Category: Tutorials

March 27, 2014

Bias Maxi Dress tutorial

Filed under: Sewing,Tutorials - 27 Mar 2014

Sew Like My Mom | Bias Maxi Dress

I am so excited to be sharing in the Straight Lines and Angles series at If Only They Would Nap! Jess is my sewing soul Mama, since she too has a crew of 4 tiny humans ridiculously close together in age, and they’re the same approximate ages! She’s been a treasure to have in my corner and I’m so blessed to call her my friend. She’s showing off her amazingness in the Project Run & Play competition!! Head over really quick and vote for her super sweet Sharp as a Shark outfit! I’ll wait.

If Only They Would Nap - Sharp as a Shark

Voted? Sweet! Now let’s get back to my straight lines and angles dress!

Sew Like My Mom | Bias Maxi Dress

I’ve been wanting to make this dress for some time and I was so happy to finally have a reason to devote the time to figuring it out. Summers are hard for Sofia–for some reason when she gets hot, her back gets hot. And once her back is hot, she’s pretty much inconsolable until she can cool it off. At home that involves removing clothes, but that’s obviously not an option in public! I’ve been thinking of ways to offer her modest, backless clothes for this summer, and while that probably seems like an oxymoron, I’ve done it twice now!

Sew Like My Mom | Bias Maxi Dress

She’s very into maxi dresses and I’m very into bias tape, so combining them seemed like the recipe for dress perfection.

Sew Like My Mom | Bias Maxi Dress

Sew Like My Mom | Bias Maxi Dress

I adore this dress! The bias is made from the same print as the blue fabric but in a different color way. It’s a very lightweight cotton that seems like it will be so cool to wear when the weather is unbearably hot.

Sew Like My Mom | Bias Maxi Dress

This sweet bias maxi dress took no time to sew together. And I pulled it off in a size 5 out of just one yard of fabric!

Sew Like My Mom | Bias Maxi Dress

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March 12, 2014

Appliqued Canvases

Filed under: Decorating,Sewing,Tutorials - 12 Mar 2014

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

This is a pretty fun post and tutorial today! I had the pleasure of participating in the Living With Punks Home Sewn series!

HS graphic 700

I brainstormed a long time trying to come up with the perfect project. I need curtains and throw pillows, but I was certain I could be more creative than that! What I really wanted around here is more stuff on the walls. After nearly 2 years of living in this house, our walls are still mostly bare. But now my kitchen is adorably complete!

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

If I can get my hands on it, I can applique it! I just love these details and appliqued canvases are my new obsession.

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

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January 1, 2014

The Wonderful Jar revisited

Filed under: Family,Tutorials - 01 Jan 2014

In January 2013 I shared a tutorial for a Wonderful Jar. In my post I wrote:

Every time something wonderful happens to any of us, whether it’s monumental or a little thing that makes us smile, we’re going to write it on one of the pieces of paper and drop it into the jar. Over the course of the year we’ll be able to visually see all the amazing and wonderful things happening to our family and on December 31st this year, we’ll sit down together, dump out the jar, and focus on all the wonderful things that happened to us this year instead of grumbling about the negative.

I’m pleased to say, we actually did it! Not as much as I would have liked, but I was happy to contribute to the jar throughout the year. I’d occasionally catch The Hubs sneaking and reading the things I was putting in it and the girls got the hang of it and asked me to add their accomplishments to our growing glee.

Sew Like My Mom | The Wonderful Jar revisited

Sew Like My Mom | The Wonderful Jar revisited

Yesterday we dumped out the jar and I divided the papers out by who they were written about.

Sew Like My Mom | The Wonderful Jar revisited

Sew Like My Mom | The Wonderful Jar revisited

Sew Like My Mom | The Wonderful Jar revisited

The girls LOVED this. I read each piece of paper to them and watched with delight as their little faces beamed with pride as I read the words about the wonderful things that happened to them during the last 12 months.

Sew Like My Mom | The Wonderful Jar revisited

Sew Like My Mom | The Wonderful Jar revisited

Sew Like My Mom | The Wonderful Jar revisited

Sew Like My Mom | The Wonderful Jar revisited

Sew Like My Mom | The Wonderful Jar revisited

Sew Like My Mom | The Wonderful Jar revisited

Sew Like My Mom | The Wonderful Jar revisited

Sew Like My Mom | The Wonderful Jar revisited

It was fun to look back at all the things I added to the jar. Some were truly incredible.

Sew Like My Mom | The Wonderful Jar revisited

Others were more indicative of life with little kids!

Sew Like My Mom | The Wonderful Jar revisited

But they were all amazing.

I’ll admit, when I first made the jar I thought it was a cute idea, but never could have IMAGINED the joy it would bring to my kids. We spent a good hour reading, reminiscing, and giggling over our year of wonderful moments. I can honestly say this is something I’ll look forward to doing again this year, and this time I’ll be more vigilant about keeping up with the jar. Sofia and Chloe grasp the concept and I’ve already had requests from each of them to add something to The Wonderful Jar.

Did you do something like this with your family? Tell me about it!

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