Sewing with Girly: Make a Pillow

Let’s Learn to Sew (Kid’s Edition)

Girly has been wanting to sew and make sewing for kids tutorial video lately so I thought this would be a great project to start with!

As part of the fun, she wrote up a script, edited it, and wrote it on cue cards.  E was combo cameraman and cue card holder.  And after all that work, she promptly went off script and just started talking!  That’s okay, it was really fun and a great learning experience for both of them.  Then they both played around with iMovie and edited it down to the point where I just sped up a few things and added some music.

I convinced her to make a people-sized pillow for the video because it was easier to see on camera and so I wouldn’t have yet another tiny pillow around the house (I swear we have about 4,520,573,839,834 of them floating around all the corners of her room and the family room…)

Go check out her very first video in the “Sewing with Girly” series (she named it; I think it’s a pretty clever name)!

You will need:

    • 2 pieces of fabric cut 1″ bigger in each direction than the size you want your finished pillow
    • stuffing (we use polyfill)
    • sewing machine
    • scissors
    • coordinating thread
    • optional: marker


And now for a trip down memory lane:  a picture of 2yo Girly sewing one of her many scrap fabric hats she was obsessed with (she still loves hats)!

FREE Wetbag Video Tutorial

I recently made another video for Michael Miller Fabrics featuring their new line called Everglades by Betsy Siber.  I just ADORE this fabric.  So much so that it was hard for me to even cut into it!  Girly did end up getting new pajama pants and, for the video tutorial, I decided to go with the general theme and made a wetbag.  Wetbags are generally used for cloth diapers but are also great for general kid messy clothes, swimsuits, gym clothes, even messier snacks.   Take a look at this free wetbag video tutorial below:

This tutorial is for a medium sized bag.

Materials Needed

    • 2 15×15″ (12.7×12.7 cm) squares of your main fabric
    • 2 15×15″ (12.7×12.7 cm) squares of your PUL fabric for inside the bag
    • 1 15″ zipper
    • 12″ (30.5cm) wide grosgrain ribbon for the handle

You can make these bags any size you want; just make sure all 4 squares (or rectangles) are the same size and that your zipper is as long than the top edge of your fabric.  Your zipper can be longer, but not shorter.

Make a ton of these bags!  We have quite a few floating around for trips to the beach or if the kids have “river day” at school.  Yes, we have river days.  They do experiments in the water behind the school.  I started sending dry clothes after E tripped and ended up all wet!

If you want to use this tutorial as a cloth diaper wetbag, check out our Newborn Hybrid Fitted, our Cloth Diaper Cover and our All In One Cloth Diaper patterns.

Cloth diaper resources and knowledge

One of the most common questions I get in my inbox is “What are your favorite cloth diaper resources?”  I thought I’d compile a list of online stores and some tutorials here and update as needed.

Where to order specialty fabric online:

Here are a few of my favorite cloth diaper fabric suppliers (I’m based out of the US so keep that in mind):

Very Baby

Wazoodle (They carry the Zorb brand of absorbent fabric)


Cloth diapering has made a huge jump in popularity the last few years so you are able to find basic PUL in most big box fabric stores.  PUL comes in fun prints and solids.  If you find a print you like, you can always eliminate the outer print for your AIO diapers.


Since babies are all different shapes and builds, sizing for our diaper patterns is a general guideline.  Generally, sizing for our cloth diaper sewing patterns is as follows:

  • Newborn:  birth to 16lbs (Newborn Hybrid Fitted).
  • OS:  10-36lbs (OS Hybrid Fitted).
  • Small: birth – 12lbs.
  • Medium: 10 – 22lbs.
  • Large: 20 – 30lbs.

Another way of looking at it is as follows:

  • Small: infant
  • Medium: baby
  • Large: toddler

But as with most diapers, the sizing is approximate. A thinner, but heavier child can fit into a smaller size longer whereas a buddha baby will need to go up a size sooner. I include a crossover tab so you can buy the next size up and get more wear out of the diaper.

Let’s test the Admiraal Dress!

The Admiraal Dress is a lovely double breasted, shawl collar dress with a full pleated skirt.  A side zipper helps make this an easy dress to put on by yourself.  Choose between cap sleeves shown and half sleeve.  6 buttons blend in for a subtle accent or stand out for maximum wow factor.


Uses dress weight wovens or easy to find quilting cotton for maximum cute fabric potential.

Sized 18m-16y
Testing begins January 10 and ends January 17th.

What sewing books should I buy?

We all know the internet is a great place to find information but sometimes I like to have actual books around to reference and bookmark (with actual bookmarks) and reference again and again.  I like a good, solid book that provides steady information and usually goes through a much stricter editing process than a random blogger or YouTuber (myself included).  And, for some reason, it’s always much easier to just open up a book and find the section than it is to constantly toggle between tabs in a browser (for me at least).

In no particular order, I give you the books on my shelf that I pull out and look at most often.


This Vogue Sewing book should be on every seamstress’ shelf.  This is packed full of a wealth of knowledge for all sewing levels.  Almost any question you have about the sewing process has an answer in this book.  I love the illustrations and clear instructions and the way they break down areas of sewing into their chapters.  It makes is super easy to follow and replicate in your own work.


David Page Coffin made me laugh more than a few times to be comfortable to admit in this book, Shirtmaking:  Developing Skills for Fine Sewing.  Chocked full of all the details you would need if you ever want to make a shirt of your own.  I definitely had many, many pages dogeared when I was developing our upcoming shirt patterns just to make sure I was doing it “by the book.”


If you want to start to dabble in making your own patterns, I highly suggest Patternmaking for Fashion Design by Helen Joseph Armstrong.  It’s a straight up textbook so it will go into more detail than your run of the mill sewing book but it is very clear and concise and has wonderful illustrations.


Want to up your sewing game?  Grab a copy of Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire Shaeffer.  Her writing style is easy to read and provides clear instructions about how things are constructed.  The newest edition (which I have) has step by step instructions and is very easily followed.


Okay, so you have all your patterns and you can sew them up and all the finishing details are spot on but the fit just isn’t where it needs to be.  What do you do?  You grab a copy of Fast Fit by Sandra Betzina and fit that gorgeous garment to your specific curves and angles and posture.  The first half of the book runs through common fit issues and the second half of the book gives you step by step instructions on how to adjust those problems.


Those are the general sewing books I pull off my shelf most often.  I’m most definitely a “book” person and would totally grab a book to leave open on my sewing table than pull up a website but also really like to have my written instructions in front of me and a video playing too.

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