Maybe Matilda: Five Favorites 6/11

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Five Favorites 6/11

First of all, have you entered my giveaway? 3 winners get to choose 3 crochet patterns from my etsy shop . . . click here and enter to win!

Now that we got that out of the way, here are my five favorite projects that I spotted this week . . . and it seems I have sewing on the brain, because I was loving all these sewn creations. Not too surprising, really, because of course I'd rather think about sewing projects than my wreck of a half-packed house that looks like it came straight off an episode of Hoarders. You know how you watch Hoarders and think, how can people live like that? I'll tell you how: you start packing, realize how much you hate packing, start sewing instead of thinking about the 5 days you have left to pack up and clean your entire house, and just dig a path through the rubble to the fridge when you get hungry. Easy peasy!

 Oh, how I love a pretty knockoff! This dress used half of a $3.00 Target clearance dress and a simple white tee and only cost a few dollars to make . . . much better than $80 for the original, and it looks identical to the Shabby Apple version. I want one!

Valerie created this beautiful skirt using the Taking Notes skirt tutorial from Sewing in No Man's Land--it's been on my to-do list for a really long time, too, and I love her version! I think I need to get to work on this one . . . I can pack later . . . 

Not very often do you see an adorable craft idea for the little men in your life, but I love this outfit! We went to a friend's BBQ last night and noticed that two of the little girls in attendance were wearing something I had made for them . . . but I've hardly ever made anything for my own son. Whoops.

This is definitely one of my favorite quilts I've ever seen, and it isn't even finished yet! I absolutely love the layout and fun color mix. I've got the quilting itch bad after looking at this one!

I just found Sweet Verbena recently (she has the adorable dyed Keds you've been seeing, oh, everywhere) and I'm loving Katy's great style and fun ideas. She wrote up a fantastic tutorial this week on adding a zippered lining to a bag, and it even includes zippered inner pockets for storage. What an awesome resource to use next time you're sewing a simple bag that you wish had a little more function!

There you go, my five favorite projects of the week! If you were featured, you can snag yourself a little trophy button if you feel so inclined, and enjoy the rest of your weekend, which will hopefully be spent doing anything but packing:



  1. Thank you so much for your sweet comments and for featuring me! I had so much fun making the outfit for my little guy, and it's cute--I think he knows I made it because he kept pulling on the shirt and looking at it, then showing me with a smile, for the rest of the day. Don't you think we mommies of boys could get boy fashion as exciting as girl? (Ok, maybe not as exciting, but at least a whole lot more exciting?)

  2. Thank you so much for featuring my dress. :)

  3. Thank you so much for featuring my skirt! :) I love looking at your five favorites each week! Always super cute stuff!!

  4. You're so sweet to include me in this post! Thank you. I love your other picks as well. That skirt is too cute and I'm loving the single girl quilt as well.

  5. I am in awe. I'm learning how to sew so I'm going to check all of these out, thank you!

  6. Awesome favorites. And I totally made my boys some shorts out of that same plaid that the "ants" shorts are made of...

  7. All great projects! Love refashion, it's God's answer for sewing dummies like me. Thanks for dropping by my blog with your much appreciated comments!
    Love, mongs


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