sewing for boys

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:

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  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!

Handmade Gifts for Boys Day 2: DIY Shield and Sword Set

Welcome back to day two of Handmade Gifts for Boys! Stacey and I both have tutorials to share with you for your boy-gifting needs! Today I’ve got a super easy tutorial for boys who love to act out David and Goliath or pretend to be a Knight of the Round Table.

 

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Supplies:

  • Felt (you could also use fleece)
  • Polyfill

1. Cut two sword shapes out of felt – 4.5 x 12.5in.

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2. Put the two pieces together and sew along the outside and then sew a straight line down the center, not quite sewing to the end of the sword. Stuff with polyfill, leaving at least 1/2 inch unstuffed.

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3. Cut two handles out of felt – see the picture for dimensions that I used.

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4. Sew the two handle pieces separately to the end of the sword. By sewing them only to the sword pieces and not to each other, it helps the sword to not be quite as floppy.

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5. Sew the two handle pieces together, sewing 1/4in. over the stitching you just did onto the sword and leaving the end of the sword open.

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7. Cut two shield shapes out of felt – 13.5 x 10.5in.

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8. Cut a small rectangle for the handle – 2 x 6.5in.

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9. Sew the handle to the back of the shield with two small rectangles of stitching.

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10. Sew whatever design you want to the front of the shield.DSC_0720

11. Put the two shield pieces wrong sides together and stitch around the shield, leaving the bottom open.DSC_0723

12. Stuff with polyfill and stitch closed.

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If you have older kids, this is a super easy project that they could tackle themselves. It would be a great gift for them to make their younger siblings, cousins, or friends!
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Then watch your favorite little boy win the battle of a lifetime! And bonus: when he whacks his baby brother, it probably won’t hurt, because it’s basically a big giant pillow!

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And when he gets wounded in battle, you get to rescue him :)

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Adding these to our dress-up bin will be perfect for all the good vs. evil action that happens around here. They’re so quick and easy to make that you can make them for all the little boys on your Christmas list!
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While your little ones are out battling dragons or saving the world, make sure you enter our giveaway, there’s still plenty of time to enter!

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 Click here to enter the giveaway!

Now head over to Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy and see this aDORable Instant Snowman Kit that Stacey has today!

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Handmade Gifts for Boys Day 1: Lego Minifig Carrier Tutorial

Welcome to day one of the third annual Handmade Gifts for Boys series! Stacey and I have a week full of tutorials and giveaways to help with your boy gift giving! (Or for girls too ;) So make sure you come back every day this week to see all the fun we have in store!

My boys spend about 95% percent of their time playing with Legos, and they have a particular fondness for the Lego Minifigures (affiliate link). I decided to make them a carrier so that they can cart them around the house – or even take them in the car – easily!

Lego Minifig Carrier Tutorial

Supplies needed:

  • less than 1/4 yard of non-stretchy fabric (I used quilting cotton)
  • fusible interfacing
  • fold over elastic (affiliate link)
  • KAM snaps (affiliate link) or buttons
  • basic sewing supplies

1. Cut two rectangles of fabric and one of interfacing. Mine were 8×11, but you can adjust your size to fit your needs. Iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of the inside fabric.

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2. Cut two pieces of fold over elastic the length of the fabric (in my case that was 11 inches. Pin them across the fabric.

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3. Sew the ends of the elastic down first, then a vertical line one inch from the edge. This will leave a space for the mini figures to slide in. You will want to either use a straight stitch or a very narrow zig-zag stitch and then stitch back and forth a couple times.

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4. Continue in one inch intervals all the way across the elastic. Repeat with the second elastic and trim all your loose threads.

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5. Cut a 3.5 x 6inch rectangle for the carrier’s handle.

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6. Fold it in half with right sides together and sew along two sides with a 1/4 seam allowance (or trim the seam allowance when you’re finished if you use a larger seam allowance). Clip the corner.

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7. Turn this inside out and fold the raw edge under 1/4 inch. Press and topstitch the open end closed.

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8. Pin it in the middle of the outside fabric.

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9. Sew the ends of the handle with a small rectangle. You can also sew an X in the middle.

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10. Put the two fabrics right sides together with 1/4 inch seam allowance and sew around the edges, leaving a two inch opening.

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11. Clip the corners and turn right side out. Press the raw edge of the opening under (and press the rest of the fabric). Topstitch around all four sides.

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12. Attach snaps or buttons/buttonholes to both ends.

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Now slide the minifigs in, and your littles can carry their toys wherever they go!

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When snapped closed, the handle is perfect for little hands.

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The elastic keeps everything securely in place, and there’s room for plenty of them! You could make your carrier a little larger if your boys have lots of “Lego guys” (as we call them in our house) and you need to make room for more.

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For us, though, this size is perfect. It will also hopefully prevent all the frustration that comes from trying to carry too many minifigs around the house, but your hands are too small. A familiar scenario in our home…

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But wait, there’s more! We have a fabulous giveaway! We’ve put together an amazing bundle of fabric and patterns for a lucky winner!

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$30 gift certificate to Mabel Madison
Winner’s choice 1 Patterns for Pirates Pattern

Click here to enter the giveaway!

Now make sure you head over to Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts and check out her awesome DIY Dragon Poncho tutorial!

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And don’t forget, my Bottoms Up Pants Pattern is on sale for 22% off, but only through today! So grab your copy! (If you purchase it and then win the giveaway, I will happily refund you)

Match With Me: coordinating mother-son looks!

I’ve always been one of those moms who coordinates her kids’ outfits. I love putting my boys all in plaid button downs or blazers. But I’ve never done any coordinating with them myself. Well this officially ends that! Enter Stacey at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts and her super fun Match With Me series – all about making coordinating outfits for mamas and their sons!
DSC_0509I decided pretty early on that I wanted to sew outfits with a coordinating color palette. And I am in loooove with how it turned out!

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My three-year-old and I each got a cardigan, plus a shirt for him and a knit dress for me.

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I’m obsessed with this mustard color, and I adore how it looks with my little guy’s hair. He loved that we got to match with our “new clothes.” He insisted on wearing this outfit two days in a row and was pretty put off that I didn’t want to join him the second day. ;)

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Here are some outfit details for me: Cambridge Cardigan from Peek-a-boo Patterns (affiliate link) in a lacey stripe knit from JoAnn’s. I let the ends of the knit curl, rather than adding the cuffs to the sleeves and the body. With this dress, though, I wish I had made the cardigan longer. But it will be a good length for wearing with jeans.

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This dress… Sigh. Oh, THIS DRESS. I love it so, so much. It’s made out of this absolutely amazing Anna Maria Horner knit that I bought from a local shop, Bungalow Quilting and Yarn. I used the Union St. Tee pattern from Hey June and lengthened it to make a dress. I want to live in this dress.

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The details on my little guy’s look: a simple mustard knit Vintage V-Neck from Blank Slate Patterns (affiliate link), which is always a good choice.

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This cardigan… well, I wish I had made it for me. This Robert Kauffman Laguna knit is so fantastic (also from Bungalow Quilting). The pattern is the Cool Cardigan from Blank Slate Patterns (affiliate link), which I’ve made before and adore. The pants are these hand-me-downs that I’m so glad have lasted long enough to hand down (these knees have withstood lots of rough play!)

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Matching with mama is so fun!

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Head over to Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts and see the rest of the mama-son outfits!

Happy sewing, friends :)