Growing Up Handmade Blog Tour Kickoff!

Welcome to our debut Growing Up Handmade blog tour!  I am so excited to be hosting this amazing group of bloggers, they have some really great ideas to share with you all!


As a mom to a fabulous, independent, driven and sometimes full of attitude 9 year old, it’s been increasingly difficult to find that common ground when it comes to homemade clothing.  I have to be sure to find trendy fabrics and patterns so that what i’m making doesn’t just hang in the closet unworn.  I thought if I was having this issue there had to be others in the same boat, and wouldn’t it be great to have a whole week dedicated to ideas and styles that might make everyone’s job a little easier?!  So that brings us here!


Follow along this week for lots of ideas that you can hopefully incorporate into your summer lineup!  BUT to sweeten the week, we have an AWESOME group of sponsors and we’ve been able to put together TWO incredible prize packages totaling over $500!!!!!

growing up handmade sponsors

Your first chance to win is simple, just click HERE and check out all our fabulous sponsors!  Contest ends on Thursday 4/20 and winner will be announced on Friday the 21st.   This prize package includes over $100 in giftcards for fabric from Raspberry Creek, Phat Quarters and Purpleseamstress, the FULL Girls Boho pattern collection from Petite Stitchery plus additional patterns to bring that fabric to life from Winter Wear, Hey June, Made for Mermaids, Greenstyle, Love Notions, Patterns for Pirates, Striped Swallow, SisBoom, EYMM, Simple Life Pattern Co and StitchART free motion.

Our 2nd package includes $70 in fabric giftcards from So Sew English and Simply by Ti, plus your choice of a pattern (or two in a few instances) from each of the following designers Winter Wear, Hey June, Made for Mermaids, Greenstyle, 5 out of 4 Patterns, Striped Swallow, EYMM and Simple Life Pattern Co.   To enter for THIS package just join our linkup party!!  One person that shares will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday also.

Here is our lineup for today!
Handmade Boy | Paisley Roots | Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

And our full schedule for the week –

Tuesday – April 18th
Beri Bee Designs | Phat Quarters | Sewing By Ti | Sew and Tell Project

Wednesday – April 19th
Courtney Zadik | Rebel & Malice | Vicky Myers Creations

Thursday – April 20th
Pattern Revolution | Skirt Fixation | SewSophieLynn | EYMM

Friday – April 21st
Round Up and Giveway Winners

71 thoughts on “Growing Up Handmade Blog Tour Kickoff!

  1. itsliesel April 17, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    Sewing for my kids is rewarding and challenging. I’ve gotten pretty good at figuring out what they will wear, so I can avoid just making things that hang in the closet. Now when I test a pattern, I ask them before I sign up, and ask which options they would like too. Plus they’re asking for a say in the fabrics, so I will start giving them input there too 🙂


  2. Darlita April 17, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    The biggest challenges in sewing for my kids: 1) finding tween knit patterns that go up to size 16. 2) finding good quality cotton lycra that appeals to tween girls, yet doesn’t cost $20+ a yard. Excited to learn some tips this week!


    • beribeedesigns April 17, 2017 / 1:12 pm

      Ohhh that fabric challenge, my post tomorrow has a solution!!


  3. beribeedesigns April 17, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    Just fixed it thank you! I accidentally copied the wrong one 🙂


  4. Treena April 17, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    Getting a good fit on patterns and my little is very petite and it usually takes mashing a few different sizes


  5. Carlada Rumba April 17, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    My biggest challenge sewing for my children is completing the clothes before they grow out of it! LoL!


  6. mahlicadesigns April 17, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    I love the idea of this tour. Thankfully my little guy is far from tweendom, but my success rate is still only about 50/50. I guess he has a tween attitude.

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  7. madebymrsb April 17, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    I’ve been lucky that my twin 6 year old girls have been easy to please so far, but I’m watching for tips from those who have gone before me because I know it will get harder as they reach tween and teen stages!

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  8. Deanna plebuch April 17, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    Thank you


  9. Tammie April 17, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    My daughter loves to tell everyone when I have made one of her outfits… She is just starting to get more involved in picking what she wants me to make (7 yrs old)…

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  10. Erin Krill April 17, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    I’m looking forward to this tour. Like others have mentioned, I’ve find my kids are more likely to choose mama made if they have had some say in the fabric or pattern choices.


  11. Adrianne April 17, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    Hardest part about seeing for my kids is just how quick they grow! If I start a project and don’t get it done ASAP, next thing I know they are in a new size!


  12. Maranda April 17, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    I love seeing for my one year old. The biggest challenge is finding time to do it


  13. Natalie Hidalgo April 17, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    I also have a 9 year old. Sewing for her is a chore and she gets jealous, when I sew for her little sister. I would love some ideas and patterns that are age appropriate.


  14. Abi April 17, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    So excited for this! My little will be eleven I June and While she still love my creations, know the day is coming she may begin to thin mommy made is uncool:(


  15. Danni April 17, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    I love this! I’m making an effort to stop buying clothes for my kids and make everything! I love making joggers for my littlest with long cuffs do we can just unfold them as she grows!


  16. Robyn Daudelin April 17, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    I love sewing for my son! I think the best thing to do is let the kids choose the fabric and pattern, making them a part of the design will make them more likely to love the finished garment.


  17. sandee April 17, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    My biggest challenge has been keeping up with the current trends without spending more on the fabric then the ready made garment would cost in store!


  18. bergbrandenamanda April 17, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    My kids are still little and love wearing my makes. My oldest is getting pickier, though, so I’ve taking to asking why she likes a certain item, so I can replicate that feature.


  19. Kyla Sorenson April 17, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    I always like to look at the trends and try to make sure that what I make for my 8 year old follows them. I let her have input on fabric as well as patterns!


  20. Lisa Rose Martin April 17, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    I make things a size big so I don’t feel I am wasting my sewing time!


  21. Elaine C April 17, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    Finding something trendy that she’ll wear. Nothing that “feels weird”, is “itchy”, or too little girlish. 9 is a hard age to please.


  22. Audrey April 17, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    So excited to be on the tour. My kids are tall and skinny, so sewing for them is vital for a good fit, but also challenging as I can rarely sew one straight size.


  23. Jessica Harrell April 17, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    My tip is to definitely have them look at patterns with you and pick the fabric out.


  24. Auschick April 17, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    Biggest challenge is probably getting sizing right – I usually get their sizes every couple of months but sometimes I miss a growth spurt and that throws things off! Also knowing when to mash sizes or when it’s ok to size up for growing room. Biggest tip…. Letting them help pick fabric and the design does make a difference in how often they will wear something.


  25. Diane April 17, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    The biggest challenge sewing for my teen son is finding boy patterns that go big enough or men’s patterns that go small enough. Another challenge is getting the fit he likes since men’s patterns usually have to be shortened in the arms and body. I know what styles he likes and give him choices of fabric so he’s more likely to wear what I’m sewing. He loves the underwear I make him and wears almost everything else. (except for a few things (too bright print, back neck too low, sleeves too long). My dd was easier and harder at that age (she’s 20 now). She would request things and would wear some all the time and others not at all. Go figure!


  26. Kalee bengtson April 17, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    I’m just starting to sew for my kids, and I am very excited to have the opportunity to give them more unique clothes that they love!


  27. Alexandria Paz April 17, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    I’ve started sewing the next size up to keep up with my kids and I let them have more of a say in the fabrics I use for their clothes. I’ve gotten the hang of mashing sizes but my youngest is proving a challenge. She’s an age appropriate height but incredibly slim and muscular. She’s getting taller and slimmer, a problem I wish I had, lol.


    • beribeedesigns April 17, 2017 / 6:27 pm

      I have this problem with my daughter too, she’s 9 but the height of most 10’s and the waist/chest of a 6/7


  28. Randi April 17, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    I struggle to find appropriate fabric and pattern options for my 13 year old boy, but my 15 year old daughter is much easier to please!


  29. Kayla Wilcoxson April 17, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    My eldest is six, so I haven’t met much resistance yet. But she adores being part of the design process in selecting fabrics and patterns, and is interested in learning how to sew herself. So I’m encouraging that aspect.


  30. Karen April 17, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    I like sewing for my Grandchildren so that I can make unique clothing for them.


  31. theflavourista April 17, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    Wow..what a giveaway…

    My biggest challenge would be sewing what they actually like…tweens have their own fashion sense i guess…


  32. Shaina April 17, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    For my girls (who are preschoolers) I don’t ask a whole lot of questions just make the clothes and act really excited about it-most of the time it’s not acting though! I do like to see what fabrics they choose, love seeing their personalities shine through 😉


  33. B Tibbs April 17, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    My best tip for sewing for aging kids is to tailor to their likes. and to try to coordinate their wardrobe so several items mix and match


  34. Weatherly April 17, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    Biggest tip is to sew a size up if you want it to last longer… especially for sleeveless dresses as it’s easy to layer and whatnot 😉


  35. Suzanne April 17, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    I try to find fabrics that speak to my children’s interests, and styles that make them feel special! Comfort is also key, because if its scratchy or bothersome in any way, they aren’t going to wear it!


  36. Diana April 17, 2017 / 11:09 pm

    My biggest challenge is finding affordable knit fabric! Local, there’s basically nothing. I’m just now starting into the land of online fabric shopping, but I hate that I can’t feel it first!


    • beribeedesigns April 17, 2017 / 11:11 pm

      Diana I have a fantastic option I’m going to share tomorrow! Be sure to stop back by!


  37. Alison April 17, 2017 / 11:49 pm

    My biggest challenge for my teenage son is finding something he approves of. For my daughter I think the challenge is more to stop sewing so much! It can be challenging on my sleep deprived brain to grade different sizes so I can get patterns to fit her. She seems small and slim!


  38. Rachel April 18, 2017 / 2:14 am

    My biggest challenge is cutting into my beloved stash when I know my kids will outgrow the clothes so fast!


  39. Tina Voth April 18, 2017 / 2:50 am

    My best tips are always recheck measurements because they grow so fast, and paying attention to their styles and taste.


  40. Colleen Brondsema April 18, 2017 / 2:56 am

    So excited!! I’ve got my own teenager I’m trying to sew for this summer!


  41. Rachael April 18, 2017 / 3:41 am

    What a great blog. Thank you!


  42. Craft Candidate April 18, 2017 / 7:31 am

    I love sewing to my kids but sometimes I wish I also had a daughter: it would be so much fun to sew dresses instead of the same old basic t-shirts and pants. But at least my sons still like to wear clothes I have made for them. 🙂


  43. Jenny April 18, 2017 / 11:43 am

    This is a great idea, I’m always looking for inspiration for our handmade wardrobe!


  44. shannynannon April 18, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    Sewing for my kids.. love it! But the challenge is mainly my daughter, who will get a vision of what she wants and can’t quite communicate it(4 years old)… So I put work and time and money into something she ends up not liking!! But usually they’re happy if I include them… Picking out the fabric, helping with the clips, glueing pattern pieces.. then it’s more of a process we do together and they are proud of their contribution. My 3 year old is just thrilled when I make him anything, especially if he can help me.

    I love being able to create for them and hope to grow that love for creativity in them and show them how to work hard to create something custom and beautiful all on their own.


  45. knlchappy April 18, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    I’d have to say the biggest challenge right now is getting the sizing just right…so it’s big enough that they don’t outgrow it right away, but not too big that it hang off of them. These kids grow like weeds! (Age 3 and 4)


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