If you like to sew your own clothes like I do, whether to save money, choose your own styles and colors, or have the ability to make size adjustments before sewing, I recommend Zierstoff. It’s a somewhat new company started by two moms: one who loves to sew (Ilka), and the other who is just starting out (Joanna).
For example, this Baby Onesie Pattern is so cute and it’s easy to make, even if you are just learning to sew.
The patterns are perfect for both experts and beginners. They’ve also made some helpful videos that show you how to easily perform the most “difficult” steps. You can find the links to their videos on the Zierstoff site (navigate to the Videos page, found in the menu bar).
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Here are just a few previews of the patterns you’ll find at Zierstoff (they even have several FREE patterns!)
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I love how she gets everything folded into a neat bundle that will stay together in the suitcase. I’m not sure it’s such a good idea if you’ll need to go through Customs, but for trips where you’re not going international it’d be perfect!
What do you do when your child asks for a birthday cake that is completely out of the “norm”? Sure, it’s easy to find stuff for Frozen, but what if your kid wants a Wreck it Ralph birthday cake several years after the movie was released, and tons of people have never even HEARD of Wreck-it-Ralph ???
This actually happened to me, and yes, I lived to tell the story. LOL!
Here’s my “Wreck it Ralph” cake. Turned out pretty nice, if I do say so myself. My kid was thrilled, the other kids were salivating like Pavlov’s dogs when they saw all of the candy, the dads were all wildly complimentary of my skills, and the moms were all soooo jealous! Plus hubby was like “yeah, my wife’s a genius”…(huge satisfaction for me, to hear that!)
Sure, it took several hours to bake all the layers, and another full day to assemble, frost and decorate, but that is typical of me. I always go overboard, but it’s worth it if my child is happy.
My biggest challenge for this cake was that there were not many “pro” examples available on the web, and ZERO cake topper thingies available to make it easy.
So, I decided to focus more on the Sugar Rush part of the movie, using lots of cookies, candies, marshmallows and small desserts (such as frosted and sprinkled cream puffs) to decorate the cake.
The upper level of the cake is a “cobblestone” courtyard (amaretti cookies dipped in melted chocolate and then in sprinkles) with a Jordan-almond pathway that leads to the front door of the apartment building where Fix-it Felix and his neighbors live. I did NOT want to be bothered with making a 3D version of the multi-storied building, so I took a screenshot of the online game and had it made into a photo.
To get the photo to stand up nice and straight, I taped long wooden barbecue sticks (shish-kabob sticks) to the back of it and then taped it to cardboard from a cereal box. I poked the sticks into the cake to secure the photo in position.
I assembled and decorated the cake on a heavy-duty plastic tray (like bakeries use), since it was quite heavy and needed to be transported to the party location.
The year before we had a pirate theme, and I ended up doing 2 cakes for that, since 1 would not have been enough for our guests. I’ll blog about that one soon, as I think you’ll enjoy them!
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