Super Stay At Home Mommy!

Adventures in the life of a stay at home wife and mom

Teaching Kids to Sew

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Linnaea has been begging me to teach her to sew for a while now. I’ve had her climb onto my lap and help hold fabric while I sew things, but that just wasn’t cutting it anymore. She wanted to sew on her own.

Of course, I couldn’t imagine letting her sit on my machine and sew away, so I started looking for kids sewing machines. I found a cute little toy machine for just $20 and thought I’d struck gold! She was so excited when I brought it home. The excitement ended quickly when we discovered that it was impossible to thread, barely held fabric together, and was so loud that she couldn’t hear me instruct her as she went.

Back to square one. Sitting on Mom’s lap, “sewing.” While out thrifting with my Mother-in-law (one of our favorite things to do!), we stumbled upon a little machine meant for mending clothes. Great! A simple machine, perfect for a kid! And just $10! I rushed home to show Linnaea what we’d found…. And then struggled with the thing for several hours trying to convince it to sew something, ANYTHING. No go. UGH!

With Linnaea’s birthday coming up, we decided it was finally time to just commit and get her the real deal. Find her a real machine that she could actually learn on. And that’s when we found THIS beauty! The Janome was everything I’d been searching for. Just the right size, a guard so her little fingers don’t get hurt by the needle, and simple to use. Most importantly, it works!! And, you can’t go wrong with the fun colors!

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As soon as she opened her present, she was ready to get started! And it didn’t take us long to get sewing. We’ve started following along with a little series on The Mouse House blog called “Little Stitchers,” which begins with teaching kids how to sew straight lines and progresses into easy projects that they can complete with the help or mom or dad!

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My girl is a natural. It makes my heart happy to see her enjoying something that I am passionate about. What a fun hobby we can share together <3

How cute is her little foot on that pedal! Love it!

What did I learn in this journey? Skip the toy machines, and the “as seen on tv” machines. Go straight for the real deal. You’ll waste your time and money messing around with machines that will only frustrate you in the end. The Janome was the perfect find for us, but here’s a list of a few other recommended starter machines if you’re looking for something a little different!

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Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop: Cambridge Cardigan!

This week, I had the opportunity to test a pattern by Peek-A-Boo Patterns! The new Cambridge Cardigan!

I’ve only sewn her kids pattern in the past, so I was excited to have the chance to sew one of her adult patterns.

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The size range is huge, which, as a plus size girl, I really appreciate. It went together quick and easy, and the outcome is beautiful! I’ll be adding many more to my wardrobe, I’m sure– especially with the cold weather coming. These are great for layering!

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I used THIS and THIS jersey fabric from Mabel Madison. Talk about high quality, and GORGEOUS! And it is so soft and comfy. I don’t want to take it off! AND, if you’re sewing for boys, you MUST check out her selection of boy fabrics! Plus– right now they’re having a 15% off sale and FREE shipping on all orders!

Yes, my eyes are closed, but it was the only pic I had where you could see the front! lol.

Yes, my eyes are closed, but it was the only pic I had where you could see the front! lol.

Go get your Cambridge Cardigan pattern today! It’s on sale for 15% off through tomorrow (Oct. 23)!!

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Trick or Treat!! (Free bag tutorial!!)

I decided to make trick or treat bags for the girls this year. I have wanted to every year for a while now, but other things always seem to get in the way. So, this year I was determined to get it done! I even got them done EARLY! And, I managed to make a couple extras for my adorable niece and nephew.

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I used this FREE tutorial from The Cottage Mama! I just love how they turned out, and the girls do too.

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The applique I used is from Lynnie Pinnie. I thought it added the perfect little personalized touch to each bag.

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Happy Halloween!

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Greenstyle Creations Sewalong– The Finished Product!

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Have you been following along with the Greenstyle Creations Laurel/Laurelette sewalong? I finished mine this morning, and I am so excited with how they turned out!

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You still have a few days to join in and catch up! There is an awesome prize package being offered, so get your pictures submitted by Sunday! Go to the Greenstyle Creations Facebook page for more information!

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Or, if you’d rather skip the sewalong and just make one of these for yourself, pick up the patterns HERE!

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(I did finish the adult version as well, and will post pictures later– I’m going to wear it to a wedding this weekend!)

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Greenstyle Sewalong Day 1

Anyone else decide to join in on the sewalong? Today was day one!!

I got my patterns put together and my fabric cut, and I’m excited to get sewing tomorrow!!

This is the gorgeous fabric that I'll be using for my Laurel tunic. This is only the second thing that I've ever sewn for myself, so I am anxious to see it come together!

This is the gorgeous fabric that I’ll be using for my Laurel tunic. This is only the second thing that I’ve ever sewn for myself, so I am anxious to see it come together!

Check out Starly’s blog post for some helpful hints, and don’t forget to join the Greenstyle Creations Facebook Group!

And this will be the fabric for the girls' Laurelette dresses

And this will be the fabric for the girls’ Laurelette dresses

Check back in with me throughout the week to follow my updates :) And have a wonderful evening!

My little helper <3

My little helper <3

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Join me for a Sewalong!

Greenstyle Creations, along with Starly from Sew Starly, are hosting a sew-a-long!!

What are we sewing? The popular women’s Laurel pattern and the newly released girls version, Laurelette!

When? September 29-October 5

Where? Greenstlye Creations Facebook group! (There just may be some pattern and fabric discounts if you join us…. hint, hint!)

I am so excited to sew them up! There are TONS of options, and an awesome range in sizes.

Join the Greestyle Creations group, and check out Starly’s blog post for more information!!

I’ll update the blog on my progress as I go! Join me back here next week!

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Elsa Dress!!

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I’m BAAAAACCCCKKKKK

Sigh, I don’t know what is going on with me! I WILL get back into blogging…. This is step one.

Anyway– My most recent project that I wanted to share with you all was this beautiful Elsa dress for my daughter

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Not only was it a pretty quick and easy sew, the pattern was FREE! This thrifty mom loves free!! Get it from Peek-A-Boo pattern shop, HERE!

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Using my Joann’s coupons, I raided their section of Frozen fabric (yes, there is an entire section of it at my store). We also recently got a fabric section in our Walmart that I took advantage of. All together, this dress cost a whopping $12!!!! So exciting! That’s cheaper than the lesser quality dresses you find at the store.

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My little Queen Linnaea is thrilled, and would live in it if I let her! Happy kid= happy mommy <3

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Sorry! I’ve neglected my blog :( Life is….well, CRAZY! It seems I just never have a moment to sit and write. Or, when I do have a moment, I’m spending it unwinding and relaxing. However, I am trying to get myself motivated to start really blogging again. I enjoy it so much, and really miss it.

With that being said, my favorite time is coming up again– Kids Clothes Week!!! July 21st-27th. Unfortunately (for me anyways), that falls during a week that we’ll be on vacation. BUMMER! (Or not…. I’ll be on VACATION!!!)  SO, my goal is to get some sewing done the week prior. I need to get some things sewn to take on vacation with us anyways, and this is the perfect opportunity! So, mark your calendars!

I also have several recipes I’ve been wanting to share! My low carb recipes seem to be my biggest hits, so I plan to share a few more that we’ve fallen in love with. Hang in there, while I work on getting my blog mojo back!!

As always, thanks for reading!!!

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Kids Clothes Week!

It’s that time again! (Let’s not mention the slacking I did last time around….) Kids Clothes Week starts TOMORROW!! What’s on your list? I’m using this as an opportunity to make my girls Easter dresses, and hopefully get a few spring/summer outfits done. I’ll try to be better about updating the blog this time around, too!

Here’s the pattern I’m using for their Easter dress (IT’S FREE!!!):  The Cottage Mama Party Dress

Here’s some of my favorites for this summer:

Shwin Designs- Georgia Twirl Top/Dress

Brownie Goose- Summer Sailor Shorts

{SIG) Creations- Delaney Top

Tikatuly- Aurthi Reversible Tunic

 

What’s on your sewing table?

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Kids Clothes Week- Day 4

Today I made one of my all time favorite patterns, The Aurthi by Tikatuly, for my 10 month old (Ack, 10 months already!! And did I mention that she’s been walking for a month now? Time needs to slow down!!!)  There are several different hem designs, lengths, necklines, AND it’s reversible. So many different options, and a great pattern to showcase a cute print. I also got to use those awesome KAM snaps again! I used an Alexander Henry print that I found hidden in the depths of my fabric closet. I forgot I even bought it…. perhaps that’s a sign that I buy too much fabric. Nah! You can NEVER have too much fabric!

Onto the cuteness!!  (excuse my grainy pics… I can’t wait until it warms up and we can get some nice outdoor pictures!)

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Here's the reverse side. It's so hard to get a good picture of a mobile baby!!

Here’s the reverse side. It’s so hard to get a good picture of a mobile baby!!

And the back. So cute, right?!?!

And the back. So cute, right?!?!

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