Matryoshka Doll Canvas

August 14, 2015

I’m excited about the project I’m sharing today! When the amazing Kimbo from A Girl and a Glue Gun invited me to be part of Heat Transfer week with Expressions Vinyl I immediately knew I wanted to do another piece of wall art. I love pushing the boundaries of how to use canvases to create custom art and this was another successful attempt at awesomeness!

Sew Like My Mom | Matryoshka Doll Canvas

I used the heat transfer vinyl from Expressions Vinyl to create the basis for my matroyshka doll canvas, then filled in the details with hand embroidery. I’m wild about the way she came out!

Sew Like My Mom | Matryoshka Doll Canvas

Sew Like My Mom | Matryoshka Doll Canvas

She’ll eventually end up in Ella’s room I think, but for now I love having her hang by my front door. The contrast of the textured canvas, the smooth vinyl, and the hand stitching are a perfect combination for me!

Sew Like My Mom | Matryoshka Doll Canvas

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Ginger Shorties pattern for Riley Blake Fabrics

August 12, 2015

Sew Like My Mom | Ginger Shorties

Whoever coined the phrase “necessity is the mother of invention” was clearly a mother in need of something for her kids! My girls are all playing soccer this year and I suddenly have to provide practice uniforms for them. My girls. The ones who are never NOT in a dress! What’s a Mama to do? Make some awesome shorts, of course!

Sew Like My Mom | Ginger Shorties

Sew Like My Mom | Ginger Shorties

And the girls won’t stop wearing them. They’re fully obsessed and are requesting multiple pairs to wear to bed, to school, to the grocery store, you name it!

Sew Like My Mom | Ginger Shorties

Sew Like My Mom | Ginger Shorties

I love yoga waistbands on bottoms, but it usually requires fabric with some sort of lycra to retain the shape and stay in place. I was able to create the same thing with just the amazing Riley Blake knits, no lycra or spandex needed! I need to make some for myself next!

Sew Like My Mom | Ginger Shorties

They really are as comfy as they look. These knits are a dream to sew on and they wash and wear amazingly well, too.

Sew Like My Mom | Ginger Shorties

And because they’re so awesome and comfortable, I’m giving you all the pattern for free!! Just like most of my patterns, it’s available in sizes 12m-8!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN

CLICK HERE TO GO TO RILEY BLAKE FOR THE INSTRUCTIONS

Skirting the Issue

July 26, 2015

Sew Like My Mom | Skirting the Issue

I’m so excited to share this tutorial today!! I love Skirting the Issue, and I just love being part of it each year! I first “met” liZ and Elizabeth the first year they did this wonderful service project when I approached them and begged to be part of it. So it was incredibly fun to meet them in person this year at SNAP!! I can guarantee you they’re just as lovely and gracious and humble and amazing in real life.

Sew Like My Mom | Skirting the Issue

This year I’m really into knits and wanted to make a super comfortable skirt for Sofia to wear to school. Again she requested giant pockets for all her treasures. Do women ever outgrow that? I feel like giant pockets become giant purses amiright?

Sew Like My Mom | Skirting the Issue

I adore Riley Blake knits and I just happened to have these adorable owls leftover from my Lucky Girl dress.

Sew Like My Mom | Skirting the Issue

Even I want to hang out in this skirt, it just looks so darn comfortable! And it was a breeze to whip together!

Sew Like My Mom | Skirting the Issue

I pieced this skirt together from scraps, really! It’s a great way to use up coordinating prints you’ve got. And it can work for wovens, too, it’s not specific to knits at all!! Are you ready?

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