Handmade Christmas Pajamas

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog as a part of the Ruffle Pajamas Tour by Once Upon A Sewing Machine!! I’d love to get to know you and keep in touch so don’t be afraid to leave a comment or chat with me on facebook, twitter and/or instagram!

Traditions are a great way to celebrate the holidays. When I was little, my grandma always put a swimsuit in our Easter Baskets and I know many people give PJs on Christmas Eve. The Ruffled PJs pattern, available in sizes 12 months through size 6, is a great choice for continuing or starting this tradition!!

Ruffle PJs Pattern by Once Upon A Sewing Machine | JaimeSews

When the kids and I went to F&M Fabrics (online at TheFabricMarket.com) to look for flannel to make these PJs, the choice was made for us as soon as we saw this adorable camping animals print. A helpful employee pointed out this cute pink coordinate, which we thought would be perfect for the small bodice ruffle and the pant cuffs. (Side Note: My daughter is 3 and consequently is going through a phase where she MUST have her sleeves rolled up and don’t even mention the word elastic. Hence, our sleeves have no elastic and they are rolled up. The original pattern design has cute elastic gathered sleeve hems)

Ruffle PJs Pattern by Once Upon A Sewing Machine | JaimeSews

My daughter’s measurements landed right on the 3T in the chart provided in the pattern so that is what I cut, even though I was worried it might be too small. The top is very roomy, as described in the pattern description, “for movement and twirl” so every little girl will love that. I wish the pants were a smidge longer but they fit perfectly otherwise. To make room for the cuff option in size 3T, I was instructed to cut 3″ off the pant leg so next time I may just cut 1 or 2″ instead.

Ruffle PJs Pattern by Once Upon A Sewing Machine | JaimeSews

The instructions were clear with photos to illustrate each step. The only thing I did differently was use the cuff to, in essence, hem the pants (maybe this affected the length somehow?). Let me show you what I mean.

First I sewed the side seams and the inseam of the pants.

Ruffle PJs Pattern by Once Upon A Sewing Machine | JaimeSews

Then I sewed the cuff pieces together at the side seams (the instructions recommend sewing each one to the pant leg before assembling the pants).

Ruffle PJs Pattern by Once Upon A Sewing Machine | JaimeSews

I pressed the tubes in half, wrong sides together.

Ruffle PJs Pattern by Once Upon A Sewing Machine | JaimeSews

And placed them on the pant leg, lining up the raw edges of both pieces.

Ruffle PJs Pattern by Once Upon A Sewing Machine | JaimeSews

Then I sewed, serged and pressed the cuff down. There we go – no additional hemming!

Ruffle PJs Pattern by Once Upon A Sewing Machine | JaimeSews

The Ruffled PJs Pattern is on sale for just $5 this week!

Ruffle PJs Pattern by Once Upon A Sewing Machine | JaimeSews

So go get your copy and don’t forget to check out the other stops along the blog tour! (just click each name below)

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30 Minute Christmas Coasters by The Nosy Pepper

Hello JaimeSews readers!  I’m Cyndi and I blog over at The Nosy Pepper, I’m super excited to show you a super quick and easy scrap friendly project that is perfect for Christmas. When Jaime asked me to guest post a Christmas post, I was a bit nervous, as I’m mostly a bag sewer.   Since I realize that few people are going to want a Holiday themed bag, I decided to do something much quicker and easier. So, in comes the 30 minute Christmas Coasters! These are so simple to make and use such little fabric, you could make several sets in no time.I think I’m going to make several more to have on hand for all those last minute gifts you end up needing.

1/4 yard (or less) of felt
Fat quarter of quilting weight cotton (you can get more than 4 coasters out of 1 FQ, or you can use scraps to mix and match!)
Contrasting thread (I used a gold thread but any contrasting will do)
Pinking Shears
Embroidery scissors or other small scissors
Water soluble pen or Frixion Pen
Find a round object that is slightly larger than the finished size you like ( I had a bowl that was about 5 inches in diameter that was perfect). Trace 6 circles from the felt and 4 from the fabric.
There are two different types of coasters,the first kind, I just put the fabric against the felt (wrong sides facing) and stitched around the circumference of the circle using a 1/2″ seam. Then, simply stitch in a zig zag fashion to make the shape of a tree. Lastly, use your pinking shears to trim your seam allowance around the circle to 1/4″. Easy Peasy! For all you quilters out there, you could do any design, stockings, ornaments, santa hats etc.

For the second kind (and my favorite). You will need 2 pieces of felt and 1 piece of fabric. Put your fabric and felt together like before, with wrong sides facing. Next take a 2nd piece of felt an draw a design that will give you plenty of space to cut around (I chose a star, but you could make an ornament, or a stocking if you like). Place that piece of felt on top of the cotton (you should have one piece on top of the felt and one on the bottom). Stitch around the circle with a 1/2″ seam allowance and then stitch directly on stop of the design you just drew.

With a seam ripper carefully (very carefully…you only want to cut the felt on top and not into the fabric beneath it) make a rip in the felt then use your scissors to cut as close to the stitches as you can.

Then like before, take your pinking shears and trim the seam allowance to 1/4″. That’s it! You can mix and match both styles like I did, or just pick your favorite!

Thanks so much for having me Jaime! I had so much fun making these!

The Professional Tote 2.0

If you’re local, and you follow F&M Fabrics on Facebook, you saw them post a few weeks back some beautiful Italian Faux Leather that recently came in. This one in particular caught my eye and I thought it’d make a great Professional Tote (pattern here).

Professional Tote | JaimeSews

I first made The Professional Tote a decade ago when I worked at a quilt shop. It goes together pretty quickly and has lots of useful pockets. Starting on the outside front, there is a pocket just behind that chrome colored accent you can slide papers into. Then for a little more security, there’s the zipper pocket just below. Both are the width of the center portion of the bag between the straps.
Professional Tote | JaimeSews

The back has a big pocket across the entire width.Professional Tote | JaimeSews

With a magnetic closure.Professional Tote | JaimeSews

Then there’s the wonderful side pockets ideal for holding beverages.Professional Tote | JaimeSews

The top has a big zipper…Professional Tote | JaimeSews

Which opens to pockets galore on the inside – pen pockets, a d-ring for your keys, a large center zipper pocket, along with a line of pockets on the other side. (sorry for the blurry pic cause the inside really is amazing!)Professional Tote | JaimeSews

This bag would be great for many uses. If it looks familiar to you, you may remember I made this same pattern from laminates for my daughter’s diaper bag (You can get a little bit better look at the inside pockets here).

Professional Tote Diaper Bag | Jaime Johnson

I highly recommend The Professional Tote pattern as, you can see, it’s something I make over and over again. It is not specifically intended to be used as a diaper bag, but I think it makes a great gift for a new mom! Using the new Italian Faux Leathers at F&M Fabrics will help you achieve a more purse-like look for a diaper bag. You could also use their utility fabrics to make it more masculine. The bag measures 18″Wide x 15″ Tall x 5″ Deep.

F&M Fabrics is located at 2954 Niles St, Bakersfield CA. Give them a call at (661) 873-9566.

The Josephine (Christmas) Dress

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Well, I know that Christmas is over and the New Year is here, but I wanted to share with you today the Christmas Dress I made for my daughter this year.

When we found out we were having a girl almost 3 years ago, I was a little freaked out. I was always a tom-boy and wasn’t sure how I’d handle relating to a girl when I had always been one of the boys, so to say. Well, it has truly been a blessing to have our little miss Elise. And I’m here to tell you, while she loves the color pink, she is definitely a girl I can relate to and admire.

Josephine Christmas Dress | JaimeSews

You see, she refused to have her picture taken until there was a sword in her hand. WARRIOR PRINCESS! YESSSsssssss! Ok, on to the dress. This is yet another FooFooThreads dress. (Click here to see the fancy FooFooThreads dress I made for her Halloween Costume.) You know I’m a former tom-boy when I say, if I could, I would dress her in a FooFooThreads dress every day. I can’t get over the cuteness. But my very favorite part is that while it is beautiful, it is equally practical.


The front looks well fitted, but the back is completely elasticized. This is awesome for several reasons: 1) No closure (zipper, buttons/buttonholes) to sew. 2) Elastic means comfort. What woman doesn’t want to look amazing and be comfortable at the same time ?! 3) She can wear it much longer since there is so much give. In fact, since Halloween, she’s requested to wear her Pretty Pretty Pink Princess dress several times in dress up and it still fits even though it is a size down in the bodice from this dress. 4) It’s SOoooo easy – all you do is hand wind a bobbin with elastic thread and sew rows back and forth at an equal distance. The closer together your rows, the more it gathers and if you need a little more, a shot with a steam iron pulls it up even more. Seriously. Elastic thread in the bobbin, sew, and it magically gathers just.like.that. EASY! As I did for the Halloween dress, I made her size in the bodice, but a size 5 in the length. I wanted it to be ankle length and it’s perfect – she can run around with ease, but it has the formality of the length. Since it’s made from cotton, it’s easy to wash & wear.

sadsword(Are you done yet? )  Anyway, here are all the details:

Pattern: Josephine Dress from FooFooThreads

Main Fabric: Christmas Peace by Windham Fabrics

Sash, Red & Gold Ruffle Fabrics: From F&M Fabrics locally

Elastic Thread: Wawak Sewing

Friendship Star Batik Quilt

I really enjoy the variety of projects that sewing affords. I like to sew a garment, then a quilt, then a pillow and then start the process all over again. Then there are other specialties in the world of home decor sewing, bridal & special occasion, tailoring and more. I had the itch to make a quilt recently and there in my stash was this quilt “kit” all ready to sew up. I used to work in a quilt store and while others would buy any fabric to add to their “stash”, I had to have a purpose in my purchase so I would buy fabric for a specific quilt, package it all together and wait for a time when I could work on it. For this one, I had the help of my friend, Lynn at the Creamsicle Cat – to pick out the fabrics and to lend her expert hand at the Long Arm Quilting. The help of a friend couldn’t be more appropriate since this quilt is a Friendship Star pattern! Here’s a pic of the quilt the day I received it back from Lynn.

Friendship Star | JaimeSews

I love the bold colors and the way the spiral movement of the quilting pattern makes it feel like the stars are spinning. The back is a thick, soft & fluffy pink minky that takes on the quilting motif beautifully.Friendship Star | JaimeSews

Batiks are wonderful to work with, since due to the dying process the colors and pattern are unique and in their unwashed state, they are crisp and easy to sew. But it just gets better after each wash as they keep their bold colors, but soften up more and more. This quilt measures 51″ x 69″, slightly smaller than a twin or useful as a larger lap quilt. It’s available in my shop so check it out and make sure to click above to check out Lynn’s blog too!

Friendship Star | JaimeSews

THREE Handmade Holiday Sales

Hi there friends! Are you stuffed to the brim with Thanksgiving goodness? Now it’s time to burn it all off with some holiday shopping and/or sewing! I have 3 Handmade Holiday Sales to share with you so here goes! (This post contains affiliate links)

1. From now till December 15th I will be offering
Free Shipping
in my shop on all ready-to-ship items!

JaimeSews | Handmade Children's Clothing & Quilts

2. A new sale I just heard about is going on at Blank Slate Patterns. Their patterns, usually $7.95 each are on sale today only for 2 for $10!

Blank Slate Patter Black Friday Sale

Believe me, you are not going to have a hard time finding two to purchase! I used the Coastal Cargos pattern to make pants for a Fall Clothing Swap and loved them so much, I had to make another pair for my son. Great fit and great instructions. I picked up a few patterns I have been eyeing!

Blank Slate Patterns Coastal Cargos | JaimeSews

3. Lastly, I want to remind you about the Peek-A-Boo pattern sale going on now through Midnight tomorrow! Just click the picture below to start shoping!

Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop Holiday Sale!

Wednesday I showed you my son’s Downton Duffle Coat made with one of the newer Peek-a-boo Patterns. Today I’m going to show you my daughter’s Hang Out Hoodie made from a soft pink knit and a black slub knit I pulled from my stash. Pardon the mismatched outfit – it was a good!-you’re-up-from-your-nap-now-try-this-on moment, also as evidenced by her sleepy-face. 🙂 This pattern went together in a flash. It’s comfy and easy to wear – no screaming from the child when I put it on her so you know that’s a bonus!

Hangout Hoodie | JaimeSews And don’t forget that the Happy Camper Pattern I used to make my son’s Super Hero Happy Camper Jacket is ALSO a Peek-A-Boo Pattern!

Super Happy Camper | JaimeSews

So have some fun shopping this weekend and I’ll see you Monday!

Huge Pattern Sale & New Coat

Hi all! I’m beyond excited to show you what I quite literally just pulled off the sewing machine. This is definitely up there in the top coolest patterns I’ve used – it’s the Downton Duffle Coat by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop. (Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for the details on their HUGE sale!) This post includes affiliate links.

Downton Duffle Coat | JaimeSewsM_Back




This pattern went together like a dream. Have you ever made something with sleeves and the danged sleeve won’t fit right and you’re fighting it the whole way around? This sleeve fits PERFECTLY in the arms-eye. I couldn’t believe how wonderfully it fit. The design features look so professional, but couldn’t be easier. I had never made toggle closures before so that was a bit of a challenge, but I love the effect. So here are the details:

Pattern: Downton Duffle Coat by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop

Main Fabric: Wool Blend Suiting Mini Plaid Green from Fabric.com – Can you believe it was $2.95/yard!? There are several colors at the price, so check it out!

Lining: Dark Green Polyester Twill Quilted Fabric found on ebay.com (I can’t believe I didn’t snap a picture of it – it made a great lining)

Toggle Buttons: SuppliesSundries on Etsy

The Camo Fleece, Green Vinyl and the cording for the toggles all came from F&M Fabrics locally.

If you love the Downton Duffle, you can pick it up on a great sale, going on now through Midnight on Saturday, November 30th. Just Click the image below to browse all the wonderful patterns available.

Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop Holiday Sale!

I’ll come back Friday to show you another Peek-A-Boo Pattern I’ve used. In the meantime, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!