Material Mama #11

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Welcome Friends!

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I’m so glad you took the time to check out the website. I try to get all the links up but sometimes will miss one or four. If you want a link to a specific item I talked about, and you don’t see it here, let me know by emailing me at materialmama at gmail dot com. Thanks so much!

Today I featured the following music, and a story.

Christmas In The Sun Joel Kopischke

Little by Little Jan Linder-Koda and Justin Gordon

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

I put the whole first chapter on the podcast, and if you’d like the rest, please visit the link above. You can download the whole story there for free! What a great service.

Our Diaper Sewing Website is going really well! Check it out!

You can find more free mama patterns at FitzPatterns.

Fun toys for your children at Hearthsong and Nova Naturals

What I’m reading: Craft Magazine Use your 50% off coupon at JoAnn’s, or check out their website. Very cool.

What I’m listening to as I sew (and do carpool!): Creative Mom, Cast On, Chubb Creek. Lime and Violet

The Bone Setter’s Daughter (I downloaded it and listen to it in the car with my oldest daughter.)

What I’m sewing:

Two Christmas dresses. I ADORE this Butterick 3316 pattern. It has a curved bodice and is super simple to put together. I removed the little loopie thing in the back (where a button would go) so it’s a pull over dress. Cotton Velour bodice and sleeves, interlock knit skirt.

and the dress I made:

Robe- flannel backed satin for my 15 year old daughter. She’s been asking me to make her one, and I think she’ll like the flannel, I know I do. Ottobre 04-05, the women’s size small

Quilt for Mr. Big’s grandmother. She is sick and a lap quilt is something I think she’ll find useful and comforting.

Training pants for m. She is almost all done, but I think I’ll make some for the sew along at Cloth Diaper Sewing, and for long trips, just in case. I’ll be making her underpants as well, I like the Ottobre boxer pattern. I altered it so it’s two pieces instead of four. I’m lazy like that.

Thank you for all of the nice emails about Misty. Here’s a picture of the both of us the day we got her (March 1988):

She saw me through the 80’s, the 90’s, the new century, two marriage, three children, four houses and two other dogs.

On to brighter news, I wanted to take some time to talk about podcasting. We need more crafty podcasts! I can literally count them on one hand. Podcasting is the great equalizer, there is no FCC and it passes all borders. If you do a search on iTunes you’ll find many great ‘how to’ podcasts. I recommend Podcasting for Dummies and The Daily Source Code.

Looking for some great gift ideas? Check these sellers out at Hyena Cart:

Sewing Mamas




Melinda’s Lotions & Potions





huckleberry knits



Bear Bottom Britches


Want some last minute ideas for things to make? Check these out:


Green Pepper # 504 Fleece Socks


Wee Wonderfuls Kitty, paperdolls and more


Craftgrrl cheap screenprinting

Salt Dough Art

Echoes of a Dream blog – Waldorf crafts

Craftster Tutorial Page

Don’t forget to check out my new Material Mama Bookstore

Thanks so much for listening!


Material Mama Podcast #9

Today I have changed the format a bit, added in some music and lengthened segments.

The music all comes from the Podsafe Music Network, and today I featured some really great artists. I hope you give their songs a listen and support Podsafe music! Please take a listen:

Farm Boy Spaghetti Cake
Grandma’s Piano Eliot Popkin
rise again Joshua Kadison

I also chatted about holiday sewing, and I found some resources for fun gifts to sew here here and here. Take a look at Wikipedia and add some to the Sewing area! I talk about my admiration for Brenda Dayne of Cast On podcast. Take a listen — even if you don’t knit I think you’ll enjoy her podcast. There are some great fabric card tutorials here. I made bacon and eggs out of wool felt for my girl’s Christmas gifts:

The adorable smocking from Caren at Baby Blue Yonder:

With a matching twirly skirt, modified from the Sew Baby twirly dress pattern.

I didn’t podcast about it, but my oldest daughter made this fun top herself! We traced a ready to wear top that she knew fit her well:

The wedding knit I got from Suz:

Thank you for all of your kind words, emails and support! It is greatly appreciated. I’m still learning the audio side of things, thanks for hanging in with me.


Material Mama Podcast #6

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With a surprise at the end for your children!

Vogue Pattern 7894

funky monkey flannel
Sunrise Design
Dharma Trading
Juggling Jello
Nutmeg’s method for gathering
Nutmeg’s method for tracing Ottobre and other European/foreign patterns
Doll pattern instructions for practicing tracing
Here’s the doll pattern

Ottobre’s Website click the button on the left that says “in English”
Free Ottobre patterns to try.

These are in .pdf format:
Tank Top

Material Mama Podcast #3

New! Click here to listen:

I have gotten so many questions from people who want to listen in, but can’t figure out if they can. The short answer is YES! You do NOT need an iPod to listen to this webcast. I have copied a very short explanation from here:

“What do you mean I don’t need an iPod to listen to a Podcast?”

First and foremost a show is an MP3 file (which I provide to you below, or you can click the green box, above) and all you need to play it is an MP3 player. There are multiple 100’s of Millions of MP3 players out there – They are called computers. With the help of FREE software such as iTunes or Quicktime or Windows Media Player – You are already able to listen to a Podcast. You only need an iPod or other Mobile MP3 Player if you want to listen to a podcast while you are working out, driving to work or taking the dog for a walk….

Material Mama Podcast #3

Okay, on to show notes 🙂
My new machine! Kids not included

Kenmore Ergo3

Interesting factoid about the Ergo3 Redsign

“And the costs don’t stop there. Once Metaphase has redesigned a product, companies then have to revamp their existing manufacturing equipment. For instance, one client recently worked with Metaphase to design a sewing machine for Sears, Roebuck’s Kenmore line, and spent close to $1 million to adapt its manufacturing to accommodate the new machine. The Sears Kenmore Elite ergo 3 came out a year ago, priced at $1,999, about $500 more than the previous top-of-the-line model, partly because of the manufacturing costs.”

My Machines (sigh) on eBay

Sewzanne’s interview with Heather Ross

Material Mama’s Sewing Manifesto

FAO Schwartz

Don’t Download This Song

Joshua Kadison

KS Undies

Creative Memories Sidekick

Material Mama Manifesto

Material Mama’s Sewing Manifesto

Anyone can learn to sew.

It’s an age old art, whether by hand or by computerized machine; repurposed thrift store finds or $50/yard designer fabric.

It unites us all.


  1. Love and respect my seam ripper
  2. Encourage smaller, boutique pattern designers
  3. Sew, repair, customize items for my family as needed and time permits.
  4. Be upfront with others that I may not hem, alter, customize or create for them.
  5. Understand sewing does NOT save money. (although I might not share this with my significant other)
  6. Love my stash. Visit it, pet it, appreciate it, and listen to it.
  7. Learn to hear praise and compliments about my sewing and say “Thank You”.
  8. Not play down my accomplishments in sewing, even if it’s learning to turn on a machine or thread a needle.
  9. Sew gifts for those who appreciate them
  10. Be proud to show my one of a kind, properly fitted, custom tailored garments.
  11. Know mommy made clothes make my child feel special and loved whenever they are wearing them.
  12. Sew because I have to, it’s a part of who I am
  13. Occasionally toss an item across the room in frustration.
  14. Forgive myself.
  15. Ask for support when I need and want it.
  16. Listen to my heart about MY fabric choices, pattern, style and cut.




  1. Feel I need to purchase even ONE Big Three pattern
  2. Support companies that sell their patterns on junky paper, with improper fitting, with outdated and overly complicated sewing techniques.
  3. Support pattern companies that do not support me in finding well fitting, and comfortable
  4. Feel forced to put advertising on my children without being paid for it (Name brands splashed all over clothing)
  5. Feel pressured to defend my beautiful stash
  6. Feel pressured to repair, customize clothing for others
  7. Dress my 4 year old like a hooker to keep up with current fashions.
  8. Support sweat shop labor
  9. Allow my stash to control me and how I feel. I am always in charge of Stash.
  10. Listen to any negativity about how sewing is outdated (it’s classic, and classic never goes out of style)
  11. Throw anything heavy at someone who tells me “wow, did you know that sewing clothing is getting popular again?”
  12. Sew for anyone who might not appreciate it, or sees it as inferior to store bought. It’s their loss.
  13. Endure cheap, poorly made and poor fitting Ready to Wear (off the rack clothing)
  14. Deny that sewing feeds my soul.
  15. See myself as competing with Wal-Mart, Target, etc. See myself as couture, custom family fashionista along the lines of Hannah Andersson, Gymboree and Michael Kors.
  16. Engage in negative self talk or berate my skills to myself or others.
  17. Assume that the big box stores (JoAnn’s, Hancock’s etc) will be able to tell fabric from scrapbook paper much less help with fit.

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