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Back to School Tour: First Day of Preschool Edition (And Giveaway)


Wining WifeIs it already that time? Little Miss is beginning preschool (at home). I can’t believe how quickly they grow up. Tiger Boy has started his senior year of high school at the local public school, and we spent a good part of the summer talking about college options, and ended the summer with a couple of college visits. It doesn’t seem like it was so long ago that he was learning his alphabet and looking forward to attending preschool himself. 


About the Blog Tour Decision

Initially for the LuLu & Celeste & Sprouting JubeJube back to school blog tour, I figured I’d make him something  for his first day of senior year.  But you know how teenagers are. He agreed to have me make him some really cute pajamas – but he doesn’t want to be photographed in them. I totally can respect that.  I made him some jeans, but the pattern I wanted to use hasn’t been released yet (I was a tester). 

But, this big guy isn’t the only one doing school this year. I’m starting little miss off on some preschool at home work (we plan to preschool as long as possible, as I did with the high school senior from 2nd-7th grades). Since she’s a budding fashionista, she’s always happy with whatever I make her – the more glitter and/or pink, the better. I had some really cute fabric I’d already received from Mabel Madison, and that I’d planned to make myself a pencil skirt and top outfit from, and so I figured I’d make her a matching outfit. 

About the Fabric and Patterns I Used

I chose to use Stenzo’s Gnomes on the Bus cotton poplin and Stenzo’s Little Stars Red jersey knit (Disclaimer: I work with Mabel Madison as the blog and social media coordinator.) Both fabrics are super soft, yet really attractive – making them perfect for a 2 1/2-year-old to wear. I used Made for Mermaids’ patterns: the Chloe Skirt and the Lauren Pintuck Top (that is an affiliate link).  Both patterns are easy (the skirt took longer to cut than it did to sew), and yet look super cute and provide a great way to show off fabric. I decided to include a decorative button on the front of the shirt at the collar. I really love how these came out! (Keep reading to the end for giveaways and special discounts!)

Please visit the other stops on the Back to School Tour!

Call Ajaire * The Wholesome Mama * Sew and Tell Project * BLAVERRY * DIY Crush * Phat Quarters * Mahlica Designs * Handmade Boy * Kaleidothought * The Berry Bunch * Filles A Maman * Sprouting JubeJube * Sew Happily Ever After * Tales of a Tester * 5 out of 4 Patterns * The Crafting Fiend * Create 3.5 * Sew Sophie Lyn * Sweeter Than Cupcakes * Wining Wife * Paisley Roots * The Eli Monster * Cindy Parrett Blog * Sew Starly * Élégantine! * Gracious Threads * Lulu & Celeste * Sewing By Ti * Amazing Adventures with Bubba and Bug * Simple Life Pattern Co. Blog * Inspinration * Mama You Can Make it For Me * Moon Star

Back to School Blog Tour Sponsors and Sales14054911_10153640801235764_1198179140378447583_n

Designs by Call Ajaire: Get  20% off in their Etsy shop with code BTS2016. Code valid from August 22nd through August 27th.

E+M Patterns: Save 50% with the code backtoschool on their website or in their Etsy shop. Code valid until August 27th at 11:59pm PST.

MODKID: Get 25% off  your entire purchase in their Etsy shop with code BTS2016. Code valid from August 22nd through August 27th.

Love Notions: Get 20% off all kids patterns with the code loveschool. Code valid from August 22nd through August 27th.

Sew Happily Ever After: Get the Nana’s totes pattern at 50% off with the code BACK2SCHOOL2016. Code good through August 31st.

Laela Jeyne Patterns: 30% off Any Single Pattern, No Code needed. From August 25-29th, 2016.

StitchART: 20% off with the code back2school in their Etsy shop. Valid from Aug 22nd – 28th, 2016.

Gracious Threads: Buy 3 patterns and save 15% off the purchase price! Use code SAVE15ON3. No expiry

The Eli Monster: Save 20% with the code yayforfall. Code valid until August 29th, 2016.

Filles à Maman: Get 25% off with the code BTS2016. Can be used on their website or in their Etsy shop. Code valid from August 24th through August 28th midnight EDT.

Whimsy Couture: Get 50% off, no code needed! End August 31st, 2016.

5 Out of 4 Patterns: Save 20% with code BTS2016. Valid from August 22nd-28th midnight EDT. Cannot be used on fabric.

Snuggle My Baby Patterns: Save 25% with code BTS2016. Valid until August 31st, 2016.

The Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Please join along in the sew along on the host blog for a chance at the grand prize, and be sure you stop by the other blog tour stops!


Check out the rest of today’s stops on the tour:

Cindy Parrett BlogSew StarlySew and Tell ProjectÉlégantine!Gracious Threads




  1. How fun! Loved this post xo, sharon

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