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Sewing for Kindergarten: No Man’s Land

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It is surreal that I am now sewing for a Kindergartner! And today, I’m joining up with Sewing Like Mad to share my kindergarten looks. Since we are doing an alternative schooling, I immediately knew that I was going to create two looks. Keep reading to see what I mean and why we do school a bit differently.

Is this your first time sending a child to Kindergarten? If not, which number child is this?
Yes! My eldest headed off to Kindergarten in August and despite being 7.5 months pregnant, I handled myself pretty well.
Do you feel like crying or celebrating? And what about your child?
Honestly, there was a week of extreme doubt that ran through me. Originally, we planned on homeschooling every year. When I got pregnant with #4 and struggled balancing everything, I knew I needed some help. We made the decision to start Carpenter in a university model school back in March. And we knew it was the right decision. However, as the week before school hit, I thought, “I could really do this whole schooling thing all by myself.” And “I don’t want him gone at all during the day.” However, as the first day approached, Carpenter’s excitement was contagious and I knew this was the right thing to do for him, for now. (And the right thing for me too!) So, on drop-off day, there were no tears, and he ran right in with a big smile on his face!
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Now, a month into the school year, I am overwhelmed with how much Carpenter is thriving. This is THE school for him. He loves going to school, he loves being home, he loves the structure of school days, he loves the freedom of home days, he loves his teachers, he loves his new friends, and he (gasp) gets along better with his sister….most of the time.
What kind of school does your child attend? 
This is where we are diving off into no man’s land. Ok, not really. BUT, we don’t homeschool or do public or private school. Carpenter attends a university model school. The general idea is that we do school at home on M, W, F, and Carpenter attends school in a traditional classroom on T and Th. The curriculum and pace is set by the school, and our lesson plans are all done for us – different than homeschooling where you would chose all that yourself.
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For the days we are home, we can set the schedule – get it all done early in the morning, or take a field trip or extended weekend vacation to explore and do our work in the car or do all our work on Monday and take Friday off.  We still have to get set tasks done, but there’s great flexibility in when and where it all happens. As Carpenter gets older, this flexibility will be a bit harder as he’ll have more work, but for now, we are loving this flexibility.
And since we are going to school in no man’s land, I had to create two looks to fully capture what our schooling looks like.
Tuesday/Thursday look:
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Since he’s required to wear a uniform, I knew I had to sew his backpack. A sewing mama has to send something handmade to school with her boy, right?
The backpack pattern is the rectangular backpack from Petit a Petit + Family. And, yes, it’s FREE. I love free patterns! Carpenter actually went on a date with me to select his fabrics. Of course, I was secretly hoping for stripes like the original, but when he chose camo, I was still fine. Then he chose blue instead of orange for the pocket and I about died. But, it’s his creation and he loves it.
I added a water bottle holder to both sides using fabric from a swim cover-up given to me by a friend. I knew I held onto that mesh to upcycle at some point!
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“Mom, make sure you get my wristband too!” At the school, they have a house system (yes, like Harry Potter. I told you this school rocks), and Carpenter got selected for Gaudium house, which stands for Joy.  They then get wristbands to coordinate with their house. All throughout the year they can earn points for service, academics, and conduct. Plus they have house games four times a year where they can earn more points. At the end of the year one of the four houses claims the Gryphon Cup!
Mon/Wed/Fri look:
PJs. Ok, I do make him get dressed most days. So, I threw together a raglan featuring some cool graphics and green pants. I’m all about some green pants.
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“Reading” Farmer Boy. He’s not quite reading yet, but he does love a good read aloud, and he soaks up all the good classics so far – I am very blessed to have this little learner!
 
The pants were made using Shwin and Shwin’s Nowhere Man Pants pattern, which I scored for $3 during some sale this past year.  I had been eyeing that pattern for a while and impatiently waited until I was able to get them on sale. And the green twill I practically stole from Hancock Fabrics when they were going out of business. I think I paid $1.50/yard for this color.
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The pockets feature some math facts fabric that I purchased many years ago at a little hole in the wall fabric shop in the middle of no man’s land Mississippi. Turns out that Carpenter loves math, so these are just right for him.
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These are such great pants – I cannot wait to sew up some more! And, their name is perfect for where we fit in the educational system – nowhere. Ha. I have to explain what a university model school is every time I tell about where Carpenter goes to school. But that’s ok, because it’s a GREAT model! As Carpenter gets older, he will attend more hours on the school’s campus and be more responsible for his own work – emailing his teachers, etc. Right now, he attends school from 8:30 am – 1 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, and we work together on what he needs to be responsible for in his schoolwork.
At the beginning of school, I asked him what he wanted to learn about and he answered: cooking!
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Although maybe the reason he likes to cook is because he likes to eat so much.
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Don’t give me that, you know it’s true.
He also loves to build, read, and play chess. I knew I wanted to be intentional about drawing out these interests of his, so I threw them all on a shirt for kindergarten.
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The shirt is a raglan using Nap-time Creations free raglan pattern.  Have I told you I love a good free pattern?  The fabrics are a blue knit that a friend gave me and a gray knit with rectangles. I bought the gray knit at my local Bernina, but I can’t remember the brand.
For the graphics, I found some free silhouettes and uploaded them into my Cricut software. Then printed them out on white iron-on vinyl and adhered them to the shirt. I was totally inspired by this shirt to make something simple.
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Yes, the only chess set we own is a Lord of the Rings set. 🙂
Question to your kindergartner: What have been the best and the worst parts so far?
Best part: Outside. Recess, it’s called recess.  I like going outside at home too.
Worst part: Don’t have one. Yet.
A man of few words. Except when he needs to go to bed and then he’ll talk your ear off. 😉
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More Maternity Makes

Sorry Sew Thrifty has become maternity sewing overload lately. But, sewing all these maternity garments has given me a TON of confidence to sew for myself a lot more now. In fact, I’m getting jealous of my maternity wardrobe. So, I’m going to have to step it up once I’m no longer pregnant and sew some awesome things for myself. For today we have a raglan and some more culottes.

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Using FREE Tutorials to Design Your Clothes

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Over the past year I’ve been blogging off and on still trying to figure out just what kind of sewing blog I’d like to portray. (And what I have time for!) In the end, I know I want to encourage other potential sewists out there to start sewing, keep sewing, and finding ways to afford sewing. Today, I used four free tutorials to create a unique look for this shirt. No money was shelled out for patterns and all of these tutorials are easily found online. In fact, I’m completely self-taught and find most of what I need to teach myself online.

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Dressing my 4th for the 4th

I absolutely *love* dressing for the Fourth of July. It’s the only holiday I dress for and I tend to go all out (including painting my nails to look like American flags). Don’t ask me why I love looking like an American flag though because I’m really not that patriotic. Sorry, but it’s the truth. I love Jesus more than my country. Anyway….you’re here to check out my fun outfits, and I’m so glad you came!

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Beach Cover-up, Maternity Style

It’s definitely summer here in Mississippi, and I’m avoiding going outside. I know that’s terrible because being outside is so good for the soul, but man it’s hard to stay sane in this outrageous heat being pregnant. This is my third Mississippi summer pregnancy and I know how to manage. AC and popsicles are my friend. BUT, my kiddos love being outside and the heat doesn’t bother them, so if we do go out, it’s to the pool or beach!

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Crafting with Kids: A Freezer Paper Tutorial

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It’s summer time here and I love having more time to craft with my kiddos. Plus, as they age, they can do more every year. This was a craft I did with my son last year and am just now sharing it with you. (So, yea, his hair is a lot longer and he looks so young!) Perhaps we need to make a new shirt this year and let his sister join in the fun too. But, enough about that, let’s get going to a fun tutorial you can do with your kids – freezer paper graphics!

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Beach Baby Bump!

The first time I was pregnant I didn’t even know how to sew. Then I miscarried and sewing became a hobby and way to sew for a potential future baby of mine. But I mostly sewed for my nieces. Then I finally got a baby of my own and I sewed all the things. Baby blocks, blankets, bibs, crib dust ruffle, and so much more. Then my baby became a little dude and I fell in love with sewing for boys. Fast forward 5 years and I still love sewing for boys, but have also sewed a bit for myself (and my two girls). In the 5 pregnancies (two loses), I had yet to sew one maternity item for myself. And, here I’m embarking on — what I feel like is my last pregnancy — and about to sew almost my entire maternity wardrobe! I am beyond excited. I don’t even care that I may never wear these beautiful handmade clothes again. I’m going to wear them and love them for the next 6 months. And, that’s all that matters right now.
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That has been a glimpse into my sewing journey and not even the main reason for this post.  So, let’s get to it! This awesome beach ball shirt was so fun to make. I did get some inspiration from a store that sells shirts very similar to these, but knew I could make my own. 

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And now, after trying it on and seeing photos, I’m realizing this shirt will be way cooler when I’m bigger. But, I’m not one for getting all bent out of shape; instead I think this will be such a fun photo shoot to try and re-create every month or so! Watch the beach ball inflate….Beach Baby Bump | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Beach babies! And by beach, I mean the imported sand next to the reservoir where we live. But, hey, my kids don’t know the difference. 😉Beach Baby Bump | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Shirt details:
Pattern: Cara Maternity Shirt by Megan Nielson Patterns
Fabric: Purple Spandex Knit from Girl Charlee
Vinyl: Silver glitter and white from USCutter

DIY Maternity Tank

Well the secret is out…I’m pregnant! Baby #4 is coming this way in September and we are thrilled. We’ve always wanted a big family and so blessed by God that we’ve been able to have this many children. And since I’ve been sewing more, I feel a lot more confident to sew my own maternity wardrobe!  DIY Tank Tutorial Header 1

Today I’m sharing a simple tank and you can find out how to make your own over at DIY Maternity today! So thrilled to have the opportunity to guest blog over there. Go check it out if you’re needing some new tanks yourself (the tutorial really is great for any tank top, not just maternity!).

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The tank I copied is a Liz Lange Maternity Tank from Target that I got on clearance for $3 and worn so much it’s wearing a bit thin. But I love wearing it under other shirts that aren’t quite long enough. So I paid $3 for a great tank AND a free pattern! The elephant tank cost me a little more than $10 to make.  I don’t mind that it cost more than the original shirt because the material is much nicer with more stretch and durability to it.

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