8/27/2015

SewBoy Features for August!!

Its time to see those boy tutorials! I have been doing this for a few years now and if you go to the SewBoy page you will find hundreds of boy tutorials! Its nice to have them all right where I need them when I'm looking for something to make :0)

These are my latest pins in SewBoy on pinterest:
 Images sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Here are the rest of the SewBoy features:
my boys would love this! make a DIY leather deck holder for Pokemon or Magic cards - great gift for tweens!
 These pocket holders for Pokemon (or other collector cards) are such a great idea! My boys are all over their cards and this is a perfect idea, go here for the tutorial.



I'm in love with this real map, kids will absolutely love this and its easy to make-bonus! Go here for the tutorial!

http://www.imagineourlife.com/2012/01/02/2011-quiet-book-pages/
This is a great list of quiet book pages ideas! My boys still love these types of books so you can't go wrong making some for any age :0) Check it out here!




upcycled tshirt shorts
This is a great tutorial on how to upcycle shirts into shorts, check it out!

http://replayground.blogspot.com/2010/02/shirt-cuff-wallet.html 
I LOVE this idea! It looks so easy and I like the look of it so much! go here to see how to make a wallet out of an old shirt sleeve :0)


8/24/2015

Tutorial: Mens button-up shirt to boys

Hello friends! I feel as though I have fallen off the face of the earth the last few weeks, my instagram feed and facebook posts have been lacking lately. Its amazing how much news I gather from those sources and it really feels isolating when I'm not on them much, funny isn't it? I didn't use them my whole life and was fine but now...Anyways I digress, on to the post ;0)

I am going to show you how I resize a mens shirt to fit a boy! I don't know about you but between my husband and brothers I have a lot of shirts I can use to re-purpose for my boys. Which I not only like to do but it also saves money and helps the environment...somehow, I'm sure :0)



 Remeber the shirt I made Broc? Well Here is what I did to resize it and turn it into a boys shirt!
You'll only need a few basics to do this:
Pins
Sewing machine
Your child or whoever you are fitting it to
Thread

 
 First I cut along the side seams of the shirt starting at the hem and go up to through the hem of the sleeves. Then you need to try the shirt on inside out on your child.

I like to start with the shoulder where it meets the sleeve and pin where it fits good. remember to add seam allowance 1/2" is usually a good amount :0) I kind of forgot on this shirt and had to redo it so learn from my mistake ;0)



 Then  following your pins sew along the sleeve/shoulder seam.

 Try it on the shirt and make any adjustments necessary before cutting off the excess fabric and re-fit if needed.

  Now pin up the sides starting at the sleeve and down to the hem. Pin it so it fits a little loose, making sure to sew along your pin line.

Sorry I don't have a picture of this step.
Now hem the bottom of the shirt so it is the right length, try it on and cut where needed. Be sure to add an inch to whatever length you deiced. Now fold over half an inch, iron, fold another 1/2" iron then sew. Try the shirt on and see if it fits and if you need to shorten the sleeves, sometimes you don't need to but check it to be sure.

Put the shirt on and look at how nicely it fits!



8/10/2015

Uniform for Carter

I'm back! We decided to take a Summer break and now I have so much to share and do! 
One thing I meant to share much sooner was this uniform I made Carter, he turned 8 this Spring and with that he also started cub-scouts, hence he was in need of a uniform.

Carter needed a uniform to participate in many of the badges to pass them off and, as much as I hate to say this part because it sounds like I am playing a pity party, we didn't have the money to spend on a uniform. I have been looking for a used one high and low for a year but simply haven't found one! So in desperation I decided to make him one.


I am going to share all the details of making it so if are in the same situation (with any type of uniform) you too can make your own!



To start I looked very closely at what I needed to do according to pictures online and at the other boys uniforms. I found that this pattern (affiliate link) was a great match to the type of shirt I needed. Also I had made it already and so it was easy to do. Alternatively my button-up shirt tutorial would have also been a perfect match and you can make it exactly the size you need.

For the pattern I used I made it 2-3 sizes bigger since I need it to fit for 3 years. I also made the hem straight instead of on a curve. I lengthened the sleeves and made cuffs for the hem. For the pockets I made two instead of one and made a mock flap by sewing a triangle shape and sewed it on top with a button but I didn't make it a working button, too many button-holes, lol!
For them name of his organization (above the pocket) I actually was able to use an existing shirts tag even though the shirt itself was no longer usable I was able to salvage that.

By going to the site where our uniforms are sold I was able to see if they sold any patches that are required and they did! Luckily though I did have some extra from Broc so I didn't actually need to buy them ;0)



I reinforced all the seams since I want this shirt to last. I then sewed on all the patches he needed.

It was a process but I love how it turned out and it when he is through it will become a keepsake that will mean more since I made it!


I love this silly boy of mine! 
That's everything I did! If you have any questions feel free to ask by email or in the comments :0)

*I read a lot of info on doing this myself I didn't want to be in trouble for copyright issues and as far as I could tell it was fine as long as it is used for only that particular organization, if you are wanting to make your own for a different one you will need to check their policy's.*