March 24 Sam Howard of Bobaloo! Kids + {GIVEAWAY}

So, Samantha Howard a total keeper.  Married with two lovely kids, an entrepreneur who is the chief creator and mastermind behind Bobaloo! Kids, but on top of all of that, she is a ROLLER GIRL!  Seriuosly.  You don’t get much cooler than Sam.  Here’s what she has to say about using Succulents. Here she is pictured with her daughter.


photo credit: Eric Lubrick

Take it away Sam:

When my lovely friend Heather Givans asked if I would sew something up with her gorgeous new fabric line Succulents, I jumped on board in a flash!  We decided a dress for my daughter would be a great way to show off Succulent Parade in Blue, the gorgeous light blue border print. After considering many worthy pattern contenders, we landed on the darling Library Dress from Oliver + S. It’s the perfect mix of classic and modern while still appealing to a little girl with pretty strong clothing opinions. 

The Library Dress and Succulents turned out to be a match made in heaven! The skirt only has a few pleats, which minimizes folds at the hem and really shows off those succulent drawings. The border fabric is also used in the bodice. How darling is that collar? I have always loved sewing Oliver + S patterns and this one is no exception.


photo credit: Eric Lubrick

I love mixing prints and Succulents offers a ton of great mix-and-match options. I wanted to balance the tiny repeating motif on the bodice with a larger print for the sash.  The yellow Greenhouse in Avocado was perfect, adding a pop of color while still mirroring the blue of the dress.

If you look closely you can see Moveable Type in Green peeking out as piping around the sash.  Man oh man, do I love a text print!  It adds such a great border to the sash.


Despite years and years of sewing, I still tend to chicken out on buttons and replace them with a different closure.  However, this time I put my big girl pants on and committed to the long row of buttonholes. I’m so glad I did because those yellow buttons are one of my very favorite parts of the dress.


photo credit: Eric Lubrick

It was such a delight to sew with Succulents knowing the love and care that Heather put into every part of the design. I can’t wait to see what comes next!

The lovely folks at Windham are giving away fat quarter bundles at all FOURTEEN stops of the blog hop, including this very post. Make sure to follow along and comment at each stop to up your chances of getting your hands on some!

March 15: Heather Givans of Crimson Tate
March 16: Eric Lubrick of Eric Lubrick Photography
March 17: Sarah Sharp of {no} hats quilts }
March 18: Lindsay Lefevere of ellesquare
March 19: Karen McTavish of McTavish Quilting Studio
March 20: David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate
March 21: Meghan Eschbaugh of Calvin and Carolyn
March 22: Brooke Starnes
March 23: Matthew Wheeler of Kapa Quilts
March 24: Samantha Howard of Bobaloo Kids (YOU’RE HERE!)
March 25: Amy Garro of 13 spools
March 26: Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts
March 27: Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio
March 28: Heather Givans of Crimson Tate

108 thoughts on “March 24 Sam Howard of Bobaloo! Kids + {GIVEAWAY}

  1. Soul Stitching Dolls says:

    I love the library dress (and Oliver and S patterns in general) they sew up wonderfully. I don’t have this dress pattern yet though, now it’s on my list! This fabric is perfect too, you’re daughter is so sweet! And yes to yellow buttons! I would LOVE a chance to win a fat quarter bundle. Amazing job ladies!

  2. flygirl56 says:

    mom and daughter combo is adorable cant wait till my grandaughter gets out of school to show her i think that will be a definite yes thanks for the chance to win

  3. Umaesew says:

    Pretty dress for a pretty girl! Love the yellow buttons. Would love to win a fat quarter bundle of the fabric. Thank you for the giveaway.

  4. Louise says:

    I like the dress that was made from this fabric line. I would like to win the fabric bundle and create something with these fabrics.

  5. diane beavers says:

    Sam, It’s wonderful to meet you and your daughter. Superb job on the library dress, Succulents really compliments her eyes too:) Cool that you stepped outside your comfy zone and added the yellow buttons, totally tops its off. The whole Succulents line is just awesome and I can’t wait to purchase the Succulent Parade in blue and make a sun dress for me.

  6. Linda Fleming says:

    I love everything about the dress – the pattern, your fabric combination and the yellow buttons down the back!

  7. Lisa Marie says:

    So cute! The border print on the bottom of the dress is especially nice. Love these fabrics, thanks for the chance to win!

  8. LINDA says:

    HI, you ladies looks so nice in your dresses! Thanks for sharing on your Blog+in this Hop Giveaway! HAPPY STITCHING!

  9. Barbi M says:

    Lovely use of the Succulent line of fabric!! We all need to step out of our comfort zones – happy to see your results.

  10. Sandra says:

    Ahh, I just love this dress, makes me want to have another…wait, have A, capital intended, granddaughter! Isn’t this young lady gorgeous! Those eyes!!

  11. Dana Sims says:

    Love the dress! Makes me want to make something for my daughters. Beautiful fabric and thanks for the chance to win.

  12. Kim says:

    I would love to try sewing clothes for my two little ones! Your dress is just beautiful. Thank you for the chance to win!

  13. Kathleen says:

    I am totally with you on the buttonhole thing. I once took a dress I made to another seamstress just to do the buttonholes, I was that chicken!! The dress you made is adorable, and great choice on the yellow buttons.

  14. mary ann says:

    The scale of that border print is perfect for that dress, but I think what I love most is that tiny bit of text print – genius.

  15. madeline stage says:

    Oh my goodness, that dress is ADORABLE! with the buttons and the succulents and the collar! And her eyes are so blue!!

  16. Annette Deardurff says:

    I love your little girl’s dress! And you’re right – those yellow buttons down the back are fab!! I can’t wait to start playing with my fabric! Heather is Soooooooooo talented!

  17. Kayle Lewis says:

    Ugh, that is it, I MUST LEARN TO SEW MY OWN CLOTHING!! Loveeeeeeeee! Such an adorable girl, she looks smart and ready to take on the world!

  18. Kelly Wilson says:

    I am really enjoying all the inspiration to be found on this blog hop. Such cute creations. Thanks! notwendy gmail

  19. kaholly says:

    I used to sew clothes for my daughter when she was little, but admittedly never made anything that cute. I still sew for her, but one it’s quilts and bags and home decor!

  20. amy says:

    Love these fabrics and that lovely dress! That border print just sets it off so nicely.
    Thanks for the chance to win some of these fabrics!

  21. April Hurley says:

    These fabrics are beautiful!! Finally plants that I can’t kill!!! Your daughter is beautiful, and so is the dress she is wearing!!

  22. Mary D says:

    I love buttons and can find a way to add them to most things I make. It’s good you conquered your hesitation and added them to the dress. They are statement making, a nice decorative touch.

  23. Debby E says:

    That dress is absolutely darling! I love it and I love this fabric! Thanks so much for the chance to win 🙂
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

  24. Kristen says:

    Cute! I love how the cactus print works as border on your dress. My almost 6 year old has actually fallen in love with succulents. She actually asked for plants for her birthday on the 6th! I would make a quilt with her. And make a cute pillow using 13spools crafty pattern. All my kids make a simple square quilt the summer after their 6th bday! They learn it quite the process! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  25. Sharon L. says:

    Thanks for the chance to win the beautiful Succulent fabrics. I am enjoying looking at all the projects everyone has made.

  26. Victoria M says:

    I am a real chicken when it comes to buttonholes. I think it is a fear that lasts from my first Kenmore machine. Now that I have a nice new electronic machine that does everything but cook dinner, I guess it is time for my own big girl panties. Thanks for the inspiration.

  27. Amorette says:

    I love the look of that yellow sash on the dress, it looks almost like an obi on a kimono. Perfect, especially with the buttons. Lovely work.

  28. duchick says:

    I was so admiring that little dress with the piping around the belt and the printed border, but when we saw the backside, I was blown away! The yellow buttons top to bottom are just the best! The Succulents fabrics were the perfect choice for this little dress.

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