Kids can sew owl softies!

My Monday class girls chose this cute owl softie from the book Sewing for Children to make this past week and they turned out so, so cute! I didn't manage to get a photo of my students' finished projects, but I did get some of the owls my kids and I made, after the fact. 

Here's mine. Because who wouldn't want to sew along while teaching this class, right?? I made mine a feathered headband. Should I call him Woodstock? Is it even ok for a bird to wear feathers??

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My girls almost always join in on sewing class, but my son tends to wait until after class to make the projects that appeal to him (just too many girls, I guess) and he cut his out and sewed it almost all on his own! And whenever one machine became unthreaded he would just switch to a different one, lol. Sewing is a good skill for boys to have too. 

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In the book this is a hand sewn project, but we did ours by machine. 

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We've made several things from this book over the years. It was one of the first kids' sewing books we got, long before I started teaching sewing. My kids were able to make many of the items without help when they were younger! I'd call this one worth buying. 

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How to Make Cute Felt Peeps

Natalie and I love making hair accessories for her ballet class. I have made some super cute bun nets in the past, but I didn't have that kind of time before Easter! So instead, we decided on some kind of clips and thought these Peeps bunnies would be super cute. 

 Felt Peeps tutorial

Felt Peeps tutorial

We spent some time before dance on Friday making them and they were so much fun, pretty fast and easy, and the girls all loved them when she handed them out at ballet that night. We remembered to take some photos along the way so we could share the how-to here with you. 

 Peeps hair clips

Peeps hair clips

This is a great project to do with kids. Natalie did the tracing and cutting, I did the sewing, we tag teamed the gluing. 

Without further ado, here is the free pattern and instructions! Just click and save, then print. 

 Felt peeps hair clip tutorial

Felt peeps hair clip tutorial

Here are some photos of the steps, in case you need more of a visual. 

 felt peeps, free pattern

felt peeps, free pattern

 felt peeps tutorial

felt peeps tutorial

 felt peeps pattern

felt peeps pattern

 felt Peeps hair clip tutorial

felt Peeps hair clip tutorial

 felt Peeps hair clip tutorial

felt Peeps hair clip tutorial

 felt Peeps hair clip tutorial

felt Peeps hair clip tutorial

The key to making the hair clips secure is that felt rectangle hot glued over the inside of the clip! You won't have detaching clips if you do it this way. I'd do the same thing if attaching a safety pin or anything else to the back instead. 

Natalie put the clips in an Easter basket to deliver them! Such a fun little project. If you make some, I'd love to see :)

 felt peeps, free pattern

felt peeps, free pattern

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Sewn Valentines

Happy Valentines Day! We had a couple Valentine themed sewing classes this past weekend and even though my Valentine is two oceans away, I still love getting in the spirit! 

I always plan two projects for my three hour classes, one more time consuming one and one for the extra time we may have. I thought sewing felt hearts onto actual paper cards would be fun for our extra time project and my students really got into it! 

Here are some samples I made:

 Sewn Valentines

Sewn Valentines

I had some heart patterns from our bigger project and I also got a few stamp phrases and ink pads out for them to use, plus a couple letter sets so they could make their own words. 

All the girls got so creative with these! 

Our main project for this class, though was Valentines zipper pouches, using this tutorial on The Polka-Dot Chair.  Zippers and boxed corners were new techniques for them and they did such a great job! 

Notice both Leah's headband and her t-shirt tassel on her pouch, both things she made using our YouTube video tutorials! Aw :) 

These were a really fun project and I always love how differently everyone's turns out! Kids are so creative. 

Cheers and Happy Sewing! :)

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Soft Headband Tutorial

Our newest video tutorial is up! Layla and I are going to show you how to make soft headbands in any size.

 How to Sew a Soft Headband

We hope you're enjoying these tutorials and if so, that you'll subscribe to our channel and share with your sewing friends. Part of the reason we started the Pin, Cut, Sew YouTube channel is because there just isn't a whole lot out there specifically directed at kids who want to sew. I know many of my local sewing students have been watching our videos and trying the ideas, so that alone makes the effort worth it! But these tutorials are also good for adults, I really try to span the ages :) 

Enjoy! 

My girls are really loving these and they're sooo easy. I hope if you make some, you'll show me by commenting here or on YouTube or tagging me on Instagram! I would truly love to see. 

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DIY t-shirt tassel tutorial

A new tutorial is up on the Pin, Cut, Sew YouTube channel and this one contains plenty of family antics as I teach my girls to make cute tassels with their old t-shirts. Tune in and please subscribe to our channel!! I'm discovering there is a whole world of sewing vloggers out there that I didn't even know about! I plan to create a blog post about some of my favorites in the near future. Until then, enjoy making some t-shirt tassels and then tell me, which kinds of sewing projects would you like to see a video tutorial of? 

Cheers and happy sewing! :)

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Pig Neck Pillow * Free Templates

I finished a great month of sewing classes today. This month's theme was softies! Our first week's projects was these awesome pig neck pillows. I saw this idea on Pinterest, but it didn't link to a tutorial or anything related to the neck pillow, actually, so I drew the pieces myself and thought I'd share them here for you. 

This isn't really a tutorial because I didn't have the foresight to take photos as I was making the sample (bad blogger, I'm sorry!) but basically, this is what you do: 
 

  1. Go over to The Crafter Gemini Creates and snag her fab neck pillow pattern and watch the tutorial if you need to. I tried several kids neck pillow patterns and this one is the best! Once you have the pattern, cut it out of your pink prints. 
  2. Print my free pig part template below (just right click and save, then you can print) and cut those out of the right colors of fleece (or felt works too, but is not as soft on the neck as fleece). 
  3. Stitch the face pieces in place on one neck pillow piece. Assemble the ears and baste those onto the top where you want them (facing down so that they'll poke up when you turn it right side out. 
  4. Stitch the front and back together, right sides together, leaving an opening for turning. Clip inner curves to stitching.
  5. Turn, stuff and hand sew your opening closed. 

There are my super lame-o picture-less instructions. Note to self, always photograph the process ;) 

 Free Pig Neck Pillow Pattern by Pin, cut, Sew Studio

Free Pig Neck Pillow Pattern by Pin, cut, Sew Studio

My students really enjoyed making these pillows! I think they would make great gifts and you could really get creative with different animals or funny monsters. 

I hope you can make use of this idea! If you do, I'd love to see it, especially if you make some with the kiddos in your life. 

Cheers and happy sewing!

Nikki

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Crochet Ballerina Bun Nets

Natalie is a dancer. She takes ballet, jazz and acrobatics at a local studio (amaaaaazing studio, I might add) and while they wear uniforms for class, they are allowed to get creative with their buns and bun accessories. Recently one of her friends there gave each of her classmates some cute bun nets that match their leotards. When Natalie's came apart, though, I grabbed a crochet hook and fixed it, which made me realize it would be totally easy to make more. 

So, I looked up some patterns and made one up. Then I decided it would be relatively easy for Natalie to make them herself. I'll be honest, the night she really wanted to learn, while Layla was in her ballet class, I did not feel like teaching her. I selfishly wanted to sit and read a book or chat with my friend. But, I taught her anyway (moral of the story at the end of this post!) and she took to it so quickly! By now, she's memorized the pattern and has gotten really creative with stripes, beads and funky yarns and has taken requests from other dancers in her class! 

The pattern we landed on is this one. I tried a few others that did not make sense or did not work out, but this one is stellar and easy. 

We really want to make fun holiday ones especially these pumpkin ones

 Photo belongs to Jessie Plaskett

Photo belongs to Jessie Plaskett

And these Minnie Mouse ones are sooooo cute!!!

 Photo belongs to Lulubebeblu

Photo belongs to Lulubebeblu

I'll admit, when I first became a dance mom, I was truly terrible at the bun thing. Doing hair has never been my speciality and I've never really had a lot of patience to try intricate hairstyles on my girls. But, I must say, I have improved immensely and can now do some pretty cool things on dance days, partly thanks to Natalie subtly hinting that I should watch a few tutorials on Cute Girls Hairstyles. We tried this one today and it actually was easy. looked super cute and kept her bangs held back during ballet. We turned it into a bun, but it will be perfect for ballet and acro days when she needs to switch from bun to pony and still keep her bangs back! 

So, the moral of my initial story: I didn't want to teach Natalie to crochet that night. I was tired, I was coming off a full week of sewing camp and for some reason felt I deserved not to be required to give and serve any more that day. But, I was reminded that God requires me to pour out in faithfulness, even when I think my jug is empty. Just pour, keep serving, and as you pour, He will provide the energy, the joy, the substance, whatever you need, as He provided the wine for the wedding at Cana. (This analogy is one that was written about on the Femina Girls blog several years ago. I can't find the post now, but I have thought of the lesson often). 

Cheers :)

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