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The Thrifty Baby Celebration

Well, I really thought I would have had a baby by now. I’m 39 weeks today and have never been this pregnant in all my pregnancies! Since this is my fourth baby, baby showers are pretty much non-existent at this point. And, let’s be real, most of my friends have four or more children too, so there’s no time for throwing parties. Instead, I decided to throw a virtual party here on my blog and everyone’s invited! It’s the Thrifty Baby Celebration!

Thrifty Baby Celebration | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Over the next month there will be tons of great baby ideas that you can sew or DIY that cost next to nothing.


Since my last baby was a girl, I did quite a bit of baby girl sewing.  Here are some great (inexpensive) ideas to get you started:

  1. FREE baby dress pattern

Baby Lap Dress FREE Pattern 6-12 mos {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}


2. Upcycled maternity shirt to baby skirtUpcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}


3. Update baby clothes



4. Baby headband



5. FREE Baby shoe pattern

Upcycled Baby Shoes {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}


6. Get your baby Halloween ready!BabyCaptainAm-1

Over the next month I’ll have some great bloggers featured here with their ideas for sewing for baby that won’t cost a ton of money. Be sure to follow along!

Dressing my 4th for the 4th

I absolutely *love* dressing for the Fourth of July. It’s the only holiday I dress for and I tend to go all out (including painting my nails to look like American flags). Don’t ask me why I love looking like an American flag though because I’m really not that patriotic. Sorry, but it’s the truth. I love Jesus more than my country. Anyway….you’re here to check out my fun outfits, and I’m so glad you came!

Sew Americana Maternity Style | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

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Beach Cover-up, Maternity Style

It’s definitely summer here in Mississippi, and I’m avoiding going outside. I know that’s terrible because being outside is so good for the soul, but man it’s hard to stay sane in this outrageous heat being pregnant. This is my third Mississippi summer pregnancy and I know how to manage. AC and popsicles are my friend. BUT, my kiddos love being outside and the heat doesn’t bother them, so if we do go out, it’s to the pool or beach!

Beach Cover-up | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

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Radical Raglans – The Launch of Something New

This blog’s been a little sparse lately, but it’s not because I haven’t been sewing. I’ve actually been sewing more…and organizing a big photoshoot and launching a new product line in my Etsy shop! And today I get to reveal it to you all. I am SO excited!! (and my kids are too)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

I’ve been posting sneak peaks on my Etsy shop’s Instagram account and even had a sneak peak sale. But today, TODAY, the Radical Raglans are now available for purchase in my shop. So go check ’em out!  Here are my kiddos sporting their custom-requested shirts.Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)(let’s all cry like Lioness. waaaaah!)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)(just needed Daddy. All is right in my world now)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

If you love this look and don’t want to make one yourself, let me make one for ya! Use coupon code RADICAL in my shop until Sunday, January 31st for 20% off any Radical Raglan. (A little background on my shop: twelve2 is the name of the shop and it stands for Romans 12:2, which calls us to not be conformed to this world, but transform our minds to the will of God. For me, that means donating all the proceeds of every purchase to adoptive and missionary families. Currently, I’m raising money for a Nicaraguan missionary family to help them buy a used SUV and supporting several US adoptive families.)

If you’re a fellow sewist, and want to make it yourself, here are the details:

Pattern: Nap-time Creations FREE raglan pattern

Fabrics: Body is upcycled from old t-shirts, sleeves are various fabrics from Girl Charlee (aff link)

Graphic: Custom-built graphic from a friend’s text painting (but you could use any fun font) and various shapes. I used my Cricut Explore to cut iron-on vinyl and then adhered that to my shirt.


So, whatcha waiting for?! Go run and get you one…or make you one!

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

Thrifty Handmade Wedding: The Boy

I know, I know, my brother’s wedding was months ago, and you’ve probably forgotten that I even posted about my dress and my daughter’s outfit.  But we’re gearing up for another wedding this weekend, so I figured I had better get to posting about my son’s outfit before that wedding passes us by!

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty

My brother’s wedding was this past summer and I knew for several months that I wanted to sew all the outfits for my family for the event. And, why not upcycle and use free patterns for everything too, right? Well, I was able to accomplish most of that. The pattern for my dress was free, the fabric for River’s dress and headband were free. Plus I found a dress that worked perfectly for Lioness, so I didn’t have to sew anything for her. But today, I’m focusing on Carpenter. We don’t get dressed up much at all, so this wedding was the perfect excuse for me to go crazy sewing something fancy for him. My son’s outfit turned out to be the best use of free patterns and upcycled materials.

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew ThriftyThe original shirt was my husband’s favorite shirt, but the collar was coming apart and just wasn’t ok for him to wear to work anymore. He hated to give it up, so I snuck it away years ago in hopes of using it for a refashion one day. And today is the day! For the vest, I thrifted a pair of dress pants. The original intent was to find a jacket, but the pattern I used didn’t fit the jackets I found, so I decided on pants. And, I found these for 50% off – only $2! I tried to keep the original welted pockets, but they were slightly too big, so I had to sew my own. You can see here how the cuffs from the original shirt were used for my son’s shirt. I loved that I didn’t have to sew all that. And the buttons were reused as well! I did have to improvise on the collar, since I couldn’t re-use that section and I was running out of fabric. Luckily I had some spare white cotton that I used to line the inside of the collar, since that section wouldn’t really get seen anyway and the outside of the collar came from the back of the original shirt.

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty

The vest came together nicely, even though I wasn’t able to use any of the original pockets from the pants. I lined it with a khaki cotton someone had given me from their stash. Then I accented it with orange buttons. Yes, I went with orange.

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty

The tie was made from a free pattern as well, along with scraps of fabric that was given to me. And his pants and shoes were given to me by a friend. His whole outfit came to a whopping $7, since I include the price of thread, buttons, and the clasp for the tie. Not too bad for a fancy wedding outfit. I might be able to afford to dress him up more often.Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty{so, how do you get a girl to like you?}

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty

{ok, Mama, enough with all this wedding stuff, where’s the cake?!}

Here’s the breakdown:

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty

Dress Shirt:
Pattern: Fishsticks Designs’ Everyday Camp Shirt (with length added)
Fabric: Upcycled men’s dress shirt + scrap of white cotton

Pattern: MellySews’ free Holiday Vest (FREE)
Fabric: Upcycled pants and gifted khaki cotton for lining

Pattern: Delia Creates’ Lil Mister Bow Tie (FREE)
Fabric: Blue and Green cotton from JoAnns (name unknown)
Light green cotton gifted from a friend

The other wedding looks:

Thrifty Handmade Wedding: The Mama
Thrifty Handmade Wedding: The Girl

Thrifty Handmade Wedding: The Girl

As I settle back into blogging after the month of sewing and saving, I’m still trying to figure out what I want for Sew Thrifty. At my core, I’m a business woman, but right now my heart is for my kiddos and homeschooling, and having this little blog on the side. Everything in me wants to care about growing this blog (stats, newsletter, great graphics and tons of pinned images), but I know that’s not for me right now. The other extreme is having an ultra-creative blog, but I’m really not that creative. I’m a stats nerd.

So, I’ve decided that I’m going to be me and have some creative and fun posts and then have some other posts more business-like (bullet points and graphs and all that fun stuff).  And I’m going to try and not care about what people think. But we all know that’s nearly impossible. Just sayin’.

Today I finally get to share with you the crazy story of River’s flower girl dress!! [It’s long, I don’t blame you for skimming or just looking at the amazing photos my husband snapped.]

Thrifty Handmade Wedding Flower Girl Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} rustic, vintage, elegant, lace

Let me start by saying I really had no clue what I was going to make for her. I wanted to go along with the colors of the wedding, but not be overkill. I wanted it to be fancier (i.e. not knit) since I tend to always sew basic items. But nothing was inspiring me.

Until 10 days before we left for the wedding. That was when my brother called to ask if River would be the flower girl! I was so excited (then a bit stressed and freaking out) that I would get to make her a flower girl dress that inspiration was everywhere. And to top it off the colors of the wedding changed to neutral tones – browns, creams, khakis – with a rustic elegant theme. My initial desire to put some cowgirl boots on her was a bit too rustic for their taste, but I was able to settle on a look that I loved. Here was my inspiration dress.

Artsy Handmade Cute Flower Girl Dresses
Photo credit: Petit de Lin on Etsy (item no longer available)

Honestly, I look at this and think, wow, that’s a bit too Southern for me. But I actually like it. Plus, my friend has a paper pattern that is very similar to this, so I figured I could borrow it.

[Now, insert craziness]

My friend with the FREE pattern lives about 40 minutes away and we rarely see each other. This dress had to be completed in less than 10 days. We were leaving in 10 days, and I am not a fan of sewing late into the night the day before I leave on a big trip. So really it had to be made in about 3 days. Getting the free pattern from her just wasn’t going to work. But, she mentioned that they were on sale at my local Hancock Fabrics for $2. Sweet. I can handle $2 and a short trip to the store. Made it to the store, picked up the pattern, and headed home (without kids!). Later that night when I opened the pattern, I realize I had bought the child’s version instead of the toddler version!! Really?! They do that? I’m so spoiled with indie patterns that I just assume all patterns go from 2T-10 years. It’s late, the store is closed, there’s no going back to see if they even had the toddler version (and I’m pretty sure I bought the last one anyway). That’s when I realized the pattern is a bunch of rectangles with a bodice. I had already printed out the bodice to the (free!) Madeline Dress and it was very similar. Then I realized I could calculate my way through the pattern. [Squeal!] One of the biggest reasons I love sewing – all the math! After I accomplished all that I was so proud of myself and I could return the $2 pattern too. Boom.

Thrifty Handmade Wedding Flower Girl Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} rustic, vintage, elegant, lace

Now for better part of the story – the fabric. A friend had gifted me boxes and boxes of her old fabric. Most was stuff I would never buy like linen, wovens, and (gasp) lace! After rummaging through it all, I found the exact fabrics I needed. The khaki cotton that I used for most of the dress was heavy enough for my girl not to damage it. The silky white fabric for the straps gave just enough elegance. And the lace….I could not have asked for a more perfect piece of fabric. The width of the lace was the exact amount to offer a slight gather. I did run out of the skinnier piece of lace, so I just attached it to the front instead of making a sash like the inspiration dress. And done, with 7 more days left to pack and finish Carpenter’s vest and dress shirt.

Thrifty Handmade Wedding Flower Girl Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} rustic, vintage, elegant, lace

Then, once we got to the mountains River plainly decided she didn’t want to be the flower girl. Um…thanks. In the end, we were able to convince her to play a part in the ceremony, but once she did, she was outta there. [Thanks Aunt Jackie for watching her for the rest of the ceremony!]

Thrifty Handmade Wedding Flower Girl Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} rustic, vintage, elegant, lace

Thrifty Handmade Wedding Flower Girl Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} rustic, vintage, elegant, lace

After the ceremony, she was all about the flowers.

Thrifty Handmade Wedding Flower Girl Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} rustic, vintage, elegant, lace

Thrifty Handmade Wedding Flower Girl Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} rustic, vintage, elegant, lace

Thrifty Handmade Wedding Flower Girl Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} rustic, vintage, elegant, laceAnd just today she mentioned wanting to be a flower girl. Seriously, girl? Gotta love ’em.

I don’t have a fancy little graphic for the time and cost. It took a while to gather all the materials, create my own pattern, get the fit right, and play around with the look at each stage, so it wasn’t a fast sew. However, the price was right – just about FREE. Thread probably cost 50 cents or so. All the fabric was handed down to me and the pattern was free too. And her headband (which she thankfully wore through the ceremony) was free too. I hot glued flowers from the same fabric as her dress and some other mint green that was gifted to me to some lace my mother-in-law gave me ages ago.

Thrifty Handmade Wedding {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Thrifty Handmade Wedding {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Thrifty Handmade Wedding {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}If you’re looking for my dress, that’s here. Baby girl only got a headband, and I’ll have Carpenter’s outfit up soon!




Floor Cushion – Free Pattern Friday with Mae & K

Remember when I said to save all those scraps? Even the ones you can’t really do anything with? Well, today is the day I tell you why!Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} pattern by Living with Punks

I had plans to make this floor cushion by Living with Punks for a while (these were supposed to be Christmas presents last year), but finally I got around to it this spring.  And once I did, I immediately made another one. They are so fun!

Then when Maegen mentioned showcasing this pattern in Free Pattern Fridays, I was thrilled to show off my versions!

Free Pattern Friday at Mae & K

For my version, I ended up making it even bigger than the tutorial since I wanted to use up most of my one yard of the upholstery fabric that I had purchased. This fabric is nice. It’s one of those times where I really wanted something fun for the kids’ rooms and knew I would need to pay a bit more to get something unique and really cute. Both fabrics were about $10/yard, and I purchased a yard of each.

Not only does it match their rooms, but they both look awesome side by side in our reading nook.

Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} pattern by Living with Punks

And they are great for reading…Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} pattern by Living with Punks

Being read to….Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} pattern by Living with Punks

Flying on…Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} pattern by Living with Punks

Or throwing…Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} pattern by Living with Punks

And of course PILLOW FIGHTS!Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} pattern by Living with Punks

Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} pattern by Living with Punks

Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} pattern by Living with Punks

My secret? I filled half of them with fiberfill (that I scored at a garage sale for FREE! The lady felt bad charging me 50 cents, so she just let me have it. Thank you!) and the rest is knit scraps from all my projects. They are a bit heavy, but that might have to do with the fact that I made them quite a bit bigger and didn’t cut my fabric scraps as small as I should have. There will be a third pillow for Lioness at some point, and I plan on cutting up the scraps really well. In fact, as I finish projects, I already cut up the scraps and pile them in a bag. Then when I get ready to make her pillow, all the stuffing will be ready to go!

Here’s the breakdown:


Also be sure to check out these other two versions:

The Berry Bunch

Floor Cushion - by The Berry Bunch

Mae & K

Free-Pattern-Friday--Floor-Cushion---Mae-&-K-1w (1)

Thanks again Maegen for having me sew along with Free Pattern Friday! Be sure to stop by Mae & K to follow along each week – and link up your projects.

Floor Cushion – Free Pattern Friday with Mae & K was originally posted by Sew Thrifty.

Upcycled: Baby Lap Dress + FREE Pattern!

I’m so excited to wrap-up week one of upcycling with a FREE pattern! Introducing the Baby Lap Dress…

Upcycled Baby Lap Dress FREE pattern {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I wanted something that could save the neck binding of the original shirt, but also be easy to sew with no snaps or buttons (I still feel like a newbie sewer, so I like to keep things simple). There are plenty of baby dress and bodysuit patterns out there, but none quite fit what I was needing in order to save as much as I could from the original shirt. So, I created my own pattern! (This is my first pattern. **Insert squeal here**. I’m offering it free and as such, it hasn’t been tested. Please be nice if you come across any issues with the pattern.)


1. Free pattern (size 6-12 mos, approx.) {Print on US Letter paper with scaling set to “none”. This pattern has not been tested on A4 paper}
2. T-shirt (check your closet, thrift store, or garage sale)
3. Coordinating thread
4. Basic sewing supplies: sewing machine, pins, scissors, etc.


Step 1: Find a t-shirt to upcycle. See Heather’s tips here for finding great items to upcycle. I chose this super soft tee that I bought while vacationing in San Diego (pre-kids, so it doesn’t fit, and no, it never will. I’m over it). This shirt is a Small, so it’s a great one to upcycle for babies. Most upcycling garments need to be L-XL in order to best fit your pattern for bigger kids, but you can still get some great material out of any size garment. This baby dress is a great pattern to use for those smaller tees that you have lying around!

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|www.sewthrifty.org}

Step 2: Prepare your shirt. Cut out the tag. Babies don’t need all that extra stuff rubbing up against them.

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|www.sewthrifty.org}

Cut the shirt down the sides. If your shirt has a side seem, just cut along that. If you chose a shirt with no seems, you might want to mark where to cut or just eye-ball it. I didn’t cut the sleeves off because I wasn’t able to use them to make the sleeves for the dress. However, you can cut the sleeves off at this point too, or wait until you’ve cut your front and back pattern pieces.

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|www.sewthrifty.org}

Step 3: Cut your dress front. Fold the original shirt front in half while the back of the shirt is up and to the left of the shirt front. I lined up the sleeves and side seems here to be sure I folded the shirt in the middle. Or you can eye-ball the graphic on your shirt to be sure it will line up in the middle of your dress when you cut the pattern. (Note: I use a rotary cutter for everything, so I don’t pin. If you don’t have a rotary cutter or don’t want to use one, simple pin the pattern at this step and cut using your fabric scissors). Cut out your dress front.Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|www.sewthrifty.org}

You can see in this photo that I made sure the top of the pattern piece and the neckband of the original shirt lined up as best as possible. You don’t have to line these up perfectly, as your shirt may have a slightly different shape, but it should still work in the end.Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|www.sewthrifty.org}

Step 4: Cut your dress back. Line up the back pattern piece to the back of the original shirt on the fold and cut it out.

Baby Lap Dress Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Step 5: Cut your sleeves. You can use the sleeves of your original shirt to make the sleeves of your baby dress! In my case, the original sleeves were a bit short, so I used the bottom of the shirt. But most sleeves will be long enough for you to use. Line up the hem and fold line with the pattern piece as indicated and cut 2 sleeve pieces.BabyLapDressTutorial-8

OK, now you’re ready to piece the dress together!

Step 6: Line up the dress front and back. Don’t do what I did and line them up wrong. Be sure to place them WRONG side (dress back) to RIGHT side (dress front). It should look how you want the final garment to look. Baby Lap Dress Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I overlapped them by about 2 inches. Here’s a close-up:
Baby Lap Dress Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |www.sewthrifty.org}

Here’s a picture of how to do it the right way:

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Ahh…much better!

Step 7: Attach the sleeves to the dress. Place the RIGHT side of the sleeve to the RIGHT side of the dress arm hole. Line up the middle of the sleeve to the middle of the arm hole (the the middle of where the front and back dress pieces overlap). Working from the middle, pin the sleeve to the dress until you reach the end of the arm hole. Do the same for the other section of the sleeve. Now you have the sleeve all pinned to the dress pieces. Go ahead and pin the other sleeve at this point too. (I like to double check that I’ve pinned correctly by flipping the sleeve over to be sure I pinned the right side. Cause, you know, I’ve been known to make mistakes 🙂 ) Sew these seams. I use a serger, but you can also use a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine ( set at .5 width and approx. 2.5/3 length). And always use a ball point needle when sewing with knits.

Baby Lap Dress Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |www.sewthrifty.org}

Step 8: Pin and sew side seams. Placing RIGHT sides together, line up the sleeve hem and pin down the side of your dress. Line up your sleeve seams as well and the rest of the side should line up to the bottom of the dress.Baby Lap Dress Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |www.sewthrifty.org}

Sew down both sides, flip the dress right side out, and you’re done!Baby Lap Dress Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |www.sewthrifty.org}

I chose not to hem the dress. Since it’s a knit, the ends won’t fray. I did tuck the ends of my thread back through the seams using the method I mention here.

If you wanted to go for a more polished look, you would hem the dress at this point. Simply fold under about 3/8″ (or 1 cm) and hem using your preferred hemming method.

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Add in a headband (made with the same shirt; tutorial coming next week!) and some cute upcycled baby shoes (that I will share with you next week – made from the hems of pants!) and you’ve got yourself a little stylish outfit for your babe.

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|www.sewthrifty.org}

Then whip up another one because they are so fast and easy!

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|www.sewthrifty.org}{What? The back of my shirt is wrong?!}

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|www.sewthrifty.org}{Oh well, I’m cute. No one will even notice}

Baby Lap Dress FREE Pattern 6-12 mos {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}{Plus I’ll just grin and my mom will make me another one}

Here’s the breakdown:

Baby Lap Dress Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |www.sewthrifty.org}


And for something a bit different for babies, check out what Heather has for them today. Plus, she’s got an amazingly quick backpack you can whip up from a used t-shirt as well!

Hope you’re enjoying this series. Keep tagging #upcycledkid on Instagram and be sure to come back Monday for another week of great upcycling tips and tutorials!

Upcycled: Learn to Sew Your Kid's Wardrobe. A Series by Feather's Flights (feathersflights.com) and Sew Thrifty (sewthrifty.org)