Free Summer Sewing Patterns & Tutorials

FREE Summer Sewing Patterns for Girls from The Cottage Mama.

It’s that time of year again………time for summer sewing! I’ve rounded up a group of Free Summer Sewing Patterns & Tutorials for your little girls. Although, fall is my favorite season of the year, there is something so sweet about summer sewing……sundresses, bonnets, ruffles. Also, the bright colored fabrics and trims make my heart swoon. I’ve collected several dresses, hats, skirts, shorts and hooded towels that are all available for free here on The Cottage Mama blog. So I hope you’ll enjoy this round-up of projects!

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Lessons with Lindsay: Tying the Perfect Bow

Learn to tie the perfect bow on a little girls' dress! Lessons with Lindsay by The Cottage Mama.

You spent all that time creating the most adorable dress ever, only to finish it off with a crooked bow. You tried and tried and it never seems to look right, so eventually you just give up on tying the perfect bow. On today's Lesson with Lindsay, I'm teaching you how to tie the perfect bow on your little girls' dress. I promise you, it's really so simple! I get it.......tying a bow can be tricky, but with my easy-tie method, you'll never have to worry about having a messy looking bow again. Plus your bow will be straight, perfectly fluffy and stay in place … continue reading

15,000 Facebook Group Sale

The Cottage Mama Pattern Sale!

I'm so pleased that The Cottage Mama Patterns Group on Facebook now has over 15,000 members! What a huge milestone! The Cottage Mama Patterns Group is different than The Cottage Mama Business Page, in case you were wondering. If you're not familiar with the way that Facebook works these days, they no longer allow for 'fans' of business pages to see their posts unless the business pays to reach all of their fans. Sadly, the majority of posts on The Cottage Mama Business Page on Facebook only reach 300 people out of the 24,000 fans.  On the flip-side, The Cottage … continue reading

Girls Camping Themed Birthday Party

Girls Indoor Camping Themed Birthday Party. The Cottage Mama.

Savannah loves camping. Brett takes the kids camping several times a year. So far I haven't been able to go since we always have a baby at home, but once Josie is a little bit older I'll be joining them as well. Savannah decided she wanted a Girls Camping Themed Birthday Party, but with the weather in Chicago in March, we convinced her that the party would be best as an indoor camping party. We set up our HUGE tent in the basement, put a bunch of white twinkle lights on top and the girls got to sleep under the 'stars'. It was perfect! I thought I would share some … continue reading

Fabric Woven Tote Tutorial

Fabric Woven Tote Tutorial. Dollar Store party craft idea from The Cottage Mama!!

For Savannah's 8th birthday party I wanted to come up with a simple craft that the girls could complete. I wanted something that would be useful, cute and I didn't want the process of creating it to be messy. I don't like a whole lot of mess with my own kids, so I knew I would not be able to handle it with 12 little girls. When my mom was visiting from Texas we went to the dollar store to pick up a few things for the party. I spotted these plastic totes in the organizing section of the store and instantly thought that I could have the girls weave something … continue reading

Girl Scout Swap Dance Theme

Girl Scout SWAPS: Dance Theme from The Cottage Mama.

We are new to the world of Girls Scouts this year. But I currently have a brownie and a daisy and my girls are just absolutely loving all things Girl Scouts. I did Girl Scouts in elementary school, so it's fun to see my girls enjoying some of the same songs, sayings and activities as I did as a child. I had never heard of swaps, but we got an email a week or so ago from one of Savannah's troop leaders saying they were going to be doing a swap within their own brownie troop. Basically a swap is just a little something that a girl creates to express her unique … continue reading

Fabric Silhouette Art

Fabric Silhouette Art from The Cottage Mama.

My husband, Brett, gave me one of the sweetest gifts of all time this Christmas. I've come to realize that you do not need to spend a lot of money to have an extraordinary gift. My two most favorite gifts from my husband (aside from our children and my wedding/engagement rings) have been handmade and truly from the heart. The first was when he wrote 100 things he loved about me. He put this list into my Christmas stocking and I unrolled it like a scroll.......the whole thing was so poetic and was just perfect. And the other favorite gift from him came this last … continue reading

Campfire Birthday Cake

Campfire Birthday Cake - Ice Cream Cookie Cake from The Cottage Mama. SO cute!!

As I mentioned last week, we hosted a camping themed sleepover birthday party for 10 girls (12 including Savannah and Matilda). It was a lot of fun and I will share more party details with you next week (you can check out the invitations here). But first, I wanted to share the recipe for the Campfire Birthday Cake that I created for the party. … continue reading