Category: Clothes

Quilts from baby clothes

DIY baby clothes quilt {Heather's Handmade Life}

This project has been sponsored by Atlantic Fabrics’ six locations across Nova Scotia, including the newest store on Parkland Drive. Back in January I wrote about how I’d finally decided to purge the (very large) plastic bins of “special” baby clothing in our closets….

I’ve gone full von Trapp

It started with a set of curtains.  I sewed them a couple of years ago for my sister’s living room, back when I made that custom upholstered headboard for her bedroom.  (I couldn’t resist doing the living room as well, with some simple curtains…

Mom confession: I suck at buying boots

I think I’m a pretty good parent. But there’s one area in particular that I’m a complete failure — and it’s to do with my children’s boots. I mean, they have boots. It’s not like they’re freezing in a pair of sneakers all winter….

Do you really need ALL of those "meaningful" baby clothes?

You can never have too many nicely-organized storage bins, right? Especially when they’re storing the most precious thing of all — memories! What about those bins of baby clothes, though? I’d limited myself to one bin per child, but they were really big bins….

How to make your jeans fit perfectly (when you have a big butt)

I’ve been big-butted my whole life. In my mom’s side of the family we lovingly call it the Watson Rear. I used to be embarrassed about my big butt, especially when I think about all of the REALLY UNFLATTERING high-waisted mom jeans I wore…

Easy DIY leggings

Stretchy, comfy leggings are a staple in most girls’ wardrobes and the right pair can be awesome on little boys, too. Like most store-bought kids’ pants, though, they often seem to be a little shorter than you’d like or not fit well in the…

DIY reversible wide-brimmed sun hats

Working at a drugstore cosmetic counter as a teenager set me up for a lifelong devotion to sunscreen and shade — as well as an obsession with face creams, actually. So during this time of year when my kids are spending hours in the…

Why I sew my kids’ clothes

Why I sew my kids' clothes

Sometimes when people find out I sew almost all of my kids’ clothes, they get weirded out. I totally get it. It probably would have sounded insane to me a few years ago. Like, what, are you trying to channel The Sound of Music…

My favourite shirt is the one I make myself

As you guys know, I got really into sewing while was counting down the days to motherhood. My friend L and I used to have Stitch-n-Bitch nights where we’d sew little quilt or tote bags, but we were often stuck for projects because WE…

The scientific differences between boy clothing and girl clothing

Science was my second-worst subject in school, second only to math — ugh, fractions — but I’m finally seeing a few theories pan out in real life. No, I still don’t know how to determine eye colour or how to fully explain the baking…

When moms follow (mom)trends

Understatement of the century: I am not a trendy and/or stylish person. I am a super basic dresser — jeans, striped tops and sweaters, and don’t forget the uncool winter boots that I wear eight months out of the year (replaced with flats or…

A Tale of Two Leggings

SCENE: This morning at our house BACK STORY: Little D (age three) attends a weekly gymnastics class for three- to five-year-olds (yes, at the same place where I put myself through gymnasticky torture of the adult variety).  Anyway, they have a lot of rules…