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July’s Sew-along Pattern

Once again, Stacey is hosting a sewalong with terrific prizes over at her blog.  This Month’s pattern is the Little Heartbreaker Pants.  I’ve already seen a few adorable short versions over in the Sewalong Flickr group and the Book Flickr Group, so don’t let the long pants put you off from making them in July!

June Sewalong – The Henry Shirt

Stacey has done it again, and chosen a challenging project for this month’s sewalong.

Oh How I love The Henry Shirt! It’s a great opportunity to practice some detail sewing, and it’s also fun for using pops of color.

Some fitting notes on this one: The finished project is wide. It’s intended to be.  I wanted a shirt that could be worn for 3 seasons: over a long-sleeved shirt for winter, on its own for spring, or open over a tank top for a really 70’s summer look.

If you prefer a trimmer-fitting shirt, make the next size down and simply add length to the hem edge of the shirt.

Also: The pockets are close to the hem edge, but you can sew them at whatever height you like, so please – modify to your taste by simply placing the pockets higher before sewing the side seams.

Of course, I make mine as written, so that’s my favorite option!


About the Pattern:

  • The Henry shirt pattern comes in sizes from 2/3 to 6/7.
  • It requires 7/8 yard to 1 1/8 yard each of two fabrics to make the sizes specified.
  • Fabric recommendations: linen/cotton blends, shot cotton, soft old sheets, quilting cotton, baby wale corduroy, shirting
  • Notions needed: thread, 5 snaps or buttons, point ner, fusible lightweight interfacing, double-sided basting tape.
  • This is an advanced level pattern.


Let’s look at the adorable Henry shirts that have popped up in the Flickr pool:


April’s Sew-along

Over on Boy, oh boy, oh boy Stacey has chosen the Treasure Pocket Pants for her April Sew-along.  There are prizes and cameraderie, and sew-along fun to be had.  It’s not too late to join in.

About the Pattern:

  • These pants were built for boys who love to collect treasures! Their pockets were specifically designed to hold small, precious objects found while adventuring.
  • The pattern is written for sizes 18 months to 6/7.
  • You will need just over a yard of fabric (total) for the smallest size, and just under two yards for the largest size.
  • Fabric recommendations: corduroy, wool, denim, quilting cotton, linen
  • Notions needed: thread, 1/2″ wide elastic, single-fold bias tape
  • This is an intermediate level pattern.


Let’s take a look at some of the adorable Treasure Pocket Pants from our Flickr pool:

Do you have any photos to share? Come on over to the Sewing for Boys (the BOOK) Flickr Pool and show off!

March Sew-Along: Easy Linen Shirt

I’m so excited that Stacey has selected the Easy Linen Shirt as her pattern for the March sew-along.


Don’t forget to share your  beautiful creations in the Flickr Group.  Shelly and I love to see what you’ve made for your little ones!

Here are a few that have already shown up there:


February’s Sew-along is almost over

If you want to get in on the fun and prizes, head over to Stacey’s Blog and whip up a pair of Kickin’ Back Sweats or Mr. Two-Face Pants for the February Sew-Along.

Let’s take a look at some of the awesome sweats and pants that have made their appearances in our Sewing for Boys Flickr Pool:


2012 Year-Long Sew-Along is kicking off now!

I don’t know when was the last time I was so excited for a sew-along….

Stacey is “pumping up” for the sew-along with 2 weeks of guest posts over on her blog: Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy

There’s a cool PRIZE for this month’s pattern: The Raglan Tee.

Raw-Edged Raglan Motor City Style

Check out Stacey’s Rules for the contest here and be sure to sign up to win!

I’ll be sewing along, since my kid’s nearly out of tee shirts and because I *love* this pattern!

Top 10 Sewing Books of 2011

The Sewing Directory included us in their recent Top 10 article.  Thanks so much, Fiona and Beth!


You can find some excellent resources on The Sewing Directory.  Make sure you have a look around this fabulous UK-based site while you’re over there.


Christmas Pajamas

Emma Jeffrey from the amazing and wonderful Hello Beautiful blog of crafty goodness wrote a lovely little piece for Fiskars this week which features our Goodnight, Sweetheart PJs.

It certainly has me thinking about lots of flannel! What about you?


year-long sew-along!

Stacey from Oh Boy, Oh boy, Oh boy crafts is hosting a year-long sew-along starting on January 1, 2012.

She has some prizes lined up for each month’s creation, and will be sewing for her three boys.  There are some rules to the contest which you can read by clicking on the sew-along logo below.

We hope you’ll join her.  I know what we’ll be sewing all year!



Henry Shirt Sew-along

Who would like a step-by-step, how-to-sew tutorial with photos of that adorable (“advanced”) first project from the book?

Krista from Thar She Sews and Leila from Bilingual Baby have teamed up to produce a really wonderful sew-along of the Henry Shirt, and share the times they have spent with their respective seam-rippers as well (so you can avoid the same).

Don’t worry if you missed the start because you were working on Halloween costumes or you were at quilt market, or what-not, you can jump in now and have a beautiful Henry Shirt for your own guy.

Start Sewing The Henry Shirt with Krista Here

Start Sewing The Henry Shirt with Leila here

Naturally, once you’ve finished, we’d love to see what you’ve made.  Join our Flickr group and inspire each other!

Check out some of these gorgeous Henry shirts that have already popped up there:

closure strip with snapsHenry PocketsHenry Snacking

If you’d like to find some of this fabulous Above the Skies fabric, designed by Daniela Caine (aka Tangerine Samurai), you can head over to Spoonflower and pick up some of this print or any from the Sewing for Boys Collection for yourself.