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Dress Up Time D.I.Y ~ Cinderella Peasant Dress

21 May


Today I am going to share this simple Cinderella Peasant Dress costume {size 2T} with you.  I think little chores are much more fun when you are dressed like Cinderella!  Peasant dresses are very easy sewing projects, in fact I think that one of my very first sewing projects was a peasant dress.  When I first learned how to make one, I followed a great tutorial from Pretty Prudent.  This Cinderella dress is just a slight variation from this peasant dress.  Since most of the steps are the same, except for the skirt, I don’t want to re-write someone else’s tutorial.  Instead I will have you read their tutorial and tell you what I did differently.

Here are the supplies that you will need, for the dress only.  I will tell you about the apron after the dress is out of the way!


~Fabric: You will need three different colors, but it’s all plain cotton.  I found mine in the bargain bin, it does not have to be expensive!  Sleeves: Light/Sky Blue 1/4 yard, Bodice: Dark/Chocolate Brown 1/4 yard, Skirt: Light/Coffee Brown 1/2 yard.

~35″ of 1/4″ elastic.

~Thread and basic sewing supplies

Below are the measurements for the dress.  You will cut two of the bodice pieces on the fold.  Cut along the red lines to create an armhole (a basic J shape, 6″ down) and a sloping neckline.

You will also need to cut two of the skirt pieces, and two of the sleeves (on the fold).

Size 2T

Cinderella Peasant Measurements

Cut out all of your pattern pieces above.  You are going to make the bodice by following the instructions here: Long Sleeve Peasant Dress Tutorial.  Start from Step 2: Cut Out Neckline and Armhole.  To be clear, while you are following the peasant dress tutorial, you will be using the two bodice pieces and the two sleeve pieces to create the bodice.  You will not be doing anything with the skirt until you come back to this page.

DO NOT:  Hem the bottom of the dress (bodice) or insert elastic into the sleeves.

Creating The Skirt

You should now have your bodice made, with the finished sleeves attached.  The bodice should have a raw edge along the bottom.  Are we on the same step? Good, let’s create the skirt and finish the dress.  Take your two rectangular skirt pieces and sew them right sides together down both of the shorter sides with 1/2″ seam allowance.  Use a zig-zag stitch to finish the seam.  Press your seams flat.  Fold the bottom of your skirt over 1/4″ to the wrong side and press with your iron.  Fold it over again and press; hem the bottom of your skirt.  Sew a gathering stitch around the top of your skirt and make sure it is the same width around as the bottom of your bodice.

Attach Skirt to the Bodice

Pin the top of the skirt to the bottom of the bodice, right sides together.  The easiest way is to have your bodice turned right side out, and your skirt inside out.  Place your bodice upside down into the top of the skirt and pin around the top.  It is a good idea to tuck the sleeves out of the way so that they don’t get in the way of your sewing.  Sew the bodice and skirt together using a 3/4″ seam allowance.  Use a zig-zag stitch to finish off the edge of the seam.

Press the seam upwards (towards the bodice) with your iron.  Now you are going to stitch along the top of the seam, all the way around, to create an elastic casing (make sure you are using thread that matches the chocolate brown bodice).  Leave 2″ open so that you can insert your elastic.  Take 20″ of 1/4″ elastic and attach it to a safety pin.  Thread it through the casing.  Sew the ends of the elastic together and then sew the opening shut.

And that’s all!  I left the elastic out of the sleeves because I noticed that Cinderella’s sleeves are loose, but of course you could make yours any way you wish.

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I also made an apron with an applique to go along with the dress.  It was very time consuming, and it was my first attempt at creating something like this, but here is a quick look at how I did it.

First I found a clip-art picture online of one of the bird characters from Cinderella, here is what my applique was supposed to look like:


I have to say that my little bird didn’t turn out quite so happy looking, rather a little worried looking!

Supplies used: various scraps of fabric, heat n bond, black thread, basic sewing supplies.

I printed the bird and cut it out around the outer edges.  I pinned it to some blue fabric that already had some heat n bond applied to the back of it.  I cut the bird shape out of the blue fabric (leave the back of the heat n  bond on, do not peel it off yet)


Next I cut out pieces of the bird that were not blue (ie the hat, vest, beak, etc…) and pinned them to coordinating colors of fabric – these pieces of fabric also had heat n bond applied to the back.  I cut out each little piece of the bird and applied them to my blue main bird piece, like a puzzle.  Peeling off the back of the heat n bond I pressed each piece into place with my iron.  Here is the little bird coming together: pic5 pic6

After all of the pieces were in place I peeled off the backing on my main (blue) bird piece and positioned it where I wanted on the apron skirt.  Then, using black thread, I stitched all of the features and outlines onto the bird.  I used a zig-zag stitch, setting the length at almost zero.  The width of the stitch varied, as you can see that some of the lines on the bird are thicker than others – for example the black parts of the eyes are also done using a wide zig-zag stitch.


apronIt can be pretty tricky to get the facial details just right, as I mentioned before, my bird seems to look a bit worried and the original picture the bird looked happy!  As for the Cinder-Calleigh lettering, I don’t have a fancy embroidery sewing machine so this is just done freehand, again with a zig-zag stitch on a very short stitch length setting.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed this post!



Preschool Learning ~ Letter S Practice {free printable worksheet}

15 May

If you missed it last week – Wednesday is now Letter Worksheet day on Sweet Benanna & Sam.    This week we are working on the letter S.  Click on the picture AT THE BOTTOM of this post to be directed to the free printable.  You can also find links to previous worksheets at the bottom of this post.

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Here is how we use our worksheet: First we talk about the letter, which one it is, what it sounds like, whether it’s a vowel or a consonant.  There are four pictures at the bottom, but only three of them start with the proper letter.  He has to figure out which one does not start with the correct letter, and then he crosses it off.  He colors the remaining three pictures (coloring practice) and then cuts them out (cutting practice).  Next he glues the pictures into each of the three boxes provided.  Then he likes to color the letter as well.  Next he practices writing the letter in the space at the top of the page.  The space provided at the top for writing helps to give him an idea of how big to print the letter – Preschoolers typically print in GIANT size.   He usually likes to print his name too.  So there are several different learning applications involved in this worksheet.

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Here are the links to the other letters that we have been working on:

Letter T Worksheet

Letter R Worksheet

Letter V Worksheet

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed this post!


The Summer Social Dress {free tutorial and pattern size 2 & 6}

2 May



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFun, flirty, and summer-y sweet~ This is what I had in mind when I created The Summer Social Dress.  I am so pleased to finally be able to show you this dress,  I have been working on it for awhile now!   The fabric is the new line by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake Designs “Little Red Riding Hood”.  Riley Blake had sent me a good sampling of this line for a tutorial I am writing for their Cutting Corner’s College (publish date May 27th).  I had enough left over to create this gorgeous dress – the exact fabrics are Little Scallops Aqua, and Little Floral White.   The aqua and red color scheme is gorgeous and the little characters are too cute!  I had an elaborate outdoor Spring photo shoot in mind but alas the unpredictable Alberta weather did not cooperate!  Can you believe it snowed on April 29th, I had planned to take the pictures on April 30th.  I just could not ask my sweet little models to go outside in -6 celsius weather in these summer outfits.  I was kind of bummed to take the pictures indoors.  I had an entire pictorial in my mind; a story to go along with the dress. Then I had a bright idea.  Why not make my own computerized spring scene and put my models inside?  So now I give you the Summer Social Dress.  Click here for easy printable instructions and pattern: Summer Social Dress







Too cute, right?  The dress is very easy to make and I think any girl would love to wear it.  You can also make it as a summer-y top instead – like these pictures:

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I hope you have enjoyed this post!  Here again are the printable instructions and free pattern in size 2 & 6: Summer Social Dress Tutorial


Preschool Learning – Letter “R” Worksheet {Free Printable}

24 Apr

R Practice

(Scroll to the bottom of post and click on picture to be directed to the printing page)

Recently we moved and this meant that our Four year old had to leave a wonderful preschool behind.  At his previous preschool he was learning how to read sight words, which was really exciting!  At the beginning of the year his teacher started with teaching the class each letter of the alphabet.  They learned how to sign each letter, they learned whether it was a vowel or a consonant, and they learned what each letter sounded like.  They also sang songs about each letter and did worksheets.  In January when they had every letter figured out, they began learning how to read.  When we moved away in March my son was reading about 20 words.  I knew that his new preschool was not going to continue this learning.  I got a list of all of the sight words from his teacher so that I could continue teaching him how to read after we moved.

He learns a lot of great things at his current preschool – practical things like the names of the planets, how to take care of pets, but no reading!  I am aware that he will learn how to read when he goes to grade school – but if he can learn now, what is the harm in teaching him?   I have taken several University level child development courses and I know that there are HUGE benefits of teaching your children to read at an early age.  In the first six years of life, children learn at a very fast pace.  Teaching them to read early on will create a strong foundation for their school years.  Children who can read well acquire higher marks on tests – because they understand the questions.  Children with strong reading skills are more self confident.  They are able to concentrate better and have high attention spans.  Reading helps them to increase their vocabulary and helps them to learn proper word pronunciation.

So I began to work on his words at home, but I realized quickly that he was also forgetting what some of the letters sounded like.  He needed to continue practicing each letter as well.  Based on a worksheet that his previous teacher also did with the children, I decided to create my own worksheet for each letter.  We started with the letter “R”, I am going to create a new one each week until the whole alphabet is covered.  This worksheet also has several other practical lessons in addition to learning letters.

Here is how we use ours:  First we talk about the letter, which one it is, what it sounds like.  There are Four pictures at the bottom, but only Three of them start with the proper letter.  He has to figure out which one does not start with the right letter, and then he crosses it off.  He colors the remaining three pictures (coloring practice) and then cuts them out (cutting practice).  Then he likes to color the letter as well.  Next he practices writing the letter in the space at the top of the page.  He usually likes to print his name too.  So there are several different learning applications involved in this worksheet.  If you would like to learn along with us, just click on the picture below to print your own worksheet.  I will be posting a new one every Wednesday.

R Practice

I hope you have enjoyed this post, thanks for stopping by!


Rainy Day Fun: The Lion, The Witch, and the Cardboard Wardrobe

3 Apr


Last Christmas I took my four year old son to a high school production of Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.  I wasn’t sure just how much he would get from it, or even if he would enjoy it, but he has been Narnia-obsessed ever since!  I am currently reading the novel to him, and even though there are no pictures, he loves it.  I am also really thankful that it is giving me the opportunity to reinforce some important biblical truths, C.S Lewis was genius to include so many parallels.

Recently we moved and we had so many great boxes left over.  One particularly blustery cold day a few weeks ago we decided to have some fun with our boxes, and created this magical cardboard wardrobe.  It turned out wonderfully, it was a great combination of a fun art/craft project followed by a lot of creative play time.  Here is a re-cap of our box wardrobe day.

We started with one of those large wardrobe boxes, the kind that have a metal bar along the top for hanging clothes.  We cut the back of the box on each side down to the bottom to create a large flap.  Then at the front we cut down the centre and across at the bottom and top to create the doors.


box2Next I gave the kids some brown (water soluble!) paint and brushes and got them to work on the doors and the sides of the wardrobe.  While they were doing this I QUICKLY painted a Narnia-like scene on the inside of the back flap.  (QUICKLY because I have a crawler and although she was interested in something else at that point, I did not want her crawling in wet paint)

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I added some yellow “accents” to the front of the box to make it look a little more like a wardrobe.  After the paint was dry I hung some coats along the bar and then folded up the back flap and tucked the top end back into the box so that it was standing straight up.  The idea was that the children would climb into the wardrobe and then push the back flap open to step into Narnia.

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It worked!  We had a great morning role playing The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.  My four year old was Peter (with the armor)  My three year old son was Edmund, My 17 month old daughter was the Lion (whether she knew it or not!)  and unfortunately I got to be the witch.  We also had our play castle tent in Narnia, which kind of reminded me of the make shift tents on the Narnia battle field.  Lots of fun!

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I hope you enjoyed this post, thanks for stopping by!


Hello April!

1 Apr

Winter seems to be ending, all of the snow is melting away and the Robins are out doing their thing.  Spring is here and it has brought a new chapter, a new beginning, for my family.  In March we moved again and we are enjoying exploring our new surroundings.

It’s a very interesting area.  On one side we are bordered by the majestic Rocky Mountains.  On the other side we are surrounded by flat farmlands.  Only twenty minutes away there is a major city with over a million people.  Our little town is very quiet though, it is taking some getting used to!

As I mentioned we are enjoying touring around, there is some great scenery and wonderful places to visit very close by!  Here are some photos we took this month.


Honestly all of these cows were staring at ME, obviously I had to stop and take a picture!  It seems amazing to me that we can be so close to a major city, and yet five minutes away you can find the quietest of country roads with farms and…cows.


Isn’t this just gorgeous?  I love love love the mountains!  We are going to do so much hiking and skiing and all of that fun mountain stuff!


A world class zoo not too far away!  We have been taking full advantage of this, the children love it and there are always fun extra activities taking place. (It was the Tiger cub’s First birthday party on the weekend, how sweet is that?)

I also wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of you for subscribing and reading my blog – did you know that Sweet Benanna & Sam has over 500 followers now?  That sounds pretty amazing to me!

Here is a re-cap of what happened on this blog in March:


March was Disney Fun Month, did you see any projects that you are going to try out?  I think there were some pretty good ones {although I am biased :-)}

The following are the Disney themed posts that I wrote, click on the pictures to check them out:

Sweet Jessie Collage The Sweet Jessie Ruffle Party Dress tutorial, also includes a free size 2 pattern. This was a really fun project!!

title Cruising with Mickey Chalkboard Countdown

Simple Pirate Mickey Felt Vests

bowCollageHair Accessory Fun {For your next Disney Vacation}

This post also featured a wonderful Minnie Headband by  Sarah at Craft Quickies and 13 tutorials for sculpted Princess hair bows from Grosgrain Fabulous

And the not so wonderful Donald Duck Disaster, or how not to draft a boy’s shirt pattern.titleOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And in case you missed my Disney Cruise review, you must have a look, we had the most wonderful vacation!

We had some AWESOME guest bloggers this month too!

Carrie from My Favorite Finds shared her Minnie Mouse Party with us.  It is super adorable!  Plus my friend Jackie also gave us some great ideas from her daughters Minnie Mouse Birthday.

Jocie from One Project Closers: The Better Half shared her daughters Brave Party and Tangled Party, they were so amazing – both of them!

My friend, Jackie, who is not a blogger but loves to craft, bake, photograph, pretty much anything creative, shared some of her very impressive Disney Family Fun Nights with us.

Of course there were a few non-Disney posts this month…

I took you on a tour of my creative space – my sewing and craft room  (oh man!)


Even though it was Disney Fun Month, I still could not forget about Easter!  Here is my Sweet Easter Mantle with some DIY decor ideas plus a free printable

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe also had a giveaway for The Sweet Island dress – Congratulations to the winner, Sara.  Sara chose her dress in size 4 in the Lush Stargazer fabric, it looks beautiful!

My link party is still going too – I post it every Friday and you can link up projects until Monday.  Feel free to grab a button and come back next weekend to link up your Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff.

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I know I say this every month, but I have been working on some projects for April that I am really excited to share with you.  I really do!  Please visit often, or even subscribe by e-mail so that you dont miss out on any of the fun!  Here are some other places you can find me: PinterestFacebookGoogle Plus (I would happy to have you follow along via any of these social media sites, I follow, like, and add back!)

Thank you for stopping by today, P.S – I know this post has been lacking in quotation marks, it is driving me nuts but all my keyboard will type today are these: è é ^ç and I do not know how to change it!!!


14 LOVE-ly Hair Accessories

21 Jan


Valentine’s Day is nearing again!  Earlier last week I started looking around for some beautiful and romantic ideas to make some assorted Valentine’s hair accessories.  I ended up creating my own (which I will share with you as well) but I did come across some wonderful tutorials which I wanted to share with my readers.  Some are fun and funky, some are romantic – but they are all free and have great instructions (no links to Etsy shops or pictures only)  I hope you enjoy these “LOVE-ly” selections!  Here are the links below, in no particular order:

Crazy-In-Love-Bow1. Crazy-In-Love-Bow tutorial from The Ribbon Retreat.  This bow looks like so much fun!


felt-heart-barettes-beaut-12. Valentine Heart Barrettes from the Purl Bee – these lovely little felt hearts are so precious!


valentine heart clippie3. This Clippie Ribbon Tutorial from the Sugar Bug Boutique is very well explained and adorable!


Rose-Barrette-dine4.  Beautiful little Rose Barrettes, also from the Purl Bee (I just love this Blog!)


hair prettie 5.  Valentine Hair Pretties from the Anxious Crafter. This one would be gorgeous for little girls (or bigger girls like me!)


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6.  Here is another take on the sculpted heart – Valentines Heart Hair Clip Tutorial  from Double Stitching. Cute and simple!


ruffle bun7. The Ruffle Hair Wrap tutorial from The Hopeful Threads could easily be made with some Valentine-themed fabric.  It’s versatile and can be used in many different ways!


100lc_diyflowers18. These delicate cotton and tulle Fabric Flowers by Michonne  from the 100 Layer Cake look so elegant!


pouf9  Another charming fabric flower! The French Pouf flower tutorial by Love Maegan is made with chiffon and tulle.


My-Heart-Bow-210. The My Heart Bow tutorial from the Ribbon Retreat, wonderful and slightly over the top, a super bow for a little girl!


satin and tulle11. This Satin and Tulle Flower Tutorial from Of Pinks and Fairytales is so classy!


Zipper-Heart12.  How much fun is this?? The Zipper Heart, also from the Ribbon Retreat, they have so many wonderful tutorials!!


yoyo113.  The Flower YoYo Headband – sparkly and pretty, I love this one from Morenas Corner.  Actually I am in the process of making one for my daughter with pink satin and heart acrylic gems to give it a Valentine theme.


titleimage14. And last but not least, my very own creation the Cross My Heart Hair Clip tutorial…

I hope that you have found something that has inspired you to create!  Thank you for stopping by.

~Lisa K

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