Happy 1st Day of School 2016

1st Day of School 2016. The Cottage Mama Sewing and DIY Blog.

Happy 1st Day of School 2016! Our three oldest are finally starting back to school today. They are SO excited and I am SO excited! I love having them home with me, but having a family with four kids, we definitely thrive on a schedule. We are looking forward to getting back in the swing of things and getting our routine going again.

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More Back to School Sewing

Back to School Free Sewing Projects, Tutorials and Patterns from The Cottage Mama

Can you believe that summer break is coming to an end in a few weeks and the kids will be heading back to school? Summer always seems like it's going to be so long and then it flies by in a blink! We've already received our teacher assignments, so back to school is right around the corner! I wanted to share some sewing patterns that I think are really great for More Back to School Sewing. Maybe you want to make your little one, one special item for back to school or maybe you want to make them a whole bunch. Either way, this list will get you started! … continue reading

Another Pillowcase Dress for Africa

Pillowcase Dress Sewing Pattern from The Cottage Mama. www.thecottagemama.com

I have had this pillowcase dress hanging in my studio for a little while and realized I never took any pictures. So I snapped a few this weekend before I send it off to be donated. I loved creating those pillowcase dresses for Dresses for Africa a few months ago when I taught at Baby Lock Common Threads. The message of Dresses for Africa really spoke to me, so I decide to create another dress to send over there when this fabric arrived from Michael Miller Fabrics. These dresses are so quick to sew and really don't take that much fabric. If you have an afternoon, … continue reading

Apple Picking Bundle Box Pre-Order

Apple Picking Bundle Box Pre-Order from The Cottage Mama. www.thecottagemama.com

I'm excited to announce the Apple Picking Bundle Box Pre-Order now available over in The Cottage Mama Etsy shop! I know a lot of you were hoping to grab one of the first bundle boxes that sold out in under 4 minutes, so I'm please to offer you a new bundle box for this next month. Now, I'm still leaning towards doing a subscription service, but that is going to take my web developer a good amount of time to implement subscriptions onto the website incorporating all the features that I'm looking to have as part of that service. … continue reading

Old Vintage Sewing Book

Vintage Singer Sewing Book from The Cottage Mama.

I have a thing for vintage related sewing and cooking items. I love old spools of thread, vintage patterns, vintage sewing kits, vintage notions, vintage cookbooks, vintage cookie cutters........you name it, I love it! Now I haven't gotten into collecting old sewing machines like a few of my friends, but I do think that those are a thing of beauty whenever I come across one in an antique store. … continue reading

Easy Magnetic Pin Holder Tutorial

Easy Magnetic Pin Holder Tutorial. The Cottage Mama Sewing Blog.

I have been meaning to write a blog post for over a year about this Easy Magnetic Pin Holder, but as life would have it, I just never got around to it. But today is the day! My mom sent me this darling magnetic pin holder that she made last year and I use it so much in my studio. My mom and I have a thing for little dishes. We love to have little cute bowls and dipping dishes around for snacks, etc. We believe you can never have too many cute little dishes! I like having multiple pin holders going at one time, so I can have straight pins within arms reach at … continue reading

Sold Out Bundle Boxes

The Cottage Mama Bundle Box. Fabric, Trim, Button and Thread Kits for Sewing!

Sold Out Bundle Boxes You guys......The Cottage Mama Bundle Boxes sold out in under 4 minutes! How did that happen?!?! When all those sold emails came into my inbox, I could hardly believe it! I wasn't exactly sure how many boxes to put together. I knew I didn't want to end up with too many left over, so I settled on 30 boxes. I figured that would be more than enough this first time. When I received the fabric yardage, I actually received less than I ordered (since these lines were pretty much sold out), so I was only able to do 26 boxes. But again, I figured … continue reading

Bundle Box ~ Fabric, Trim and Button Kits

The Cottage Mama Bundle Box. Fabric, Trim, Button and Thread Kits for Sewing!

The Cottage Mama Bundle Box As a lot of you know, one of my favorite parts of the sewing process is selecting fabrics and trims for the different garments that I create. I love mixing and matching patterned patterned fabrics, using unique, classic trims and paying close attention to details down to the very last button. … continue reading