I don’t know about you, but I have been sewing up all the cozy things! We had our first snowfall of winter a few days ago and all my new cozy makes are perfect for snuggling up in or adding a little extra warmth to our outdoor adventures. Everything I sewed up requires less than 1.5 yards of fabric too: most being scrap busters! Note: some of the links included in this post are affiliate links; if you shop through them there is no added cost to you, but I am compensated if you make a purchase. This helps me purchase new patterns and fabric.
If you haven't checked out the ALD Facebook Group in a while you should head over there! They are having a fun game of Tic Tac Toe, ALD style, of course with great prizes from amazing sponsors. And to celebrate their 3rd anniversary they are having a huge sale, how cool is it that they celebrate by giving us the presents? All the fabrics I used for these cozy sews are included in their super sale found in the doorbuster section of the site and they have huge markdowns on top of the site wide sale.
First up in my cozy sews is a PJ set for myself and I can tell you they are the comfiest pajamas in my dresser! This set is 100% ALD too! I used the Marina Tank, Relay Shorts, and Duffee Waffle Knit for this set. Clear elastic sewn into the top of the waistband is perfect for making sure my shorts stay put because the waffle alone lacks the recovery necessary for bottoms bands. I even wore them to lounge around the house all day and didn’t have any slipping issues. The hardest part about this set was deciding which way I wanted my stripes to sit and I couldn't... so I made the top one way and the shorts the other and love how they look! Plus, I have solid black shorts, leggings, and tanks that I can wear with these to mix and match and you wouldn't even notice. Haha.
My normally camera shy shusky wanted in on the pictures too! He says: "Good morning, I'll trade your coffee for a kiss!" But, I just gave him a good scratch behind the ears and kept my coffee to myself. Haha.
Next up is another Marina Tank in Rupert Rib Knit, this time I added the peekaboo pockets from Eunoia Designs Bazzle. The side seams of these two tops match up just long enough for getting the perfect pocket placement and it is one of my current favorite Marina hacks. Isn’t it fun? I had just enough fabric left to make a matching pair of ankle height Canmore Cuddle Boots from Goober Pea Designs. All of our floors are tile or hardwood, so these are perfect for keeping my feet warm on cold days! These boots are available in kids and adult sizes with an extensive size range and offer multiple heights and optional cuffs.
Sometimes the weather warms up a bit here and we want to wear our shorter sleeves without needing to add full layers under or over them. Enter the free Permafrost Sleeves from Sofiona Designs, the thumbholes are definitely a huge hit here. This is perfect for adding that little bit of warmth to our short sleeves and giving a layered shirt look without needing to add layers. What a great scrap buster this little project is too! I made my youngest and I each a pair of full length in White Dots Pointelle. We just love sneaky polka dots: they look like regular polka dots from a distance, but as you get closer you’ll see that they’re stars! ALD has a few sneaky polka dot fabrics and they’re always so much fun.
*Sofiona does have a more limited size range: with a Junior Miss 20 being the top of their current sizing. I do hope they listen and expand their size range to be more inclusive, but I think my next blog post will be to create a tutorial on how to create a similar sleeve from any long sleeve pattern.
Next up is a pair of hats for my husband and our kindergartner in Boston “Alpaca” knit. This tri-blend is so soft and cozy: not only is it perfect for hats, but scarves, lightweight sweaters, joggers, and so much more. If you love soft fabrics you need this in your life! My husband is in the Stocking Cap from Eunoia Designs (their December Friday Freebie pattern): this is a quick and simple sew that is perfect for when you want to sew, but only have a few minutes to do so. Our kindergartner is the Pixie Hat from Menta. I chose a simple bound pixie hat with ties for this one, but it has a bunch of options that you can choose from to add as much flair as you want.
Last up is the Turpin Snarf from Mother Grimm, another free pattern (with a code found in their Facebook Group)! This fun scarf is always a huge hit whenever I make it, but I have never made them for my kids so I decided now was the perfect time to fix that! I used Carson Hacci and Charcoal Two-Tone Pointelle for this one. Unfortunately this color of pointelle is sold out, but this is a favorite fabric base for ALD so they’re always getting more in fun prints and solids! Keep an eye on the pointelle category to see what they bring in next. The Turpin Snarf is drafted for adults, so I scaled this down to 80% and it’s the perfect size for my 1st grader! I use a projector so I subtracted 20% from my calibrated zoom percentage to determine my new one. If printing you simply need to print at 80% instead of 100%. The snarf has a curved and pointed option as well as color blocking so it’s a great way to use scraps of all sizes!
Do you have cozy sewing plans? I think I’m going to dig into my scrap bins and see how many more cozy sews I can get it: especially hats and scarves because they make excellent gifts during the holiday season.