Back to school, life and blogging

 After a year of homeschooling we decided to put our kids back in public school. I loved homeschooling even though we had bad days/weeks it was something I truly enjoyed! But life and God seems to have other plans this year so after much prayer and personal reflection Jerome and I decided to send our boys back to public school. So far its going good, there are definitely things I don't like about public school but there are things I don't like about homeschooling as well. All in all its been a good thing and I'm grateful for the time I have in the mornings with just Parker.

 My Dad was recently diagnosed with Melanoma skin cancer and had to have a tumor removed from his brain. He still has 5 more in his brain, one in his lungs and also his adrenal gland. He is in stage four and it is metastatic. Consequently we are spending all the time we can with him and savoring every moment because we just don't know what the future will bring!

 My brother came home from a two year mission for our church, my boys seriously missed him and are super glad hes back. He can now teach them how to do back flips and other "cool" stuff. My two baby sisters got married (well ones getting married this Saturday), its been a game changer this year that's for sure!

I'm still adjusting to 4 kids, we did find out that my thyroid is hypo, possibly Hashimoto's, so that explains a lot of my bone-deep exhaustion! I'm doing better and bit by bit my sewing mojo is returning, thank goodness!!!

Parker is the best baby and I sure LOVE him! He has the cutest pout ever and is very spoiled, as he should be ;o)
Things will be a little different around here, I will continue posting SewBoy monthly, I will be updating and adding free boy patterns. I am also going to be doing more posts of things I'm into, sewing in general and hopefully some tutorials. My Goal is to post something once a week at the very least so I will be seeing more of you and I'm excited!!!


Sew Boy August 2014

I realize we are 3 days into September but this post was supposed to go up in August so that's the title I left it at ;0)

 Here is a free Pattern for a charlie sweatshirt its for size 6-12 months and the tutorial for it is great! Check it out!

 I realize the picture is for a girls outfit but these pockets would be a great addition for a boys shirt or sweater, get the tutorial here!

 DIY Baby Boy Sailor Romper (for Baby Blessing/Dedication) --- Make It and Love It 
 Ashley has done it again and made an awesome tutorial for a boys sailor romper! Seriously check it out here!

 Shiwn designs has a great tutorial for some cozy Pajama pants, just in time for the cool weather coming! Go here for the tutorial.
 I saw these cute/adorable and perfect baby suspenders and couldn't help loving them instantly! She has a free pattern and one in bigger sizes you can buy, here!

Isn't this onesie so darn cute?! Its a great tutorial and a free pattern for newborns so be sure to check it out!

Also a note I have updated my free boy patterns page, I have numbered the patterns and I added a section for sizes 9-12 years as those patterns are harder to find. Check it out and let me know what you think about the changes if they are good or of you prefer no numbers!


Sunny Day shorts

When Oliver & S came out with their sunny day shorts pattern I was very excited and thought they would make the perfect summer shorts especially since they are FREE!

 So I grabbed some flannel and made a draft for Broc. The pattern is very easy and looks like a great base pattern, I was glad however that I made a draft first. The finished waist of these shorts in size 10 are 29" and the size 8 is 27 1/2", Broc's waist is 23" and they would have been waaaayyy to baggy had I just put the elastic in at his measurements. Also the finished length (waist to hem) on size 10 and 8 are 11 1/2" and 12" most of Broc's shorts are much longer than that so I added 3-4" in length as well.

 For the final shorts I made a size 5 in the waist but kept the crotch length for the 10 and added 3-4 inches in length as well and they turned out quite well! He loves to lounge around in them. I had plans to make more but in all honesty with Summer winding down and cool weather settling in I probably won't make any more this summer. I will be moving on to pants now!


random projects are best

I made Broc some Clean slate shorts but I needed to add several inches and about a 1/2" of seam allowance since he is now in a 12 slim...It didn't end up working long term since these are now too short for him and fit Carter perfect, oh well win some lose some at least i have 3 other boys they can get passed on to if I make it too small hahaha!

My nephew recently got his Eagle award for scouts and my husband made him a deal that he would get him a customized shirt if he finished.

 So I got to work using freezer paper and made this template and voila he had his special shirt! I actually bought a special craft knife this one (affiliate link) if you curious and it was SO much easier to do freezer paper stenciling! I really might do some more shirts now!

 I was going to do a tutorial but this is as far as I got, lol!

 I also made Parker some swim Trunks. We decided to go swimming and 20 minutes before we left I realized I didn't have a swim suit for Parker so I grabbed one that was too small for my boys and roughly measured it to some of his shorts that fit, cut off the extra and sewed it up. it seriously took like 10 minutes and it actually worked! That doesn't always happen.
 See? he loves it!


Sew Boy June 2014

SewBoy at last! Its been awhile since I have posted a SewBoy post but it is here at last ;0)
I have some pinterest posting and more free patterns I am adding along with tutorials so be sure to check it out!
Click on the images to go to the tutorial &/or free pattern. 

Shwin & Shwin have a free hat pattern which I think is great for boys or girls!

DIY Leather Baby Boy Boots - Free Pattern + Tutorial - Delia Creates (19)
Delia Creates has a great free pattern and tutorial for these adorable baby boy boots!

Modern Handcraft - Snap up Sleeping Bag Tutorial
 Sewing Rabbit has a tutorial for this awesome button up sleeping bag. I know my boys are constantly wanting to go camping so this would be well used!

 Sew Like My Mom | Sycamore Shorts
 Sew Like mom has a great tutorial and free pattern for these shorts! A bonus is that they are sized up to age 8 so be sure to check it out!

Free Patterns: More on on my Free Patterns Page
Click on images to go to tutorial/pattern
Here is a fleece vest pattern perfect for those sometimes chilly summer nights or hikes in the cooler mountains!

Here is a free button up romper pattern that is seriously so cute! I think I may try this for Parker since his church outfit is a bit snug these days.

click on images to go to tutorial
Freetimefrolics has a great tutorial for color block Tshirts. A perfect idea to mix and match shirts or liven up your sons summer wardrobe!

Have a summer wedding to go to and need a tie? Here is a great tutorial for a bias tie!

This is an AWESOME tutorial for turning Mens pants into mini Man pants, be sure to check it out!

Until next time my friends!


Drool bibs for the baby

If you happen to follow my blog you probably think I must have stopped blogging; I haven't I'm just trying to get the hang of four kids! We recently completely re-arranged our house and since doing that I have sewn more than I did in the previous 4 months (you know twice, haha) before we re-arranged my machines were in the baby's room so I wasn't able to sew during nap time but now I can :0)

The first thing I have sewn in months is some baby bibs. Parker drools like crazy! I can't keep up with the outfit changes and I feel bad having him wear a wet onesie all day so the idea to make a few bibs was born.
 My cute chub is 4 1/2 months old can you believe it? Here is what the bibs look like on I felt like the size was pretty good especially for a drool bib ;0) I used this pattern and I also added it to my free patterns page under accessories.

 I made four and they are all reversible but I didn't realize that until after I had made two. So I used the same fabric or have the backside of the fabric on the other two.

 Parker Loves them because he can EAT them hahaha!

One more of my growing dude


Better Baby pants

Hello everyone! Have you noticed on my sidebar that I have a new affiliate?
  Tie Dye Diva
 Tie Dye Diva Patterns contacted me a few months ago and asked if I would like to try one of their patterns and become an affiliate. I said YES!!! of course ;0)
I was so excited to try the Better Baby Pants because I hadn't found a pants pattern for size newborn to 24 months that I really liked yet. My criteria was it be simple, since babies in that size range grow super fast, still be able to add any details I so desired but not have to add zippers or a faux fly. I was not disappointed!

 I made these in a very soft light blue linen no changes to the actual pattern; although I did add pockets to the front which are not a part of the pattern.

 I made them for my nephew Kaizen, (isn't he a cutie?) he is at the age where holding still is not an option hence the leg blur ;0)

 One other change I made was to make the back pocket bigger I made the pants in size 6-9 months and used the biggest pocket size (24 months).

It was a super easy sew I did it in 3 five to ten minute sessions and they were done! the instructions were really great, there is even a section teaching you how to lengthen or shorten pants the correct way, which I haven't seen before so it was a very nice addition. You can make these into ruffle butt pants for a girl version as well! The sizing is spot on. My nephew was in 6-9 months store bought and these fit exactly like those sizes. The legs are a straight leg which I wasn't sure about at first but I ended up liking them a lot! My sister said it has been easier for Kaizen to move around since he doesn't have all the extra fabric around his legs so I will definitely be making more straight legged pants from now on.

There are some really great patterns in her shop so be sure to check them out!

Those baby legs!! I love this and would totally make it...if I had a girl that is ;0)

There is even a cargo shorts pattern for up to size 8 that looks super simple but great looking!

This vest/hoodie is so cute!

Anyways go check out her shop and see for yourself what great things there are!
  Tie Dye Diva 
*I am an affiliate of tie dye diva patterns. I was given a pattern to test but all opinions are my own.