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15 Sewing Projects to Help You Get Organized!

Happy New Year! I love when things start fresh… new years, new seasons, new school years, new notebooks. As we’re starting 2017, I’m doing a huge purge of my house. We moved into our new (old) home last February, and in that time I’m realizing all the stuff that we don’t need – or want – encroaching on our space. I’m also looking for pretty and functional ways to organize the things we do have. So today I’m sharing 15 sewing projects that will help you get organized!15-sewing-projects-to-help-you-get-organized

Floor cushion with hidden storage

This floor cushion was an easy way for us to store stuffed animals and other soft items when we needed to corral them. We’ve simplified the stuffed animals collection, so I think we’ll repurpose this one for blanket storage this year.

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Nesting Baskets

I was eyeing up some fabric baskets at the store the other day, when I realized I’d rather have handmade ones! These from Jess at The Sewing Rabbit have a free pattern, so I’m going to use some of these to corral toys and baby blankets.

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Puzzle envelopes

I love these puzzle envelopes from my friend Jodi at Sew Fearless, and I think they’d work great for organizing some of our homeschool supplies.

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Essential oil travel case

I need to make a few more of these essential oil travel cases, because one just isn’t enough for the oils I want to carry with me out of the house!

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Zipper pouch

This is my current favorite type of zipper pouch to make and use. I’m finding them so handy that I need at least two more.

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Rolled camp kitchen

I’m not a big fan of junk drawers, but I need a place to put miscellany – items that don’t seem to have a home, but should. I think this rolled camp kitchen from Sabra at Sew a Straight Line would be great for hanging in the closet and collecting those items.

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Trading Card carrier

I made this carrier for my boys’ football cards last year, but I think I need to make a similar one to hold playing cards and other little card games. It would make it super easy to grab when I know we’re going to need a distraction at an appointment or when we’re headed away for the weekend.

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Fabric Tray

I hate how dresser and table tops are stuff collectors! I want to make a couple of these fabric trays from Anna at Noodlehead for our night stands and other places that seem to collect all.the.things.

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Clothespin Bag

This clothespin bag from Melissa at Melly Sews is the perfect solution for housing plastic grocery bags in our basement by the laundry!

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Simple tote bag

A lot of our reusable grocery bags have gotten dingy and just need to be tossed. I’m going to sew up a few more of these tote bags to replace them!

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Gym bag

New year must mean new health resolutions, right?? Everyone and their mom is heading to the gym. This baby weight isn’t just going to melt away. ;) I love this gym bag from my friend Melissa at Sew Like My Mom!

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Bedside pocket organizer

My boys love to take books to bed, and I think this bedside pocket organizer from Sew Can She will help keep them from becoming a giant pile next to their beds!

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Wet Bag

I need to make a larger version of this wet bag. I still use this one in my diaper bag (SO handy to have, along with this changing mat!), but my large wet bag has seen better days and needs replacing.

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Vinyl Lego Organizer

Any other moms have a love-hate relationship with Legos?? Okay really, we love Legos in our house. They provide my boys with hours of creative play. But organizing them… YIKES. I love this vinyl lego organizer from Emily at Nap-time Creations, and I think it could be a great solution!

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Crochet hook case

Okay, so I don’t actually crochet (ha!), but my mom recently taught my oldest how to knit, and my knitting needles aren’t very accessible. I want to make a case like this one from my friend Delia at Delia Creates to put all the needles, so he can get to the ones he needs on his own, without me digging through a bin in the basement!

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Here’s to getting organized in 2017! Happy sewing!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ruffled Tulle Easter Card from See Kate Sew

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

Fabric Easter Eggs from Peek-a-boo Patterns

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Sweet Floppy Bunny (free pattern) from The Sewing Loft

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Fabric Carrots from Craftiness is not Optional

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

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Make Your Own Petticoat from Sew Fearless

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Easter Basket from Melly Sews

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 Ruffle-y JCrew-y Dress from KoJo Designs

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Little Lamb Pillows from Purl Soho

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

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Easter Basket Lining from Delia Creates

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10 Minute Tie from Shwin & Shwin

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The 90 Minute Dress from Simple Simon & Co

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Baby Cardigan Onesie from Feathers Flights

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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