Flower DIY

Flower DIY

A few years back I posted a DIY flower tutorial on my family blog.  I want to share it again here.  I love these imperfect flowers, they are so easy to make and can be used for all types of fun things.  Click here to see the instructions.

You can add them to ribbon and tie them to a mason jar or vase.  They can be added to a present or even a skirt.  I made a few and put them this dress that will be part of my pattern line.

Happy September!


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March Madness

So this month has been madness for me.  I am getting close to finishing up the extra classes I need for my fashion design certifiate from Apparel Arts.  Besides pattern drafting, this month I have been enrolled in computerized pattern drafting and a tailoring class.  Both have been so fun to learn and challenging.

My sewing skills are pretty good, but there is always more to learn.  There is something so rewarding about taking your time and creating something with specific methods that have been pasted down.  I have made jackets before, but this time, I created my own pattern.  I also learned about creating an inner structure for the jacket and the reasons why you would do this.  I learned how to make bound buttonholes and welt pockets.  Both of these seamed so intimidating, but actually were not quite as difficult as I thought they would be.  One more class and a bunch of homework and I should be done in the next week or two (fingers crossed!)

welt pockt

The computerized pattern drafting class I am taking has proven to be quite challenging.  My final class is tonight, and I should have my skirt pattern drafted so I can have it printed after this class.  This program will take lots of practice and trying out new skills.  I am really excited to move forward with this type of pattern drafting as it will prove to be very helpful with my pattern line.

Well thats all for now.

Talk to you in April.




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Free Bib pattern




Last month I held  what I like to call “Craftivism Day” here at my house.  What a great day spent with a wonderful group of friends creating bibs that will be delivered to a family who is in the process of adopting a baby from China.



 When they finally get to pick up their daughter they will deliver the bibs to International China Concern to be distributed to orphanages.

We have joined with CraftHope on many of their projects. They are a great organization bringing people together from all over the world to share hope in the form of a handmade gift.  This is my love language. It brings me joy to love others with these small gestures.  Stay tuned for more craftivism days.  There is always a need.

And in case you love to share handmade gifts as well, here is a free bib pattern that I made for our bib project.  Feel free to download and use for your baby or next baby gift.

Bib pattern 3


Talk to you soon.



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May News


Well, last month flew by.  Just like every other month… and year.  Trying to take joy in the litte things of everyday life while moving forward with great excitement for future dreams is a delicate balancing act.  I can easily get caught up in my goals and forget why I am doing any of this.  My family is the most important thing in my life.  You can check out my family blog to see the “why” behind my ambition.

Claire Baby turned 1 at the beginning of May.  So like her older sister, she needed a custom, home made dress to celebrate her first year.  Claire’s party was confetti themed, and her dress followed suit.  The confetti dress pattern will be available later this year.  This was a sweet little A-line dress with front pleats made from a cotton voile.  Her  polk-a-dot bloomers brought in the confetti theme.  You can see more about this cute party over at my daughters blog www.10baretoes.com.

5-3-13 Claire shoot 3


Last month I talked about the Peek-a-Boo Dress that will be coming out soon.  Here is a sneak peek at another little animal.  I have been experimenting with different stitching options and  I really like the hand embroidery on this guy.  I am so excited to get this pattern finished up.



Until next month, remember to take time to notice the little joys in life and I will too.




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April News from Little Leona

Hi Friends,

Well, it is time to get official over here at Little Leona.

I will be giving monthly updates to keep you posted on the progress of my patterns as they start rolling out.  The first pattern in my line is called the peek-a-boo dress.  I made a version of it for the girls for Easter.

My inspiration came from some easter dresses my mom made for my sister and me when we were the same ages as Chloe and Claire.  I am sentamental and wanted  these little sweetie pies to have similar dresses.  While my line of patterns will mostly have a more modern flair, my old fashioned roots took over for this first dress.


The pattern will come with the bunny applique as well as a few other peek-a-boo animals and can be made with or without the animals and pocket.  Stay tuned for pictures of other versions as I finish up the instructions, grading and digitizing.



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beautiful fabric



Just received some fun packages from overseas.  These beutiful fabrics will be used for samples for the line of children’s clothing patterns that I am working on.  Can’t wait to show you how they turn out!

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