DIY Potato Stamp | How to make your own stamp

DIY Potato Stamp | How to make your own stamp

Valentines is fast approaching and a fun craft was in order. Painting is always a huge hit at our house so we created some custom stamps and got messy.

Since my toddler was going to get first go at the potato stamps while big sister was at school I wrapped our kitchen table in paper. My favorite for this is an IKEA roll.

DIY Potato Stamp | How to make your own stamp from a simple pantry staple. Quick and easy kid's craft valentine.

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Laela Jeyne Wanderlust

Ivy Trouser PDF pattern Laela Jeyne patterns

I’m going to lead with a confession. I think it has been nearly two years since I’ve sewn a functional fly into a pair of pants.

I was really excited to sew up Laela Jeyne’s new Ivy Trousers pattern. Not in small part because my drawer is full of ill-fitting RTW bottoms that I have really been meaning to do something about. I collected my supplies, cut my muslin, proceed to get sewing and then hit the zipper installation.

Have you ever been caught in a wave of theme park excitement bought tickets, stood in line, clicked into a rollercoaster car only to get to the top of the first big drop and remember you are totally terrified of rollercoasters?

Me too.

While it’s probably dramatic to compare zipper installation to dropping hundreds of feet at 60 mph, I was nervous, and since these pants need a functional fly I was also at a point of no return.

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WendyBird Dress Pattern

Do you remember a couple years ago when you couldn’t walk into a fabric store without bumping into rows of chevron fabric or shop online without the store recommending you pick up a matching chevron with that? There were multitudes of posts and tutorials on how to cut chevron fabric, match it at seams and sew it so it didn’t look like a big hot mess.

Anyone who has sewn with this fabric, which be real is many of us, have cried into our poorly matched chevrons we spent too much time on at least once.

This fabric has been in my stash for at least 2 years. It came in a batch of imperfect fabrics. It doesn’t have much stretch and is slightly off grain, and CHEVRONS. It is the stuff of nightmares. My child has been asking me to use it for ages.

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Horse Stuffed Animal Pattern

PDF Stuffed Horse Sewing Pattern
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Stuffed animal sewing is not for the faint of heart if you ask me. Though I’m sure that others would happily sew an entire army of stuffies before cracking open a legging pattern, I do not number among those.

My kids, however, do not appreciate the difference and see my sewing machine as a place that can magically produce stuffed animals. And occasionally it has like this dragon that continues to be loved (and also stitched back together regularly) and these little hamsters I blogged in the summer that are well-loved pocket pets.

Last summer when we were all home together I stretched my skills and achieved what I think was my most successful stuffies to date. Meet the Floppy Filly horses. 

PDF horse sewing pattern

After picking out their pattern I took the kids to the store and let them pick out their own fabric.  They went in slightly different directions……

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Ankle Boot Cuffs!

I went shoe shopping with my toddler a few months back. Anyone who has shoe shopped with a toddler knows this is a poor plan. I was in a hurry to pick up a replacement boot for falling temps. I had gone through the sole of boots the last couple of years. I had to admit to myself after wearing these a few times that they were maybe a tiny bit snug. Too late I was committed. While they have become a bit less pinchy these boots still do better with a thin sock. Enter Ankle Boot Cuffs.

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DIY Teacher’s Gift

You know that moment when you realize you really meant to get a teacher gift? Or you just wanted to add something personal? I found my go to.

This one.two. pattern is found in the newest issue of One Thimble. (affiliate) It is quick quick quick. Like, sew it before school with cute scraps quick. Not that I would have ever found myself in that spot.

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Coloring Book Fabric Miriam Skirt

miriam skirt ousm designs Once Upon a Sewing Machine

We’re getting into the groove of the school year, which means a little more time for some sewing. I have never been ambitious enough to sew full new wardrobes for school, but I do like to inject some special pieces.

For today I’m sharing a promised project that was, admission, months in the making.

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Lunch Bag Tutorial

DIY Lunch Bag Tutorial

Last year I picked up a set of expandable Bento boxes on a whim. They have been life changing for lunch packing- and how much my kids actually ate! The only problem was they didn’t fit very nicely in my daughter’s current lunch bag. So I promised her a new one for the start of the school year.

I wanted to make sure it wasn’t a tight squeeze so I decided to sew one up for her. I’m planning on whipping up at least one more to have an extra lunch bag on hand because someone will leave a bag at school or on the bus at some point!

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Back to School Basics-Button Up Jumper

Button Up Jumper PDF Pattern

Back to school!  A term that has always made me smile.  As much as I was anxious for summer to begin, I was just as anxious to have school start again.

A staple item in our 1st grader’s wardrobe is the Button Up Jumper.  It is a twist on a classic design.  This jumper can be made using a variety of fabrics.

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Hand Sewn Mermaid – One Thimble 16

Hand sewn Mermaid One Thimble 16

Summer is an ideal time to pick up small hand sewn projects. A small project that is easily picked up and put down again or carried into the backyard or park is a great creative outlet.

My middle child fell in love with a picture of this sweet mermaid from One Thimble’s newest issue. Though since she’s been finished there has been a bit of tussling for who will claim full-time ownership.

Hand sewn Mermaid One Thimble 16
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