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Monday, April 30, 2012

Treasure Pocket Pants

treasure pocket pants

Phew!  I did it.  I finished the Treasure Pocket Pants just in time.  I really wasn't sure if I was going to make it this time.

treasure pocket pants

I'd run into the problem of not having enough fabric to finish cutting the pattern early in the month.  I had an image in my head of how I wanted the pants to look and so I had to reorder fabric and wait for it to come.

Once I'd received the denim dyed Linen, I was set to go . . . until I realized I needed to print off the pattern correction.

Once I'd taken care of that, I ran into a time crunch with preparing the house for my parent's arrival, and just when I thought I was ready for all of that . . .

the house fell under the wrath of a stomach bug.

Thanks to my parents, I was able to finish them up this afternoon and while they are not the greatest pictures, at least I have a few action shots to share.

The side panels,waist and hem bands were done in Robert Kaufman's, Metro Living Dots in Orange.  The closer I look at these photos, the more I think the buttons have to go, but I love, love, love the pockets.

I ended up leaving the the hem facing as a cuff, but I imagine as the weather improves and the boys are wearing sandals more often, I'll need to take these up.

For now, I'm just happy they are finished.  Thank you so, so much for following along with me ladies.  There is NO WAY, I'd have finished this months pattern if not for this group.

Pop on over tomorrow for the May pattern announcement.  I hope you'll be as excited as I am when you see what it is.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Madras Shorts

Do you know about Kid's Clothing Week Challenge put on by Elsie Marie?  If you're up for a challenge this week, I urge you to go on over to check things out.

I started the week off with some pattern tracing and cutting and a pair of Madras shorts for K.  I used the Mr. Two Face pattern from the Sewing For Boys book (big surprise, right?).

What can I say, the pattern is so quick and easy and requires such little thought at this point.  It's definitely become my go to pattern for the little guys.

I used the 12 month pattern and folded the hem up about 2 inches and added a faux fly.  Simple.  Comfy.  Perfect for summer if and when it ever gets here.

Since they did not take the entire hour (per the challenge we are to spend at least 1 hour a day sewing for our kids), I also traced and cut out S's Treasure Pocket Pants.  If I don't screw them up too bad, I should have those to show you tomorrow.

Off to play in the sunshine!!!!!

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Rainbow I-Spy Quilt Top

I spy rainbow quilt

I must admit, the progress on this quilt was at a stand still until this past weekend.  You see, I've been wasting time, for the past two weeks, on a guilty little pleasure.  Want to know my embarrassing, little secret?

I'm hooked on The Walking Dead.  I know.  I can't even believe it myself.  I'm not usually a zombie, horror flick kinda girl.  Mostly because I'm not so easy to scare (unless you're that creepy girl who comes out of the TV at the end of The Ring).  I'm the kinda girl who sits around and worries about real life things like someone abducting my kid or a home invasion, or sharks attacking us as we play in the waves.  Granted not statistically high probabilities but they COULD happen.  So the fact that I've convinced my hubby (who is terrified by movies with ghosts and demonic creatures . . . please don't ever slip and told you I let his secret out), to watch the show and keep watching it, is pretty darn amazing.  And even though I'm waking up to zombie faced dreams (also unlike me . . . I rarely remember my dreams), I can't get enough.

But I'm back to reality because we've finally caught up to the rest of the world and are patiently awaiting the next season.  Which means I'm back to sewing and crafting after the kids are abed.  And back to real life dilemmas like what in the heck do I do with the back of this quilt.  I thought I'd just go with a white backing with a few rainbow hued scraps floating through but I'm short on white fabric and I'm really not wanting to buy more fabric right now.  I've got a bucked load (aka zip lock baggies) full of rainbow hued scraps and yards a plenty of rainbow hued fabrics and honestly, I'd just like to put this baby to bed.  I'm planning for her to be a lap quilt, albeit a large one.  I also have no clue on where to start with how I plan to quilt the lovely thing.  I love the look of stippling but not sure I want to invest that much time into it.  And here is the clue as to why I have two other unfinished quilts waiting on the shelf.  I'm.  So.  Bad.  At.  Making.  Decisions.

 I'd love to hear what you think.  If this baby was waiting for you to finish, how'd you back, bind, and quilt it.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Viking Valentines Shirt and Stencil

The Viking Valentine'd Day Shirt was a big hit at our house last year.  The boys have worn them on, an almost weekly basis since they were made.  Even more impressive is that they've held up in the wash, with minimal fading, even though I only used acrylic paint.
Viking template

The original shirts were made for a 2 year old and a 4 year old (and the kids are now a year older) so really, it's about time they had new ones.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Boy Spaces: Themed Pillowcase Tutorial

themed pillowcase tutorial

Long, long ago, I opened up my messy brain to show you what I was planning for S's superhero themed bedroom.  6 months later the room is yet to be completed.  Really, all I have left is the quilt.  Want to know why it's still incomplete?  After all of the unpacking and settling in this Fall, and my oldest asking for a new theme for HIS new bedroom, I realized I wasn't willing to spend time making a detailed superhero themed quilt that would most likely be dismissed when S decided that his big brother's room was way cooler. You know, because EVERYTHING the big brother does is cool and to be copied.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

April Sew Along Sponsor

Let me introduce you to our fabulous April prize sponsor, Cranky Cat Studios (aka:  The Voodoo Kitten).

Deborah has generously offered up a 25 dollar gift certificate to her wonderful Etsy shop, The Voodoo Kitten.  You can also visit Deborah on her Facebook page (She does ship worldwide so I encourage you to stop over even if you don't live "Stateside".

At The Voodoo Kitten you can find handmade clothing and other unique items.  Here are just some of the boy friendly things she's currently selling.

Bandanna Pants,

 a variety of cozy, boy themed throw blankets,

a few dress-up costumes like this darling pirate,

and my all time favorite, the Tattoo Sleeve shirt.

The Voodoo Kitten also carries handmade bibs and fabric shopping totes in fabrics right up your boy's alley.  And if you have a sweet, little girl at home, she's got something for her too.

The Cranky Cat Studios button can be found on our side bar for the month of April.  Head on over and check out the rest of her goods!

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Monday, April 2, 2012

March Sew Along Winner

Happy April, everyone!  Did you pull any pranks yesterday?  Whether you were the prankster or the preyed upon, I hope your April 1st was filled with more fun than fool.

Onto our "Sewing For Boys" prize announcement.

Our list of 13 participants . . .

Which makes the winner of the Trisha B Design Fabric Birthday Banner . . .

Marianne__bags who modified the Easy Linen Shirt pattern into a fleece jacket.

Congratulations, Marianne.  When you get the chance, shoot me an e-mail with your mailing address, Marianne.

Great sewing, again, this month ladies!  I'm so loving the creativity you are using to embellish these patterns each month.  The added versatility these embellishments bring to the pattern mean, I'll be sewing it again and again.  Some of my favorite embellishments this month were . . .

the darling loop style button from thishappystuff which compliments the lime green linen perfectly,

the bias tape hem from Threadbias,

Topstitching and side vents by Milostones Creates,

the additional pockets added by Peachy Seam, that make this shirt look extra comfy.

Thank you so much for sewing along with me this month!

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