Review: Little One-Yard Wonders: Irresistible Clothes, Toys, and Accessories You Can Make for Babies and Kids

Little One-Yard Wonders: Irresistible Clothes, Toys, and Accessories You Can Make for Babies and Kids
Little One-Yard Wonders: Irresistible Clothes, Toys, and Accessories You Can Make for Babies and Kids by Patricia Hoskins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ok… I got this book for review and my first thought was: Aaawww, I don’t have little ones….
Then I opened the book.
Oh my gosh! I LOVE everything about this book! I love (nearly) all the patterns in it. I ADORE the fabric choices! I love how easy to understand the instructions are.


If you know me, I do not often give five stars….but this one deserves it.

The fabrics chosen for the samples in the book were absolutely delightful! They made you want to run out and get sewing. I kid you not! One of the few times, I actually read the source in the back of the book, to see where I can get these scrumptious fabrics.

The patterns in the book are relatively easy and straight forward. They are cute and practical and a few whimsical ones.

As I was sitting and squeeee-ing over the book, my daughter came to check it out with me and even she (18 year old teenager) thought the patters were absolutely adorable and she found a few things she would like to make to use for herself. (no, no babies on the way, or even in our circle of friends, just really great ideas on the pillow and bag- front)

All in all: If you even have a remote chance of having a little one around the house and are a seamstress: GET THIS BOOK! Even if you DON’T have little ones, this book will inspire you to get sewing! It certainly has for me!

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No internet = lots of time

right side up ii right side up

I don’t have internet at home at the moment. This means I get less distracted by shiny things being posted by friends on the weekends.

This, in turn, means I have way more time on my hands and that means I get more sewing and knitting done.

I have finished my husband’s shirt this weekend (no photos just yet) and finished and ripped back the same sock three times as well. I also made a skirt for myself (machine sewing) and started a new dress (hand sewing).

I only have a few pictures of the skirt at the moment.

Specs: 2 yards of fabric (@ $1.50/yard) and a pair of old shorts I never wear (can’t remember how much they were. I had them for at least 6 years)

What do you think? A bit 80’s inspired. a bit swishy and shoowshy and fun and light and airy for summer. I love it.


Needle and thread


I am still sewing. My husband has more confidence in me than I do. He saved up some money, bought fabric and asked me, if I could sew him a shirt.

I can’t believe he really asked me that. He is very particular about his clothes.

Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained. I set to work. The fabric is amazingly soft and airy and wonderful. I think it is the nicest stuff I have worked with so far!


I have to admit, I am a bit intimidated by the whole thing. I want this to be perfect, but I already know it won’t be. It is hand made. (and by me of all people)

It’s a rather intimate experience as well, to sew this shirt for my husband. I look at every stitch I take and I get to know his shirt close-up. Way closer than I know any of his other shirts. Although I have washed them for years and fixed tears and holes in them…I do not know them as well, as intimately as I know this shirt.

The story about Anne Boleyn and Katherine of Aragon comes to mind. Anne heard that Katherine was still sewing Henry’s shirts and she lost it. Completely freaked out and started shouting. True, or not, I used to wonder why she reacted that way. Isn’t it better to let someone else do all the hard work? I love sewing since I was little and have done hand sewing since I can remember, so I know how much work goes into making ANYTHING, never mind an entire shirt. It just never occurred to me what a true labor of love making a shirt for your loved one is. I understand now why she reacted the way she is said to have done. I would have reacted the same way.

To be honest, from here on out, I will always have a little twinge of jealousy for the hands that did sew the shirts my husband will buy and wear. It is weird, I know, and probably completely out there, but I can’t help it. Laugh at me, if you like. I don’t care.

I guess, I better get really good at doing this, so I can sew them all for him.

I love this man so much.

Sewing fever

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Apparently I am in the thralls of the sewing fever. Looking through my stash last night, I found a skirt I made a year ago and messed up thoroughly. I sewed one outside to one inside of the fabric… yeah. I’m good!

Needles to say: The fabric went into time out, not I lol.

Yesterday I looked at it and found I still love the fabric and wanted to try myself on it once more. I pulled it out and started ripping seams and trimming edges and sewed another skirt. Again, it did not come out the way I wanted it to. My daughter said it might not want to be a skirt…. so I thought about it for a moment and went ahead and made a shirt from it. Flying by the seat of my pants the whole way. I just thought: How would I *knit* this???? Then cut and sewed.

Well… it could do with some improvements, I give you that, but overall I am happy with it.

What I learned? Stay-stitching is your FRIEND and should be done ALWAYS… I did not do it here and I regret it. But live and learn, eh?
If you want a home made wardrobe, take the plunge! GO FOR IT. Just sew. Its fun and frightening at the same time (at least for me lol)

The skirt was made by my daughter last year and the necklace I made a few days ago! :) I am happy!



Some more hand sewing


My daughter and I volunteer at the local Food Bank once a week. (We have done so for 4 years, then took a year’s hiatus and now we are back, baby!)One really nice lady there usually takes all the aprons (Used to sort the produce) home and washes them. Just because she is sweet like that.

She always took them in big garbage bags. Not at all the look. So we made her a bag. It worked great, because the t-shirt bags are nice and stretchy and fit all the aprons.. Sadly, one day it was gone and she had to use garbage bags again. So we set to work and made her a new bag.

Reverse and regular applique. All made from old T-shirts. I did have to embroider over a tiny hole though, but I think it is WAY better than a garbage bag ;)

Oh, and I got a pair of socks done as well!