Sew a Shirt for your Boys: Patterns for Pirates Sale!

I had a completely different post planned for today, but when I jumped on Facebook and saw an invite to a sew-along for the Patterns for Pirates Henley Tee, I had to join in and tell you about it. 

P4P offers different sized patterns for children, men, and women, and they’re all on sale! Use “henleysal” at checkout to get $3 off (sale runs through Jan. 20). If you want to make patterns for everyone in your family, they offer a bundle as well for an additional discount. Woot woot!

I’m a sucker for sales, and becoming a sucker for P4P patterns as well. I’ve done their raglan tee and Cptn. Comfort pants so far (post pending!), and have a few more patterns on the queue. The patterns formatted so nicely and the pages are the easiest to put together! (In fact I’m using them as an example for making my own patterns, like this toy drum). The instructions are easy to follow, so anyone can complete their patterns at any skill level.

I was planning on doing one for Mr. R, Mr. A, and my hubby but when the boys found this fabric at Joann I decided to leave the hubby out. Not so sure he’d like kids’ alien print on his shirt, haha!

So the sew-along started on Monday but I just starting off yesterdasy, so it’s not too late to join! Even if you don’t start this week make sure to pick up the pattern before Saturday for the discount. Follow along on P4P’s blog! I can’t wait to show you the final creation next week. 😀

Free Peter Pan Quote Cut File

Happy belated New Year, everyone! Are you a new year goal maker, or do you prefer to make goals on your own timing? I try and analyze how I’m doing and make new goals several times a year, but the new year holds a special place in my mind for really finding ways to improve and progress.

To live will be an awfully big adventure FREE cut file by Sewing Blue

Especially this year. As alluded to in previous posts, 2017 was like living on the sea with no direction – just bobbing around, never settled to the ground, not really sure when storms might come and settle. We are originally from Utah, but spent the first eight months in Alabama acclimating to a completely different culture. We moved back to Utah, lived in my parents’ basement for four months while we had a baby born with Down Syndrome and our oldest started kindergarten, and right after Christmas moved into our newly built house! There’s lots of settling down and home-making to do, and you’ll be seeing lots of that appearing here over the next year. Plan on seeing not only sewing projects, but kids crafts, tips on raising boys, woodworking, and decor projects. The goal is to post every Wednesday, so look forward to plenty of inspiration!

To live will be an awfully big adventure FREE cut file by Sewing Blue

On that note, have you heard this quote from Peter Pan before? “To live will be an awfully big adventure!”* A friend of mine has this quote in her son’s nursery, and when I saw it I knew Mr. L needed it in his nursery as well. Something about him having Down Syndrome makes me realize how precious life really is, and that life really will be an adventure for this little boy!

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Christmas Mommy and Me

Mommy and Me Christmas by Sewing Blue

This post is part of the Mommy and Me Christmas blog tour, hosted by Seams Sew Lo. We have some lovely sponsors who are providing fantastic giveaways at the end of this post. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this page and enter!

An interesting conversation happened between my two older boys and my husband on Saturday.

Mr. A: “What are Elves for?”

Nathan (husband): “They help Santa make the toys.”

Mr. R: “But why?”

Nathan: “Because there are a lot of kids to make toys for.”

Mr. R: “And they cut off heads.”

Nathan: “…yeah, I guess in Lord of the Rings they do…”

Oh boys. They crack me up. This conversation happened while they were out at the dinosaur museum and running errands so I could have sewing time to myself. I made the mistake of thinking I had a few extra days to complete these shirts for the Mommy and Me tour when in reality I didn’t, so it’s been a whirlwind of sewing around here lately! My dear sweet husband and children have put up with me more than they should. I owe them a nice fancy treat… think these shirts will count? 😉

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Come, they told me… Free Play Drum Pattern

Come, they told me… Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum. I’ve a drum pattern for you, Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum!

Happy holidays to you! I’ve been busy making up this fun and quiet drum as part of the DIY Christmas Toy Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo. This tour came about from her Best Homemade Christmas Toy Sewing Patterns post, and I am quite excited and honored to be part of it! Not only is there the free pattern for the toy drum, but our sponsors Phat Quarters Fabric and Seamingly Smitten are graciously offering a giveaway at the end of this post. Win-win for Christmas!

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14 Boy-Approved Pajama Patterns

Back in September, I made some pajama pants for Mr. R and Mr. A as part of a contest for Patterns for Pirates. Though I didn’t win, I had so much fun making the pajamas! I wanted to share them in a special way, so I thought I’d do a round up of some boy-approved pajama patterns. Though most pajama patterns can be made for boys and girls, I made sure to leave out the extra frilly options. 😉

The list includes both free and paid for versions. You’ll find that though the free versions are great, the size options are usually very limited. It takes a lot of time and effort to draft patterns in different sizes and test for the sizes, so you know when you pay for a pattern you are usually getting something high quality. Either way you go though, you will be supporting a sewist who will be very appreciative of you sewing her pattern!

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Up Syndrome: an unexpected blessing

Truth: Life never gives you what you expect. Sometimes it ends up being better than you could ever imagine.

Such is the case with our lives right now. Exactly one month ago, on October 20 at 5:10 pm, the sweetest spirit entered this world. Leo (hereafter known as Mr. L) gave us the surprise of our lives by not only coming 10 days early (my older two children were born after my due date), but arriving with one blessed chromosome more than normal. Mr. L was born with down syndrome.

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DIY: Bernard Costume From Where The Wild Things Are

Looking for the Max Wild Thing tutorial? Look here!

It’s here! I finished the second Where The Wild Things Are tutorial. Though there are plenty of variations of Max, not many have been done for this one, Bernard, so hopefully you enjoy this DIY!

Bernard the Wild Thing Costume DIY Tutorial by Sewing Blue

As I mentioned in the Max tutorial, the bison-looking* wild thing is named Bernard. Turns out the author of Where The Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak, named the wild things after his relatives, and one of them was Bernard. Others were Tzippy, Moishe, Aaron, and Emile. Fun fact, eh?

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Monster Mash Tour: Aang from Avatar

Welcome to my stop on Sewing by Ti’s Monster Mash blog tour! This is actually my first blog tour, and considering it’s Halloween-based and Halloween is my favorite thing to sew for ever, it’s a match made in heaven. I hope you enjoy this costume of Aang from Avatar!

Monster Mash Tour: Aang from Avatar by Sewing Blue

Babies are the sweetest to sew for. As long as it’s something comfortable for them, generally there’s no complaints while they wear it, so you can make them wear any adorable outfit, like this costume here. (P.S, never seen Avatar: The Last Airbender? Check it out! It’s clean, entertaining, good for kids and adults, and inspires cute baby costumes!).

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DIY: Max Costume From Where The Wild Things Are

Looking for the Bernard Wild Thing tutorial? Look here!

Wild things (n): boisterous children; “vilde chaya”, a Yiddish expression meaning “wild animals”.

Max from Where The Wild Things Are DIY Tutorial by Sewing Blue

These are my wild things, Mr. R. and Mr. A. They bring joy to my soul and try my patience daily. When I read The Wild Things to them, I can’t help but think of what a relation there is between them and the characters in the book! Back in June (seriously, dressing up for Halloween is amazing, why would you not think about it half the year long?) when I started brainstorming costume ideas I couldn’t help but think of this one for them, and the boys accepted it, so here we are!

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Last Minute First Day of School Raglan Tee for Little Boys

Confession here: this is the first time I’ve actually made anything for my children from a pattern! *gasp, cough, sputter* Haha, yes, that’s right! Sunni here at Sewing Blue who has sewed countless costumes, changing pads, curtains, and who knows what else has avoided patterns like the plague. I’ve made plenty of things from patterns I created from my boys’ clothing, so I never saw the need to pay extra money for a pattern when I knew I could make something on my own fit perfectly. But you know what? I’m so glad I finally caved in and did it!

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