sewing for boys

Striped Birthday Tank

Boy number three turned four yesterday. To celebrate, I made him a striped tank.

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The tank is self-drafted and upcycled from an XL men’s tank top.

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The stripes on this tank are so rad. I love finding t-shirts on clearance to use as fabric, because sometimes you can find some fabulous prints that you can’t find elsewhere.

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Tanks are quick and easy; I made this one in less than 20 minutes – including a serger re-thread!

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He loves this tank so much, he insisted on sleeping in it as well. Point one for mama-made!

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I used ribbing for the neckline and coverstitched the armholes. You can get this same effect with a double needle.striped tank 8
I love four. When they’re really out of toddler-hood, but not quite a kid. You can reason with them, but they still curl in your lap and need you to kiss their owies. So perfect. :)

Happy sewing, friends!

 

Safari Kudzu Coveralls

It’s no surprise how much I love the Kudzu Coveralls pattern, from Sew Like My Mom. I’ve made them as both pants and a dress, and there’s pretty much no end to my Kudzu love.Kudzu Coveralls pattern by Sew Like My Mom
These pants were supposed to be for Easter. You know, in April. But then the kids got hit by some illnesses, and handmade outfits got put on the back burner.

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These are a quick sew and have endless possibilities. I just adore little boys in overalls. I mean, is there anything cuter??

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Since this little guy is my baby, I wanted to keep the coveralls young. Because I’m going to keep him looking the part of the baby as long as possible. ;) But I also really love this seersucker version from Stacey at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts for an older boy.

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I made the 2T size for my two-year-old. He and his cloth diaper fit perfectly.

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I cut and partially sewed them so long ago, that I can’t remember if I made any modifications. Probably I didn’t measure the cuffs and just eyeballed it.

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Babies in overalls. There’s nothing else I need in life.

Happy sewing, friends!

Super Skinny Pants over at Melly Sews

My post for the Blank Slate Sewing Team is up, so head on over to Melly Sews and check out the Super Skinny Pants I made for my little man!

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No Doubt inspired sewing: Sew in Tune

Today I’m letting the music be my muse, with one of my favorite blog series: Sew in Tune! I super love this series, put on by Stacey of Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts and Melissa of Melly Sews (you can see my looks from previous years here and here). Last year I came across an amazing pair of pants that were crying out to be upcycled, and as soon as I saw them I thought of Gwen Stefani.
No Doubt inspired sewing for Sew in Tune

If you’re a fan of 90s rock (and if not, I’m not sure we can be friends anymore. kidding. sort of.) you certainly know No Doubt. I was a huuuuge No Doubt fan in the 90s. In the Spiderwebs music video, Gwen Stefani wears these rad plaid pants:

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So when I found a pair of red plaid pants at a thrift store, I knew they’d be perfect for this song. I mean, red.plaid.pants. What’s not to love?

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 Communication, a telephonic invasion
I’m planning my escape…

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In a nod to the old school phones all over the place in the video, I appliquéd one onto my little guy’s shirt and free motioned the phone cord. Of course, he has never seen a phone like this in his life. But 90s rock is educating in so many ways.DSC_3650

Sorry I’m not home right now
I’m walking into spiderwebs
So leave a message
And I’ll call you back

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I re-used the existing waistband from the original pants, because I loved the three silver snaps. The fabric has a little bit of stretch to it, so they’re super comfy. I kinda wish I would have made this look for me instead, though I’m not sure I’d rock it quite as well as he does!DSC_3702

The pants have a little flare – I made them almost the same as these pants, and I’m thinking of drafting them into a pattern, because I love the fit.DSC_3782

The shirt? It’s a self-drafted top that’s upcycled from a jersey bed sheet. I love the stripe-plaid combo, and feel like Gwen would approve.

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A likely story, but leave a message
And I’ll call you back

There are many more Sew in Tune posts that you have to see (and you’ll probably get a song or two stuck in your head)! Make sure you check them out over at Melly Sews and Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts. Plus, head over there this weekend for an awesome giveaway!

Happy sewing!

Bottoms Up Pants Tour with Coconut Robot

Today’s stop is the fabulous Kacia from Coconut Robot! If you’re not familiar with her blog, you need to get yourself over there and get familiar! She has some fantastic tutorials (and adorable kids!), plus she sells these amazing custom leather makes.

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I love her little baby version!! The pattern is still 25% through 1/18, discount is automatic.

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 There’s one more day left on the pattern tour – all these amazing bloggers have done such a fantastic job!! And tomorrow is no exception, so make sure you come back tomorrow!

Jan 5th –> Sarah at The Crazy Tailor
Jan 6th –> Melissa at Sew Like My Mom
Jan 8th –> Marissa at RaeGun Ramblings
Jan 9th –> Emily at Naptime Creations
Jan 12th –> Me!
Jan 13th –> Sabra at Sew a Straight Line
Jan 14th –> RaeAnna at Sewing Mama Raeanna
Jan 15th –> Kacia at Coconut Robot
Jan 16th –> Scary at Shaffer Sisters

Add a Lining to any Pants Pattern

Today we have another change in the tour schedule, so you get to see another one of MY versions of the Bottoms Up Pants! I added a flannel lining (because babies in -25 F windchill need to stay warm!) and today I’ll show you how to add a lining to any pants pattern you have.Add a lining to any pants pattern

Adding a lining is super simple. It obviously adds a little bulk, so you may have to go up a size, especially if your little one is close to moving up to the next one. My little guy still fits into the 18 month size at 21 months, but I want the pants to last through the rest of the winter, so I went up to 24 months.

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Let’s get started!

1. Cut out the front and back pieces in both the outer and inner fabric. Sew them together according to the pattern instructions – remember to add your pockets first! Keep your lining pieces inside out.

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2. Since the Bottoms Up Pants don’t have a separate waistband piece, you will need to trim your lining pieces. Cut one inch off the top of the lining to avoid bulk in the waist. If you’re using a different pants pattern that has a waistband, you won’t need to trim your fabric.

There are two different ways to attach the lining.

Here’s option one (this is a great option if you want to cuff the pants so the lining shows):

  • Tuck your lining (still inside out!) into your outer fabric, making sure the bottom of the outer and lining fabrics meet at the bottom. If you’re using the Bottoms Up Pants pattern or another without a separate waistband, your lining won’t reach the top.

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  • Turn the outer fabric inside out, holding the bottoms together.

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  • Sew the lining and outer fabrics together with the right sides together. Do this carefully so that you only sew through the two layers. Repeat with the second leg.

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  • Now pull the lining and outer fabrics together!

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Here’s option two (this is great if you don’t plan to cuff the pants):

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  • After trimming one inch off the top of the lining, trim 1/2 inch off the bottom of the lining. Then hem as the pattern instructs, tucking the lining into the hem.

Now finish the waistband according to the pattern instructions, making sure the lining is tucked inside!

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Now you have some nice and cozy lined pants! Perfect for keeping those baby legs warm. :)

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I used the same lining fabric for the pockets, and I used the flap pockets that I loooove.

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My little guy is still pretty short for the 24 month size, so we have a pretty wide cuff on these pants. I could have used the 18 month length, but we should get some great wear out of them throughout the whole winter!

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And because a pattern tour is much more fun with a discount, the Bottoms Up Pants pattern is on sale, 25% through 1/18 – no code needed!

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The tour continues with some fabulous Bottoms Up Pants fun all week long! So make sure you come back and check out all these bloggers and their lovely versions :)

Jan 5th –> Sarah at The Crazy Tailor
Jan 6th –> Melissa at Sew Like My Mom
Jan 8th –> Marissa at RaeGun Ramblings
Jan 9th –> Emily at Naptime Creations
Jan 12th –> Me!
Jan 13th –> Sabra at Sew a Straight Line
Jan 14th –> RaeAnna at Sewing Mama Raeanna
Jan 15th –> Kacia at Coconut Robot
Jan 16th –> Scary at Shaffer Sisters

Bottoms Up SNOW Pants with Nap Time Creations

I can’t even contain my excitement about today’s stop on the Bottoms Up Pants pattern tour. Emily from Nap Time Creations made SNOW PANTS! Emily was one of my fabulous pattern testers, and I love that she has the creativity to transform them into these incredible pants!!

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Head over and check them out! And don’t forget, the Bottoms Up Pants pattern is 25% off through 1/18, no code necessary.

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The pattern tour fun continues next week! :)

Jan 5th –> Sarah at The Crazy Tailor
Jan 6th –> Melissa at Sew Like My Mom
Jan 7th –> Ari at Max California
Jan 8th –> Marissa at RaeGun Ramblings
Jan 9th –> Emily at Naptime Creations
Jan 12th –> Courtney at Simple City Life
Jan 13th –> Sabra at Sew a Straight Line
Jan 14th –> RaeAnna at Sewing Mama Raeanna
Jan 15th –> Kacia at Coconut Robot
Jan 16th –> Scary at Shaffer Sisters

Bottoms Up Pants Pattern Tour with Raegun Ramblings

We had a slight scheduling change, so there was no post yesterday, but we’ll catch up later. :) Today on the Bottoms Up Pants pattern tour we have the oh so talented Marissa of Raegun Ramblings and her ADORABLE boy Teddy. Just wait until you see the AMAZING pockets she came up with for her version of these pants! Ah. May. Zing.

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Pop over and see all her pics!! Plus, rumor has it she might be adding some of these to her shop…??

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The Bottoms Up Pants pattern is still 25% off through 1/18 – no code necessary!

Jan 5th –> Sarah at The Crazy Tailor
Jan 6th –> Melissa at Sew Like My Mom
Jan 7th –> Ari at Max California
Jan 8th –> Marissa at RaeGun Ramblings
Jan 9th –> Emily at Naptime Creations
Jan 12th –> Courtney at Simple City Life
Jan 13th –> Sabra at Sew a Straight Line
Jan 14th –> RaeAnna at Sewing Mama Raeanna
Jan 15th –> Kacia at Coconut Robot
Jan 16th –> Scary at Shaffer Sisters

Bottoms Up Pants Pattern Tour with Sew Like My Mom

Today’s stop on the pattern tour is the ever lovely Melissa from Sew Like My Mom, my blogging soul sister. I just adore her sweet and simple version of the Bottoms Up Pants!

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Hop over and check out more pics and see what she thinks about these pants! And don’t forget, they’re on sale – 25% off through 1/18, no code necessary!

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The fun is still coming, so come back tomorrow to see more pants!

Jan 5th –> Sarah at The Crazy Tailor
Jan 6th –> Melissa at Sew Like My Mom
Jan 7th –> Ari at Max California
Jan 8th –> Marissa at RaeGun Ramblings
Jan 9th –> Emily at Naptime Creations
Jan 12th –> Courtney at Simple City Life
Jan 13th –> Sabra at Sew a Straight Line
Jan 14th –> RaeAnna at Sewing Mama Raeanna
Jan 15th –> Kacia at Coconut Robot
Jan 16th –> Scary at Shaffer Sisters

33+ Handmade Gifts for Boys – Tutorials, free patterns, and more!

If you have boys on your gift list this year, you’ll want to check out this amazing list of handmade gifts! You’ll find tutorials and free patterns, sewing and non-sewing DIY gifts. Plus, you’ll find links to patterns you can purchase and even some shops that make gifts you can buy!

33+ Handmade Gifts for Boys - Patterns, Tutorials, and More!

Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts and I just wrapped up our third annual Handmade Gifts for Boys series, and we always have so much fun!! (And of course, all of these ideas could be great for girls too! Stacey and I both have all boys, so we like to spend a little time before the holidays gathering up a slew of tutorials and DIYs that boy mamas would like, but girl mamas are sure to find something here too!)

Here are all the tutorials from year three:

Handmade Gifts For Boys 2014

  1. Lego Minifig Carrier
  2. Dragon Dress-up Poncho
  3. Fabric Shield and Sword Set
  4. Instant Snowman Kit
  5. Pajama Eaters and Superhero Pajama Eaters
  6. Free Teddy Bear Jacket Pattern
  7. Wipeable Chalkboard Speech Bubble Shirt
  8. DIY Superhero Wall Art
  9. Free Fleece Warrior Hat Pattern

Click here to see more tutorials and ideas from year two:

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And click here to see even more from year one:

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Thanks so, so much to this year’s sponsors:

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Sew Fearless
Patterns for Pirates
Beatnik Kids
If Only Designs

For even more boy ideas, check out this Boy Gift Ideas Pinterest board or this Boy Sewing board!