Sewn with Aloha (on the Cali Fabrics blog)

I’ve mentioned before how much I love sewing the designer fabrics I find at Cali Fabrics, and how I like to see if I can sleuth out how the designer originally used it. The Tori Richard designer shirtings were easy – anyone who loves Aloha shirts the way my husband does is familiar with the brand, which has been making quality Hawaiian-style shirts in Honolulu since the 1950’s.

I used the Wardrobe By Me Men’s Tropical Shirt pattern (afflink) for its similarity to the Tori Richard styles and it was a great sew! See my whole post over at the Cali Fabrics blog.

Time to Grab your Sew Fab Bundle

It’s always good to try new things! So for the first time, Tie Dye Diva is a participating designer in the amazing Sew Fab pattern bundle! We’re offering our popular Mermaid Maxi pattern as part of the 12-pattern bundle at the unheard of low price of $26.95 for all 12 patterns. How does $2.25 a pattern grab you? So you can try something new too, pick up a bundle and try out some new patterns, maybe even a designer who is new to you.

I sewed up the Eli Monster Reizen pants that’s included with the bundle for my son and they are so comfy! It’s a great base pattern for your own touches too, I added the drawstring and elasticated hems to give them a very ‘joggers’ feel. The pockets are part of the pattern – yay, pockets!

Adorable back to school outfit with Eli Monster Reizen pants and our own Zee’s Tee!

Here’s more about the bundle directly from the bundle Admin, Rachel.

The Summer 2019 Sew Fab Bundle features 7 different designers, with 12 curated patterns. Thank you so much for supporting the Sew Fab Sale! We all appreciate your business! This bundle supports small businesses.

Can you believe it’s been a few months since the last bundle? I can’t.

We’re so excited with the relaunch of the Sew Fab Patterns Sale! Before you know it, we’ll be celebrating the anniversary of it all over again.  So many of you have been following along with the sales updates through our newsletter, facebook page and instagram accounts. We’ve loved getting your feedback to bring you bundles with patterns you want and need. Thanks for being a part of the conversation!

We’re going back to our roots.

In the past the Sew Fab bundles have covered a wide range of patterns, from beautiful girls’ dresses to unisex children’s pants. We’ve seen women’s patterns, stuffed animals, and messenger bags. So we’ve curated a back to school bundle perfect for your kids wardrobe. And we threw in some fun patterns for the ladies and rest of the family.

Did you hear that???

This bundle is completely made up of coordinated patterns!

The Sew Fab Summer Bundle includes twelve patterns from indie pattern designers that you already know and love! They have been working tirelessly, comparing ideas and notes and creating an amazing bundle of patterns that will help you create a fun wardrobe with pieces that can transition from summer to fall/winter to spring. This bundle is so versatile. It will enable you to create endless combinations.

Now for the exciting part…the new patterns! Twelve gorgeous patterns. Here they are!

From Top Left, across the rows: The Mermaid Maxi Skirt by Tie Dye Diva, Gibson girl blouse by Duchess and Hare, Round Robin skirt by Duchess and Hare, Skiff Tunic and Dress Bundle by Jennuine Design, Clipper Shorts by Jennuine Design, The Campbell Jacket and Vest by Goober Pea Designs, Reizen Pants by The Eli Monster, Sea Snuggler Blanket by Cucicucicoo, Venice Beach Beanie by Golden Rippy, Nieuz Dress by The Eli Monster, Split Pea Tunic and Dress by Goober Pea Designs, Simple Leggings Bundle for women and children by Cucicucicoo.

For your reference, we have listed all of the pattern descriptions and size charts for you on this page. Hop on over and take a look. You’ll see that there are so many options for you!

As you can see, this is a really amazing bundle!

Each pattern was picked for this sale (FOR YOU!) and the bundle is available only through the Sew Fab Summer Sale.

You will not find these patterns sold together anywhere else, and certainly not for these prices!

You pay one price and get all 12 patterns! Total value is $133!

The bundle is $26.95, this is the perfect budget friendly gift for a BFF, family member, or yourself, because 12 sewing patterns at less than $2.25 each cannot be beat! (Bundles cannot be shared. Please purchase additional bundles if gifting them, or send a gift certificate.)

If you have purchased a Sew Fab Pattern Bundle in the past you know how it works, but just in case you are new to Sew Fab here’s what you need to know… The Sew Fab Pattern Bundle is a bundle of PDF sewing patterns.

If you’ve never sewn with a PDF pattern before, let me explain briefly how they work. Upon purchasing the bundle you will be sent links to a zipped file. After downloading and unzipping the file, you will print out the patterns itself, creating pattern tiles. Simply tape the tiles together to create the full pattern! At that point you can cut out the size that you need and pin the paper pattern that you have pieced together directly to your fabric, or you can trace the pattern size that you need onto sewing paper or tracing paper and cut it out, saving the paper pattern for later when you need to sew another size. PDF patterns are so convenient because you can print them out as many times as you need and they’re stored on your laptop!

This Sew Fab Pattern Bundle is only available for a very limited time and will never be available again! You can purchase the bundle from August 16th at 1 a.m. PST through August 26th at 11:59 p.m. PST. There will be no late sales offered. Due to the nature of the sale there are no refunds. The pattern bundle expires a month from the end of the sale, so please download and save your patterns upon receiving them.

You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to purchase all 12 PDF sewing patterns for only $26.95!

The Sew Fab Giveaway!

As always we have a great Sew Fab Giveaway for you to enter! One lucky winner is going to win a whole bunch of fun! Here’s what the winner will receive…


The gift will get bigger as more sales roll in. With every additional $50 in sales, we’ll add something fun to the giveaway. You could get fabric, tools, gift cards to fabric stores, maybe even a sewing machine or overlock!

So be sure to share the sale and this giveaway!! The more the bundle grows, the more your prize does too!

To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below, and be sure to leave the required information when asked. Facebook will not allow us to require you to “like” a page in exchange for an entry, but if you visit the page and feel led to “like” it I know the designers and sponsors would greatly appreciate it.

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8 Years, 100 Patterns, and a TDD, YCMT and KAM Snaps Giveaway!

See this?

It’s not just a doll pattern.

It’s my 100th sewing pattern.

One. Hundred. Patterns. I can hardly believe it myself. This along with Tie Dye Diva’s eight-year anniversary this year really has me thinking about all the changes over the years.

When PDF sewing patterns first made their debut, the customer base for them was small. Not all, of course, but many, PDF users were relatively new to sewing, and wanting to make clothes for their own children or to sell as “custom boutique” on eBay (because etsy was still a little start up almost no one had heard of). The focus of many PDF patterns was a quick and gratifying sew, with simplified techniques and detailed instructions so even a newcomer could enjoy finished ruffle pants, or a dress, in a matter of hours. Most users wanted patterns with no buttonholes or zippers and no techniques needing repeated practice such as bound plackets or seams enclosed within a lining. They wanted to work with quilting cottons and not less-familiar knit fabrics (which were mostly available only in solids and not easy to find anyway).

Kim Christopherson had the vision to create You Can Make This, a marketplace of PDF craft and sewing patterns in July, 2006. [affiliate link] The website opened with about 12 designers and 25 products. I joined them as a pattern author in 2007, and I can say without a doubt Tie Dye Diva patterns would not be here today without them.

Me, Kim of YCMT, her twin sister crafter/quilter Kris Thurgood, Carla of Scientific Seamstress (one of the original YCMT authors!), and Heather of Goosie Girl, who is also a YCMT author.

This is one of the early Tie Dye Diva patterns that is still “in print” (as PDFs go). It was released in 2008. High-key photography (with the white background) was soooo popular!

Fast forward to today – how far we have come! The PDF sewing pattern community has exploded. Pattern designers number in the hundreds and PDF users are from all walks of life with all sewing backgrounds, experience levels, and needs. PDF patterns look a lot more like traditional paper patterns in their garment design and construction techniques. The You Can Make This website has hundreds of designers, and thousands of PDF patterns.

Download Sewing Patterns Today!

Hand-held KAM snaps pliers and set-in-snaps have opened up a whole new world for seamstresses who still shy away from buttonholes. Several years ago, the main alternative to buttons was sew-in snaps, which require some fiddly hand-sewing to apply. I chatted with Judy at KAMSnaps about the early days of, which was at about the same time as the early days of Tie Dye Diva patterns. Judy said,

“Back then, not many people knew about KAM snaps or even thought of snaps much at all.  Hand-held pliers weren’t on the market yet so the only way to install KAM snaps was with the table-top presses, which were much more expensive back then than they are today.  I don’t know what people were using instead of snaps–maybe velcro or sew-on buttons.

KAM snaps became much more mainstream with the advent of the KAM pliers because it meant users could now install snaps with a relatively inexpensive tool.  Now it seems like somebody in every sewing or crafting group knows about snaps!”

Our Perfect Party Dress pattern, with perfectly matched KAM snaps!

I know, right?  Now seamstresses of all skill levels love the option KAM snaps provide to make a quick work of a closure  – no buttonholes needed.  Custom-printed knit groups and websites have made adorable, trendy printed knits easy to get.

Tie Dye Diva patterns has grown and matured too. We focused on the very beginning seamstress for many years. Early patterns reminded the user to backstitch at the beginning of each seam to lock the stitches! Now we have patterns for all levels of seamstresses, with plenty of buttonholes (but no-buttonhole options included of course!) zippers, and patterns for knit fabrics. We include more advanced techniques that give a beautiful finish, along with quick-finish instructions as an alternative. (A few simpler patterns are being updated right now to include both more complex and quick finish options, to specifically refer to set-in snaps as a closure option, and to incorporate some other techniques shown here on the TDD blog.  If you already own one of these patterns, you can always refer to the step-by-step instructions on the TDD blog – we’ll do our best to make the links easy to find.)

Our Butterfly pattern with enclosed bodice, continuous placket and yep, KAM snaps!

I’m beyond blessed to have been able to do what I love for so long and am grateful to every supporter who has helped me continue and grow in this business for these 8 years and into the future! We are celebrating with a big GIVEAWAY from Tie Dye Diva, You Can Make This, and KAM Snaps! Enter to win a $35 gift certificate from Tie Dye Diva, a $25 gift certificate from, and this amazing KAM Snaps starter kit from – pliers, 200 snaps in 20 colors, all in an organizer case!

I’d love it if you’d join the TDD mailing list, and I think you’ll love it too. I send it less than 4 times a year. You can sign up here.

But, you do NOT need to join the mailing list to enter the contest. Just leave a comment to enter and be sure I have a way to contact you if you win. Contest runs through midnight Friday November 27. The winner will be randomly drawn Saturday morning. Contest is open worldwide. Any unclaimed prize will be redrawn after 48 hours.

Ready? Leave a comment to enter, and be a pal and share with your sewing friends! Good luck!

[EDITED: Contest is closed, congratulations to commenter #94, Crescendo Gal! I’ll be contacting you via email about your prizes!]

Bundle Up – Sewing for Boys style!

Have you seen the 12 fabulous NEW designs coming in the Bundle UP Boy’s Sale? Tie Dye Diva is excited to be a part of this great collective once again, and I had so much fun designing my pattern, Zee’s Tee!

It’s an easy to sew knit tee shirt pattern styled just for boys – with a loose but never sloppy fit, little bit of a dropped shoulder, and pocket, contrast yoke, or colorblocked design option. I have caught the ‘upcycle’ fever myself and have been cutting up all of our outgrown tees into brand new ones in the next size up. Such quick sews, and so gratifying!

The Zee’s Tee pattern includes tips for sewing with knit, and a page of helpful hints for upcycling existing tees. With long and short sleeve options, you can keep it at the top of your stack all year. 

We Bundle Up designers listened well to boy mamas and their requests for fashionable patterns with lots of options. They will be available for sale next week HERE, but until then you have the opportunity to win them before you can buy them. Sweet! Enter at the bottom of this post.

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Fleece Navidad – Easy Handmade Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List

There are as many reasons to give handmade for the holidays as there are Crayolas in the box (you know, the big one with the sharpener on the back). A handmade gift shows you put care and thought into the gift, can be customized for the recipient, and can save you a ton of money. It passes along a thoughtfully made, quality item rather than something plastic from a factory overseas. It increases awareness and appreciation for handmade. It lets you knock something off your to-do list while doing something you love (almost feels like cheating, doesn’t it?)  I don’t know about you but I’d rather sit at my sewing machine, creating pretty things while listening to my favorite podcasts than tromp around the malls listening to the noise coming out of Wet Seal. Best of all, it gives you a chance to show off how very crafty you are.

Convinced to give handmade but not sure what to give? Here is a DIY Gift Guide to give you gift ideas for everyone on your list.

  • Babies. OK, little babies don’t really care what you get them, it’s true. But their parents will thank you for adorable handmade baby clothes, blankets, or baby-safe stuffed toys. My Peas in a Pod pattern is easy to sew – yes, even if you have never sewn in a zipper. And it’s not just cute, it’s a developmental learning toy. The pea “balls” are sized for baby to grasp. You can stuff them with squeakers, crinkles, and rattles to add to the appeal. The chunky zipper is easy for little hands to work, or mom and dad can use it for fun games of ‘peekaboo’ with those learning object permanance. Personalize it by making the peas look like family members! One clever seamstress made the three peas look like herself and her two sisters. Another seamstress is printing the peas at 75% to fit 4 in the pod to represent 4 children. Bonus, fleece is inexpensive this time of year.
  • Women. Infinity scarves look good on everyone and can be made from almost any fabric you can imagine, from floaty silk and voile to cottons, flannels and … ok, you are getting the theme here, fleece. Easy, easy sew, a great first project. No one will know.
  • Men. A manly denim or canvas grilling apron is a great gift for any guy. The Man Apron pattern has a pocket for keeping essentials like grilling thermometer and bottle opener nearby. Personalize it by making the ‘secret’ bib liner in a fabric he will love – his favorite team, man-vehicle, or if you’re feeling really generous, one of the adorable pin-up lines from Alexander Henry. (Notice I didn’t say fleece! Fleece aprons would be a really, really bad idea!)
  • People You Don’t Know That Well but Want to Give a Gift To. Easy Sew Gift Card Holder pattern to the rescue! Match a gift card up with a small token gift – a bookmark with a gift card to a book store or a tin of tea or a coffee mug with a coffee shop gift card. Enclose the gift card in a personalized fabric gift card holder that can be used for credit cards or business cards long after the gift card is gone.

A gift guide is not complete without a gift to you. All patterns featured in this post are 15% off this week when purchased on Craftsy. Click below to go right on through to my Craftsy shop: 

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    Baby Sewing Patterns Book Giveaway!

    [[COMMENTS CLOSED – winner posted in next post]]

    I am so excited that the Sew Special Baby Gifts book from Annie’s Catalog is finally here! I am one of several contributors to this book and I am so thrilled with the final product. It’s a book I would buy even if my pattern weren’t in it! Projects include a ‘fun to touch’ playmat, sweet giraffe plush by Ahmelie, handy nursing cover by Little Lizard King, hats, booties, bibs and more.

    My contribution is the Peek a Boo Baby Block, it even made the back cover!

     With a photo endorsement like that, how could it not? The block babies love to munch.

    I designed the Peek A Boo block to be easy for babies to hold and to be made from fabrics of varied textures. It can be stuffed with a squeaker or other noisemaker, and features a easy to open ‘peekaboo’ flap that reveals … well, whatever you have decided to feature on the block face beneath … a sock monkey, robot, kitty, baby-mesmerizing black-white-and-red design, or maybe a cute lil’ lion face. The flap itself can be lined with crinkly cello for added baby fun.

    The Peek a Boo Block sample featured in the book uses several prints from the adorable Robert Kaufman Lion, Roar! fabric line, some other fun bright prints, and textured chenille, with a squeaker inside and a crinkly flap.

    Wouldn’t you like to make one just like it?

    For FREEEEE? (cue Adam Sandler from Bedtime Stories!)

    I’m giving away a copy of this book plus a kit to make your own like the one you see featured. The kit includes 8 pre-cut fabric squares including that Lion, Roar! and the yummy chenille, a craft squeaker, crinkle material, patterned ribbon and even the little piece of hook-and-loop tape you’ll need. You supply the stuffing, thread and love. I only have one kit, but I’ll have a second place prize of the book by itself.

    I’m going to make this real easy – just leave a comment to enter! For a bonus entry, share this giveaway and then make a second post letting me know specifically where you shared the link. Be sure I have a way to get in touch with you! Entries close Monday 4/8 and I’ll draw a winner via So sorry, due to the cost of postage, entries are limited to US residents only.

    Good luck!

    Instant Download for Etsy Shop PDFs !

    I am so happy to have added instant download service for PDF patterns to the Tie Dye Diva etsy shop! Now while I sleep (or tote the kids to soccer practice, attend a school Board meeting, or have a party and dance with that lampshade on my head), patterns will be zipping on out to customers with no waiting! And don’t we all love instant gratification? I know the feeling when you can’t wait to get started sewing and now you don’t have to (and, can it get better? Enjoy new lower prices too – go take a look)!

    TDD pattern fans, this means you’ll receive your etsy PDF pattern purchases within 2 to 5 minutes of purchase (except if you pay via Paypal “eCheck”, then the pattern will dispatch when the payment clears). Your download link will be sent to your registered etsy email address. I have set my download options so that your links will be valid for 14 days or 3 downloads each, which ever comes first. So please be sure to download within the 14 day limit and be ready to save the files to your hard drive before you click the links. It’s a good idea to back them up to a CD or other separate source as well in case you have a computer failure. (I know some customers use a security-enabled Dropbox for saving their patterns so they can download them again whenever they want).

    I’m really excited about this huge time saver and I know other sellers of PDF patterns/digital files and customers everywhere will be too. Nighty Night!

    TDD Ruffled Diaper Cover Pattern. Image by Butterfly Chaser Photography.

    Click here to visit Tie Dye Diva on etsy.

    Big news for Tie Dye Diva on Etsy

    I’m so excited to announce some changes in the Tie Dye Diva etsy shop! Most patterns have been reduced to $6.95 or under, every day! “Choose your own” bundles have been discontinued, but I will be adding a few pre-made bundles of some of the most popular patterns.

    What’s even better – INSTANT DOWNLOAD, yes, on etsy! Finally, someone has created an app that allows etsy sellers to offer instant download for digital files. I’m following this post with a little review of Crafthub.Me, the developers of the app, but for now suffice it to say I couldn’t be happier. Customers are reporting receiving their files within 2 to 5 minutes of purchase and I am able to spend less time in front of the computer and more in front of the sewing machine!

    Speaking of … just a peek of a simple pattern coming next week! All together now, “Awwww….”

    Image by EMA photography all rights reserved

    Thanks for sharing in the excitement with me, and I’m always open for your feedback!

    Tie Dye Diva Patterns – now with Sewing Levels!

    Big news! I am in the process of adding recommended sewing experience levels to each Tie Dye Diva pattern that I hope will help you choose the patterns that are right for your level of experience. Look for them to be added to each pattern listing during this month. The levels are as follows:

    Beginner: Basic familiarity with sewing machine and basic sewing tools. Able to sew a straight line as well as manuever the machine around curves. Either familiar with gathering fabric or can follow the provided instructions for gathering.

    Advanced Beginner: Has completed several sewing projects. Able to perform slightly more difficult sewing techniques such as sewing a buttonhole (though the patterns with buttonholes also have alternate instructions), matching seams precisely, enclosing a raw edge of fabric in bias tape, or working with knit fabric.

    Intermediate: Has completed many sewing projects. Able to perform more complex sewing techniques such as turning a small bias tube, pressing a tightly curved hem, sewing a curved “princess” style seam or able to follow provided instructions to do so. ****

    Thank you to the 100+ Tie Dye Diva customers who completed the sewing level survey to help me with this process! I loved reading your responses and sincerely appreciate the time each one of you took to fill out the survey. And as promised, I’ve drawn a winner of a 5-pack of patterns from the first 100 survey results:

    The 73rd survey was returned by lindsey…, and I’ve emailed her to ask for her 5 choices. Congrats!

    Now more big news! Tons of new patterns on the way, for girls, boys, baby, mom and more! First up is the brand-new-today RufflePOP! Skirt pattern, an easy to sew skirt pattern for girls 2 to 8 with a pretty ruffle-edged front panel that curves to reveal a fun pop of contrasting fabric! Also looks great in a single fabric. Complete printable pattern for the skirt, not just a cutting chart or template. Sewing level: Beginner to advanced beginner. Ready for instant download on my website,

    And the last but not least of the news – I am feeling so badly that my dear friend Heather, known to most as Goosie Girl, was recently injured and is unable to work. A group of boutique friends have joined together to help her out with a benefit auction, the proceeds of which will go 100% to Goosie, please come check out the auction album on Facebook to see what’s available that you might need! Tie Dye Diva has donated a rare offering – the sample set from the cover of the brand new RufflePOP! Skirt pattern. The set includes the Euro-style skirt and the embellished tank and is ready to ship in size 4/5. More details at the link.


    Hats off to Hat Shop!

    I am so excited to be able to share this – Tie Dye Diva’s been published! I am one of 25 contributors to this gorgeous upcoming book from Stash Books called Hat Shop. I was able to get a peek at my pages (which I can’t share here) plus the image below, and I am swooning over how beautifully done this book is. The photos are elegant, the layout is clear, and what is most important, Suzanne Woods did an amazing job compiling projects that are cute and varied, practical and pretty. 

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    I see something for everyone in this book – from cute to classic, babies to adults, and more than just hats – headbands, fascinators, and scarves. I love to give handsewn hats as baby gifts and as that perfect ‘little something’ gift at Christmas and I am sure this will be a treasure trove of perfect projects.

    You can check out the sites of some of the contributors at these links:

    And of course you know you can find my downloadable sewing patterns, including 10 different hat PDF sewing patterns for babies, children, men and women, at
    Look for Hat Shop to be released mid-April. When I get my hands on it, I will be giving one away via my Facebook Fan page You can also pre-order from C&T Publishing at the link.