Teaching Your Kids How to Sew

Have you ever wanted to teach your kids how to sew, but don’t know where to begin?  It can seem so overwhelming can’t it?


I recently ran across a fellow homeschooling mom who has solved that problem for us!  She has developed a whole 3 hour DVD called “Getting Started“.  In it, you will learn everything you need to get started with your sewing projects.

“In the first part of this DVD, Katrina Marie will walk you through common machine tools and the basics of threading a sewing machine. Once you have your sewing machine all set up and ready to go, you can move on to practicing your stitches. Then, in the second part of the DVD you will learn about the needed tools and favorite materials that you will want, and how to set up a sewing space and keep it organized. Don’t worry; it doesn’t have to cost a fortune or take a lot of space!”

This is just the beginning though.  After she teaches you how to get set up, you can choose from several different sewing projects to learn.  Here’s an example:


On the Pixie Mandy’s Projects DVD, you will learn how to sew a Doll Pillow, Coin Purse, Chic Tote, Sweet Skirt & Rosy Ribbon.

Buy It:

You can buy the Getting Started DVD from Kids Sewing for $49.95.

You can buy the Pixie Mandy’s Projects DVD from Kids Sewing for $39.95.

Be sure to check out the other DVD options on their site.

Win It:

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Valentine’s Day Subway Art Printable

If you like this Printable Subway Art, would you mind pinning it for me on Pinterest?  Also, I have a Valentine’s Day board on Pinterest  you may be interested in following!  Are you following me yet?

I’ve always loved Subway art for decorating, but I just haven’t taken the time to make it or print it.  Below is a fun Valentine’s Day subway art printable that you can use.  I recommend printing it with a color printer and then framing it for some instant Valentine’s Day Decor.  It should print on a 8.5×11 piece of paper and framed in an 8×10 frame after some trimming!  Enjoy!


For a printable PDF File, Click here for 8.5×11 and Click here for 5×7


Don’t forget to get your free Valentine’s Day Idea book that is free to subscribers of Sidetracked Sarah!!

9 Craft Projects You Can Make with Drinking Straws

I bet you didn’t know that today is another holiday, did you?

January 3rd is National Drinking Straw Day!

Yeah, I don’t usually pay attention to those every-day holidays either, but today is different.  I just happen to love drinking out of straws!  I actually don’t do it when I’m at home, but while I’m out, it’s a must do.  So…in honor of this day, I thought I’d round up some creative drinking straw craft projects that you can gawk at.

History of the Drinking Straw

The first drinking straw was invented on January 3rd, 1888 by a man named Marvin Chester Stone.  After finding that using a piece of dry, hollow rye grass, made your drink taste like grass, he decided there must be a better alternative.  He decided to roll up some paper and coat it with wax on the inside and out so that it would not fall apart, and that became the first drinking straw.  Now, don’t say you didn’t learn something today!


1.  A Heart Wreath Made From Red Straws.

What a great excuse to drink a Sonic drink every day!  :)

heart wreath

Source: flickr.com via Sarah on Pinterest



2.  Colorful Drinking Straws made into Drink Coasters

Are you interested in trying this?  Click on the picture for a tutorial!



 3.  Sweet Straw Valentine’s

If you go to the site, they will let you download the directions on how to do this.



4.  Make Perler Beads out of Straws and Turn it Into Jewelry

This is a cute little heart necklace.  You make the beads and then melt it with the iron.  She has complete instructions on her site!  (click on box below and it will take you to the Pinterest link)


5.  Turn the Perler Beads into Little Animals, too

Like this turtle:  (Click on box below and it will take you to the Pinterest link)


6.  Make a basket out of drinking straws.

Unfortunately, there is no tutorial on this one that I could find.

basket weave

Source: craftster.org via Sarah on Pinterest


7.  A DIY Drinking Straw Maze for Children

straw maze


8.  Make some Feathered Friends

feathered friends


9.  A Lily Flower Craft

lily flower craft



There you have 9 amazingly unique activities you can make and do with drinking straws.  If you’d like to see even more, go to my Pinterest Board, Drinking Straw Crafts & Activities.

Do you enjoy drinking through a straw?


P.S.  If you’re looking to buy colorful drinking straws, Amazon has some amazing options below.