I am so excited to introduce today’s guest Melissa Esplin of I Still Love You. Melissa represents a whole new style that I have recently become acquainted with in the blogging world, and I am honored to have her here.

She is just so urban and fashion chic, I love going to her site for inspiration.

Melissa is most accredited for her blog design work, and was a recent speaker at Sewing Summit where I learned many tips that I cannot wait to put into place. But my personal fave would have to be her beautiful calligraphy. This print is particularly poignant for me because all of the proceeds go to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

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I wanted Melissa to be a part of the Series because she just seems to have the most incredible sense of style to me. Representing fashion thrift chic in everything she does. So to see what her and her daughter would come up with together was very exciting to me.  Without further ado, I would like to welcome Melissa and her adorable daughter Penelope…


Penelope doesn’t get to be part of my process very often. My studio is a danger zone for kids, so she sticks to her paper crafts for the most part (she has her very own craft bucket with all the tape and scissors a little girl could desire).

The other day, she saw me doing some embroidery and wanted to get in on the fun. I had a miniature hoop on hand, and lots of quilting cottons for her to pick from. She wanted the dots and the purple fabric. It was so fun to have her along side me, sewing. Moments where we parallel craft are my favorite. I asked her what she wanted to do with her design and she wanted to wear it. A patch pocket it is! I cut out a template and made her do the ironing, pinning and sewing.

I didn’t make something that she drew, mostly because of laziness on my part. I’m doing the minimum to maintain creativity in the home at the moment. Penelope did so well with the sewing machine, I think we’ll have to do more collaborative projects in the future. If you’d like to do something similar with your wee one, feel free to download the patch pocket template below.

“Mommy! I told you, you can only take ONE picture!” This girl is the best.

This tutorial or freebie is free for personal use and should not be distributed/republished without the express consent of Melissa Esplin. I love getting shout outs from around the web, but please, link with love. You may publish 1 photo along with credit back to the original post. Never link directly to the download. If you would like to use this tutorial or freebie for commercial purposes, please email me. Thanks!


I absolutely love this idea Melissa! What a great way to incorporate Penelope’s design into an actual piece of clothing she can wear. This is something I want to start working with more, the process of actually teaching my daughter to sew. The pocket is a fantastic first step. Thank you for sharing!

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Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!