My Next Sewing Project(s)

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Lately I have been sewing a lot for my kids. As much as I love spoiling them with handmade items, lets be honest - they really don't appreciate it when they are young. My oldest who is ten gets it, but that's because she has started sewing her own projects. But the other two are just as happy with something bought from a second-hand store. So I decided it's time to focus on me!
Wahoo!

One of my all time favorite things to buy are bags because let's face it - you can never have too many bags, purses, totes and suitcases. Anybody agree?

I follow a blog called Sew Sweetness by Sara Lawson and have loved every bag she has featured. She adds beautiful details that add so much to the finished project. Each handbag is unique and goes beyond the simple tote. For my birthday I bought her book Big City Bags and have decided my next few projects will be from her book and website. I haven't decided which one to start yet because they are all fabulous, but maybe fabric shopping will get me heading in the right direction.


Some of the patterns offered by Sew Sweetness state you can sell your sewn items at craft fairs and online. If the bags turn out well, I might just start selling them. But if I really like them, I may just keep them for myself too...

Lego Floor Mat

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Thanks everyone for loving the stuffed animal chairs as much as I do! It is seriously the best thing for my kids' vast collection of toys.

When I was planning Christmas for my kids I had a couple themed ideas - one of them being everything Lego's. They ended up getting a movie, Wii game, and lots of Lego's to play with. One item I knew they also had to have was a mat so the Lego's wouldn't get lost in our carpet. I debated getting a table, but we really don't have room for it so I started looking up ideas for a mat. Basically I wanted a round shape that could be cinched up. All that required was a couple yards of fabric - I bought flannel - and some cording. I cut a basic circle pattern by folding the fabric in fourths then tying my fabric pen to a string like a giant protractor. Super simple! One of the best step-by-step instructions I found was on Pinterest. Go here if you have any questions, but seriously it's just a large circle with some parachute cord threaded through! Love it! Actually, I love picking the whole thing up and moving it off the floor instead of painstakingly searching the dark carpet for tiny Lego's!



Stuffed Animal Chair

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My kids are obsessed with stuffed animals. My oldest received a bear when she was one that has been her constant companion and best friend for the past 9 years. She has been given dolls over the years, but she would much rather have a stuffed animal. My youngest has a bunny that has become her little baby. Personally, I love it because stuffed animals can usually be thrown in the washer when they have been spilled on, dropped outside in mud, or just dragged around everywhere. Now while I love that they have toys they continue to love year after year, I also hate that they are never satisfied with the amount. Three kids can accumulate quite the collection! Each of the kids have boring plastic tubs to store them in, but these constantly get dumped out. I had seen some people store them in bean bag covers, but the ones you can buy at the store tend to be cheaply made and rip apart. I decided to take on the project myself. I found a couple websites very useful - this one for the pattern and this one for the instructions. There are a lot of people making these, but these 2 websites were my favorite. Thanks to their help, I was able to make these 3 bags for my kids - 2 large and 1 small size.



Starting up again...

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Hello again! I had thought of stopping this blog altogether, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. Even though it isn't a money making blog, I still like having a place to share my sewing projects. Lately I have been toying with the idea of opening up an Etsy shop to sell a few items or take requests for personalized items, but I don't know where to start. While browsing some sewing blogs I found a book I want to buy (or win!) called Sewing to Sell by Virginia Lindsay (check out her blog here) that seems to have some good ideas. But there is still the questions of what to sell or specialize in since it seems that there are so many Etsy shops selling the same things. The other idea I had was selling items at a booth at our local farmer's market in the summer. I live in a great coastal town that has a fantastic farmer's market and something going on every weekend throughout the summer. But would I be able to sell anything?

So here are my questions I need help answering: 
What do you like to buy from Etsy?
What do you wish you could buy from Etsy
What would you like made just for you? 

Beginning sewing project

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I know it's been a long while since I added anything to this blog. The short version, I've been busy. And just to warn you, I'm going to be busy again in the next few months. But just so you know I haven't given up on this blog, I'll share a project my daughter made.

My daughter got her very first sewing machine for her birthday and wanted to learn so I found a great beginner project: a pillowcase.

I found a couple tutorials on Pinterest, but to be honest, I had to watch a YouTube video to make sure I was doing it right. The second time she made this it was super fast though so once you know what you are doing, it's a piece of cake!

And since I didn't take any pictures along the way, I'll just direct you to the video I watched. I didn't actually add the little strip as you can tell in my picture so mine just is a piece of fabric 3/4 of a yard and one piece 1/4 of a yard. Easy!



Hiking with kids

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I don't have much going on lately - at least not anything blogworthy.  But I thought I'd share a few tips I found helpful recently.

My family loves to go out hiking.  We slacked off last year but that was my fault - being pregnant made me a little lazy and uncomfortable.  But now that my cute baby is getting bigger we've started going out again.  Let me tell you something - hiking with kids can be super fun, or a royal pain.  The fun part - seeing the kids get all excited about the little things.  The not so fun part - dealing with accidents or stubborn kids.  Here's some tips I find helpful when dealing with kids (of all ages) so it isn't a bad experience.