My little you know who has already put in a request for the hideaway play tent on the book cover and the little amigo doll that comes with patterns for clothing and a papoose (see the top photo). Someday soon, I hope.
Meg divided the book into sections to match the rhythm of the day for a small child:
- greeting the morning
- bread sharing & homemaking
- inside play
- outside play
- goodnight,sleep tight
Meg and I share so much: an appreciation for the Montessori approach, a delight in Waldorf traditions and aesthetics, a desire to create peaceful and enriching environments for our family, and well there's that love for sewing, too. This book was destined to become one of my favorites, but I'm pretty sure it will be one of yours, as well. As with Meg's first book, Sew Liberated, the instructions and patterns are always straightforward so even if you don't have lots of sewing experience you can go forth with confidence.
Stretchy, soft knits are what my children have always been drawn too... most kids are. So, I was so happy to see lots of designs incorporating this kid approved fabric without the need for sergers or fancy equipment. My only peeve about is that my kids are too big for the clothing. That is the nature of mothering... we can't make them stop growing, can we? The sizing targets the 5 and under crowd. Luckily there are always babies needing gifts, right?
My half sister has twins turning one this month, so they were an easy inspiration. I loved these All By Myself Bibs. Older babies can't unsnap it or whip them off (as they are prone to do,) and a toddler can slip it on all by them self. Every one year old needs a couple for their birthday, no? Added bonus, they sew up quickly, so making multiples isn't daunting. I used a thick interlock polo shirt in extra large from the thrift store for both. I didn't have the"called for" ribbed jersey for the binding strips, but the instructions said I could substitute jersey... although it might not be as stretchy. We tested it over a 6 year old's big head and no problem. Yay!
My birth father (the twins' grandpa/abuelo) gave me a little bird printed t-shirt on my 5th birthday. It was a favorite I remember well. I thought it fitting to print one of my own birds on at least one of these bibs. The little blue bee wanted to land on the other. Now they are both flying over the ocean to Puerto Rico and two birthday babes.
So, "yes" you say... sounds great and sign me up! If you leave a comment in this post, you'll be entered into the random drawing to win a free copy of Growing Up Sew Liberated. Please make sure you leave your email if it's not linked through blogger.
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the book looks so wonderful! what a great prize to win. thanksI will contact you to get your mailing info.
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In addition, Meg is offering my readers 20% discount to anything in her shop (including her books) through June 23. Use the coupon code: MayaMade.
Here are the rest of the Blog Tour dates if you'd like to read more about the book and author: