Last Minute First Day of School Raglan Tee for Little Boys

Confession here: this is the first time I’ve actually made anything for my children from a pattern! *gasp, cough, sputter* Haha, yes, that’s right! Sunni here at Sewing Blue who has sewed countless costumes, changing pads, curtains, and who knows what else has avoided patterns like the plague. I’ve made plenty of things from patterns I created from my boys’ clothing, so I never saw the need to pay extra money for a pattern when I knew I could make something on my own fit perfectly. But you know what? I’m so glad I finally caved in and did it!

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The ULTIMATE List of DIY Pencil Pouches

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s back-to-school month! I’m actually kind of in shock at how early some schools start – here in Alabama schools already started this week! We’re about to move back to Utah, where my oldest son is starting kindergarten the last Tuesday of the month. I’m thankful I get to have a little extra time with him before he’ll be gone half the day.

In honor of all the children going back to school, I have created the ultimate list of do-it-yourself pencil pouches. My goal in creating this list was to compile all of the pencil pouches, bags, cases, and other types of bags that could work for pencils into one location, and have it nicely organized, so if you want to create a pencil case you can easily pick a pattern that inspires you and go for it. There are so many tutorials out there, and I am sure I have missed some! If you come across a tutorial for a pencil case (or make one yourself) and would like it featured on this post, please shoot me an email (sunni (at) sewingblue.com) so that I can add it to this list. It is the “ultimate” list after all!

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Everyday Maternity Ruched Short-Sleeve Top With FREE Pattern

Sewing Blue FREE Pattern - Everyday Maternity Ruched Top

Finding maternity clothing is ridiculously challenging: how do you find something that not only fits you at the moment, but fits you throughout nine months of your belly growing, is comfortable, and looks good on you too? Some additional criteria for me was it had to be light and have sleeves, no layering required, something essential for humid, hot Southern summers. Well friends, this free, simple pattern is the solution! Pair it with some cute jersey knit fabric, and you have something that you can make a million of and wear all pregnancy long. 

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Quick Boys Knit Shorts DIY With Shirred Waistband

Boys knit shorts with shirred waistband :: Sewing Blue

A child’s imagination is one of the sweetest gifts the world is given. It’s been a week since making the cow costumes for Chick-Fil-A, and they have already asked several times to wear them so they can be cows. Once properly attired, they run around on all fours mooing their little hearts out. My heart melts whenever I see them pretending together like this!

To make the costumes, I had to first make white shorts for Mr. R, as he was lacking in any white bottoms (though if for any reason he had white pants they would have been chopped into shorts immediately – 90 degree weather plus Alabama humidity can’t ask for anything more!).  Because the shorts are made from a larger t-shirt and require no hemming at the bottom, they take less than an hour to make. They’re kind of fun to make too since they use elastic thread instead of elastic. In addition, they’re super comfy! I mean, jersey knit shorts? Yum to your skin! Your kids will love these. If you’re not using them to make cows, choose any color to elicit endless entertainment: pink for a pig, stripes for a pirate, or like I am planning on per Mr. A’s requests, green for a frog! Heck, they’re so simple I’m tempted to make myself a pair.

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Super Easy Cow Appreciation Day Costume

Super Easy Cow Appreciation Day Costume :: Sewing Blue

Yesterday was Cow Appreciation Day, AKA “Dress Like A Cow To Get Free Food At Chick-Fil-A Day!”It happens once a year in the beginning of July. We’ve celebrated the beauty of cows for the past six years, ever since I was pregnant with Mr. R, and we don’t plan to stop anytime soon!

Do you want a simple, easy to make costume that doesn’t fall apart, yet gets the job done and gets you free food on this glorious day? We’ve got you covered. 

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Happy Halloween from Hiccup and Toothless!

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Happy Halloween!

Halloween is huge for me. I love sewing costumes and would probably do it every day if I had no other obligations. In fact, the whole reason I wanted to learn to sew is so I could make costumes! Each year I make our costumes from scratch, and I loved being able to do it this year as well.

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3 Stupid-Simple Ways To Bring Halloween To Your Food

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It’s no secret I love Halloween. In terms of holidays, it’s right there at the top with Christmas. What else brings a family together better than brainstorming and making costumes, going to pumpkin patches, carving pumpkins, and making silly Halloween foods? The only frustrating thing is that these things can take a lot of time if you aren’t careful. I’ve compiled three stupid-simple tips for making Halloween foods below so you can spend more time enjoying them than preparing them, and still have an amazing Halloween experience!

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Slow Cookers + REAL Food BBQ Chicken Cornbread Casserole (in the Slow Cooker!)

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Cornbread Casserole by Sewing Blue
 

I’ve got a delicious recipe with chicken, cornbread, sweet potatoes, and corn waiting for you at the bottom of this page. But first, I want to take a second to talk about slow cookers. If there’s one appliance that should be in every busy household, it’s a slow cooker. We used to religiously do Slow Cooker Sundays, but since I’ve been working full-time days these past couple of months, I’ve been doing slow cooker meals more often during the week. It is my lifesaver. I drop the boys off at preschool/daycare first thing in the morning, come back home, then prep the slow cooker for dinner that night and let it cook all day long. When my husband comes home with the boys in the evening, dinner is ready, and we can enjoy ourselves as a family without the mad pre-dinner rush that happens otherwise. Continue reading

Start The Day Off Right With a Bowl of Granola

A delicious alternative to store-bought boxed cereal, this granola from Plan Eat Love features oats, nuts, ginger, and other spices.

Mmmm… breakfast. The first meal of the day, the first food you are putting into your mouth to start off a brand new day-chapter of your life. What you eat first thing in the morning can definitely affect how the rest of your day goes. If you are putting a ton of refined sugar into your belly, you are going to spend the rest of the day staving off sugar cravings and feeling sluggish and lethargic (not to mention the especially negative effects of sugar for our children . However, if you put real, whole foods into your body, you experience quite the opposite: in control of your diet, limited sugar cravings, a clear mind, and peace knowing that you started your day off right. Continue reading

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