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Some Kind of Special

Leigh —  October 1, 2014 — 6 Comments

Homeschooling is still going strong, and we’ve been hitting the books like gang-busters these past couple of months. But even when things are going well, it’s nice to shake up the routine every now and then, to put the books away and declare it to be a different kind of school week.

This past week instead of working through math workbooks and word problems, we measured fabric and used our mad division skills to calculate where to cut. We practiced reading comprehension by pulling out a pattern and following instructions step by step.IMG_9731It was a good week.

Heck, anytime I pull out my sewing machine it’s a good week. Can I get an “Amen”? Continue Reading…

DSCN7973Last week there were promises made of a tutorial nature.  I know in the past, I have made these types of promises and haven’t delivered, but today is not that day!  I’ve got a cute chevron ruffled pillowcase tutorial I want to share with all my sewing buddies.

DSCN8071Last week for Edie’s slumber party, I made each of her guests a personalized pillowcase as their parting gifts. Get it?  Slumber party?  Pillowcase?  I thought it was a cute idea and fit in nicely with our whole sleeping, slumber party theme.  Edie was super excited about the idea of giving her friends such cute parting gifts, and I think she enjoyed passing them out to her friends almost as much as she enjoyed opening her own gifts…almost.

So she wouldn’t feel left out, I even made Edie one to match the new bedspread we gave her for her birthday. DSCN7972 Continue Reading…

As a rule, I don’t post a lot of tutorials on this blog.  Most of the things I sew, I’m copying from  another online tutorial anyway, and I see no reason to re-invent the wheel when someone else has already done it.  But recently I was sewing a little pocket T-shirt for Edie, and when I searched online for some directions, there were none to be found. So I had to make it with no help from my internet buddies.

I thought it would be nice if I gave back to the internet since I’ve taken so many creative ideas from it.  So here you go, Internet, a pocket t-shirt tutorial.  You’re welcome.


Have you seen these pocket t-shirts?  They are currently all the rage here in Trussville, AL.  From babies to teenagers, all the girls are wearing them.  Most people are making them with Chevron patterned fabric, and those are really cute too. But I try to sew from my scraps.  So I’ve just used what I had on hand.  However if you really want to be hip, that’s the fabric to use.

They are so easy to make.  From start to finish, it takes me about 30 minutes. I’ve already made several for Edie and some of her friends. (One of her friends brought me the Chevron fabric for the black shirt.)Pocket t-shirt

First thing, you are going to need is a plain t-shirt, a small scrap of material, and coordinating thread.  If you don’t have a monogramming machine, no worries.  I’ve made some with just plain pockets as well and they are really cute too!

STEP 1: Cut out a five inch square of material.


 STEP 2: Fold down top of pocket about an inch, press it, and sew.


 STEP 3:  (If you just want to sew on a pocket without a monogram, you can skip this step.)  Now you need to monogram your pocket.  You want the monogram to be about 2.5 inches in height.   Fold your pocket in half and find the middle.  I like for my monogram to come a little above the top of the pocket seam.  With a fabric pen, I marked the top, middle, and bottom of where I wanted to stitch the monogram.  Leave a little extra room on the bottom because you will need it when you fold your pocket in the next step.DSCN6982STEP 4: Next, heat up your iron again because you are going to need it! I don’t have a pattern for folding my pockets.  I just fold and iron until it looks right to me.  First, iron the sides down.  You might have to cut a little of the excess off the sides, and that’s okay.  You want about a half inch seam allowance on each side so you can attach it to the t-shirt.

To make the point at the bottom, find the middle.  That’s where you want the point to be.  Fold each corner up with a slight angle and iron.  Again, I just play with it until it has a pocket shape to it.  For a guide, I took one of my son’s store bought pocket T-shirts and looked at that to shape my pocket.DSCN6971STEP 5: Now you are ready to sew the pocket onto the t-shirt! First, I had my daughter try on the t-shirt so I could pin where it needed to go.  I don’t trust myself to eyeball it.  That’s how pockets end up in armpits! Then I pinned it down and sewed the left, bottom, and right sides of the pocket.  I used about 1/8th of an inch seam because it gives it a more finished look.DSCN6973

Here’s the finished result:DSCN6985If you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments and I’ll be happy to help!

So now that I’ve officially made my mother dissolve into tears with my last post, it’s time to get back to posting pictures I should’ve posted months ago but couldn’t, because some computer geek gets his kicks from taking down mommy blogs.

My mother has five grandchildren, and every Easter she sews each kid a beautiful Easter outfit.  To commemorate these special outfits and the growth of her youngins’, we take pictures of the kids on her porch swing each year before our Easter lunch.  And for the past seven years, we have been successful at eeking out at least one decent photo of all the grandkids.  A picture where everyone is smiling or at the very least, not screaming. Sadly, this was the year that ended that streak.

I’ll give you one guess who was not cooperating:  IMG_8108(Hint: He’s flying into the picture from the left!)

Thankfully, it wasn’t one of my kids that screamed every time he got near that swing.  So I really wasn’t bothered one bit.  They’re kids.  That’s what they do…unless they’re mine. Then they are deliberately disobeying my orders to “Stop crying!” and let me take their picture!

Buck eventually won, and he was released to go and explore stuff he found on the ground…a toddler’s favorite pass time.  It’s hard to win an argument with a twenty-month-old.  They eventually just wear you down until you give in.

But with Buck gone, we were finally able to get some pictures with no tears or looks of torture:

IMG_8087Well, no tears anyway…IMG_8094


Leigh —  May 23, 2013 — 3 Comments

It’s amazing how fast they grow from this:

MG_6850_1To this:


And I’m pretty sure this post is going to make my mother cry.