Welcome! I am so excited to be a part of the Time to Travel ebook blog tour. The ladies over at Sewing with Boys have put together an amazing ebook filled with awesome sewing projects, traveling tips, and printables for your kiddos. I had the opportunity to test two patterns and then do a review of the finished ebook for all of you. I had so much fun, I don’t know quite where to begin!
I’ll start with two speedy sews that my boys love and that would make excellent gifts for any little man on your list. Either of these projects is scrap bin friendly.
The Ready, Set, Go Wallet is a fully functional wallet that is the perfect size for little guys! My six year old loves his. The center card slot is perfect for gift cards – his currently holds one of his favorites – Dunkin Donuts! The vinyl pocket on the end is perfect for change, and bills fit perfectly into the pocket.
Sewing bias binding on a curve can be a bit tricky. My best advice is to go slow and to use a seam ripper (or other small, pointy-end tool) to smooth/coax the binding to lay perfectly flat as you stitch. Although not “perfect,” I think the binding on my curve looks great.
Now onto the Adventure Belt. What fun my boys are going to have with these! In only a few hours, I made two of these out of fabrics my boys picked out. My little one was cooperative with the camera for a bit, so here are some shots of his adventure belt in use.
Because the pockets are pleated, he was able to fit lots of goodies inside. His top picks – rocks, “acorns” (which are some sort of seed that falls off our tree), and leaves. Inside, I’m sure the pockets will see plenty of action with toy cars and super hero figures! My older son has plans to load his pockets up with coins.
Last, but certainly not least, is my version of the Just Like Papa briefcase. I have had so many requests to make these for friends that I may need to add more hours into the day 😉 I added an embroidered name to the front of mine, and it sure is fun watching my little guy recognize the letters in his name (he’s 3).
The pattern recommends heavier weight material or using a standard cotton woven with interfacing. Because there are so many fun cotton wovens, that is what I used and applied Pellon ShapeFlex 101 (SF 101) fusible interfacing. This is my all-time favorite interfacing to use when making bags or totes of any sort. It helps create a great structure while allowing the item to bend and flex well when needed.
Inside, I used a home decor weight material for lining and some fat quarters for the pockets. I love that this briefcase incorporates a vinyl pocket. My boys think it is “so cool” to see what is inside the pocket. My boys also quickly discovered that the book pocket works perfectly for an iPad 😉
I chose to make marker slots, but the completed pattern provides a different pocket size if you prefer to make one for crayons. The briefcase completely unzips to lay flat and then zips up beautifully. The handles are the perfect size for children’s hands to carry around.
Although I had some uncooperative boys in my house when the camera came out, we had a lot of fun with printables from the ebook too. My boys loved the printable lacing cards and had a ton of fun with their wallets and the printable money, driver’s license, passport, and airplane ticket. The lacing cards were a great way to entertain the boys while I got some sewing done, and I’m sure they will be just as handy during our annual looooong drive to Wisconsin this summer. Stay tuned for a future post with pictures 😉
I sure hope you’ll pick up your own copy of the Time to Travel ebook while it’s on sale for 30% off. Get your Etsy copy here or a copy from the Sewing With Boys site here. But hurry, the sale only lasts until May 1st when the blog tour wraps up.
Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour so you can see all of the other fun patterns and printables included. You can find the whole line-up and enter to win some fun giveaways here.
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Until next time,