I’m on a new kick. Maybe it’s because the start of a new semester has granted me this thing called “free time”. But, seriously, I literally cannot stop thinking about sewing. Sometimes I walk into my sewing room just to stare at the projects I have on my list. I think about photos and backdrops and blog content constantly. And there are some epic projects coming friends. I think I caught whatever sewing bug Whitney has, because I literally want to sew all. of. the. time.

And look what she’s showing us today! Only the cutest Oliver + S Messy Kid Bibs you’ve ever laid your eyes on. Feast my friends, feast.

Oliver + S bibThe facts, straight up:

Pattern:  Oliver + S Messy Kid Bib from Little Things to Sew
Size:  one size
Fabric:  various ones from my stash (fat quarters work great)
Notions:  colored snaps
Difficulty:  2 scissors out of 4 (advanced beginner)
Make it again?:  not the way it’s done in the book

Her words:

“I made this pattern exactly once the way it’s written.  It felt like the most labor intensive bib on the face of the planet.  Between laminating the cotton and sewing on the bias tape the proper way, it took eons longer than any bib should ever take.  It also takes a ridiculous amount of bias tape.  Then I put one of my hard earned bibs in the washing machine and failed to realize hot water would render it completely unusable. 

Oliver + S bib melted

Lesson learned.  Back to the drawing board.

 My new version of this bib is quilting cotton backed with washcloth material.  I omit the little pocket at the bottom for the tidy eaters out there.  I don’t laminate because I would want to be able to wash these with a normal load of towels.  I sew the two layers right sides together and leave an opening along the bottom to turn them inside out.  I’m now using snaps for closures because I bought an assortment of bright colors and it’s fun to find ones that coordinate with the fabric, but the pattern calls for velcro.

One final tip:  If you see yourself making a lot of bibs (and why wouldn’t you?), transfer your pattern to something durable.  Some people use poster board.  I like to iron my traced pattern onto really stiff interfacing (the stuff that doesn’t crease nicely at all and feels like cardboard) and then cut it out.  Here’s what my bib pattern looks like after cutting out two dozen bibs: 

Oliver + S bib template

Have fun!”

Oliver + S bib cherries



Hold on to your hats, folks. Today’s Sistershare (in combo with my sister’s sewing skills) is about to blow your mind.


Has anyone heard of Oliver + S, only one of the most awesome pattern companies around? Of course you have. The company published a stellar book, called Little Things to Sew chock full of children’s patterns. The end result from their messenger bag pattern? A grown woman coveting a child’s accessory. It’s totally normal.

I want one. You can have one!

The facts, straight up:
Pattern: Oliver+S Messenger Bag from Little Things to Sew
Size: child (the book includes an adult size as well)
Fabric: Ikea Tidny canvas, purple Jo-Ann bottomweight cotton/poly blend
Notions: two strap adjusters (look for these in the purse aisle, not the notions aisle), bias tape maker
Difficulty:  3 out of 4 scissors (Intermediate)
Model:  The ever lovely Ms. Madeleine (thanks M!)
Make it again?:  I cut out two, so I’m guessing another is in my future.

Her words:

“If you haven’t perused the offerings in Little Things to Sew, do yourself a favor and head on down to Barnes and Noble just to flip through this book.  There are twenty different projects, great instructions, and gorgeous photographs to look at.  Pair that with your favorite Starbucks seasonal beverage, and I say you’ve got yourself a Saturday morning outing.

Oliver+S patterns are expensive, but this book is a great way to pick up a bunch at a relatively low cost.  If your Jo-Ann store carries it, I suggest using a 50% off coupon to bring the cost down to less than a buck a pattern.  While you’re at Jo-Ann, head over to the purse notion aisle and get your strap adjusters.  They didn’t have the simple metal loops, so I bought a two pack of their strap adjusters and pried off the little slider bar from the middle of one.

The first thing you’ll notice about the patterns in this book is the need to trace each one.  I spent the evening cross-legged on the floor with my big acrylic ruler, a roll of tracing paper and the third season of Glee on streaming Netflix.  It didn’t take more than an episode to trace the Messenger Bag, Explorer Vest,  Reversible Bucket Hat and Messy Kid Bib (to be featured in the near future). 

The bag itself is easy to construct and surprisingly simple to line compared to say, a child’s backpack. I made the bias tape (best tute here) and strap from the lining fabric and I’m really pleased with the contrast between the graphic canvas and the solid purple accents.  Only thing I’d change?  I’m thinking if you added another two inches to the length of the large panel, it might be visually more appealing. 

Love the bag, but don’t want to make it yourself?  Here’s your opportunity to own it. My little messenger bag is featured in an auction to benefit a sweet kiddo looking for her family.  Your tax deductible bid goes to offset the costs of her future adoption.  Didn’t realize overseas Down syndrome adoption even existed?  Take a look here.