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! 

12.27.2013

the Anywhere Dress by Go To Patterns

I feel so privileged to be participating in the Go To Patterns Sew & Tell series today! I had the opportunity to work with the Anywhere Dress from Go To Patterns - a beautiful, classic dress that sews together quickly.
  The Anywhere Dress offers various sleeve length options. I sewed a size 10 for my daughter, using the long sleeve option. (We are, after all, in the middle of her first Minnesota winter!) 
I used a soft, velveteen knit from an online fabric store. I love the color; the ice blue is perfect for this time of year (and reminds my daughter of Elsa from her new favorite movie)! 
The sleeves ended up being a little long (she is right in between sizes now), but I prefer it that way. It gives her some room to grow... 
...and as you can see, some room to move! It has already become a new favorite for a girl who would live in dresses if she could, and her mama, who wants her to be able to be active and play in comfort! This dress will indeed take her anywhere! 
(Now to convince this Snow Queen that jackets and mittens are not optional...)

11.28.2013

to be thankful



*My daughter's dress is The Hattie from Brownie-Goose Designs, using apricot linen.