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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!

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!

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!

 

December/January Sewalong: 2-in-1 Jacket

December’s sew-along is the barn jacket style 2-in-1 Jacket:

About the 2-in-1 Jacket Pattern:
– This coat will keep your little guy nice and warm, and it has the added benefit of being reversible so he can choose how he wants to wear it (moms of picky kids, rejoice)!
– You will need 2 1/4 yards (size 2/3) to 3 yards (size 6/7) to make this jacket, with half the fabric being for the outer part of the jacket and the other half for the reverse side.
– The fabrics recommended for this coat are corduroy or wool for a heavier coat and seersucker, quilting cotton or linen for a lighter option. Another pattern that’s great for all seasons!
– This pattern also calls for medium-weight interfacing, a point turner, 10 buttons or snap sets, hem tape or water-soluble basting tape.
– This is an intermediate level pattern.

This jacket is perfect for Fall and Spring. Thanks so much to Stacey for sewing along for a whole year with the book! Look at her gorgeous red and black jacket:

We hope you’ve enjoyed sewing along with all the patterns from the book. As always, we invite you to share your creations in the Sewing for Boys Flickr pool! Here are some of our favorites that have come out of the barn in time to play:

October Sewalong: Goodnight Sweetheart Pajamas

Be prepared for an overwhelming wave of cuteness, because Stacey sewed up the Sweetheart Pajamas from the book in October:

About the Goodnight Sweetheart Pajamas Pattern:
– This classic pair of PJs was designed for comfort in mind. Stitch them up in a lightweight linen or cotton (or even a soft, older sheet!) for spring/summer and make them out of a cozy flannel for fall and winter.
– You will need 1 1/2 yards to make the size 2/3 or 2 1/4 yards for the largest size (6/7).
– The pattern also calls for a turning tool, 4 buttons, a package of pre-made coordinating piping or 60″ of bias tape, 1″ wide elastic, and (optional) water-soluble basting tape.
– This is an intermediate level pattern.

This pattern is a traditional pair of button-down top pajamas with matching pants. You can sew them out of all one fabric or make a coordinating set like Stacey did with matching trims. In the book, we’ve also shown how this pattern can be made for coordinating or matching sibling PJs:

This classic look is adorable on kids of all ages and is another one that would be easy to adapt for girls as well.

We’d love to see your PJs or anything else you’ve sewn from the book: come to the Flickr pool and share your creations! Here are some of the PJs that have already popped up there:

 

September Sewalong: Pauley’s Pullover

Stacey’s still sewing along, and still doing a fabulous job! The September pattern was Pauley’s pullover, a versatile and comfy top for your little guy to play and snuggle in:

About the Pauley’s Pullover Pattern:
– This pattern is like a dressed-up, tailored version of a sweatshirt. It’s perfect for cool days of playtime outside!
– This pattern requires 2/3 yard of fabric for the 12-18 month size and goes up to 1 1/4 yard for the size 6/7.
– The fabrics recommended for this pullover are all about comfort: French terry, interlock, or any other medium-weight knit fabric with at least 30% stretch.
– You will also need coordinating thread, a scrap of interfacing, and optional cording for the drawstring (though you can also just use the leftovers from your shirt fabrics!).
– This is a beginner-level pattern, so jump right in!

Stacey made a striped blue and brown version, and substituted the drawstring for a waistband with a button – how fun!

This is the perfect top for back-to-school; make it in a lighter knit for fall or a heavier fleece for winter!

We’d love to see what you’re making from the book – won’t you take a dip in the Flickr pool and show us? Here are some we’re already loving from the pool:

 

August Sewalong: Luka Hoodie

Stacey has done it again! For this month’s sewalong the pattern is the Luka hoodie, an adorable jacket for when the weather turns chilly.

About the Luka Hoodie Pattern:
– This hoodie is designed for comfort and fun. The soft lining will keep your little guy cozy, and the secret pocket helps him hide away his treasures!
– You will need 3 3/8 yards of fabric total for the size 2/3, and 4 yards total for the size 6/7.
– You will also need 3/8″ wide elastic, lightweight interfacing, 3 buttons, a point turner, elastic cording or elastic hair bands (optional).
– This is an advanced level sewing pattern.

Stacey’s adorable green and brown version is just perfect:

 

Her son calls it the “dinosaur” hoodie, and isn’t that just about right? So cute! In her post Stacey gives some tips for a few of the trickier aspects of the pattern, so be sure to check it out.

This pattern calls for the outer fabrics to be made from any light to medium weight woven fabrics like cotton, linen, or baby wale corduroy. The lining should be something soft and cozy without a lot of stretch, such as flannel, fleece, or a stable knit (with 10% stretch or less).

Thanks so much for sewing and reading along with us! Don’t forget to stop by the Sewing for Boys Flickr pool to see what everyone else out there in the world has been making from the book!

Let’s check out these highlights from the Flickr pool:

 

Stacey’s Let’s Go Fishing Hat

Since the lovely Stacey made suspenders in May, she came back around in August to the sewalong for the Let’s Go Fishing Hat.

About the Let’s Go Fishing Hat Pattern:
– This pattern is the perfect thing to use up scraps of fabric or even old T-shirts that you have lying around.
– You will need approx. 1/2 yard of fabric and 1/2 yard of interfacing to make this hat, which is one size fits all.
– This is an intermediate level pattern.

Look at her adorable patchwork khaki and blue version:

What an adorable pattern for an adorable kid! Stacey commented in her post that it only took her about an hour to stitch up this hat, so it’s a perfect quick-stitch for a weekend at the beach or a day in the summer sun.

Do you want to know a secret? Even though the book is called Sewing for Boys, this particular pattern would be equally adorable for the little ladies in your life, too!

Thanks for joining us for another sew-along! If you’d like to show off your Let’s Go Fishing hats or any other patterns from the book, pop on over to the Sewing for Boys Flickr pool and show your stuff!

Here are some of the other hats ready for a day of fishing:

 

July Sewalong: Little Heartbreaker Pants

Thank you so much to Stacey for another fabulous month of sewing along with the book! This month’s project: The Little Heartbreaker pants!

About the Pattern:
– This is an all-season pattern for a stylish and comfortable pair of pants. The pattern includes an adjustable waistband so your little guy will have room to grow, and can be made into shorts with an easy adjustment of the pattern length.
– You will need 1 3/8 yards of fabric for the smallest size (2/3) and 1 3/4 yard for the largest size (6/7). Additional materials include thread, universal sewing needle, 1/2 yard of buttonhole elastic, water-soluble basting tape and 2 buttons.
– This is an intermediate level pattern.

Make these pants in a heavier fabric such as corduroy, wool, denim or suiting weights for Fall/Winter, like this sample from the book:

That doesn’t mean these pants don’t work equally well in warm-weather climates, though! Check out these adorable seersucker and twill pairs that Stacey whipped up – perfect for Spring and Summer!

Stacey made the seersucker pair in the traditional pants length and the khaki pair has been shortened for summer – how perfect! Stacey brings up an important point in her post – that you should always check your actual child’s measurements and not just follow pattern sizing. In Stacey’s case, her son wears a size 5 in the waist and a size 6 for length, so she modifies her pattern pieces accordingly. If you’re going to take the time to sew a custom garment for your child, you should always take the time to ensure a customized fit while you’re at it!

In July, the ideal fabrics for these pants will be lightweight choices like cotton, seersucker, or linen.

We’d love to see your Little Heartbreaker pants, even though July has come and gone. Snap a photo and share them with us in the Sewing for Boys Flickr group!

Here are some of the pants that have already broken our hearts: