My 3 year old is named Ethan, and somehow or other since he's been a baby this has morphed to Efan (Big Sis #1), Beefin (Big Sis #2), Beeps, and Beepin. I knew I had to make him a "Beep Beep Sweatshirt" from Made by Jack's Mum, and I have a special love for cool joggers with fun details, so the Alfie Sweatpants from Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns were perfect - with their quilted knee patches, faux drawstring, and *swoon* front welt pockets, how could I resist?
The third pattern I chose was the Take and Play activity wall hanging from Kaela's Patch - there are 12 activity blocks to choose from, and I chose nine to work with materials I had (and modified here and there!) It was such a fun sew - choosing fabrics, buttons, and I even enjoyed the quilting it all together!
I quilted the knee patches on my Alfies just one way, using fleece as my "batting" so it would still have some stretch to it. The more I sew welt pockets, the more I love them - while they are a bit trickier in knit fabrics, these pants went together so well and the end result is just amazing. I love mustard/grey as a color combo! I made the cuffs with twice the required height, so he'll be able to wear these for a while - the waist is actually a bit bigger than he needs right now, and he seems to be on a steady track of growing up faster than out! The Alfie Sweatpants include sizes 3-12y, and have 4 different views - so you'll never be bored making them!
Finally, the Take and Play. I decided not to trim down my blocks as much as suggested, and ended up with a slightly bigger mat - instead of finding a hanging rod, I went with a quilt style so it can be floor mat! I love the different activity squares included - you can make it geared toward curious bigger fingers, learning to lace and tie, or button or zip - or toward tiny fingers that just like to feel and pull. I did a sort of blend - the felt flowers, for example, do come off of their button centers, and the zippers all work - but instead of the ties, I secured the laces and slid buttons on them, for baby fingers to grasp at and slide back and forth. I also did one Velcro activity, and lots of ribbon, felt, and ric-rac for texture exploring.
The pattern is a great jumping off point for anything else you can think of - snaps, buckles, matching colors/shapes...the possibilities are really endless and whether you go with your imagination or the pattern, you know the end result will be fun and engaging every time.
I love the sewing scrapbusters tutorials included in Issue 19. You can make a "fancy" hair scrunchie, a toy wallet (my girls are all about Littlest Pet Shop right now, and those tiny things are hard to keep track of! But no more!), and a scrappy doll quilt. These little projects are not only great for keeping your "sewjo" going when you're spinning your wheels, but they're perfectly designed for kids who want to sew. I think I might carve out some time for my 7 year old to pull her little machine out again this week!
Mr Fox's article made me laugh - I'm sure my husband would echo his views! I have an unfortunate habit of purchasing fabric to make him "something" - only to get distracted, forget about it, use "his" fabric for something more "fun" - lather, rinse, repeat every few months. As a result he really never gets anything new, but the intentions are there! Never mind the mending...
Lindsey Essary of Ellie & Mac Patterns wrote an article that I had a few thoughts on - it was about adding people to her team, instead of scrambling to be everything by herself. It's a great reminder that while you're helping yourself, you can help others too - you don't have to "do it all", and you're often more productive if you know your limits! I thought to myself - This is true not only from a business standpoint but also as a hobbyist. Sometimes you need to go support another business owner, and let someone else make you that new wallet or pair of slippers! It's really easy to start thinking "I can do that, I can learn that" - and get overwhelmed very quickly. Then you risk losing yourself and your own love of whichever craft you started with!
Issue 19: Playtime! also includes 7 more patterns - a fun variety, too! A plush chicken - traffic sign cushions - a pullover sweater with different neckline options - a dress, a pinafore with some surprising details, a bag, and a felt activity board. There is something for everyone here - all kinds of crafters, all ages, can enjoy Issue 19. If you need more inspiration and fun (and of course you do!) make sure you didn't miss any posts on this tour! Links below!