Frozens young Anna dress complete (phew!)

Frozens young Anna dress - OTD


Frozens young Annas dress back - OTD

Well, its done, and in the nick of time. Not long now until I will have a 4 year old!

That was a marathon, if I say so myself. The 5 year old declared, “Its the best dress you have ever made”, so that made me feel like it was worth the extra effort. It also fits, Im only not happy with minor things that don’t matter, and I took enough pictures to make a very long tutorial!

Hopefully, the tutorial will be up in a week or two. Prepare yourself for a download-affecting amount of photos, haha!!



Making an Anna dress!!

Ready to make an Anna dress - OTD


My daughters 4th birthday is quickly approaching, and as in the tradition of making my daughters a dress each birthday, Im making her an Anna dress! She is after all, a younger sister!

I started out by googling images of the young Annas dress. I printed out the ones that could show the dress the best.

Then I found the best dress pattern I had to fit the style. It is in a Size 4, which is the size I need. It also has a higher waist, and short sleeves. The skirt of the pattern is gathered, where young Annas dress is A-line. But that can be easily fixed. The sleeves are also plain rather than gathered, but again, I can fix that! I will use the colours of fabric to work a bodice into the top.

Next, I went to my fabric stash and low and behold, I had all the colours in the right amount. I was pretty happy about that! Even the weird light colour, that isnt quite white, cream or green.

So now, I just have to make it!!

Im planning on making it into a tutorial, so stay tuned 🙂




Cheap second hand pattern find!

I went to a shop recently that sells things to support a local jail (plus also selling furniture that is made by some of the inmates). Its an awesome shop. It has handmade crafts, clothes, and furniture, plus jam and pies and cakes, and second hand things like books and clothes, and toys…

I found some patterns, oh, I certainly did! They had a small package of assorted patterns which I paid $3 for. Some of them I will use for my daughters.

Old sewing patterns for kids

And then there was a box of new patterns without their envelopes, for only 50c each! It was hard to tell the fit of some of the patterns because the photo/drawing was gone. But I picked out what I thought would be handy in the future. Im very much contemplating the jacket for myself.. but I’m sure if I do, it will be spring by the time its done.

Patterns without their envelopes

This pattern was a very happy find. I have a friend who has a new precious daughter, and in asking her what she would like me to make.. she said a poncho! I was going to draft the pattern, but finding this pattern will mean I don’t have to 🙂

6049 Pattern with poncho - Size 6 months to 4 years

And our last, but certainly not least purchase was this jewellery box. It hit my daughters eye from across the room the minute she walked in and I had 2-minute reminders about it the whole time we were there. At $3, I decided it was a purchase we could make!

Decorated jewellery box


Cloth wipes!

I may have failed to mention recently that I have added cloth wipes to my Etsy store!

A few years ago, I used to make and sell them on eBay, but family commitments meant I no longer had the time. They were very popular, and I would even get emailed to make special orders. I still now, get friends asking me whether I can make them some cloth wipes.

Here are the ones I have up on my store at the moment; just click the picture to get taken through to the listing 🙂

5 x blue rose cloth wipes - Oak Tag Designs

5 x blue spots cloth wipes - Oak Tag Designs

A while ago, I made up  a tutorial on how to make cloth wipes. They are very simple to make, so if you find yourself handy with the overlocker…

Cloth Wipes Tutorial