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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Craft Book Month - Sewing For Boys

Craft Book Month

When Lindsay Conner asked if I would like to be a part of the blog hop for Craft Book Month I HAD to say yes!!!  I don't have a lot of craft books (in fact, this is my only real craft book with patterns!) and I needed the motivation to break it out and try something from the book!

The book is called "Sewing for Boys" by Karen LaPage and Shelley Figueroa 
Sewing for Boys: 24 Projects to Create a Handmade Wardrobe (amazon affiliate link)

I bought it a long time ago when Stacey at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy did a sew along series on the patterns!  Since then, I've become a huge fan of Karen's! (Check out her Goodship Dress and her shout out to my scallop tutorial!)

The pattern I chose to review and sew today is the Short Sleeve Raglan Tee!  Raglan t-shirts are so durable and great casual fashion for boys!  I love how easy they are to come together and this version is a lot of fun with the raw edge detail on the outside!

I took two old maternity shirts that had stains and cut them up to use for the pattern!

The pattern process reminds me of my Ottobre magazines!  It is a little extra work to trace the pattern pieces but I don't mind at all!  Sewing, tracing, taping, cutting......those are all relaxing to me!  That's why sewing is so addictive!  I love the "me time" to decompress and create something for my family! 

The directions are very clear and my favorite tip is to use a small zig zag so it almost looks like a straight stitch!


Because all of the seams are raw edge on the outside, I didn't even need my serger!!! 

I had to include this picture......photoshoots can be dangerous!  Christian was leaning on this side table and put a little too much weight on and he came down on his bum!!!  I was taking a picture when it happened.................. 

Poor buddy!  He's ok though!  He did give quite an exclamation of "Oh shoot!" when it happened!  So glad he doesn't hear anything worse than that around the house! ;-)
I plan to cut out quite a few more for Christian to wear to school this year!  I think some will also be appliqued and embroidered since he's still young enough to pull it off!

Thanks so much for checking out this fun project and make sure you go visit Craft Buds for links to other great Craft Book projects! You may find one you want to add to your library!  And don't forget, if you link up your craft book project any time during the month of September you could win a prize!!!  Prizes will be announced on October 1st!

Blog Hop

Week One
Monday 9/2: Fabric Mutt / LRstitched
Tuesday 9/3: Stitch This! The Martingale Blog / Stitched in Color
Wednesday 9/4: Fabric Seeds / Pile O Fabric
Thursday 9/5: The Feisty Redhead / Rae Gun Ramblings
Friday 9/6: Sew-Fantastic / Clover + Violet
Saturday 9/7: A Prairie Sunrise / Small Town Stitcher

Week Two
Monday 9/9: Hopeful Threads / Go To Sew
Tuesday 9/10: The Sewing Rabbit / Sewing Mama RaeAnna
Wednesday 9/11: Marci Girl Designs / imagine gnats
Thursday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / amylouwhosews
Friday 9/13: Lindsay Sews / 13 Spools
 Saturday 9/14: Inspire Me Grey / Angela Yosten 

Week Three Monday 9/16: Sew Very / Craftside
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  1. Wish my son would wear the things I've made for him! This is a really cute shirt, and I love the raw edge seams on the outside. What a neat look!

  2. Adorable, RaeAnna! Thanks for being a part of the hop, and I love that this book encourages people to upcycle... such a smart way to reuse two tops!

  3. I want one my size. I know that book and would like to try something from it, especially now that I see your shirt.

  4. love this shirt - I need to get my hands on this book - and I love the 'oops' moment. I did a shoot of Mack last year and she was just learning to pull herself up... I wanted standing photos so I took a step back, clicked the shutter and she instantly fell backwards on her noggin ;op Ooooops

  5. I have this book, but have yet to try this shirt for my boys. Seeing your version on you little guy makes me want to hop to it immediately! Great job!

  6. Superb - I've made that top too, also from 2 old t-shirts! Love that book so much, definitely a great investment.
    Glad that your boy was ok too!

  7. the t-shirt looks great! So you've only got 1 craft book? I think I might have your share!

  8. The tee looks very comfy!! I find tracing and cutting patterns out as a chore that needs to be done before the real fun begins :) hehe

  9. Wow! You have fewer craft books than me and I didn't know that was possible. :) Looks like he likes it Mama! That's the best feeling in the world isn't it? When they like something you've sewn for them?



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