Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Celebrate the Boy: the end

Celebrate the boy ended on Monday over at Made and Made by Rae, but I am still finishing up sewing projects for my little one. So there will still be more projects coming, but just at a slower rate. It was great to have a deadline to post one thing every weekday during celebrate the boy. I got a big chunk of my sewing to-do list done. Projects to come: I am almost done with a car seat cover and a car seat blanket, then I plan to sew a knit nursing shawl like this one depending on how I am feeling. I may be switching over from sewing projects to embroidery projects that I can do laying on the couch during nap time.

Here are all my projects I did for celebrate the boy. If you click the picture it will take you do that post.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Baby Shower Gift for Baby Boy

I have a baby shower tomorrow for a friend who is having a little boy. What perfect timing! Right in the middle of my boy crafting frenzy while all these baby boy ideas are floating around in my head.
First up was a little crocheted bear hat! (The pattern came from the etsy shop Posh Patterns and I used Vanna's Choice yarn)
Then to match the hat, some bow tie onesies. Because every little boy needs some bow ties in his life.
And because babies grow out of their onesies so fast, how about make them detachable? so when they they move on to a bigger size you can still keep using the bow ties! I do not get to claim credit for this genius idea, the brilliant idea and tutorial come from One Young Love.
Hopefully my friend enjoys these! Now, I'm off to make another set for myself!!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Shorts for Baby Boy: free pattern

While preparing for my little one's arrival, I wrote out a small list of basic wardrobe pieces I needed. One thing on that list was a few shorts in size 3 months for him to wear this summer. Something comfy that can be thrown over a onesie for when we go out to the grocery store (at home, he might be hanging out in a diaper all summer long!)  At the time, Project Run and Play had just done the Men's Dress Shirt Challenge and I was in love with the shirts dress the Brown Abode uploaded to the flickr group (she used the Shirt Dress tutorial from Made). Luckily, my hubby was cleaning out his closet and getting rid of some button-up shirts and I picked out this yellow and blue plaid one from his donate pile to use to make a shirt dress. Fast forward to this week and I decided now was the time! So I cut up my husband's shirt to make the dress and I had a lot of fabric leftover... just enough for a pair of baby shorts! Perfect!
I tried to find a free pattern I could just print out and couldn't find any ones for babies (while searching though I stumbled upon Max California's master list of free shorts and pants tutorials- holy amazing round-up!)  So I decided to just make my own pattern. I used the rub-off method (that I learned from the book Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit: Using the Rub-off Technique) to copy a pair of 3 months sized shorts I already had.
10 minutes later, I had a pair of shorts! Sweet! My daughter is so excited that she is going to match her little brother.
Want to make your own? Here's the pattern for size 3 months baby shorts! be sure to download both the front and the back.
Front Pattern
Back Pattern

There are a lot of tutorials out there sewing shorts so no need for a tutorial (you can just use this tutorial from Calia Made (she offers a free pattern for size 2T)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Vintage Style Blessing Outfit for Baby Boy

Okay, I admit, I am really proud of myself on this one. I sketched my idea on a post-it note, drafted the pattern, sewed this romper up, and it actually turned out exactly how I wanted it to! This outfit is for my little baby to be blessed in so I wanted it to be really special.
I wanted the outfit to be simple, but with vintage style details. I started with little pin tucks down the front.

And added a peter pan collar. Oh how I love this teeny tiny collar! It's a little on the girly side, but my husband okay'd it. (have you looked at vintage baby boy clothes? they are all dresses! the hubby would not be okay with that!)

The raw edges of the collar are finished with single fold bias tape

 The legs are cinched with quarter-inch elastic
A snap closure makes diaper changing easy. I used snap tape, and I don't know how I feel about it. Sewing it on was really easy, but it was expensive. $10 a yard, yikes! That's 3 bucks for 12 inches. hmmm I probably should learn how to use snaps.
 Here is how it looks from the back.
with three little white buttons to close up the back.

I saved all my pattern pieces and notes so I can hopefully turn this into a tutorial and free pattern! I would really like to fit it to a real baby first though! I used a store bought onesie as a guide to my sizing. I am hoping it fits all right.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Boy Details: A Round-Up of Sewing Techniques

As I have been scanning through the Celebrate the Boy Flickr Group, a few pieces have really stood out to me. Since I am trying to learn how to sew for boys, I have tried learn from them by examining each one to see what details did they use that made their piece so special? Here are three of my favorites:

I have never done reverse applique before, sewn a cargo pants style pocket, nor have I ever sewn knee patches. I am going to add all three of these techniques to my learn how to do list. Luckily, the blogging world is so great, and there are tons of people out there willing to share their sewing knowledge with the rest of us.

Want to add to your sewing knowledge? Here is a round-up of 10 tutorials that teach great details to add to  boy sewing projects. 
Welt Pockets Tutorial by Poppy Kettle

Making and Using Piping by Make It and Love It
Button Hole Tutorial by Purlbee
Using a double needle by Make It and Love It
Stamping your Own Pattern by No Big Dill
The Basic Snap by No Big Dill
Embroidery Basics by Wild Olive
Henley T-Shirt Placket by Melly Sews

Friday, March 1, 2013

Crochet Pants for Baby

Mustard yellow crochet baby pants!!  Ahhhh! I am dying over the cuteness. I wish my little baby were here already so I could take a photo of him wearing them!

They stitched up soooo quickly, and I love them. I think they will look adorable paired with a bow tie onesie. I can't wait to start dressing my little guy (10 more weeks!)

I found the crochet pattern from the Etsy shop Swell Amy. The pattern was really easy to follow and comes with the hat pattern too. I have only made the pants, so I can't say whether the hat pattern is any good. My one big complaint about the pattern is that it only has one size- newborn. I wish it has sizes for 3 month and 6 month sizes too. I might have to experiment with the pattern to see if I can figure out how to make it a bit bigger.

Now I need your opinion, do these pants need a cute large button on them? My husband hated the wood button in the inspiration photo, but I liked it.