How To Add Zipper Tabs

Hi everyone!! Today I am over at Sewing With Boys with my Boy’s Treasure Tote-A-Long Pouch tutorial. How to add zipper tabs to a metal zipper by Knot Sew NormalIn my tutorial I added zipper tabs to my zipper and I wanted to show you how I add zipper tabs to a metal zipper.

How to add zipper tabs to a metal zipper by Knot Sew Normal
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Snow Day 2015

Snow Day 2015 - Knot Sew Normal

Hello Sweet Friends! How is the weather in your neck of the woods. As you can see it is pretty yucky here in East Tennessee. I know for a lot of people, especially people who live in colder climates, this doesn’t seem like much. Except…that is not snow in these pictures that is ice with a smidge of snow sprinkled on top of it. In most parts of the world that wouldn’t be a big deal but here, where almost every road is twisted and hilly, it can pose an issue. So as you can imagine we are having snow days.

Snow Day 2015 - Knot Sew NormalMiss G was out of school yesterday for President’s day and school was called off today and at least tomorrow. They are calling for more snow tomorrow and bitterly cold temperatures till the end of the week. I am wondering if the kids will even go back this week. I had tons of “stuff” to do this week, but I decided to scrap some of my plans, like the tutorial I was going to post today. I was up late last night (Ice + zombie dreams do not make for a sleepy Jonie) and I decided that we were finally going to make these rainbow crayons. I had been telling Miss G that we would do them for like a year now.

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The crayons took the majority of the day to make, especially with Miss G helping, but it was worth every minute. I know that all the “stuff” I need to do can wait, all of it, but Snow Days will not. I know that the Snow Days have a melting point and just like childhood they are gone in a snap. Miss G starting school has definitely made me appreciate these fleeting moments even more. I was just thinking the other day that it is only a year and half until Mr. T will be in Kindergarten. I remember in those days of infant + toddler haze how kids in school and snow days seemed like a far off place. Surprising to me, even if it wasn’t to all the other mom’s and dad’s that came before, school days were here in the blink of the eye. Now I stand on this cold winter day, not the mom of a newborn and toddler, but the mom to a 6.5 year old and next week a 4 year old. I watch the sun slip quickly into the western sky, catching all the ice in the trees on fire for just a moment and my heart swells with the love and pride that I feel for my little family. Not just the kids, but also my husband, who is working hard even in this nasty weather. Before he went to work yesterday, he spent Sunday getting things ready for me so I wouldn’t have so many worries during the storm. He is such a hard-working, thoughtful awesome man and I know I can never say thank you enough times.

So for today, there isn’t “stuff” there is just crayons and ice and Disney Junior and hugs and giggles and board games. I hope you all are taking the time for crayons.
Until Next Time!





Snow Day 2015 - Knot Sew Normal


The Mara Blouse


****I received this pattern for free in exchange for my review, but all opinions are my own***
The Mara Blouse from Compagnie M is one of my dream patterns. I had actually pinned this pattern back in the summer when I was coming up with ideas for Miss G’s kindergarten wardrobe. I just loved the look and the styling. I was beyond thrilled when Marte contacted me to ask if I wanted to review one of her patterns.

Compagnie M Mara Blouse - sewn by Knot Sew Normal

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January Recap, February Plans

WOW!! I can’t believe that January is already over. That really flew by. I am going to try to do a monthly recap and a monthly goal list at the beginning of each month. I hope that will help keep me on track for the month. So here are some of the things that have been going on around here.   
Organization Work In Progress Knot Sew Normal  Organization Work In Progress Knot Sew Normal

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Girls Bundle Up Tour

***I received these patterns for free in exchange for my participation in this blog tour, however all opinions are mine.***

Jocole Wide Leg Pants and Foo Foo Threads Adeline Cardigan sewn by Knot Sew Normal
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Eeeeekkkkkk! To say that I love this bundle is an understatement! The hardest part of signing up for this blog tour was deciding which 2 patterns to pick. I really really love all of the patterns in this Bundle Up sale. I will definitely be adding most of these to my collection.  Continue reading


Free Pattern Friday


Free Pattern Friday Fox sewn by Knot Sew NormalFree Pattern Friday

Who doesn’t like free stuff? There are tons of free patterns out there in Internet land and it’s always nice to know if one works well before you spend your time and supplies to make something. Well…Mae & K are hosting FREE Pattern Fridays. Every Friday they have rounded up bloggers to sew a free pattern from the internet. Continue reading


What Crafting With Kids Really Looks Like


If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you probably saw me post this picture on Monday. Miss G was out of school and she wanted a HUGE piece of paper to draw the “whole galaxy” on. Since I didn’t have any HUGE paper I cut apart paper bags and taped them together. Of course since she had a HUGE piece of paper, Mr T wanted one too. It took me about 20 minutes to cut and tape the bags.

How long do you thing they colored on these? Go ahead, take a guess, I’ll wait right here… Continue reading