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Fleece Earwarmers :: M4M 12 Days of Freebies

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I'm back again, sharing another freebie from Made for Mermaid's "12 Days of Christmas Freebies"!  Today, it's another easy scrapbuster in the form of fleece earwarmers for the whole family.

Get ready to oooo and ahhhh over how cute we are as a little plaid family.  Haha.  I kid!

I don't have a lot to say about these earwarmers other than that they are insanely fast to make.  The seams are all enclosed and they take the smallest amount of fleece...which is always on sale at JoAnn fabrics it feels like, so they are insanely quick and easy gifts to make and give!

The pattern comes in four sizes, so it literally can cover all ranges of head sizes.  We are of the big headed variety, so Louis is actually in the adult size, with the height of the youth.

We aren't cat people, but there are even kitty ears with the pattern so you can make literally the cutest kitty earwamers ever.  If I would have thought it through, I would have made Louis a fox hat from them.  (Mental note: make a fox headband for Louis STAT.)

You can find the FREE pattern on the M4M blog: Fleece Earwarmers pattern.  Hop to it!

Daddy/Son Bowties :: M4M 12 Days of Freebies

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Team Mermaid is back at it again with another amazing TWELVE days of freebies on their blog.  They are ambitious and awesome and generous.  Love those girls!  While I decided not to overwhelm myself and participate in all twelve days, I am joining them for a few days of freebies.  And today is one of those days!

Bowties on Louis are my weakness.  He may not wear them often but darnit...he's so freaking adorable in them that maybe I should start making it his "thing".  When I read that they were doing adult sizes too, I couldn't wait to make them for both of my guys.  Daddy/Son matching bowtie photo opportunity?  Yes, yes, yes.

Aren't they the cutest duo ever?   GAH!  So many heart eyes!

I love the double layered look of these bowties.  So far, I don't think I've seen any quite like this, and especially not for free.  So make sure you snag this pattern from Made for Mermaids!  They even have the full tutorial for putting them together on their blog.  I seriously made both of these for Bennett and Louis in 30 minutes.  

Can I also momentarily brag about the outfits they're wearing?  The button down on Bennett and the cardigan on Louis are also me-made.  Fun to see a whole photoshoot of my amazingly adorable dudes in mostly me-made clothes.  

And of course, the details:

On Bennett: Yukon Button-Up by Peekaboo Patterns | Layered Bowtie by Made for Mermaids
On Louis: Cpt. Mack Cardigan by Patterns for Pirates | Layered Bowtie by Made for Mermaids

**As always, you'll find some affiliate links scattered within my post, which means I receive a small amount of compensation if you end up purchasing something I've recommended.  Thanks for helping to feed my sewing habits!

Sunday Lately :: Week 101

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Sunday Lately is a weekly linkup hosted by the Blogger Tribe (which is being fearlessly lead by Angelica, Meaghan, Nicole, and myself. We e-hang out every Sunday, sharing a small glimpse into the last week of life in our own worlds. We'd love if you could join us!

This week's themes: Planning, Loving, Reading, Wishing, Feeling.

Planning. A week of busy work!  Holy crap, you can tell Christmas is coming.  Tis the season of Christmas orders, no sleep, and running around like a crazy person.  Amiright?

Loving. The opportunities I've had lately to make some new BFFs.  We had some girls and kiddos over to the house last night to decorate Christmas cookies.  It was super fun.  (Even if I'm not exactly the world's greatest cookie decorator.  Let's pretend that the cute ones in this picture are mine......)

Reading. Nothing.  I'm never reading anything.  Seriously need to do-away with this prompt so it stops making me feel bad about myself, haha.

Wishing. I could share even an ounce of the same joy and excitement about Christmas that Louis does.  It's seriously the best having him around this time of year.  I mean, it's obviously always great to have Lou around.  But when he talks about Santa and his reindeer, or when he explains that naughty kids get coal, or when his eyes light up when he's telling you about a Christmas gift he wants to get for someone....it's just the best.

Feeling. Pretty darn lucky to have the support we do of our friends and family.  This is the fourth year now that we've decided to "adopt" a family in Wheeling for Christmas.  And this year, we actually decided to adopt two families!  We've been accepting donations and items for the families, and I'm looking forward to wrapping them up and delivering them to these deserving families!  It's like a big hug from a bunch of strangers!  A reminder that there are kind people in this world and we are all pulling for them.  If you're wanting to help out, we've set up a page on our site here: Adopt-A-Family.

Cocoon Cardigan by Patterns for Pirates

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It's release day!  It's release day!  This cardigan was one of the longest teases we've ever done with Patterns for Pirates and it's fun to finally be releasing it.  Ready to see what I made?  (I will link all of the fabrics and patterns at the bottom of the post, in case you're wanting to know about them.)

I made three Cocoon Cardigans during testing total.  But no worries, there will be more to come.  I'm not much of a layers girl...but I think Judy has me sucked into this one.  Damnit Judy.  You're always making me turn my "I never wear _____" into "I love them, how many can I make before my closet explodes?"

Let's talk about the three I made.  First up was a long sleeved version, in a tunic length, with the short neckband.  No pockets.  No extra frills....because I had loud fabric and felt like it didn't need any extras.  

Loud fabric?  Me?  Unheard of!

The stars fabric is an ITY.  So it's not the warmest thing to wear on my body in November/December but the drape is lovely.  The only trouble I had was figuring out what to wear underneath...since I tend to not own too many solid colored tops.  

I joked in the P4P release blog post that this style cardigan is like wearing a hug.  And it's so true!  It just wraps perfectly around you, in a very hug-like way.

The tunic length is pretty fab.  Especially since it's skinnies season and sometimes you need a little extra coverage in the bum area.  I'm not a leggings girl but I am a jeggings girl.  And I don't always love feeling like my tush is on display.

Oh.  And the other thing about this pattern?  It's crazy fast to sew up.  CRAZY FAST.  It's a dolman style sleeve (just like the Sweet Tee and the Pumpkin Spice) , so the sleeves are quick-quick-quick to attach.

The second Cocoon Cardigan I made for myself was 3/4 sleeve, with patch pocketsssssssss, elbow patches, and a short neckband.

AND.  The best part??
PURPLE. PLAID. SWEATER KNIT.  (Basically my version of fabric heaven.)

Pockets are never necessary for me.  Like, I'm not putting anything into my dress or sweater pockets.  But damnit, it's so nice to have a place to put your hands!  I have this habit of standing with my arms crossed and looking off-putting during conversations with people.  So these pockets save me from being a total awkward turd.  

Well, they mostly save me from it.  It's like 75% hand placement, 25% dorky laughing and story telling to avoid any silent moments.

I told you that this style is like wearing a hug right?  Seriously!  How do you not want to cuddle yourself into this cardigan??

The final cardigan that I made was in a cropped length, short sleeves (with cuffs), and still that short band.  The cropped version to me just asks to be paired with a dress.  So I did just that.  I had this sequin jersey fabric from earlier this year and felt like it would be perfect to pair with a dress for the 203948309 upcoming Christmas parties I'll be attending.

When I finished making this, I told the girls in testing that it was a "boob hugger".  Haha.  Sorry, I really need to grow up sometimes.  But it's what it is to me!  And I don't mean it in a bad way...I swear!  It just happens to cup the girls just so...  (Goodness, someone ban me from the internet.)

Isn't this just perfect for pairing with a dress though?  I love a pattern that can be used for multiple purposes!  I'm all about having go-to's that you know fit well!

Oh boy.  And now here comes the hard part....tracking down all of my fabrics.  Luckily enough, I purchased all of them from the same site.  So that's a first, right?  Here are the dirty details:

Pattern: Cocoon Cardigan by Patterns for Pirates
Fabrics all from Fabric.com : Navy Stars (similar) | Red/White Stripe | Purple Buffalo Plaid | Grey Sequins

**As always, you'll find some affiliate links scattered within my post, which means I receive a small amount of compensation if you end up purchasing something I've recommended.  Thanks for helping to feed my sewing habits!