Sunki Dress by Figgy’s Patterns // Teaching a Child to Sew

Poppet loved helping me tape together the .pdf pattern for my recent Mesa Dress. Since then, she has been cutting and taping any pieces of paper she can get her hands on.

So when I asked if she would like to sew herself a new dress, her eyes lit up and she jumped and down saying “yes, yes yes!”. A girl after my own heart.

In hindsight, I should have started her on a simple elasticated skirt. It really would have been the most logical approach. But what can I say … the excitement of teaching her stifled all rational thinking. There’s nothing like throwing a zip insertion, facing and sleeve easing at a first time sewer. *head slap*

Sunki Dress by Figgy Patterns |

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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

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