Life Sew Beautiful

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Made By Me January 5, 2014

Filed under: kids' stuff — faithandfamily @ 7:05 pm

I recently bought the book Made by Me by Jane Bull for my oldest daughter.


It is full of really cute craft and sewing projects that creative little girls will love. The book has sections on cross stitch, sewing, and knitting. So far, my daughter made a dolly for her little sister and three little outfits:

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If you have a creative little girl in your life, this book would be a great resource full of fun projects that you can do together.


I’ll Never Buy a Scarf Again

Filed under: crochet — faithandfamily @ 6:54 pm

I’ve tried to learn crochet a few times in my life and had always decided that it wasn’t for me. I was content to limit my creativity to fabric and a sewing machine. But recently I’ve been wanting to try again. I saw a few things on Pinterest that made it seem doable. I decided to spend some time during our holiday travels, sitting in the car or in front of the TV with relatives, trying again. And….I’ve been successful! I used this tutorial for the Pavement Infinity Scarf and found it to be really clear and easy to follow. I love it that she has written directions, a photo tutorial, and a video. Here are my first two crochet projects, ever:


The first one I made seemed a bit wide. I used the leftover yarn on my skein to make a mini scarf for my daughter.


I made three more, but instead of making 5 “V’s” in each row, as described in the tutorial, I used only 3. I like the thinner style a bit better.

If you’re interested in learning to crochet, I recommend that you give this tutorial a try. Now that I’ve got the hang of it, it only takes me about 1 1/2-2 hours to make a scarf. I made the black one last night while watching a movie with the family. I was a beginner before trying this tutorial. I knew how to chain and had attempted a double-crochet stitch before, but that was about it. I did have to google how to tie off the yarn when you’re all done, how to switch to a new skein of yarn,  and how to stitch together the ends to make it an infinity scarf, but there were lots of instructions out there, and none of those steps was hard.

Happy crocheting!


Adam’s Quilt August 17, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — faithandfamily @ 7:36 pm

I recently finished a quilt for my brother Adam. When I told him last Christmas that I was planning on making him a quilt, he already had an idea in his head of what type of quilt he would most like. He sent me this picture from the internet for inspiration:


He told me that he wanted it to look like something you would find in a country lodge or cabin, and he wanted it to have appliqued animals on it. I had never done applique before, so I was a bit intimidated, but I was willing to give it a try. First I shopped for cute plaids, then I did an internet search to look for some applique shapes that I could use on the quilt. I used this tutorial from the internet to learn how to do machine applique. It was pretty easy and fun. In the square with the log cabin on it, I also used a technique called paper piecing to to make the log cabin. I had done paper piecing years ago, but I watched this youtube video to refresh my memory on how to do it.

And here is the finished quilt:


I’m very happy with it, and, if I do say so myself, I think it’s even cuter than the quilt that I used for inspiration!

Sweet dreams under your new quilt, little brother!



Summer skirts July 5, 2013

Filed under: girls' clothes — faithandfamily @ 10:09 pm

I sewed a few skirts for my daughter this summer. Check ‘em out!

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For the first skirt I used an Old Navy men’s t-shirt. (My guy wouldn’t wear that color, for sure!) I cut a waistband that is doubled and folded over. I had to cut it a bit smaller than her waist to make it fit right. The bottom of the skirt is the original width of the t-shirt, and I even used the original hem for the bottom. It was a quick and easy project.

For the second skirt I made another twirly skirt. I’ve been making these for my daughter for years, and they’re still her favorite kind of skirt. This time I went extra long, because she likes her skirts very long. If you’re not sure how to make these, just search my archives under “girls’ clothes.” I’ve made several, and I’ve linked to the directions in a previous post.


Little Girl’s Baby Doll Sling June 10, 2013

Filed under: kids' stuff — faithandfamily @ 12:25 am

My niece had a birthday a few weeks ago, and one of the gifts I gave her was a baby doll sling. They were so fast to make (20 minutes?), so I made one for my little girl too.


I used this tutorial, which I thought was great, but I would recommend adding a bit of ease to the back measurement, to allow a bit more wiggle room for the baby doll to be put in and taken out, and to keep the baby doll from being too tightly pressed against your daughter’s body.


Jenny Blouse June 6, 2013

Filed under: women's clothes — faithandfamily @ 2:41 pm

A couple of months ago I admired a blouse my friend Jenny was wearing. She knows me too well and offered to let me borrow it to see how it was constructed. It was a Target brand (Merona) blouse, and I loved the little sleeves and the flattering shape of the blouse. I ended up tracing it and making my own pattern. I finished the blouse yesterday and am really excited about how it turned out! I used a Anna Maria Horner voile from her Little Folks Voile line. I love the lightweight, dressy feeling of voile.


It has ties on the sides which make it a flattering blouse for many different kinds of body types.


Here is Jenny and me with our twin blouses.



Yard So Beautiful May 22, 2013

Filed under: around the home — faithandfamily @ 6:57 pm


Well, I haven’t been sewing lately, so this blog has been pretty quiet for a while. I have so many sewing projects on my “to do” list that I can’t wait to tackle, but in the meantime I’ve been focusing on more important things like our home school year, vacationing, playing with the kids, and cleaning out places in our house that have been needing the attention. I have high hopes of lots of sewing time this summer, though.

In the midst of all that, my husband recently used his creative skills in our back yard, and since this blog celebrates handmade goodness, I figured it’d be appropriate to post about his handmade project that has really improved our backyard.




We have a creek back there and lots of trees, and we starting brainstorming about how to make that area more pleasant. The idea of a patio and fire pit sprouted, and then I started pinning all kinds of images to a Pinterest board. We sketched out what we’d like to do, and then my husband started reading articles and Youtube videos so that he’d do it right. The project involved digging out soil, putting in some drainage (since we have natural springs under our yard), filling it in with lots of crushed rock and sand, leveling it, laying the pavers and then filling the cracks with a bonding sand. Our pavers came from Home Depot, and there were lots of pamphlets and instructions there, too. It was a lot of hard work, but my husband enjoyed it and is really proud of what he was able to accomplish.




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