Sew Boy September 2014

Part of me doesn't like do a monthly post it makes the time seem to fly by! But I love looking for a boy tutorial that I haven't seen before :0)

 Here is a great tutorial for some PJ bottoms I really like the way she does the waistband with the elastic its very easy! Go here to check it out!

Hooded Bear Baby Vest Tutorial- Rae Gun Ramblings 
 This is the cutest bear vest! Any baby would look so cuddly it in it <3 Go here for the tutorial!

Make Your Own Lego Carrier: Pattern and Tutorial
 Boys (and girls) Love Legos there is no way around it so here is a tutorial for a Lego carrying bag such a great idea! Check it out!

This is a really good way to not only save money but recycle as well! Go here to check out how to make PJ's from a shirt and there's a free pattern for sizes 2T-4T :0)

Easy super hero cape tutorial - support I Am Super Capes children's organisation.
 This is a link to a Easy Super Hero Cape tutorial and while you are there check out the reason they are making and sending them to different countries! Its a good cause and a great idea! Go here :0)

On a side note I have over 500 boy tutorial pins on Pinterest! I couldn't believe it! Most are unique I try not to duplicate and most are actual tutorials not a picture of something cute, I was amazed I had collected so many!
Here are some of my recent pins:
Click on images to go to tutorials
 learn how to draft a pattern for a raglan shirt, then how to sew it up - it's easy!


Argyle anyone?

 I LOVE to sew with knits but occasionally I get the hankering to make something for my boys that is from woven material.

 Knits have far more variety than there used to be but I still would like the option to sew a shirt of some sort with woven fabric. SO I made one! I could have easily used my tutorial to make a button-up shirt I have found, however that my boys tend to not wear anything with buttons if they can help it. 

 This is more of a draft than anything since I used 2-3 tutorials, my own tinkering and its the first I've made like it. It fits Broc well although I still have some work to do on it but for now its ok. I'll grab a picture later when Broc is home so you can see it on :0) 

I'm kind of loving the sleeve hem! It was a complete accident that it turned out like that and I'm so glad it did!!


Back to school, life and blogging

 After a year of homeschooling we decided to put our kids back in public school. I loved homeschooling even though we had bad days/weeks it was something I truly enjoyed! But life and God seems to have other plans this year so after much prayer and personal reflection Jerome and I decided to send our boys back to public school. So far its going good, there are definitely things I don't like about public school but there are things I don't like about homeschooling as well. All in all its been a good thing and I'm grateful for the time I have in the mornings with just Parker.

 My Dad was recently diagnosed with Melanoma skin cancer and had to have a tumor removed from his brain. He still has 5 more in his brain, one in his lungs and also his adrenal gland. He is in stage four and it is metastatic. Consequently we are spending all the time we can with him and savoring every moment because we just don't know what the future will bring!

 My brother came home from a two year mission for our church, my boys seriously missed him and are super glad hes back. He can now teach them how to do back flips and other "cool" stuff. My two baby sisters got married (well ones getting married this Saturday), its been a game changer this year that's for sure!

I'm still adjusting to 4 kids, we did find out that my thyroid is hypo, possibly Hashimoto's, so that explains a lot of my bone-deep exhaustion! I'm doing better and bit by bit my sewing mojo is returning, thank goodness!!!

Parker is the best baby and I sure LOVE him! He has the cutest pout ever and is very spoiled, as he should be ;o)
Things will be a little different around here, I will continue posting SewBoy monthly, I will be updating and adding free boy patterns. I am also going to be doing more posts of things I'm into, sewing in general and hopefully some tutorials. My Goal is to post something once a week at the very least so I will be seeing more of you and I'm excited!!!


Sew Boy August 2014

I realize we are 3 days into September but this post was supposed to go up in August so that's the title I left it at ;0)

 Here is a free Pattern for a charlie sweatshirt its for size 6-12 months and the tutorial for it is great! Check it out!

 I realize the picture is for a girls outfit but these pockets would be a great addition for a boys shirt or sweater, get the tutorial here!

 DIY Baby Boy Sailor Romper (for Baby Blessing/Dedication) --- Make It and Love It 
 Ashley has done it again and made an awesome tutorial for a boys sailor romper! Seriously check it out here!

 Shiwn designs has a great tutorial for some cozy Pajama pants, just in time for the cool weather coming! Go here for the tutorial.
 I saw these cute/adorable and perfect baby suspenders and couldn't help loving them instantly! She has a free pattern and one in bigger sizes you can buy, here!

Isn't this onesie so darn cute?! Its a great tutorial and a free pattern for newborns so be sure to check it out!

Also a note I have updated my free boy patterns page, I have numbered the patterns and I added a section for sizes 9-12 years as those patterns are harder to find. Check it out and let me know what you think about the changes if they are good or of you prefer no numbers!


Sunny Day shorts

When Oliver & S came out with their sunny day shorts pattern I was very excited and thought they would make the perfect summer shorts especially since they are FREE!

 So I grabbed some flannel and made a draft for Broc. The pattern is very easy and looks like a great base pattern, I was glad however that I made a draft first. The finished waist of these shorts in size 10 are 29" and the size 8 is 27 1/2", Broc's waist is 23" and they would have been waaaayyy to baggy had I just put the elastic in at his measurements. Also the finished length (waist to hem) on size 10 and 8 are 11 1/2" and 12" most of Broc's shorts are much longer than that so I added 3-4" in length as well.

 For the final shorts I made a size 5 in the waist but kept the crotch length for the 10 and added 3-4 inches in length as well and they turned out quite well! He loves to lounge around in them. I had plans to make more but in all honesty with Summer winding down and cool weather settling in I probably won't make any more this summer. I will be moving on to pants now!


random projects are best

I made Broc some Clean slate shorts but I needed to add several inches and about a 1/2" of seam allowance since he is now in a 12 slim...It didn't end up working long term since these are now too short for him and fit Carter perfect, oh well win some lose some at least i have 3 other boys they can get passed on to if I make it too small hahaha!

My nephew recently got his Eagle award for scouts and my husband made him a deal that he would get him a customized shirt if he finished.

 So I got to work using freezer paper and made this template and voila he had his special shirt! I actually bought a special craft knife this one (affiliate link) if you curious and it was SO much easier to do freezer paper stenciling! I really might do some more shirts now!

 I was going to do a tutorial but this is as far as I got, lol!

 I also made Parker some swim Trunks. We decided to go swimming and 20 minutes before we left I realized I didn't have a swim suit for Parker so I grabbed one that was too small for my boys and roughly measured it to some of his shorts that fit, cut off the extra and sewed it up. it seriously took like 10 minutes and it actually worked! That doesn't always happen.
 See? he loves it!


Sew Boy June 2014

SewBoy at last! Its been awhile since I have posted a SewBoy post but it is here at last ;0)
I have some pinterest posting and more free patterns I am adding along with tutorials so be sure to check it out!
Click on the images to go to the tutorial &/or free pattern. 

Shwin & Shwin have a free hat pattern which I think is great for boys or girls!

DIY Leather Baby Boy Boots - Free Pattern + Tutorial - Delia Creates (19)
Delia Creates has a great free pattern and tutorial for these adorable baby boy boots!

Modern Handcraft - Snap up Sleeping Bag Tutorial
 Sewing Rabbit has a tutorial for this awesome button up sleeping bag. I know my boys are constantly wanting to go camping so this would be well used!

 Sew Like My Mom | Sycamore Shorts
 Sew Like mom has a great tutorial and free pattern for these shorts! A bonus is that they are sized up to age 8 so be sure to check it out!

Free Patterns: More on on my Free Patterns Page
Click on images to go to tutorial/pattern
Here is a fleece vest pattern perfect for those sometimes chilly summer nights or hikes in the cooler mountains!

Here is a free button up romper pattern that is seriously so cute! I think I may try this for Parker since his church outfit is a bit snug these days.

click on images to go to tutorial
Freetimefrolics has a great tutorial for color block Tshirts. A perfect idea to mix and match shirts or liven up your sons summer wardrobe!

Have a summer wedding to go to and need a tie? Here is a great tutorial for a bias tie!

This is an AWESOME tutorial for turning Mens pants into mini Man pants, be sure to check it out!

Until next time my friends!