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 ❤

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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