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Sew Adorable: Latest Projects

Ever since my first sewing lesson since childhood almost three years ago, I have really enjoyed using my creative energy to create things through sewing.

I’m certainly not a perfect seamstress, but I do love the art of it anyway!

Because this winter has been SO STINKING COLD AND SNOWY, I’ve had plenty of downtime to work on projects. Can I show you some of them?

First of all, this is a sneak peek into our master bedroom re-decorating project. I made curtains…my very first set of curtains. I have never owned curtains (as an adult – I think I had a valance in my bedroom as a kid). And I L-O-V-E them!


I used the tutorial here, and modified it to also do curtains for our master bathroom.



The girls have requested a set of ruffle curtains for their bedroom, so that’s on the “To Do Someday” list.

Next up, we are Dave Ramsey fans around here, as his principles helped us pay off about $70,000 in 3 (very tightly budgeted) years, on a single income!

So, we’re working to impart some financial wisdom to our four little offspring. Part of that process is earning money through household jobs (honestly -haven’t kept up on this part of it, but will get back to it soon, I hope!). And when they get money, they now each have a cute little Give-Spend-Save pouch to put it in!


Hopefully this motivates all of us to get our rears in gear and ramp up the job chart (or a better system?) soon. Any ideas for a better job system?

Speaking of Ramsey…My cousin’s fiance just had their second baby boy, and his name is Ramsey, so I made him this little, soft blanket with an “R” just for him.


Luke’s boss in France is also expecting, so when he visited France in January, I sent this little gem over for her.


This is a lot of sewing, huh? I told you I love it!

Next up: Pump cases! Our oldest daughter Grace and our little friend Zachy are both on Animas insulin pumps, so I made some more pump cases to hold those little life-saving devices. Medical accessories can be cute, too, right?


Speaking of cute, who doesn’t love little boys in ties? I have discovered the ease and joy of making boys’ ties. My friend-since-birth, Jana, is having her THIRD boy this spring, so I whipped up some matching ties for her three boys to wear when Little Guy #3 arrives.


Stay tuned for some very similar-looking ties on Caleb and Jaden at Easter time. 🙂

Last but not least, I made a couple crayon rolls for Jaden and our neice Bristol. A slight modification from ones I’ve made before: I used an elastic band for the closure, instead of a ribbon. It’s much easier for small hands to use.




If you made it this far, congrats for staying with me! I hope it might have sparked some creativity in you! Even if you don’t sew, go color/sculpt/draw something! Or sing a song! Or play an instrument! God is the Great Creator, and I’m convinced He gave us a bit of His creativity to add joy to our lives.

So, tell me, what’s your favorite way to let out your creative energy?


  1. Lovely! It’s fun to see what other creative minds come up with. I’ve never felt drawn to sewing personally, so I’m intrigued by your interest in it. You’ve definitely put your skills to good use! I live the dress you made for Grace that she wore to Jackson’s dedication. My most consistent creative outlet is my classroom. I consider it a personal victory if I can come up with a way to make seemingly mundane information come alive for my kids in engaging ways. Cooking is another outlet for my creativity. And coming up with fun, new combinations for the clothes I already have instead of buying new ones. Last one – fixing my hair in new ways (thank you, Pinterest!). What are your other outlets beside sewing, Lacey??

    • I like the idea of creativity in the classroom. I’m sure you’re great at that! History was never exciting for me in middle/high school. Your students are lucky to have you! (For the record, I’m really enjoying history now!) 🙂 You ARE a very creative cook; I love it that you’re not afraid to try new things. And truly, I wish I was more fashionable. You’re great at clothing / hair.

      Other outlets for me…hmmm…writing has definitely always been an outlet (thus, the blog). Playing the flute (a favorite part of my Sundays). And finding frugal ways to decorate our house…which may never be finished!

  2. Wow! Love it all! I really need to get into sewing, that’s all so creative, beautiful, cute, adorable, etc.!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I feel like this goes without saying, but I get my creative energy out by knitting and crocheting, and mentally designing sweaters, pillows, baby blankets, and the like. Sometimes I redecorate my bedroom with my brain. It’s fun. XD

    • Ooh, I redecorate in my brain, too. Often.

      You’re awesome at knitting! For some reason, it didn’t make sense to my brain when the steps were explained to me, so I’d have to practice a lot to be successful at it. I think I’ll stick to sewing – line everything up, push the little black pedal, and VOILA! Stitches! 🙂

      • Thank you! It does take a while to get into knitting. But when you do… you REALLY get into it. Believe me, you should stick to sewing. It’s kinda cheaper, too, if you think about it. And it’s easier. (Flowered pattern? No problem! They make those commercially! In knitting? Each row would have two or more colours used at the same time! Knots galore, for me).

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