As a part of the Ease into Motherhood sewing series, I wrote about how sewing changed after my second child. and tried out the Closet Case Patterns Ebony T-shirt! Writing the post reminded me that it had been months and months since I’d sewn anything for myself. I bounced from pregnant to nursing my first to pregnant and then to nursing my second, with my weight fluctuating back and forth from 30 pounds over “normal” to 15 pounds below. The last time I sewed something after my second kid, it was a huge flop after I actually edited the photos and looked at them; fabric choices and fit was way off. I vowed to wait until she’d weaned, and then got caught up in other projects. Now I finally feel like I’m more or less at a new normal and ready to make things for myself again!
Paper piecing is so much fun, and I’m getting a jump on holiday sewing with this paper pieced Christmas tree! Most traditional holiday decor isn’t my style but I love how the geometric lines and crisp edges of this design looks when it is sewn up. A completed block measures 12″ square and I’m planning on making it into a pillow set with my paper pieced reindeer from another Quiet Play pattern, see it here!
A new Swoodson Says pattern has released! This is the perfect pattern to sew by the dozens. The design lends itself well to using up fabric scraps and the appliques are unique while remaining easy to sew on. Babies and toddlers will love throwing, stacking, and squishing these soft blocks; they’d fit perfectly in a stocking!
Sewing and motherhood are intertwined in the past 5 years of my life; being pregnant sparked my urge to make things and while I love staying at home with my 2 kids, crafting is my main outlet. Life after my first child looked much different than after my second child, so I’m joining Erin, Monserratt, and Jodi for a series called Ease In to Motherhood, which is “a sewists’ celebration of motherhood and the changes it brings to our lives. During the month of July, we invite you to share your experiences of the physical and mental changes of pregnancy, childbirth and/or any other way a child comes to your life.” Be sure to click over and read what other bloggers had to share for the series – and if you’re pregnant or parenting check out my other related posts: