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!

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.

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!


Junior Tool Belt Tutorial

If there’s one thing my boy likes to do, it’s to help out! (In as many ways as possible!) Recently, we put together a new play set in our yard, and my little man was all about Daddy’s tools!

With that in mind, I’d like to share with you a tutorial for a Junior Tool Belt…perfect for the little handyboy in your house! 

I created this easy-on belt for my son, who has recently taken an interest in all things TOOL. I wanted him to have his own special place to store his gear, and I wanted him to have complete control over all of it…from loading it up, to putting it on and taking it off again. This tool belt fits the bill with an elastic waist in the back, and a removable tool pocket in the front. 

Sounds ideal, right? Not having to stop what you’re doing to fasten/unfasten little dress up parts at the whim of your preschooler (or even, if we’re being honest, your grade schooler)? Yeah it does! Let’s get started! 

We’re going to begin by gathering measurements and materials. 

What you’ll need:

1/2 yard material for belt 

(this is a generous estimate to encompass all junior sizes)

1/4 yard of 2″ elastic 

3″ of velcro

fusible interfacing (for lighter weight fabrics)

regular sewing supplies/notions

Begin by measuring your child’s waist.

*Tip: When measuring your child’s waist, remember that this belt will be worn over clothing. I recommend you measure over the waistband of his bulkiest pants. 

Now, there’s a little math involved to figure out cutting lengths, but trust me…if I can do it, you can do it! 

In my example, we will use a starting waist measurement of 24 inches, and plan for a 1/2″ seam allowance throughout. Also, I have decided I want 5 inches of elastic in the back of my belt (before seam allowances.) 

24″ (waist) – 5″ (elastic) = 19″ (belt material) 

Based on these measurements:

cut 2 pieces of main material, 19″w x 3″l

cut 2 pieces of fusible interfacing, 19″w x 3″l (if needed) 

cut 1 piece of 2″ elastic, 6″w

cut 2 pieces of main material 2″w x 5″l (for loops)

*Tip: Note that an inch has been added on to the elastic cut to accommodate the seam allowance, but not onto the main material cut. Losing an inch to seam allowance on the material will give the belt a snug fit, and keep it from slipping down. Feel free to remove another inch, if you’ve got a junior with an extra slim build.

When the belt pieces have been cut, apply the fusible interfacing as needed.

Before we put our belt together, let’s create some tool holding loops.

Begin by ironing the 2″ x 5″ pieces in half, wrong sides together, to create a crease in the middle (1).  

Open the pieces back up, and refold each edge piece in (wrong sides together) to meet at the crease in the middle (2). 

Fold the piece in half again on the middle crease (3) and (4). 

Edge stitch from top to bottom to hold in place (5). 

Now, let’s place them on the belt. 

A quick way to find the middle of your belt piece is to fold it in half, and pinch it to make a crease. Using that as a marker, measure outward the desired distance (4″ in this example) on either side of the middle, and pin your loop in place on the back layer. Make sure the loop is facing towards the belt so that it will be sandwiched in between the upper and back belt layers. Pin the upper layer to the back layer, and stitch across the length of both the top and bottom widths. Trim seam allowances, and use the open ends to turn the belt right side out. Press the belt. 

Fold back the open edges and clip the corners of the seam allowances. This will make it easier to place the elastic. Turn the edges of the belt in, wrong sides together. This makes a nice folded edge in which to slide your elastic. Push the elastic in 1/2″. You may have to wiggle it just so, but it will fit! Sew it into place using 1/4″ seam allowance, and repeat on the opposite side. 

Top stitch the belt main fabric. 

Ta da! You are finished with the belt! On to the removable pocket!

The space between my loops measured 6″. In this example, I wanted my pocket to be 5.5″ wide x 6″ long. 

Based on these measurements:

cut 2 pieces 6.5″ w x 7″ l (pocket back pieces)

-repeat with interfacing, if needed

cut 2 pieces 6.5″ w x 5″ l (pocket front pieces)

-repeat with interfacing, if needed

Once the interfacing has been applied, lay the back pocket pieces on top of each other, right sides together. Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, stitch around the four edges, leaving about a 2″ gap to turn. Clip corners and trim seam allowances. Turn right side out and press. Repeat with the front pocket pieces, then add top stitching on the top of the pocket front piece.

Lay the pocket front piece on top of the pocket back piece. Make sure the gap on the pocket back piece is at the bottom of the pocket. Pin into place. 

Stitch around the three outer sides, beginning at the top of one side, and ending at the top of the other side. 

All that’s left now is to place the velcro! 

Cut two pieces, each 1.5″ long. 

Using the back side of the pocket, place the hook velcro 1/2″ in from the side edges, pin, and sew into place. 

I used those pieces to help me line up the loop pieces on the front of the belt. Pin into place and sew. 

And there you have it! Your very own (I-Can-Do-It-Mom!) Junior Tool Belt! 

Now, your little man can walk around wearing this sweet tool belt and singing Weird Al’s “I’m So Handy” all the livelong day, too!

Happy Sewing!

(This post was previously featured over at Sew McCool.)

Boy’s Tote-A-Treasure Pouch Tutorial

Sewing With Boys Tote-a-treasure pouch tutorial



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


  • 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.

Sewing With Boys Tote-a-treasure pouch tutorial

  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

Reverse Applique Valentine Tee

We love to love on our boys…and now that Valentine’s Day is near, it’s time to let them wear that love on their sleeve (or their chest!)

Enter this reverse applique tutorial! It comes together quickly (make use of a store bought tee) and is perfect for customization (or use the design provided!)

Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed:


Small piece of fabric (9″ x 10″ used here)

Design or design template — Vday Template here

Lay out the tee and fabric. Determine how large you want the area of your design to be. (I chose a 9″ x 10″ area for a size 6 tee.) Cut the applique fabric to the desired measurements.  Trace (or print out) a design onto card stock, and cut the design out.

**TIP: Remember to reverse your design before you trace it onto your applique fabric…especially if it has letters or other writing on it! 

Lay out the design template on the wrong side of the fabric, and trace with a washable marker. This will be the guide for stitching the image.

Now it’s time to attach the right side of the applique fabric to the wrong side of the shirt. While pins are certainly an option, I used thin strips of fusible webbing to hold my piece in place. Once the applique fabric is in place, right side to the wrong side (or inside) of the tee, use the tracing marks as a stitching guide, and stitch the whole design.

Now the best part! Turn the shirt back to right side out. Pinch the tee fabric gently to separate it from the applique fabric…and carefully begin to cut out the fabric from the design. I cut pretty close to the stitch, as you can see. It’s personal preference though, so do what looks good to you! When you’ve finished cutting, add a little pop to the design by outlining it with an embroidery stitch!

**TIP: Carefully trim away the excess applique fabric inside the shirt if needed to reduce bulk.

 Put it on your little Valentine, and get ready to catch all the kisses he blows your way!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial! Happy Valentine’s Day!