy!

Next, sew your button to the top!

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Wrestle your tulle away from your cat…… SIGH….

I swear, I could put a wash cloth and the table and they would sleep on it!!!

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Now, fold over your tulle in half and then half again. Now it should be 3 yards long but wide enough for a tutu! 😉

Next, run a gathering stitch alllllllll along the top of it!

Then you are going to pin it to the bottom of your shirt.  With right sides together, slip the tutu over the shirt so that the top of the tutu will pin to the bottom of the shirt.

Next, sew it to your shirt! I used a zigzag stitch. 😉

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Now, pin the white tulle to the sides of the shirt, just above the tutu. Sew just the sides!

This makes a lovely bow in the back!

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I wish I knew why the colors were off in the pics. 😦

ANYWAY…. on to the hair clips and headband. This is sooooo easy, though!

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I took red fingernail polish and painted over the clips.

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Then I used the polish to put decorations on the tree.

All the pieces that I used came from Walmart and were super cheap!!!

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Then I hot glued the pieces onto the clips! Viola!

I swear, I had NO CLUE that the colors looked so bad until I started playing with PicMonkey….. Then I went back and added another coat of red. I think the flash brings out the flaws! LOL


MUCH better with a 3rd coat!!!! LOL

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With this one, I just took a clear headband and hot glued the snowflakes on.

I told you it was easy! LOL

Now I want to show you some other projects that have been going on around here. 😉

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The dress is one I made for my Cousin CJ. My aunt brought the fabric and pattern that she wanted. Then I added the headband. I just wrapped it in black ribbon like I did Cailey’s candy headband and then hot glued the black and white braid.

Here is the pattern that I used. I added the sparkly braid to the top and the black ribbon and bow to the bottom to give it a little extra umph! LOL


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And here is the necklace that Deanna made for Cailey to match her candy headband.

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I hope you like the tutorials! As always, let me know if you have any questions!!!! 🙂 And let me know if you decide to make one of these!!! 🙂


And for some reason the formatting on here is off kilter…. AGAIN!!! I wish I knew WHY it did that. Drives me nuts! I like nice spaces not everything crammed together. BLARGH!!!



Holiday Crushed Velvet Top Tutorial

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Here’s a tutorial for a top to match the Pink Fig Designs Market Day Gauchos! 🙂 Well, at least MY version of the Market Day Gauchos! LOL

I used the same colors of crushed panne (crushed velvet) for the top AND I made a little matching hair bow. For the bow I just tied scraps of the crushed velvet onto a ponytail holder. 😉


On to the tutorial!

You will need-

1/2 yard of main fabric

Scraps in the coordinating colors for the sleeve ruffles

A shirt that fits your child well to use as a cutting guide



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Yes, yes.. I know… A Justin Bieber shirt but she’s only 8, cut her some slack! LOL

Fold the t-shirt and place it on the folded fabric. Cut around the shirt leaving space on the side for seam allowance.



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Here is what it will look like.




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Place the shirt part that you just cut on the folded fabric and cut around it for the other piece.



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Cut one of the necklines a little lower for the front of the top. Make sure not to take any off the shoulders. 😉



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To cut the sleeves, place the shoulder even with the fold in the fabric and cut around the armhole. Then drop down a bit below the armhole and cut the rest of the sleeve.

At this point I was thinking long sleeves…. LOL I usually just fly by the seat of my pants when I start sewing. 😉



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Here is where I decided to cut the black part of the sleeve shorter so that I could add the ruffles. I measured Cailey’s arm from shoulder to wrist and then cut the sleeve at 8″ . Her arm measured 15″ but I knew some of the length of the sleeve would become seam allowance. 😉



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Now, to cut the strips for the ruffles! I cut them 3″ in width and 15″ long. I cut 3 for each sleeve.



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Here is what they look like!

Now, you are going to pin those tops together! Then run a row of gathering stitches across the top.



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Pin the gathered edge to the bottom of the sleeve, right sides together, adjusting the gathers as needed.  Sew together!



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Here is what it looks like so far! 🙂



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Place the back on the front, right sides together, pin and sew the seam! 🙂




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This is that OTHER way to do sleeves… LOL Place the sleeves to the armholes, right sides together and pin like crazy! LOL Then sew the sleeves to the armholes!



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Here’s what it looks like so far!



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Almost done!!! Pin up the sides of the top and the bottoms of the sleeves. Now, sew the side seams!!!!!


Turn right side out and you are ALLLLLLLL done!!!!! 🙂



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Hope you like this! Let me know if the tutorial is easy to follow! If you have ANY questions, don’t hesitate to leave me a message or use the Contact Me button at the top of the blog and shoot me an e-mail!






Christmas Homeschooling Activities, Books, Crafts and Printables List

I thought that I would put together a list of  Christmas homeschooling resources. I have seen a lot of great stuff floating around the web lately. 😉 A lot of these things can be found on my Pinterest boards.

There’s one resource that I am going to share that is NOT free, BUT it’s only $1/yr so really, it might as well be free…. LOL Anyway, that resource is Christian Homeschooling Hub.  I LOOOOOOVE this site. They have downloads for EVERYTHING!!!!  Their Holiday page is full of downloads!


This is a freebie from Ms. Fultz’s Corner.




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From No Time For Flashcards.




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From Living Life Intentionally.

 - Curriculum in a click! Homeschooling resources, lapbooks, and afffordable curriculum

There are Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah freebies at CurrClick right now!




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The Simple Homeschool will be starting their 12 Days of Christmas Freebies soon! Make sure to sign up for the newsletter so you can grab them all!!!!




Twas The Night Before Christmas: Edited By Santa Claus for the Benefit of Children of the 21st Century

Amazon has A LOT of free Christmas ebooks right now. Don’t have a Kindle?? Neither do I! I downloaded the free app to my iPhone, desktop AND laptop! LOL




Homeschool Views has a big list of Christmas freebies!





Free Homeschool Curriculum


Free Homeschool Deals has a great list of freebies!







Free Christmas printables for pre-schoolers over at Confessions of a Homeschooler!





From Meet Penny!





Homeschool Share has a long list of units, lapbooks and such for Christmas.



Homeschool Creations also has a nice list of Christmas learning activities.



Homeschool Helper Online is another great resource.



Spell Out Loud has a list of Christmas activities, as well.



400 awesome craft ideas to do with your kids this Christmas!

This list from Sassy Sites should keep your kids busy for a while!!! LOL




See how Christmas is celebrated in 30 other countries

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From 1+1+1=1




Christmas Symbols Unit

From 2 Teaching Mommies. Actually, 2 Teaching Mommies has A LOT of Christmas learning packs!!!




I hope you find tons of fun stuff to do this Holiday season!!!! 🙂








Gingerbread Dress and Christmas Candy Headband Tutorials

I’m going to skip the Blogger Challenge today. I’m sure you won’t mind when you see the 2, yes 2!!! tutorials I have for you today! 🙂



So, the first tutorial will be for the dress and then I will do the headband! That headband is so easy I am almost embarrassed about working up a tutorial for it…. LOL


Here is what I used:

1 shirt that fits your child well

1 yard of gingerbread men

3/4 yard of brown and white polka dots

1/4 yard of red for the sash

2 small pieces of 3/4″ elastic

2 ft of red and white polka dot ribbon

1 ft of red rickrack

3 small red buttons

1 cheap plastic head band

1 cheap plastic candy ornament

1 package of white bias tape (you can use ribbon or whatever)

hot glue gun



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Fold over the fabric you want to use for the bodice of the dress. Place the folded shirt on top. Cut around the shirt leaving excess all around for your seam allowance.



You will cut one back and one front. This is what they should look like.

Cailey is photo bombing! LOL




Now, take a straight edge and cut the front bodice piece right down the middle.







The bodice is fully lined so now you need to cut the lining using the bodice pieces you already have as a guide.

For the front bodice pieces it’s easier to just place them wrong sides together to cut.

The back bodice piece can be placed on the fold.




Now, we are going to cut the fabric for the bottom tier. Just cut 2 even lengths of the same fabric you are using for the bodice.  You can make it as wide as you want depending on the height of your child and how long you would like the dress to be.

I made my cuts where the white lines are.




Now cut the top tier in your other fabric, making it the same width as the bottom tier.

You will only need one piece for this tier.




On to the sleeves! Now, I wanted short sleeves because it just is NOT that cold here in the DEEP South! LOL The length of the sleeve is all up to your preference, and any length will work just fine with the ruffle on the end. 😉

Using one of your bodice pieces as a guide, place your folded fabric under the guide and cut, leaving about 1/2 below the arm place on the bodice, and cut straight across.




Now you are going to cut the piece that makes up part of the ruffle on the sleeve.  Cut 2 pieces that are 4 ” wide and the same length as your sleeve is round.

In other words ________________ this way needs to be the same as the sleeve is when it is unfolded.

And 4″ this way   .



Make sense??? If not, just take a little peek at the picture at the top of the page and see how the sleeve is set up.

I am having a bad case of fibro fog today. BLECK!!!




Here are all the pieces that we have cut plus the red ribbon. 🙂



Pin your back bodice pieces with right sides together.

Sew up everything but the bottom. You can sew the shoulders if you want to. I didn’t with this one.




Now, turn right side out and press!




Pin your front bodice pieces with right sides together. Sew everything together except the bottom.

Do the same to the other 2 front bodice pieces.




Turn right side out and press. Do the same to the other bodice piece! 🙂




While your iron is still hot, go ahead and fold in half the long pieces for the sleeve edges and press.




Now, sew your front bodice pieces to your back bodice pieces at the tops and the sides.

Turn right side out and PRESS!!




Time to sew up the sleeve!




Take your ribbon and pin it to the edges of the fabric strips that you cut for the sleeve embellishment.




Turn the sleeve inside out and fold up the end 1 1/2″ and press. Turn the sleeve right side out and pin the ribbon and gingerbread strip inside of the edge of the sleeve. Sew in place.




Now you are going to sew the elastic casing in the end of the sleeve, leaving about 1″ for the elastic. Make sure to leave an opening to insert the elastic! 😉




Turn your bodice inside out and slide the sleeve into the armhole, pin and stitch in place!




Turn everything right side out and press! 🙂




Pin both ends of your elastic and either hold tightly to one end or pin it to you. 😉

Insert the elastic into the casing.




Zigzag stitch the ends of the elastic.




Stitch the opening closed! 🙂




Remove the cat from your work space! SIGH…….




Time for the buttonholes! BLECK!! I can’t stand my buttonholer. It only works right about 10% of the time…. :/ It did just ONE of the buttonholes on this piece. The other 2 I had to do myself. NOT fun but it can be done, just use the smallest zigzag stitch setting you can and a clear sewing foot helps tremendously!

Anyway, take your ruler (if you can find it, I had to use something else….) and mark out where you want your buttonholes to be.

Use your (hopefully) proper working buttonholer. 😉

After you get your buttonholes in place, close up the front of the bodice and mark through the buttonholes for proper button placement. 🙂

Sew on your buttons.




Pin the rickrack around the collar and sew in place. To save time you don’t have to switch out your bobbin, just switch out your top thread to match the rickrack. 😉




Here is where we are now! Almost done…… 🙂

You can set aside the bodice for now!



Now, grab the 2 pieces that you cut for the bottom tier and sew them together on one side.

Next you need to run a line or two of gathering stitches at the top.

The way I do that is, I set all my stitch settings to the largest possible settings. This can sometimes gather the fabric for me. It didn’t this time, though…. LOL

Now, gather it up and pin it to the bottom of the fabric you will be using for the top tier. Pin it with right sides together and gathers to bottom, adjusting the gathers as needed.

Sew in place!




Now, run a line of gathering stitches in the top tier!

Next, pin the gathered edge to the bottom of the bodice, right sides together.

Sew in place.

Next, turn inside out and sew up the skirt’s side seam! 🙂

Almost done!



Fold up the bottom of the skirt 1/2″ and press, then fold up again 3/4″ , press and pin. Now sew your hem!

Turn right side out and press!




Time to cut the sash!

I cut from selvage to selvage for my length and 6″ for my width.

Fold in half, press and pin.

Now you are going to sew the raw edges together and make a long tube.




Turn the tube right side out and press!

Turn the ends in by 1/2″ and press.









Headband Tutorial





This is what I used. A $1 headband and $1 ornaments. Oh, and 1/2 a package of bias tape. But you can use ribbon if you have it in a matching color….. LOL



Put a glob of hot glue on the inside of the headband.




Now, stick the end of the bias tape/ribbon/whatever into the glue.

Just start wrapping the bias tape/ribbon/whatever all the way around the headband.

Oh, yeah…. this is just sooooo hard…. LOL




When you get to the end of the headband, put another glob of hot glue on the plastic of the head band. Then cut off the bias tape/ribbon/whatever and add another glob hot glue and smoosh the end of the bias tape/ribbon/whatever into it.



Now put a ton of hot glue wherever you want to place your ornament and smoosh the ornament on.








Deanna is making Cailey a matching necklace with the other ornament. 🙂






As always, let me know what you think of the tutorial. Was it easy to follow??? And if you make this dress PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know!!!! LOL


I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow! We will just be here at home. My Dad and Stepmother won’t be able to make it down to celebrate with us. 😦






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