How do you have time for that?

This is the first question I hear about my sewing endevours. Answer: I don’t. 

I look for windows of opportunities on the weekends and sew like crazy! It’s usually if the hubby takes the dogs and our 4 year old P on a walk and I put E down for a nap. I do as much as I can, as fast as I can. I have started timing myself and it seems that each set of booties takes 1-1.5 hours 😳. I’m slowly getting faster, slowly. 

Here is a look at what it takes to make these adorable tiny booties. 
1) cut fabric

2) sew heel sections together right side to right side.  (Forgot to take this pic 😩)

3) turn fabric right side out and sew seam. Insert elastic. 

4) sew toe piece to heel piece. I have layered this incorrectly and ended up with fabric facing the wrong way and/or mismatched fabric ☹️

Once you turn everything right side out you get the top(s) of your reversible shoe!

5. Add bottoms. This is the hardest step for me. You have to scrunch all of the tops to fit inside the bottoms. 

Then sew around but leave a small opening. 

Turn it inside out and…

Woohoo! Booties!

6. The ending. After you turn them inside out there’s a small hole left that you have to hand-stitch close. It took me a while to figure out how to actually have the seam be hidden. 

And they’re done. A lot of work for some pretty cute shoes. 

Long time/Busy time

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It has been about 5 months since my last post! I have found that as a parent life flies by. I used to call my grams every day and if I missed a day I would always say “I’ve been really busy. I don’t know with what, but I’m busy”. I feel like that is my life lately. A big part of that is probably because I work 3 part-time jobs, am married, and have 2 kids. THINGS COMING AT ME FROM EVERYWHERE! In the midst of this busyness I have tried to start an Etsy shop sewsewcute4baby I really thought that I would put these designs on Etsy and people would start buying them. Boy was I wrong. I am lucky enough to have friends who are supporting the business but I’m struggling on how to appeal/sell to people I don’t know. A big thing that might help is having 3 extra hours in the day when my kids are asleep and I can work, hahahaha! mom joke! Seriously though, a big help is that my husband has been so supportive and is building me a sewing desk in our room so I’ll have my own space (I’ve been working at the kitchen table). With this new space I hope to really learn to make “work” time for myself, maybe 5 hours a week to start with. I’m hoping by doing this I can take the time I really need to finish my products, promote my shop and design new products, #lifegoals. Hopefully I will figure out this work, kids, work, marriage, work, self, work, balance and start to really succeed 🙂

Hit me baby one more time! 

Well, I finished the travel changing pad. The original pattern that I downloaded (see last post) didn’t have a pattern on it! It was 12 pages on what to do but no pattern. I tried multiple different downloads and couldn’t find one so I decided to wing it, which is always a bad idea. 

I cut the fabric, laid out what I wanted it took look like, sewed it, added the vinyl and realized I needed to add the vinyl in the beginning. So I unstitched everything and sewed it all back together ONE MORE TIME. I used white thread thinking it would be a good contrast but in hindsight I should have used black thread to cover up my mistakes! 

Lessons were learned.  I am going to continue making travel changing pads to try and improve on my design (I will also continue looking for a pattern!). 

I would walk 500 miles…or I would drive 90 miles for fabric. 

We live in western Colorado in a small town 

It’s very picturesque. The down side to a picturesque town is that no one wants Target, Michaels, or Wendy’s in the picture, we have no chain or box stores here. The town next to us has 2 grocery stores and the smallest/dumpiest Walmart I’ve ever seen.  So I drive 2 hours when I need something that Kroger and Walmart can’t supply. 

On Sunday I loaded up the kids in the wagon and headed on our way! (Dad stayed home and built shelves and did other manly things in our garage). 

So away we went on a 2 hour drive for fabric. It’s 90 miles of highway driving which normally would be 1.5 hours but we have to go down the mountain about 3,000 feet so it takes a little longer. It is a beautiful drive past the Blue Mesa Reservoir My daughter likes to count the tents ice fishing. There’s usually at least 50!

The Black Canyon National Park is also on the drive  Since it has been so uncommonly cold here and we’ve had 100+ inches of snow it has forced the animals to come down from the mountain tops, not great for drivers but fun for passengers. We saw a giant herd of at least 100 elk  and of course, deer the crazy part about mountain life is when you drive 2 hours you go from this to this50 and sunny!! 

We hit up our favorite Jo-Ann fabrics and, of course, Target then headed back home for Family slumber party night.

 I ended up getting fabric for a diaper changing station I hope to turn all that in to this:http://so-sew-easy.com/baby-changing-mat-pattern/#_a5y_p=2597443

I also got more fabric for shoes and bibs! Oh boy!! I tried to buy a lot of mix and match patterns so the shoes and bibs can compliment each other. We’ll see!