Making a child’s dress – sewing the top together


Laying out and cutting fabric for a child’s dress

I want to show my sewing process, with all the chaos that comes from being a disorganized artsy mom. I’m using cotton fabric that I tie-dyed to make matching dresses for my daughters, though the video only shows me working on one of them.

This whole process took about 30 minutes (obviously way sped up for the video), including interruptions.

The best part is my kitten helper.

Paracord monkey fist

Tons of tutorials for making paracord monkey fists can be found on YouTube.

Monkey fists can be used for self-defense – just hold onto the end and give any attacker a hard whack in the head with the ball. They’re also pretty cute, can be made with multiple colors, and can double as a teething toy for the baby (I recommend using glass marbles for that). Win, win!

I finished mine with a couple of Celtic knots.

Crochet dog sweater

Sick baby = tired mama.

I didn’t feel like moving or thinking, so I crocheted a basic dog sweater. I used Fishermans wool that I had dyed last year, but couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with it. 

Some homeless guy has been feeding our dog fast food, so he’s been gaining weight like crazy. Not sure what to do about it.


Worsted weight yarn

Size K crochet hook

Ch 31

First row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 4sc, 1hdc, 25dc, turn

Even rows: ch 2, 25dc in back loops, 1hdc in back loops, 5 sc in back loops, turn

Odd rows: ch1, 5sc in back loops, 1hdc in back loops, 25dc in back loops, turn

Create two pieces, one with 10 rows for the bottom, and one with 20 rows for the top (or big enough to fit your dog). Put pieces together and sew first 10 sts, skip 10, sew last 10 sts, for both of the seams.

Weave in ends.