Prorities, Perfectionism, and why I’ve Decided to Stop Blogging

I sat on the couch, overwhelmed at the end of the day and tried to figure out what a successful day looked like for me. What did I have to accomplish in order to be pleased with myself at the end of the day? I knew the  “right” answer. The one that goes, “As long as … Continue reading “Prorities, Perfectionism, and why I’ve Decided to Stop Blogging”

My Second Birth : Another Natural Birth in a Hospital Setting

This June we were so happy to welcome another little boy into the world! I love the crazy, empowering, and miraculous experience that is childbirth. As I look back, it’s interesting to me to see the differences between my two birth stories. You can read my first son’s birth story here. Birth is Beautiful It’s important … Continue reading “My Second Birth : Another Natural Birth in a Hospital Setting”

How to Draft Your Own Baby or Toddler Tee Pattern (From Existing Clothes)

Here at Stitches & Sunflowers I’m all about sewing to save money. One way to do this is to make your own patterns. This tutorial will teach you how to make a tee shirt pattern for your baby or toddler. This pattern is super simple to make, so it’s a good way to start making your own patterns. Making a tee … Continue reading “How to Draft Your Own Baby or Toddler Tee Pattern (From Existing Clothes)”

Preparing for a Gender Surprise Baby + Three Tips for Finding Gender Neutral Clothes

So far in our family we’ve enjoyed waiting until the baby is born to learn whether it is a boy or a girl. We love the excitement of the surprise and the guessing. It’s kind of special to just love the baby without yet knowing much about him or her, and it adds some extra … Continue reading “Preparing for a Gender Surprise Baby + Three Tips for Finding Gender Neutral Clothes”

DIY Baby Pocket Tee + Free Pattern

One of my first posts on this blog was my DIY baby tee made from an upcycled adult tee shirt. It’s still one of my favorites! It seems I always have an old tee shirt or scraps of knit tee shirt fabric laying around to experiment with, but it’s not always cute baby fabric (in … Continue reading “DIY Baby Pocket Tee + Free Pattern”

Becoming a Mother: Baby #1 Birth Story

Lately here at Stitches and Sunflowers I’ve been sitting around waiting for false labor to turn into real labor. Since I have only baby on my brain, I thought it would be fun to share with you the birth story of my first baby. Birth is so personal, but as I was preparing for L’s … Continue reading “Becoming a Mother: Baby #1 Birth Story”

Finish Seams without a Serger: Bias Bound Seam

For those of us who don’t have access to a serger, it can be frustrating to sew professional apparel without having straggly, fraying seams after a few washes. That’s why I’m giving you tutorials for my favorite and most versatile serger-free seam finishes! So far in this series we have covered French seams, false French seams, clean finishes, … Continue reading “Finish Seams without a Serger: Bias Bound Seam”

Three Things I Learned About Myself During my Year as a Working Mom (and First Year Teacher)

It has been about ten months since I have written or created for this blog, but I’m back with some exciting updates! The reason I’ve been absent for so long is that at the end of last July our plans unexpectedly changed, and I got a job as a first-year teacher. I spent this last … Continue reading “Three Things I Learned About Myself During my Year as a Working Mom (and First Year Teacher)”

Finish Seams without a Serger: Sew a Neater Zig-Zag Finish

Finishing seams is a basic skill YOU can use to make your sewing professional without fancy equipment, or even a serger. This month I’m writing simple tutorials showing all my favorite ways to finish a seam without a serger. So far in this series we’ve practiced 1) a French seam, 2) a false French seam, and … Continue reading “Finish Seams without a Serger: Sew a Neater Zig-Zag Finish”