WILD THINGS from the forest // kid's clothes week

WILD THINGS in the forest

Hi everyone! I’m Sara and I love to sew. I am so excited to be contributing for this season!

I blog about my makings  – mainly clothes I make for my three kids but also some self care sewing from time to time – over Made by Sara. KCW has always been my favorite sewing event and one of my sources for inspiration and for getting to know wonderful sewing moms and blogs.

Today I am sharing with you some woodland animals inspiration! I had a hard time picking just a few because there are so many cute animals living in the forest – deer, hedgehog, squirrel, bear, bunny, owl, wolf, woodpecker, raccoon… What’s your favorite?

Here are a few ideas from both ready-to-wear and some amazing sewing blogs. Along with these I am suggesting which PDF patterns and fabric you could use to get those looks.

Let’s get started!






From  left to right: Chambray union / Hoppy Dot / Breezy White Batiste /Dreamland flannel Bedtime Bunny


1. Dress –  pattern suggestion: the Tinny dress pattern by StraightGrain;

2. Dress made by Kid Approved, with a tutorial on how to make that cute bunny and pocket, using the Norah dress pattern by Mouse House Creations;

3.  Top with flutter sleeves from Gap – pattern suggestion: the Little Betty top pattern by Sewpony Vintage;

4. Bunny hoodie, self-drafted by Craftstorming (pattern to be released);

5. Skirt by Boden – pattern suggestion: free tutorial by Petit à Petit and Family for a Reversibe Paper Bag Skirt;

6. Pajama – pattern suggestion: the All You Need Jammies pattern by Heidi&Finn.






From left to right: Fanfare organic flannel / Laguna Cotton JerseyThe Houndstooth Foxes /  Blue Stripes 


 1. Bodysuit – pattern suggestion: the Lullaby bodysuit by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop;

2. Top – pattern suggestion: the Library Blouse by Tadah! Patterns;

3. Fancy pants , pattern by Titchy Threads;

4. Dress made by La Gang à Nat, using the Caroline Party dress PDF pattern by Mouse House Creations;

5. Hood from The Children’s Place;

6.  Knit Dress – pattern suggestion: the Boardwalk Hoodie & Henley pattern by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop.


Deer in a forest



From left to right:  Kona Cotton / Forest Animal interlock knit / Woodgrain  /  Bambi panel


1. Hooded vest made by Mend and Make New, using the Peekaboopocket Mix& Match Outerwear top pattern by Little Kiwis Closet;

2. Tee made by DoGuincho, using the Hemlock Top pattern by Elegance & Elephants; 

3. Boy SS15 look by Caramel – pattern suggestion for the trousers: the Mini Hudson pants pattern by True Bias; 

4. Spring Dress made by StraightGrain, using the Hanami dress pattern;

5. Dress made by Behind the Hedgerow, using the Geranium dress pattern by Made by Rae; 

6. Trousers made by Craftstorming, using the Twisted Trousers pattern by Titchy Threads.





From left to right:  DenimBowtie bearShetland flannel /  Camping bear


1. Bowtie Bear made by StraightGrain, using the Otium sweater pattern by Sofilantjes Patterns; 

 2. Bear ears sweater ;

3. Hooded scarf made by  Adirondack Inspired, with tutorial;

4. Dungarees – pattern suggestion: Okey Dokey overalls pattern by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop; 

5. Raglan sweater – pattern suggestion: the Grand Slam tee pattern by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop;

6. Leggings – pattern suggestion: the Basic Leggings pattern by Serger Pepper.

When sewing for this KCW season, we can go for the obvious – using bold animal fabric prints, animal graphic stencils, or clothes with animal ears, faces, limbs, tails (the imagination is the limit here) – or we can sew the theme in more subtle ways – playing with animal colors, color schemes, textures (fur, stripes, scales, spots) and shapes, which can be translated into fabric choices.

As for color inspiration, we can think of all these animal fur shades – orange, brown, gray, black -, all the green shades from all the trees and greenery, and even some hints of red because of the colorful birds that live in the forest.

So, pick your favorite woodland animal, pick your color and texture and make something fun! Can’t wait to see it!


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  • Reply Rita @ ConversasdeHermanas March 26, 2015 at 11:19 am

    What a great post! Love all the suggestions… Great source for inspiration!

  • Reply Carla March 26, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Loved this post. Forest animals are the cutest 🙂

  • Reply Soraia de Sousa Mendes March 26, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Great post! Very inspirational! <3

  • Reply Renee //nearestthepin March 26, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Such amazing sewing here Sara! These animals are mostly quite foreign to us here in Australia and I wouldn’t think of using them as the basis for sewing, so your post has been very inspirational 🙂

    • Reply Sara @ Made by Sara March 27, 2015 at 4:52 am

      Hahah 🙂 I guess I should make a post focused on kangaroos, kookaburras, wombats, dingos and koalas, right? 🙂 

  • Reply Erin Keith March 26, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Holy Moly Sara!! What an onslaught of cuteness!! Great roundup, I can’t wait to get started!! 🙂

    • Reply Sara @ Made by Sara March 27, 2015 at 4:54 am

      Thanks! I can’t wait to see what you make Erin! I love everything you make for your kids. 

  • Reply Jenya March 26, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Sara, thankyou for such a lovely post. So much inspiration!

  • Reply Marta March 26, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Wow Sara! Super, super inspirational post! I love every single outfit you picked!

  • Reply An (StraightGrain) March 26, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Such a great post, Sara! Thank you for sharing your inspiration…

    • Reply Sara @ Made by Sara March 27, 2015 at 4:57 am

      Thank you for making great animal inspired clothes for your girl! You always use the cutest fabrics!

  • Reply Diana March 26, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    So great Sara! It’s hard to say which one is my favourite! Loved them all!

  • Reply Fiona March 28, 2015 at 6:01 am

    I love woodlands animals! These are the cutest clothes, which I know my kids would love to wear. Thanks for the inspiration and the pattern suggestions for ready to wear clothes. Very helpful!

    • Reply Sara @ Made by Sara March 28, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Glad it was helpful! And thank you so much for commenting so I could find your blog! I love Africa and will love to follow your adventures there. 🙂 Your photos are great! 

      • Reply Fiona March 31, 2015 at 6:38 am

        Thank you so much, Sara!

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