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Happy 4th of July!

I’m so proud of myself friends, because I’ve actually managed to sew up some Fourth of July gear in time to share it before the actual holiday! I’m typically a late-night/last-minute kind of holiday seamstress, so this is a big accomplishment for me, and I’m so glad I did it, because now we have these cute…

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Top 5 Summer Patterns for Kids

Twice a year, as I change out my kids drawers and evaluate what they have that still fits for the coming season (for my growing boys the answer is usually NOTHING), I take stock of their current preferences and needs and make a plan for sewing up some basics that will last them (hopefully!) for…

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Do your kids love to play pirates as much as mine? These three little scally-wags love pretending they are on a ship, shooting cannons (marshmellows!) and finding treasure- so when I saw the panels available for the latest round from Peekaboo Fabric Shop, I was almost afraid to show them, knowing they might demand pajamas,…

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Kindergarten: Rocked it!

       Can I have a proud, gushy parent moment for a minute? School is almost over, and I’m incredibly proud of how well my boys have done. We homeschooled for preschool and Transitional Kindergarten, and the decision to attend public school for K was not one we took lightly. It was a HUGE transition…

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Flat Piping Tutorial and Shark Bait!

      I had the opportunity to sew up a few more of the prints up for preorder from Max and Meena Fabric this weekend, and I just love how they turned out! The minute I received the fabric I knew it would be a big hit with my boys, but that I also wanted to…

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The Family that wears Sketchy Essentials Together….

When people find out I sew, they often ask me if I “save money” with my hobby. Which always provokes a laugh from me because no, I don’t really save money by sewing my own clothing, a la Laura Ingalls Wilder. Making my own clothes could be economical, if one chose to do it that way…

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