Growing kids

I brought up some fabric to cut out a pair of pants for my 12-year-old son. I was disappointed and surprised to discover that I would need more fabric, as his legs have grown!

Upon further examination, I discovered that most of the pieces of fabric that I have purchased over the last 10 years to make pants for my sons are now too small to use for the 12-year-old.

Although he is petite and a very picky eater, I’m sure the 10-year-old is not far behind. That leaves the 5 -year-old boy. I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel any panic at all.

I can combine two small pieces of fabric to create a color block shirt. Colorblocking is NOT really appropriate for pants,  unless you were just adding patches, or pocket facings for interest. What boys need, are pants. Boys, destroy pants, much faster, than they destroy shirts.  April is the 12-year-old’s month. I would like to make him at least two pairs of pants, before the end of the month. However, at the moment, I only have one piece of fabric that is big enough to make him a pair of pants.

Don’t get me wrong. I have MUCH fabric in my basement that is long enough to make him a pair pants! Pretty pink plaids,  yellow and lime green fleece, many printed tee shirt materials, velvets and minky, and flannels in lime green and orange.

None of these fabrics are appropriate for a boy who is entering grade 7 in September.  I feel as though what I am experiencing,has less to do with what’s in my stash, and more to do with the sensation every mother experiences  over and over again as her child grows,

My Baby Is All Grown Up! 😢


I was so careful and I STILL did it wrong. I will have to rip these triangles out and switch the sides. This is the most precise and exact quilt I have ever done, and I want it to be just so. Oh well. I am just going to sew new ones for now, and set these backwards one aside for now.


Wedding Quilt

I have been surfing hundreds of blogs images and websites and library books for quilt designs. By no means did I copy this directly, but who knows maybe this is someone else’s design. This is what came out of my head today based on the fact that I already have a lot of precut 4 x 4 quilt squares…wedding is June 24. I’ll keep you posted…

Kwik Sew 3234

Size 10.

View A.

Great pattern. I will use it again, but not this fleece…..

Bargain price on this green fleece, and it shows. It acts like microfibre against my dry skin. Yuck. And it stretches and shifts and lumps up in weird ways and in weird ways. I won’t sew with it again…I have about 1.5 m left. If I can find a coordinating printed knit in my stash I will make a tie blanket out of it when my hands are not so dry from the winter cold. The day I finished this shirt it was -22′ C outside with the wind chill and I just could not bring my self to freeze my face and fingers to take photos outside!



Preview of See & Sew B6307

Once again taking a very simple project and making it ridiculously complicated by adding insane little details. This is a remnant I got for free from a coworker. I knew at once it would be pants for my baby girl. Then I had the brilliant idea of adding tiny pockets for her tiny fingers by cutting out matching squares from scraps of fabric and laying them directly on the existing square. And wouldn’t sweet little bits of lace just punch it up just a bit?!?!? I’ve got one done and my shoulders are killing me.


I’m pretty excited about my sewing projects for March. Three sweatshirts for my 9 year old. All the fabric is from my stash. I believe I have everything I need, even the ribbing. Simple projects, shouldn’t be hard to do. One has rainbows, and gray skies and lightning strikes, one has green plants all over it, and one has red and green diamonds. I actually have five shirts picked out for him but the likelihood of getting all 5 done in the month is pretty Cray Cray. I’m hoping to get at least one finished for his birthday on March 16th.

Also, my five-year-old has been invited to a birthday party in March. An excellent gift for that child would be a pair of PJ pants, a matching pillowcase,and a coordinating T-shirt. Certainly could save our family a few bucks on the bottom line, and clear out my stash of a few of those girly fabrics that have Lycra and spandex in them…

The race is on. Now I’m going to get off my blog and finish these February projects so I can share them with you.

Pants Too Tight

Apparently I don’t even know how big around my kids are. I don’t know if it’s because they change and grow and get skinny and then bulk up again before the next growth spurt…

The one thing I have a real issue with is sizing elastic waist bands!  It seems so simple, the elastic stretches for Goodness sakes! Even with this concept sometimes I don’t get it right. Sometimes the pants fall right off of them, or, even with the elastic all the way around, the kids complain they are just too tight. I did try to mimic the store bought adjustable waistbands in a few pairs of pants…3 to be exact. C seems happy with hers, M refuses to wear his ever, and I have not yet heard from J if he has any thoughts on the fit or fussiness of it.

Adding the two buttonholes and sewing the elastic down and handstitching in buttons is fine if you’re making a pair of pants from scratch. On this pair, I had already completed them and the elastic was too small and too tight, and she complained about them every time I put them on her. So I cut a hole in the Tknit, because I know it won’t fray. And then I did a cheat. I don’t like the way it looks from the outside of the front of the pants because of how much the button seems to pull to one side or the other. My girl could care less about this little fact, though. Now that they have been hacked, she is quite comfortable in them, in fact, she wore them for 24 hours straight and refused to take them off, the last time she wore them with the new bigger waistband.

So if the photos don’t make it clear, the button is on the inside of the waistband, the cut facing her belly button. The button goes through a buttonhole on both ends of the elastic. So instead of having to adjust to adjust at each hip,which is a good idea in pants with a fly or a front opening, just one adjustment at the center front  of these pull on pants.

I’m about to start another pair of pants for her…. in flannel, not knit, and I really want to finish them fast, as the end of the month is approaching quickly. I do want to include buttonhole elastic, i’m just not exactly sure how I’m going to make it work this time.