Easy Sew (or No-Sew) Felt Christmas Ornaments and Garland

12 Days of Christmas Blogger Challenge - Easy to sew Ornaments and garland


I LOVE everything about Christmas, but my favorite part is making Christmas ornaments with my kids. I actually came up with these cute ornaments when Miss G was 2. I made a whole bunch of them for our playgroup to decorate. Now I make sure to have some around for the kids to decorate every year. I just made a bunch for Miss G’s kindergarten class to decorate. Continue reading


50 Ribbons, Rosettes & Bows Book Review and Giveaway

****I received this book for free in exchange for reviewing it here on my blog, but all opinions are my own.”

Happy Monday Morning everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. Have you all started any of your Christmas shopping or crafting. Thanks to this awesome book by Deanna Csomo McCool, from Sew McCool, I got a jump start on some of my gifts. Not only is this book full of great ideas to make for gifts, the book itself would make a fantastic gift. RUN and Buy it HERE.  I made this lovely beaded ribbon bracelet that a lucky someone will be receiving for Christmas.

“This delightful collection of more than 50 decorative ribbon projects—some classic, some whimsical, some elegant—will prove irresistible for anyone with an interest in craft. With many sizes, colors and designs to choose from, you can craft a rosette or a bow as a charming addition to an outfit, a gift box, or even a bouquet of flowers.

The projects are grouped into four main chapters: a beautiful collection of hair accessories and jewelry; some eye-catching gift wrapping ideas and presentation boxes; a wide range of floral designs; and a wonderful gallery showing additional uses for your new ribbon creations.

Each design features written instructions accompanied by clear step-by-step illustrations, and absolutely no experience is necessary: you will pick up all the expertise you need as you progress through the book.”

I was so excited when Deanna asked for me to review the book. Honestly I am the type that usually has no idea how to make any kind of bows. I have done a few very simple things for Miss G, but usually I am just left in awe of all the pretty bows out there. I am so excited that now I can make cute bows and other gifts.
As a matter of fact we had a Birthday party to attend and I needed something to add to the gift so I whipped up a really cute hair bow for her.

I also made this cute Frozen Inspired beaded ribbon bracelet for Miss G. She is so excited to wear it to school and show it off to all the other girls.

Would you like a chance to win your very own copy of 50 Ribbons Rosettes and Bows? We are giving away 2 copies today on the blog. You must be a resident of the US or Canada to win. Please click on the link for the rafflecopter to enter to win.
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Ellie Inspired Holiday Tour – Polar Express Pea Coat and Sugar Plum Sweater Dress

***I received these patterns in exchange for participating in the Blog tour, but all opinions are mine.***

Ellie Inspired Holiday Tour - Polar Express Pea Coat sewn by Knot Sew Normal

Hi Everyone! I am excited to be a part of the Ellie Inspired Holiday Blog Tour. I was very glad to get to review not just one, but two of the wonderful Ellie Inspired patterns. I have been a fan of the Ellie Inspired patterns for awhile, but I hadn’t sewn one yet. I will definitely being sewing up more of these patterns.

Ellie Inspired Holiday Tour - Polar Express Pea Coat sewn by Knot Sew Normal


I started off with the Polar Express Pea Coat. First off the name caught my attention because Mr T LOVES trains and LOVES the Polar Express. I love the look of a Pea Coat, it is something that is dressy, but also can be paired with sneakers and jeans.

The Polar Express Pea Coat comes in sizes 1-16 and is a beautiful dress coat with tailored details such as a full lining, back vent, lapel collar, and double-breasted. Optional couture techniques also included to help you take your sewing to the next level.

Ellie Inspired Holiday Tour - Polar Express Pea Coat sewn by Knot Sew Normal




I loved the optional techniques included with this pattern. I definitely learned some new things, including adding a sleeve head and adding an interlining. I also love that their is such a wide range of sizes that I can sew this one for years to come. It took me a little longer than normal to sew this coat up, but that is just because I really took my time with it to make sure I got it just right.

… and just because I know you need some silly pictures, here are Mr T’s serious and silly face.
Ellie Inspired Holiday Tour - Polar Express Pea Coat sewn by Knot Sew Normal

Along with the Polar Express Pea Coat, I made the Sugar Plum Sweater Dress for Ms. G.

Ellie Inspired Holiday Tour - Sugar Plum Sweater Dress - sewn by Knot Sew Normal

The Sugar Plum Sweater Dress comes in sizes 1-16 and is for a beginner sewing level. It is a comfortable top or dress with options for either short or long sleeves and a crew neck or turtle neck.

Ellie Inspired Holiday Tour - Sugar Plum Sweater Dress - sewn by Knot Sew Normal

For my version of this pattern I upcycled another old sweater of mine, which worked perfectly with the turtleneck version of this pattern. I used the top length and extended it just a bit to make it tunic length to pair with leggings. This pattern came together very quickly, after cutting the pattern out it only took me about 20 minutes to sew it up. This will definitely be one that I turn to over the years. I think it is one that will really grow with Miss G as she gets older.

…and just so you know what kind of conditions I am working under here, these are just a few of the crazy pictures that I got out of Miss G. How silly is she?


Ellie Inspired Holiday Tour - Sugar Plum Sweater Dress - sewn by Knot Sew Normal

You can purchase the Polar Express Pea Coat HERE and the Sugar Plum Sweater Dress HERE. While you are over there browse through all the awesome patterns they have to offer. Ellie Inspired is also giving us a discount code for 25% off with the code PARTY I already have my eye on one or five new patterns. Ellie Inspired Patterns also has a Facebook group so if you have any questions they will jump right in and help you out.

Ellie Inspired Holiday Tour - Sugar Plum Sweater Dress - sewn by Knot Sew Normal


Serger Pepper’s Everyday Tanktop Blog Tour




***I originally received this pattern for free for testing the pattern for Serger Pepper, but all opinions are mine***Serger Pepper's Everyday Tanktop  sewn by Knot Sew NormalYou all may remember a few months ago when I tested the Everyday Tank from Serger Pepper. If you don’t remember you can check out my review here. This is one of my favorite go-to patterns. It can be shirt, midi or maxi length. I have made all three and Miss G just loves them. I decided for this blog tour to add a little something extra to this shirt. Irene from Serger Pepper is offering a coupon code and a giveaway. Keep reading to check out my additions to the pattern and for the coupon code and giveaway.  Continue reading


Peter Pan Costume Accessories Tutorials

How to make a Peter Pan Hat Tutorial by Knot Sew Normal

Check out my little Peter Pan. He is such a ham. He is in love with this Peter Pan costume and the hat is his favorite thing. He was very specific that it HAD to have a red feather or he wouldn’t wear it. Don’t you just love a 3 year old child. Today’s post features how to make the hat for this cute little costume. I am over at Get Your Crap Together with a tutorial to make the tunic. Continue reading