Momma Quail’s Walker Jeans & Shorts Pattern Review

**Disclaimer – I received this pattern for free in exchange for testing the pattern for the designer, but all opinions are mine.**


Hi fabulous readers! I know, I know, long time no blog. I am so sorry for my extended absence. I am hoping that today’s blog post will make that up to you. Today I have a review of the awesome Walker Jeans and Shorts by Momma Quail patterns. You can purchase the Walker Jeans HERE, they are on sale for $6.00 until March 14th, 2016. Continue reading


Momma Quail Pattern Tour and Freebie Free Motion Applique Pattern


Happy Friday everyone! I can’t tell you how excited I am about today’s post. This post is part of the Momma Quail Blog Tour. Why am I so excited about this tour?!?! Because Amy Macdonald is the most awesome. She is not only an awesome pattern designer, she is just an awesome person. She is a great friend and someone that is great to have in your corner. She has cheered me on more than I count. She is a member of the Sewing with Boys team and is constantly inspiring me. Ok enough of my praise, let this pattern speak for it’s self.


This pattern I sewed up is the Jackalope Tee. One of the challenges of having 1 boy and 1 girl is finding sewing patterns that I can use for both of them. All of Amy’s patterns are so versatile that it makes it so easy to customize for my girl or boy. I love being able to sew for both of them with just one sewing pattern.


The next thing I LOVE about the Jackalope Tee is the ease to mix and match fabrics and the ability to incorporate woven cotton into a t-shirt. There are SOOOOOO many cute woven’s out there and they are MUCH cheaper than most of the custom knit fabrics, this pattern really appeals to my frugal side. On Miss G’s shirt I used 5, yes 5 different fabrics. She adores all the colors and it makes my inner Punky Brewster smile. The side stripe on Miss G’s shirt is flannel to make it extra cozy.

For Mr T’s shirt I used a Marvel t-shirt from the clearance rack and some woven Marvel fabric from the remenants bin at Joann. This shirt cost me $4 in fabric. That makes my frugal heart swoon.


When you first print out the Jackalope Tee, you may think that it is a lot of pieces for a t-shirt. But have no fear, Amy makes putting this shirt together a breeze. I made these 2 shirts and 1 other in about 1.5 hours, including cutting out the fabric. I sew pretty slow so that is a quick sew for me.


So where can you get this and all the other fantastic Momma Quail Patterns?!?! Etsy, Friends Stitched Together, and join the Momma Quail Pattern Group on Facebook. Use the coupon code “MQPATTERNTOUR” for 30% off in the Etsy shop through 11/21/15. This is going to be the biggest Momma Quail Pattern sale in November – don’t wait til Black Friday.
Amy is also generously giving away a pattern to 3 lucky winners. Make sure to go all the way to the bottom of the post for the giveaway.



For Miss G’s shirt she requested a giant cupcake on the front of it. We recently saw a t-shirt that said something along the lines of “happier than a unicorn sitting on a rainbow eating a cupcake.” I wanted a little more detail than a freezer paper stencil and I have recently been swept up in the free motion applique frenzy. Sooooo…what’s a blogger/pattern maker to do…make a pattern for a cupcake free motion applique. I also decided to offer this pattern to my readers for free.

Cupcake-FMA-illustrations-01You can download the pattern here CutieCupcakeFMA-ByKnotSewNormal, all the instructions are included in the file.


Make sure to go check out all the other fantastic looks on the blog tour and enter the rafflecopter giveaway.


Sew ThriftyWillow and StitchThe Wholesome Mama


Create 3.5Lulu & CelestePear Berry Lane


The Berry BunchPaisley RootsCall AjaireFalafel and the Bee


House of EstrelaAdventures with Bubba and BugSwoodson Says


Rebel & MaliceKnot Sew NormalSew Thrifty

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Presenting the Perfect Park Crossbody Bag PDF Pattern

Hi everyone!!! I just have to say sorry once again for being so quiet, but I have a great reason why! I am today’s featured Aspiring Designer for Bettie’s Basket. Go over there and check out my brand new bag pattern and enter to win a copy for your self. After that head over to my ETSY shop and buy one of my patterns. The Perfect Park Crossbody is on sale for 25% off until 11/17/2015, No coupon code needed.  Are you worried that you will buy the pattern and then win it. No worries. If you purchase the Perfect Park Crossbody PDF pattern and then you win the rafflecopter, I will let you pick any other pattern in my shop.

Perfect Park Crossbody Bag PDF Pattern by Knot Sew Normal

The Perfect Park Crossbody Bag PDF Pattern by Knot Sew Normal



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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Mystery Challenge Tour

Mystery Challenge French Revolution - Knot Sew Normal

You may remember back in August when I participated in a Mystery Challenge. You can see my post about that challenge here. If you didn’t see that post, then you missed out on some fun last time around. During the mystery challenge a group of bloggers get together and gives each other a theme. I love seeing what themes everyone comes up with, just as much as what all the bloggers come up with for the themes. I gave Jessica Berry over at the Berry Bunch the theme of Black and White and she finished up a gorgeous quilt, you can see that here. Maegen from Mae & K gave me the theme of The French Revolution.   Continue reading


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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