Melissa from Melly Sews is one of those bloggers that I am pretty convinced can do anything. With her pattern collections rolling out for Blank Slate patterns, sewing tutorials on her blog, and now knitting – I am absolutely blown away by her creativity!

I love that she designs for not only boys and girls, but is also an avid sewist for herself! But of course, the little ones always steal the show…

And being the prolific seamstress that she is, and having kids the perfect age, I knew she would be a perfect fit for KIDS. It is my honor to introduce Melissa of Melly Sews


Hello Me Sew Crazy readers! I am so excited to be here as part of K.I.D.S – Kids Inspiration Design Series. Jessica is like the blogger I want to be when I grow up.

I’m Melissa, 
and I blog over at Melly Sews

My latest endeavor is Blank Slate Patterns
where I sell PDF sewing patterns that are designed to give you a “blank-slate” so you can skip the pattern-making and go right into expressing your creativity through fabric choice and embellishments. 
I’m also mom to two boys and wife to a football coach (and a former theatre teacher myself)

I got the email from Jessica about this series right after I had an idea for Blank Slate Patterns. You see, my oldest boy, nicknamed Tater, is only 4, so he can’t yet sit down and draw me a design. So I had been thinking about making kids their own “blank slates” to help design their clothes, and have those be downloadable. This is my first set of Blank Slate Paper Dolls

Three boys to color, with three outfits based on my patterns to color in for them. Eventually I plan to have a set of girls as well as outfits based on all my patterns and variations. So of course when Jessica emailed about this series I thought, “How perfect!” A good kick in the pants to get these done.

When I finally finished them, I printed a set out, and gave it to Tater. Right away he noticed that one of the dolls looks a lot like him. Coincidence?

So he chose that doll and an outfit and got to work coloring.

And this is what he came up with:

The hoody he’s referring to is this one. He loves that thing. I don’t think it will ever be handed down.

I have to say I was relieved by his explanation, because I wasn’t sure how I was going to watercolor blend green and yellow on his shirt. As it was, all I had to do was cut out some diamonds and fuse them to Heat n’ Bond Lite.

I added the gray with his permission. Because I ran out of green. 

Then fuse to the Vintage V-Neck shirt I cut out for him.

And then add topstitching. I also stitched around the edges of the diamonds.

And that was it to make a happy boy!

If you want your own set of Blank Slate Paper Dolls, head over to Blank Slate Patterns and click the Freebies tab.

You can also keep up with me on my blog, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram (@mellysews)

Thanks for having me, Jessica!


Melly, I looked at his drawing and was like…oh boy!  HA!  What a cutie patootie, you seriously have the cutest little man. And it is a good thing he explained it, because those diamonds are awesome!!!  Love this shirt, and I am sure he will too.  Thanks so much for being here and being a part of the KIDS Series!  I loved having you!

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

Happy Sewing