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When I was 9 my mom had me and 2 of my sisters take a sewing class at Joanns fabric store. There I learned to make shorts, a bag and a skirt using real patterns. My sewing teacher said I was a natural which caused a bit of jealousy from my older sisters as you can imagine! My next projects were at 15 when I made a quilt for a church project and then at 17 when I went on a pioneer trek and had to make a dress to wear.  I truly enjoyed all the details and creations I made!
 When I was 9 my mom had me and 2 of my sisters take a sewing class at Joanns fabric store. There I learned to make shorts, a bag and a skirt using real patterns. My sewing teacher said I was a natural, which caused a bit of jealousy from my older sisters as you can imagine, lol! My next projects were at 15 when I made a quilt for a church project and then at 17 when I went on a pioneer trek and had to make a dress to wear.
Fast forward to when I was 23, I had 2 boys and was pregnant for the third time. I was very hopeful that I was going to have a girl; I wanted and yearned for one so badly! When we found out it was another boy. I was devastated. I was not excited and went into a deep depression over it. I actually briefly thought of putting him up for adoption... or something (don't judge I was seriously depressed). I didn't think I could handle another boy but thankfully my husband/doctor helped me through those feelings and I was able to come to terms with having 3 boys.
 That is where my interest in sewing picked up again and in many ways for the first time. I had started a family blog and in so doing discovered a whole world of crafty and sewing blogs I didn't know existed! I started searching for things to make my baby boy. At first it was hard to find projects for boys but I managed to find a few things here and there. I made some outfits for my expectant baby and my other 2 boys. As I sewed for my baby though I began to imagine a boy wearing them and my heart was softened until I was very excited for him to come and even to have 3 boys.
Now here I am with four boys and a sewing blog. I am still passionate about sewing for boys! I feel they are very overlooked in the sewing world and for those of us with boys it is hard to find patterns, not to mention free patterns, and projects for our boys. So I have started this website so others moms, grandmothers, aunts, uncles and whoever! Can find free patterns for their boys!
Come, sew and share this website for others to enjoy as well,
~Shantel

6 comments:

  1. Fun to get to know you a bit better Shantel! Your boys are the cutest, I didn't realize you had three of them! I was thinking you only had two but that's so fun. Understandably a shock at first but I'm actually kind of hoping I have all boys so I am a little jealous, :) not going to lie.

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  2. It was a shock but I agree boys are so fun! I have a hard time remembering I was so depressed over it but I was!

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  3. Hi Shantel, Beautiful family :) I just recently inherited a buttonholer for my Kenmore.. I have been driving myself crazy trying to figure it out. I seen on your site that you have the EXACT same one... Would you be able to help me figure out how to use it.. Any info would be helpful... I even had my husband trying to help, that was interesting hehe..

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  4. Hi Shantel, Beautiful family :) I recently inherited a Kenmore button holer like the one on your site.. It has been driving me crzy trying to figure out how to attach it.. Would you be able to help? I would appreciate it.. So would my husband since I am driving him crazy to.. hehe.. Thanks!

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  5. Hi, I made a lot of dolls and toys for my own son when he was little because they were so hard to find.

    I'd love it if you share purchasable patterns if you'd like to include my doll sewing patterns. I have toy patterns for boys up in my Etsy shop (sweaterdoll.etsy.com) and different ones in my Craftsy shop (search for Sweaterdoll). I'm always open to ideas for toys and dolls for boys. Suggestions welcome.

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  6. Hi Shantel, I was searching Google and one of your images came up but when I went to the link it wasn't the actual pattern or tutorial. Sorry, that sounds so vague. It was a repurpose of a checked long sleeve short to some cargos. I have searched on your site but can't find it. Any chance you could point me in the right direction please? If you message me back I can send you the image that I was clicking on.
    Thank you very much, I love your site.
    Kate

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