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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Sock Monkey Tutorial!

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I feel like I haven't checked in here in a little while, but things are really ramping up for us as our move approaches. We are an Army family, in case you didn't know that, and we are moving from Hawaii to Utah. Our movers come in 34 days, eek! We have about six weeks left on this beautiful island, but we know that Utah has just as much beauty and adventure.

So, we're currently attempting to buy a house from about 3,000 miles away. If you have bought a house site unseen, please share your positive experiences in the comments. If you have negative experiences, though, I'd probably rather not hear those, hahahaha!

I held my last sewing classes here last week and that was a sad bit of closure for me. I've loved teaching sewing here so much and will miss my students a ton. I'm so happy to have passed the sewing bug on to so many kids, though, and I can't wait to meet the students I'll have in Utah. Oh, our house, God willing, will have space for a sewing studio so that I no longer have to set up sewing camp in our dining room and pretty much take over the house every time. I can't wait for that! I hope to set up a great space to film videos for the YouTube channel too!

So, on to the new video! Oh my goodness, this might be my favorite video so far because these are so darn cute and cuddly. Target has so many adorable socks in the kids aisle (anyone find the Cat & Jack line just the best thing ever??) I think we will make lots of these for gifts in the future. We've already had requests.

Enjoy the tutorial! Pretty please, if you make one, show me! Tag me on Instagram @pincutsew or email me pics or something! I love to see. After you watch, be sure and come back here for some sock links and more photos!

After making that video, we went to Target that very day to buy socks for more monkeys. Kelby's turned out super cute! If you need some sock inspo, these, these or these (oh my gosh, the watermelons) would be so fun! Keep in mind when you choose socks, it will be upside down in the legs and body, so don’t choose something with a directional print.

We're still working on Natalie's, but it's going to be equally adorable. 

Layla named hers Stitches and she's been pretty much a permanent fixture in her hands since we made her :) 

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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:

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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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How to Sew a Baby Bib: a beginner friendly tutorial, with FREE pattern!

Baby bibs make the best little quick-to-sew projects! Whether you’re making some for your own babies or grandbabies, or need a fun project for a baby shower, I promise you, these bibs will fit the bill. I like to make them in sets of three by choosing three coordinating fabrics and switching up the fronts and backs!

This tutorial is totally beginner friendly. Even kids can sew these up. Scroll down for the video, then scroll some more for the links to the tools I recommended in the tutorial. Then scroll down a bit more for the free downloadable baby bib pattern.

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I've been making these for many years, I'm pretty sure I traced a baby bib I had at the time for this pattern (my youngest is 11!) They make great little gifts and they're so easy! A few links to supplies I refer to in the video (these are affiliate links and while I wasn't paid to recommend them, I truly love and use these items and do earn a small percentage should you purchase them through these links). 

Wonder Clips! These are awesome, I use them all the time, wish I'd had them sooner. 

The Babyville snap plyers

And the snaps. These come in all kinds of great colors, but also in white. 

You’ll also need fabrics, of course! You can use fat quarters for bibs, but if you’re buying yardage, go with half yard cuts. You’ll also need some plain flannel, or something absorbent to go inside.

So, without further ado, here's the video tutorial! Enjoy :) 

And now you need the pattern, or course! Just fill out the form below to get your free pattern. When you’re done, check your email for the download link.

If you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, be sure and check out my more recent video on how to make Baby Hats three different ways! If you can think of other baby items you'd like to see video tutorials on, will you let me know in the comments? And if you make some bibs using this pattern, I'd love to see them! Find me and tag me on Instagram @pincutsew . Cheers!

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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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Sewing is for boys too!

I had the pleasure of having a pair of brothers in my Christmas stocking sewing class last week! This isn't the first time I've had boys and of course I've taught my own son too and every so often we plan a class that Kelby really wants to join in on, like the emoji pillows (click here for my free templates for those!) . He made several of those, he loved it! We also designed a Minecraft Creeper pillow for the only boy in one class. I should really do a tutorial on that. 

These boys chose some great hunting fabrics for their stockings and they turned out so cool! 

While we were sewing, their mom mentioned something about there not being a lot out there to inspire boys to sew, so I set out to hunt some resources down! I had recently discovered the Man Sewing YouTube channel, so I promptly told her about that. Here's an example of some of the cool stuff he teaches you how to make: 

Beyond that, I really couldn't find much at all geared toward boys and sewing!! Plenty out there for women to sew for their boys, but that's not what we want this time. I guess I need to get cracking on that Creeper Pillow tutorial! 

But, I still want to help, so I'll tell you some of the things Kelby has enjoyed sewing or would like to sew. 

First up, he loves his handmade pillow cases and really likes picking out fun fabrics and even made one himself. 

These are especially fun for boys if you check out all the awesome licensed prints out there, like these Star Wars fabrics at JoAnn! Casey actually has one I made him from this print (that's right, I make my husband cool pillow cases and allow them on our bed): 

One time we used an old t-shirt of Casey's and Kelby and I collaborated on a little t-shirt tote bag for him. He loves it and calls it his gamer bag because the shirt had a bunch of gaming controllers on it. Here he is working on it. I can't find the finished project photo, darnit!

Boys also like these name buntings. They are so customizable if you just change up the fabrics. I had a boy at class who chose an Army fabric for his and it turned out super cool. 

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And here's Kelby's out of that same Star Wars fabric!

There are endless things for boys to sew if they think outside what the fabrics in the tutorials and patterns may be geared toward. Drawstring bags from cool t-shirts, blankets from Superhero prints, wallets, tote bags, dress-up capes, Harry Potter scarves, pajama pants, and of course, they could make gifts for all the ladies in their lives ;) 

I'll leave you with the precious video that had me in tears! I love it so much. 

Cheers and Happy Sewing! 

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Sewing Doll Clothes With Commercial Patterns

Well hellloooo and how are you? I make no excuses for absence because my busyness has been very much sewing related! I'm working on photos to show you of the costumes I worked on for the dance production, so stay tuned. The show is amazing, by the way! If you're local, you should go see Creation this weekend! 

Anywho. Last weekend, my son started golf lessons so the girls and I took advantage of the girl time to pull out some doll clothes patterns and sew! This was their first time using real patterns, so they were excited. 

They chose a fun romper pattern and they turned out super cute. 

I have so much fun sewing with them and I have a couple tips to share if you have trouble getting up the courage to sew with your kids. First, be patient!! Sewing with kids requires a lot of patience. If you get frustrated with them, it really sucks the fun out of it for everyone. Sometimes it's hard to get in the mood to sew with kids. It qualifies as what we in the sewing community call "unselfish sewing", but it's always fun and rewarding once you get started. I find it really helps if we set aside a time with a specific project planned. I love to sew with my kids when we have planned on doing it, but don't love dropping everything when they feel like sewing on a whim. This realization has helped us a ton. Second, if they're struggling with a part, offer to do it for them. Yep, I said it. Don't get so caught up in it being a "sewing lesson" that you make them do it all themselves, even if they're frustrated. They'll get there, and will be able to do more and more on their own each time. 

Back to doll clothes! I love the Big 4 pattern companies for doll clothes patterns. They go on sale for so little money and come with so many great little pieces on each pattern. For these rompers we used Simplicity 8191. 

Simplicity's American Girl line has soooo many cute choices. We also have this one, which is in Natalie's to-sew pile: 

Today we were at Target and the girls spotted this Our Generation sewing set in the doll aisle. Oh my goodness, I LOVE it! I wish there were a good reason for me to buy it for myself, ha! (affiliate link). 

Are you sewing any doll clothes for Christmas stockings?? 

 

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DIY Emoji Pillow, Free Templates

It's been about a month since I had an emoji pillow sewing class for kids and my own emoji pillow is sitting on my bed, making me laugh on a daily basis, so I thought it would be a shame not to share the templates I made for the class so you can make your own! 

I'm pretty sure this is what expression is in my mind, if not on my face, most of the time these days. 

This is not an official tutorial, but I'll give you the basics. I made a circular pattern that was 15" in diameter, using the old string taped to a pencil method. Then, we cut and arranged all our pieces and appliqued them on with a zig-zag stitch. We didn't use any fusible web or anything, but a regular old glue stick can help the pieces stay in place a little better than pins can. I use this trick a lot in my kids' classes! 

Here are the templates we drew! With any luck, you should be able to right click, save and print. They're not perfectly drawn, hence the free price tag, ha! 

Of course there are many more emojis you could make! We freehanded several other pieces, but these are the most common. 

I didn't manage to take many photos during this class (things get crazy!) but here are a few pics of my students working on their pillows. 

Kelby got in on the fun this class. It's my "policy" to always allow my own kids to sew with my classes if they want to, even if I'm totally full. Natalie joins us almost every time, Layla about half and Kelby a little less than her. He got really excited about these pillows and even made a few more after the class was over. 

We had enough time to make some mini versions too. Kids gets so creative, I just love it. The mini versions would make great ornaments that kids could give as Christmas gifts if they wanted to, just add a ribbon to hang! 

If you use my templates, I'd love to hear about it! 

Cheers and Happy Sewing :)

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Sewing Camp Wrap-Up!

Sewing camps are over! I'm sad! And tired! Haha. I taught 28 kids to sew this Summer. And the best part is, many of their moms tag me or share with me pictures of them sewing at home on their own. That's the goal, after all! I had a fun group for my last camp and I'm about to unload all those photos on you here, BUT FIRST, I cannot wait to share with you the promotional video my talented friend Liz MacMurray made. I've watched it so many times, it just makes me so happy. If you are local and want something unique for your family photos this year, check out her site and just FYI, she's running special mini-sessions right now!! 

Both July camps were themed around sewing for 18" dolls and they were so much fun. We made a lot of things and the girls had a blast! This past week they ended each day just trying the clothes on their dolls and making up silly fashion shows. 

On the last day of camp, we made flip flops and visor out of craft foam, then we have a runway fashion show and then we have pizza and watch an American Girl movie (last week's vote was Lea, but this week they voted Isabell). But this time around, almost everyone just wanted to keep sewing during the movie! They made all kinds of doll tote bags, pillows and other little things, a few even designed little pet beds for their dolls' pets and Natalie made a doll-sized drawstring backpack. They turned the t-shirt pattern around to make jackets, made matching p.j./sleep mask/pillow sets and just got so creative! 

And now I'm going to take a nap. 

Ha! Not really, I actually have some sewing to do today ;)

Cheers and happy sewing! 

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Super Easy Doll Tote Bag Tutorial

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I was brainstorming simple doll sewing in case we had extra time today at sewing camp. I knew that tote bags for dolls would be super easy, so I showed the girls how to make this simple version. I didn't have a pattern and I hadn't made these before, but it was no problem to just wing it. They turned out great, they were really fast and most of the girls made more than one, they loved these! Then Natalie made a bunch after camp was over and our neighbor came over this afternoon and they made even more! 

Doll Tote Bag free tutorial by Pin, Cut, Sew Studio

Doll Tote Bag free tutorial by Pin, Cut, Sew Studio

I made a very simple tutorial here for you, and you don't even have to print a pattern :) 

How to sew a doll tote bag:

For the pattern, take a piece of regular ol' printer paper and cut it (or just fold it) in half, hamburger style. Place this on your fabric, just one layer, and cut it out. 

Next, hem one of the long edges. For the kids, I didn't have them turn the raw edge under twice, I wanted to keep this super simple for them, but here you can see, I did hide that raw edge. 

Next, cut some ribbon for your straps. I cut mine 7", but anywhere between 7 and 9" would be great. Pin them onto the wrong side of your top edge where you'll want your handles to be when it's folded in half. It may help to fold it in half widthwise just to see where you want them and make sure they match up. 

Then sew them in place right over your previous hem stitching. Now an adult or advanced sewer could totally do the hem and sew the ribbons on in one step, but for kids, it's easier for them to do this in two steps and it doesn't bother them that there are two lines of stitching showing if it's not perfect. It might bother you, moms, but it won't bother them and that's what matters! ;) I let the kids try zig-zagging this step and they thought that was fun and looked cool. 

Okay, last step, fold your tote in half, pretty sides together and sew down the side and across the bottom. 

You're done already! You can trim those raw seams with pinking shears, or not, whatever you want. Clip that corner and turn it right side out. You may also want to add some Fray Check or clear nail polish to your ribbon ends to keep them from fraying. 

These are some the girls made!

Natalie and her friend Hailey can't stop making tote bags for their dolls! As you can see, Victoria and Samantha are very happy to wear them all. 

Cheers and Happy Sewing! 

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