Boys Will Be Boys gift series

Boys Will be Boys: Giveaway winners!!

Okay, today might be my favorite day of the series. Because I get to make some lucky winners very happy! Yay! Thanks to everyone who entered, and HUGE thanks to our sponsors!


See Kate Sew


 Fancie Fannies



pencil mouth





Sew Chatty


Fabric Fairy

And now, the winners, chosen by!

The winner of the elephant softie from Sew Chatty is…

Alexandra [who said this would be perfect for her sister who’s pregnant with her fourth nephew! yay for four boys!]

The winner of see kate sew’s softie patterns is…


And the winner of a $25 gift certificate to The Fabric Fairy…

Amanda Estroff!

Winners have been contacted via email – so check your spam if it’s not in your inbox! Thanks everyone for entering. :)

Happy sewing!


Boys Will be Boys: The End.

What a fun week! I hope you enjoyed our Boys Will be Boys, so Handmake Their Toys series!


Stacey and I had a lot of fun putting it all together. But I have to admit… I’m exhausted! At least now I have some Christmas presents finished, though, and didn’t wait until the very last minute. Well, some of them are finished…

In case you missed any of the tutorials, here’s a wrap up of all of them.

handmade boy gift wrap-up

Starting at the Top:

  1. Baby Shoes Free Pattern and Tutorial
  2. DIY Color Your Own T-Shirt
  3. Fabric Dominoes Game
  4. Police Softies
  5. Cloth Light Sabers
  6. Superhero Hand Warmers
  7. Monster Art Carrier
  8. Magnetic Hangman
  9. Name Bean Bags
  10. Pokemon Card Pouch
  11. Silly Mustaches

Thanks so much for following along with us. I’ll be drawing winners for all the giveaways tonight, so make sure you enter if you haven’t already!

Click here to see Year Two of our Handmade Gifts for Boys series!


Boys Will be Boys: a Roundup of More Handmade Gift Tutorials

As Boys Will be Boys, so Handmake Their Toys comes to a close, I wanted to share with you some other fun handmade boy gift tutorials I’ve found.


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Superhero Cape Tutorial at Skirt as Top


Skateboard Sling at The Boy Trifecta


Star Wars Finger Puppets at The Idea Room


Superhero Cuffs at See Kate Sew

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Lego Belt at Delia Creates


Suitcase Puppet Theatre at Melly Sews


Car Race Game at Little Family Fun

DSC_0179Paratrooper Softie Tutorial at Chez Beeper Bebe


Kid Wallet at Melly Sews

Stacey and I have both been pinning to the board Boy Gift Ideas on Pinterest – it’s filled with awesome ideas for gifts for the boys in your life!

*** I decided to keep the giveaways all open through Monday. [mostly because I’m too lazy to figure out how to close the comments… ha! lucky you!] ***

The Fabric Fairy — $25 gift certificate

See Kate Sew — THREE softie patterns!

Sew Chatty — adorable elephant softie

Be sure to head over and enter… the only requirement for ALL giveaways is leaving a comment. How easy is that?!

And Stacey at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy has one final tutorial – a magnetic hangman game that looks so fun!


Boys Will Be Boys: Name Bean Bags Tutorial and a GIVEAWAY! [giveaway is now closed]

My three-year-old is really into letters right now, so we’re working on recognizing his name. Yep, that’s the teacher in me… giving my kids educational toys for Christmas.


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And I know that the nerdy, educational parent part of you wants to help your littles learn their letters too!

name bean bags tutorial


  • Three coordinating fabrics
  • Chalk or water soluble marker
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Coordinating thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Fray Check
  • Beans, rice, or poly-fil to stuff


1. Cut three squares of your fabric for each bean bag [only two squares are shown… obviously]. The size you cut will depend on how big you want the bean bags to be. Mine were cut about 5in x 5in.


2. On one of the three fabrics, draw out your letters, using either chalk or water soluble marker.


3. Carefully cut the letters out.


4. Put one of the coordinating fabrics behind the letter cut out and pin the fabrics together.


5. Straight stitch very carefully around the letter. Using a thread that doesn’t coordinate will make more of an impact and make the letter stand out a little more [in other words, it’s way more fun]. But if you are worried about your sewing mistakes showing, use a coordinating thread color that will blend in.


6. Put the three fabrics together, right sides together. Zig-zag stitch around all four sides, leaving an opening to turn the fabrics right side out.


7. Cut around all four sides with pinking shears to stop the fabric from fraying.


8. Turn right side out.


9. Stuff with beans, rice, or poly-fil [the poly-fil makes it more of a pillow than a bean bag… but pillows thrown across the room are much less dangerous in a house full of boys]. Hand-stitch closed.


10. If you’re using a fabric that will fray, apply Fray Check to the cut edges of the letters. [Fabrics like knit or fleece will not fray, however, and you wouldn’t need to use it]


Now you have a fun way for your boys to learn their letters and recognize their name!

IMG_6636I’m super excited about today’s giveaway. Elizabeth from Sew Chatty is giving away this aDORable elephant softie! [this giveaway is now closed]


Seriously, SO cute. To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is leave a comment telling me who you would get this little lovey. That’s it!

If you want an additional entry, like Sew Chatty on Facebook and leave another comment to let me know. The giveaway will be open until Sunday.

Now don’t forget to head over to Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy to see the awesome tutorial Stacey has today. I know my boys will LOVE this one.


P.S. The Fabric Fairy giveaway closes tonight and the See Kate Sew pattern giveaway is open through tomorrow!

Boys Will Be Boys: Soft Soled Baby Shoes Tutorial and FREE Pattern!

We’re already halfway through our gift series, Boys Will be Boys, so Handmake Their Toys!


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So far in the series, I’ve shared a lot of tutorials for toys your little boys are sure to love. [well, mine are sure to love them anyway!] But sometimes you want to be a little more practical with your gifts. And really, how many toys do your littles really need… even if they are handmade?

So today you get a tutorial for a gift that’s perfect for those littlest boys who are content to play with pots and wooden spoons. And who just need to add a little cuteness to their wardrobe, instead of adding to their toy bin.

baby shoes tutorial


  • felted wool
  • 1/8 inch elastic
  • soft leather
  • sweatshirt scraps *optional
  • sewing machine
  • coordinating thread
  • scissors

Download the free pattern here.

1. This pattern is sized for a young toddler – between 12-18mos. My son wears a size 5 shoe or 12-18mo. soft-soled shoes (like Robeez), and these fit him well. If your child wears a different size, just scale the pattern up or down.

2. Cut out the half circle pattern piece out of felted wool. You will need two of this piece. You will also need to cut two rectangles of wool that are 2.5in x 7.5in. I used this awesome vintage wool suit coat that I thrifted and felted.


3. Now cut two of the oval pattern piece out of soft leather [I upcycled mine from a vest]. I also cut two ovals of sweatshirt material, to make the shoe a little more cushiony for baby’s foot. This is optional, though.


4. Fold over the edge of the half circle piece and top-stitch. Because you are using felted wool, you don’t have to worry about the edges fraying.


5. Fold over one long edge of the rectangle piece and top-stitch.


6. Cut 5in. of elastic and attach it to a small safety pin. Use that pin to thread the elastic through the rectangle piece of wool. [note: if your baby has particularly pudgy ankles, you might want to use 6in. of elastic]


7. When your elastic is just barely sticking out of your wool, zig-zag the end to attach it. Then pull the rest of the elastic to the end [the wool will bunch up slightly as you do this] and zig-zag the other end.


8. Now pin the rectangle onto the half-circle, as seen above. The finished edges should be facing away from you.


9. Use a straight stitch to sew the two pieces together. You’ll want to sew two rows of stitching – one that is close to the edge of the rectangle piece and one that is close to the edge of the half-circle piece. [you can see the two rows of stitching if you look carefully at the picture above]


10. Sandwich the leather and sweatshirt piece together. The sweatshirt piece should be on the bottom. Then pin the wool pieces around the leather. The finished side of the wool should be facing the leather.


11. Zig-zag stitch along the edges, making sure to capture all layers of fabric as you go. Repeat all these steps for the second shoe.


Now turn your shoes right side out and admire your handiwork!


And attempt to capture them in action… but of course, a 16 month-old will not sit when you want him to and does not yet understand bribery…

Stacey at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy has a great stocking stuffer over at her place today. Super hero hand warmers! She also has a giveaway for a T-shirt from I Heart Bricks that your boy would LOVE to wear!


Don’t forget to enter the giveaways from Fabric Fairy and See Kate Sew!

Boys Will Be Boys: Fabric Dominoes Matching Game and a Pattern Giveaway! [this giveaway is now closed]

Welcome back to Boys Will Be Boys, so Handmake Their Toys!


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Today I have a tutorial for a  game that even the youngest boys can play. Bonus, it’s a game that doesn’t make any noise. [not that I can promise anything about your kiddos…]

fabric dominoes tutorialSupplies:

  • Two different materials – something sturdier than quilter’s cotton is preferable [or you will want to add interfacing]
  • Felt
  • Hot glue gun [or craft glue – but hot glue will hold better]
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread
  • Scissors


1. Cut the two different fabrics into approximately 4in x 7in pieces. Each domino will use two pieces, so you’ll need to cut double the number of rectangles as dominoes you want to make.


2. Cut felt shapes – you’ll want at least three of each shape. The more matches you have, though, the more fun the game will be. And the more time your little one can spend playing it. Then, using either hot glue or craft glue [hot glue would hold better], attach the shapes to your fabric.


3. Put the fabric pieces right sides together, then zig-zag stitch around three sides.


4. Clip the corners and turn the pieces right side out.


5. Fold the unfinished edges under and press. Use a pin to hold in place.


6. Top-stitch around the edge of the dominoes.


And now you have a game that your boys can play over and over, matching the shapes together. Or using their imaginations to create their own rules!


And today, we have another awesome giveaway. Kate from See Kate Sew is giving away a bundle of her three softie patterns — so you can make your kiddos an owl, a hedgehog, and a dinosaur! [this giveaway is now closed]



What little boy [or even girl!] wouldn’t love those adorable creatures added to their collection?

To enter, simply leave a comment telling me what animal softie you think the little one in your life would like the best.

For additional entries:

Leave a comment for any of these extra entries for them to count. The giveaway will be open through Saturday.

Now hop over to Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy and check out her awesome Pokemon card pouch.


Boys Will Be Boys: Cloth Light Saber Tutorial

It’s another day of our gift series, Boys Will Be Boys, so Handmake Their Toys!


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Today’s tutorial is sure to win over the hearts of any boy who has a love for Star Wars. Or turning things into a weapon.

And for you, the lovely handmade gift maker? An easy sew, but one that your littles will love. And one that won’t actually hurt when they fight with each other. [not that my littles ever do that… *ahem*]

light sabers tutorial


  • Fabric with little to no stretch
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Poly-fil
  • Needle


1. Cut rectangle on the fold, approximately 18in x 2.5in (when folded).


2. Cut a second rectangle on the fold, approximately 7in. x 2.5in. (when folded)


3. Unfold and zig-zag the short end of the two pieces of fabric, right sides together.

sewing body of light saber

4. Fold the fabric again and zig-zag along the top edge and the open side.


5. Turn right-side out and stuff with poly-fil. You want it to be pretty well-stuffed, so that the light saber will actually hold up and not flop over. [that’s also why it’s best to use a fabric with little stretch – it will be much better for light saber fights]


6. Hand-sew the bottom of the light saber closed.


And now your boys have some safe, fun light sabers… that took you almost no time to create!

Now get yourself over to Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy to check out the super fun shop she’s featuring. And she has an amazing giveaway of a set of these:


And the Fabric Fairy giveaway from yesterday is still open, so be sure to enter if you haven’t already!

Boys Will Be Boys: Monster Art Carrier [and a Fabric Fairy giveaway! – giveaway is now closed]

Welcome to the first day of Boys Will Be Boys so Handmake Their Toys!! A whole week devoted to handmade gifts for little boys.


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My boys love art. They like to color and paint and draw, and my five-year-old writes the best stories. Ever.

So I decided to make an art carrier, and they can create on the go!

monster art carrier tutorial

Today I’m sharing how you can make one for the little boy [or girl!] in your life too.


  • Heavier-weight material [like canvas or outdoor decor fabric] – you could use all one style or two different fabrics, like I did.
  • Felt
  • Accent fabric for pockets
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric glue/hot glue gun
  • Velcro
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Chalk or water soluble marker


1. Cut two pieces of heavier weight fabric 22.5in x 12.5in. They could be the same type of fabric or different – I used one piece of this stripe from IKEA and another piece of canvas.

2. Cut two pieces of your accent fabric. These will become your pockets. Cut one piece 11in x 10in [pocket one] and the other 15.5in x 10.5in [pocket two].


3. Use your iron to press in the edges of both pieces of pocket fabric.


4. Fold the pocket fabric in half and press.

pin the pockets

5. Pin the pockets onto the fabric that will be the inside of the carrier. [in the above photo, you can see pocket one on the left, pocket two on the right] The top edge of the pockets should be the folded edge.


6. On pocket one, use chalk or water soluble marker to mark one inch increments. These will be perfect for pencils or skinny markers. Mark larger increments if you’d like it to fit fat markers.


7. Sew a straight stitch around three sides of each of the smaller pocket. Do NOT stitch along the top [folded] edge of the pockets.


8. After you stitch along the three sides, stitch straight lines down the pocket, according to your one inch increments.


9. Cut monster face shapes out of felt. Using fabric glue, assemble the face. [note: the glue I used is not ideal for felt. hot glue would work if you want a stronger hold and don’t want to sew the pieces together later]

10. Pin the face onto the the fabric that will be the top of the art carrier. You’ll want to make sure you leave enough space to fold the fabric edge under [as seen in the above photo].

DSCF6948DSCF694911. Stitch the face onto the top fabric. You could use hot glue to attach the face, but sewing it on will ensure a stronger, permanent hold.


12. Cut a piece of fabric 2.5in x 3.5in for the velcro closure.


13. Fold the closure fabric in half and zig-zag stitch along one of the long sides.


14. Clip the corners, turn right side out, and press.


15. Top stitch along the edges of the closure.

16. Take your top and and bottom fabric pieces [the one with the monster face and the one with the pockets] and put them right sides together and zig-zag stitch along three sides – leave the end open where the monster’s mouth is. [sorry, no picture for this step!]


17. Clip the corners and turn the carrier right side out. Fold under the edges of the open end. Pin the closure in between the two fabric pieces.

DSCF697218. Top stitch along all four sides of the carrier. If you want, you can add teeth on the back side of the carrier [use the fabric glue to add them before you top stitch]. Just be sure to leave a gap in the teeth for the velcro closure.


19. Add velcro to the back side of the carrier and the bottom side of the closure. Use fabric glue to secure this [I added fabric glue even though mine was self-stick].


It should look like the above picture when closed.

DSCF6977Now add some markers and paper, and you have the perfect present for the art lovin’ boy in your life!

And now, it’s Giveaway time!! The Fabric Fairy has so generously offered to give away a gift certificate to their online store. So you can pick out the perfect fabric for this or another handmade gift for your little boy. [this giveaway is now closed]

To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post! Visit The Fabric Fairy and tell me what fabric you’re loving right now.

For optional extra entries, you can:

Leave a comment for each of those likes for your entry to be counted. [If you already like any of our pages, just leave a comment telling me that too!] This giveaway closes on Friday.


Now be sure to visit Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy and check out her Police Softies Tutorial that she has today!

And come back tomorrow for more of Boys Will Be Boys so Handmake Their Toys… and more giveaways!

An Exciting Announcement – A Christmas Gift Series for BOYS!

I am so incredibly excited to announce a super fun series that will be happening right on this very blog in just a couple of weeks.

Stacey of Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy [another fellow boy-mom of three!] and I are teaming up to bring you …

We will be bringing you tutorials, giveaways, and roundups with handmade gift goodness, all boy related! I can’t wait to share with you all that we have planned! There will be posts each day here on If Only They Would Nap, plus over at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy. So if you don’t already, make sure you follow Stacey’s blog too. That way, you won’t miss a single post.

So, mark your calendars for Monday, December 3rd, where our week of little boy handmade gift fun begins! Because the blog-world needs more boy-related tutorials and projects, don’t you think? [Yes… the answer is yes.]

And did you see we’re having giveaways? Oh yes, we are giving away fabric, patterns, and toys. You won’t want to miss these.

In the meantime, check out our Pinterest board of Boy Gift Ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Stacey and I are both pinning tutorials and ideas that we find that you could make for the little boys in your life.

I can’t wait!

**** You can find links to all the posts right here! ****

Day One:

monster art carrier tutorial

Monster Art Carrier Tutorial

Day Two:

light sabers tutorial

Cloth Light Saber Tutorial

Day Three:

fabric dominoes tutorial

Fabric Matching Dominoes Game Tutorial

Day Four:

baby shoes tutorial

Soft Soled Baby Shoes Tutorial and Free Pattern

Day Five:

name bean bags tutorial

Name Bean Bags Tutorial

mustaches tutorial

Silly Mustaches Tutorial