make a bow tie from an old necktie {great teen boy gift!}

how to make a bow tie from a necktie - grew pattern and sewing tutorial - great teen boy gift!

I’ve always enjoyed sewing Christmas gifts for my kids, but as they get older it’s gets harder and harder to come up with things they’ll actually like – especially since they’re boys. My boys have been wanting to start wearing bow ties to church, but it’s hard to find real bow ties in their neck size, […]

free pattern for easy to sew teddy bear clothes (build-a-bear)

love this! free sewing pattern for these easy teddy bear clothes (build a bear)

Growing up with four older brothers, my daughter doesn’t have as many “girly” toys as she’d probably like. That’s ok with me – I love watching her play with LEGOS and trains and all those other things hers brothers have enjoyed – but I recently realized that out of the boxful of Build-a-Bear clothes we […]

how to pattern draft and sew a raglan tee in any size


Every year when it comes time to do our school shopping I’m amazed at how much it costs to outfit each child…and when you have 5, it really adds up! To make the cost a little less painful I do a lot of thrift store shopping and try to sew a few things using fabrics from […]

flutter sleeve romper sewing tutorial & FREE pattern in size 4T


I made this little romper for my daughter over a month ago with the intention to post it right away – but I really wanted to include a free pattern download so I waited on posting for a few weeks while I got the pattern put together. Then I went on vacation and got absolutely […]

the easy tee {the anthropology lace front version + FREE raglan pattern}

***Be sure to read the original easy tee post for basic t-shirt construction tips*** Here’s another version of the raglan sleeve easy tee for you – and this is my favorite one yet! I don’t always LOVE everything I sew – sometimes things look a lot better in my head or at the sewing machine than they […]

the easy tee {add a peter pan collar} + free pattern!

Hi guys! I told you a few weeks ago when I shared the original easy tee tutorial that if it looked like there was interest in a downloadable pattern I’d put one together – a couple of you asked for it, so here it is! I have a printable PDF pattern for this super easy […]

{kids can do it!} stuffed animal superhero mask and cape

Want more stuffed animal ideas? Find patterns for super easy stuffed animal pajamas and a matching sleeping bag. And then get all those animals tidied up and off the ground with a DIY stuffed animal swing. If your kids are anything like mine, the wonder of summer is starting to wear off. The long, glorious […]

sew: kid size travel pillows with carrying case and velcro pocket

We recently drove 14 hours each way to spend a few weeks visiting family. My kids insist on bringing their pillows along on every long car trip we take. They NEED them, they say, to get comfy while they’re reading books or watching movies on the ride. I can understand, but we really don’t have […]