Saving While Organizing – Guest Blogger at Sew Thrifty

I am doing another guest post this week. I am over on Sew Thrifty giving you tips on saving on orgzanization of your sewing supplies. Check out my post and then come back and let me know which one is your favorite. Also make sure to check out all the other bloggers Dana has had this month.

Savings Made by Sewing {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org} Great tips for saving money and sewing

July 6: Sew Thrifty | July 7: Feather’s Flights | July 8: Mabey She Made It | July 9: Phat Quarters | July 10: Vicky Myers Creations

July 13: Sew Thrifty | July 14: Sew a Straight Line | July 15: House of Estrela | July 16: Sew Straight and Gather | July 17: A Real Life Country Housewife

July 20: Sew Thrifty | July 21: Bernina Representative | July 22: Pretty Practical | July 23: Finn’s Door | July 24: Lulu and Celeste

General Tips:
July 27: Sew Thrifty | July 28: From-a-Box | July 29: Willow & Stitch | July 30: Knot Sew Normal | July 31: Bringing it All Together by Sew Thrifty


Refashion Month with the House of Estrela


I was so excited when Magda over at House of Estrela announced her refashion month. I knew I wanted in. Go over House of Estrela Refashion Month and check out how I refashioned this coat into a cute Fall Fashion Jacket for Miss G. fashioned and I found this coat.


As Miss G is getting older I have been trying to up my sewing game and really make things that she is going to LOVE to wear to school and I think that this jacket totally fits the bill.

Make sure you go and check out all the other refashions from this month!


Time is tricky

Hello friends! I know it has been awhile and thought that I should update y’all.

I have been busy sewing, desigining, loving, kissing boo boos, crafting, and just watching the kids grow right in front of my eyes. With Miss G I feel like I am literally watching her grow. She has grown 1.5 inches in the last 5 weeks. All I can say is I am glad that it is summer time and I don’t have to worry about buying or making new pants.


I can’t believe that we are already 1/2 way through summer break and that she will be 7 in less than a month. 7 seems like such a big number. I can’t believe how much she has matured in the last few months. I still see the shy little girl, but I also see a smart, sassy, incredibly creative young lady. She has declared that she wants to play guitar and get her ears pierced. She demands to know why Guitar Center never has any left-handed guitars. She is also so very funny.


What can I say about Mister T. He is truly an honestly himself at all times. He declared the other day that he wanted a “bob” head like Allen’s (that’s bald head if you didn’t know) I didn’t want him to cut it, but I know I have to let them be their own people even when it isn’t something I would want. I am still not used to the new haircut, but I tell him I love it everytime he asks.

So most of my time has been devoted to designing my first two sewing patterns. Most days I have to pinch myself. I just can’t believe people are sewing stuff from patterns that came from my head. I spend half my time feeling like a fraud and the other half feeling like I could create anything…if I just had the time. Then I am back to feeling like a fraud. It is a crazy merry-go-round  of emotions. I get a thousand great ideas about every 45 seconds and I drive myself crazy trying to get a few of them done.

I spend a lot of time just breathing in and out and trying not to feel so lost in my life. I try to remember it all, but some stuff still slips through the cracks. However my family is happy and healthy so I guess I can’t ask for much more than that.


Until next time dear friends!!


Time To Travel ebook

I have been busy working on a project and today is the big day that I get to share with you… Presenting Time to Travel.

Sewing With Boys - Time To Travel PDF pattern eBook

Time To Travel is a collaborative ebook from the team at Sewing With Boys. This traveling-themed ebook features four PDF patterns designed for families on the go, as well as a variety of PDF printables, tips for traveling with younger children, and some fun extras! Buy it HERE.

Included in this edition:
• Just Like Papa Briefcase PDF pattern
• Ready, Set, Go! Wallet PDF pattern
• Swansea Bag PDF pattern
• Adventure Belt PDF pattern

My first PDF pattern is the Ready, Set, Go! Wallet that is featured in Time to Travel.

Ready, Set, Go! Wallet PDF pattern in Time to Travel ebook by Sewing With Boys

Hurry on over to Sewing With Boys HERE to purchase your copy of Time to Travel.


Waiting for Alice – Crafting Con and a Free Applique

Knot Sew Normal - April Crafting Con - Disney - Waiting for Alice


“Little Alice fell
the hOle,
bumped her head
and bruised her soul”
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Knot Sew Normal’s Handmade Disney

Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal -

Well…it has been a few months since we went to Disney, but I am finally getting around to getting this blog post all finished. I hope you all enjoy.
We LOVE Disney. All things Disney, but one of my favorite new trends is the trend towards unique Handmade Clothing. Don’t get me wrong, we own lots of the cookie cutter merchandise, but there is something so satisfying about going to the parks in something uniquely your own. Keep reading to see how we put our own twist on our Disney vacation.

Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Avengers Shirts  Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Avengers Shirts

Our first day was to Hollywood Studios where my husband, Mr T and I all sported Avengers inspired shirts. I used the freezer paper stencil method to make these shirts. Mr T’s shirt is upcylced from 2 t-shirts and I used my go-to raglan pattern, the Grand Slam from Peek-a-Boo Patterns. I dyed an old white tank top army green for my shirt and just googled the Avengers logo. For Hubby and Mr T’s shirts, I found the freezer paper stencils over at Doodlecraft, click here to get the images.

Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Mickey Mouse Upcycle

It cracks me up that Miss G is still wearing this top. I actually upcycled this when she was very little. I used an old Mickey Mouse shirt and winged this top. I think this might be one of the first garments I sewed for her.

Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Jasmine Costume

Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Jasmine Costume and Dusty Crophopper Shirt Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Dusty Crophopper

Our second day we headed over to Epcot for some food and fun. Gracie’s outfit is a self-drafted Jasmine inspired outfit. I had planned to do a tutorial on this outfit, but I ran into so many issues when putting it together I just scrapped the idea. I may revisit the tutorial in a few months. Mr T’s shirt is a Dusty Crophopper inspired shirt, using the Maxwell Top pattern by Shwin designs.






Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Minnie Mouse Circle Skirt and Upcycled Spiderman Raglan

Our 4th day we headed over to Animal Kingdom where Miss G sported a polka-dotted Minnie Mouse inspired circle skirt. Mr T is wearing you guessed it, an upcycled Spider Man shirt using the Grand Slam Pattern. I color-blocked this version for some more interest.

Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Upcycled Spiderman Raglan with colorblocking KSN-disneHandmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Magic Band Bling




Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Tink, Peter and a PirateHandmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal -

We headed to the Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween all dressed up. The kids were Tink and Peter Pan, Hubby was a Pirate and I was Rapunzel. Tinkerbell just loved the kids all dressed up and she thought it was a hoot when Mr T actually crowed for her.



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The day after the Halloween Party we were headed back to Epcot where I wore my Rapunzel themed, “Keep Calm and Carry a Frying Pan” shirt, Miss G wore her upcycled Snow White Inspired shirt and Mr. T wore his Hulk Grandslam.

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Our last day was spent at the Magic Kingdom where everyone sported something handmade.

Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Our Handmade Family

Allen wore a t-shirt with the old castle logo on the front and the words “Old School” freezer paper stenciled on it.

Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Old School Freezer Paper Stencil

Thomas had a Grandslam with Mickey on the front and Brooks #3 on the back.

Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Freezer Paper Stencil

Miss G was wearing a Minnie Mouse inspired Caroline’s Party Dress from Mouse House Creations.

Handmade Disney by Knot Sew Normal - Minnie Mouse Inspired Caroline by Mouse House Creations

I think this photo of the three of them in front of Gaston’s Tavern is one of my favorites.




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I hope you enjoyed my handmade Disney and you are inspired to create something handmade for your next Disney Trip!


Until next time,