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Child Closet Organizer: Free Pattern and Tutorial

Want to try making your own version of a clothes organizer for your child or grandchild?  As promised, here’s the free downloadable pattern for you to try at home: Pattern PDF Link The pattern should be printed in “tile large pages” format so that it comes out on four 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets of […]

Continue Reading By on September 10, 2011 in children, craft, frugal, sew, stitch, thrifty, with our own hands

Capable Kids Make Lavender Sachets

Looking for an easy place to start for a kids’ sewing project? We had an impressive amount of participation by children from preschoolers to teenagers when we made free lavender sachets at the annual Lavender Festival in  East Tennessee. hosted a kids’ craft booth, along with The Ferrell Shop, which provided the dried lavender. […]

Continue Reading By on September 9, 2011 in crafts, lavender, natural, Scrappy Sprouts, sew, with our own hands

Customizing Kid Gear the Second Time Around

If you’re like many parents these days, you find yourself wanting to give your children the best of everything, but not quite being able to afford it.  With a first child, certain material things might have seemed attainable.  The second time around, reality sets in. When my preschooler became school-aged and needed a bigger backpack, […]

Continue Reading By on September 8, 2011 in craft, family, frugal, school, sew, thrifty, with our own hands

Thrifty Back-to-School Napkin Tutorial

Want a thrifty and green way to send your student back to school?  Here’s an easy project for anyone who’s ever touched a sewing machine.  We recently made our own pretty, color-coordinated,cotton napkins for  less than one-fifth the price of the trendy resale ones.  Here’s a thrifty back-to-school napkin tutorial: When I saw kids’ napkins […]

Continue Reading By on September 6, 2011 in craft, education, frugal, green, school, sew, thrifty

Vintage Sewing Patterns on Display

Vintage sewing patterns on display. I love this display of vintage patterns the women had at the one-room Bunker Hill schoolhouse when I visited.  I’ve never even heard of the Advance brand pattern, but I love the price at only 69-cents!  I do remember using lots of Simplicity patterns in 4-H club. I wish I […]

Continue Reading By on August 26, 2011 in craft, sew, with our own hands

Easter Sewing

Happiness is…finishing two girly cotton Easter dresses with a few hours to spare before sunrise…and remembering that motherhood is the best job in the whole world! Frugal:  Reused a pattern that we once used for much more formal silk dresses at Christmas.  The pared down version of this pattern makes a simple sleeveless bodice and […]

Continue Reading By on April 24, 2011 in Scrappy Sprouts, sew, with our own hands