Softies aren’t the only thing trending online these days. Kelley Gilbert of Casa Crafty has our monthly look at online sewing trends. Spring is right around the corner!

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What did we miss? What are you sewing lately? Kelley has some tee shirt dresses below; for some great tips on working with knits check out our Essential Techniques for Knit Clothing.


The weather in my neck of the woods has been very unsettling with 70 degree highs and 18 degree lows! During the day all I can see are tee shirt dresses and exciting new wildlife. But at night, I want cozy outerwear and quilts! How about you?

Tee Shirt Dresses:

Versatile and simple, a tee-shirt dress is a great way to go. If you are just learning to sew with knits, or if you are an experienced seamstress, these great examples will help you choose a new staple in your wardrobe!

Clockwise from top left: Okistyle: Pattern for Jersey Dress, Merrick’s Art: Tee Dress, Adirondack Inspired: Striped Out and About Dress, SewBon: Rose T-Shirt Dress, The Wardrobe Project: The Phlox Tee and Tunic, Craft Rambler: Laurel Dress

Unusual Critters:

Some are just unusual and some are just cute, but they are all critters! We are seeing animals everywhere, and in all forms. From fabric to stuffies to cute baby ears, here are just a few animals to make you smile.

Clockwise from top left: Woodmouse and Bobbit: Griffin Kitty, KitschyCoo: Wildcats in Gray, Sew Starly: Kitty Face Bubble Dress, Peb, Seb and Rox: Haven Acres Mini Collection, Toys Pattern Club: Dragon Plushie

Paper Pieced Critters:

I am not much of a quilter. I would love to learn how to make a few of these animals and really push my skills. For now, I will imagine that I can do these amazing Paper Pieced animals.

Clockwise from top left: ShapeMoth Quilts: Koi PP Pattern, lily’s_vintage_momma: Catcube-ed, SchenleyP: African Elephant Pattern, The TartanKiwi: Safari Quilt Big Cat Pattern, Piece by Number Quilts: Raccoon Pattern

The Popover Poncho:

The Popover Poncho by April Rhodes made rounds through the internet with some amazing examples of beautiful outer wear. The poncho can be heavy or you can use sweatshirting material to make a spring themed poncho. It’ll help you through these unusual spring months!

Clockwise from top left: NoodleHead: Plaid Popover Poncho, Sew Caroline: Popover Poncho in Noodledoodle, Cut Cut Sew: Pendleton Popover Poncho, April Rhodes: Popover Poncho Pattern