5 Earth Friendly Sewing Projects

Happy Earth Day!

I’ll admit it… I’m a pretty crunchy mama. This is probably not surprising to you if you hang around my blog enough ;) I don’t like to be wasteful, and I don’t like to throw my money away on things that I’m just going to throw away. That is one of the things I love about sewing – using the resources around me and doing my best not to add more waste to the world. So I’m a fan of Earth Day, celebrating how we can be kind to our Earth and our future generations.

So I thought I’d highlight five of my favorite Earth-friendly sewing projects… a little upcycling, a little re-using… just what the Earth and I both love. ;)

5 Earth Friendly Sewing Projects

Sew your baby some prefold cloth diapers

How to make your own Prefold Diapers

Re-size a men’s button-up shirt for a kid

Re-size a men's button-up shirt for a kid

Sew a simple tote bag that you can re-use over and over

simple tote tutorial

Sew reusable baby wipes and burp cloths (or just wipes for kids who make messes of all.the.things)


Sew a skirt from a vintage sheet (and add some doily pockets!)

vintage sheet skirt tutorial

Happy Earth-friendly sewing, friends!

15 Quick Easter Sewing Tutorials

Easter is just about here, but there is still time to sew something fabulous. Whether you need a basket, decorations, or something for you or the littles to wear to church, it’s not too late! I’ve gathered 15 quick Easter sewing tutorials that you can whip up in the next couple days.

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Ruffled Tulle Easter Card from See Kate Sew


Egg T-Shirts from Crafterhourscrafterhours+easter+egg+shirt+3

Fabric Easter Eggs from Peek-a-boo Patterns


Sweet Floppy Bunny (free pattern) from The Sewing Loft


Fabric Carrots from Craftiness is not Optional


Soft-soled Baby Shoes (free pattern) from If Only They Would Nap

baby shoes tutorial

Make Your Own Petticoat from Sew Fearless


Easter Basket from Melly Sews


 Ruffle-y JCrew-y Dress from KoJo Designs


Little Lamb Pillows from Purl Soho

Men’s Bow Tie (free pattern) from Sew Like My Mom


Easter Basket Lining from Delia Creates


10 Minute Tie from Shwin & Shwin


The 90 Minute Dress from Simple Simon & Co


Baby Cardigan Onesie from Feathers Flights



Happy last-minute sewing! :)

Turtle Kudzu Coveralls

Recntly, some blogging friends and I decided it would be fun to surprise our friend Melissa from Sew Like My Mom with a pattern tour, because we think she’s super awesome and her patterns are crazy fab. Also, surprises are really fun. :)


I absolutely love sewing overalls for my boys - because really, how cute is a little boy in overalls?! I’ve made them with sweaters, knit fabric, corduroy, and mushrooms. When Melissa came out with her Kudzu Coveralls (and dress) pattern, I died with cuteness.


First of all, Melissa is a pattern writing genius. This pattern requires printing only a few pages, and the way she puts the pieces together is really something you have to see for yourself.


The Kudzu can be sewn as overalls or as a dress, and has ridiculously cute appliqué options. And it is SO fast. We all know how much I love really fast sewing projects. ;)


My little guy is a year, but he’s small, so I wasn’t sure how the 12-18mo size would work. I ended up taking it in a bit on the sides and adding two snap settings. It’s still a little bit big, but still wearable for now, and perfect for growing into this summer.


I adore everything about this pattern. It’s super comfy and gives you the perfect opportunity to use those adorable woven fabrics that you can’t really use once your kids get older. ;)


And you know I was right, how can you resist this overall-clad baby?!

The Kudzu is not the only pattern from Sew Like My Mom, so pop over to visit these other blogs to see some more amazingness from the Sew Like My Mom Surprise Pattern Tour! :)

Sew a Straight Line
Rae Gun Ramblings
Andrea’s Notebook
Lemon Squeezy Home
Sew Very
If Only They Would Nap
Living With Punks
Craftiness Is Not Optional
Melly Sews

Straight Lines and Angles … wrapping it up!

Did you miss any of the geometric inspired projects from the past two weeks? Straight Lines and Angles The amazing bloggers that joined me for this series gave us incredible polygonal eye candy. :) I love love LOVED everything about this series! It was so fun, and now my brain is seeing shapes and lines and angles everywhere… I might be doing lots more geometric inspired sewing!straight lines and angles wrap-up 2

 Lexi Made // Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy If Only They Would Nap // Caila Made // Alida Makes Simple Simon & Co // Sew Fearless

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Sew a Straight Line // Shwin & Shwin Elegance & Elephants // If Only They Would Nap

straight lines and angles wrap-up 3Crafterhours // Max California Sew Like My Mom // Kitschy Coo // Welcome to the Mouse House RaeGun Ramblings // You & Mie

Thank you, friends, for joining in the fun! And thank you to my amazing giveaway sponsors:


Make sure you check out Imagine Gnats, See Kate Sew, Very Shannon, and Sew Like My Mom‘s shops! Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway — the winners have all been emailed, and I am waiting to hear from them (so check your email, just in case you are Rachel, Joyce, Alissa, or Nancy!)

For more geometric inspiration, check out my Pinterest board!


Straight Lines and Angles Day 10 – Sew a Straight Line and Caila Made

The past two weeks have been outstanding! The Straight Lines and Angles series has been so amazing – the bloggers that have been sharing their geometric inspired projects have really brought it. I’m so thankful to each of them for being a part of this! We’re wrapping it up this week with two more fabulous bloggers!

Sabra at Sew a Straight Line is the Queen of Jeans. Which you will understand when you check out the jeans-sewing month she has been co-hosting. I love her girl sewing, but you know that I love that she has three boys she sews for. Her winter wonderland looks are some of my favorites. Head over to her blog to see the awesome pants she made for her son.

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Caila of Caila Made has a fresh style that I think really screams Californian… probably because she lives there. (And I’m totally jealous of her weather! :) She makes everything from clutches to adorable dresses. And you need to check out this fab boy’s shirt tutorial. Now pop on over to her blog to see this lovely hexie clip!

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The giveaway is ending tonight, so make sure you enter if you haven’t yet!


Straight Lines and Angles Day 9 – Max California and Sew Like My Mom

Today is the last day of voting for my Project Run and Play “sharp as a shark” look! If you haven’t voted, would you take a second and vote for me here?

I can’t tell you how rad today’s guests are. If you don’t know Max California, well you need to. She has crazy awesome style, and I love how fun her clothes are! Plus, she’s a Project Run and Play winner, so I obviously need to take notes. I absolutely LOVE the look she came up with for her daughter. Head over to her blog and check it out.


Melissa at Sew Like My Mom and I live practically the same life… she has four kids that are almost the same ages as mine. So basically she understands my crazy. But she does it all while being an amazing pattern designer. She sews the cutest garments for her daughters and her son. Plus, she’s hilarious. Check out the aDORable dress she made over on her blog.

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Make sure you enter the giveaway and vote for my shark look ;)



Straight Lines and Angles Day 8 – Kitschy Coo and RaeGun Ramblings

Thank you so much to everyone who had so many kind things to say about my Project Run and Play look yesterday! And to everyone who voted! It means so much to me. And it’s not too late if you haven’t voted yet :) Go here to vote for my shark look!

Our first guest for Straight Lines and Angles today is pretty much is the wonder woman of knit sewing. (If you didn’t click on that link, you need to. Seriously. Do it.) Amanda from Kitschy Coo is an outstanding pattern designer and sells some of the coolest knit prints you’ve ever seen. And when you head over to her blog to see the dress she made for her daughter, you’ll see the crazy talent I’m talking about here!

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The next guest today is Marissa of Raegun Ramblings, who is a new mama to a ridiculously adorable baby boy! She sews fabulous outfits for her nieces (and now her little man too!), sells the coolest baby clothes and costumes and things in her shop, and is the go-to source for new reading material! I just love the sweet outfit she made for her son – head over to her blog to check it out (because, BABY CHEEKS!)

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Don’t forget to enter the giveaway and vote for me at Project Run and Play!


Sharp as a Shark – Project Run and Play week one

Friends! Today is the day! Project Run and Play season 9 is starting today! (let’s just pause a moment while I squeal a little and try to catch my breath!)

The theme for week one is “Put me in the zoo” – looks inspired by animals. I pretty much knew immediately that my inspiration animal would be a shark.

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I’m not going to lie – I love every.single.thing. about this look.


My goal with this outfit was to have pieces that were very wearable and that could be worn separately. I also didn’t want to be super obvious with my inspiration. The hood of the jacket, of course, is the most obvious – shark’s teeth! – but there are hints of inspiration throughout the whole look.

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Boy looks are all about the details – especially if you aren’t using a lot of prints.


Since we’re right in the middle of the Straight Lines and Angles series, I had the geometric trend on the brain. So I used some iron-on vinyl to add these triangles. They also reminded me of fins or shark’s teeth.


The jacket is made from a black denim that has some stretch. I based the jacket very loosely off of the shape of a raincoat we have in our house. There are a lot of pieces in this jacket, and a lot of seams. It was definitely a labor of love!


The jacket is fully lined, and because of the stretch in the denim, I cut the lining on the bias, matching the stripes to match the lines of the fins.. or the waves. Or both. The pockets are set in the front seams, and peak out just a little.

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I love the contrast of the front zip.


Speaking of zippers. How pretty is this zipper fly?? So pretty. After my last zipper fly (or should I say my only other zipper fly!), I might be addicted to making them. My pants are never going to be the same!


The pants were drafted from a pair of ready-to-wear pants, with a lot of changes in the fit and style. The grey twill is super comfy, and I love how it looks with the red piping and top stitching. There also seemed to be something fitting about using red with a shark look…. am I right??

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In addition to the zipper fly, the pants have an elastic back waist, inset front pockets (with a super fun whale print, just because I could!), and back patch pockets (some of those aforementioned details!)


The tee is made of a super stretchy and comfy knit, self-drafted to be more fitted and with longer short sleeves, because I love that 70s T-shirt look.


Funny photo shoot story: I took the kids to a park on Lake Michigan to play and take pictures (because you have to take shark inspired pictures by the water, obviously!) I wish someone was taking pictures of me, because I’m sure it was hilarious. Picture me with a baby strapped to my chest, chasing my two-year-old out of the water, all while taking pictures. Sounds fun, right? :)


It was a little bit, actually :) He really loves this outfit, and he had no problem running and playing on the beach (well, as much as you can do in 40F weather). And I really love this look too. It really is exactly what I wanted it to be!


Okay, now run – don’t walk – over to the Project Run and Play blog to vote for my look!
Please and thank you :)


Fabric sources:

grey twill/black stretch denim: JoAnn Fabrics
blue and white stripes: thrifted
white knit: JoAnn Fabrics
ribbing: upcycled

Straight Lines and Angles day 6 – You and Mie and Welcome to the Mouse House

Happy Monday, friends! Are you ready for more lines and angles? I just love this geometric trend so much! Today’s guests have two super fun looks to share.

Cherie from You & Mie is someone whose aesthetic I can recognize as soon as I see a picture. She is a wonder with knits and whether she is working in prints or solids, I always love her color palettes and fabric choices. I also adore her Japanese sewing book series! Head over to her blog and see this super lovely skirt she made for her daughter.

Angles Colorblock Skirt

Haley from Welcome to the Mouse House is kind of a jack of all trades. She designs and sells fabulous patterns for women and girls, she clearly got the decorating gene, and she sews adorable dresses (this one is one of my faves). You will love the FUN look she created for her daughter!

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The giveaway
 is still open this week, so if you haven’t entered, there’s still time!


Straight Lines and Angles Day 5 – Sew Fearless and Crafterhours

This week’s guests for Straight Lines and Angles have been absolutely fantastic, and today’s two guests are wrapping up week one with a bang.

The girls at Crafterhours are brimming with talent. They both live in the oh-so-foreign to me world of girls, so their blog sees a lot more gathers than mine does. Between the two of them, they design and sell patterns and I spy quilt kits, sew crazy awesome dresses and skirts, and are, well, hilarious. Speaking of skirts, make sure you pop over to their blog to check out yet another fabulous one!




Jodi at Sew Fearless is basically my blogging bestie. Or my life coach. Or who I want to be when I grow up. Except she’s younger than me. ;) She’s a mama to five (and she does it with amazing amounts of grace, so I’m pretty sure she’s supermom), a killer pattern designer, and has an impressive knack for bags and purses. Plus, I love how she’s embracing her own challenge to sew herself pants this year! I love LOVE the tank she sewed for herself, so head over to her blog and see all the details.


The geometric goodness continues next week! And the giveaway is still open, so make sure you enter.

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