A Tie for the oldest


This guy has all but disappeared from the blog.  At not quite fifteen he is almost as tall as his dad and totally too cool for mama made.  When he asked for a tie to match his sisters I was all over it!


I used Purl Soho’s FREE Father’s Day Tie pattern for my initiation into tie making.  It was a simple to follow tutorial and a fairly quick project.  I used some lovely Cotton and Steel Les Fleurs quilting cotton.  The option to use quilting cotton for ties makes the possibilities endless!  I’m so excited to make more- ikat, florals, stripes…eek!


My woven clothing labels made a perfect keeper loop!

In the future, he’s requested skinnier ties.  I will definitely trim the tail end skinnier too.  I used my machine to attach the lining pieces but next time I’m hoping to hand sew them per the instructions.  Overall though, I’m strangely proud of this make.  I’ve for sure made more difficult projects but I loved the new techniques and fresh possibilities this opened for both me and my son.  He’s on the high school soccer team and they all wear Sunday best to school the days of home games.  His dressy wardrobe needs a little sprucing up with the extra wear!  Challenge accepted 😉


This is his, “Mom, you promised no photo shoots if you made me something” look.  I just couldn’t help grabbing these early morning shots before he headed to school!  He’s not as easily bribed with a piece of chocolate like his siblings 😉

Raspberry Creek Club Fabrics


So friends are great, right? Then friends that have a fabric store in their basement are even better.  The moment I met Diana I knew we’d be great friends.  We have kids the same ages, she is amazingly talented in so many ways, and we shared a love of sewing that you just don’t find much these days. I’m so excited to get to work for her a little bit and to help spread the word about her next adventure- her custom knit line, Club Fabrics.

I had so much fun sewing up strike offs and trying to include all my kids, because of course they love the fabric as much as I do!


Little Charlie loved his Me Matey Muscle tank by Patterns for Pirates.  He thought it showcased his huge biceps, I thought it showcased his beautiful farmer tan (wink, wink).  The fabric is 95% cotton, 5% spandex, so it’s so soft and has excellent recovery, perfect for just about everything but especially nice on sweet toddler skin.

IMG_7646I whipped up the free Slouchy Beanie Hat from Heidi and Finn and all the kids were fighting to get their hands on it.  I think the boys will end up sharing it, unless Charlie hides it and keeps it for himself.

Tanner has been begging me to recreate his favorite t-shirt he got for back to school.  I was nervous as heck to sew for him, teenagers are pickyyyyy!  We both are so happy with the final tee though and he’s even asked for a few more. Phew!


Not too shabby, right?!  I used Jalie’s Men’s and Boy’s t-shirt pattern and I’m excited to have it in my pattern stash.  One pattern that fits my toddler and my hubby?! That’s a winner for sure!

Club fabrics are now in the shop.  All but the floral are ready to ship!  We just learned that the floral will be available in french terry, too! Floral french terry?!!! Swoon!!! And if french terry is what you’re looking for Raspberry Creek Fabrics is THE place to be.