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.


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Create 3.5Lulu & CelestePear Berry Lane


The Berry BunchPaisley RootsCall AjaireFalafel and the Bee


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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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Twirl and Wiggle Yoga Skirt Tutorial featured on SewMcCool


Wiggle and Twirl Yoga Skirt for SewMcCool by Knot Sew Normal

Do you have a girl who likes to dance, shimmy, shake and get all her wiggles out? or do you just want a really comfy skirt for your self? Head over to Sew McCool to check out my guest tutorial for this awesomely easy skirt. twirlandwiggle-001


Happy Independence Day Dress Upcycle and Free 4th of July Printable

Willow & Co. Persimmon Redo - Sewn By Knot Sew Normal
I am sure all of us that sew or create have had this happen. You work REALLY HARD on something and then your kids hate it. This happened to me last summer with this cute 4th of July dress. Miss G wore it one time and then refused to wear it again. She loved the fabric, but she doesn’t like dresses that have elastic around the bodice. I sure am glad to know to avoid them from now on. If you make something your kids hate what do you do? You UPCYCLE. I also have a free Independence Day Printable for you after the jump.  Continue reading


The Uptown/Downtown Dress Pattern by TeriLin Collection sewn by Knot Sew Normal

Last week I had the pleasure of testing a new pattern from a brand new pattern designer. The Uptown/Downtown Dress is the first pattern from the TeriLin Collection. TeriLin Collection patterns are designed by Terri Olson of Sew Straight & Gather. Her tutorial on tracing Ottobre patterns in 15 minutes is genius.
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FROZEN – Elsa Cape Tutorial and a pattern review.

Frozen Elsa Dress - Knot Sew Normal

Like most kids, Miss G and Mr T are super fans of the movie Frozen. I won’t lie, I really do love it too. I love the story and the songs and I just love the characters. Miss G recently got an Elsa doll and promptly requested a matching dress. I set about finding the perfect pattern.

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