Friday, June 10, 2011

Teaching Girls to Sew, Girl's World


My girls have been wanting to learn how to sew, but it seems like life is always far to busy for me to make the time to teach them. 
 This Summer I have decided to make time!!!! 

 A few weeks ago I was lost on a rabbit trail in blog land (do you ever find yourself there?) and came upon a review of a book called Girl's World: Twenty-One Sewing Projects to Make for Little Girls .  Well I was hooked, I became a stalker extraordinaire
I ordered two of the books (more on that at the end of the post)
I followed the author Jennifer Paganelli on twitter @SisBoom
I bookmarked her website Sisboom
I liked her on Facebook
and I drooled over her fabric line
I took my girls and had the books signed 

During all of this stalking I found a kindred spirit, a "girl's girl".  Every item in the book has been bookmarked by my girls as a project they want to do, and I knew I was head over heels for Jennifer when I read this line from the introduction of her book
"These handmade items create opportunities for lasting memories-a tea party with favorite stuffed animals, getting dizzy twirling around in a ballet skirt, picnicking on a pretty handmade quilt.  It's a joy to sew for your little girl knowing that the love you put into that stuffed animal, ballet skirt, or quilt will make those memories even more cherished."

This "girl's girl" gets me and why I do what I do.
You want to know something else?

She nice, like really nice.....
We have chatted back and forth on twitter, she has sent me some fabric to try and she spoiled my girls right up.

Don't you love it when a person is as pretty as there work? 
 I know I do!

On the ride home after the book signing my youngest, Faith, had this to say
"Mommy you know this is going to make you a better Mommy and us better kids"
I asked her how so and she said
" You know because we are going to have extra time together and we will always remember what we made together"
Yes, I melted!
Then both girls talked with great excitement about each item in the book and what they wanted theirs to look like.



We came home and got busy working on our first project.




And today we have our first finished project!

It is our version or the Chloe Paper Doll Overnight Bag



We made ours wide instead of tall because the girls wanted to be able to get their stuff in and out easily. To decorate the front we copied a vintage pattern onto fabric and the embellished it.



The girls are very proud of themselves and in love with their bags.

Here is the fun part, I have an extra book signed just for one of you!  


Here is what you need to do to have your name put into hat:
1. leave a comment
2. follow my blog
3. follow me on twitter
4. like Sit Relax and Read on facebook
5. favorite my etsy shop Cha Cha's Treasure
6. like Cha Cha's Treasure on facebook
Leave a comment for each that you do along with your email address and on July 1st I will draw a winner.


Sit Relax and Read

I am linking at The Shabby Chic Cottage

31 comments:

Adelina Priddis said...

What a fun book!
familyroom2@gmail.com

Adelina Priddis said...

I follow your blog (and I'm so glad too!)
familyroom2@gmail.com

Adelina Priddis said...

following on twitter @HomeMaidSimple

Adelina Priddis said...

I like you on facebook!
familyroom2@gmail.com

Adelina Priddis said...

etsy favorite (familyroom)
familyroom2@gmail.com

Adelina Priddis said...

like Cha Cha's Treasures on facebook!
familyroom2@gmail.com

Nadilah Magee said...

My daughter will love this book! She has been asking me to teach her how to sew, and she is only 10.
Thanks for a chance..

Nadilah Magee said...

I follow your blog.

Nadilah Magee said...

I follow you on twitter @nadila11

Nadilah Magee said...

etsy favorite

nest of posies said...

um, hello i want this book!

nest of posies said...

i follow everything you do.

i stalk you. i loveth you.

Tanya said...

That book looks great. My younger two are starting to sew little things, ie pillowcases. This book would be a wonderful one to own.
tanyapoohbear@gmail.com

Tanya said...

And I follow your blog

tanyapoohbear@gmail.com

aStarToSteerHerBy said...

I love the vintage pattern on the front! How adorable! Thanks for offering such a cool giveaway!

aStarToSteerHerBy said...

And I am a new follower of your blog!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a beautiful book, thanks for the chance ! belauvibes (at) yahoo (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Sewing really has become a lost art. I'm so glad to learn about this book!
bkittie@hotmail.com

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Happy Tuesday!

Lovely project~ a true metamorphosis. Mad sewing skills.

If you get a chance, please stop by my blog and enter the giveaway.

Jennifer S said...

What a sweet book! (I ended up over here via Gina's blog and so glad I did.) I can just see all the great memory-making that will take place this summer. :)

Stacy of KSW said...

Drooling over this one, consider me in

Stacy of KSW said...

So embarrassed I wasn't following you already??? Put you in my Friends folder so I'll be sure to find you

Stacy of KSW said...

stalking you on twitter ...

Stacy of KSW said...

and facebook now too! also didn't know about that one :(

Stacy of KSW said...

Loved you shop on Etsy

Stacy of KSW said...

And found it on FB too! The link on your page wasn't working for me .. but I found you anyway - Ha Ha

Got an email headed your way soon, some fun ideas I think for both of us :)

Laura said...

This book looks fantastic!
I am just discovering your blog - can't wait to read more. :)

Team D said...

I would love this book!

Thanks for the giveaway.

Stephanie said...

My daughter has been asking me to teach her to sew recently. Thanks for sharing the book and blog! I'm going to check it out.

Stephanie said...

I follow your blog
stephboyles@gmail.com

Jennifer said...

I'm too late for the giveaway, but will add this book to my wishlist. Your girls' bags turned out great- the vintage pattern idea is so cute!

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