Recycled Denim Bag Tutorial


We've had some glorious summer days here in Alaska recently. It's that time of year where we spend as much time as we can outside; we gather firewood, harvest summer veggies, and pick wildflowers. This denim bag can help you out with all of those. The bag uses recycled jeans, and was "commissioned" by a friend who wanted a sturdy…
Four tips for Sewing with Denim | stitchesandsunflowers.com

Tips for sewing with Denim


I recently finished a fun sewing project I made for a friend using recycled jeans (tutorial here). Let me just say, sewing with denim can be super tough! Especially when you are using recycled denim and you may be sewing through lots of layers. During this project I was able to test out denim-sewing tips I learned in my college sewing classes, and…
Baby PJ Set From an Adult Tee Free Pattern and Tutorial | stitchesandsunflowers.com

Twelve Month PJ Set From an Adult Tee (Free Pattern and Tutorial)


I've mentioned this before, but living on a small island, my only options for baby clothes shopping are a small Wal-mart and a tiny thrift store. The selection at both is...not my favorite. Also, I have to admit, I have a slight problem where I don’t want to buy something I know I can make. A PJ set falls in…

Being a Type A Mom + Four Tips that Help Me


I never realized how much of a type A person I am till I became a mom. Being a type A mom can be more stressful than it has to be. Hopefully as I share my experience with you, you'll be able to find more peace in the craziness that is motherhood. So, What does Type A even mean? In…
Five Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July Without Fireworks | stitchesandsunflowers.com

Five Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July without Fireworks


In my opinion, there are a few essential traditions needed for celebrating every holiday. For the Fourth of July, fireworks are one of them. Until I found out that there is NO fireworks show on the island, that is. We think it's because the only person authorized to set them off left the island years ago. Add onto that the fact…
My Mom Schedule + Two Tips for Establishing Your Own | stitchesandsunflowers.com

My Mom Schedule + Two Tips to Establish Your Own


As a mom I thrive on structure and routine. Luckily for me, babies also love daily routines and structures. Routines help Littles know what is going on and what is coming next. I find that having a daily schedule also helps me make time for creativity. Now this doesn’t mean that I’m not flexible, and I'll admit that I sometimes watch Netflix for a…
Outdated Skirt Refashion: Give New Life to Something Old |stitchesandsunflowers.

Outdated Skirt Refashion: Give New Life to Something Old


Today I'm giving you a tutorial for an outdated skirt refashion. While you may not have or be able to find exactly the same kind of skirt, this tutorial is meant to get your creative juices flowing, and teach you techniques you could apply to multiple types of skirts. In the 1960s, my great-grandma was the mom to multiple teenage…
A Tribute to Dads+DIY Father's Day Gift | stitchesandsunflowers.com

A Tribute to Dads+DIY Father’s Day Gift


Usually on this blog we talk about Moms, but since it's Father's Day, I think it's time for a tribute to the dads out there. Here's the thing about Dads: I don't think they get enough credit. It seems in many tv shows and movies I watch, the dad is the comedy relief, the one who makes all the mistakes. They're portrayed…
I Wont Tell You What Works for your Baby |stitchesandsunflowers.com

I Won’t Tell You What Works for Your Baby


Before I even got pregnant with my first baby, I had a very clear picture of what kind of a mom I wanted to be. I slowly gathered lots of research about routines, sleeping schedules, and open-ended play. Once I was pregnant, I only intensified my research. I wanted to know what other moms had to say about baby-wearing, birth,…

How to Size Down a Button Up


One of the best ways to have an elegant and polished wardrobe with minimal and not-so-expensive pieces is to have clothes tailored to your body. Currently, my wardrobe does not fit that description. But, like a good, cheap frugal diyer, rather than throw everything away and start fresh I am taking the clothes that I still like and altering them…