Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Break!



Sorry it's been a week since I've posted, but we went to Arches National Park for Spring Break.  It was so fun!  Here's a picture of the family under one of the beautiful arches.  There is some beautiful country in Moab, Utah.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fleece Baby Hats!


My girls and I are going to make these adorable hats for a local hospital!  Click the caption for the tutorial!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Drink Cozies


These would be awesome for the Lemonade bottles my kids are always getting!  Click the caption!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Wrist Key Chain


This is what we need to make at our house.  It'd be great for bus passes too!  Click the caption.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Easy Beach Tote


This is so brilliant! Washable and soaks up water! I'm going to make one with all my kids!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Easter on a Budget


Here's something to go with that Easter tablecloth you've probably sewed by now!  I loved these low cost ideas to make the Easter table special for the kids!  Click the caption to go there.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

It's Finally Here!


It's finally here!  My new humor book is now available on Amazon!  I'm so excitied!  Click here to get your copy!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Teenage Nightstand


This would make a great nightstand for my teenage daughters!  Click the link to go to the tutorial.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Picture of me on the family ski vacation


I'm not the best skier in the family....

This is why I haven't posted in a couple days.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

So Brilliant


Waterproof picnic blanket!  Vinyl tablecloth on one side, cloth on the other.  Click the caption to see tutorial.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Monster Pillow


Click the link for the tutorial.  I want to teach my son to sew this pillow!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Pencil Case!



How cute!  A pencil case to sew with your daughter!  I love the complimentary fabrics.  Click the caption to go to the tutorial.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Snack Bags!


We're making these to go with our lunch bag!  Click the caption to go there.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Cozy Pillow Bed


How cool is this!  I am totally making this with my daughters!  Click the caption for the tutorial.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cute and Easy Skirt


We are SOOO making this!  Maybe this weekend!  Click the caption to go to the site.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Lanyards!


So EASY!  My daughter really needs this to keep track of her keys.  Click the caption to go the site!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Fabric Headbands!


We LOVE these headbands!  Totally easy and fun for your daughter to sew!  Click the caption to go to the tutorial.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Baby Swaddling!


This is genius!  I wish I would have had this pattern when my babies were small!  Click the caption to go there.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Skirts!


These skirts look so easy!  My daughter and I are going to make one!  Click the caption to go to the tutorials!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Sew a Kindle Case


This is going to be our next project!  I love how you can keep the cord with the case! Click the caption to go to the tutorial!  I'll post ours when we get it done.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

25 Fast and Easy Projects!


I loved this post!  It has lots of ideas that would be easy to sew with children!  Click the caption to go there!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sew a Wallet!


How cute are THESE?  I want to sew one for my daughters.  There was no pattern, but I think it would be easy to make by just looking at the picture, don't you?  You can also buy them on Etsy (click the caption to go there).


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Curtain Idea




Here's an idea for sewing curtains.  I did not sew these particular curtains, but I layered two different fabrics for the windows in our living room.  (Please ignore the lack of an iron and the bad photography, my daughter, the real photographer, wasn't home yesterday).  I like the way the lighter fabric brightens and cheers up the area.  I think this would be fun to do in a child's bedroom.

Monday, January 12, 2015

How to Help your Daughter's Sewing Look Professional

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There are 6 things to teach a child to help their sewing look better.  Here they are in order of importance.

  • Use PINS!
  • Measure, and re-measure
  • Iron the seams.  Do not skip this step, it really makes a huge difference.
  • Push out corners with the edge of a ruler or a dull pencil.  Don't use anything sharp or you'll risk punching a hole.
  • Use a seam ripper if you need to.  Don't just shrug and move on.  If you need to start over on a part of the project, you may have to put the project down and come back to it another day, so as not to discourage your child.
  • Clip all the stray threads.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

And the Winner IS.....


This is the lunch bag we made together!  My daughter decided she liked this style best because it would fit better in her backpack!  We are going to use a binder clip to keep it closed, because I'm not such a fan of velcro.  (I hate how it gets unusable after the first wash).   It took us only 1 hour to make.  So easy!  Here is the tutorial we used!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

What's in a Young Girl's sewing Kit?

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Here's what a young girl will need in her sewing kit to get her started, if you are considering getting your daughter set up.  These are items that my daughters have found useful.


  • measuring tape
  • marking chalk
  • fabric scissors
  • ruler
  • pins and pincushion
  • needles
  • seam ripper
  • needle threader 
  • fabric scraps and thread (opt.)
  • buttons and velcro (opt.)



Thursday, January 8, 2015

Lunch Bag with Handles!


I like the idea of handles, so I'm leaning toward handles.  Here are some we are considering.  Click the captions to go to the sites.




Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Another Cute Lunch Bag!


Another lunch bag we are trying to decide between.  Which one do you like better?  I'll post more in the coming days.  (Click the caption to see the tutorial)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Cute Lunch Bag


How cute is this?  My daughter and I want to make a lunch bag.  We are trying to decide which one we like best.  For the next couple of days, we will post the ones we are trying to choose from!  You can help us vote!  Click the caption to go to the tutorial.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Curtains for the Argosy Trailer

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We have a 1976 Argosy trailer that we've fixed up and remodeled.  I finally finished sewing the curtains for it!  I used earth magnets to attach them to the walls for ease in taking them off and on.


We painted the walls and cupboards white and put in an ikea butcher block countertop, sink, and faucet. I sewed lined curtains in a red fabric purchased at fabric.com to lend the all-white decor some cheerful color.  We also put wood-look vinyl on the floor.  (I need to work on a backsplash.  Any ideas?)


We reupholstered the couch cushions in grey (The curtains here dip a bit on the top as they have to go around some bunk bed frames).  I also sewed vinyl cushions using this online tutorial for the front table, so they would withstand kid-use.  All in all, I think it turned out great.  

BEFORE PICTURE:

Below is not a picture of our argosy, but this is similar to what ours looked like inside before we remodeled.  I love our new look!

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Sew a Scripture Cover


My goal is to post at least every other day except for Sunday, but I scheduled this post to appear this Sunday because it's so appropriate.  I want to sew this scripture cover with my girls. (Click the caption to go to the tutorial) Here is a link to more ideas for scripture covers.