Monday, November 22, 2010


'Mama Made It' has a new offering just in time for Christmas: Christmas Bow Ties for the Little Guys!

Even the most conservatively-dressing mother can handle a little whimsy in her child's wardrobe around Christmas. Perfect for your Christmas card photos, holiday parties, or just for fun, your little man will be the talk of the preschool (or nursery, or classroom!) with these bow ties.

They come on three sizes: Small (12-18 mos.), Medium (2t-3t), Large (4t-5t)

Use your child's clothing size as a judge - my son wears 2t clothes, and the size Medium ties looks right on him.

Patterns available are shown in the pictures below.

AND, if that's not enough excitement: I will be glad to make these for you for only $5 more! Visit my Etsy shop to see all the options. The DIY kits are still only $7.50 each.

Sweet boy:

Three designs: (from L-R) Santa, Candy Canes, Snowmen + Penguins

Nonna Wreath

I had an hour on Saturday night all to myself, so I decided to tackle a craft project. Now, I sew, but I'm really not all that crafty, so this was kind of a fun challenge for me.

Emily Jones, over at has a tutorial for a "Nonna wreath" (named for her mother in law, called "Nonna") that appealed to me the moment I saw it. So, after I remembered that huge piece of white felt I had stuck in the bottom of my fabric bin, I decided I had to try it. It was quite possibly the easiest craft project I've ever done.

She has a tutorial posted here:

Here is a picture of how mine turned out:

I haven't decided where I'm going to hang it, but since it's white I think it will transition perfectly from Christmas to plain-old-winter decorating.

Still there?

I mentioned recently to a friend who blogs how much I like her pace for posts - about 1 a week. Just enough to keep me interested, without overwhelming my inbox. So, when was I planning to listen to my own suggestion??

We've been up to a lot in the past - ahem - 6 weeks since I've blogged. I came down with a flu-like virus that knocked me out for a whole week. When I was 12, being sick for a week was school, movies on the couch, and mom's chicken soup. When you're 26 and have a family to care for, being sick that long really stinks! So, there's week one.

Week two was spent catching up from week one. Week three included an overnight camping trip in the middle of the week, and weeks four and five were spent planning for the upcoming holidays in addition to regular household stuff. So, excuses, excuses, here we are. It's Thanksgiving week and I'm finally getting back in the swing of things.

I've got a couple Christmas-only offerings to post on my Etsy shop, so be sure to check it out! And, of course I'll be posting pictures here too.

Happy Thanksgiving in advance too!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The latest

The latest 'Mama Made It' offering:

"Mollie" Ruffled Pants!

I once knew a little girl who would only wear dresses. What was her mama to do? The answer she found was ruffled "fancy" pants. Here's my version available in kits for 12mos-2T and 3T-5T at my Etsy shop Even if your little girl will wear pants, why not make her some that are extra special?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Southern Charm

Who doesn't love a bow tie on a little guy? Bow ties on the young and the old are almost too cute for words, especially when worn here in the South, where they used to be worn all spring and summer long with a seersucker suit. Maybe your baby/toddler will wear a seersucker suit (of course not now, it is after Labor Day after all), but I seriously doubt mine will.

Even if he won't wear seersucker, I can still put a bow tie on him.
So, rolled cuffs and all, here's a picture of my little prep.
(I particularly love that his cheeks are so chubby that
the bow tie barely fits under his chin.)

You can purchase a Bow tie DIY kit at my Etsy shop for only $7.50 (!)
in any of the following fabrics:

Argyle Love

Charmed Life

Blue Diamonds

State Fair

Kits are available in sizes 12mos./18 mos., 2T/3T, and 4T/5T.

Monday, September 27, 2010


I love fabric. Even as a teenager I loved linens, towels, and anything fabric related. I didn't do much with fabric then, but I loved it. Since starting "Mama Made It" I've been able to play around with so many beautiful fabrics. Cottons. Corduroys. Flannels. Bold prints. Calicos. Solids. Plaids. Oh how I enjoy it!

What kinds of fabrics do you like best?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

More 'Mama'

More of what 'Mama' is offering:

So, what is it?

What is Mama Made It? So glad you asked!

Mama Made It is a do-it-yourself line of clothing kits for those of you who like to sew but prefer to avoid the prep work.

Here's an example of what you get when you purchase a Mama Made It sewing kit:

- all fabric and notions (except thread) you need to finish the outfit; fabric is pre-cut to the size you order
- simple instructions (complete with pictures)

Just imagine...your daughter needs some cute new clothes for fall (we will eventually have cooler temps!), so you hit the department store or Target but everything in her size looks like something an adult would wear. Answer: Mama Made It!

Or, you have a grandson and his mom likes stylish and functional clothes, but she doesn't sew herself. Answer: [Grand]Mama Made It!

You get the picture.

I've got different kits for boys and girls in sizes 12 mos - 6. Visit my Etsy site ( to see what kits are available now, and be sure to check back often for updates!

Monday, September 20, 2010

13 days

It's been 13 days since my last post. How did that happen? I kept thinking..."Oh, it's been about a week. I should probably post again." A week? How 'bout two??

Okay, so what have I been doing these past two weeks? Sewing. A lot. Yay!

Here's a taste of 'Mama Made It' to whet your appetite... Bow ties

Corduroy carpenter pants
Corduroy Wrap Dresses

More to come!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Preview of what's to come

I'm in the very beginning stages of a new sewing venture. It's not ready to be unveiled completely, but here's a sneak preview of what you'll hopefully see a lot more of in the coming weeks and months:

Monday, August 16, 2010

Shirts, Oh My...

Well, I tried my hand at making two different shirts for myself this summer and neither turned out to really work with my body shape. Turns out I need a little more definition in the waistline so as not to look like I'm wearing a paper sack. So, two shirts made of fabric I loved, in styles I thought I'd love are being added to my Etsy page for $10 a piece ( They're unworn, except for me trying them on for fit, and are both sized well for a medium-large person of average height. If you're medium-sized with a larger bust, or larger-sized with a smaller bust, these shirts could be a great staple to add to your summer wardrobe!

Summer Tunic: lightweight swiss dot fabric in a single layer; bright coral, orange, yellow, taupe, and red keep you feeling cheery! Bell-shaped sleeves can be rolled up and fastened just above the elbow to make this more casual and even cooler on a particularly scorching summer day! Hits at mid-hip in front and low hip in back. Side vents at hem and arm hems.Flutter-Sleeve Top: Oh how I love Kaffe Fassett fabrics! Jewel-toned fabric from his Lotus Leaf collection is used for the neckline and sleeves. I used a simple complimentary calico for the body. Sewn pleats keep the bustline free from extra fabric and the body is slightly shaped (can't see it) to provide some waistline definition. This shirt hangs beautifully on a person, though not on a hanger. :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway!

I've read Sew Mama Sew for a few years now, gleaning lots of wonderful tips on how to improve my sewing skills and being introduced constantly to new patterns and fabrics. They've decided to give away a Husqvarna serger this month. I would love to have a serger...any serger...but a Husqvarna! Wow! It's a seamstress' dream! I usually end up spending more time finishing seams and ragged edges than I do actually sewing a project together, so to have a serger would be a huge time-saver!

If you sew, and would like to enter the contest, here's the link to the instructions and details about the serger:

Here's to improving our sewing skills and the quality of our projects with the help of a serger!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Previous Projects

Here are a few of the children's clothing projects I've completed in the last year:
1. First up: a set of matching romper and bloomer outfits for sisters who are now 3 years and 7 months old, respectively. My first venture with matching clothes for siblings. I had so much fun with this pretty fabric!
2. Sleep sack for my little guy when he grew out of the store-bought one and I could make one for WAY less money than what it cost to buy another one!
3. Sweet little sunny yellow romper and bloomer set for a long-time friend who just had a baby girl this spring.
4. Cheery purple sun dress and bloomers for the same friend's baby.

Activity Cubes

Pictures of "activity cubes" I've made that are smaller (measure about 6" sq. on all sides), tidier (the stitching, that is), and cuter (they have pockets, real pockets!) than the original one I made for my little guy. From left to right: brown, light blue, and olive green geometric designs form the "Bubbles" cube perfect for mod little guys; Bright stripes, chocolate brown geo print, and turquoise travel tag print form the "Journeyman" cube; and cheery coral, hot pink paisley, and pink/green blossom panels form the "Apple Blossom" cube just right for the girliest of little ladies! They're all for sale...$15 a piece on my Etsy page: shesewsso.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


I started sewing about 4 years ago and am pretty much self-taught. My mom and grandmother sewed and my other grandmother liked embroidery and cross-stitch, so I grew up with a concept of what sewing was, how it was done, and what it could be used for, but never really did much with it until my husband and I were married and I wanted curtains and pillow for our new apartment. My trusty Kenmore sewing machine in hand, I made those cream-colored muslin tab curtains and red and green pillows. I know what you're thinking - red and green pillows? Really? Well, yeah. The curtains still hang in our living room, though we're fortunate to have a home of our own that is at least slightly larger than the apartment. The red and green pillows have been recovered countless times (thank goodness!), so much so in fact that I believe they are at least an inch larger now than when they were first covered. Current colors: chocolate brown suede, heavily-textured cream and white upholstery fabric, and tiny navy floral cotton print. Wow, somehow writing that description made them sound a lot uglier than they actually are. Maybe I'll describe better over time, or maybe I need to affix a disclaimer to each post similar to what you see in your car's side-view mirrors: "object in picture appears prettier than described." Hmmmm.

So, over the past four years I've sewn pillow covers, slipcovers, adult clothing, children's clothing, bed linens, toys, and probably some other things I've forgotten about entirely. I make a practice of purposefully messing up at least one seam in each item I'm making just because I love using my seam ripper THAT MUCH! Okay, not really. (I think it's one small way the Lord keeps my pride in check.) But being self-taught means that I learn as I go , and that usually means I learn from my mistakes. I've been asked to teach some others how to sew, but to tell you the truth, the idea of me teaching someone else how to sew makes me really nervous. I'm thinking I might need to take lessons before giving them, but we'll see.

Right now, I'm sewing a lot of children's clothing and toys. Our church (we are very blessed to be a part of Twin City Baptist here in W-S; check us out at keeps the local Labor & Delivery department in business so there's always a baby to make an outfit, blankets, or toy for. I particularly enjoy making matching outfits for older/younger siblings, but have found getting the sizing just right for both siblings to wear the outfits at the same time is tricky.

Our son turned 1 year old in May and loves all manner of fasteners (zippers, buttons, laces, velcro, etc.), so I made him a cube-shaped toy that had a different fastener on each panel. Turns out, he thinks it's more fun to throw, land on, or squish the batting-filled cube than play with the fasteners. I'm hoping it will turn out to be a useful teaching tool as he gets closer to the stage of actually dressing himself. I'll let you know how it goes.

Pictures of things I'm making will come. Bear with me for now, nap time is over.


Okay. I know I'm about 10 years behind everyone else with this whole blog thing. But alas, I've joined the throngs of high-minded, stupid, crafty, not-so-crafty, fascinating, and utterly dull people who peddle their wares, or at least their opinions, via a blog. Don't get me wrong- I love a good blog. Ever read the blog about cake-wrecks or the one about misuse of quotation marks? Hours upon hours of good, deep belly laughs can be found at either one.

Oh that's right, I'm welcoming you to my blog. Well, my blog.