Super Toddlers!

These are my super toddlers. They are committed to fighting organization and tidiness. Their super powers are being so cute that I don’t mind.

Lately they have been asking us to tuck dish towels into their shirts while they zoom around the house. So I decided to make them capes. But I don’t like things that tie around their necks (it just doesn’t feel safe).  And I’ve seen the kinds with snaps but they only work with the corresponding shirt. So my solution? Magnets!!


I used tiny 1/4″ super strong magnets. I sewed three into these tabs and then I sewed another three into the little facing strip. (I reinforced the stitching around all of the magnets so they won’t escape). The tabs wrap around the collar of whatever shirt they are wearing and stick to the magnets in the facing. It works really well!

Then I used my Silhouette Cameo to design and cut out these super hero logos. (I love that machine!)

They are a big hit! That makes me a super mommy, right?!?


It’s Giveaway Time!



Hi Friends!  Bonnie Christine’s look book for her new fabric line, Forest Floor with Art Gallery Fabrics, was just released.  Check out all the beauty here.  Notice anything??? Hint: those two clutches up there… and my tiny tote too!  (All three patterns are available on my patterns page.)

To celebrate, I will be giving away a custom completed clutch! 

All you need to do to enter is follow me over on Instagram (@mycrowdednest) and tag a friend on the giveaway thread.  Share the above image for an extra entry, be sure to tag it with #forestfloorclutch.  I will make a random selection on Thursday, March 10, and the winner can choose either style and from a selection of fabrics, to be hand made by moi!

Details: All entries must be made by 5:00 pm Thursday, March 10.  Shipping to US included in giveaway.

My New Shop!

Hi, Friends!  I have been pretty quiet here on my blog lately because I’ve been busy working on something that I’m very excited about and excited to share with you!

I’ve opened a pattern shop!

I’m excited to offer patterns for these two clutches.  I’ve made both of them with fabric from Bonnie Christine’s new line, Forest Floor, with Art Gallery Fabrics.  (I’m in love with every print in this line.)  I’m already planning some more bags, and hope to get some quilt patterns up, too!

You can purchase my patterns and get more information by clicking on my “Patterns” page (here).  I will be adding more patterns as I complete them.

I am also planning a Giveaway to celebrate, so keep your eyes open for that!  Thanks for stopping by!

Special thanks to Callie Lynch for taking such beautiful pics!

Sew Together Bag Take 2


Winter is for knitting.  At least that’s what my creative inclinations dictate.  (I picked up the kit for this hat from our awesome local yarn shop, Silver Threads and Golden Needles.)  I used to keep my knitting notions and supplies in a big pencil case looking thing.  I’ve had it for approximately 28596 years and I was thinking I needed something new.  So naturally I decided to make another Sew Together Bag.  (I have already made one for my sewing supplies, I wrote about it here and here.) When I made the bag before, I wanted the front piece to lay flat so I altered it a little bit.  This time I cared more about keeping everything contained, so I followed the pattern exactly.

I used some fabric from Katarina Roccella’s Wonderland line from Art Gallery FabricsI already made a tote out of the feather canvas and some faux leather, and had a little bit left over, just enough for the outer of the bag.

I picked up a little bit of the some coordinates from the line and these awesome icy zippers to finish off the bag.  I love a zipper that pops.

I’m really happy with how it turned out and it is perfect for keeping everything I need close and organized.  If you haven’t made one of these bags yet, you definitely should!

PS- I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything… I did a lot of creating for the Holidays, but most of it was for gifts and I didn’t want to post about those things and ruin and the surprise.  It occurred to me too late that I should’ve taken pics of what I made, but I lacked foresight.  And I’m a notorious procrastinator so I probably also lacked the time to actually take the pics and still get the items in the mail on time… Anyway, I just wanted to acknowledge that it’s been a while and say “Hi! Thanks for coming back!”


Thanksgiving Recap

Because I love numbers, I will be quantifying Thanksgiving this year…

Hand made personalized pumpkin silverware pockets: 6

Coordinating cloth napkins: 6

Napkins completed in time for the meal: 2 (I got the other 4 done on Friday, all ready for next year…)

Decorative Turkey Towels: 1

Super cute kitchen helpers: 2

Minutes spent preparing Thanksgiving Meal: 1,328

Minutes spent by family consuming Thanksgiving Meal: 17

Side dishes Lily ate: 1 (it was, of course, the only thing that came from a can…and is shaped like a can…)

Types of bread: 2 (I have to have biscuits…)

Calories consumed: 34,476

Times I will be reheating leftovers in lieu of preparing an actual meal: 3 (not including the pot of Turkey Bone Soup I will be making this week)

Family members who are too far away: 58

Things I am thankful for: 1,587,475

Thanks for visiting!


Happy Halloween!

I usually make my kids’ costumes.

This was several years ago, when I only had two! But I loved making these. It was the only year I actually coerced them into coordinating costumes.

Last year I got to coordinate the babies, they were Curious George and the Lady in the Yellow Hat.

(Yes, that’s Eric in the top photo. He fell asleep in his sister’s chair with his sister’s pacifier.)

This year, Chris and I got in on the action…

We went as Zoo Keepers for our flamingo, panda and gorilla. (Levi was on a hunting trip with his Grandpa this year. We missed him quite a bit 😢) 
I loved making Lily and Cora’s costumes. They both got to be the animals they love the most. (Remember?) Eric is lucky enough to have an older cousin who passed along a gorilla costume so I didn’t make his. And it suddenly occurred to me that he has been a monkey two years in a row. We’ll do something different next year, buddy.

What did you dress up as this year?

Thanks for visiting!

My mistake and the beauty that happened anyway

Sometimes I just do dumb stuff. For instance, I was recently making a toddler dress for my friend Bonnie Christine. It was an adorable hooded sweatshirt dress with a keyhole in the front.  The fabric was a sweet knit print she designed for her new line, Forest Floor. I was making it from strike offs for her booth at quilt market, so it was in limited supply.  And then… I accidentally cut the keyhole out of the back. Like a dummy. I literally had to cut through the word “back” on the pattern piece to make that mistake. Like a big dummy.  There wasn’t enough fabric to cut another piece. I only cried a little.  (But to be fair, I cry about everything. It’s charming.)  To try and make my mistake seem intentional, I left off the hood and used a coordinating print to bind the neckline and keyhole. And it turned out so sweet. I actually like it better than the original design.

(Aren’t these prints amazing?!?)

And that got me thinking.  I have made quite a few mistakes in my life. Most of them are bigger than cutting some fabric incorrectly. But I thankfully know a Redeemer. My mistakes and missteps and poor decisions have taught me invaluable lessons. But more than that, they have been turned into good things for me. Instead of being defined by my choices, I am defined by my Creator. It is really good to be His.

Thanks for visiting!


Put a Snap on it!

IMG_4873I finally finished my Sew Together Bag.  I previously wrote about how I started it but didn’t get it finished, and then Crafters’ ADD kicked in and I started and finished several other projects before coming back to it.  I made two noteworthy changes: I used a longer outer zipper and I added Kam Snaps.  I made the binding on the handles longer to accommodate the longer zipper.  The snaps served two purposes: first, when the handles are unsnapped, the front can lay down flat and I can put a pin cushion, scissors, an awl and other supplies there.  I like having a place to put those things, otherwise I set them somewhere weird and have to grope around my machine to find them.  The snaps also gave me some options with the handle.  I can snap it to the sides, like the pattern shows, or snap it above the bag.  I love the versatility snaps can give a project.  Full disclosure: I look for excuses to put snaps on stuff.  This is a conversation that often happens in my house:

Me: “You know what this needs?”

My Husband: “A snap.”

Me: “Yup.”

When I posted  about a Hand Sanitizer Holder I made for Cora, obviously including a snap, I got a request for a video tutorial.  It took me a little while to find the time, but here it is:

I put snaps on pot holders so that I could snap them over the handle on the oven.  And I made my babies’ newborn cloth diapers, complete with snaps.  And I made my big kids these toys, called Snapazoos.  They can snap into all different animal shapes.

IMG_4861 So, yea, I like snaps.  What project could you enhance with snaps?

Thanks for visiting!


A couple Scout Tees

So I might just be the last sewist to make a Scout Tee by Grainline Studio. I have seen them everywhere. I actually made two.

This one is from a lovely rayon from Heather Bailey’s line Momentum with Free Spirit Fabrics.

And this one is a quilters weight cotton from Art Gallery Fabrics. It’s from Pat Bravo’s new line, Artisan.

(We carry both at the Shop)

I have found that once I make something I want to be done with it. I want to file away my pattern on start on the next thing. Occasionally I will return, months, maybe years later to make another one, but generally I don’t. I knew that I wanted two of these so I made them simultaneously, assembly line style. (And honestly, I do want another one to wear, because it fits so well, I just don’t want to be the one to make it 😁…I want to do something new!)

I really love the fit. And I didn’t have to alter the pattern at all, which is rare for me.

I also learned that I don’t know what to do with my arms when I’m being photographed. So…uh…hand on hip. Always.

Well except for in this pic. Where I’m being goofy with my E man.

Yesterday I wore the rayon and today I will be wearing the cotton. And I might just suck it up and make one more with double gauze.

Do you like to make the same thing again and again? Or are you “one and done” like me?

Thanks for stopping by!


30 Days of Sewing with AGF

This lady has no shortage of self esteem.  I’m assuming that here she’s practicing how to best address her royal subjects.  And with an outfit like that, those curls and that sass…yea, I’d follow her…

I’ve been dying to start sewing for Fall! I think the clothes are really the only thing I enjoy about this season.  So when Art Gallery Fabrics contacted me about being part of their “30 Days of Sewing” I jumped at the chance.  It’s no secret that I love to work with Art Gallery Fabrics.  Their Pima cotton is incredibly soft, and doesn’t require ironing (which is kind of big deal for this lazy busy mom.)  I’ve used their cotton prints here and here.  I’ve also previously used their voile, knits and their newest substrate canvas.  All are the highest quality and so very soft.

For this project I started with some knit prints from Sharon Holland’s collection, Sketchbook.  Aren’t these prints gorgeous? They are simultaneously modern and sweet.  Then I came across this pattern for a ruffled cardigan from Violette Field Threads. It was perfect! I just needed to include some of AGF’s solid knits for the cuff and button band (this one is strawberry kiss).  I love sewing with knits, especially because I have a Baby Lock serger! (I adjusted the pattern a little bit because it was written to be used with a sewing machine) I drafted some leggings from a pair she already had, that fit her well,  to complete the look. I had a lot of fun making this little outfit and Lily obviously had a lot of fun wearing it!

And just one more, totally gratuitous pic…because she’s my beautiful little lady…

I can’t wait to get my hands on some more AGF knits to make something for my little guy.  What are you sewing for Fall?

Thanks to Maxie for taking these pics and to the lollipop that was the incentive Lily needed to cooperate.

Disclaimer: This blog post was sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics.  All opinions are my own.

Thanks for stopping by!