May Giveaway Day!

Welcome to my blog if you’re checking in from Sew Mama Sew for May Giveaway Day!  I’m Amanda, and I am happy to have you stop by.  I have a 16 month old son who is into just about everything, especially if it involves water or dirt- but preferably both.  It was high time for me to sew the mud pie chef his own smock… or double his wardrobe because the washing machine (read: me) just couldn’t keep up.  I didn’t want to buy a pattern, so I made one using a favorite T-shirt as a guide for sizing.  I made a few different versions of the smock, one in quilting cottons, one actually quilted, and one out of an old vinyl tablecloth.  I think I will also try a PUL backed terrycloth smock, kind of like a gigantic bib.  I will post a tutorial up on the site tomorrow showing the whole process from drafting a pattern to sewing the smock.  I hope that it will inspire you to spend a nap whipping up a smock like this for the kiddos in your life.

For the Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway, I will be sending along my Busy Bee Smock pictured above to one lucky winner!  The smock is quilting cotton weight, washable (duh!), and would fit an average toddler, sizes 2T – 3T for sure, and probably up to 4T (but I don’t have a 4T model to test that out on).  All you have to do to win is enter a comment that answers the following question: “What do you spend most of your time sewing?  Do you wish it were something else?  If so, then what?”  One winner will be chosen at random to win.  The contest follows the Sew Mama Sew guidelines: the contest starts on May 17th and runs until May 20th, a winner will be announced on May 21st and I will ship the smock out by May 24th (I don’t ship internationally).  Make sure to leave your e-mail address in the comment box or else I won’t be able to contact you if you win.  You may only enter once!  Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!  I hope to see you around here again soon!

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129 Responses to May Giveaway Day!

  1. ananemone says:

    I spend most of my time sewing demands from my 5 year old daughter, honestly, and I wish it were fancy cute quick projects and long complicated quilts instead. 🙂

  2. hilary says:

    Lovely smock! And cute little labels. Thanks! hilary1 AT gmail

  3. Colleen says:

    I spend most of my time sewing small quick projects, for gifts. I love doing it but wish I had more time for involved quilts.

  4. heather says:

    I spend most of my time sewing quilts and I love it- wouldn’t have it any other way! Thanks for the chance!

  5. Amy says:

    I spend most of my time sewing toys for children or bags for gifts. I wish I could make more clothes or unique items that take more time. For instance, I wish I had time to make my daughter a tent for her bed. And by the way, greetings from a fellow Rochesterian via my new home in San Francisco.

  6. lora says:

    so cute! and i know it would come in handy for one of my kiddos.
    i spend most of my time sewing gifts for friends, mostly baby quilts…
    thanks for the chance to win,
    lora

  7. Amanda says:

    Great smock!! I have a 13 month old mud pie chef myself 🙂 I spend most of my time sewing gifts for other people and tell myself I will just make myself one too…but never have time. I wish I actually followed through on the promise to myself!

  8. betsy says:

    thank you for the chance to win. It is beautiful.

  9. Kaitlyn says:

    I spend most of my time making onesies for my little side business…I wish I could make more things for my daughter and improve on my quilting too. Never enough time. Thanks for the cute giveaway!

  10. Taylor says:

    This is so cute. I love it and would be great for boy or girl!

  11. Penny G says:

    That would be great for my granddaugter.

  12. Becky says:

    I have a teeny tiny clothing business so most of my sewing time goes to filling orders…which is FANTASTIC from a business perspective! BUT, the creative side of the business is my passion, so I guess I wish that I spent more time on my new creations…but then I probably wouldn’t be able to afford that without the other…a happy catch 22.
    Love your blog and would love to link it to my own…hope that’s ok!

  13. lisa says:

    that is the cutest! i love it

  14. Limor says:

    I spend most of my time sewing clothes for my daughter and I love it. I can’t think of anything better to sew. Thanks.

    ninjaeema (at) aol (dot) com

  15. jaime blais says:

    i spend most of my time quilting blankets (throws and baby size) and crocheting hats and booties.
    Wish i had more time to sew clothing for my little girl and trying out new tutorials. Sew little time lol
    Would be happy to win the smock, my little girl isn’t big enough for it… yet!

  16. Cristalle says:

    I love sewing pillowcase dresses for my daughter!! Would love to sew more, but need a better machine!turnerfamily5151@aol.com

  17. Joanna says:

    I just learned how to sew a couple of weeks ago. I’ve made a bag and a skirt (both made in a sewing class) and I went solo this weekend and made a pillow. I badly need curtains in my living room so that will be my next challenge. The smock would be perfect for my 2 little troublemaker nephews!

  18. Leah says:

    Lovely smock. I spend most of my time sewing cute clothes for my kids.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  19. Julianne says:

    I spent a lot of time recently sewing little things for a craft sale. I did not enjoy it! I’d much rather be making bed sized quilts or clothing for my little girl.

  20. Beth says:

    I spend most of my time making simple things like pillows and wish I would get better at sewing so I could make some pretty quilts!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

  21. I spend most of my time sewing quilt blocks, but I wish I spent more time finishing quilts!!! Lol.

  22. I spend as much time as I can quilting. I love it!!

    Thanks for giving!
    melissacorry@hotmail.com

  23. Lorene says:

    Does it count if I spend most of my sewing time REsewing things that I have had to take my seam ripper to? 🙂 Beyond that, I spend most of my sewing time sewing things for other people, mostly baby gifts. I would love to be able to dedicate time to sewing slipcovers and pillows for my couches because they are in serious need of a makeover! Thanks for posting!

  24. Allison Forsyth says:

    I spend most of my time sewing quilts…I love it but it is always nice to change….

  25. Candice says:

    LOVE the smock 🙂 I sew Waldorf dolls 🙂

  26. C. Michele says:

    I spend most of my time making bags (see my site for my giveaway)! However, I wish I could make clothes! I would love to make myself and my daughter some wonderful summery clothes!

    Thanks

  27. Stephanie says:

    My son would get lots of use out of this smock!

    I spend most of my time sewing gifts for other people (mostly purses lately). I don’t mind it, though I’d really like to learn to quilt!

  28. Kelli says:

    I spend most of my time sewing children’s clothes. I would love to have the time (and money) to start making a quilt!

    sewsassyks@gmail.com

  29. val says:

    I love making quilts, it just takes me forever to get them done 😉

  30. Jocelyn says:

    I am a quilter and that’s what I like to sew. As a matter of fact, I don’t have enough time to sew quilts 😦 Thanks for entering me in your sweet giveaway.

  31. Amy says:

    Right now, I spend most of my time sewing crib liners, crib comforters, burp cloths, and nursing pads….and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

  32. DebbieKl says:

    My son needs this! Can’t wait to see the tutorial. I don’t spend enough time sewing in general. I’d love to make more for my son, myself, gifts, and then for my deprived Etsy shop. Prioritizing is hard!

  33. Leigh says:

    I spend most of my time making clothes for my kids, and I’m A-OK with that!

  34. Brooke says:

    I’m really into quilting right now so if I’m sewing, it’s usually a quilt top (I like to start them but then I always have more in progress than finished). I’ve been making a few skirts and Buttercup bags lately too.

    Check out my fabric giveaway at http://pitterputterstitch.blogspot.com.

  35. Morgan says:

    Hm, I tend to spend the most time sewing curtains and cushion covers. Because they use lots of fabric and I’m always redecorating!

  36. Stacy says:

    Hi Amanda, Aww, my son could use this on those days of “can I paint Mommy?” 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway! stacyjj3@yahoo

  37. Misty.Creek says:

    I sew as a creative outlet, so it’s rarely a chore or boring. I do let the mending pile up but most of the time I’m sewing purses or gifts.

  38. Shanny says:

    I spend my time sewing gifts for my family. Most recently, I made bibs and burp cloths; 3 skirts; 3 floor pillows for toddlers’ and a flip chair.

  39. Dacia says:

    I spend most of my crafty time making things for my children

  40. Laurel says:

    I love sewing for my girls,but I’d love to get back to quilting

  41. emilyflippinmaruna says:

    my little girl would love this. I spend most of my time sewing kids clothes

  42. JJ says:

    I hope I win! I have been trying to find something like this for some time for my son. He also loves dirt and water (must be a boy thing)! I have found a few things that haven’t cut it so this looks perfect…may have to stop by later for the tutorial as well!

  43. Robert says:

    I currently spend most of my time working on a quilt for my daughter’s second birthday and fit in random small projects like pin cushions to spice it up.

    I’m happy with what I’m doing but if I could decide on a quilting pattern I’d be even happier. 😉

  44. Shayla Sharp says:

    Dolls and quilts, but I really need to devote some time to new clothes.

  45. sewshesews says:

    Another Rochester NY crafter!! Hi! I was so excited when I saw where you were from 🙂

    I spend most of my time sewing quilts and other things for my kids. I wouldn’t have it any other way

    rollerskates at gmail dot com

  46. rebecca says:

    i sew mostly for my 5 kids, i wish i sewed more for myself.

    beautiful stuff!!

    billington5@yahoo.com

  47. With my current fivber addiction, most of my sewing time is just for mending, but I don’t mind. I’ve also been making lots of Eric Carle bags for people. Hm… I need to make one of those today for swap come to think about it…
    I need one of these smocks. Maybe if I don’t win I will get around to making one, maybe.
    Don’t miss my unofficial giveaway!

  48. Celine says:

    quilts & kids clothes!!! xoxoxox thanks for the chance

  49. Cristi says:

    I’m just learning to sew, so I spend most of my time cutting up old tshirts and trying to turn them in to new things!! I would like to learn to make dresses and skirts!!

  50. Jen says:

    I spend most of my time sewing quilts!

  51. Rachel C says:

    Love this smock. My kids could really use it!
    I actually spend most of my time crocheting, but I want to devote more time to sewing cute little outfits for my girls! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  52. Megan S says:

    I LOVE this! It would be perfect for my messy 19 month old. I spend ALL of my time sewing girl clothes for her. I just love it! I search Etsy almost daily looking for patterns…I search blogs for tutorials and such. Love yours!
    Thanks for the chance!
    Megan
    schacht.megan@gmail.com

  53. Wehaf says:

    I spend most of my sewing time hemming pants (I’m short) and repairing tears, sewing on buttons, etc. I’d rather be making cute children’s items and fun pillows.

  54. Clothes for the kids and gifts. I wish I had more time to sew stuff for myself!

  55. shelia says:

    l love doing quilts & purses….shame my real job takes me away from it!

  56. Cortney says:

    Hi. I sew mostly for my girls 6yo and 18mo (my 18mo was trying to kiss my computer when she saw the picture of you cutie) I enjoy sewing for them, but if I had just a little more time I’d like to quilt.

    Thank you for the chance to win

  57. Kendra says:

    cute smock! I spend most of my time sewing quilt tops…but I would really like to try sewing clothing.

    mccfamily5@bellsouth.net

  58. Rachel says:

    Love the smock! Would be perfect for my 15 month old!
    rlynnh03@yahoo.com

  59. katie says:

    Ooh-neat smock–my toddler could sure use this!
    Thanks!
    katie

  60. I sew little girls’ clothes mostly and hope to catch your tutorial on these smocks!

    addyforrest(at)gmail(dot)com

  61. Caity says:

    I spend most of my time sewing rag quilts…but I wish I was making pillows!

    caityshinnick[at]gmail[dot]com

  62. sarah says:

    I spend most of my time sewing quilts, and I’m quite happy with that fact, although I am behind on my projects for my daughter 🙂

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  63. Heather Wing says:

    What a cute smock!
    I spend the most time sewing things for my daughter (clothing, toys, am finishing up a quilt for her “big girl bed”), and I wish I spent more time sewing things for gifts, like for my sisters or mother. But little girl stuff is too cute!!! It’s vicious cycle 😉

  64. Katie says:

    I spend most of my time sewing dresses. For myself and my 2 little girls. You can’t hardly find a nice modest dress or a long enough but not to long skirt anymore. I wish though that I could sew more for my son!

  65. Amanda says:

    I’m just starting to sew now. I’m planning my first quilt for my 20 mo-old son. I would love to sew him other things too, but its hard to find good ideas for boys. I love this smock.

  66. Teresa says:

    That is so sweet! I love it! I spend most of my time right now sewing quilts for Lutheran World Relief…

  67. lisawith4 says:

    I have a little one who would love to wear this! Thanks.
    loko6 at peak dot org

  68. Serena says:

    Little girls’ clothes, which I enjoy!

    What a great smock!

  69. StephanieS says:

    Most of my time is spent sewing straight lines for blankets and pillows. I would like to sew clothes and toys too but I haven’t started yet. Thanks for the chance to win.

  70. Victoria says:

    I need an apron like that fo rmy grandchildren. We start out gardening and end up playing in the mud.
    I spend most of my time sewing bags and purses but I would like to spend more time making children’s costumes and clothing. I thank you for this little nudge to get back to what I love to do.

  71. Ashley says:

    i mostly sew baby things, but i wish i sewed more women’s clothes (dresses, blouses).

  72. Cayce says:

    cute! i sew mostly for my etsy shop but try to fit in clothes for myself and the kids too.

  73. Jennifer S. says:

    I spend most of my time sewing shirts for me that don’t fit right (lately) I wish I were sewing a baby blanket for my youngest, but I’m not happy with the fabric I’ve cut and prepared. But I’m too cheap to scrap it. Maybe put it aside for another person’s quilt and get some right fabric and get moving on this quilt!!! He’s already 14 months!!!

    fruitandfoliage@gmail.com

  74. Holly U says:

    Cute! Perfect for my son. I’ve got way more ideas than time. Sewing, embroidering, cross-stitching…I’m squeezing in whatever I can!

  75. pamela says:

    i love this – such a great idea! my 12 month old son loves to garden with me. i love to sew things that hang, like mobiles and buntings. thanks for giving!

  76. Carrie says:

    The smock is so cute! Lately I’ve been sewing baby blankets, but I wish I could sew more clothes.

  77. Ariel says:

    Pleeeeease send one of these my way for my 2 year old little guy! I love making baby outfits right now…it’s fun to pick fabrics and have everything match 😉

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  79. Emily Ferons says:

    Right now all I can make are hair bows. I’d like to be able to at least make little skirts and dresses for my daughter.
    hutchyhutch87(at)yahoo(dot)com

  80. Stacy says:

    This would be great for my 2 year old daughter! Thanks so much! I hope I win! 🙂

  81. Mama Lusco says:

    Great prize! I sew mostly for my girls. I wish I was better, then I’d sew more for my boy. Thanks for the great giveaway. luscofamily@ortelco.net

  82. love, love the smock!

  83. Danielle says:

    I spend most of my time sewing for others and not for myself. Usually baby presents or things for my kids.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  84. CaLynn says:

    I want to win this for my niece!
    I sew a lot of different things because I am still learning. I wish i had the time to embroidery more – i really like the idea of thread art. Thank you for the giveaway:)

  85. Cinnamon says:

    I think most of my sewing time is spent on items for my little ones. I don’t mind it, but someday I’m going to sew for myself!

  86. Brigette says:

    I’m just starting to sew. The only thing I’ve made is flannel baby wipes. Soon I’m going to work on a valance for my nursery.

  87. Mel says:

    I spend most of my sewing time fixing things or doing projects for other people. I’d like to spend more time sewing clothes for me and my daughter.

  88. Susan says:

    Well, right now I am expecting and my son and I are in a playgroup where 7 other women are also expecting so needless to say I have been sewing a lot of baby stuff. I really would love to get into quilting. Thanks
    Susan

  89. Allyson says:

    Beautiful smock. I spend most of my time mending and altering at present, but would love to start sewing more clothing for the littles
    a_heart4home at yahoo

  90. Megan Berry says:

    Most of my sewing energies are spent making aprons, which I love! The bumblebee fabric is so sweet! I know just the tot who would put this to good use!

  91. Krystina says:

    Both of my kids would love this smock! Its adorable. So lately I do a lot of quilting. I guess it is what I want to be sewing, but I do wish I could spend more time sewing so I could make more things for the kids.

  92. jmommy08 says:

    I spend most of my time sewing clothes for my 19 month old little girl (totally understand the happy madness!) and I LOVE it! I do wish I could get back to my quilts and produce something lovely, but without the time or money for such an investment, little girl clothes will satisfy my sewing need for now! Adorable smock! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  93. Nicole says:

    I spend most of my time altering pants for my 4 year old daughter. She can still fit into some 24mo pants, in the waist. So I’m either adding an adjustable waist to everything or chopping of length to turn pants into capris or shorts. 🙂 I wish I had more time to sew home decor items, like pillows and quilts. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    n.clark(at)hotmail(dot)com

  94. jenny says:

    I think I’m going to win!
    pjjllive(at)gmail(dot)com

  95. I spend most of my time hand sewing felt hair clips I’m getting ready to sell on etsy. I have two toddlers. We’d love this little smock! Thank you for the chance to win!
    meg_hilton (at) yahoo (dot) com

  96. Helena says:

    Great smock, recently I’ve been making handbags but I do sew quilts, kids softies and clothes

  97. Currently I spend most of my sewing time changing pants into shorts. It’s hot here this summer!

  98. Janimal says:

    I’ve been sewing clothes for my little girl. I love it. I wish I were a little more polished and experienced and could make garments for myself too, but it’s WAY easier to sew for a little person. I love it!

  99. April H. says:

    I spend most of my time sewing the “britches and bloomers” pants with a ruffle for my daughter!! I wish I was good enough to branch out to anything else! HAHA! I am a beginner. And I have a two year old that loves to get dirty at daycare. This is an awesome idea and I would love to have your pattern!! Thank you so much for participating!!

  100. Stephanie says:

    I mainly mend, I wish I was patient enough to do a large quilt.

  101. Aubrey says:

    i mostly sew cute bags and baby gifts! i’d like to do more quilting…

  102. Laila says:

    I spend most of my sewing time making presents, which is fun because I decide what I make and who to give it to, but I would like to try making clothes for myself. That’s still a little scary tho. I have a little boy (8 months) who is already better than his older sis at making a mess of himself. I think I will be needing a smock for him soon! Thank you for the chance to win one!

  103. Whitney says:

    Lately I’ve been sewing pillows…
    My 2 year old would LOVE that smock! Thanks!

  104. mab says:

    I used to spend most of my time sewing for my Etsy shop, but I decided that it’s not the right kind of shop for me. So, I’m phasing it out and opening a new one selling vintage fabric and goodies. Now I can spend my time sewing whatever I want instead! Yay for that!

    Thanks for the chance to enter!
    -mab
    mab(at)onepost(dot)net

  105. Kelly O. says:

    I spend most of my time quilting and I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂
    great giveaway! thanks for the chance to win!
    crossing my fingers!

  106. Kristin O says:

    I do a little sewing, dabbling in quilting, mending, sewing clothes for my 3 year old daughter. Thanks for a chance to win!

  107. i spend most of my time sewing aprons… only b/c thats one of the few things i know how to sew! i wish i could spend more time sewing clothing tho! actually i just need more time in general to work on sewing projects!!! LOVE this smock and it would make the perfect present for my adorable nephew!!

  108. Susie says:

    Oh this adorable blue smock would be wonderful for my son!
    I spend most of my time sewing clothes for my daughter, but too often she’s too fussy (and they hardly get worn!) so I’m dreaming of stitching up a few things for me to wear now! 🙂 I’ve just started my very first grown-up top (i.e. for Me!) lovely blog! thanks!

  109. crissy says:

    I sew for my little girl…I love it!

    thank you for the chance to win!

    crissybell17(at)gmail(dot)com

  110. Most of what I sew is things for my kids. toys, pillows, dress up stuff, decor and its all repurposed stuff we have from home or that I got at a thrift store. I love that challenge.

  111. Skooks says:

    I’m not sure how to answer this one. I tend to just pick out projects I like and give them a whirl. I have made stuffed toys, blankets, clothes, shoes, hair accessories . . . whatever strikes my fancy at the moment, you know?

    Your little smock is ADORABLE btw. 🙂

  112. Sara says:

    I’ve been sewing a lot of diapers and need to do a lot more and I wish I was quilting.

    My little boy so needs a smock for the summer.

    saradfarris(at)hotmail(dot)com

  113. monica says:

    As the mother of 2 kids under 2 years, this would come in handy. I don’t own a sewing machine, but if I did, I would sew doll clothes and curtains!

  114. leigh ann says:

    with a 22 month old little boy, you know I could use one of these! thanks for the opportunity. yay!

  115. *kate says:

    I tend to spend most of my time sewing from free tutorials on the internet. And I love every minute of it!

  116. Sally says:

    I spend most of my time creating different things for the kids. I get such a kick out of their excitement when I finish something for them. I wish I was sewing myself and the kids more clothes but my sewing time is so limited these days I’m just happy to sew anything.

    sallybradley(at)gmail(dot)com

  117. Lind says:

    I sew a lot of car seat canopies. I love your style!

  118. Lisa says:

    Lately I spend my time doing crazy quilting or making things for grandkids and I love doing both..
    My Mom was born in Rochester and grew up in Hornell….

  119. Ammie says:

    The only thing cuter than your smock is your little boy’s adorable toothy grin. What a sweetie! BTW, I think he’s about my son’s age. 😀

    Anyway, I’ve been sewing a quiet book with finger puppets for my son, hair pin flowers for some special little girls, and clothing for myself & my boy. However, I am finally attempting to make something–a knit sweater–for my mom.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    ammeiloris at hotmail dot com

  120. bethany says:

    I am new to quilting and so that is my current obession. I love it! I also love sewing cloths for the kids!!!

  121. Judy says:

    How cute. thanks for sharing your work. agent3547@aol.com

  122. Marcia W. says:

    “What do you spend most of your time sewing? Quilts Do you wish it were something else? no I love what I am doing. Thank you for this giveaway. mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  123. Lisa says:

    I spend most of my time sewing clothes for my 2 year old daughter and I am very happy with that – it doesn’t take much fabric and everything sews up pretty quickly. Plus, the finished product is super cute LOL! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  124. Mary says:

    This is darling! Most of my time sewing is spent either with quilting or clothing creations for the grandchildren.

  125. Heidi Rupke says:

    I’m not a sewer, but an embroiderer. However, I have scheduled some sewing tutorials with my mom this summer so that I can make some doll clothes for my 18 month old daughter. Heidi.netzrupke@gmail.com

  126. Carrie says:

    I’m quite new to sewing. In fact I got my first sewing maching for Christmas and so far I’ve sewed a pillowcase for my oldest son and some cloth wipes for my youngest. My two tornadoes keep me so busy I haven’t had time to sew much else. So I’d love to learn to sew just about anything right.;o)

  127. turtle says:

    sew lovely! i love to sew but usually household items, or skirts.

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