Make a Skirt a Day: Book Review


Pattern drafting is something I have enjoyed playing around with since I was a teenager. Many, many months ago – right when we first got to California – I was sent a review copy of Nicole Smith’s delightful pattern drafting book, Skirt a Day (affiliate link – items purchased through this link may earn this […]

How to Make a King Costume

I made four Halloween costumes yesterday! It’s amazing what can happen when Dad is around to hang out with the littles and take the kids on school runs! His new job doesn’t start until Friday, and we are all making the most of our days off with him! Johnny and I had a LOT of […]

What Sewing Really Looks Like with Four Young Children

And, if you want to know what sewing really looks like in my house: Start sewing the bag. Instantly run out of bobbin thread. Re-thread the bobbin, then put back in the machine backwards. Discover this because your threads are all tangled on one side. Fix the bobbin Re-stitch Run out of bobbin thread Repeat […]

Easy to Sew Messenger Bag Sewing Tutorial


Sometimes I use my blog to motivate me to try something I’ve been wanting to do, but haven’t actually gotten to. This easy-to-sew messenger bag is exactly one of those instances! Jo-Ann sent me two yards of Waverly fabric to make something with to help spread the word about the Jo-Ann and Waverly Facebook contest!  […]

Easy DIY Patchwork Doll Quilt Tutorial

Our Prism Light Center light table was the perfect creative tool for Emma to work out the perfect design for a patchwork quilt for her doll! The squares are from a charm pack I won ages ago from Small Town Stitcher. Emma loved all the choices, and having the pre-cut squares made this project even […]

Baby Doll Carrier Giveaway

It’s Sew, Mama, Sew’s Giveaway Day! I love this biannual event – it’s how I’ve discovered many of my favorite sewing blogs! For new visitors, I’m MaryAnne! I am a stay at home mom with four kids: Emma (six years old), Johnny (four years old), Lily (three years old), and Anna (three months old. I […]

Craft-A-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects

Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that we are a craft-loving family. So I was thrilled to receive a review copy of Craft-a-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects. This book lives up to its description beautifully! I think this book is perfect for elementary school teachers looking for classroom décor ideas, parents who are interested […]

Hand-Sewn Gifts From Kids For Kids

Emma sewed this little puppy for Lily all by herself – I helped cut out the pieces (per her instructions), and threaded and knotted her needles. It has been so much fun to watch her sewing skills develop and evolve! Lily was very pleased with her gift, too! Who wouldn’t be, with such a fun, […]

Cloth Kleenex: Easier on kids’ noses!

As regular readers of this blog know, our house has been sick a LOT lately! I cut up an old pair of flannel pajamas into square-ish shapes, serged the edges (a zig-zag stitch prevents fraying on a regular sewing machine, or you could always get fancy and hem them), and created instant cloth Kleenex (also […]

Easy-Sew Bean Bags Plus Games

These fleece bean bags were super simple to sew! The slightly-stretchy fleece makes great bean bag material, and by stitching a half-inch in on this no-fray fabric I was able to sew them quickly on the machine – no hand stitching these! I filled them with poly pellets so that they can be washed, if […]