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Helena has been hosting a weekly link up party called Sew It Chic In a Week. I’ve been sharing my makes there and getting to see what others are up to also.

mahlicadesigns is now at Thread: A Denver Handmade Consignment Boutique

Were you able to guess what’s up from last times little teaser?

Folded Front skirt in navy w/ orange

I’ve been working on a small selection of Folded Front skirts to go on sale at Thread in Denver.

Medium Folded Front skirt in Navy w/ yellow

The Folded Front skirt is a high waist wrap skirt that features draping across the front and interesting folds at the button closure.

100_3444The waist line can be folded over to reveal the colorful lining, and why wouldn’t you want to do that since it plays off the buttons so well?

Small Folded Front Skirt in Navy w/ Cornflower

I used these three coordinating cotton prints from my stash for the linings that peak out at the waistline. Each skirt is still one of a kind, but there is also continuity that will display nicely in the store.

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Abigail Bib by mahlicadesigns

I recently made a Caterpillar Onesie as a gift for a girlfriend’s new baby, shortly thereafter I received an invite for a welcome baby party. I sure didn’t want to show up empty handed , so I needed something quick and easy since my new little guy (three months old now) doesn’t give me much time for sewing and crafting any more. Hurray again for Pinterest. I love the bibs made over at Stubbornly Crafty and used her template to make my own simplified version.

Here’s how I made mine.

Supplies: Approximately one 12 x 15 piece each of terry cloth and quilter’s cotton, coordinating ribbon, and sew on velcro.

Cut out one bib in each of the fabrics using the template. Aline your ribbon across the quilters cotton and sew in place along the top and bottom edge of the ribbon. Using one of your machines fancy stitches might look nice here.

Place your bib pieces right sides together. Starting about three inches from one of the bottom corners, stitch toward the corner and around the bib. After rounding back around the other bottom corner, stop stitching to leave an opening about four inches so you may turn the bib right side out. Clip the seam allowance in the curved areas. Turn your bib and use a tool to push out the corners and curves.

Pin the bottom opening closed. Top stitch around the entire bib, being sure to catch the front and back of the bottom opening to secure it shut.

Sew on your velcro to each side of the neck flaps. Be sure one piece is sewn on the front, and one piece to the back so it will close properly.

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The Helene Bib Onesie by mahlicadesigns

I’m borrowing my bib idea from my Sweet Treats Top to make another baby gift for one of my friends. This will use the third of a five pack of Onesies I  purchased recently; I’m challenging myself to use them all in a creative way. Let’s see how I do.

Here’s how I made the Helene Bib Onesie.

Supplies: Onesie or other top, two 3/8 in buttons, 1 1/4 in x 2 in fabric for the placket, 4 in x 7 in fabric for the ruffle, and 3/4 in x 1 1/2 in fusible interfacing (optional).

Fold the 4 x 7 in ruffle piece of fabric in half length wise, right sides facing. Sew along the short ends using a 1/4 in seam allowance. Turn and press. Using a long basting stitch, stitch along the top raw edge of the ruffle piece. Use the basting stitches to gather the upper edge into a ruffle.

Pin the ruffle in place at the center front of your neckline.

Center and fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the placket piece, then fold in all raw edges by 1/4 in and press towards the center of the wrong side. Pin the placket in place over the ruffle, being sure to cover the raw edges of the ruffle.

Top stitch around the edge of the placket through all layers.

Hand sew on your buttons.

Caterpillar Onesie by mahlicadesigns

I came across diddledumpling‘s  really cute idea for a caterpillar detail on Pinterest and was inspired to make one as a gift. This will use the second of a five pack of Onesies I  purchased recently, I’m challenging myself to use them all in a creative way.

Here’s how I made mine.

Supplies: Onesie or other top, six 3/8 in buttons,  small bit of black embroidery floss.

Arrange your buttons along your top and sew in place. Use the embroidery thread to create the antenna. I made french knots and back-stitches.

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How to make a monogram top for baby by mahlicadesigns

I came across a really cute appliqued top by Dana at made and was inspired to make a monogram onesie for the new guy on his way to our family. Since the Onesies I purchased came in a 5 pack, I’m challenging myself to use them all in a creative way. Let’s see how I do.

Here’s how to make the monogram.

Notes: You can skip the fusible part and attach the letter directly to the top using your outlining stitches in the step starred below**

Supplies: Onesie or other top, craft felt approximately 2in by 2in,  embroidery floss, fusible interfacing**, letter templates, fabric marking tools, large eyed needle, scissors, iron.

Choose a letter template that fits the area on your top or trace it out free hand. Place your letter template (right side down) onto the wrong side of your craft felt, trace the outline, and cut out your shape. Repeat this step for the fusible interfacing, the non-fusible side should be face up when looking at your letter.

Now, start adding running stitches to the interior of your letter using the embroidery thread. Fill up the middle area first, we will use the last row of running stitches along the outer edge to baste on your interfacing. This is a great way to use up those short lengths of threads you’ve been keeping.

I placed all my knots to the back, but you could have them on the front for more texture if you like.

Attach the fusible interfacing to the back of your letter using one last row of stitches around the outer edge of your letter. **(Alternately you can use this last row along the outer edge to attach the letter directly to the top and skip the fusible.) All those knots should now be covered and the fusible side should be facing out.

Center your letter onto your top and pin in place. Set your iron to the setting recommended for the fusible interfacing. From the inside of the top, press to fuse the letter in place.

These instructions and your finished project are intended for personal use, please do not resell.

The Sweet Treats Top by mahlicadesigns

The Sweet Treats Top is a one of a kind creation; hopefully one of many more to come as I work on my resolution to use up my stash.

I used two purple fabrics from my stash to create the body and bib.

My mother, a garage and estate sale champion, let me pick through some of her goodies recently. The binding and vintage lace are thanks to her.

The buttons are from a great score I made this summer at a neighbors garage sale.

The Sweet Treats Top is available in my etsy shop.

The Split Front Skirt by mahlicadesigns

The Split Front Skirt is here… after much rumination.


I pretty quickly assembled the skirt and then set it aside once I got to the peak seam at the bottom. I added a lining in a lightweight pink cotton that was to be the peak of color through the opening I left in the front seam. The pink lining was too light and just looked like a slip showing by mistake or bad taste.

So the skirt was on hold while I auditioned more pinks, decided if I was going to insert a godet or ruffles into the lining in the new color, and if I was going to make a top to go along with this.

Well last night I was just fed up at looking at the sad stack of the unfinished project. Decision time. I chose a pink print, a godet as the insertion, and to forget about making a coordinating top.

Then to wrap things up I used a new-to-me technique from the recent edition of Threads Magazine to attach the lining to the zipper opening in the back. Essentially the raw edges are staggered, so the lining is offset from the zipper to avoid it catching in the teeth.

All done…right.  Well, not quite. With the lining, the bottom really flared out looking quite trumpet like.

As a final update I cut out the bottom portion of the lining and inserted the godet into the split front of the denim.

Pretty cute, I think. I love the pockets and the peak of color at the hem.

Coming soon to my etsy store.

Hand Made Baby Booties

One of the great parts of handmade is making something special for others. With babies in the near future for two friends, I knew I definitely wanted to make their gifts. Quilts are always such an appealing idea to me for baby gifts, but with my tendencies towards procrastination, not a good option. Instead, I’ve been keeping my eyes out for handmade shoe patterns for baby.

I made a set of slip-on baby booties for each mom to be, using the template and directions from Fleeting Thing.com.

I added a short elastic band as I sewed the top and bottom pieces together so I would not have to hand stitch in the elastic after the fact.

Aren’t these so cute?

The Sorbetto Top by mahlicadesigns

I finally had the chance to join the Denver Sewing Collective for one of their meet ups in June. Theme for the night was a blouse sew-along, though I think I was the only one working on a blouse. I really appreciated the opportunity to spend the evening with other sewers as we worked on projects and got to know each other.

I started a simple blouse pattern from Collette patterns, The Sorbetto Top, a free download. The finished project is available in my Etsy store.

Generally, I followed the pattern except:

I added about 2in to the length at the bottom hem line since I thought the finished examples looked a little short. I added a couple of layers of ruffles to my front neckline to spruce up this pretty simple silhouette.

Hemming, one of  the tedious parts of construction for me, is made easier by the use of bias tape around the neckline and arm openings. The ruffles added quite a bit of thickness around the neckline, but I was still o.k. with a 1/2in wide double binding.

Next time I’d shorten the length of the darts, I’m not a fan of how far they come across the chest.

I’d recommend the pattern as a good beginner project or if you’re looking for a quick and easy project. The instructions state that the sizes run small for a fitted look. Heed that warning.

My mother gave me some nice home dec fabric samples that I’ve been thinking of using for bib accents on blouses. This pattern may be a good contender for that future project.

The Water’s Edge cuff by mahlicadesigns

I can’t bear to toss my scraps, I’ve said this before, and as evidence you’ll find several projects on my blog that use left over fabric from other projects.

I’ve worked up another version of a wrist cuff using some oatmeal colored linen and embroidery floss, this time experimenting with some stitching lines.

I’m thinking of using this type of accent stitching at the bottom hem line of a curved front wrap skirt.

And look, I’ve already used some of my newly found buttons.

I’ll be adding these to my etsy store.

The H-I Def Cuff by mahlicadesigns

I can’t bear to toss my scraps, so I’m constantly on the look out for ideas to use them up. I really like the idea of making cuffs to use up small pieces and experiment with new techniques. In my first go at making a cuff I used Leigh Ann Tennant’s Alter Ego cuff pattern to combine the H and I shapes to interlink into an interesting under over effect.

After sewing and turning each piece, I top stitched the “H” shape. I then layered the pieces and top stitched the “I” piece attaching it to the “H” piece at the corners at the same time. This took a little maneuvering to hold the “H” piece out of the way as I top stitched the middle portions of the “I”.

Finally, I attached two snaps for closures. You can see in this pic how the topstitching of the “I” piece caught the “H” piece at the corners.

  I’ll be adding the H-I Def cuff to my Esty store.

Crazy Quilt Ornament: the tutorial

100_2874Here’s a little How To for the crazy quilt ornaments that I make. These are a great quick project to use up left over scraps.  Make your own or take a look at my etsy store to purchase one of mine. These instructions and your finished project are intended for personal use, please do not resell.


  • Finished square is 3in X 3in
  • Use a 2mm stitch length.
  • I use about an 1/8in to seam the crazy quilt pieces. This is pretty narrow, but since these are decorative I’ve not had any problems. Furthermore, since the scraps I use are pretty small, a larger seam allowance would eat up more fabric than I would want.
  • For best use of your scraps use the small pieces in the center area and larger pieces on the outer area.
  • You’ll notice I don’t use a batting. If you choose to add one, you will need to add width to your muslin and backing fabric to accommodate the thickness.


Muslin or base fabric, backing fabric, fabric scraps, small scrap of fusible web (optional).

Cut one 3.5in square of muslin and backing fabric. Cut one 1in x 2in of coordinating fabric for the loop.

Make the loop:

Fold the loop piece in half lengthwise and press. Fold in the long raw edges to the center crease, press. Fold in half again and press. Stitch a scant 1/8in to close the long edge. This will give you plenty of length to make the loop as big or small as you like.

Crazy Quilt:

Choose a 4-5 sided scrap piece for the center of your quilt and place right side up in the center of your muslin square. Choose your next scrap piece to fit along one edge of your center piece and place right side down. Aline your edges and sew through all three layers (your top scrap, your center piece, and the muslin) using a 1/8in seam allowance.

Open up the seam and heat press or finger press to lay flat. Trim away any of the second piece that extends beyond the edges of your center piece.

Choose your next scrap and aline along the second edge of the center piece. Continue adding scrap pieces around the center area at random angles until the entire 3.5in square muslin is covered.

Make the quilt sandwich:

Square up your quilt square to 3.5 in X 3.5in using a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler or the tools of your choice.

Choose one side to leave an opening for turning. Look for a side that does not have a seam ending in the middle section. Make note of this side or add a pin to remember it.

Center your loop on any of the remaining three sides. With quilt square right side up, line up the raw edges of the loop with the raw edge of the quilt square and position to make the loop as big or small as you like. Baste using 1/8in seam or pin in place with the pin heads outside of the square for easy removal when sewing.

Position your backing piece on top of of your quilt square with right sides facing and pin in place if desired. You now have a small pile with (from bottom to top) your quilt square right side up, loop positioned on one edge, and backing fabric. Right sides facing.

Sew your Quilt:

Using a 1/4in seam allowance.

Begin on the side you will leave open. Position your needle 1in from the corner, back-stitch 2-3 stitches and then sew towards the corner, pivot, and sew around the remaining edges. When you come back around to the beginning edge that you will leave open, stitch about 1in from the corner and take a few back-stitches.


Trim your corners. Turn right side out using your favorite tool to gently push out the corners. Fold the unsewn edges of the opening to the inside and press all edges. If the quilt appears puffy, use a scrap of fusible web in the middle to tack it down. Slip stitch the open edge closed.

The Obi Belted Skirt by mahlicadesigns


I really love the look of Obi sash belts and envisioned a full skirt with an obi sash like waistband. I created this design by modifying a simple apron pattern.

 First I modified the waist band shape to mimic an obi sash and widened the ties. Next I extended the body of the apron to make the complete skirt body and inserted an invisible zipper in the back.

This design is available in my etsy store with some new colors available.

I like the shaping of the waistline and the fullness of the skirt. I think the bow tie is pretty darn cute too.

 I used a beautiful print, but the detail of the sash is hard to see from a distance in this particular fabric. Maybe the ties could be a little shorter.