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Pleats Be My Valentine Tutorial

Pleats Be My Valentine



Once again, there seems to be a couple of steps missing in my pictures. I have been getting caught up in it and forgetting to take the pictures! SORRY!! But I can still walk you through those steps. ;)



What I Used –

1 yard of red poly blend knit – very light

1 1/2 yards of pink knit – thicker

1 yard of red jumbo rickrack


Headband –

1 group of fake roses from the Dollar Tree

1 stretchy headband from the Dollar Tree (sold in a group of 3)

hot glue gun



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I took a tank that fits Cailey well and used it as my cutting guide. I wanted the top to have a very high waist so I let the top hang WAY off of the folded fabric.

Be sure to cut all the pieces on the fold!



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Cut 2 front bodice pieces and 2 back bodice pieces.  (This shows 1 of each.)




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To cut the sleeves, place one of your bodice pieces on the folded fabric with the shoulder lined up with the fold. Then cut at a widening angle. This will create sleeves that get wider as it goes down the arm.

I cut them to hit just below the elbow, not quite 3/4 length.



The next part to cut is the part from the bodice down. I apparently forgot to take a picture of this part, but it’s very easy. You want it to be 2 times the total width of the waist and the length can be as long or as short as you like.  You just cut a large rectangle at those measurements.


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To cut the leggings I used a pair of pants that fit Cailey well. I wanted them cut straight instead of flared, so I let the side of the pants hang off the fabric at the fold.  I cut them the same length as the pants, no seam allowance. Also, instead of cutting around and leaving a seam allowance, I cut right at the guide. This gives them a leggings fit instead of like a yoga pant.


For the pleats I cut 10 pieces of the red knit, 5″ wide and the length was the total width of the fabric from selvage to selvage.  Make sense? You are going to sew the pieces together at one end until you have 5 VERY long pieces to pleat.  ;)




Now, on to the sewing!




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Pin and sew the 2 front bodice pieces together at the areas outlined, making sure to leave the bottom open. Turn right side out and press.

Do the same to the back bodice pieces (shown).



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Sew the front bodice piece to the back bodice piece at the areas that are outlined.

Turn right side out and press.




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Here’s a little hint… Sew the jumbo rickrack on BEFORE you sew the sleeves together….. LOL

I didn’t decide to add the rickrack until the sleeves were already done….

Anyway, pin the rickrack to the bottom of the sleeve and sew on with a straight stitch.

THEN pin the edge of the sleeve and sew the seam. ;)

Open up the seam and press.




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Turn the bodice inside out and then leaving the sleeve right side out, slide it into the arm hole. Pin and sew the seam.




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Now, take one of your 5 LOOOOONG strips and start pleating. Fold, press, pin. Fold, press, pin…. FOREVER!!!! No, just kidding. It only FEEL like forever. ;) LOL



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To add the pleated strips to the bottom of the bodice you will pin the first set of pleats to the bottom of the fabric. Not the VERY bottom, though. Leave the the pleated strip hanging over the edge by 2 inches. Then sew across the top.

Keep adding the pleated strips until you reach the top, leaving each section hanging over the next by about 2 inches.

Depending on how long or short you want this part to be, you made need more or less of the pleated strips.



To add this part to the top of the bodice you will run a gathering stitch across the top (just under where you attached the last row of pleats). Then adjust the gathers to fit the bottom of the top bodice section.

Turn the top bodice inside out and slide it over the top of the pleated section. Pin in place where the bottom of the top of the bodice meets the top of the pleated section. Sew in place just below the line of gathers.

Now, turn the whole thing inside out and sew the side seam.



For the leggings I am going to refer you to the tunic and leggings tutorial I did about a month ago. The ONLY difference between the two sets are –

Before adding the rickrack to the bottom, turn under by 1 1/2″ and press. Then pin the rickrack to the front and sew on with a straight stitch. This hems and adds the rickrack at the same time.

The rest of it is the same! :)



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For the headband, I just pulled 3 roses and 3 sets of leaves off of the Dollar Store roses. Then I slide the leaves over the bottom of the roses and hot glued everything straight onto the stretchy headband. :)




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She’s holding the rest of the roses. LOL




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Let me know what you think, please!!

If you have ANY questions at all just click the Contact Me button at the top of the page and send me an e-mail! :)





Dinosaur Shirt and Pants Tutorial






Isn’t he a cutie?? LOL

This is a tutorial to make the dinosaur shirt and matching pants. I begged him to let me make shorts but nope…. he wanted pants. LOL  If you want to use the same dinosaur print I got it at Joann’s. ;)


This is what I used-

1 yard for the pants

1/2 yard of knit for the shirt

1 package of coordinating bias tape

1/2″ elastic

a ball point needle (for the knit)

A pair of pants that fit your child

A t-shirt that fits your child



Step 1 –



Fold the fabric over and place the pants on top with the crotch pulled out as far as it will go.

Cut around the pants leaving room for the seam allowance.


Step 2 –



Flip over the pants leg you just made and place it a fold of the fabric. Cut the second leg using the first as a guide.



Step 3 –






Cut out a dinosaur picture.

Remove the cat from the fabric!!! Good grief!!

Cut out another dinosaur picture (I did that so I can make a second shirt to go with a pair of shorts I made a little while ago)


Step 4 –



Pin up the side of one leg from the bottom to the crotch. Now, when I sew a seam first I do a finishing stitch along the edges and THEN I go back and sew either a straight stitch or another finishing stitch. I realize this is backwards (LOL) but it’s just the way I prefer to do it. ;)

Do the other leg the same way.


Step 5 –


Turn one leg right side out and slip it into the other leg


Step 6 –





Remove the cat from the fabric, AGAIN!!!! SIGH….

Pin up the sides and sew it up, reinforcing the crotch.



Step 7 –


Fold over the top 3/4″ inch and press. Fold over 1″ and press creating the elastic casing.


Step 8 –



Cut your elastic 1 to 2″ smaller than your child’s waist measurement. 2 if it’s VERY stretchy!

Pin both ends with safety pins and insert one end into the elastic casing while holding tightly or pinning the other end.


Step 9 –


Sew the 2 ends of the elastic together using a zigzag stitch.


Step 10 –


Sew the elastic casing closed.


Step 11 –



Turn up the bottom of the legs 1/2″ and press. Then turn up 3/4″ and press. Sew the hem.


Now the pants are done!! YAY!!!


On to the shirt!


Step 1 –



Fold the shirt in half with the sleeves tucked under and place on the fold. Using the shirt as a guide cut around leaving room for the seam allowance.


Step 2 –


Place the piece you just cut on the fold and cut the 2nd piece.


Step 3 –


Place your bodice piece over the fabric with the fold at the top. Use the armhole as a guide to cut your sleeves.

They will look like the picture below.




Step 4 –



Pin the dinosaur piece to the front of the shirt and sew a straight stitch around the edges. You can zigzag around the edges if you want to, I just like the look it gets when it frays a bit. ;)



Step 5 –


Pin the tops of the sleeves together and sew. :) Right sides touching if your fabric has a right and wrong side. ;)


Step 6 –


Pin the sides together and sew the seam.


Step 7 –



Pin the sleeves together at the seam allowance and sew the seam.


Always make sure to press your seams open or to the side. ;) I should have been saying that all along……


Step 8 –



Turn the shirt inside out and turn the sleeve right side out. Insert sleeve into armhole, pin and sew the seam.


But be careful not to do this……. LOL



ROFLOL!! I was getting a little tired yesterday….. LOL


Step 9 –


Take your bias tape and pin it around the neckline. Sew it on. :)


Now, I seem to have lost or forgotten to take the pictures for the next steps but they are simple so I will just type them out.



Step 10 –

Pin the bias tape around each sleeve and sew in place.


Step 11 –

Fold over the bottom of the shirt 3/4″ and press. Fold over an 1/2 and press. Sew the hem. Press!


Turn right side out! You are DONE!! YAY!!!




As always let me know what you think about the tutorial. Is it easy to follow?? And definitely let me know if you try it out!!!! :)



J2 said to me today that my fabric stash resembles the Leaning Tower of Pisa! ROFLOL!!!!


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