Cheer Bows For Team Spirit

I haven’t had much time to sew lately; I’ve been making bows for the cheerleaders in town. The middle school girls needed  basic cheer bows.

Red & Black basic cheer bow with silver trim | SewsNBows

Basic Cheer Bows

These were fun to embellish. I made a dozen for the squad, as busy and loud as I could while adhering to strict size requirements. Size requirements are against my religeon. The bigger the bow, the closer to God!  I love how these cheer bows turned out, but it’s no secret I like BIG monster bows.

Spikey Triple Loop Cheer Bow

Nope, not monster enough.

OTT wild Boutique Style Cheer Bow

That’s better.

Soon after I  finished the middle school; Bella’s cheer coach asked me if I could make some bows for the 5th and 6th grade teams. I was really excited because she told me she prefers big bows. I started playing around with ribbon…

Double Wide Cheer Bow with Ric Rac Embellishment

I experimented with using 3″ wide ribbon (instead of 1″) but using the same length and technique as the basic cheer bows.

I used quantam physics to make these bows as enormous as possible while ensuring that they don’t wobble or flop around. I call it a double wide cheer bow. (Yeah…it needs a better name.)

They sit on top of the highest ponytail one can muster, and it sort of reminds me of Alice In Wonderland. I’ll try for a photo on a real person soon, so you can see how they sit on the head.

Double Wide Cheer Bow With Hot Fix Swarvoski Crystals

After the size was determined, I messed around with Swarovski crystals. I used my hot fix tool to apply them. I upgraded to this one. (Amazon links, for you blingylicious babes.)

Blinged Out Double Wide Cheer Bow

This is the final design. The letter B is a peel and stick applique. I’m testing to see how well it holds up with weekly wear before I add them to our team bows. I hope it behaves because it really adds a nice sparkle that I couldn’t capture on camera.

I’ll make a tutorial really soon. It’s a very easy bow to make and doesn’t require any folding techniques. It isn’t cheap, because it used the wider ribbon in 2 colors, accent ribbon, and a trim detail. But not too difficult; I think you’ll love making them!

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Mini Rainbow Boutique Bow

A mini rainbow boutique bow for Katy! It’s a blogland birthday party and the theme is all the colors of the rainbow:)

Mini Rainbow Boutique Bow | A Rainbow For Katy

Katy from No Big Dill is celebrating her birthday and you’re all invited.

A Rainbow For Katy

Audrey from Skirt Fixation organized this fun party. The idea is to blow up the Internet with all things rainbow today; and let Katy know she is loved. Read all about it here: A Rainbow For Katy.

If you have a rainbow project, share it with Katy on Instagram by tagging her @nobigdillkaty and use the hashtag #aRainbowForKaty.

Want to see more rainbow projects? Here’s the Rainbow For Katy Pinterest board. Enjoy!

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Where To Buy Swim Wear Patterns Online

Wondering where to buy swim wear patterns online? Look no further, these shops have you covered! Buying ill fitting swimsuits is for the birds, let’s make our own!

Where To Buy Swim Wear Patterns Online

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Cheeseburger Pajamas | Simplicity 0100

Weird title, huh? Cheeseburger pajamas. I made these a couple months ago with no intention of showing them on the blog. Then I found these photos on my hubby’s phone and figured it’s a good enough excuse to come say hello to my sewing friends.

Cheeseburger Pajamas | Simplicity 0100

I’ve been crazy busy making bows for the middle school cheerleading squad, butchering chickens, back to school shopping, and trying to get some farm income rolling in. I’ve been feeling a bit like “a chicken with its head cut off” trying to get everything done from day to day. And now I know what that expression means because….yeah.

I have some sewing projects and some bow tutorials lined up for ya, I just need to get my butt in gear and take some pictures. I’ll get there, I swear. If I could have paid help I wouldn’t even wish for a maid or a chef, it would be a photographer.

Cheeseburger Pajamas | Simplicity 0100

The fabric has fast food junk all over it, which Bella loves. I used Simplicity 0100  and the sizing was spot on. I don’t like the interior of the pajamas where the lapel meets the collar. I think I’ve read about a nicer looking contraction method but I can’t remember where. I normally avoid collars because meh.

Too bad I have no detail shots of this make. I added 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon to the interior neckline and that part looks really professional. I think I’ll do that to all my woven necklines. I’m a sucker for a pretty interior.
The buttons are pink zebra which doesn’t match but who cares, right? I added piping to the collar, pocket, and button placket to match the buttons. Clash hard or go home.

Cheeseburger Pajamas | Simplicity 0100

No mind boggling techniques or helpful tips in this post. Just a pair of cheeseburger pajamas that are cool enough to wear out in public. (Only I would brag about my kid wearing her pajamas out in public.)

Pattern: Simplicity 0100
Fabric: fast food printed flannel from JoAnn’s (last year’s Christmas blowout sale)

Mods: Added piping to collar, lapel & button placket; grosgrain ribbon stitched to the interior neckline



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Best School Uniform Sewing Patterns

Looking for school uniform sewing patterns? Ain’t nobody got time for that! I’ve got it all the patterns you need for back to school; here in one handy list. This my updated list (originally published at Serger Pepper.)

School Uniform Sewing Patterns| Best Patterns For Back To School


My top 3 picks for shirts should keep your littles well dressed all school year.


Stellars Vest from Elegance & Elephants

Stellar's Vest & Dress pattern from E&E |School Uniform Sewing Patterns

Sleeveless v-neck vest with banded arm holes. Perfect to throw over a polo or button up top. Goes up to size 10.


Prepster Pullover by Blank Slate Patterns

Prepster Pullover by Blank Slate Patterns | School Uniform Sewing Patterns

Mandarin collar with button placket, back yoke, and short or long sleeves. Includes sleeve tab and pocket options. Up to size 8.


Classic Polo by PeekABoo Patterns

Classic Polo from Peekaboo Patterns | School Uniform Sewing Patterns

Long or short sleeved polo with collar & button placket. Unisex and easily customizable.


These patterns will give you the most variation for your money, while staying within the dress code.



Classic Chinos by Peekaboo Patterns


Classic Chinos | School Uniform Sewing Patterns

The perfect khaki pants pattern for school uniforms. Also includes shorts length chinos. Up to size 12.


Beach Bum Bermudas by Peekaboo Patterns

Bermuda Shorts by Peekaboo Patterns | School Uniform Sewing Patterns

A more casual alternative to chino shorts. Up to size 8.


Lottie Skirt by Brownie Goose

Lottie Skirt by Brownie Goose| School Uniform Sewing Patterns

A fitted waistband with button or hook and eye closure, gathered skirt or box pleats, and professional 3″ hem. Up to size 14.


Layering Patterns

These patterns will help transition your school uniform wardrobe in between seasons.


Basic Leggings by Serger Pepper

Basic Leggings pattern from Serger Pepper | School Uniform Sewing Patterns for Back To School

Leggings to keep legs warm under skirts or shorts.


V-neck cardigan by PeekABoo Patterns, 3 mos-12 years

V-neck Cardigan pattern from Peekaboo Patterns| School Uniform Sewing Patterns

Button up cardigan with banded sleeves and waistband.



Patterns you need for gym class to the lunch room.


Buccaneer BBall Shorts from Patterns for Pirates

Buccaneer BBall Shorts from Patterns For Pirates | Best PDF Patterns for Back To School

Basketball style shorts with curved or straight legs, panel piping or stripes, and faux or working drawstring waistband. These will look great in gym class!


Backpack for Toddlers by Filles a Maman

Backpack For Toddlers pattern, Filles a Maman

For smaller kids, this backpack is perfect for back to school! Pattern includes 2 versions.


Love Your Lunchbox from Gingercake

Love Your Lunchbox pattern from Gingercake | Best Back To School Sewing Patterns

Handy lunchbox pattern with bonus snack pouch.

These are my picks for school uniform sewing patterns. If you want to get a head start on fall and winter wardrobe planning, check out this free printable checklist from Gracious Threads.

To purchase  school uniforms, The Childrens Place is your best bet. They have a good size range and lots of colors available. Click the button below to shop my affiliate:)

Hope this helps you get geared up to sew. You might like some of my sewing boards on Pinterest. That’s where I pin all the things I want to sew…but never get around to making. Sigh…

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