Today I’m sharing an outfit my five-year-old and I designed together as part of Jessica’s K.I.D.S. series at Me Sew Crazy!
So come on by to check out my son’s inspiration drawing and a little pocket tutorial!
I recently sewed up the Cool Cardigan for my oldest. And seriously, this pattern is fabulous.
I had ordered both knit fabrics from Girl Charlee, and I really like it a lot, though the sweater knit turned out to be much thinner than I had anticipated [only because I failed to read where it said "lightweight" - woops!]. So I upcycled an old sweatshirt and lined the cardigan.
I love the combo of the argyle and stripes. The contrasting bands and pockets are a great feature. I omitted the buttons on the pockets, because I knew my 5yo would never use the buttons and they would end up just driving him crazy. Plus I only used three buttons instead of four, like pattern called for, because… well, I only had three matching buttons. ;)
As long as you don’t have prego baby brain like me, this pattern is a pretty quick sew. If you do have prego baby brain, just expect it to take a little longer, as you stare at the pattern instructions without understanding even the simplest of steps. [cut on the fold.. what does that even mean?! kidding. sort of.]
And p.s. don’t forget, today is the last day to buy the Sew Fab e-pattern bundle! I’ve never seen a pattern deal like this before, so if you haven’t scooped this one up, be sure to do it today!
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.
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!
It’s another day of our gift series, Boys Will Be Boys, so Handmake Their Toys!
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*]
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.
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!
And the Fabric Fairy giveaway from yesterday is still open, so be sure to enter if you haven’t already!
I’ve busy working on all the things I am going to share with you during Boys Will Be Boys… So Handmake Their Toys [our super awesome handmade gift series!]. But of course, I can’t show you any of that. Yet. But you’re going to love it. Promise.
So I whipped up a couple of quick pairs of flannel pj pants that I can share with you!
Both of these are super simple – two cuts of flannel [each leg is one piece of fabric] and an elastic waistband. And bonus – both fabrics were remnants from Joann’s. One of the best things about sewing for kids – being able to sew an entire garment from a remnant! And both completed within a naptime? Double bonus.
And whoever came up with the idea to put penguins in scarves? Genius. Can’t handle the adorable factor.
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! ****
I have a tendency to look ahead. To make plans, playdates, lists, schedules, routines. When I’m doing one thing, I’m often thinking about what I need to do next.
This is the way of motherhood, to some extent. As we’re dressing the kids, we’re planning the day in our heads. As we are doing the dishes, we’re thinking about lunch. And all of this is necessary.
But sometimes, I forget to just live in the moment. To treasure these little people God has entrusted to me.
To sit and watch them play, listening to their conversations and laughter.
Instead of worrying about the dishes that are piling up in the sink, sometimes I just need to stop and BE.
So today, amidst my lists and chores [and some boys who aren't feeling 100%], I’m taking time to treasure these ones. And I’m remembering how they really aren’t little for that long.
Elsie Marley is back with her bi-annual Kids Clothes Week Challenge, starting next week! I’ve participated the past three years, and I am always happy I did. Even if I kind of wimp out toward the end of the week. Or get super frustrated that none of my sewing is producing anything worthwhile.
And I almost always make pants. I think that’s because my boys tend to destroy their pants. Do you have kids who do that too? Yikes.
A few of my past KCWC endeavors… (click on the pictures to head to the post)
shorts (AKA short pants)…
even more pants…
…finally something that’s not pants! :)
I’m not going to lie. I’m probably going to make some more pants. But I do hope to try a few other things. We’ll see what
I have time for the littles allow me to get done.
I am going to see if I can get to a pattern or two from Sewing for Boys.
Are you participating in KCWC? Or are you just sewing something up for the littles in your life? Or yourself? I’d love to hear about it!