Growing Up Handmade – Day 4


I know you’re all here for the inspiration, the patterns and the fabrics but I’m hoping I can pass along another bit of wisdom when it comes to kids and their preferences, traching our kids confidence and being able to listen to what they want (and not just hear what we want to hear them say).  

For a long time my daughter was so proud of anything and everything I made for her. She would stand tall and be thrilled to tell anyone that complimented her “thanks! My mom made it!” All it took was ONE comment from someone making fun of an outfit she had on that was “homemade” and that was it, suddenly all the beautiful things hanging in the closet weren’t cool enough for her to wear to school anymore.

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Up until that point, I felt like i’d been doing a great job at instilling independent thinking and confidence, but when it took such a little thing to crush those feelings I felt like I must have failed somewhere.  Since then, we’ve talked a lot about being and loving who we are and I’ve stressed the importance of being your own person, and loving what SHE wants to love, not just what everyone else at school loves.   I admit, it’s getting better, but it also means I have had to be more open to truly letting her wear (and making) what she wants, not what I want her to want.  I’ve really had to listen, and while that can be a struggle, its really helping her to gain the voice that I want her to have.

Somedays I get cute outfits…. this totally her style.  (EYMM Skater skirt

 

And some days I get…. well, not as cute but its her, and its what she loves. (And not always Handmade, which is ok too) 

Sorry to get all sappy on you today, I just really wanted to share that while we can try our best to make things they will love, we sometimes have to teach them its ok to love what they want, even when other kids may have a different opinion.   So enough of my blabbering…. How about today’s stops on our blog??  Is a big day today!  On our lineup today we have-

Pattern Revolution | Skirt Fixation | SewSophieLynn | EYMM

Don’t forget to catch up on any posts that you may have missed, and definitely don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY and linkup.

Monday – April 17th
Handmade Boy | Paisley Roots | Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

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

Wednesday – April 19th
The Wholesome Mama | Rebel & Malice | Vicky Myers Creations

Friday – April 21st
Round Up and Giveway Winners

Growing Up Handmade – Day 3

I am so blown away by the response we have had so far!!  Thank you all for following along this week while we share our inspiration and tips/tricks for keeping our older kiddos wearing and loving handmade items.

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Today we have Courtney from The Wholesome Mama

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and Vicki Meyers Creations

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If you’re just joining us be sure to go back over the last few days to get caught up.  You definitely don’t want to miss entering our giveaways!!  The linkup is looking great, you can keep adding to that until tomorrow night (4/20)!!



Don’t have an item to link up, no worries!  You can enter HERE for the other prize pack!

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Monday – April 17th
Handmade Boy | Paisley Roots | Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

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

Wednesday – April 19th
The Wholesome Mama | Rebel & Malice | Vicky Myers Creations

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

Friday – April 21st
Round Up and Giveway Winners

Blog Tour | Growing Up Handmade Day 2

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Welcome to day 2 of our tour! It’s been so fun to read all the comments shared about what challenges you face or what tips you might have when it comes to sewing for your older kiddos. One of the things I saw mentioned a few times was finding fabrics at a reasonable cost, or not being able to see/feel them ahead of time because you’re having to order online. Trust me, I face those same things! I do have some secrets to share though…

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I’ll admit, I miss being able to make some of the cute character things for her, i’m in SO many custom fabric groups that it’s really tempting.   Ultimately what she wants, is fabrics that are going to blend into the background; prints that looks most like those we could buy at a store. Fabrics like this beautiful plaid from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. This is one of their Club fabrics, essentially one that is designed for them and then printed in house. For those that don’t have a touch and feel computer screen it is SO SOFT!!  Even better, they are afforable!  At roughly $10-12 a yard I don’t feel super guilty making items that I know will get worn on a regular basis.

That bring us to the next thing… patterns that are “approved” by the boss for every day wear.  Lately she has been designing her own patterns… meaning she draws it out and expects me to translate that into something I can make, HAHA!  Often there are some patterns that I can make minor changes to or combine to get just what she wants.  Here is her latest design

I took the Simple Life Pattern Co Adelyn Scoop back dress and extended the bodice by about 4 inches and attached the bottom half of Marlie’s Romper, also from Simple Life.

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I did make other minor modifications, like the pockets –

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And of course the back.  This is just scalloped elastic that is attached very similarly to the ties that the dress has in the pattern.  A bit trickier but same concept.

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She is always a HUGE fan of the Hey June Juniors collection, I can’t even tell you how many Camden Raglan’s we have in the closet, haha!  Same with the  Made for Mermaid’s Rowan.

Camden Raglan – Harry Potter is definitely an exception to the no character rule!!

Another favorite, is just about anything athletic related.  So while I picked up the New Horizons 11th Hour Gear to use for my little guy, Ry has also decided she LOVES the pants!

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Want a chance to win ALL the patterns I mentioned, PLUS giftcards for fabric to make them???  Dont miss out on our awesome giveaway!!  You can enter HERE!  Huge thank you to all our sponsors, these prizes are really impressive!!!

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PLUS check out the link-up party for a 2nd chance to win! 

Today we also have these fabulous ladies with some awesome ideas!
 Phat Quarters   |  Sewing By Ti   |   Sew and Tell Project

Monday – April 17th
Handmade Boy  |  Paisley Roots   |  Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

Wednesday – April 19th
The Wholesome Mama   |   Rebel & Malice   |   Vicky Myers Creations

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

Friday – April 21st
Round Up and Giveway Winners

GIVEAWAY | Did you win a free pattern??

Thank you to everyone who stopped by my blog stop on the Riley Blake Goldilocks tour!  If you missed the original post you can take a look here.

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I really loved hearing about what your favorites were from both Riley Blake and The Simple Life Pattern Co. and if you were inspired to try a new pattern I’d love to see what you create!  If you share on IG please feel free to tag me @beribeedesigns or #beribeeblog and so I can check it out!

Now for the moment you’ve been waiting for… we have a winner for the pattern of your choice!

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Congrats Fenna!!  I’ve sent you an email also so be thinking about what pattern you’d like!

 

Pattern Highlight | 11th Hour Gear by New Horizons

I recently had an opportunity to sew up a few versions of the 11th Hour Gear pattern from New Horizons for Pattern Revolution.  Since I had such a hard time picking from the 100’s of photos I took I thought I’d share a few here also!

Think he’s excited??

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For Reid’s top I used the softest, most cozy french terry from Jumping June Textiles.  Of course after I make this we start having 60/70 degree weather in February haha!

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He’s a big fan of pockets!  I really love this hidden pocket, its such a great look. And how cute are these joggers?  They actually go full length but his sister thought he looked cool with them pulled up, haha!  For the joggers (and the pocket) I used one of my favorite fabrics, these stars from TKBPrints, they seriously go with everything!

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The 11th Hour pattern actually comes with TWO pants patterns, so I also made this pair of sweats for Ryleigh.  We’ve hit an athletic phase where i’m fairly certain if she could wear activewear every day she would, so I suppose its time to stock up more french terry.  This heathered blue I picked up at Joann Fabrics.  She’s worn them I think 3 times since I finished so i’m going to say she approves, haha.

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Look for a minute they even love each other!

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Who loves their 11th Hour Gear???

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This pattern boasts so many options I couldn’t get them all made myself but check out today’s post on Pattern Revolution for more!

 

Tuesdays are for Teaching | Kids Sewing Series Day 4

I have a confession to make… running a series through the summer has proved so much harder than I thought!  Between camps, sports, vacations and just summer fun, we are a tad behind.  I truly hope you are all sticking with us because there is still so much Ry wants to learn and I’m excited to be able to share with you everyone.

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This week she asked if she could learn how to use a rotary cutter.  So while we may not be sewing this week, I can’t tell you the last time I cut out a pattern with scissors.  She sees that and  want who am I to say no to her wanting to learn more?

A few things I noticed that would make this lesson easier and I do think that i’ll invest in a few more tools to help her.  Starting with a smaller ruler would be best.  The ones I use most often are 24″ and I think it was a bit much for her to hold in place easily.

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We talked ALOT about safety, where to place your hand on the ruler and how to hold the cutter.  This was a bit of a challenge since Ry is left handed and i’m right handed but that’s the one nice part about using a rotary cutter is its universal.  The second item I think we will be adding at our next shopping trip is a ruler grip.  I think that would be a fabulous tool for a young learner and the perfect way to help keep fingers out of the blades path.

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She cut LOTS and LOTS of strips, of all different widths.  I think next week I’ll let her work on cutting along pattern lines instead of the ruler and then she has a sewing project in mind.

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Next week we are back to sewing with a cool back to school project and tutorial!!  See you then!!

 

Blog Tour | Acorn Valley by Patty Young

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Well hello!!!  Its mid week and I know that means its time for a pick me up, how about you??  I know pretty fabrics always work for me… want a peek at something new??   This Acorn Valley line from Patty Young is sure to make you swoon, I promise!

This gorgeous new line designed for Riley Blake should be hitting your fabric store shelves soon.  With 5 beautiful prints in 3 different colorways, available in both knit and flannel, there is sure to be something (or like me lots of somethings) that you’ll need.

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After deciding to sew up the Melanie Dress from Modkid I chose the Main print in green, the Leafy Chevron in teal and the Bloom Dot in red.

These fabrics (as with any of the Riley Blake knits) were a dream to work with.  They wash up nice and soft and retain their shape when sewn and worn.

I’m ashamed to admit this is our first sew of the Melanie dress.  Holy cow I love it!!  So did my daughter, so I see a few more of these as we work on our fall school wardrobe.  With 3 sleeve lengths, its perfect for every season.

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I did make a few adjustments, because i’m down an iron right now (yes I know, a seamstress with no iron… blasphemy!! haha!)   Instead of the binding on the pockets I just added a simple band at the top, same with the neckline.  I was able to manage the hem without one so, yay!!!  Cause I might have been running out of ideas!

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This girl was so silly, she just would not stand still… we were definitely working out some sillies from our day.  Even better when a friend walked by and was making her laugh harder.

 

Needless to say we had a good time… and that’s what’s important!!    Now… don’t stop reading just yet, honestly the most important stuff is still coming and you will not want to miss what I have to share!!

First…. a giveaway, we all love those right???

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Are you just loving the Acorn Valley line??  Want to win some flannels??  Patty has graciously offered to give away a box of one yard cuts!!  You can ENTER HERE!!!

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Also be sure to follow along on the rest of the tour, we are just getting started!!  There will be tons of inspiration for the Acorn Valley line as well as Modkid patterns.

Monday 7/11: Riley Blake & Modkid

Friday 7/15: Coral & Co. & Pearberry Lane

Monday 7/18: Sweet KM & 2 Little Hooligans

Thursday 7/21: Flamingo Toes & Quilting Gallery

Friday 7/22: Ameroonie Designs

 

Saving the best for last…. a DISCOUNT!!   Ready to make your own Melanie dress????

You can use the code AcornValley2016 to get 25% off your entire purchase in the Modkid Etsy Store!!  Coupon is valid the full length of our tour, so until July 22nd at midnight EST.

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Tuesdays are for Teaching – Kids Sewing Series Day 3

Hey all!!  I’m so sorry we missed everyone last week!  We had some family things come up out of town and were out for a few days.   Hope you don’t mind catching up today.

I left this week’s lesson up to Ryleigh.  She said she really wanted to learn how to sew curves better so that she can make some different shaped pillows so that is what we focused on.


I can’t remember if I mentioned before but i’m not a huge fan of stitching on paper.  It has a different feel going through the feed dogs and I think that learning and practicing on fabric is just a better use of her time.  So that being said, here’s how we practice.  I bought super inexpensive muslin ($1.99/yard plus 40% off)  and cut it into blocks.  Then with a permanent marker I draw lines or shapes.   This is a super easy way to incorporate lots of the techniques she’s learning.  She knows to back-stitch at the  beginning of each activity, clip her threads and I always add in some pivoting.


She thinks’s its fun to do the same shapes and test herself to see if she improves from one to the other and I love that its something she can do independently.   I’m going to start keeping a small stack of ready to use sheets with her stuff so that when she spends time at the studio with me she can practice anytime.

We also talked about threading her bobbin.  The Sparrow has a drop in bobbin so it’s pretty simple. And they have an amazing threading guide with arrows that makes it even easier to get it right each time.  A few times through and she had it down!

I do admit, I love when she can work independently, which is becoming more and more as she builds her confidence and skill on the machine.  It gives me time to work on some pattern testing among a few other projects (aka cleaning up my space lol)

While she worked on curves, I got to sew up these cute shorts that we were testing from Lil Luxe Collection.  The Papillon Shorties have an adorable scalloped yoke with optional piping and an elastic back and come in both a low and high rise waist.  I’ll share a few more pictures of these tomorrow!

Tutorial – Envelope Pouch

As promised, I wanted to share this quick tutorial with you all from Ryleigh’s lesson yesterday in Day 2 of our Kids Sewing Series.

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The dimensions you use can vary to give you a variety of sizes, making this super versatile.  We’ve used them for gift giving, books or gift cards are perfect in them!  They can store small toys and treasures or you can get fancy and use a laminated fabric to make re-usable sandwich/snack bags.  Really the possibilities are endless!

For this one I started with 2 rectangles cut 7″x 10.5″.
Fold one piece in half so the long sides match.
Using a ruler, lined up with the folded corner, measure down 3″ and cut.
Repeat with the second piece.


Starting at the bottom, sew around all edges, leaving a 3″ gap to turn it right side out.
Turn right side out, clip all corners (being careful not to go through your stitching) and then press.


Now, for a way to close our pouch.  You could do a button here if you’d like, or snaps, but for this one we are using velcro.  The best way i’ve found to be sure the closures line up is to fold it up as if it was finished.  Take a pen or something similar and press down in the location you want your closure.  As long as you press hard enough, you will see the indentions on both sides and can easily mark the spots.

Lastly, stitch across the shortest straight edge and then fold the bottom up as shown and top stitch from one corner all the way around to the other.


I’d love to hear your ideas on what else these could be used for!  And if you’ve made any please link up in the comments, I love seeing your projects!!

Here is another one Ry made, this one is storing Shopkins 🙂

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