My son had some extra dress shirts that I recently used to make some cutesy tops for my girls. This is a fairly quick process if you select a shirt that is close in size to your child.
1) Select a front button shirt. Make sure that the shirt’s fullest width is at least two inches wider than your child’s hip measurement. (Once the garment is finished you will have to slip it over the child’s head or step into it to put it on.)
2) Cut out collar and shorten sleeves to desired length. Continue Reading →
Here’s a quick and easy craft that my daughters and I did this weekend (found it on Pinterest). These cute little t-shirt bracelets may have taken 10 minutes (including cutting up the t-shirt). I thought that this would be something great to teach my girls. They’ll be 10 years-old soon, so I’m learning to walk that very fine line between *too cheesy*(you know, those blank stares that seem to say “Mom, . . really?”) and too grown-up. This was perfect. They now have new uses for their old t-shirts, and they think I’m pretty cool for showing them this trick.
The video tutorial is great. She does a great job of explaining the process and gives a few options from varying the thickness of the bracelet to painting the fabric for a different look.
Keep doing what you love!
I’m so excited to share with you the amazing time I had today. I attended my first sewing workshop, and it was fantastic! I didn’t know what to expect, so admittedly I was a bit comment shy, but I am so glad that I participated. The event was held atWhipstitch in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s this quaint little loft-like sewing/fabric/book/class store that’s full of beautiful fabrics, notions, and a delectable display of super awesome sewing books. The owner (Deb) was so super nice. I know this all sounds very syrupy, but it is true. It was definitely worth the trip (It took almost an hour with traffic and lights – yuck!).
Our instructors were Rae Hoekstra from made-by-rae.com and Karen Lepage, one part of the duo who created the wonderful book *Sewing for Boys*, Ziggy Patterns and the blogger at onegirlcircus.com. The class size was nice and small. Approximately 10 sewing divas (including myself) gathered around the table that you see in the pic and just oohed and ahhed over the beautiful kids clothing samples that they passed around. Rae and Karen made the perfect tag team as they shared sewing knowledge garnered after years of sewing for their own kids. We learned about
- reinforcing seams
- seam finishes
- best fabrics to use for kids clothing
- supply lists
- pressing vs. ironing
- pattern selection
- insecurity vs. over confidence in sewing projects
- resources (books, etc)
- sewing efficiency
It was so inspiring for me personally to see women just like me with a passion for creating beautiful clothing for their kids. The quality of their workmanship was amazing. The morning workshop only lasted an hour and a half. I could have used another hour or two just to turn those garments inside out and admire the handy work (smile).
Stop worrying about what others think of you.
Take one day at a time and remember to breathe.
Remember that GOD made you perfect just the way you are.
Tell those that you love that you love them . . . often.
Stress is NOT our friend. Tell it to take a hike!
LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE everyday!
Dance . . . even when there’s no music.
Close your eyes and visualize the person that you were meant to be. (She’s still in there. Don’t give up on her.)
Freedom is not dependent upon our circumstances. Freedom is where our mind takes us!
Here are a pair of pants that I just finished for my 4-year-old son. If you’re a mom with boys then you are already aware of the shortage of super fantastically unique clothing for our little men. While commercial retailers and even pattern makers are overflowing with frilly, lovely, options for our little girls, unfortunately, many have left us with the short end of the stick when it comes to our boys. I guess this is not such a bad thing if you have a sewing machine and some extra fabric lying around which I do, and some extra time, which I did, so, I drafted some “play” pants. They are both unlined with a full elastic waist. The brown pants have front pockets and top stitching. The green pants are without pockets. I used a bottom weight fabric for both and cut the pattern generously in the legs for movement.
Do what you love!