Milk Crates – Redesigned

Several years ago we used milk crates to help organize the children’s schoolbooks. The milk crates worked well for a bit but not long term. All depending on how the house was flowing, the crates have been used by just about everyone in the house.

Most recently they were once again holding books: library books and review items so that nothing would get misplaced or lost. Guess what? They were replaced again by a small bookcase. What to do with those milk crates?

I really needed to use them for toy storage. Items such as: Little People, Duplos and play food really needed a new home. Unfortunately, all those items fall right through the openings in the milk crate. Yeah, not really working for me.

A moment or two on Pinterest and I found a simple, quick tutorial from Karen at Sew Many Ways that helped me whip up some milk crate liners. I grabbed some sheets I purchased on clearance to use and went to work on the sewing machine. A couple of hours later, I had five cute and functional liners. Simple? Yes. Quick? Yes. Functional? Yes. Cute? I’m going with yes.

The crates really are the perfect solution for the toy storage. The size contains the toys with no overflow. They also fit beautifully on the fireplace (we don’t use it) and don’t look out of place. Another advantage is that it is easy for the little ones to grab a crate and sit and play. Easy to get out means that it is easy to clean up.

Speaking of cleaning up…liners get a bit dirty? No problem. I can easily toss and wash them up. Perfect for having little ones running around.

I have a few more containers and baskets that I might need to whip up liners for soon. I am loving having a bit of color in my life.

Have you been crafting or decorating lately? I’d love to see it!

Summer Sewing

Technically, it is not summer yet. However, living in the south means that we usually have a day of spring and move on.  One of the easiest ways to build up the girls’ wardrobes is by a bit of sewing.  A few months ago we were blessed with some fabric from a friend who was moving.  In that box of fabric was a green fabric with flowers. Sarah oohed and aahed over it every time she saw it.  She needed a few outfits for summer; I needed an afternoon of sewing to relax.

I decided to dig out a pattern that I have had for years. Simple and easy to whip up but so very cute. It was Simplicity 4927. I have made it with sleeves and without; it is always a favorite to wear.

I didn’t quite get the dress finished before bed. The next morning I went straight to the sewing machine to finish the hem and button closure. Sarah, very patiently, sat beside me in her pajamas. She did not want to get dressed in anything but her new dress made in her favorite fabric.

Adorable, yes? What are you sewing?

Simply Sewing ~ Peasant Dress

It has been quite some time since I have been at my sewing machine.  I have a list of items that need to be sewn, a small stack of fabric waiting to be cut and a few girls who would like a new dress or two. Time seems to fly by and by the end of the day, my sewing machine just collects a bit more dust. This past Friday, I decided that I really needed time at the machine. Despite the mistakes I make and the love/hate relationship I have with the seam ripper, sewing relaxes me.

Martha had a small growth spurt and her dresses have become a bit short. Also, since she is the smallest, sewing for her is quicker. We love peasant dresses here. Simple and cute but very easy to dress up a bit. The peasant dress is also a quick project. Just an hour or two and a dress is done!

peasant dress

What makes the simple peasant dress even better? Recycling fabric!   For Martha’s peasant dress and matching bloomers, I used an old flat sheet and an old jumper dress that had a few holes and stained spots.

Peasant dresses are very easy and one can quickly do a bit of math and have their own pattern. I’m lazy when it comes to math so if I can find a pattern that does the work for me, I use it!

infant dress

Sew Much Ado has a great peasant dress pattern for Infants 0-3 months. Very simple project and you can easily adjust the sizing for an older infant. I took this pattern and made it just a bit bigger for when Martha was around 6 months.

For Martha’s new dress, I used the 12/18 month peasant dress pattern from Scattered Thoughts from a Crafty Mom.  She also has a pattern available for 2T/3T and 4/7.


The pinafore is a very quick way to dress up the peasant dress. I did this for two girls at Easter 2012 and they received many compliments. So easy! You can learn how to whip up a Pretty Little Pinafore at Sew Mama Sew. Lots of great tutorials there.

My model was not in the mood for a photo shoot. Martha and the dress had spent 6+ hours in the van and posing was not on her to do list. Excuse the wrinkles!

Sew on!