Trixie and Thomas Panel by Heather Ross

Have you seen the gorgeous new Trixie and Thomas cut and sew panel by Heather Ross for Windham fabrics? I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and sewing it was as fun as I had imagined!



There are quite a few tiny pieces to tackle in these sweet hand sewn mice and after making a few ( with some little assistants) I thought I would share some tips and tricks to make it a little simpler!



My biggest tip and something that really helped me was to use an erasable marker to draw a 1/4” seam allowance stitch line - I am someone who can get easily distracted so having a line to follow really helped stay on track.



when folding the ear to get it ready to attach in the head dart, I overlapped my edges quite a bit and secured the end with my sewing machine. This help to keep the end nice and narrow so it fits nicely in the dart.



I cut my dart a teeny bit deeper, I really wanted to make sure that I would have a 1/4” seam allowance left to attach the head gusset.



Pins are your friend! These are such tiny pieces that using a ton of pins really helped me keep it all together.

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Try sewing your mice with a backstitch. I found that it created a great strong stitch and also helped maintain those tiny curves.

You can find a great tutorial for this stitch here

Enjoy sewing these sweet little mice!

A xx

Sweet Acorn Cross Body Pouch

I always love the idea of creating sweet little bags and pouches that are easy for my sewing kiddos to make and also super fun for the moms too. Super excited to share this free tutorial with you!

What you will need!

Acorn Template :  Find it here

Acorn leaf template : Find it here

1/4 yard of featherweight fusible interfacing.

1/4 yard of quilt weight fabric ( for the back and lower acorn)

Small piece of felt for acorn top around 6" x 6"

small scrap of green felt for leaf

9" zipper

length of twine or ribbon for handle. 

Pinking shears

Basic sewing supplies

Let's get started!

Cut all of your pattern pieces from interfacing and fabric.

Cut 2- 6.5" x 11" rectangles of main fabric and 2 rectangles of fusible interfacing of the same size.

Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric rectangles and the acorn bottom pieces.

1. open the zipper and lay it face down along the straight bottom edge of the felt acorn top. Center the top so that the zipper end and the pull are hanging off each end. Pin the zipper in place. (I use larger zippers for this as it is a great intro for kids to sew zippers without having to wrangle zipper pulls and zipper feet.)

2. Sew down the edge of the zipper with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

3. Flip the top to the right side and top stitch on the felt beside the zipper. Sew nice and close to the edge at around 1/8"

4. Place the acorn bottom pieces wrong sides together and baste together around 1/8" from the edge. Use the pinking shears to pink across the top straight edge after sewing.

5. Position the other side of the zipper carefully on the right side of the acorn bottom and pin in place. Make sure that top and bottom are lined up. Sew along the zipper tape with a 1/4" seam allowance.

6. Once again flip the acorn piece right side up and topstitch along the acorn bottom close to the zipper.

7. Open the zipper and run a few stitches to secure the end of the zipper before cutting.

8. Pin the ends of the handle facing inwards on the right side of the acorn front. I like to position them about an inch or so above the zipper.

9. Lay your acorn back rectangles wrong sides together and then lay the acorn front right side down centered on top of the rectangle. Make sure the zipper is open at this stage and you can even feed the handle ends out through the zipper opening to ensure that the handles do not get sewn into the bag. (I use the larger rectangles to ensure that everything fits for sewing, it makes it so much easier for children!)

10. Sew all the way around the acorn with a 1/4" seam allowance. Go slowly over the handle ends as thay have pins inside keeping them in place. I like to do a backstitch over the zipper ends for added security.

11. Cut around the entire acorn with pinking shears

12. Carefully pull the acorn right side out making sure to reach in and remove the pins first. Use a pen end to push out the stem.

13. To get the leaf ready, simply sew some veins in a contrasting thread.

14. Pin the leaf to the top of the acorn top and sew a few stitches to hold in place.

Ta da! How sweet and so easy to make!!  Perfect for all year round!





The Frankie Dress and Top

The Frankie Dress and Top

I was looking everywhere for the perfect simple top and dress pattern for girls to be able to follow and make for themselves. It had to have a minimal amount of pattern pieces, be easy to sew and finish and be fast to make.

Introducing The Frankie! An easy dress or top, it can simply be popped over the head with no tricky fastenings. As a dress it is perfect for hot Summer Days or worn with leggings and a sweater when the weather cools off. The top version is perfect with a pair of jeans or shorts and has that sweet hi-low hem that so many kiddos love!

Download the Frankie Top/Dress pattern here (tiled version)

Download the Frankie top/dress pattern here (copy shop version)

Please note:

This is a free sewing pattern and is for personal use or for teaching purposes only. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about my pattern. Please keep in mind that this is my first apparel pattern and I have written it specifically for children to follow along. This has been tested by many of my students and we have done our best to make sure that the sizes are as close to standard as possible. 

I cant wait to see what you or your students make! Dont forget to tag @littlepincushionstudio on instagram with the hashtag #frankiedressandtop

Getting Started.

We will be using a 3/8" seam allowance for this dress/top. This is usually achieved by sewing with the edge of the presser foot on the edge of the fabric.

Pre wash, dry and iron your fabric. Cotton fabric has a tendency to shrink a little so lets get the shrinking done before sewing!

After you have downloaded the Frankie Pattern, you will see that you will have the option to print it out as a tiled version (lots of pages) or you can send the file to your local copy shop and have them print out one large sized pattern page for you. Make sure to ask for a black and white if you choose the copy shop version. 

If you decide to print the pattern at home, it will print on 28 pages. Each page has a letter and all you need to do is match up the letters to their partner and carefully tape each together like in the photo. I always think it helps to cut along the line of one of the page pairs - things line up much easier this way.

Make sure that your printer is set to 100% before you start to print. There is no need to scale the pattern to fit the page.


 Using the chart as a size guide, pick your size on the pattern piece and carefully cut out the paper pattern.

You may need to ask for some help to measure yourself - it is important so that you make the Frankie in the right size for your body!

Make sure to take your time for this part and ask for help if you are worried about cutting on the lines.

Fabric requirements.

These are the fabric requirements for 45" wide cotton quilting weight fabric.

Size 7        Top - 1  1/4  yard      Dress - 2 yards

Size 8        Top - 1  1/4 yard       Dress - 2 yards

Size 10       Top - 1 1/2 yards     Dress - 2 1/4 yards

Size 12        Top - 1  1/2 yards    Dress - 2 1/2 yards

Size 14         Top 1  3/4 yards     Dress 2 1/2 yards

Your 45" quilting cotton comes on bolt and should come to you already folded. That fold is really important for pinning and cutting your front and back dress/top pieces. If you have pre-washed and dried your fabric, make sure to re-fold it prior to pinning and cutting the pattern pieces.

You will see that on each pattern piece that there is an arrow. This is the grain direction of the fabric. Make sure that you position your pattern pieces with the arrow parallel (side by side) to  the selvedge of the fabric. (The selvedge is the part of the fabric with the designers name)

Pin the front and back pattern pieces to the fabric so that the edges are lined up with the fold. 

Pin the pocket and facing pieces to the fabric, make sure that the back facing piece is cut on the fold, Also don't forget to line the pieces up with the grain arrow parallel with the selvedge. You will not need to cut pockets for the top version.

Cut out all of the pieces but make sure not to cut along the folded edge. 

Use The pinking shears or zigzag the edges of the pocket pieces. This step is only for the Frankie Dress.

Place the neck facing pieces right sides together and pin the ends together to make a circle. Sew the ends with the edge of the presser foot on the edge of the fabric (3/8")

Iron open the seams.

Use Pinking shears and pink all around the bottom edge of the facing. You could also zig zag this edge if you want.

Lay your pattern piece on top of the fabric and use a pin to mark the location for the top of the pocket.

Position the pockets on each side of the dress front and the same on the dress back. Make sure the top of the pocket is perfectly lined up with the marking on the pattern piece. The pocket needs to be face down with the dress fabric face up.

Sew pocket into place making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end .

Place dress front and dress back right sides together and pin along the shoulders/top of sleeves.

Sew along this edge with the edge of the presser foot on the edge of the fabric making sure to backstitch at beginning and end. Iron the seams open.

The neckline will look like this.

Lay the facing on the dress/top neckline with right sides together and start by pinning the facing side seams to the dress/top shoulder seams. Sometimes it helps to pin at the quarter points although I don't have a photo of this.

Pin all the way around, lining up the edges carefully and easing the fabric to fit. (easing means giving the fabric a bit of a stretch to fit)

Carefully sew around the neck with the edge of the foot on the edge of the fabric. Make sure that it stays nice and flat as you sew.

You can use pinking shears or scissors to trim away some of the excess seam allowance here if you like.

Fold the facing to the inside of the neckline and press very carefully with the iron.

 Topstitch around the neckline with the edge of the presser foot on the edge of the fabric to hold the facing in place.

Pin down the sides of the top/dress from the edge of the sleeve to the bottom. If you are making the dress you will need to open out and pin around the pockets. See the diagram.

Sew with the edge of the presser foot on the edge of the fabric. If you have added pockets you will be pivoting at the bottom of the pocket and sewing around it then pivoting at the top of the pocket and continuing sewing up the edge of the dress, from the hem to the sleeve. Remember to backstitch at beginning and end. 

With the dress/top still inside out, fold in the sleeve hem approx 1/4" and press with the iron. Fold in another 1/4" and press again.

Sew nice and close to the folded edge all the way around the sleeve. You will need to take the extension table part of your machine off for this part.

Sew around the bottom hem of the dress/top with the edge of the foot on the edge of the fabric. This creates a folding line for the dress/top hem as the bottom of both the top and the dress are curved and kinda tough to fold without this stitch line.

Fold up the hem along the stitch line and press with the iron. Fold up again and press.

Sew nice and close to the edge of the fold.

Fold your dress/top right side out and give everything a nice lovely press and your done!!!