Blog posts tagged with sewing with kids


22
Oct
Welcome to the Blog!

Welcome to the Blog!

Howdy! Thanks for stopping by! Let’s get right to it.

So my little one, Bippy, just went off to kindergarten. Yes, I did. I did do the happy dance. She is a pip and loves me more than ice cream (her words) but she is super high energy and I need to get some work done.

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20
Nov
Make Your Own Clothespin Doll Kits

Make Your Own Clothespin Doll Kits

My first book! My first trip to Houston! My first Quilt Market! Oh, but there were no actual books. Yes, due to the publishing schedule I would not have any books with me at Quilt Market, where I was headed to do my first book presentation (called a Schoolhouse).

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27
Nov
Strawberry Pins

Strawberry Pins

So, last week I mentioned the decorative strawberry pins I made to give out at Quilt Market. I made a whole bunch of them (along with other decorative pins), but you can make just a few as gifts for sewing friends, with or without a handmade pin cushion. This is also a great project with new young sewists.

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24
Dec
A Friend for Morton

A Friend for Morton

Have you read the review of my book, Sew Fun, on While She Naps? I highly suggest it. (And not just because Abby Glassenberg says lovely things about my book.) Abby has great insight into using other people’s patterns:

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07
Jan
Socks Appeal

Socks Appeal

In our house we have a lot of odd socks lying around. My kids don’t wear matching socks anyway, but there is also the issue of sock rejection when it comes to putting laundry away. There is a lot of “that’s not mine”, “that’s hers”, “I don’t know”. And before you know it we have a major sock collection without a home.

 

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22
Jan
The Tale of Morton and Naomi

The Tale of Morton and Naomi

It was the coldest winter Morton had known, and he had known a lot of winters in the garden behind the big house. “It’s a good thing I have my sweater,” he thought. “Now if only my neck wasn’t so cold.” When Morton was resting he could pull his head inside his cozy shell, but when he was out and about his neck got cold. And Morton liked to be out and about. You never know what you might find if you were looking.

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13
Feb
The Eighteen-Year Quilt

The Eighteen-Year Quilt

The Eighteen-Year Quilt is one of the sidebars in Sew Fun. The book shows a few of the blocks for Hazelnut's quilt, but I thought you might like to see how it is all coming together, as well as check out Bippy's quilt.

 

 

 

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22
Apr
Easy Dinosaur Capes

Easy Dinosaur Capes

I always hope that makers will use the projects in my book, Sew Fun, as starting points for their own ideas. A few weeks ago I even did this with my own patterns. The Insect Capes in Sew Fun are very versatile and are great foundation patterns for lots of other capes. Check out the fairy capes made with the grasshopper pattern on Cut to Pieces!

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31
Mar
Bo the Bunny

Bo the Bunny

Hello again! I have been gone for a while but Bo finally convinced me to write about him so here I am again. Bo the Bunny is a new pattern for Bo Twal, an international doll project that you can read more about here. You can purchase a Bo the Bunny PDF pattern here or here.

 

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05
Apr
Louis and Nell

Louis and Nell

The Sew Mama Sew 6 Weeks of Softies is bringing out the giddy obsessive compulsive maker in me! Introducing Louis and Nell, my new brother and sister dolls. 

 

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06
May
Yay, giveaway!

Yay, giveaway!

Welcome to the Fish Museum and Circus giveaway, in collaboration with Bo Twal. Bo Twal is a non-profit international doll project. For this Sew Mama Sew giveaway we have:

One copy of my book, Sew Fun: 20 Projects for the Whole Family

One copy of Kerry Goulder’s book: Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love

One Bo Twal Sewing Smiles Doll Pattern!

 

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09
Sep
Oakshott Challenge: Scandinavian Animal Friends

Oakshott Challenge: Scandinavian Animal Friends

Hello there! I am so excited to introduce my new menagerie, Scandinavian Animal Friends! These guys were made for the Oakshott Scandinavian Challenge from Sew Mama Sew. Oh Sew Mama Sew, thank you for the opportunity to neglect my kids and all my other work. What a great time I had with these amazing Oakshott cottons!

 

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07
Jul
Sew a Softie Day-Giant Ice Cream Cone

Sew a Softie Day-Giant Ice Cream Cone

Welcome to Sew a Softie Day at Fish Museum and Circus! Sew a Softie Day?! How could I resist getting involved?

 I learned to sew by making dolls, and have made and designed many doll and animal patterns since then. You can find some in my book Sew Fun: 20 Projects for the Whole Family, and more at Bo Twal, an international doll project. But when I was thinking about what to make for this tutorial I decided on something different. It is summer here in New York and summer is all about ice cream. So I channelled my inner Claes Oldenberg and designed a giant ice cream cone pillow. Great for playing with or just lounging around on!

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27
Jul
Sew a Softie Day-Piece of Paper Quilt

Sew a Softie Day-Piece of Paper Quilt

Welcome to Part 2 of my Sew a Softie project! If you haven't seen Part 1, the Giant Pencil Pillow, you can find it here. Why a 2 part project? Because what goes better with a Giant Pencil Pillow than a Piece of Paper Quilt! Folks, I know this may not be considered a softie, but I couldn't resist. I honestly tried, but this pair brought such joy and giddiness into my heart that it would not be denied.

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05
Jul
Sew a Softie - Cloud Pillows

Sew a Softie - Cloud Pillows

Welcome back to Sew a Softie! We have Cloud Pillows! With ball fringe! Because everything is better with ball fringe. And everything is even better with my favorite 10-year-old model, especially when she is also a unicorn.

These cloud pillows are really simple to make. I have provided a template for large and small clouds, but it is just as easy to draw your own shape. For the fabric, I used cotton velveteen and a textured woven cotton. Use what you like! Linen, wool, cotton, corduroy would all work fine.

 

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19
Jul
Sew a Softie - Rainbow Quilt

Sew a Softie - Rainbow Quilt

A Rainbow Quilt! Perfect for sweet dreams or daydreams, this double rainbow quilt utilizes simple bias tape appliqué. This quilt is just right with the Cloud Pillows from my previous post. My favorite 10-year-old model is back to show off another project and (yay!) my favorite 14-year-old decided to join her!

 

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