Sewing Dresses for Africa

Pillowcase Dress by Lindsay Wilkes from The Cottage Mama.

Sewing Dresses for Africa

I just returned from one of my very favorite events of the year, Baby Lock Common Threads. Common Threads is an event for a fairly small group of people that are sponsored by Baby Lock Sewing and Embroidery Machines. It always feels like a family reunion because I consider these women a big part of my sewing family and it’s a thrill to get to see them at least one time a year and catch up with everyone. There are ladies from all aspects of the sewing industry……quilting, sewing, fashion, embroidery, home decor sewing and more!

Pillowcase Dress by Lindsay Wilkes from The Cottage Mama.

This time I had the pleasure of leading one of the three classes that was planned for the event. Each year we try to do some sort sewing for charity and this year we were dedicated to sewing dresses for the organization called ‘Dresses for Africa‘. You may or may not be familiar with this organization, but this is a group founded by Rachel O’Neill that sends dresses over to little girls that would otherwise have no clothes to wear. They focus their efforts on some things for boys and women as well, but the main focus is the little girls. Rachel flew in to speak to the group before we began the class and is was very impactful to hear her story. Their motto ‘We aren’t just sending dresses, we are sending HOPE!”….. really touches me.

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The Cottage Mama Fabric for Riley Blake Designs!

Dainty Darling Fabric Collection design by Lindsay Wilkes from The Cottage Mama for Riley Blake Designs.

I have an exciting announcement today! Guess what? I am a new fabric designer for Riley Blake Designs! I have been dying to share this news with you for months and now they finally said I could make the announcement since the fabric is on their website available for preorder for shops. I have toyed with the idea of creating a line of fabrics for a few years now since I released my book, but it just didn't seem like the right time. I'm a firm believer in not rushing things and making sure that the business decisions I make are in line with what's going on with … continue reading

DIY Framed Pegboard

DIY Framed Pegboard Tutorial. Sewing and Craft Room. The Cottage Mama.

I've been working on getting my sewing room all neat and organized since we moved into our new house last August. Seeing as though it is 'my space', it seems to have taken a back burner to all of the family spaces in the new house. There's something so hard about committing to putting holes in the walls of freshly painted drywall. But I've gotten tired of not having my sewing room looking and feeling the way I wanted, so I'm slowly, but surely getting things up on the walls! I can't wait to share my entire sewing room with you (if you're following @thecottagemama … continue reading

Dresses for the Girls

Girls Dresses. Sewing Patterns and Tutorials from The Cottage Mama.

We've had a lot going on around here lately with the end of the school year. Lots of fun events.......piano recitals, dance recitals, open house, ABC countdown, Daddy-Daughter Dance, etc. The end of the year always seems to bring so many fun events! The girls recently attended their school's Daddy-Daughter Dance. It was their first time since our other school didn't offer this type of event. They loved it. Luckily for these two ladies, we just picked something off the Cottage Mama rack. The sample rack is currently overflowing up in our attic. It's always fun for … continue reading

Lessons with Lindsay: Edge Stitching Sewing Video

Lessons with Lindsay: Edge Stitching Sewing Video Tutorial from The Cottage Mama.

I've got a new Lessons with Lindsay Sewing Video Tutorial for you. Today I'll be teaching you how to add professional looking Edge Stitching to your children's garments or any sewn project. It's really a lot easier than you've probably ever imagined. This technique is easy enough for a beginner, but even if you are a seasoned sewer, you may learn a thing or two. I hope you enjoy today's video, Lessons with Lindsay: Edge Stitching Sewing Video. … continue reading

Free Summer Sewing Patterns & Tutorials

Free Summer Sewing Patterns & Tutorials 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! … continue reading

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