celina bailey from petit a petit and family

KCW Plans: What I Plan To Sew

Hello! My name is Celina and I blog over at Petit a Petit and Family, where I talk mostly about kids design in all it’s shapes and forms, as well as showcase some of my own creations and occasionally even share some tutorials and DIY’s.

I studied fashion design and had my own little label of kids up-cycled clothing, as well as a children’s boutique were I sold collections from small indie and local Montreal designers. I started my little blog back in february of 2011, when I decided to find a “real” full time job and give up on my dream of designing kids clothes. It wasn’t until a few months later, in May, where I discovered the KCW challenge and actually started sewing for my own kids and blogging about it. After that first time I was hooked, I looked forward to KCW all year, it never came fast enough!  All this to say, KCW is what has introduced me to the lovely sewing blog community and has actually made me want to sew for my kids. Until this spring, I sewed only when KCW came around and everyone in my house knew not to bother me or that we might be eating pizza every night that week! I take challenges very seriously.

preparing for KCW- making lists


So how do I prepare for KCW? The first thing I do is go through my kids closets and see what’s missing and make a list. Then, I am constantly searching and researching trends on Pinterest and looking for things I might want to make. This is something I do all year round actually. I’ll have a post all about that on wednesday, stay tuned! I also look for patterns and tutorials I might be interested in. I have a big collection of Japanese sewing books, so I usually look through these as well. Once I have all my ideas gathered, I usually like to make small sketches of everything I would like to make. I try to look through my fabrics and pull out the ones I think might work.

I’ll be honest, I never really prepare much beforehand, I like to feel the rush and the energy you get from participating in KCW and do most the weekend just before. Since I am guest posting here today, I started my KCW prep way earlier than usual!

As I’ve been sewing quite a lot for my kids the last few months, I looked through both my son’s and daughter’s wardrobe and realized the thing they need the most are some fall and winter accessories. So I’ve compiled a few tutorials I know I will be using this time around. As much as I like to sew 1 or 2 more complicated items during KCW, I really do love adding lots of simple little projects that make me feel like I’ve accomplished so much.

scarf tutorialmittens free pattern

I just love this geometric scarf and glove combo. The scarf is a triangular shape and has double layer of fabric, so you can have fun with combining different fabrics. You can find the pattern and tutorial over at Zilverblauwn.

The gloves are an easy and quick sew, make them in fleece or up-cycle an old sweater. You can find the pattern for a small kids size over at VLIJTIG.

Fox earmuffs tutorialupcycled necktie scarf tutorial

How cute are those fox earmuffs? My kids would love them. And how lovely would they be paired with one of these neckerchief scarfs? You can find the video tutorial for the earmuffs on youtube.  The tutorial and pattern for the scarf are available at Gros Grain Fabulous and how wonderful that you can up-cycle an old sweater again. Maybe make some matching mittens with the left over sweater?

lumber jack hat  tutorialMittens

Both my kids need a fur lined Chapkas. It gets mighty cold here in Quebec and we can never have too many warm hats. Delia Creates has a great little tutorial for this great winter hat. Same goes with mittens, we can never have too many!  These herringbones ones by Trula are made with the same pattern as the ones below and are so cute. I though it was nice to see the different ways you can adapt the pattern and make them your own.

mitten and scarf tutorial

 The Purl Bee is always a great source of inspiration and they have a nice variety of different tutorials to try. How fun are these mittens and pompom scarf? Oh the possibilities, combine different colors and patterns- my head is spinning with ideas!

With all these easy tutorials you’ll have lots of fun projects to show for. You might just be able to sew more than 1 in an hour!

Since I work during the day, my day looks a little like this:  I cut & sew at night once the kids are asleep. I take quick and simple photos with just a white background after school before the sun sets- sometimes with and without the kids. No fancy photoshoots during the week, that is for sure. I upload photos early in the morning or from work. Of course, my blogging suffers and as much as I would like to see and comment on what everyone is doing, I usually leave that for after. On the weekend I try to get the kids involved, I get them to choose their fabric and we’ll print some fabric together. We’ll have a little more fun with our photos too. Do they watch a lot of T.V. that weekend? Sure! Is it all well worth it? Definitely!

I’ll be honest, I wish I was more organized- I wish I printed my pdf patterns before hand and cut my pieces ahead of time too, but I work best under pressure. I admit it I am a major procrastinator! I always have W-A-Y more planned than what I accomplish and that’s ok too, it just makes me sew a little more after the challenge is over. So are you the organized type or are you like me and you kind of go with the flow?

And all this reminds me, I need to book my mom to come and babysit over the KCW weekend so I can sew all day on saturday. Yay! Now I am excited.

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  • Reply Jess Abbott September 30, 2013 at 9:21 am

    This is such a cool list Celina!

    • Reply celina September 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      I had to change my game plan after your awesome list! Happy you like it 🙂

  • Reply Mie @ Sewing Like Mad September 30, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Totally cool…as always! That pom pom scarf….looove! (Obsessed with Purl Bee so no surprise there 😉
    Great Job Celina!

    • Reply celina September 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      My kids are crazy for pompoms, so that might be the one at the top of my list!

  • Reply Karin September 30, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Autumn mittens are on our list, too because in reality one needs a pair for fall and a pair for snow. Great post! Thank you!

    • Reply celina September 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      yes! definitely more than 2 pairs and they always manage to loose some here and there! Happy you enjoyed the post! 🙂

  • Reply Meg October 1, 2013 at 9:07 am

    fox earmuffs! what?!

    • Reply celina October 2, 2013 at 8:19 am

      crazy, right?

  • Reply Laura October 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    This would be a much better approach to preparing for KCW than I normally use, I’ll have to try it this time!

    • Reply celina October 2, 2013 at 8:21 am

      I’m doing my best to stick with it! I have to say it’s a pretty good feeling 🙂

  • Reply Tara October 2, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Your post made me SUPER excited for KCW! I thought I might not be able to participate but you just gave me so much motivation and inspiration to all in one post–THANKS!

    • Reply celina October 2, 2013 at 8:22 am

      That’s awesome Tara! Sometimes just doing a few small things feels really rewarding. Can’t wait to see what you make. 🙂

  • Reply Erin Keith October 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    So fun, I’m so excited for this years!! I love your little line up and collection of tuts. I’m chomping at the bit with my Sew Fab Bundle, the only thing that makes me a little nervous is doing several patterns for the first time when efficiency is a goal. Wish us all luck with that!

    I just posted on my most efficient “crank out a zillion dresses” routine from this summer. Do you ever do something like this?


    Looking forward to seeing how it goes, for all of us! 🙂

    • Reply celina bailey October 4, 2013 at 9:49 am

      Hey Erin, I’ll have to check out your post. I love cutting lot’s of things and then the sewing done sometimes. And I find KCW is a great opportunity to try new things. It adds to stress for sure 😉 I’ll be sure to check what you made!

  • Reply Cecilie October 3, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Love it! I totally feel you in your dreams of becoming more organized. Procrastination is my middle name 🙂 I have tons of ideas and half-done projects, but I could not live without them! Good luck on your plans for the fall!

    • Reply celina bailey October 4, 2013 at 9:51 am

      I think you and I have a lot in common 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement, we’ll see how it goes. Somehow I always get derailed and end up making something completely different from what I had planned. Good luck to you too!

  • Reply Nina October 4, 2013 at 9:44 am

    When is kids clothes week? I can’t find actual dates anywhere and I need to plan for it! 🙂

    • Reply celina bailey October 4, 2013 at 9:52 am

      October 21-27. You should have plenty of time still to get organized 🙂 Have fun!

  • Reply Anna Robinson March 22, 2015 at 3:10 am

    Within the top five of the favorite content pieces, thankyou!

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