While this blog began as a way to connect with my long-distance family, it slowly morphed into a space for my ultimate artistic past time: SEWING.  Sewing has always been part of my life, I can’t remember a time where I didn’t have access to a machine.  It wasn’t until 2014 when I fell into the wild world of PDF sewing patterns, and learned all about how to create my own apparel.  I went from zero to hero, and now my family trio has entire closets full of, unique, tailored-to-our-measurements, handmade items.  It’s pretty stellar, if you ask me.

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Yoda One for Me :: FREE Yoda-Inspired Zipper Pouch Pattern + Tutorial!

Yoda One for Me :: FREE Yoda-Inspired Zipper Pouch Pattern + Tutorial!

My name is Katy and I have a love for Star Wars that goes beyond what a person should have.  Like....I LOVE Star Wars.  Even the Prequels, people!!!  And whenever I'm like, "what should I make that would be cute and fun?" I almost always want to make something related...

Mr. Fox Sleep Mask :: FREE Sewing Pattern + Cricut Maker File

Mr. Fox Sleep Mask :: FREE Sewing Pattern + Cricut Maker File

My kiddo is OBSESSED with wearing a sleep mask to bed every single night.  This has been going on for nearly two years now and he feels like he doesn't get enough rest if he wasn't wearing his mask. He's also equally as obsessed with foxes.  It was only natural to...

Customizing Fabric with Cricut (and a FREE skirt pattern!)

Customizing Fabric with Cricut (and a FREE skirt pattern!)

One of the coolest blogging experiences to-date was when I was contacted about this Cricut blog tour.  They wanted to get a bunch of us sewing bloggers together to see what we could come up with for projects that involved their iron-on products.

Considering that my whole business is built from the iron-on and HTV world, I couldn’t say no to this opportunity.  And really I couldn’t say no in general, because it sounded so fun!  I was officially counted in!

Easy-Peasy DIY Placemats

Easy-Peasy DIY Placemats

I've FINALLY knocked out one of the projects I've been meaning and wanting to do for forever.  I made table settings for our dining room!  (Well...breakfast room.  Except we eat breakfast in the kitchen and other meals in the breakfast room.  We are a little odd.)...

Valentine Puppy Mask + Card | Free Pattern!

Valentine Puppy Mask + Card | Free Pattern!

"Louis, we need to come up with a Valentine's Day card for your classmates." L - I want it to have puppies. "Oh that's fun!  Let me think about a puppy card." L - No, I want a puppy mask.  AND a puppy card.  So we can all wear masks and be puppies! Have I ever...

Captain America Plush Doll | Free Pattern!

Captain America Plush Doll | Free Pattern!

Meet the Captain.  He’s the heart and soul of the Avengers, Louis’ favorite superhero and now he’s a super cute plush doll that you can make for yourself.  He’s also the first of the Avenger’s plushies patterns that I’m going to be sharing! Want to make one for...

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Suit Up for Summer with Raspberry Creek Fabrics!

Suit Up for Summer with Raspberry Creek Fabrics!

Hi my name is Katy and I am a liiiiiiiiiiittle bit excitable.  How so?  Glad you asked. First...it's been super busy around the McKinley world.  But I saw a call for bloggers for the Raspberry Creek Fabrics "Suit Up for Summer" tour and I couldn't have signed up any...

Fabric for Pirates :: March 2021 Reveal

Fabric for Pirates :: March 2021 Reveal

We are halfway through the month, which means it's time to share the March Fabric for Pirates subscription! WHEWWWWWWW.  This month was the "little fabric subscription that could".  We had a malfunction on the P4P website that caused some chaos, and then on top of...

A [Scarlet] Witchy Be Bold Bodysuit

A [Scarlet] Witchy Be Bold Bodysuit

Doesn't the idea of a bodysuit throw you straight back to the 90's?  When you were rocking those ditzy floral bodysuits, and reading Tiger Beat?  No?  Just me? I'm always blown away by how much the fashion of my middle/high school life is coming back into style. ...

Fabric for Pirates :: February 2021 Reveal

Fabric for Pirates :: February 2021 Reveal

It's the 15th of the month, which means it's reveal day for the Fabric for Pirates subscription recipients!  This month's is full of love -- in so many ways!  I am so excited to share it with you! With February being the month of love, we wanted to send something out...

A Color Blocked Colleen Cardigan, by Made for Mermaids

A Color Blocked Colleen Cardigan, by Made for Mermaids

Sometimes a new pattern comes along that is deserving of TWO back-to-back blog posts.  The new Made for Mermaids Colleen Cardigan is one of those patterns!  It doesn't hurt that I'm super smitten over the two that I made for myself -- and that this pattern comes...

Colleen Cardigan by Made for Mermaids, with a Blanket Refashion Twist!

Colleen Cardigan by Made for Mermaids, with a Blanket Refashion Twist!

Made for Mermaids released a new pattern and I just HAD to tell you about it.  Here are some reasons why: My friend Megan designed it and she's seriously the best. It's a cleverly put together pattern and so fast to make that you'll be making tons and tons of them....

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M4M + P4P Spring Mini Capsule 2021 | Tween Boy “Planning Stage”

M4M + P4P Spring Mini Capsule 2021 | Tween Boy “Planning Stage”

Good lord, Louis needs some clothes for the upcoming change in seasons.  Badly.  Kiddo has grown so much and his entire closet has been cleared of things that are too short for him.  Nothing is more motivating to get sewing done than a capsule challenge, and I’m super happy that Megan and Judy decided to put together the Spring Mini Capsule!

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! :: Halloween 2020

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! :: Halloween 2020

We've been on a kick with Louis lately, watching classic movies from the 1980s and early 90's.  Since late September, we started watching movies in that era, but more on the Halloween themed side.  Beetlejuice was on that list and Louis immediately knew what he wanted...

Fabric for Pirates: October 2020 Reveal (Part II)

Fabric for Pirates: October 2020 Reveal (Part II)

I've got a second round of fabric reveals for you, for the Patterns for Pirates' fabric subscription service: FABRIC for Pirates!  And I'm just as excited about this fabric as I was the first.  No joke.  Both fabrics are the same base, a deliciously soft and stretch...

Fabric for Pirates: October 2020 Reveal (Part I)

Fabric for Pirates: October 2020 Reveal (Part I)

It's the official reveal day for Patterns for Pirates' fabric subscription service: FABRIC for Pirates!  I couldn't be more excited about it, either! Let's start with the best and dorkiest thing I've made in a really long time: this video.  You're welcome, fam....

Retro Star Wars Winter Jacket

Retro Star Wars Winter Jacket

Sound the alarm, I've actually sewn a winter jacket BEFORE winter hits!  Where are the balloons and streamers?  This is a big moment for me!! If there's one thing I love sewing the most, it's jackets for my family.  I've talked about this recently, but it's worth...

One Pattern, A Dozen Ways | A Recap of the Lumberjack Shirt

One Pattern, A Dozen Ways | A Recap of the Lumberjack Shirt

As I'm working on finishing up Louis' winter jacket for this year, I couldn't help but take a trip down memory lane of all of the jackets I've made him.  And they all happen to be from one single pattern: the Lumberjack Shirt by Patterns for Pirates. Seriously, sewing...

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Fabric for Pirates: October 2020 Reveal (Part I)

Fabric for Pirates: October 2020 Reveal (Part I)

It's the official reveal day for Patterns for Pirates' fabric subscription service: FABRIC for Pirates!  I couldn't be more excited about it, either! Let's start with the best and dorkiest thing I've made in a really long time: this video.  You're welcome, fam....

May the 4th Be With You, 2020

May the 4th Be With You, 2020

Next to Halloween, today is my favorite holiday ever.  May the 4th Be With You, my friends.  Every year, I look forward to making new themed outfits for the three of us to wear. But let's be honest with ourselves...I make Star Wars clothing year round.  It's just that...

The Making of a Superhero :: Captain America

The Making of a Superhero :: Captain America

On July 3rd, I decided that somehow none of our red, white and blue clothes were good enough to be worn this year for the 4th, and that I needed to stretch my sewing wings a little bit and make us some new tees.  I'm sure you know by now that I'm a huge fan of...

Sew Americana 2019 Blog Tour!

Sew Americana 2019 Blog Tour!

Ahhh!  My favorite self-hosted blog tour is back for it's fourth year and I couldn't be more excited than I am!  I love me some red, white and blue.  And even more so, I love that I can convince twenty-four other bloggers (who are way cooler than me, let's face it) to...

Dressing Our Guests :: 10 Year Anniversary Party

Dressing Our Guests :: 10 Year Anniversary Party

As if you'd even think for a second that I wouldn't sew for other people for our 10 Year Anniversary party!  I had so much fun putting together all of these coordinating outfits! I had always planned on making something for my sister to wear. And then wanted to make a...

Pin Tucks + Suspenders :: 10 Year Anniversary Attire

Pin Tucks + Suspenders :: 10 Year Anniversary Attire

What was almost as exciting as my dress to make for our anniversary party were the boys' outfits!  I actually find sewing button-downs super satisfying because there is a level of perfectionism that is required and when you absolutely nail that collar or placket, you...

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Yoda One for Me :: FREE Yoda-Inspired Zipper Pouch Pattern + Tutorial!

Yoda One for Me :: FREE Yoda-Inspired Zipper Pouch Pattern + Tutorial!

My name is Katy and I have a love for Star Wars that goes beyond what a person should have.  Like....I LOVE Star Wars.  Even the Prequels, people!!!  And whenever I'm like, "what should I make that would be cute and fun?" I almost always want to make something related...

Make a New Friend (or Three!) with P4P Plushie Pals!

Make a New Friend (or Three!) with P4P Plushie Pals!

It's another exciting day for me in the world of sewing, because I was able to design and release a new pattern with Patterns for Pirates.  And it's a FREEBIE! I've probably mentioned it before, but it's been an incredibly fun and challenging journey to learn how to...

90’s Socks by Made for Mermaids

90’s Socks by Made for Mermaids

Goodness me.  Let's talk about some things that I photographed / tested for and totally never posted on here!!  My goal is to catch everything up and to stay current, unlike my most recent performance of blogging and getting way behind on all the things.  Because I...

P4P Holiday Freebies :: Pirate Stocking Cap

P4P Holiday Freebies :: Pirate Stocking Cap

I apparently will never let go of my hat making roots.  Because I just created another hat pattern and we are giving it to everyone for FREE! Louis needed (maybe not needed but I wanted to make it so let's call it a need) a fun hat to wear while he danced in an Open...

P4P Holiday Freebies :: Critter Clutch

P4P Holiday Freebies :: Critter Clutch

OH EM GEEEEEE.  I am crazy excited to share this new release with you today!  I have wanted to create a little purse like this for FOREVER now and I'm so excited I finally brought it to life. Today is the second day of freebies over at Patterns for Pirates and I am...

Set Sail Hat :: A FREEBIE by Patterns for Pirates!

Set Sail Hat :: A FREEBIE by Patterns for Pirates!

I get this overwhelming sense of accomplishment when I'm able to take something from an idea in my head, to a finished product.  This new "Set Sail Hat" is one thousand percent one of those moments of accomplishment. I did a fabric promo last year for a Breakfast at...