FREE Baby and Toddler T-Shirt Sewing Pattern

Summer is by far my favorite season (sandals, beach days, iced coffee, camping are just a few of my favorite things), but I’m actually looking forward to fall! I think I feel like this every year, because at some point, the hot, humid days are just unbearable, and the tease of cool summer nights in August just make me crave that perfectly crisp ‘just cool enough’ fall air. I hate winter though, so lets not go there yet.

Okay, I’ll admit that one of my favorite parts of changing seasons is changing up the wardrobe. This year I’m excited about making Riley some fall clothes. I’ll still end up buying her some clothes (ok, ok, by some I mean way too many) but she still likes having some pieces made by mom.

I may have gone a little overboard making these adorable ringer t-shirts for her, but I had some irresistibly cute fabric, and they are so easy to make once you get the hang of it. You can find the pattern for the free baby and toddler t-shirt here at Brindille & Twig’s website. She has tons of adorable, well designed patterns, but you can find this t-shirt in the free pattern section! How awesome of her to offer it for free.Sew Jersey Mama | Free Sewing Pattern | Kids T-Shirt Pattern | Sewing Pattern | Easy Sewing Pattern

The school bus fabric was a big hit, but it’s been sold out for awhile now. I have some other cute fabrics perfect for these t-shirts available right here.

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My new plaids for florals would be adorable in these shirts in either the short or long sleeve versions. You can find my available jersey knit fabrics here.


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You can make these without a serger, but it will be way easier with one! I highly recommend purchasing a serger if you plan to sew with knits a lot. It just makes it so much easier, and will be more professional. You may even find one in the Amazon warehouse deals. Many times the products on sale from the warehouse deals are brand new with opened or damaged packages. It’s worth a look for a deep discount.

I would love to see what you make! Come back and leave a comment 🙂

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FREE Bandana Bib Pattern and Tutorial with BONUS instructions for Embroidered Customization

 

 

If you have not heard about the amazing-ness of baby bandana bibs, now is your time to learn about them! They are wonderful little bibs for drool-y, teething babies and toddlers. I loved using bandana bibs with Riley even before teething because she would spit up a lot! It would help catch the spit up and keep it off her adorable little clothes. The best part was that it didn’t cover her whole outfit. These also come in handy beyond the drooling and teething days when your little one might have a runny nose.  I’d like to think I’ve perfected the bandana bib, and I stand behind my product 100%, which is why I’m so excited to share my tips and tricks with you! There’s a few modifications I will be talking about to, so don’t worry about having all the right tools or equipment.

The bandana bibs I will be showing today are customized with embroidery. I never thought I’d own an embroidery machine, but my investment has definitely paid off. Customized items are very popular as gifts. Many Etsy sellers customize with vinyl, but it just won’t hold up to the wear and tear for a baby item like this. I have found that my items with embroidered text or designs have completely held up in the wash. I purchased my machine on Amazon through their warehouse deals. If you haven’t heard about Amazon’s warehouse deals, I’m here to tell you it is always worth checking out when making a larger purchase. I found my Brother PE770 5×7 Embroidery Machine as a warehouse deal for over $100 off. The only reason it was at the warehouse was because the box had been opened. The machine and all the parts were still sealed in all of the original packaging. It varies, but each specific item available to purchase lists the reason it is in the warehouse, so it is very transparent, and you can make the best decision. The Brother PE770 is an awesome machine, but if you are just looking to embroider for personal use, they have cheaper models as well. The biggest difference will be the hoop size, or space available for your text or design.

Let’s get started!

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What You’ll need:

1 Fat quarter of quilter’s cotton -> My fave source is fabric.com!

1 Fat quarter of your backing material of choice. (My favorite is this waffle terry. It is very soft, and the loops are inside which makes it safety compliant)

Snaps or Velcro  (If you have snaps and snap pliers-awesome, if not you can use velcro, but I prefer snaps)

Printable Pattern – DOWNLOAD HERE:Bandana Bib PDF (make sure to print at 100% scale. Check box is 1 inch. There are two pages, line them up and trim border)

*If you are embroidering you will need the following: 

My two choices for stabilizer are Fusible No-Show PolyMesh which you can iron right to your fabric, or regular No-Show Polymesh which you will use an adhesive spray to temporarily stick it to your fabric. I find it quicker to use the spray, and it’s easier to peel off the extra you will be trimming afterwards, but both options work fine.

Embroidery thread color of your choice

Equipment and Tools: 

Sewing Machine

*Embroidery Machine (optional)

*Embroidery software (optional)

Scissors, Pins, Iron

**Side note** I love these floral prints these bandanas are made of, and the grey one in particular is from one of my favorite brands, Dear Stella. They have some other adorable florals, along with cute dinosaur prints and some irresistible woodland creature prints. Check it out on fabric.com!
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Step One, Cut out our materials. Fold the fabric in half, line the pattern up to the fold, pin and cut. (Two bibs pictured, not backing material)

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If you are not embroidering, skip ahead! Roll out the stabilizer, and cut a piece that is longer than your hoop frame. Then iron or spray and stick it to your fabric.

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Next we will line it up in the frame. *TIP* Iron your bandana in half both ways to create creases to help you center it. My text needed the 7 inch length of my hoop, so I had to turn my fabric on its side. I used the ruler grid to line up the center with my creases. Keep in mind, the text might not be centered height wise depending on how long your design is. You want to make sure your stitching does not get too close to the edge, so it may need to be closer to the top.

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Hook your hoop to your machine, and get started. Machines will work differently, but load your design into the machine, adjust your layout, and begin. For mine, I make sure there is a tail of thread, but I do not hold it, or it will jam. After it has done a few stitches, pause it, and trim any excess so it does not get tangled. Do the same as you continue, pause after the first few stitches to trim the tail from the last letter.

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Take your finished piece out of the hoop, and carefully trim the excess stabilizer.

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Pin your front and back pieces together, right sides facing in. Leave about a 2-3 inch gap on one side of the point to turn the bandana bib inside out. Sew around the bib, making sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of the opening. Trim with pinking sheers.

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Turn the bandana bib inside out and use a dull pencil tip or stick to push out the corners and ends. Iron it flat, making sure to fold in the opening flap.

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Now we will top stitch to close the opening and to give it a professional, crisp look. Change your stitch length to 3 for topstitching.

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We will be adding the snaps now. If you are using velcro, pin down 1 inch strips of velcro on the ends. Make sure to sew to opposite sides so it matches when you overlap the back to close it.
For the snaps you will need your snap pliers, and this sharp point stick to make your hole. I also made a template from cardboard, so my snaps are evenly placed on both ends. If you plan to put two snaps on both ends to make the size adjustable, I highly advise making a template. Make your holes on both ends of the bandana bib.

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Insert the cap into the remade hole on the outer side of the fabric. Insert the other half on the other side. It doesn’t matter if you use a socket or stud, as long as you keep it consistent if you will be using more than one snap on each end of the bandana bib. I like to put sockets on this side. Take your pliers, with the cap at the bottom, flat side down, and squeeze. Repeat for the other hold on this side (if adding snaps for adjusting).

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Repeat on the other side, but make sure to insert your cap from the inside, and use the opposite (stud or socket) from your other side.

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Check that your snaps click and open easily, and use the pliers again on any that need fixing. Then you are done!

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Have you seen my tutorial for adorable baby girl skirts  and how to make a matching head wrap style headband for babies ?

If you’re looking for another baby gift idea, check out my elephant stuffie pattern.

And don’t forget to check out my toddler survival kit list so you know what to register for beyond the 1st year!

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Summer Headwrap Tutorial for Infants and Toddlers

Hi!

It’s almost 4th of July! My favorite time of year!! That might be because my birthday follows a few days later, but still. Summer is my favorite season! I love enjoying the fresh air and the warmth from the sun, and the fun summer activities.

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I thought I’d share how to make the headwrap style headband I show in my skirt tutorial. This is an easy project but you’ll need about at least a yard of fabric because it is quite long. It’s a little bit different than my other headbands you might see in my shop. I’m going to share how to do those soon!

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What you’ll need:

-Cotton fabric *46 inches by 7 inches* Measurements are variable which I will discuss later.

-As always…Pins, scissors, pinking shears, sewing machine and iron

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You could make this with a variety of fabrics, even a stretchy cotton knit or perhaps a gauzy fabric. I used woven cotton for mine. I love shopping for fabric at fabric.com. They carry all of my favorite designers and brands, and they have such a wide variety of type of fabric. You can even get free shipping for orders over $49. They always have great sales! Currently select summer prints are on sale! Great time to snatch some up.



First, I’d like to go over the sizing. 46 inch long fabric will give you a finished piece about 42 inches long. This fits an average-sized toddler head once around with a bow. It should wrap around a younger baby twice. If you’re considering cutting a different length, use a tape measure to wrap around their head the desired way (once or twice) and  then add about 26 inches for tying the bow and to account for the angle of the end and seam allowance.
To cut the fabric, fold it over lengthwise so you are measuring 23 inches (half of the total) long from the fold and 7 inches width. Use pins or a marking pencil to mark your measurements for cutting. Cut it out.

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Next, unfold the fabric so you have the entire length open. Fold right sides together and pin the whole length of the headwrap. Make sure to mark a gap of about two inches you will leave open to turn the headband right side out.

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Now use a ruler or straight edge to mark a line for the angle at either end. Mark and cut one end. Then flip it so the other end is the opposite angle and use the edge to guide your marking and cutting of the other end.Sew Jersey Mama | DIY Baby Headband | Sewing Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial Headband | Baby Headwrap |
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Once the angles are cut for both ends it’s time to stitch it up. Start at one end. Be sure to back stitch. Follow your angled cut at the end, make a nice sharp turn and stitch along the entire length of the headwrap except for the opening. Be sure to use your back stitch at the start and stop of the opening.

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Trim your edges. I prefer to trim with pinking shears so the fabric isn’t fraying inside. Use a chopstick or pencil carefully to help turn and push out the corners.

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Iron the head wrap. I do not bother to stitch the opening but you can stitch it or ladder stitch it closed if you prefer.

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There are a few ways these head wraps can be tied. My daughter does not sit still, so I quickly wrap it around her head and make the first knot to establish the size. I slip it over my leg and find a spot at that size to finish tieing the bow. Also note here that I fold the headwrap in half so it is less wide, but it can be used fully open as well. I open the fabric to its full width in the bow and position the ends so they match.

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If you are going around the head twice, the initial knot will be at the back bottom of the head.
Another way to wear it is as a flat band across the front and just two knots in the back with the ties hanging down. I have also put one knot in the center and used that as the “decoration” in the front and tied it in the back with the ties hanging down.

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These head wraps are so adorable and versatile. Check out what Target has available on sale right now in clothes to complete your little one’s look. 20% off clothing, shoes & accessories with promo code JULY4. Valid 7/2-7/4 Just click here!

Happy 4th of July!!!

 

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Elephant Stuffie Sewing Pattern

I am so excited to release my first sewing pattern and tutorial for my original Elephant stuffie. These little elephants are so adorable, and make a perfect gift for a new baby or even a growing toddler. I love this project because it can be customized a million ways with fabric combinations. If you’re advanced, you can perhaps embroider a name on the ear, or hand stitch a face on. Another way to take this project up a notch is to make the elephant with minky for an even cuddlier toy. Sewing with minky is definitely a challenge, so if you’re not ready for that, I highly recommend quilter’s cotton. Just wanted to note that I do not add a tail to these any more so they are super safe for our littles under 3 years old.

I made Riley this adorable creamy white minky elephant before she was born. It’s so cute, and she loves it.

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The minky is similar to this Shannon Minky sold on fabric.com
Shannon Minky Luxe Cuddle Hide Natural Fabric

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This super fun mermaid print elephant is going to be sent to one of my brand reps, Ciara, for her little girl, Rory. She doesn’t actually know that yet, so surprise! I think her little will just love it!! This print is all sold out, but here’s a super cute similar one!
Timeless Treasures ABC's Under The Sea Mermaids Sky Fabric
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Also, I can’t get over Riley’s adorable watermelon top. It’s from Target’s Cat and Jack line, and it is too stinkin cute!!! I love their clothes, and have a hard time resisting checking out the toddler clothes section any time I’m in the store. Target has free shipping on orders over $35 right now!

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I have three more slated to make. Two regular size and a mini for my other brand reps 🙂 I can’t wait and will update with more pictures.

If you’re looking for fabric for your project, check out my new shop section here at Busy Bee Fabric Co (formerly Sew Jersey Mama) for a great selection of cotton woven fabrics, which are perfect for these little elephants.

My sewing pattern for both the regular size and the mini with instructions is available for only $2.99 in my shop: here. It’s an instant download PDF. All you need to do is print it (making sure not to scale it), and cut out the pattern pieces and get going! Click the photo to go right to the pattern!

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A little update! I added my second pattern for an adorable Penguin plushie. Perfect for winter time!

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Turn Her Winter Pants into Summer Shorts in 5 Minutes

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I have a super quick and easy tutorial for all my mamas out there. I did this last year and I thought I’d share with you this easy method to change your little one’s winter pants into summer shorts, and the best part is it should only take about 5 minutes. Since the kiddos grow at alarming rates, there’s a good chance her leggings from the winter or spring won’t fit by the coming fall. Instead of packing them away, why not make them into shorts that are perfect for play time or under dresses or skirts. I did this last night with these adorable lemon print pants. It’s such a cute outfit, but once it hits 90 degrees F, I know we’re not going to be wearing pants much more for the rest of the summer. I thought these would work much better as shorts.

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Let’s get started!

What you’ll need:
– Leggings you want to turn into shorts
– Pair of shorts for size reference
– The usual (scissors, ruler, thread, marking pencil, sewing machine)

First, lay out the leggings nice and flat, and then lay the shorts over them, just like this.

Use a ruler (or even eyeball it if you’re not picky) to measure about 1 inch past the shorts for the hem. Mark the line across the legs.

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Take your scissors and cut across the line.

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Now turn the leggings inside out, and fold up the hem, making sure it’s even all around. It really doesn’t matter how much you fold it over, but I’d say about 1/2 inch. You can pin or even iron this if you’d like, but I found that it wasn’t really worth it.
Slide the short leg over your machine (you’ll need to take the storage compartment thing off….I’m sure there’s a technical name for this). Switch your machine to the zig zag stitch.

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I like to start stitching at or near the seam. Make sure you reverse stitch, and then continue forward all the way around the leg. You will want to make sure your zig zag stitch overlaps the edge just a little bit to keep the fabric down. When you get all the way around, go past where you started and then reverse again.

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Repeat on the other leg. Check to make sure the hem matches the side you just did.

And that’s it! Turn the shorts over and iron. Trim your threads! Now, go ahead and cut through all those leggings, and you’ve got your little one plenty of shorts for summer.

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How adorable these shoes by Carter’s would look with this outfit.

 

I don’t sell leggings, but you can check out my cute baby accessories here: SHOP

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Personalized Bibs

I’m super excited to announce that most of my new bibs can now be personalized! I’m offering 10 font/monogram options to start for the new personalized bibs. A name or text can be embroidered on your favorite print making a really special gift for a new little one. The bibs are still fully machine washable, so no need to worry about getting it dirty! Click here to check them out! Customizable bibs have info in the listing text and checkout options. I also have some fun prints with cute sayings available as well.

     

 

 

Cotton Spring Baby Bibs!

I am so ready for it to warm up here! We got teased in February with a few warm days, and now there’s snow on the ground again. At least I had a few days stuck inside to get some spring baby bibs done for my Etsy shop, Milk & Bones.
So if you’re wondering, Milk & Bones is my baby, children, and dog accessory brand. You can read more about how that got started in the about me section.

                

I love my bibs! I know… you’re thinking who does this girl think she is? But I stand by my product 100%. I have experimented with many kinds of backing and sizing to make the best bibs. What I have come up with is a durable bib featuring adorable, fun and unique prints that will work from a little one’s first bites through toddler years. I love the hunt to find the fabrics, probably my favorite part, aside from sending out finished products. The backing to my bibs is a surprisingly soft and thick waffled-terry cloth. I was so excited to find this on fabric.com, because the only other place I knew to order from was Germany, and wow, shipping would be expensive.

As a new mom, I wasn’t really sure when I started making these bibs how long we’d still be using them. Well, Riley is now 18 months and we are still using these. There are meals that are not as messy and we may skip, but spaghetti night, we are for sure using one. Even at 18 months old, it still covers most of her shirt, and with the snaps, I’m able to adjust the neck to fit her and she can’t pull them off. I checked with my mama friends, and we’re not the only ones still using bibs through the toddler years. I have some store bibs left in the cabinet that just do not fit her at all anymore, and cover only a few inches of her clothes. Not helpful at all! The bibs I made for Riley before she was even born are still holding up well and strong.

    

I didn’t have any new styles to add for boys this time round, sorry boy mamas,  but I have a few more summer prints for boys I’ll be releasing next round! So stay tuned.

 

You can check out the bibs I have for sale at my etsy shop here. They’ll be available in my shop tab soon.

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DIY Girls Skirt Tutorial

As Riley is starting to grow out of the things I normally make (baby bibs, hats, crib shoes), I’ve been looking for something new to make for her. I stumbled upon a few skirt tutorials, and it turned out to be just what I was looking for. These skirts are super easy! You can whip up a few in one afternoon to pair with leggings and t-shirts. To make these, I used a pattern on Etsy so I could have multiple sizes available, but if you’re making these for your own little one, it’s easy to figure out the sizing with just a few measurements (I’ll explain later). The pattern is by Brindille & Twig and is very easy to follow. If you’re interested, you can purchase the pattern here.

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Learn how to make a matching head band/headwrap here!

What you’ll need:

You can use cotton or a knit fabric. I have a great variety of both types available in my new shop section here at Busy Bee Fabric Co (formerly Sew Jersey Mama). The jersey knits are soft and stretchy, and the cotton woven will hold more shape and structure for the skirt. Both are great options and come in so many adorable prints.

Some of the cotton woven fabrics I have available.

Some of the jersey knit fabrics I have.

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Fabric (about 1/2 yd to 1 yd depending on the size you are making.
Thread
Scissors
Elastic – 1.25″ wide
Sewing machine or Serger
Trim (optional)

To make this with your little one’s measurements, first measure around their waist. This will be the width of each of your two skirt pieces. For example, if your child’s waist is 21 inches, cut 2 pieces, 21 x length.

(You can find this super cute plaid fabric here)

For the length, measure from the waist till where you want the skirt to end, and add 2″ for the hem and waistband.

If you purchased the pattern, use the sizes provided.

To start, iron your fabric, I usually fold over my fabric and cut both pieces at once. To make it even easier, cut with the right sides in and they’ll already be in place to sew.  Cut your skirt pieces (width X length).
Pin the two pieces together right sides together, and sew up both sides. You can do this with a serger if you have one, or a straight stitch at about a 1/4 inch allowance, and then an overlock or zigzag to prevent fraying. Iron your seams.

Next you will be serging all the way around the top and bottom edges. If you do not have a serger I’d recommend using an overlock or zigzag stitch after the straight stitch. This is to prevent fraying. Just a side note about sergers. They are really great, especially if you plan to sew clothing or work with knits more. As you can see here, mine is ancient. My amazing mom found this at an estate sale and got it even though I told her “not sure what I need it for”. I was so wrong! I use it tons. However, Amazon has a highly recommended Singer serger available for under $200 that will definitely work great for our purposes! Check it out here:

Now you will iron down the waistband and hem. Fold over 1 1/2″ from the top and iron down all the way around the skirt. You will do this for the bottom hem as well at 1/2″ inch.

Sew all the way around the hem. If you’re adding trim, now is the best time to pin it and sew it on.

Now to do the waistband. Cut the elastic one inch longer than their waist measurement.

First you will sew all the way around the skirt at the edge of the fold you made earlier, and leave a 2 inch gap. Make sure to back stitch at both ends of the opening. Then you will put a safety pin on your elastic, and pull through, mindful that you do not pull the other end through. It will start to bunch up as you go.

Once all the way through, line up the ends of the elastic flat overlapping one inch, pin and stitch. For this, I stitched all the way around and then an X across. This will ensure it is secure.

Almost done!! Finish stitching around the waist where the opening for the elastic was. Turn right side out, and you are finished! You should have an adorable skirt!

Almost done!! Finish stitching around the waist where the opening for the elastic was. Turn right side out, and you are finished! You should have an adorable skirt!

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