No Sew Tutu

no sew tutu

The internet is swimming with tutorials for No Sew Tutu’s exactly like this one. Maybe it’s because they are just so ridiculously easy, fast and fun to make.

What? You haven’t seen it 23 times elsewhere yet? Fantastic! Because I’ve also written a tutorial here just for you. Continue reading

Dolly Donations

DollsI unfortunately can’t take credit for all these dolls. My friend Kris made four in the time it took me to make one! Her two are on the left and Poppet cried when I took the pink one away from her.

I recently stumbled across the incredible website “Dolly Donations”, which assists those who wish to make dolls for children in need. Continue reading

Teepee for Kids

I think I’ve worked out why I love sewing so much.  It’s like you get a rush when you actually like the end result (which unfortunately doesn’t always happen) and the recipient loves it just as much, if not more.

When I first set up the Teepee in the garden for Little Man, I just couldn’t take my eyes off him!  It was so heart warming to see him in there with his little trucks and soft toys, lost in his own private world.  I couldn’t help but watch from the window, my heart soaring.  He actually likes it!  And I like it!  This was a rare moment where the world stopped and I heard a faint chorus of angels singing the perfect theme song for that very moment.  Okay, perhaps a slight exaggeration and totally cheesy, but you get the idea. Continue reading

Play at Home Fun

Sometimes motherhood is just a tough grind.  Relentless even.

I went through a patch recently where everyday felt like Groundhog Day.  The icing on the cake was the daily ritual of a 6 am wake up to the smell of Little Man (that’s right, smell) beside my bed and his little voice saying “poos”.

Honey, I love you immensely, but there are more cheery ways to begin the day.

So on days like that, morning distractions for Little Man are hugely important so I can fix a good, strong espresso and still drink it while it’s hot.  It does wonders for the sanity.

Here’s some low cost ideas that I’ve found handy and I thought I’d share them with you too (seeing as my sewing mojo has gone on a vacation *sigh*).  Things you can throw together in a moment of sheer desperation.  You know, those moments where you just want to shut yourself in the bathroom and cry, but your toddler just continues to hound you incessantly outside the door … just in case you needed a little more help being pushed over the edge. Continue reading

Refashion Fail

*sigh*.  Well, another valuable sewing lesson learned.  Fortunately (or should that be unfortunately?), the only thing lost was my time and a little sanity.

The idea was to take an old pair of Hubby’s pants and by keeping the existing fly and button, create a cool pair of pants for our Little Man.  Would’ve been a quick way to convert pants, that’s for sure.

The problem is, that the fly required for a grown man is, quite obviously, larger than that required by a 2 year old.  Duh.  So the finished product was hugely bulky in the crotch and made my gorgeous toddler look … um, let’s just say, extremely well endowed.  It was weird.

The other issue was that I had to force Little Man into them so many times to try get the right fit, that now whenever he sees them, a look of sheer determination comes over his face and there is no chance of me ever getting him into them again.  Hence the photo of the pants lying flat rather than lovingly modeled.

So I’m totally over these pants.  Don’t want to look at them ever again.  Hello rubbish bin.

However, This Mama Makes Stuff has a fantastic tutorial (intermediate level) in making slim slacks for boys and she gets around that crotch issue well.  It does involve recreating the pants a little more than I had hoped, but the end result is totally wearable so well worth the extra time.

I haven’t made these yet, but next time I refashion pants for my lad, this will be my go-to.