On My Desk …


… alright, it’s my kitchen counter, but let’s not get picky. This stack of darling fabric will soon be a stack of darling aprons, three to be exact. They will be the samples for the Home, Family, and Personal Enrichment class I will be teaching at the end of February. It’s almost midnight and I have everything cut out. I am sorely tempted to go switch on the sewing machine. If only it wasn’t in my bedroom where my sweet hubby is sleeping … if only my kids would sleep later than 6:30am … if only I didn’t need sleep … *sigh*

P.S. Do you like my new header? It is the first of many improvements coming to this blog. Stay tuned!


The Christmas Dress Debut … better late than never.


On Christmas Sunday her brother threw up all over her, only 15 minutes into our church service. Five days later she came down with RSV. Four weeks later I finally got some pictures of our baby girl in her Christmas dress. We won’t even talk about getting a picture of the two together. OK, we will talk about it. It didn’t happen. At least I am not killing a tradition. It didn’t happen last year either. Now we’ll stop talking.


Leg Warmer Tutorial


Don’t even get me started on how cute I think leg warmers are. Alright, the picture above is totally irrelevant, but I figured I would post it for a brief flashback moment. Those are not the leg warmers you will be making. Gather your supplies and enjoy making some adorable non–80s leg warmers for your munchkin.


What you will need:

  • One pair of women’s knee high socks
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Self-healing cutting mat (optional)
  • sewing machine
  • matching thread


1. Begin by laying each sock flat and straight on the mat. Cut each sock just above the heal.

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2. Take a picture of your children who are saying, “cheese” over and over again because if the camera is out it must be to take pictures of them, right?


3. Cut just below the heal on each sock. Make sure that your cut creates a 90 degree angle with the foot of the sock. By doing this, you are removing the heel flap, heel turn, and gusset.


4. You have the foot and toe left. Lay the sock flat so that the bottom of the sock (the part that would be on the bottom of your foot) is on the mat. Cut the toe off the foot (wow, that sounds gory).


5. Now all that is left is the foot, which is a rectangle shape. Cut a straight line length-wise along the rectangle, I followed the crease that was already in the sock. Unfold it and take inventory of what you have to work with now. You have two long tubes which will be the leg warmer itself. The two rectangles that you created will be the cuffs of the leg warmers. Time to move to the sewing machine!

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6. With right sides together sew the sock foot back together, exactly where you just cut it. I know what you are thinking. Why did I have you cut it in the first place? We are creating the cuff that will be at the munchkin’s ankle. This step is allowing it to be small enough that it won’t slide off her feet. Saavy? Straight stitch a 1/2 inch seam and then zigzag stitch the edge to reinforce the seam.


7. Fold the foot in half with wrong sides together and match the seam. You now have a cuff.


8. Take one of the long tubes and tuck it inside the cuff with right sides together and matching raw edges.

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9. Sew the cuff and tube together using a 1/2 inch seam. Again, zigzag stitch the edge to reinforce. Repeat steps 6-9 with second leg warmer.


10.Unfold both cuffs and TADA! You have a pair of adorable leg warmers for your munchkin.


This being my first tutorial please let me know if there is anything that I can explain more clearly or if there are any errors. Also, what’s your vote … should the pictures be above or below their accompanying text? And finally, if you make some of these, let me know. I would love to see some finished products!

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Aprons Galore

6a00d8341c51ba53ef00e5507b10198834-800wiThe Home, Family, and Personal Enrichment Committee asked me to teach a sewing class in February. Aprons will be the subject of the day. In my quest for a specific apron pattern I found a plethora of other adorable ideas! Maybe I should start an Apron-a-Month Club. Take a look at all these splendid tutorials:

Napkin Apron

the gathering apron

sassy apron

craft apron tutorial

ruffle apron (pictured above)

one yard half apron tutorial

crafty tool belt tutorial

lined apron tutorial

thirty handmade days has several apron tutorials here and here

What are you waiting for? Start sewing those aprons!

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... to a special princess who is turning 1! Happy birthday, Kylie!