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July 2, 2019

The Perfect Scripture Case.


I did it!  I finally released my Perfect Scripture Case pattern for sale on my Etsy shop.


This project has been FOUR (!) years in the making.  I began with my first scripture bag for my son when he turned eight.  Then I tried again with my next son's eighth birthday, this time I wrote down some directions and took a few pictures.  When I made it for the third time for my daughter I decided to take serious notes and turn this into a pattern to sell for others.  


At home I playfully referred to this project as, "My Mount Everest of Sewing".  It was very complicated and I was 100% starting from scratch with loose ideas in my head.


I knew exactly what I wanted -- a zipper case, thick with padding and of course, LOTS of pockets. After checking the market I couldn't find anything like what I had envisioned in my head.  So I made my own.



The Perfect Scripture Case is made to fit one regular sized Bible and Book of Mormon, a Bible and a Triple Combination, or a regular sized scripture Quad.


This advanced sewing pattern includes: A fully padded scripture case- using flex-foam, two soft perfect-fit handles, two zippers, three fully lined pockets, and all finished seams!  This part I was very passionate about!  All finished seams!  -- which of course, made this pattern a bit tricky to figure out.

But figure it out, I did!  I hope you have lots of fun sewing your own perfect scripture case.



And because the 4th of July is around the corner.  PS-- I love the fourth of July!  I've added a HUGE coupon.  I almost never offer coupons. 

 This coupon is for 50% ANYTHING in my shop:


Including my brand new The Perfect Scripture Case.  Please use the code: JULY4.
This offer is good for one month.

Happy Shopping.

April 23, 2019

Double Dutch Jacket + Skirt


Olive + S released their new Spring Patterns.

I was lucky enough to pattern test for their new Double Dutch Jacket + Skirt.

The timing was perfect, since it was in December right before this cute girl's birthday.



The jacket is fully reversible and color blocked, which makes it so fun.

The skirt is supposed to be made from knit material, but I missed that when picking out fabric, so I picked out cotton.  I'm excited to try this pattern again and sew up a quick skirt in knit, which my girls love.


When picking out fabrics, I was thinking spring colors and something bright and probably picked bolder colors than I usually would.  But they turned out really fun together.


For more on this cute pattern check our Oliver + S here.


Cute girl!


March 19, 2019

The Perfect Scripture Case-- CLOSED


Hello, after years (FOUR YEARS!) of pattern developing I have finally completed The Perfect Scripture Case. 

The Perfect Scripture Case— this ideal scripture case sewn with love, is made to fit one regular size Bible and Book of Mormon or a regular sized scripture Quad.

I have had countless requests for a full sized Scripture case, after people 
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Well, I finally got it to a level where it's ready to be tested.



This scripture case is fully lined with three different pockets for storage. 



Pattern includes: flex-foam for a fully padded case, two soft perfect-fit handles, two zippers, three fully lined pockets, and all finished seams!


If you are interested in being a pattern tester please fill out THIS FORM. 
Now CLOSED.  Thanks for all who showed interest!
All work should be done by April 5th.

Thanks!!

January 7, 2019

Christmas PJs

This year I told the kids, "Children, I am not sewing homemade Pajamas this year.  I'm too busy.  There's no time. I have SIX KIDS! I don't want to be in my sewing room on Christmas Eve sewing, as I miss family time. I'm just going to buy them."

And so I got on all four Christmas Wish Lists, "Homemade PJs by mom."

How could I refuse?

So, guess who was frantically sewing on Christmas Eve....?

These kids are lucky I love them so much.  
And, yes, I think it's very sweet that they love my homemade Pjs.


On Christmas Eve when I revealed the Pjs they were SO thrilled that I had made something for them.  The fabric is super snuggly soft and kids look awfully cute!


I try to cut down my work as much as possible and buy the T-shirts and sew the pants.

My Go-To is Oliver + S's "Sunny Day Shorts" Free pattern.  
Then I add on the length needed to make them long pants.
 I've made these pants so many times, I almost have the pattern memorized. 


For Baby I sewed her the "Lullaby Layette pants" in size 12-18 months.


I made this girl a nightgown last year using the "Building Block Dress" Book and she loved it so much and wore it almost every night through winter and summer.  So I decided to make another nightgown for her, but this time two sizes bigger than last years.  She's growing so tall so fast, a size 8 fits this six year old perfect. 


Next year I have grand schemes to sew Christmas PJs in JULY.  

Ha, we'll see.

November 29, 2018

Articles of Faith Large Candy Wrappers -- Free Printable


This past year our Primary has been working on memorizing the 13 Articles of Faith
There are many ways to do it, but here's how we organized everything.

When we introduced the idea to our primary children we gave them these Article of Faith cards from distribution.  They were really beautiful and great quality!
Image for Articles of Faith, Card from LDS US Store

We also gave the children these Article of Faith punch trackers to keep for their own record. We printed them as photos and had each child write their own name with Sharpie on the front.


As we passed out these two things we warned the children that these were not replaceable if they were lost (which inevitable, many were). 

Each month (for 13 months) we would sing one of the Article of Faith songs in order, for our opening song.  On the first Sunday of each month we would discuss the newest AoF and what it meant. We encouraged the children, with the help of their families, to work on memorizing these at home. Then we told them of the rewards for memorizing the 13 Articles of Faith.  Each number memorized would earn the child a small treat (dum-dum or mini candy) and a punch in their card.


Once all 13 Articles of Faith were memorized we gave each child a large Hershey's Candy Bar.  I made these wrappers to go over each candy.


Want to make your own?

Click HERE for your FREE printable 
Article of Faith Bar Wrapper

MATERIALS
1. Print off Articles of Faith Bar Wrappers
2. scissors + glue
3. One large candy bar per child.

STEP ONE:
Print off and cut out the Articles of Faith Candy Bar Wrapper.


STEP TWO:
Fold each dotted line in, smooth down with a pen to get crisp edges.
Place candy bar inside.


STEP THREE: 
Place a small amount of glue on the small edge of the bar wrapper.
Smooth down, all done!

Once we handed each child their bar, we took them to the hall and took their picture with their Article of Faith chocolate reward.  We had them printed with their name and date written on the front. 


Then we posted the photos to our 13 Articles of Faith board in our Primary room.

(I unblurred only my children's faces.)

This is just to give you an idea of what it looked like all together.  

We have a very large primary and more than half of the children were motivated to learn these Articles of Faith.  
We were so proud of them!



I love the simple, clear truths that these precious children can learn about their faith at such a young age.


For an Article of Faith paper tracker, go here.



Articles of Faith Tracker -- Free Printable

This past year our Primary has been working on learning the Articles of Faith. 
 I talk more about it in this post.

But I wanted to share the Tracker I made for the Primary leaders to follow.

 We printed out this Article of Faith Tracker. 
 Then I wrote in all the primary children's name in ABC order by last name. 
Lastly I tapped it to the inside of our cabinet in the Primary room.  

After church, each Sunday, we'd have Articles of Faith time and when the children passed of an article of faith, we would give that number a X. 

To print off your own Tracker go HERE.

November 9, 2018

Garden Party Dress

This beautiful girl had a birthday recently and turned 8!

I had decided months beforehand that I was going to design her a special empire waist, long white dress, with a knit lacy over-lay, using the Building Block Dress Book.  
I had the idea of what to do all mentally designed in my head.

Upon walking in to Jo-Anns, my eye first caught this darling sports cotton with red and blue flowers.  I cataloged it away as "something cute", but not what I envisioned and continued looking around for what I had planned.  Then I ran into all kinds of problems from fabric choice, to quality, to price.

Eventually I circled back to the cute (on sale!) flowered material and instantly changed my vision, remembering the garden party dress pattern I had at home.


This is the third time I've made this dress, seen HERE and HERE.

       

Wow, look how she's grown!


I love this simple pattern (only ONE button to stitch) that yields really beautiful results.


I added inseam pockets, a feature this girl loves!  I'm pretty sure every dress I make for her, in the future, must include pockets!



I also lengthened the dress by a full 10", so it would be floor length.  
Which made the dress seem so eloquent. 



Overall, this dress turned out beautiful and my dear was very thrilled when she saw it!