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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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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Kids Clothes Week- Day 3

For the last few weeks, Linnaea has been obsessed with pretending to be a super hero. She grabs her blankie, tucks it into the collar of her shirt, and is off the save the day! Obviously, a super hero’s cape is an extremely important part of their wardrobe. So, mommy just HAD to make her a special one! And once Linnaea found out that I was making one for her, she insisted that little sister get one too.

Lucky for us, Peek-A-Boo Patterns has a FREE Super Kid Cape Pattern! So, that’s what I worked on today. These went today quickly and easily. Linnaea got to pick out what fabrics we used, and we finished it off with KAM snaps at the neck. (If you haven’t already discovered KAM snaps, I highly encourage you to go check them out! You’ll be putting snaps on EVERYTHING!!)

Here’s our super heroes in action!

I think the chevron looks great! Linnaea has an eye for fabric already :)

I think the chevron looks great! Linnaea has an eye for fabric already :)

My SuperGirls!

My SuperGirls!

Did you know that Super Hero capes can make you run faster and jump higher?

Did you know that Super Hero capes can make you run faster and jump higher?

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Fun, fun, fun!!!!!

 

 

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Kids Clothes Week- Days 1 and 2

Kids Clothes Week has begun! I spent yesterday and today working on Apple Loungewear by Shwin Designs!

I have to say, I am absolutely in love with this pattern. It was easy to follow and went together pretty quickly. I don’t think I’ll ever use another pattern for leggings. I am in LOVE with these. And they have a fold over, non-elastic, waistband! No threading elastic through casings!!!!

Enough of my ravings… onto the pictures!

How comfy does she look!!

How comfy does she look!!

And pockets!!! Gotta love pockets <3

And pockets!!! Gotta love pockets <3

What are you working on??

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Kids Clothes Week!!

Kids Clothes Week starts TOMORROW!!!

I’ve been doing some planning, and thought I’d share what I’ll be working on throughout the week. I’ll post updates as I go, and look forward to seeing what you’re making too!

ON MY LIST:

-Apple Loungewear by Shwin Designs: I’m excited for this one! I bought fabric for it back on Black Friday, and have yet to have the opportunity to sew it up.
-Super Kid Cape by Peek-A-Boo Patterns: Linnaea is obsessed with playing super heroes. She wraps blankets around her neck and pretends to be Superman. So, when this FREE pattern came out, I knew I just had to sew one for her!
-Aurthi Reversible Tunic by Tikatuly: I’ve made several of these and it is one of my all time favorite patterns. LOVE it! This week, I’m going to make one for daughter #2 :)
-Doll Clothes by Ellie Inspired: Ok, so not for my kids to wear, but something for them to play with! Linnaea got an 18″ doll for Christmas, and she needs some new clothes!

Ready to start sewing tomorrow!!!!

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The Liebster Award!

I woke up this morning to a nomination for a Liebster blog award from fellow SAHM over at Creating My Niche! Thank you!!

An award! Woohoo! I am so excited…. but what the heck is a Liebster award??? Basically, it’s an award to recognize small bloggers (less than 200-300 followers).  So, in order to official “accept” the award, I need to do the following: List eleven random facts about myself, answer eleven questions given to me by Creating My Niche, and nominate eleven small blogs.

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Here goes….

Eleven random facts about me:

1.) I played rugby in high school. I always love to throw that one out there because not many people can say they played rugby. It was tons of fun, but I still deal with lots of knee and shoulder pain from old injuries.

2.) I was the Fair and Rodeo Queen for my county in 2004. Yeehaw!

3.) My husband and I ran away to Vegas to get married. Yes, Elvis was there

4.) I hate, hate, HATE spiders. I couldn’t tell you why. I just hate them.

5.) I have 6 nieces and one adorable nephew. I love being an auntie.

6.) My guilty pleasure…. Teen Mom, 16 and Pregnant, and Dance Moms. Why? No clue… My husband makes fun of me because I spend half the time yelling at the television because I can’t stand the girls or the shows. Ha!

7.) When I was younger, I never really wanted to get married or have children. Now that I have both, I can’t imagine my life any other way. Love it!

8.) Both of my daughters are named after flowers. Just not your typical “rose” or “daisy”

9.) I’m a choco-holic! Especially dark chocolate. YUM!

10.) Before having babies, I worked at a couple different animal hospitals. I may actually like animals more than I like most people…. lol!!

11.) Some day I’d love to start my own small business. Probably just out of the house… Decorating cakes or making clothes or homemade cosmetics. Some day :)

My Eleven Questions From Creating My Niche:

1.  If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would buy/do? Lame, but I would pay off all of our debts…. Then I would buy my parents a vacation home really close to us so that we could see them more often :)

2.  What is the first movie you saw in a theater? hmmm…. I have no idea. I can remember seeing The Lion King at the drive-in when I was little, does that count? lol.

3.  What is your dream car? A horse… LOL! I’m not much of a car person, but think it would be really cool if my hubby bought an old Camero and fixed it up for me (hint, hint)

4.  How would your closest friend describe you? Kind, quiet, silly, and caring

5.  What is your most cherished possession? Pictures. I am a crazy picture taking lady. I would be devastated if I ever lost them.

6.  What does “happy” mean to you? Happy for me is being surrounded by my family. Watching my girls grow. Being in the loving arms of my husband. My family is my happiness.

7.  If you could pick it, what would be your last meal? Tough one! I’m a food lover…. Let’s see, how about a juicy steak with a side of risotto, spaghetti, pizza, and lasagna. Oh, and a chocolate souffle for dessert. LOL!

8.  If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would you pick and why? Gordon Ramsey… to get some cooking lessons! (I know, I know, I should have picked someone more inspirational. But after the last question, all I can think about is food!)

9.  What is your favorite junk food? CHOCOLATE! Oh, and Doritos. Love Doritos :)

10.  What song have you listened to most often in the last few days? The classical music we have playing in Linnaea’s room.

11.  If you were stranded on a remote island, what three things would you want with you (besides food & water)? My family, Kindle, and toilet paper! haha…

My nominees are: (I follow a ton of blogs, but these were the only ones that met the requirements. I love all of them!)

1.) Robbyn’s Nest

2.) Dresses & Me

3.) Mom’s Place of Sanity

4.) When Harry Met Celery

My Eleven Questions for my nominees….

1.) What is your favorite childhood memory?

2.) What was your dream job as a child?

3.) What is your favorite food?

4.) If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

5.) If you could travel back in time, what year would you travel to and why?

6.) If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

7.) Beach or Mountains?

8.) What is your favorite season?

9.) What is your favorite movie?

10.) What made yo start blogging?

11.) Describe yourself in 3 words:

Yay! We’re all set… Can’t wait to read your answers! And thank you again, Creating My Niche, for the nomination!! Now go, check out her blog! And don’t forget to take a look at my nominees blogs too! They all have lots of fun stuff to share!

 

 

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