Friday, July 17, 2015

S is for Sewing! : E-Book Blog Tour

Sewing with Boys is back with another wonderful e-book - just in time for school sewing! I'm hopping on the tour to show you what I made for my preschooler. So much fun in this book!

Natalie is currently in "summer preschool" - a 2 month program here, which I LOVE. She goes 4 days a week, and this fall she'll start her first official FULL year of preschool before moving on to Kindergarten. We both are loving the school days! ;)

I made the most practical (for us!) pattern from the e-book for Natalie, the Quad Tee by Addie Martindale (addieK). For a girl who loves knits and comfy clothes, as well as POCKETS - this tee has it all!

For the panda tee, I used some wonderful Stenzo knit along with an old maternity cardigan - love upcycling! I did not add a pocket with this tee, since I made her a matching skirt with pockets to complete the outfit, but she loves it all the same. 

Since that was so much fun, I had to make another - this one upcycling again, with a large yellow women's tee and an old tank top of mine. I love the crazy pattern and bright colors - and it suits her personality (on school days especially), so bubbly and fun.

Included in the ebook are some great extras - like this FAST and easy pencil pouch from GYCT (no joke, I made mine start to finish in 20 minutes!)

I used some fun polka dots with a bright orange liner to go with the sunny tee shirt.

Along with the pencil pouch is another extra that is so sweet! Michelle from Falafel and the Bee created a tutorial for a pocket lovey, for that nervous first day. Having a little piece of love to hold onto throughout the day can make the transition easier!

You can use any shape you want, but I went with Michelle's idea and made a little heart from some soft toweling (upcycled again, from an old baby towel of Natalie's! Hanging onto this stuff pays off someday, right?) I had some cute flannel heart trim in my box'o'stuff that matches perfectly.

I haven't attached it in anything yet, but I'm thinking it'll go in that pencil pouch along with some fun erasers, and this set of three will be put away for her first day (back) in September!

Also in the e-book (get your copy here, 15% off during the tour!) are some brilliant articles. Kelly from Handmade Boy has created a back-to-school inspiration wardrobe - just amazing. You don't want to miss it if you're stuck for back-to-school ideas - so many combinations for outfits, and it's really got my wheels spinning! I've started pulling fabrics from my stash and making a school wardrobe list already.

Dana from Sew Thrifty has a fun tutorial for freezer paper stenciling. This is one of my favorite ways to embellish, and her tutorial is very clear - if you've never tried it, pick up your copy of the S is for Sewing E-book and give it a go!

Did you miss a post on the tour? Click the links to go back and check out the rest of the amazing patterns in this book (4!) and more exciting extras (I think I saw an article on back-to-school photos - I love the tips! And an adorable zippered "milk money" pouch!)

 July 14th From-a-Box Lulu & Celeste 

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