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Victory Patterns Hazel Dress

—by Heather
Say hello to the Hazel Dress from Victory Patterns. Hannah and I partnered up on this dress sample. That is, she asked me to make it for her and I obliged. We had been brainstorming for some time about the perfect fabric to use and I think we really nailed it with this feather-soft double gauze.

This sample is a size 4, with the bodice side seams and bust dart a size 6. The length is on the shorter side, making it just right for layering with tights and boots, as Hannah does. Or when the weather warms a bit, bare your legs and slip on some clogs. If you like a longer skirt, just add a few inches where the pattern indicates. There is no option for a sleeveless version but for those of you with some experience, this would be a simple adjustment which would give you a lovely summer dress.

The Hazel Dress pattern comes together without a hitch and yields a comfy and modern dress with lots of femininity. I mean, just look at that bow—so elegant!

Last-minute valentines

—By Heather

Although I’m not proud of it, I find myself feeling a bit curmudgeonly when it comes to holidays like Valentines Day. I tend to view it as simply another thing added to my never-ending to-do list. But for the sake of my kiddos, I (almost) always muster enough enthusiasm to help them celebrate. No one is going to acuse me of not being a fun mom! And in the end I (almost) always enjoy it.

For those who find yourselves in my camp and are looking for Valetines that are quick, easy for kids to make and are useful, you will appreciate these Valetine bookmarks. Using felt and elastic or twill tape you can whip up a classrom’s worth in about an hour. The hot-glue gun also makes this a good no-sew craft project.

For the elastic version, you will need roughly 15–17 inches of elastic for each book. Just wrap a length around an average sized kids’ book, pulling snugly and then overlap an inch or so to get your length.

1. Cut a small heart shape out of felt. Just freehand this—we’re keeping things simple, remember?
2. Cut two small, parallel slits in the heart.
3. Lace one end of elastic through slits as shown above.

4. Secure elastic on back of heart with hot glue.

5. Being careful not to twist, wrap other end of elastic around and secure on back of heart with hot glue.

6. Secure another felt heart over the first one to hide the elastic ends and the hot glue mess inside. This is the back.

7. Looks like this when finished.


The twill tape version is even quicker. Lace tape through slits in heart and secure on back with hot-glue. You can cover the back of the heart with another, (as in the elastic version) or you can just leave it. Cut long enough for the bookmark to stick out the top and bottom.



And don’t forget that your Supportland points are worth double on Valentine’s Day.

Pillowcase with Liberty cuff

—By Heather

Two questions I hear around the store on a regular basis are:

1. “Do you have a pattern for pillowcases?”
2. “What can I do with a small amount of Liberty?”

Today you are in luck! Allow me to introduce the tutorial for a pillowcase with french seams and Liberty lawn cuff. One half yard of Liberty will make two pillowcases cuffs.


The finished measurements of this case are 21” x 42”—a generous king-sized pillow case. Measurements for standard size will be given in parentheses. If you like a tighter fit, you can adjust your measurements accordingly.

Also, my main fabric does not have an obvious right or wrong side, but I have indicated that in the instructions and with notes on the images. This is a long and image-heavy post. All instructions refer to the image(s) above them. Please let us know if something doesn’t make sense.

Let’s get going, shall we?

1. Start with two panels of fabric.
    For the cuff: 9” high by 44” long.
    For the body: 38” (28) high by 44” long. (Selvedge to selvedge if you are using quilters cotton).

2. Place main fabric on top of cuff, both with right-sides up, aligning them along the 44” edge.

3. Roll main fabric up into a long sausage.

4. Pull cuff piece up over the rolled fabric and line it up at the top, sandwiching the main fabric between the two raw cuff edges.

5. It will look like this.

6. Pin those three layers together and sew with a 1/4 inch seam along the 44” inch length.

7. Pull the fabric sausage through and turn everything right side out.

8. It will look like this.

9. With right sides out (wrong sides together), fold the 44” length in half, lining up the edges of the cuffs. Make sure they are lined up at the top and at the seams. Pin down the long side and along the bottom.

10. Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance sew along the side and along bottom, pivoting at the lower corner. You will be making one long L-shaped seam.

11. Trim the seam allowance to 1/8 inch, turn inside out and press. The wrong side of your fabric will be facing out now.

12. With wrong sides out, sew again down the side and along the bottom, using a 1/4 inch seam.

13. Turn right side out and press. See your pretty french seam inside of your new pillow case?

14. Enjoy!