We’re loving the blog True Bias, the creation of a New York City mom of two who has been sewing since she was a girl growing up in the South. Kelli’s modern style and approach to sewing are super inspirational, particularly for those who love to sew for kids. You’ll find tutorials for fun projects, pattern reviews, and of course DIY fashion ideas for kids and grownups alike.

Here are five of our favorite projects for kidswear, but you’ll find so much more to love when you head on over to True Bias.

Let’s get started!

DIY Boy Suspenders Tutorial

DIY Boy Suspenders Tutorial

Here’s a simple way to turn patterned elastic into stylish suspenders fit for any occasion. The suspenders in this tutorial fit 2T to 5T, but you could easily adjust the length to make them shorter or longer.

How To Upcycle A Cardigan

How To Upcycle A Cardigan

We love a good upcycling project and this one might just take the cake. Kelli uses the existing structure—buttons and hems—of one of her old sweaters and fashions it into a super cute cardigan for her little guy.

Hooded Towel Tutorial

Hooded Towel Tutorial

Every child needs a comfy, cozy towel she can call her own. Here’s how to stitch one up using an existing bath towel and a washcloth. A fun and easy project to make for expecting parents.

Girls Paperbag Waist Skirt

Girls Paperbag Waist Skirt

Here’s a great introduction to garment sewing: an easy-to-stitch up skirt with a paperbag waist. Fun to make and adorable. What’s not to love?

DIY Red Toddler Jacket

DIY Red Toddler Jacket

In addition to seeing awesome fabrics and styling, it’s helpful to know the pitfalls a pattern might have and an approach to take for overcoming them before starting a project. In this post, you’ll learn how Kelli used Burda 9501 to make this cheery spring jacket with lining for girls.

Happy sewing!

About the Author


Hand­made Char­lotte offers a daily dose of DIY craft projects and design inspi­ra­tion to help fam­i­lies live each day to the fullest. Named one of the Top 50 Design Blogs for Moms by Babble.com, the site has been fea­tured in Martha Stew­art Liv­ing, Bet­ter Homes and Gar­dens, HGTV, Craftzine.com, Huff­in­g­ton Post, Busi­ness Insider, and more.

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