Craftiness Is Not An Option is pretty much all about it’s creator Jess’s compulsion to sew clothes for her kids, which is a good thing for us. Her tutorials for garments, accessories, and toys are detailed and easy to follow and the results are imaginative and sweet. Most of the tutorials show you how to make a pattern from an existing garment—and a lot of them feature knits—but Jess makes it all look super easy. (If you find either of these subjects intimidating, start with the raglan sleeve tee shirt below.) Jess also sells her patterns on her Etsy shop too.

If you love to sew for girls, CINO is a must-see blog for you. Just when you thought you’ve seen the cutest dress ever, you scroll down and there’s another. The projects are endless. But don’t just take our word for it. Here are 10 of our favorite projects to give you a taste of what you’ll find on CINO.

DIY Balloon Mobile

1. Up, Up, & Away! Mobile & Tutorial

Store-bought mobiles are no match for the crafters versions like this one. Not only do you learn how to make the felt balloons in this tutorial, but also the hanger. We  love how detailed the instructional photos are so that you see every stitch!

DIY Barbie Skirts

2. Easy Barbie Skirt Tutorial

Oh, yes. Did we mention the Barbie clothes? No? Well, Jess has plenty of super cute, hip clothing options for not only the little girl in your life, but also her dolls too. This skirt tutorial is a fun way to utilize your fabric scraps.

DIY Knit Dress

3. The Katy Dress Tutorial

This dress is knit, which makes it comfy and great. But it also has ruched sleeves and a cutie pie tie! Super cute clothes that kids will definitely wear because they’re so comfy are a double bonus in our book. In this tutorial, Jess shows how she starts from a tee shirt to make the pattern, how to sew in the bias tape and elastic, and the finishing touches. Love the unfinished, rolled hem too.

DIY Felt Movie Snacks

4. Felt Movie Snacks Tutorial

What a fun addition to a play kitchen or club house. The popcorn bag is so fun that it could be used as a party favor or packaging for a movie-themed gift. Kids are going to love how realistic this all looks!

DIY Slouchy Cardigan

5. Slouchy Cardigan Tutorial

Here’s a great upcycling project. Find an existing cardigan with bands around the neck and sleeve and make one for the kiddo. It’s an easy project that will get lots of wear this winter.

DIY Playdate Dress

6. The Playdate Dress

Start from an old tee shirt and end up with a trendy dress fit for a toddler playdate. Trace a tee shirt that fits your toddler, make the suggested modifications to get the pattern, then cut and sew existing adult size tee shirts. It really is that easy.

DIY Raglan Tee

7. Raglan Tee Tutorial

As noted earlier, this is where to start if you find making a pattern from an existing garment intimidating or if you’ve never sewn with knits. Once you conquer this tutorial, you’re bound to sew up a few of these tee shirts and bundle them as gifts.

DIY Ric Rac Dress

8. Ric Rac Dress Tutorial

Ric Rac is tricky. It can often come off as too old fashioned or overly cute to work on any garment, even children’s wear. But this is a good example of how to use it in contemporary fashion. Also, you get to incorporate pleats. Yay!

DIY Baby Leggings

9. Quick and Easy Baby Leggings Tutorial

Leggings are simply must-have attire for babies. Here’s a great tutorial for making them in just about any fabric. Jess loves her serger, but you can use a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine if you don’t have one.

DIY Pleated Headband

10. Pleated Headband Tutorial

And last but not least, this adorable headband is easy to make and works well in cottons too! Read more here on how it’s done.

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