Circle Knit Shirt Tutorial

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Circle Knit Shirt Tutorial

So. I have a favorite shirt. I’ll be honest, it’s probably my favorite because it’s the most comfortable shirt I own, AND my husband bought it for me and he thinks I look cute in it. That’s really all I need. Oh, and it’s a great backdrop for a pretty necklace! That too.

Anyway, I wear it with a long tank top, leggings and either boots or black Toms, depending on the weather. It’s my uniform right now. And I wanted to make one for Hazel because I thought she’d dig it too. (Or, at least I’d dig making it for her and seeing her wear it.)

So, I worked this week on developing a 2T-sized version of my shirt. I’ve got to say, once I figured it out, this is a really simple project and it turned out beautifully! Since it’s flowy and not fitted, it’s not hard to get a good fit. The key is not making the arms too long so your little gal doesn’t look dumpy or frumpy. But once you’ve got that under control, you’re good!

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What you’ll need:

The fabric piece I used was knit (you want a drapey fabric), and was 20″ wide and 34″ long.  (so it’s not technically going to be a circle – more of an oval. it’s cool.) I used white because it’s what I had on hand, plus I’m digging neutrals these days. But get creative! You can find patterned knits even at JoAnn, and you can always embellish your top with a pretty pocket or flower applique. This is your basic starting point – have fun and make it yours!)

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Also, you’ll need a sewing machine. A sewing machine is definitely not necessary, but since I have one and I like the extra-finished look, I used it for the project. Knits don’t fray though, so really don’t worry.

Get your fabric piece laid out on your cutting board, folded on the top so it looks 21″x17″.  (My piece started out longer than 34″, so I needed to cut it still at this point.)

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There. Now it’s all cut and square and tidy. Better!

(That’s a fold on the top – you want your rectangle intact!)

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This might be a good time to tell you how to measure for a size other than 2T…

How to measure for your own sizing:

Width: Arms straight out, you want the sleeves to fall just on the hand-side of your elbow. So measure that distance – for Hazel it was about 20″, so I added 1″ for hemming, thus the 21″ width.

Length: For length, you’ll have to pardon my sailor language, but you want the front and back them to land right about at the crotch. So measure up and over the shoulders, from crotch-to-crotch. Was that really necessary? Anyway, Hazel’s measurement was 33″, so I added 1″ for hemming, thus the 34″ length.

Neck: And for the neck – I don’t like huge neck holes on little people, it just looks like a worn out onesie. I kept it small and had no problem getting it over her head. Remember: after you cut, you’re still going to turn it in, which will make the hole larger.

Okay, on to the task at hand:

Mark the center point of the top of your fold. If you’re using my dimensions, it’s at the 10.5″ point.

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Okay, now fold the fabric in half vertically (so the top and the right sides are folds). Because this is a symmetrical garment, we’re going to make it easy on ourselves and cut everything just once.

Below are the dimensions for cutting:

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Now unfold it and it should look like this. It’s taking shape really quickly!

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Now comes the sewing ! You can skip this if you don’t have a sewing machine, of course.

Run a stitch all the way around the outside edge of the garment. Also, run a stitch around the inside of the neck hole.

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When you’re done, your edges will look like this. Lovely!

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know you’re looking at that neck hole and wondering how on earth this is going to go right; curves and hems are not friends. But it’s okay – this is stretchy! It will go right.

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If you serged your edges, turn them all in 3/8″ or so and press. If you did not serge, turn your edges in 1/4″ and press, then another 3/8″ and press again.

Really don’t fret about this. Do your best, but remember that this garment is going to be forgiving, too!

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Pressing the neck hole. It’s almost like it wants to be turned out. So friendly, this stretchy material is! (Yep. Been watching Star Wars with Oliver this week. Love me some Yoda I do.)

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Okay, back to sewing. Set your stitch length to 3 (just a little longer than normal) because this is a hemming stitch and not a construction stitch.

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Beginning on a straightaway, backstitch once, then get going and don’t stop until you are back where you started. Easy hem!

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Now, the same with the neck hole. It’s a little trickier than the outside hem just because it’s in the middle. Still, you can do this! (And feel free to take your time to make this stitch nice and even. Even with coordinating thread, this one will show just because it’s near the face.) Remember: slow and steady!

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So close! Seriously, we’re almost finished!

Just a few simple instructions: using a fabric ruler or any straight edge, make a line that goes from the center of the neck line to the corner of the sleeve. DO NOT actually draw this line – it only needs to be imaginary!

Make a small dot with a disappearing fabric marker 4″ in from the corner of the sleeve. Just a little one. (If you’re not confident in your ink’s ability to disappear, you can mark with a tailor tack, which is just a contrasting thread stuck through that point with a needle.)

Do the same on the other side and pin the shirt closed so nothing shifts while you’re stitching.

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Back to the sewing machine for the final time! Sew a straight line from your mark to the corner of the sleeve on each side. Be sure to backstitch really well at the beginning and end – this is a construction stitch, so it matters that it stays in place!

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Press all of your hems so they lay nice and flat. Hang your little lady’s shirt on a hanger, then stand back and admire! All finished!

And for your viewing pleasure, here is a shot of  Miss Lady, rocking her comfy-yet-stylish circle knit top this morning (and it only took five mini marshmallows and a little Super Why for her to cooperate!):

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{After putting the finished product on her this morning I realized two things. 1. this bad boy is going to fit for a long time! Honestly, this size could fit 3T or bigger, and I maybe could have stood to make hers a little smaller. She’s not quite fitting into 2T yet.) 2. I should have used a darker color knit – what was I thinking trusting her with a pretty white canvas, just begging to be tainted? Sheesh.}

If y’all are interested, I can work on another tutorial for an adult-sized top. You could probably just enlarge the dimensions of this one, but there are some things I would change for a grown up to make it more flattering. Let me know!

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Sarajo Frieden

Sarajo Frieden has long been a favorite artist of mine.  We are so happy to have worked with her on several exclusive designs for our spring collection.

Sarajo works from her studio in LA creating whimsical and finely detailed art. She includes a host of vocabularies from the worlds of fine, folk and decorative art, including Persian miniatures, Shaker trance drawings, Japanese ukiyo-e, and her Hungarian great aunt’s embroidery, as inspiration for her images. Using open ended narratives, folk tales, abstraction and the juxtaposition of discordant images, she tries to give form to the human experience as she sees it.

As you can see from the below, the world of Sarajo is full of color and fancifulness. It is a world that I would love to live in.

You can follow Sarajo on her blog:






Below are several products that we have worked with Sarajo on for our spring line. All items are exclusive to The Land of Nod. From textile to paper- Sarajo’s work brings a little bit of playfulness to your room.

May I Please Plie Bedding


For some time now we have been trying to build a dancers bedding set that was strong in design and playfulness. With leaf and petal tutu’s and ships and bird houses on their heads these ballerina’s are unexpected and charming.

Sunshine Day Bedding


This bright and fun floral pattern is great for girls of all ages! The broad range of bright colors allow you to mix and match several sheet, pillow and room décor options.

Where the Wild Flowers Are Bedding


This set feels so fresh for spring! The quilt features a floral and vine pattern that is printed and then embroidered over the top. The quilt and shams are done in a cotton voile making them light weight and so very soft!

 Be sure to take a look at the detailed embroidery on the sham below- it is beautiful!

A to Zed Wall Art


This artwork piece shows off some of the great lettering techniques that Sarajo uses in her art. This piece is part of our Nod Institute of Art Collection and is limited edition!

Hurry- you won’t want to miss it!

By Sarah Culbertson
Once upon a time a fashion plate from Seattle met a childrens retailer from Chicago, and it was love at first sight.  After spending a lot of time together at the mall, they both knew it was a perfect match. So Sarah packed up her fabulous Kate Spade suitcase and headed for the Windy City. Where they lived happily ever after, designing and developing textiles for little kiddos everywhere.

Children’s Book Pages as Photo Mats

The ‘bunny’ book = Goodnight Moon in our house.  And we read it over and over.  Georgia loves the ‘bowl of mush.’  She even told my mom the other day that we were going to have a bowl of mush for dinner–she loves saying that.  And then there’s this other book called All Kinds of Families that my sister gave Georgia when she was a baby.  It’s about grouping like objects into categories.  And we read that over and over too. And to prove it to you, below is a picture that I used in a post on Mom Colored Glasses back in November…and she’s reading the book!


I know that when Georgia is grown up I’ll always remember reading those books to her.         I’ll tuck them away in her memory box that I keep for her and pull them out and run my hands over those well loved, wrinkly pages that she accidentally stepped on or carried the book by or sat on or whatever else toddlers do in their squirminess.

I know that every family in America has “those” books in their house.  Books that remind them of snuggling up after a bath, or laying on the floor before nap time, or listening to your husband read to your daughter from the other room and falling in love with him even more.  But those books go away as your kids get older, and even when they’re not older.  A four year old might not love the same book that they loved when they were two….but the two year old book is still nostalgic for you.

So, with this month’s theme being history I thought this was a perfect way to memorialize a book that your children love for a long time to come.  Hang this in their rooms, in a back hall-way, a study area, a play room, or with the rest of your family pictures.

Here’s what you need:

1.  Your child’s favorite book (or two or three).  Pick out a page from the book that you can make work with a picture you already have of your child…..preferably from the age they were when they loved this book.  And I’m sure like all moms you have some of the most random pictures of your child doing things you look back on and think, “Why did I take a picture of them doing that?”  Well–because those pictures might just come in handy for this project.

2.  Color phot0 copy the page or pages you want to use.  Shrink them or blow them up depending on how large of a frame you’ll be using, how big your picture is, or any other variable you can think of.  Remember….you can also mount the page on another piece of paper to make it bigger if you think blowing up the original image will cause distortion.



Look how great the words are in this “All Kinds of Families” book….you could make countless photo mats with the pages from this book….there is one about grandma’s and grandpas, cousins, brothers and sisters….it’s awesome!


I matted (I just used double sided tape) a picture of Georgia about to fall asleep on some red paper and affixed it to the last page of Goodnight Moon.  I did have to mount my book pages to a piece of scrap-book paper to make sure they’d fit in the frames….I used 8×10 frames and my photo mats were just a tad under that size….stay tuned for a finished product!

3.  And then……put your finished photo’s in a frame.  It’s really that simple.  This project cost me $0.  I always have random pictures laying around that I’ve never gotten around to doing anything with, I have scads of un-used scrap-booking paper (I don’t even scrap-book), and I just used some frames that were due for an upgrade in the picture department.  This has become a mental addiction of mine.  Whenever we are reading a new book from the library or we’ve resurrected one from our own bookshelves I’m always thinking as we come across every page, “Oh….this page could work as a photo mat….I love what it says.”

This picture was taken when Georgia was one week old… fits perfectly on this page and now sits on her dresser.

Post by Maggie Terryn : Mom Colored Glasses


Try this: Decorated Kraft Paper Letters


Whattya need?

  • Kraft paper letters
  • Glue
  • Plastic googly eyes
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Colored string
  • Colored cotton balls
  • Chalk
  • Glitter
  • Paintbrush
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Newspaper clippings


How do I make Decorated Kraft Paper Letters?

Glitter letters

Using a paintbrush apply a thick coat of glue to letter. Sprinkle glitter onto wet glue.          Reapply glue and glitter as it is drying until it is fully covered. Allow to dry.

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Cotton ball letters

Apply a small amount of glue to letter. Apply colored cotton balls (from The Land of Nod’s I’m Not Bored Anymore Art Jar). Repeat until covered. Allow to dry.

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Newspaper letters

Apply glue to letter by smaller area so glue does not dry before you finish. Apply newspaper clippings to glued areas. Repeat until covered. Allow to dry.

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Googly eye letters

Apply a small amount of glue to letter. Apply plastic googly eyes (from The Land of Nod’s I’m Not Bored Anymore Art Jar). Allow to dry.

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