Blog posts tagged with sewing with kids
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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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
One copy of my book, Sew Fun: 20 Projects for the Whole Family
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!