11.04.2014

Everyday Tank Blog Tour for Serger Pepper (with a GIVEAWAY!)


Hello, everyone! I'm honored to be a part of the magnificent group of bloggers participating in the Everyday Tank Blog Tour

At a glance, this pattern seems very basic...a tank top...but the options for making this pattern uniquely yours are quite numerous! It is a well written pattern that comes together quickly, and from top to dress, a little imagination will take this style a long way! My knit vest is just one of many variations you'll see along this tour. 



I used the Everyday Tank pattern to create a v-neck knit vest for my little guy. I started with the basic pattern, and added a couple touches to make this a perfect layering piece for a Minnesota Fall. 


Ready to see some more? Check out this amazing list:


Monday, 3rd

Veronica @ Sew Very - Karly @ Paisley Roots -

Tuesday, 4th

Scary/Al @ Shaffer Sisters - Amy @ Sews N Bows - Melissa @ Rebel and Malice
Deanna @ Sew Mc Cool - Lisa @ Cucicucicoo
Wednesday, 5th
Terra @ Mama Says Sew  - Nichole @ Bluebird and the Boy - Ajaire @ Call Ajaire
Sara @ Made By Sara - Annemieke @ Sofilantjes

Thursday, 6th

Bethany @ Two Novembers - Joy @ xoxo Grandma - Courtney @ Sweeter Than Cupcakes

Friday, 7th

Becka @ Probably Crafting  - Nienke @ Pienkel - Renee @ Two Many
Shelly @ Coral and Co. - Michelle @ Falafel and the Bee

Saturday, 8th

- Bethany @ Wildflower Child Create - Jennifer @ Diary of a MadMama - Sabra @ Sew a Straight Line
Daniela @ On The Cutting Floor - Suzanne @ Winter Wonderings

Sunday, 9th

Magda @ House of Estrela - Shino @ Nutta - Jonie @ Knot Sew Normal - Kara @ Sweeter Than It Seams


That's quite a line-up, right?? I can guarantee you will be inspired in more ways than one! 



Now, on to some pattern goodies. Through Sunday, November 9, use the code BLOGTOUR40 at either Serger Pepper's shop or Serger Pepper's etsy shop for 40% of your entire purchase! Plus, enter below to win your own copy of the Everyday Tank Pattern from Serger Pepper! 
(If you are a winner of one of the two Everyday Tank patterns up for grabs, but you've already purchased it, you will be given the choice of another pattern, or a $10 coupon code to be used towards a future purchase through the end of 2015.)

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Good luck, and thanks for stopping by to check out my Everyday Tank! 

10.30.2014

Child Sized Tool Belt for Sew McCool


Hello, everyone! Join me over at Sew McCool today, sharing a tutorial for this Junior Tool Belt! 

Click Here for more details.

9.13.2014

Scooter Buddy Blog Tour for Sew Outnumbered


Okay, I know we all know this by now, but I have to point it out once again...how awesome is this Scooter Buddy?!

(and how awesome is it that I get to be a part of the Tour for this genius little bag??) 

When Nat from Sew Outnumbered originally put together this tutorial for Sew McCool, the Scooter Buddy went to the top of my to-do list. Although I try, my little man doesn't get as much Mama-Made as his sister does. (In my defense, his sister is much more demanding of my sewing prowess than he is right now!;) Being able to be a part of this blog tour alongside so much talent is just icing on the cake! 

You've spent the last week checking out all the other handsome (and lovely!) Scooter Buddies...now let's take a peek at mine. I'll show you some of my favorite features, and throw in a couple pictures of sweet little preschool hands, still sporting baby dimples! (Who can resist that??)



Nat hit the nail on the head with the concept for this thing. A simple solution for hydration-on-wheels that is washable, durable, and doesn't have to be carried by Mom!  The tutorial is easy to follow, quick to come together, and leaves plenty of room for personal alterations. 



The zipper pocket is perfect for treasures...or as Amy so aptly put it, my keys and cell phone!! These yoga pants don't have pockets, son! 



My Boy can easily maneuver his water bottles in and out of it, so it gives him complete control..something I've heard that preschoolers love...ahem. 



With three secure straps, it also holds up to tugging from little hands. (And scooters that tip over. And fingers that like the sound of velcro ripping apart. If you're dealing with these sorts of things.) 



And Bonus! If you're feeling indecisive, and decide on a whim to ride your bike instead, The Scooter Buddy will happily pull double-duty! 

So there you have it...the many ways we love our Scooter Buddy! Thanks for the wonderfully useful tutorial, Nat! 

And thanks to all of you for stopping by! If you haven't had a chance to review the other inspiring ladies on the Scooter Buddy Blog Tour, it's worth your time to go check them out now! 





9.03.2014

Reusable Snack Bag for Sew McCool

Hello there! Are you as busy as I am as the summer wraps up?? It's insane, right? 

Well, here's something to make your life a little easier in the long run! Run on over to Sew McCool to check out my tutorial for the 1+1=2 Pocket Reusable Baggie! 

Click here for this simple tutorial! 

7.03.2014

fourth of july tie dye

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! 

It seems like one of the most popular projects for little ones this weekend will be tie dying! Since my two and I recently tie dyed our own shirts, I thought I'd share a brief run-down of our process...and our results! 

To start with, with a 7 year old and a 4 year old, I chose the easiest tie dye kit I could find: pre-made, pre-bottled. The kit came with rubber bands, but I splurged for an extra bag at the local dollar store, and I'm glad I did. 
We followed the packaged instructions, and left our shirts to set for about 10 hours. 
When rinsing the shirts, I used cold water on the tank top, and hot water on the tee. In hindsight, I think the whites on the tank top stayed truer...though I released more of the extra dye off the tee with the hot water. 
I put each shirt onto a cookie pan after I rinsed it, to keep any stray dye contained. It also made it very easy to carry the shirts to the washer, without worrying about excess dripping. 
My biggest hassle with this project was not, surprisingly, keeping the kids dye-free. It was keeping myself dye free. The gloves provided were bulky and large, and made it hard to work on the project. (You can see spots on the shirts where blue dye touched red dye. I blame the gloves.) So I did what seemed rational at the time. I took off the gloves. 

Yeah. Not my finest moment. I briefly looked like I was turning Smurf, and I tried a couple of remedies to get dye off my fingers. What worked out the best for me (besides time) was a mixture of Dawn dish soap and baking soda. 
Also, I should mention that I washed our shirts in cold water, not the hot the package recommended. I added an extra rinse, too. (Just for those who worry about staining their washer, I ran an empty rinse cycle just to be sure before washing a regular load, and have had no problems with the following loads.) 

So there you have it! Our tie-dying tips! 

Whatever your weekend holds, I hope it's a fun one! Thanks for stopping by! 

3.23.2014

the julia sweater by compagnie m.

I've mentioned Compagnie M.'s patterns in the past, and I'm excited to share another gorgeous top, releasing soon!
The Julia Sweater is a pattern that includes a minimum of five different looks! This top features dolman sleeves, trendy cuffs, and a comfortable waistband. Where you take it from there is up to you! 

For my daughter's top, I chose a soft knit (From Jo-Ann's), and paired that with the folded collar option. I love how the triangle shape of the collar plays off the geometric design fabric!

 Of course, I had to whip up a matching headband with the leftover material. My sweet girl recently donated 13" of her hair to Locks of Love, and she's really rocking her new 'do!

Swing on over to Compagnie M. to check out more of Marte's beautiful children's patterns, and to find out more about the release of both the Julia Sweater as well as future designs!