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Hi Everyone! 

My husband recently had neck injury, and really needs a good old fashion heating pad for pain relief. So for Christmas I thought I would take some left over flannel from my simple holiday tree post and use it to whip up this handy heating pad. I made this one long and narrow so that it could be draped around the neck! I also didn't over fill with rice so that it remained nice and flexible. 

I'm also really hoping that my husband doesn't read this post.....because well, that would be awkward.

I also wanted to let everyone know that I have recently become a Singer Brand Ambassador! This is something I am so excited about, I have used Singer products for years. I started with my Fashion Mate and my ProFinish Serger and they have served me sooo well for years and years. I have some exciting new machines to use, the Singer Legacy and the 14T968DC Professional and I'm just warning you.... expect to see them alllllll over my blog.

I'm so excited about the future and I have sooo many posts coming up! 

Happy Sewing! 

 
 
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As December ticks by, the pressure to find that perfect gift is mounting. And if you're anything like me, the idea of spending hours in a crowded sends chills into your soul..... and not the cold related kind. 

My solution is to steer in the other direction and find a creative way to give the perfect gift. So I've put together a quick little post gathering up all the tutorials I have that make the greatest gifts or that make festive decorations for your home!

I hope you really enjoy this little post and have the Happiest of Holidays!

 
 
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Hello!! 

I'm switching my theme for Christmas this year a bit. I usually stick with a neutral palette of mostly cream, silver and gold. And while I still love that look, this year I wanted to throw in a bit more of a rustic feel. I'm focusing on reds, plaids, dark denims and flannel to really play up the cozy feel. The problem with changing up your Christmas theme is well..... it's pricey! And my husband and I are young, with a young family and the cash isn't always free flowing. So my plan was the take the bags and bags of scrap fabric I have lying around and see what I can come up! 

I was on Pinterest and saw these beautiful little birds from Spool (??). I'm going to link a blog post from Lou Lou's Handmade. She has a fantastic post about these little birds but I don't believe it's the original, just the only one I could find. Any I love them soo much and I was inspired to make a few to of these and they turned out so fantastic. 

I also wanted to make a little sparrow type bird. But I had trouble with every template I found! So I made my own modifications and did some playing around and came up with the template here. I hope you enjoy, they are a little tricky to make, so Beginners Beware! Take your time and take it slow and you will just fine! 

 
 
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Hey Everybody! 

Not going to keep you here too long! But I wanted to put a Sewist spin on the traditional Christmas Tree Ball Ornament. And I think these are so perfect for creating a unique and simple decoration. These are also super useful because we have pets and young kids and the delicate tree decorations just aren't practical. But ones made of fabric? Yes please!!

Another idea if you're thinking about these for a kid friendly tree, is pairing them up with cute and colourful fabric. Throw in some Christmas themed pom-pom’s and you have yourself a tree like no other!

 
 
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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!! Hi everyone :) 
This is my most favourite season and I have so many new holiday DIY's in the works, so keep checking in cause you don't want to miss these DIY projects. These elegant trees are soooo simple to throw together and they remind me of similar trees I've seen at Homesense. I threw these together with scraps I had laying around. They are a great budget friendly project to get your home holiday ready. 

I've included three different sized trees in the pattern below! I hope you enjoy and make sure to share your projects on Instagram by tagging me @thelittleststudio!
If you have any tutorial or project requests please let me know in the comments below :) 


 
 
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So lately I've been thinking about branching out and trying some of the fantastic indie pattern designer that have been popping up all over the Interwebs. And I thought: " well if I'm sewing it anyway, I might as well post a mini review/first impressions of the pattern". I asked on Instagram what people recommended for a great fall project, and almost instantly someone suggested looking into the Blackwood Cardigan. I fell in love instantly and as I waited for it to print out, I nervously hoped it would meet my exceptions. And you know what? It did!

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So easy to sew, I completed it in about 40 minutes of sewing time. Cutting it out was nice and simple. The fabric I used was some Ponte de Roma that I had just enough of to make it work. I was worried the Ponte wouldn't have enough stretch to suit the fit of the Blackwood, so I did frequent fit checks to make sure things were going smoothly. I did use a 1/4" seam allowance rather then the suggested 3/8" to allow for a bit of a looser fit and I think that was the right call, just because my fabric wasn't a stretchy as it probably should have been. I can't wait to play around with some great sweater knits, I would love to have a more lightweight version to add to my fall wardrobe!

 
 
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Hi Everyone! 

How are things going? If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen me asking if anyone was interested in me releasing this as a free download. Well there was so much interest, I thought I would get this up asap!

I'm going to keep this intro short + sweet. I love how easily this dress went together. I made it for my daughters halloween costume and out of some old lining fabric I had lying around. Which is why it looks a little wrinkly :) But hopefully you can see past the wrinkles and get loads of use out of this simple pattern! 

This style is super timeless and can be made a fancy or as causal as you like. 

I hope you enjoy and leave a comment how which fabric you would love to make this out of!!

 
 
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I've had this idea for such a long time! I wanted to jazz up my Basic Legging Pattern and thought that cute little hearts down the side? I mean, super cute right? And you can use this technique on any legging pattern you have and play around with the placement of your appliques. And don't be afraid to play around with different designs, I have included a free template of the hearts I used in this tutorial but you can use any shape you want!

You could even do this to a pair of leggings you already own by taking out the inseam of the leg, adding your appliques using the steps below and resewing the leg up! 

Enjoy!!

 
 
Hi Everyone! 

I'm back with a brand new sewing pattern! I've been dying to make a sweet little t-shirt dress for my girl and I'm so proud that I've finally done it! This dress is so fast and easy to sew, I promise it's sure to become a stable piece in your collection. 

I hope you enjoy this pattern and remember to tag me on Instagram when you make yours!! 
@thelittleststudio