S is for Sewing – Day 5

I can’t believe it is already day 5 of the S is for Sewing Blog Tour. Today’s bloggers hit it out of the park. S is for Sewing is 15% off during the tour so make sure to go over and grab your copy in our Etsy store HERE That is 4 full PDF sewing patterns and a ton of extras for less than $17.00. Have you don’t the math yet? That comes out to $4.24 per pattern!

Look at this sweet set by Create3.5 here
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Check out this cute girl version of the Radical Raglan at Call Ajare here
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Handsome guys over atThe Wholesome Mama here

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An extra cool take with Rebel & Malice here

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Check out thos cutie by Handcrafted by RED here
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July 13th
Pattern Revolution
Sewing Mama Raeann
Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

July 14th
Lulu & Celeste

July 15th
Huisje Boompje Boefjes
The Berry Bunch
FABulous Home Sewn
House of Estrela

July 16th
Mae & K
Oh Sew Boy!
Wild & Wanderful
From-a-Box

July 17th
create3.5
Call Ajare
The Wholesome Mama
Rebel & Malice
Handcrafted by RED

S is for Sewing Blog Tour Day 3

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Well we have made it Day 3 of the S is for Sewing Blog Tour and today we have lots of looks for you. S is for Sewing is 15% off during the tour so make sure to go over and grab your copy in our Etsy store HERE

First up we have Huisje Boomje Boefjes check out her post here.
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Jessica at the Berry Bunch can be found here.

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FABulous Home Sewn made a Quad Tee and also used some of the extras to make some adorable knee patches. Check out her look here

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House of Estrela can be found here.

Make sure to come back every day and check out all the bloggers on the tour.

July 13th
Pattern Revolution
Sewing Mama Raeann
Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

July 14th
Lulu & Celeste

July 15th
Huisje Boompje Boefjes
The Berry Bunch
FABulous Home Sewn
House of Estrela

July 16th
Mae & K
Oh Sew Boy!
Wild & Wanderful
From-a-Box
July 17th
create3.5
Call Ajare
he Wholesome Mama
Rebel & MaliceHandcrafted by RED

 

 

S is for Sewing Blog Tour Day 2

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Today is day two of the blog tour to showcase all the different looks you can get from this Ebook. S is for Sewing is 15% off during the tour so make sure to go over and grab your copy in our Etsy store HERE

Today we have Ula from Lulu and Celeste with this really fun Quad Tee. Check out her post here.

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Make sure to come back every day and check out all the bloggers on the tour.

July 13th
Pattern Revolution
Sewing Mama Raeann
Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

July 14th
Lulu & Celeste

July 15th
Huisje Boompje Boefjes
The Berry Bunch
FABulous Home Sewn
House of Estrela

July 16th
Mae & K
Oh Sew Boy!
Wild & Wanderful
From-a-Box
July 17th
create3.5
Call Ajare
he Wholesome Mama
Rebel & MaliceHandcrafted by RED

 

 

S is for Sewing Ebook Release

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We are so excited to release our second Ebook – S is for Sewing! It is a great collaboration just in time to get ready for back to school. This time around we brought in some great  guest contributors and have lots of great extra in addition to 4 clothing patterns.

S is for Sewing includes the Radical Raglan Hoodie, Bookworm Blazer, Looseleaf Knapsack, and the Quadrilateral Tee. These are sure to become staples in your boy’s wardrobe.

Our contributors include Chelsea Briner from GYCT Designs, Michelle White from Falafel and the Bee, Kelly from Handmade Boy, Gemia from Phat Quarters, Roxanne from Pensebrox.com and Dana from  Sew Thrifty.

You can purchase S is for Sewing at our Etsy store for an intro rate of $16.95. That is 15% off the cover price of $19.95!

Join us over on our Facebook group Sewing With Boys Fan Group to share your creations or to be inspired. Also make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter to keep up with all the latest Sewing With Boys news. Tag your photos with #sewingwithboys

We are kicking off a blog tour to celebrate the launch of S is for Sewing. Be sure to check back everyday this week to see all the wonderful creations made for the tour!

July 13th
Pattern Revolution
Sewing Mama Raeann
Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

July 14th
From-a-Box
Lulu & Celeste

July 15th
Huisje Boompje Boefjes
The Berry Bunch
FABulous Home Sewn
House of Estrela

July 16th
Mae & K
Oh Sew Boy!
Wild & Wanderful

July 17th
create3.5
Call Ajare
The Wholesome Mama
Rebel & Malice
Handcrafted by RED

Fabric Teepee by Phat Quarters – Camp Sewing With Boys

Hi, it’s me again, Gemia, and I am so excited to be back here to share another day at camp with you! My little boys are fascinated with their Native American toys right now. We are having the perfect weather to set up camps, forests, and hunting grounds in our yard. They will spend hours pretending and playing and I love it! They needed some Teepees to go along with their toys but was unable to find what I wanted so I decided that we should just make some.

 First you will need to gather your supplies and your littles so that you can all work together on this project. Once you have everything you will start by prepping the paper cones. We want them to look like Teepees, so we are going to cut of the tip and cut a curved hole into the center base. This will require heavy duty scissors and should be done by the adult or older children. We made three cones and did this all at once for each cone. Once you have done this you can set the cones aside for a bit.

Now we need to prepare our animal skins, aka fabric scraps. I chose a few scraps of Tomahawk by Art Gallery, a coordinating geometric print, and bits & pieces of other prints that had a Native American feel. To prep you fabric you need to pull out your first print and one of the EZ-Steam adhesive sheet and your fabric scraps. I placed my fabric scrap Right-Side down on the table to start. Then, simply peel the backing off of one side of the adhesive sheet, and place that side onto the Wrong-Side of the fabric. Press this firmly as we are NOT heat sealing this. Then you, the adult, will need to trim the excess fabric off of the adhesive sheet. Grab one of the cones that you already cut and have it in front of you. Next, peel the backing from the other side of the adhesive sheet and slowly wrap this around the cone.

When you get to the point where the fabric is going to overlap, grab your scissors and cut the extra fabric, leaving enough room for the two ends to overlap slightly. DO NOT cut the fabric to match the teepee entrance that you cut in the cone- that will come next.

Now flip the cone so that the entrance into the teepee is down and you are looking at the inside of the cone. You are going to cut slits in the extra fabric from the edges up to the cone.

To make sure that the fabric stays down while the littles are playing with I decided to secure it with Duck Tape. This will also make for a fun background on the inside of the teepee. I choose this really cool leopard print roll and my little man choose a super hero roll. I love all the fun prints that Duck Tape has now!!! To do this you need to tear off little strips and simply press it onto the inside of the cone being sure to catch the raw edges for the fabric.
Now you have made a teepee, but of course we want to make it super cool, so we are going to use the Duck Tape to add a fringed trim and to make the tops of the teepees look like sticks are poking out. 
Grab the Duck Tape that you want to use, I am using the leopard print roll again, and peel a strip off that is just a bit longer than the height of the teepee. Next you need to fold over one side of the tape sticky sides together. Now take the scissors and cut tiny slits into the doubled-sided fold that you just created. Once you are done making the fringe, tape it onto the teepee using the exposed sticky edge. Start on the inside bottom edge, of the teepee, and work your way up to the top. Wrap the fringe around the opening at the top and press it all down. If you want to make more layers of fringe do that now. That’s it! You should have one really cool teepee to play with now!

 I am so excited at how well this project worked! My littles are having a ton of fun with these and they are sturdy and durable enough that they will last well beyond the summer time! Thanks for visiting with us today. I hope you stick around because there are a lot of more great adventures happening at our Camp her at Sewing With Boys!

Duct Tape Juice Pouch Wallets – Camp Sewing With Boys

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Looking for something fun to do with your child WHILE doing something good for the environment?

Here is a fantastic project to do just that.

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Duct Tape Juice Pouch Wallets

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Let’s gather some supplies. You will need:

  • 2 empty juice pouches
  • duct tape
  • scissors
  • velcro (not pictured above)

Start by cutting across the top of each juice pouch (where the straw goes), wash, and allow to dry.

Now it is time to cut the duct tape into strips.

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You will need 4 shorter strips (the length of the shortest sides of the pouch- approx. 4″each) and 2 longer strips (the length of the longest sides-approx. 6″each). I cut them to size and then halved them by making a small slit, and ripping the tape. It ripped in a straight line every time.

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Lay the tape on the table, sticky side up, and place the pouch edge on top of it.

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Now fold up the tape. Repeat for the bottom of pouch. You will want to leave one pouch top not taped.

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They should look like this. Now, trim off the excess tape.

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Take the pouch with the two ends taped, and fold like this:

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You will want the side that faces the correct way to be slightly lower than the other side.

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Take the other pouch and insert it like the photo above, with the untaped side inside.

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At the crease, place your last 4″ piece of tape to keep the two pouches together.

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This is how it should look on the other side.

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Fold up the upside down end, and tape the long sides now, so it forms a pouch.

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Make sure to trim the excess tape.

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If you have velcro dots, make sure to follow the instructions on the package. Take both dots and place them together (sticky sides facing out) and stick them on the flap. Then press down so they also stick to the body of the wallet.

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Our dots needed to set for 24 hours closed and untouched.

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After that, you are done. You can use your wallet!

*My tip on collecting juice pouches when your family doesn’t drink them: ASK EVERYONE! Camps, schools, family members, friends. It is amazing how many we collected after we started asking around. People actually saved them. We ended up with about 200!

Hand Print Fireworks – Camp Sewing With Boys

Hi, I am Gemia Carroll from Phat Quarters. I am so thrilled to be here today and to be contributing on Sewing With Boys! I have a fun project for you to create with you little ones for the 4th of July. Firework Hand Towels.

I am in the thick of little kid messes, tantrums, and dirty hand prints on the walls! Yet, as I wipe those dirty hand prints off my walls for the 80th time, this week, I can’t help but think that soon they will not be in my home. So, today we are going to preserve the tiny hand prints on Tea Towels. These festive towels will not only look great in your kitchen or by the BBQ grill, but they can be mementos for years to come.

Supplies
Tiny Adorable Hands 
(boy or girl, both work great!)
Tea Towel
Paint Brush / Foam Brush
Red & Blue Fabric Paint
Fabric Marking Pen
Basic Sewing Supplies

The first thing that you need to do is fold the tea towel n half and mark where you want the fireworks to be. You can use a fabric marker, chalk, or pins to mark them. For the best visual impact you want to have 3-5 fireworks that form a visual triangle(s) on your towel. Make sure that you are leaving enough room between each marking for the hand size of your little one.

Next you have to gather the rest of your supplies, including the children, and make sure that the tiny hands are clean. Then apply the paint onto your tiny hands using a foam brush. You will need to paint the hands evenly.

Once the paint is applied, and the giggling has stopped, help your little one place the center of his palm on the marking that you have made.

Press gently on his hand to ensure that his entire hand print is pressed onto the towel. Pull his little hand straight up and off the towel and then reapply paint. BEFORE you place his hand down again rotate the towel 90 degrees so that the painted fingers are in a new position.

Now place that sweet little hand down again with the palm in the same spot. The little fingers should be on a blank portion of the tea towel, NOT over the prints you just made. Rotate the tea towel 90 degrees again repeat the hand painting and pressing two more times. DO NOT forget to rotate your towel in between each.

Now you can choose a new child and a new paint color (or just one of those) to make the next firework on the next marking on your teat towel.

You repeat this same process for the last firework as well. Once all your fireworks have been painted onto the towel you will need to let it dry COMPLETELY!

Once the towel is dry you can choose to use fabric markers to draw details onto your fireworks, add painted stars, or anything else that you want. Once the tea towel is completely dry use an erasable fabric pen to draw details on to the tea towel. These will become your stitch lines.

Cut your patriotic fabric to match the size of your tea towel then pin the two pieces  right sides together, leaving a 2″ gap along the top short edge.

(When I was cutting my fabric to match the tea towel I noticed that the towel is not really a nice rectangle. So I decided to square up my tea towel before I stitched it to the fabric.) Sew the fabrics together, turn them out, clip the corners, press the towel well, and then top stitch the sides.

Now you can use your sewing machine to stitch all the extra details onto the towel. Have fun and switch up the thread colors, use decorative stitching, and just have fun with it. If you want to really go crazy you could skip sewing the towel to the fabric and do the detail stitching first then bind the towel!

 Once you are all done playing show your little ones what ‘they’ have created and see the joy in their eyes! Thanks for letting my be your camp instructor today! If you would like to keep in touch you can find me over at my blog Phat Quarters, on Facebook, Etsy, Pinterest, and Instagram!

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Too Short Pants into Cool Shorts Tutorial

 Sewing With Boys, Transform Your Boys too Short Pants into Shorts

 

It’s hard to believe with all the Winter weather we have been having, but Spring is just right around the corner. Now is the perfect time to go through your boys wardrobe and decide what is going to go and what is going to stay. Before you toss those pants that are just a little to short in the GO pile, turn them into a pair of shorts for your boy. It is super simple when you follow our tutorial. This would also be a great project to sew WITH your boy. Then he would always know how to turn pants into shorts.

Sewing With Boys, Transform Your Boys too Short Pants into Shorts
Grab a pair of pants that fit in the waist, but are too short.

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Mark your pants the new length you want them plus your seam allowance. (I used a ½” seam allowance)

 

 

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Draw a line straight across using a ruler

 

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Cut pants off along line.
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Fold your seam allowance up 1/4″, press, fold your seam allowance up 1/4″ again and press.

 
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Using a ¼” seam allowance stitch down your new hem

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Boy’s Tote-A-Treasure Pouch Tutorial

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If your boy is anything like mine I am sure that they have lots of “treasures” they want to take everywhere with them. To solve this problem I made this little pouch with a handle so my little dude had all his stuff in one place. Plus with the handle it makes it easier from him to carry around.

Sewing With Boys Tote-a-treasure pouch tutorial

Supplies: 

  • 8.5” x 3”  contrast exterior stripe – Cut 2
  • 8.5” x 5” – exterior bottom – Cut 2
  • If you don’t want a contrast stripe cut (2)8.5″x7.5″ exterior pieces
  • 8.5” x 7.5” – interfacing – Cut 2
  • 8.5” x 7.5” interior – Cut 2
  • 3.5” x 14.5″ handle
  • 7” blue jeans zipper
    – If adding an applique you will also need a small piece of fusible webbing and a small piece of scrap fabric or felt.

Sewing With Boys Tote-a-treasure pouch tutorial

  1. Place exterior bottom and exterior contrast right sides together and stitch with 1/4″  seam allowance
  2. Press seam open on exterior pieces and fuse interfacing to each exterior piece.
  3. If you want to add any applique or embroidery, do that now. Make sure to leave the bottom  2 inches blank.
  4. If you want to add zipper tabs to your zipper do that now. (Here is a tutorial for adding zipper tabs over on Knot Sew Normal)


Sewing With Boys Tote-a-treasure pouch tutorial

  1. Place one interior fabric right side up, zipper right side up and one exterior fabric right side down.
  2. Stitch using your zipper foot, 1/8th of an inch away from zipper.
  3. Your stitching should look like this.
  4. Press exterior and lining away from zipper and top stitch, repeat with other exterior and interior pieces.

Sewing With Boys Tote-a-treasure pouch tutorial

  1. Making your strap,
  2. Press your strap fabric in ½ lengthwise.
  3. Press each long edge in ¼”.
  4. Topstitch along each long edge.


Sewing With Boys Tote-a-treasure pouch tutorial

  1. I like to baste my strap to my exterior piece, you want it to be on the same side as your zipper pull, when the zip  is closed. Baste with 1/8″ seam allowance.
  2. Open your zip at least 1/2 way and pin your strap in the center of exterior.
  3. Make sure your zipper is folded in towards your lining. Kind of like a zipper, taco.
  4. Stitch around pouch using 1/4″ seam allowance, making sure to leave a gap in the lining to turn pouch.

Sewing With Boys Tote-a-treasure pouch tutorial

  1. Next you are going to box the corner of your pouch. Fold your corner so the bottom seam allowance and the side seam allowances meet, mark a line across at 1”.
  2. Stitch along your 1” marking line.
  3. Trim your extra fabric off.
  4. Turn your pouch right side out through the opening in the lining.

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  1. Stitch your opening in the lining closed.
  2. Push lining back down into bag.
  3. Hand to a boy and let them stuff it with treasure.Sewing With Boys Tote-a-treasure pouch tutorial

SWB Round-Up: Sew With Your Boy!

Let’s empower our boys with needle and thread! Need a little inspiration to get started? How about beginning with one of these great ideas?

Great round up of things to sew with boys!

Introduce sewing supplies to young children with this toddler friendly sewing basket.

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Start with the basics and get the feel of the tools with paper plate weaving.

IMG_8183Practice placing fun and colorful buttons with this button sewing activity.

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Create a unique throw with four bandannas using this easy quilt tutorial.

Happy sewing with your boy!

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