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Sewing For Boys Giveaway!


Crafty mamas (and seamster papas) of little boys rejoice!  Shelly Figueroa and Karen LePage of Patterns by Figgy's have delivered on their promise of a book to finally address a long-neglected niche in the sewing market.  Sewing for Boys: 24 Projects to Create a Handmade Wardrobe is the book I've been waiting for since my son Milo was born 6 1/2 years ago.  

Sewing for Boys

As soon as I brought my copy home, he poured over the gorgeous project photos (all conveniently together right up front!) and immediately started compiling a mental list of the ones he expected me to start cranking out for him.  Although he is topping out the size range for the book (0-6 months to 6/7 years, with some variation from pattern to pattern), I expect to get some years' use out of it yet.  Many of the patterns can be easily adjusted by lengthening sleeves or pant legs, and nearly 1/3 of the patterns are for accessories and gifts which do not depend on size.  The pattern pieces themselves are printed full-size on sturdy paper (no enlarging! no tissue!), making tracing and adjustment a breeze.

Shelly and Karen have designed a full range of garments, from a raw-edged onesie romper out of knit jersey (0-6 months to 12-18 months), to a reversible winter jacket (2/3 years to 6/7 years), each with thoughtful details and solid construction.  I'm slightly giddy about the thought of making the "Henry Shirt" for my son so that he and his papa can both step out in guayabera style! 

Henry Shirt

As for my little guy, he has requested the "Brick Bag Carry All" so that he can safely transport Lego creations in-progress when he has sleep-overs at Grandma's house, and the "To-Go Artist" for doodling and drawing while out and about. 

To Go Artist

I also have a feeling Santa will be whipping up the "Just-Like-Dad Flannel Robe" and leaving it under the Christmas tree this year.

Just like Dad robe

We just got in this gorgeous wool plaid that would be perfect for the robe. Love!

wool plaid

Garment patterns are arranged by season, and there is an additional section on re-using or re-purposing scraps and old garments.  The appendix has a glossary of basic sewing terms for beginners, and a couple of pages on seam finishes (flat fell or Hong Kong finishes, anyone?), which can really take your garment sewing to the next level.  And while the focus here is unapologetically on the boys, many (if not most) of these patterns could be easily interpreted for girls as well.  This book is an incredible value.  Thank you Shelly and Karen!

Leave a comment below (US residents only) and be entered to win a copy of Sewing for Boys! This is bound to be a wonderful addition to any craft library so we'll keep the drawing open until next Wednesday. Good luck!

The blog tour is almost over. Thanks for stopping by!

September 5    Wiley Craft & Made by Rae
September 6   Sew, Mama, Sew
September 7   The Southern Institute & Film in the Fridge
September 8   Elsie Marley
September 9   Noodlehead & Oh, Fransson!
September 10  I Heart Linen
September 11  Anna Maria Horner
September 12  Craft Buds, Pink Chalk Fabric Prudent Baby , Sew Much Ado
September 13  Very Purple Person & Sew Sara
September 14  The Long Thread
September 15  Susan Beal
September 16  True Up
September 17  All Buttoned Up & Bolt Fabric Boutique
September 18  MADE

Reader Comments (76)

I just love this book and I have two little girls! Thanks for the chance.
Sep 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
I have three boys under age 5... this book was written for me!
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennyroo
I sew clothes for my grandsons. Having patterns at hand in a range of sizes is brilliant. The reversible jackets are perfect for our desert winters.
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterS J
What an awesome idea for a book. I'd love to make gifts for my friends with boys!
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan
thanks for the chance! i'd love to win this!
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin D.
So happy to see a boys book; my son is always asking me to sew for him and it's great to have so many options beyond pants!
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
I'm so excited about this book! I'll be getting eve if I don't win, and one for my mom- who lives out of state--too! The projects look great, thanks for a chance to win!
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate
I'd love to win the book for my friend who has a two year old boy, and loves to sew his clothes. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book!
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia
Finally!The little boys in my life will be so happy!
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjenn hill
I so badly would love to win this book - my boy needs it!!
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer S
I'm really interested in this book. My poor son always feels like his sister gets all the good stuff I sew.
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMama Urchin
Oh, I'd love to win this!
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermfm
Looks like a great book-- I'm excited to have a closer look when it's in stock.
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne
This book sounds great! And I think you're the first one I've seen to mention that there's a lego storage item to sew up in here! That makes this book even better!
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersilver
Can't wait to get my hands on this book! I even have some of my fabric stash set aside for the treasure pocket pants, heartbreaker pants, easy linen shirt, and tee for two!! Yippee!!
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
I would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance to win!
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie
Love that the full sized patterns included, way to make things easier for parents.
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKylie C
I'd love to win this book - so many great projects! Thanks!
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkristin
I would love a copy of this book! I have 2 boys to sew for!
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeri
Yay! I just love everything I've seen about this book and would be so happy to have a copy!
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShelly
this books looks beyond fabulous. so glad to see that boys are finally getting their own sewing book.
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwendy
This book looks wonderful! I am ready to get sewing for my little ones! Thank you

Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNikki
Thanks for the sneak peaks inside the book! And for the giveaway!
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAditi
ooh i want to win win win this! i will definitely be adding this to my collection = the tour of projects has been great so far and i can't wait to start sewing for my boy!thanks
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlynn
I hope I win!! I really want this book.
Sep 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSofia

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