Superhero Pillowcases

avengers case

This past weekend Grandpa had a special birthday party.  Some birthdays mark a milestone and this was one of them.  We had a weekend get together for our kids and grandkids that were able to make it.  We are lucky to have 3 of our 4 children in a driving radius, so they came and […]

MCM Studios


It’s been awhile since I dipped into my stash of tulle. Recently I found the perfect excuse. I sewed up MCM Studios Gingersnap Dress for my little, and added a little something fun.

Dressing Dolly, a wardrobe starts

doll clothes 3

Those of you who have followed us for a while know that we mostly sew and design children’s clothing.  We like things that are easy to wash and wear,  designs that are classic but with a twist that makes them look like today.  Sometimes we are presented with an opportunity to do something a little […]

Pattern Hack: Izzy with Long Sleeves

izzy pattern

Climbing the Willow has a free pattern,  The Izzy has been all over the Facebook sewing pages.  I am sure that almost every mom sewing for a little girl has made at least one.  Well we have made several.  You can see our examples HERE.  In case you have not seen it, the Izzy is a […]

Free Pattern and Tutorial: Library Bag

library bag 1

Books have always been very important in our home.  Nighttime ritual included stories before bed.   Our kids spent a fair amount of time in libraries both at school and in the community.  The day care we used was very close to the library and one day a week during the summer break they would […]

KCW Recap: The Bimaa

Bimaa- PDF pattern

This week we are going to show off what we sewed during last week’s Kid’s Clothes week. The theme was Upcycled.  For my first project I used a mint sweater that had been well loved and was way past washing the spots out off, and a peach colored knit from my stash. My second goal […]

Free Pattern and Tutorial: Tie It Up Cardi

front to back illustration

This has been another crazy winter.  Sometimes the sun  comes out and we hit the 35-40 F degree mark.  Other times we don’t see the sun for days on end and it snows or is just cloudy and windy.  It is on those days that we need one more layer.  Out of that need we […]

Pattern Review: Rachel Dress by MODKID


I have been aware of ModKid patterns for awhile, but this is the first I have sewn up. I hesitated at first, because I’m sure like many of you I have no short supply of girls’ dress patterns. Did I really need another? But the style enticed me- and I’m a sucker for a knit […]

One last round of Thumbs Up Tee inspiration

Thumbs Up tee OUSM Designs

Today we are sharing the rest of our great testers Thumbs Up tees. Don’t forget you can still review it to win it through the end of the month! On February 1st we will draw two names to have the cost of their pattern refunded from those who have left reviews. Your chances are still […]

A whole bunch of every day sewing inspiration

Thumbs Up Tee Pattern

I love every day sewing. It’s my happy spot. Stuff that will get worn until it can’t be anymore. Yes it might get dirty, or torn, but it will also get loved and worn. The Thumbs Up Tee was born from my son’s ongoing request for a “thumb shirt”. He gets the short end of […]