• the very best gift your can give your child’s teacher
  • how to sew a circle skirt in 20 minutes or less
  • how to sew with vegan (faux) leather & a giveaway!
  • the best ways to help a friend with a new baby {hint: it’s not dinner}
  • 20 quick, easy and beautiful things to crochet

the very best gift your can give your child’s teacher

what a fantastic idea! the best cheap, easy teacher gift ever: a letter to the school principal telling why your child's teacher is amazing. I'm going to do this! The post has some good ideas for things to include in the letter.

It’s fun to browse Pinterest looking for cute teacher gifts for teacher appreciation week, but the cute ideas aren’t always practical and the cost can get prohibitive. There’s one gift I’ve found that is MORE appreciated by teachers than anything else, and the good news is that it doesn’t cost a thing. Many teachers will […]

how to sew a circle skirt in 20 minutes or less

you can sew this adorable skirt in 20 minutes or less - no joke! vegan leather circle skirt for girls.

Have I ever mentioned how much I like quick, easy sewing projects? Only about a hundred times, right? The other day I was trying to sew (amidst the mess that is our family of seven in between moving house AGAIN) and I just kept running into problems. Like putting on a pocket, only to realize […]

how to sew with vegan (faux) leather & a giveaway!

vegan leather - looks fun to sew with! everything you need to know about how to sew with faux vegan leather.

Recently I’ve been sharing sewing tips for fabrics you may not have sewn with before: last month it was stretch denim, and the month before that it was sweater knit. Today I’m talking about another fabric you may have have sewn with before: vegan leather. So, obviously, vegan leather is faux (fake) leather, but it’s nothing like […]

20 quick, easy and beautiful things to crochet

great ideas for small, quick crochet projects

There are so many cool free crochet patterns available that I always think I’m finally going to learn how to crochet. But then I get intimidated by the thought of making an entire blanket – I mean how many hours and skeins of yarn does it take to make one of those anyway? So I’ve […]

pleated flutter sleeve dress (free pattern in size 4T)

this dress is adorable! free pattern in size 4T and great step by step sewing tutorial

Last summer I shared a free pattern for a flutter sleeve dress (or tunic) in girls size 4T that featured a gathered elastic neckline. It’s a very easy sew that doesn’t take much fabric, and it’s been one of my most popular sewing posts of the past year. Since we’ve had such a lovely early spring […]

tips for getting kids to go to bed at night (and stay there!)

great ideas for getting little kids to go to bed and stay there until morning - I'm going to try #3!

It can be the last and most exhausting struggle of the day: convincing your little one to go to bed and actually stay there. When my three oldest were young I looked forward to 8 o’clock each night as if a genie was going to pop out of a bottle and grant all my wishes. […]

the bow tie easy tee {free women’s sewing pattern}

free sewing pattern and tutorial for this easy bowtie tee in women's size L.

So it’s been nearly two years since I shared the free pattern for the “easy tee,” which was designed to be the simplest way to sew a women’s t-shirt. That first summer, I made 8 variations of the shirt, including one with raglan sleeves, one with a lace front, and one with a contrast yoke. The […]