It’s Beginning to Look…

Like I don’t blog here anymore ūüôā
All joking aside, another year down, another triathlon or two in the books.  I love training for those races, but man, it eats up my sewing time.

The family update: My family and I have had a fun summer and fall! ¬†We’ve taken several family trips, had a few local getaways camping and to hot springs, and enjoyed our Montana summer and beautiful fall. ¬†My oldest boy¬†started kindergarten this fall¬†and has already lost his first tooth!¬† My youngest started sleeping (through the night) at the end of the summer, has been at the same Montessori preschool this fall, and¬†is becoming quite the entertainer. The sleeping has been a huge change for us. ¬†I think it had been 5 years since my husband and I slept through the night. ¬†I am finally feeling like a human again without the aid of high amounts of caffeine to function!

Besides the gym bag, I really haven’t done a whole lot of sewing. ¬†I trained for another Ironman 70.3 that was in June, followed up with some local races, and just haven’t made the time for my sewing. ¬†Not that I don’t have numerous projects that I want to get done. ¬†No excuses, I just haven’t gotten to it. ¬†Here’s what I have been up to:

I made a toddler backpack for G’s first day of preschool back in February. ¬†The only modification is the zippered pocket on the front. ¬†img_2207 img_2211

A Peek a Boo Lullaby Line baby gown for a gift.  img_2483 img_2482

And I am currently working on a quilted tree skirt for Christmas for our tree. ¬†It’s my own design, with inspiration from Pinterest. ¬†It has 8 blocks of quilted trees on a white background. ¬†The backing will be red, as will the binding. ¬†I love how it’s looking! This is just a teaser until I get the whole thing done ūüėČimg_2787

And with that, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Cheers and happy crafting!




2015 in Review

Yes, it’s February. ¬†I have a million reasons why I haven’t posted in 9 months, but I’m sure we all have a million reasons why we don’t keep up with everything in our lives all the time. ¬†I’ll try to post more this year.

Last spring, I decided to train for an Ironman 70.3. ¬†It took up a lot of my free time that is usually reserved for sewing. ¬†The race was in August in Lake Stevens, WA. ¬†I trained with a good friend. ¬†We took selfies biking 40 miles before work, swam in lakes, and raced until we almost dropped. ¬†Going into it, I thought I’d do one and be done,¬†but now I am planning on doing another 70.3 in June. ¬†It’s addicting. ¬†(For those who don’t know, an Ironman 70.3 is a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run…and it’s as crazy as it sounds.) I had some serious bike envy at the race with all of the NICE bikes there. ¬†But at the end of the day, it’s a hobby, just like my sewing. ¬†I don’t need a seven thousand dollar bike or sewing machine to get the job done, but boy, they sure look (and I’m sure function) nice!


I did end up doing some sewing throughout the year, I just didn’t find the time to post it. ¬†Here’s my year in review in pictures:

Numerous¬†Peekaboo¬†Alex & Anna Winter PJ’s:


And several Peekaboo Lullaby Baby gowns created for gifts:


And a ruffled diaper cover, appliquéd onesie, and crochet hat, also for a baby gift:


The ruffled diaper pattern is a Tie Dye Diva pattern from Craftsy, I believe.  The crochet beanie is a modified pattern from Inner Hooker, which can be found on Etsy.

That about wraps up my sewing for 2015. ¬†I started making a tree skirt at Christmas time, but have yet to finish it. ¬†It will be lovely once it’s done, but it still needs to be quilted.

I believe that’s about it! ¬†Shoot me questions in the comments if you want!



Big Butt Baby Pants

More baby clothes! ¬†I bought the BBBP pattern from Made by Rae¬†when F was a baby. ¬†I don’t think I ever got around to whipping up a pair for either of my little chunks, but finally did for a friend’s baby shower. ¬†They are super cute AND easy! ¬†Bonus points for the instructions being easy to follow and pieces easy to assemble. ¬†I think the instructions had even been edited for troubleshooting. ¬†So awesome.

My gift recipient’s¬†nursery has a retro/bike theme, and I just happened to have the perfect flannel sitting on my shelf for it!


The pants turned out great!  The big butt part accommodates a cloth diaper nicely.BBBP close up

I added an appliqué onesie of the bike to make the outfit appliquéoutfit

A couple matching burp cloths and bib later,burp cloths

and this baby gift is good to go!

bike bibs

You can find instructions on how to make the appliqu√©d onesie here, and I believe I’ve mentioned how to make a bib here.

Happy sewing for your wee ones.




Hi ladies and gents,

I realize it’s been awhile. ¬†The thing is, I’ve been sewing. ¬†I just haven’t had time to post about it. ¬†Fear, not! ¬†I am back…

I made my kids some pajamas for Christmas, and they love them! ¬†I think that’s what inspires me the most about sewing for other people–seeing the excitement they get from something I made. ¬†It makes me happy.

These pajamas are awesome. ¬†I used Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop‘s Alex & Anna Winter PJ’s pattern. ¬†It was easy to use, especially since it’s a PDF download. ¬†And it comes in a huge range of sizes!

Finished jambesThe¬†monster knit fabric and ribbing was from JoAnn’s. ¬†They didn’t have actual ribbing, so I bought a knit with good stretch for the cuffs and neck.

ShirtThe best part about these pajamas was that I got to use my serger for the ENTIRE project. ¬†I’m pretty sure (two months later) that my regular machine didn’t even touch a seam, except to sew on the label.

cover stitchI even got up the nerve to use the cover-stitch on my serger for the hem (i.e. read the manual to use that stitch!). ¬†It top-stitches on the outside, and serges on the bottom to create a stitch similar to using a twin needle. ¬†It’s freaking awesome!

And the sizing was spot-on!  No adjustments needed, as demonstrated by my two models:IMG_1108

After seeing how well they fit, I promptly went out and bought more knit fabric to make a couple more pairs of jammies!



Trick or Treat!

Fall is here in Montana!  The mornings are cool, but the days are still pleasant (thankfully).  Somehow all of September and October have flown by, and here we are on Halloween.  My kids are sleeping peacefully as I write, tuckered out from some mid-day trick-or-treating on the walking mall.   Our downtown businesses are so hospitable, opening their doors during the afternoon for the youngsters.  The kids had a blast playing outside, collecting treats, and walking a few blocks.  It was great.

This Halloween, I thought I was going to have it easy. ¬†Our oldest (still obsessed with firemen) wanted to be a fireman. ¬†We already have that costume. ¬†I thought it would be cute to have his brother be the firehouse dalmatian. ¬†My assistant even loaned out her dalmatian costume to us. ¬†It was too big for our youngest, so F tried it on and decided he’d rather be a dalmatian, too. ¬†I thought that would be fine, I’ll just make a dalmatian for his brother. ¬†Easy.

I went to JoAnn’s and bought a pattern I could modify into a dalmatian.

Simplicity 1351The fox was an appropriate choice.  I only had to modify the ears to make a cute little dalmatian.  I bought the polar fleece and notions to get it done.

After awhile, Finn was asking if I was going to make him a dalmatian costume, too. ¬†My sweet boy loves it when I make things for him. ¬†Of course I’ll make him one, too. ¬†How can I refuse when I know in a few years he probably won’t want anything¬†I make for him? ¬†So back I went to JoAnn’s to get more polar fleece and another zipper.

I had good intentions of starting these costumes in early October, but after a couple of work trips and CE classes, I was down to the last weekend before Halloween. ¬†I was able to start and finish BOTH costumes the Sunday before Halloween. ¬†My hubby was so awesome to keep the kids occupied while I worked away like an elf at Christmas. ¬†It only took 8 hours (THANK YOU SIMPLICITY PATTERNS) on and off that day. ¬†AND, it felt so good to just get them done. ¬†No staying up until 11 or midnight the night before just to finish costumes. ¬†They were so easy, and turned out to be pretty darn cute. ¬†The kicker? ¬†Guess who had to be the fireman…


They’re not perfect, but they’re warm and Finn couldn’t wait to wear his this morning. ¬†So awesome!

Trolley dalmatiansFireman and dalmatians

It’s not Halloween without a pic of at least one kiddo crying!

Happy Halloween!


Baptism Bear

Super-sweet bear that I made for our godson’s baptism. ¬†I hadn’t made a stuffed animal since I was a kid, so it was kind of a new project for me. ¬†I scoured Pinterest for stuffed animal patterns, but came up empty-handed. ¬†I went to the quilting store, and didn’t see anything I liked there. ¬†Finally settled on this pattern (5461) from Simplicity¬†to make the bear:

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Of course I had specific fabric that I had in mind to use.  Remember the baby quilt I made a while back?  Well, turns out I had enough of the gray minky material from the back of the quilt for the bear,


and enough of my leftover bridesmaid dress for the ears and soles of the feet!

It turned out to be a much simpler project than I imagined.  In fact, it was down-right quick and easy to sew this bear together.  And I LOVE (LOVE!) the way it turned out.  So sweet.  IMG_0583

I think the hardest parts were hand-embroidering the nose and the extra embroidery I did on the soles of the feet.  But I love it.  And I should probably make my own boys a teddy bear, but they already have their stuffies!


Cheers to Sammy!


Back to School

Our oldest son started preschool this fall! We are so excited for him. We fell in love with the Montessori program when we toured the school last spring, and couldn’t wait for him to get going.

As it was his first day of school (ever!), I felt like he needed a little something special from his mama. Enter Made-by-Rae’s Toddler backpack. ¬†I had visions of grandeur about sewing this for him weeks before school started, but (as always) the time got away from me, and there I sat with my fabric and new pattern on the night before school. ¬†I was only going to get as far as I could get, but by 10pm, I was so close to being done. ¬†By 11, I was done…until I realized I had put the straps on backwards. ¬†By 11:45, I was finally done, and ready to send my Big Little boy off to his first day of school.

sock monkey backpack¬†It really is the perfect size for a toddler. ¬†Not too big, not too small. ¬†Just right (apparently he’s a boy goldilocks?)….

IMG_0081No, we didn’t send him to school in his pajamas. ¬†At least we haven’t yet. ¬†That day might come.

IMG_0064Sock monkey fabric from JoAnn fabrics, Red dot fabric (Robert Kaufman, I believe) from the Sewing Palace. ¬†I did have to line the front and back with a heavier fabric to make it a little sturdier. ¬†I didn’t fuse it into place, just basted the lighter fabric to the heavier fabric before sewing the pattern pieces together.

IMG_0062He is still loving his backpack three weeks in. ¬†Success! ¬†And well worth the lack of sleep to see a smile on my boy’s face!


Summer Sewing

When I found out that I was going to be the mom of boys, I was a little bummed that I wasn’t going to have girls to sew for. ¬†The clothes for girls are SO CUTE. ¬†The dresses with ruffles and bows. ¬†The tutus and matching onesies. ¬†The baby leg warmers and hair bows. ¬†You get the idea. ¬†Being the mom of boys, I have dressed them in comfortable clothes that are easy to change. ¬†Sure, they have their dress-up duds that keep them looking cute, but our day-to-day look is very easy. ¬†Our three year old picks out (whatever) he wants to wear. ¬†Our one year old is put in something easy. ¬†We are busy people!

I had a lot of fun sewing for my boys over the fourth of July weekend.  They were in need of some shorts with the weather in the mid to high 80s.  And do you know what?  They sure looked cute when I was done with them!  Not ruffles and bows cute, but an awesome boy cute.

I love the shorts that Dana has designed over at MADE.  I bought the Kid Shorts Pattern with some specific fabric in mind to try it out.

G shorts

The first pair, one for each boy, was made from Timeless Treasures Retro Geek print.  I picked up the fabric while we were on vacation.  I absolutely adore it!

flat front short

I made the flat-front version of the Kid Short pattern. ¬†I didn’t change anything about the pattern this go-around, nor did I measure my kids’ waists. ¬†I just made the pattern in their corresponding commercial size.

F retro geek

They fit great!  Of course, I had to appliqué a matching shirt.

IMG_0430This model was getting a little frisky with the camera:

retro geek shortsI love the pockets on those shorts.

The next set that I made was from the same pattern, but just the plain shorts.  Fabric from JoAnns, shirts from JC Penney.

superhero shortsThe super hero shorts.  This model would only pose with food.  My other model was a bit uncooperative.

The pattern was easy to follow and simple to sew.  I will be making it again, probably for years to come as it goes up to a size 8 or 10!  I see more shorts in our future!