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Race Car Playmat

Our Race Car playmat is ready to roll! This adorable playmat gives a raceway for your kiddos’ cars, and when you’re finished playing you can just roll it up for storage!

About the Pattern:

  • ┬áThe race car playmat is a beginner-level pattern that is really easy to make and customize!
  • For this fabric you can use up scraps! One yard will do it for the top and back, plus black fabric for the track and scraps for the shrubs, lake, tunnel, house, and letters.

You can use fabric embellishments, embroidery or even fabric paint to give your play mat all the details it needs to turn into a magical racing land:

The pop-up tunnel is our favorite feature that gives it that extra depth and element of fun:

If you make this or any of the other patterns out of the book, be sure to pop on over to Flickr and let us see!

Hold ’em Up Belt

We’ve all been there – you get your little man all dressed up for a special day (or even an average one!), only to discover that his pants won’t stay on. Our Hold ‘Em Up Belt is here to solve that problem! It’s so easy to make, and easy on your little guy to put on and take off. Win-Win!

About the Pattern:

  • This is a beginner-level pattern for a simple fabric belt with loop closures.
  • You’ll need a piece of fabric that is 3″ wide by your child’s waist measurement plus 6 extra inches to make this belt. Time to stash-dive!
  • You’ll also need coordinating thread and a set of 1 1/4″ D-rings along with some heavyweight interfacing.
  • Fabric recommendations: quilting cotton, linen-cotton blends, corduroy, cotton canvas, home decor fabrics.

Check out the belts that have been cinching up our Flickr pool:

Look at this adorable blue and brown pair:

We can think of quite a few grown men who would love a robot belt, along with pretty much any boy on the planet:

This gorgeous green will blend in beautifully with so many outfits:

Do you want a quick and easy DIY belt? Whip one up and share it with us in the pool – we might feature yours next!

Brick Bag Carry-All

If you have a kid in your house who likes to build with tiny little plastic bricks, chances are you’re also stepping on those bricks on a regular basis, and possibly also rescuing mini-figures from the mouth of your dog – or your toddler. Put those bricks where they belong and have them ready to go anywhere with your little builder with our Brick Bag Carry-All!

About the Pattern:

  • The Brick Bag Carry-All is designed to hold small plastic toy bricks with gathered interior pockets for easy grabbing and building.
  • The case also has mini elastic loops to hold tiny little men, aliens, historical figures and animal figures.
  • This is an advanced-level sewing pattern.
  • To make the bag, you’ll need 1 1/4 yards of fabric for the exterior, 1 yard for the lining, 1/2 yard of interfacing and 1 1/4 yards of webbing for the handles.
  • You’ll also need thread, a sewing needle, two 20″ zippers, a package of bias or twill tape, 1/4″ wide elastic, basting tape or zipper tape and cardboard.
  • Fabric recommendations: canvas, denim, twill, home-decor weights for the outer shell and quilter’s cotton or flannel for the interlining and pockets.

Here are some of the brick bags that have popped up in our Flickr pool:

Ooh, how fun! A bright and colorful yellow one, perfect for finding your bricks when you drop them into the bag:

Never lose your little guys again:

Do you have a brick-builder in your house? Make up a bag and share it in our Flickr pool – we might just feature your project next!

The To-Go Artist

Today we’re talking art supplies! If your kids are at all interested in coloring, chances are they leave stray crayons and scraps of paper all over the house, right? The To-Go Artist portfolio is here to rescue you – and those art supplies!

About the Pattern:

  • The To-Go Artist is a portfolio designed to hold crayons, markers, colored pencils and a pad of paper. It keeps your child’s art supplies organized and ready to go anywhere: a trip to the doctor’s office across town or to Grandma’s house across the country!
  • This is an intermediate level sewing pattern.
  • You can use your fabric remnants and scraps to make this portfolio in any combination of colors!
  • Recommended fabrics: canvas, canvas blends or home decor weights for the outer fabrics and quilter’s cotton for the pockets.
  • To make this pattern you’ll also need thread, medium-weight interfacing (if you use quilter’s cotton for the whole thing), Velcro, a universal needle and water-soluble basting tape.

Several sewists have put their own personal spin on this pattern. Let’s check out these lovely snapshots from our Flickr Pool:

This pattern is easy to modify, like this one made a slightly different size according to the fabrics on hand:

This pattern is really for all ages. You can easily make it a little bit more grown-up with guitar fabrics:

We love this peace-full aqua version with modified pockets:

What will you make for YOUR little artist on the go? Come and share your creations in our Sewing for Boys – The Book – Flickr pool!

Just-like-Dad Flannel Robe

Your little guy will feel like a real man when he gets to wear a robe just like his dad; that’s where the Just Like Dad Flannel Robe pattern comes in! This pattern is designed for two fabrics so the robe will have a comfortable weight and softness and also contrasting lapels and cuffs.

The pattern details:

  • This is a beginner-friendly pattern; it has pieces for the fronts, back, sleeves and belt.
  • The Just Like Dad robe comes in sizes 2/3 to 6/7.
  • Fabric requirements for the main fabric: 1 3/4 yards to 2 1/4 yards
  • Fabric requirements for lining: 1 3/4 yards to 2 1/4 yards
  • Fabric recommendations: cotton flannel, wool flannel, shot cotton (chambray)
  • You’ll also need a universal needle and thread to sew this robe.

Here are some of the fabulous versions of this pattern that have shown up in our Flickr pool:

Three adorable kids for three adorable robes:

A soft and cozy fleece robe:

Punch it up with stripes:

What a roar!

Remember, robes aren’t just for bedtime:

Thanks so much to the fabulous sewists who have contributed to the Sewing for Boys Flickr Pool! Will your project be featured next? Jump right in!


Out on the Town Jacket

Today’s pattern spotlight is the Out on the Town Jacket! This dapper little jacket features a vintage feel with modern comfort for your little gentleman. Make a formal jacket for dining out or a special event, or choose a more casual fabric to make a laid-back afternoon jacket for any day of the year!

The pattern details:

  • This is an intermediate level sewing pattern, featuring pieces for the back, fronts, pocket and sleeves.
  • The Out on the Town Jacket is sized for 18 months through size 6/7.
  • Fabric requirements: 7/8 yard – 1 1/4 yard each for the lining and the outer fabrics
  • Fabric recommendations for the outer shell: seersucker, linen, lightweight wool, corduroy
  • Fabric recommendations for the lining: muslin, quilting cotton, silk, rayon
  • This pattern also requires thread, 3-5 buttons, lightweight fusible interfacing, a fabric marking pen or chalk and water-soluble basting tape.

Let’s take a look at some of the jackets that have made their appearances Out on the Town:

This linen version with chevron lining made the perfect outfit for a wedding:

This plaid adaptation is perfect for those Autumn Back-to-School days:

Made in a fun print, this is the jacket you won’t have to fight him to put on:

Have you made one of these jackets for your little man to wear out on your town? Share it with us in the Sewing for Boys Flickr pool; we’d love to see it!

Bobby’s Bathers

Those of you in the Southern Hemisphere are probably soaking up the sun right now, while those of us in the northern half of the world are dreaming of those summer days yet to come!

Here’s a little sunshine for your day – a pattern spotlight on “Bobby’s Bathers,” a pattern from Sewing for Boys that’s perfect for swimming trunks or everyday run-around shorts.

Photo used courtesy of Hopeful Threads

About the pattern:

  • Bobby’s Bathers is a pair of swim trunks that actually have a customized fit for your little guy. No more one-size-fits all trunks for him!
  • This pattern comes in sizes 2/3, 4/5, and 6/7
  • Fabric requirements: 1/2 yard to 1 1/8 yards
  • Recommended fabrics: waterproof nylon, poly-cotton blend for swim trunks. Make them into regular shorts by using cotton, seersucker, ticking, linen, or cotton shirting.
  • You’ll also need thread, Velcro, 1″ wide elastic, lightweight iron-on interfacing, and 1/4″ cording to make these shorts.

A few lovely bloggers have made these shorts and shared them with the world, and we’re delighted to feature them today!

Kristy from Hopeful Threads made a pair that’s just swimmingly cute (sorry, we couldn’t resist that one)!

Image via Hopeful Threads

Just look at this adorable fishy tag she added for that one-of-a-kind touch:

Image via Hopeful Threads


Nicole from LilyBug Designs also made a pair – we’re overwhelmed by the seersucker cuteness!

We love how this simple pattern (it only has two pattern pieces to maneuver!) can become an instant outfit for any occasion. The seersucker is just perfect for Easter, especially with the coordinating cap!

Thanks so much to Kristy and Nicole for sharing their projects with us!

Would you like to be next? Share your photos in the Sewing for Boys Flickr pool whenever you make something from the book, and we just might highlight your projects in our next post!

Mimi’s Boy Suspender Shorts

Today we’re happy to feature the many wonderful variations our Flickr Pool members have made for the Mimi’s Boy Suspender Shorts pattern!

This pattern is one that could walk right off the set of The Sound of Music and carry your little man all around town. Got a little guy who needs a belt, but that makes it tricky for diaper changes or potty training? No problem – this pattern’s here to solve that problem with an adorable pair of shorts that come with their very own, built-in suspenders:

The pattern details:

  • High-waist detail adds a vintage touch to this timeless pattern.
  • The adjustable buttons mean he’ll be able to wear them for at least two seasons.
  • Sizes: 12-18 months to 4/5
  • Fabric requirements: 1- 1 1/4 yards
  • Fabric suggestions: seersucker, ticking, shirting, quilting cotton, or linen
  • To make these shorts you’ll also need coordinating thread, a universal needle, 3/4″ wide buttonhole elastic, 6 buttons, and fusible interfacing.
  • This is an intermediate level sewing pattern.

Let’s look at the adorable suspender shorts from our pool!

These adorable baby blues just melt your heart, don’t they? Or maybe it’s the model!

This little guy is ready for adventure, in pants that won’t let him down (or fall down on him)!

We love how this pair is cozy and comfy!

Have you made the Mimi’s Boy Suspender Shorts, or any of the other patterns from Sewing for Boys? If you have, come and share them in our Flickr pool! We might just feature your sewing project next!


Short Sleeve Raglan Tee

Time for another pattern spotlight! This time we’re featuring the Short-Sleeve Raglan tee, a true wardrobe staple. Once you make one, you’ll be looking for excuses to fill your little one’s closet with more! I can speak for this shirt personally as my son owns it – it is the softest, most comfortable tee your kiddo will ever wear! The seams on this shirt are on the outside, and they’re designed that way intentionally so that all of the seams on the inside are enclosed and super-soft. Even the most sensitive kiddo will live and play comfortably in a shirt like this!

The pattern details:

  • This is a beginner-level pattern.
  • Size range: 12-18 months to 6/7
  • Yardage requirements: 1/2 yard – 2/3 yard
  • Fabric recommendations: medium-weight knits with at least 30% stretch, such as cotton jersey, bamboo rayon, or rib knit
  • You do NOT need a serger in order to make this top! You will, however, need thread, a universal stretch needle, and double-sided water-soluble basting tape (or at least, that last one is super helpful).

Let’s take a look at some of the amazing versions of this shirt that our Flickr pool members have made:

This retro-styled long-sleeved version will be a hit with kiddos and adults:

We love these dueling banjo brothers:

Aww, what an adorable family tee:

This little hiker is so sweet we want to go hug a tree:


This clever mama turned an adult-sized tee into an upcycled dress for her daughter using the Short Sleeve Raglan pattern as a guide:

What about you – will you make YOUR kiddo’s new favorite t-shirt next? If you do, share it with us in the Sewing for Boys Flickr pool and we might just feature your project in a future post!


Pattern Spotlight: R is for Romper

Have you seen the adorable versions of the Sewing for Boys patterns that are popping up all around the Interwebs? We have, and we’re smitten! We wanted to take a moment to spotlight some of these patterns so you won’t miss out on all the cuteness!

“R is for Romper” is a pattern written for babies and toddlers; this raw-edged romper is an intermediate level pattern and it includes smooth seams for baby’s sensitive skin. The book includes a snapped bottom so you can change diapers with ease, which is a big benefit for the moms out there who will dress their kiddos in this adorable outfit!

The pattern details:

  • Sizes: 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months
  • Fabric requirements: 1/2 yard to 2/3 yard
  • Recommended fabrics: medium-weight knits with at least 30% stretch such as cotton jersey, bamboo rayon, rib cotton knit or French terry.
  • To sew this pattern you will also need a ball point needle, lightweight fusible or knit interfacing, and 8 sets of poly-resin snaps.

Let’s take a look at the gorgeous R is for Rompers out in the wild!

This snowman version is sure to melt your heart:

Snowman rompers from GinaYount on Flickr

Snowman rompers from GinaYount on Flickr

You’re not likely to forget this bright elephant version:

Elephant romper from What Lisa Made on Flickr

Elephant romper from What Lisa Made on Flickr

The classic look of this cotton fish version turns this into an instant heirloom:

Photo from Catarina Magalhaes on Flickr

Photo from Catarina Magalhaes on Flickr

And don’t forget, this pattern is very gender neutral, despite the name of the book. Just look: Owls! On a girl!

Photo from hamilton.jessica on Flickr

Photo from hamilton.jessica on Flickr

We hope you’ve enjoyed this little round-up; stay tuned for more sightings of the Sewing for Boys patterns out in the wild!

Have YOU made a pattern from the book? Share it in the Sewing for Boys Flickr pool and we might just feature your project next!