Guest post by Vanessa of Dessigns by Sessa

Today I have the privilege of welcoming Vanessa from Designs by Sessa for Day 3 of our Best of Fall pattern review series! I’ve been having so much fun this week. How about you?? Vanessa and I got to know each other through Shorts on the Line this past July (2012). She was co-hosting with Carla and Rachael and I was obsessing over shorts. We first started by emailing, then we spoke on the phone and now we have a ton of fun texting each other pictures late and night. Vanessa is always a source of encouragement and a kind voice on the other end of the line. In an online world, one of the most unexpected pleasures I’ve encountered is real friendship and community. Can I get an amen?!

Be sure to stop by her blog for more fun tutorials, like that adorable red ruffle scarf above. Take it away, Vanessa!


Hi! I’m Vanessa from Designs By Sessa! I’m a sewing/craft blogger that loves to sew, make, and do for God’s glory! I’m so happy to be on Caila’s blog! YOU HAVE NO IDEA! We’ve only been friends for a few months, but I seriously feel like I found someone after my own heart in her! I know if I flew to Cali (which I will do one day) to meet her, that I’d find a true friend. I’m so thankful to the Lord for her! For her emails, texts, and phone calls that lift me up exactly when I need it! While I live 3,000 miles in the opposite direction from Caila, we have pretty similar weather, except for a few colder cold months here in SC where everyone needs…. MITTENS!

I’ve only been sewing things you could wear since last fall, but I found out quickly that on cold mornings or cold days when you want to go on a stroller walk, those babes need toasty warm mitts and they are so easy to sew! While I have made my own tutorial on how to make simple baby mittens (pictured top right), my go to pattern for mittens is found in one of my favorite sewing books, Oliver + S Little Things to Sew.

This mitten pattern is deemed “easy” with just one “scissor” difficulty level. The first pair I made were for my niece last fall. I love the endless combinations with your choice of wool felt or fleece and ribbon.

I knew I wanted to be prepared this year when my son needed some mittens. I had just ONE tiny problem. I knew he wouldn’t wear them for long. At 2, they needed to be practical and warm, but also FUN for them to last. That’s when my thought went to making him some “puppet” mittens. If we could make them “ROAR!” We would probably be good!

To make these awesome dragon mittens check out the photos below when adjusting your O + S mitten pattern. All you need is some different colors of felt. My felt is from Purl Soho… this felt is unbelievable, pricey, but unbelievable in quality!  

Button eyes, felt spikes, and some teeth made these perfect for my sweet boy.

This time around, I left off the ribbon, and hid the elastic inside. It worked well for a boy.

To add the elastic inside, I sewed them right sides together on one side (like the directions in the book say), then stretched my elastic as much as I could as I sewed across the INSIDE. Also, I increased my stitch length to 4.0 as I was sewing.

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And believe it or not, someone dumped out  some ice we had the smallest patch of snow, so I took some pictures of it… lol

My inspiration for these mittens came from Martha and Mme Zsazsa

Thanks so much for having me, Caila!
GOODIE ALERT! Don’t forget to enter the Shwin Designs giveaway! Shwin Designs is helping us celebrate Fall sewing by offering a 3-pack of patterns to one random winner. Enter to win by simply leaving a comment on the post, by midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 23 (PST). The winner will be announced on Wednesday. When you leave a comment for the giveaway, I’d like to know:

What patterns or tutorials are on your list to sew this Fall? 

Then I’ll go ahead and add those patterns and tutorials to our community Pinterest board so we can have one mama-jama of a Fall sewing resource. (If you’d like to be added to our Board so you can pin, just leave me a comment with your Pinterest username and I’ll send you an invite. If you’d like to follow me I’m @cailamade).
Thanks for visiting CailaMade! I’ll be back tomorrow with a roundup of some great Fall outfits AND some pictures of Hudson in his new favorite shirt. Just wait till you see it. 


  1. says

    Thanks so much for having me! I just feel honored to be on your blog with such talent as these ladies! This has been SO much fun seeing everything come together! Sorry my post is not more of a “review”. I don’t know where my brain was this week!

  2. says

    Vanessa, this was the perfect post! It was a review AND a mini tutorial. I love that! When the weather gets cooler here in SoCal I am definitely going to make those mittens, with some fun variations for my boy so he can play with them, too. Thank your for your post, Vanessa!

  3. says

    love the “puppet” mittens. Got add these to the list of Sewing for Silas…Ha ha! – just realized I need to add a board on pinterest labeled “Sewing for Silas”, (or maybe even the name for the blog I’ve been meaning to start 😉