I Sew Love This

I adore when other bloggers share things they find and love; things they’ve found interesting or noteworthy. New tutorials, free patterns, great article, fun inspiration. So I’m starting a new tradition here, called I Sew Love This, where I’ll be sharing things I love from around the internet. I imagine they will be mostly sewing related, but I reserve the right to share anything I find that I love. ;)

i sew love this - on if only they would napCrafterhours shares a coupon code for a pattern every Friday, giving you a chance to buy it for only $5! Today’s Friday Fiver is the Soleil Dress from Baste + Gather. It’s super adorable, and only $5! Who doesn’t love that?


If you’re going to make pants, you want to make them as professional looking as you can. These tips for sewing professional looking pants from Handmade Boy for Peekaboo Pattern Shop are fantastic, and a must-read, especially if you’re new to sewing pants.


This is a great round-up of $10 DIY Gifts from Andrea’s Notebook. Handmade gifts can still be meaningful and look great, without breaking the bank. (Also, you may see one of my tutorials in here!)10-dollar-gifts

My girl Melissa from Sew Like My Mom has this fabulous free pattern for Ginger Shorties in sizes 12m-8. Perfect for sewing up for under all those play dresses for back-to-school.


Speaking of back-to-school, Stacey at Boy, Oh Boy has a fantastic collection of Free Back-t0-School Patterns and Tutorials. So if you’ve spent all your money on school supplies and fabric, no fear! You can still sew the clothes your kiddos need.

Back-to-School Sewing Patterns

And for some inspiration, I love this Alice Dress sewn by Mie at Sewing Like Mad! Such a beautiful fabric, and it could easily transition from summer to fall.Alice--2

What are you loving?? Share a link in the comments!

Happy 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.

15 Quick Easter Sewing Tutorials  If Only They Would Nap

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! :)

Easter Sewing Inspiration [for the procrastinator]

I’ll admit it. I’m already going through sewing withdrawal!

But since I haven’t quite figured out how to fit sewing into the new baby schedule [read: what schedule?!] I thought I’d snag some inspiration and ideas for those of you who can sew right now. Especially for those of you who, like I always do, have procrastinated and need to do some quick pre-Easter sewing!

Need an Easter dress for a little girl? I’m loving the new Sunshine Dress from Shwin Designs.

sunshine-dress-coverHow adorable are these Easter finger puppets from The Sewing Loft?

finger-puppet-small-collageI so wish I had time to whip up some Basic Blazers [Click here to view more details] for my boys!

basicblazer-11You can never go wrong with bunny ears – check out this super fun tutorial from Sew Chibi!DSC_0489

What have you been sewing for Easter? Let me sew vicariously through you!

[and p.s. please show some love and pin from the original sources!]

Boys Will be Boys: The End.

What a fun week! I hope you enjoyed our Boys Will be Boys, so Handmake Their Toys series!


Stacey and I had a lot of fun putting it all together. But I have to admit… I’m exhausted! At least now I have some Christmas presents finished, though, and didn’t wait until the very last minute. Well, some of them are finished…

In case you missed any of the tutorials, here’s a wrap up of all of them.

handmade boy gift wrap-up

Starting at the Top:

  1. Baby Shoes Free Pattern and Tutorial
  2. DIY Color Your Own T-Shirt
  3. Fabric Dominoes Game
  4. Police Softies
  5. Cloth Light Sabers
  6. Superhero Hand Warmers
  7. Monster Art Carrier
  8. Magnetic Hangman
  9. Name Bean Bags
  10. Pokemon Card Pouch
  11. Silly Mustaches

Thanks so much for following along with us. I’ll be drawing winners for all the giveaways tonight, so make sure you enter if you haven’t already!

Click here to see Year Two of our Handmade Gifts for Boys series!


An Exciting Announcement – A Christmas Gift Series for BOYS!

I am so incredibly excited to announce a super fun series that will be happening right on this very blog in just a couple of weeks.

Stacey of Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy [another fellow boy-mom of three!] and I are teaming up to bring you …

We will be bringing you tutorials, giveaways, and roundups with handmade gift goodness, all boy related! I can’t wait to share with you all that we have planned! There will be posts each day here on If Only They Would Nap, plus over at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy. So if you don’t already, make sure you follow Stacey’s blog too. That way, you won’t miss a single post.

So, mark your calendars for Monday, December 3rd, where our week of little boy handmade gift fun begins! Because the blog-world needs more boy-related tutorials and projects, don’t you think? [Yes… the answer is yes.]

And did you see we’re having giveaways? Oh yes, we are giving away fabric, patterns, and toys. You won’t want to miss these.

In the meantime, check out our Pinterest board of Boy Gift Ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Stacey and I are both pinning tutorials and ideas that we find that you could make for the little boys in your life.

I can’t wait!

**** You can find links to all the posts right here! ****

Day One:

monster art carrier tutorial

Monster Art Carrier Tutorial

Day Two:

light sabers tutorial

Cloth Light Saber Tutorial

Day Three:

fabric dominoes tutorial

Fabric Matching Dominoes Game Tutorial

Day Four:

baby shoes tutorial

Soft Soled Baby Shoes Tutorial and Free Pattern

Day Five:

name bean bags tutorial

Name Bean Bags Tutorial

mustaches tutorial

Silly Mustaches Tutorial