Sewing for Boys Book

You might remember my preview post for this book back in February for Celebrate the BOY? Well, Sewing for Boys is finally here and I couldn’t be more excited!


As far as I’m concerned, this book fills a giant hole in Craft Book Land, the obvious and extremely annoying lack of books targeted towards BOY sewing. So as someone who has noticed the void (andΒ along with Dana of MADE,Β created a unique collection of boy-centric blog posts with our Celebrate the Boy series as a result), I’m so happy to see this book arrive on the scene.

I’m especially excited because Sewing for Boys is written by my friends Karen and Shelly of Patterns by Figgy’s, who have already have proven their talent for pattern design and sewing for boys with their fantastic line of print patterns. It’s been really fun to watch over the last year as these amazing ladies poured their heart and soul (and great ideas!) into this project. So I’m honored to kick of their book tour today with a peek at this wonderful book:




Sewing for Boys is full of projects that will blow your socks off. I mean, I really can’t believe how many great patterns are in this book. There’s woven shirts, woven pants, knit pants, knit shirts, jackets (two!), knit projects, pajamas, and plenty of accessories (belts, hats, toy bags, blankets) to round out the entire package. The pattern packet in the front of the book includesΒ full-size pattern sheetsΒ in sizes 12 months – size 7. And I can’t get over the adorable models, how cute are these little guys?




It’s spiral bound and complete with beautiful instructions and plenty of diagrams:


You can buy your very own copy right here.

So of course as soon as I got my hands on a copy last week I started plotting and planning Elliot’s fall wardrobe, and a couple days ago during nap I decided to make something. I then proceeded to get completely stuck on which fabric/pattern to choose. I mean, I am just not good at decisions, and I literally sat in my sewing room for two hours staring at fabrics and dreaming about what to make and then nap was over. So here are my picks so far so you can tell me what you think:

OK, first up, I’m loving the idea of a pair of Treasure Pocket Pants (shown below) in navy with one of these three prints as the side pocket panel. But I can’t decide, should the pocket panel be the whales? The Lizzy House? The Marina? (and is that sidepanel not the most brilliant way to feature a print, by the way?)


Or maybe it would look neat in brown Essex linen with this vintage trolley print:


Next up, this Easy Linen Shirt. For this one, I was thinking a pale pale pink linen (E’s SUPER-blond and looks great in pink) or maybe a darker linen…or the Heather Ross dots?


Or, if those don’t float your boat, how about one of these?


Another favorite of mine is the short-sleeve raglan (one of PBF’s most popular patterns, the Tee For Two, has been included in this book in both short and long sleeves). Wouldn’t this be a fun combination?


And I just love the Henry shirt, with it’s unique retro look. I think would be so in this combination of linen and this lightweight Art Gallery cotton:


I’m not sure this would work to combine the Melody Miller canvas with the MoMo It’s a Hoot cotton, but these two prints sure look great together:


And those pajamas are so cute with the contrasting fabric, it might look great in some blue flannel with orange fabric along the neck for contrast:


OK so you see why this is hard for me?! (Did anyone even read this far, hee?) What would you pick if you were me? What do you think of the book? What do you want to make?

Thanks for inviting me to be a part of the Sewing for Boys blog tour, Karen and Shelly! Congratulations on your amazing book!

270 thoughts on “Sewing for Boys Book

  1. I am a mother of two and I agree, a gap has been fulfilled! I am very excited about this book and hope to get my hand on one soon!
    Regarding the fabrics options you have: WOW! I also have a problem with choosing fabric for some projects… but I don’t have that much choice πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for the giveaway! You are the best

  2. Oh wow Rae! Thus is awesome!

    Usually I’m quite content drafting off patterns myself from Vince’s existing clothes, but this stuff is NEAT!

    I think the pyjamas really sucked me in there! I love the fabrics you are thinking about using there. Also I like your first choice for the treasure pocket pants, can’t you do one strip each of all three contrast fabrics so it’s like one multi-paneled… Er… Panel?

    For some reason this post made mr want to desperately sort through my fabric stash so I can look at fabrics. Lol.

  3. Just had my first boy, after 2 girls. I would LOVE this book. I don’t know where to start, and this book looks like a good place!

  4. Oh. My. Goodness. I want this book!! It’s so easy to find cute patterns for my daughter, but there’s virtually nothing out there for boys. An entire book of boy patterns… squeee!!!!

    Okay, okay, back to your choices. πŸ™‚ For the Treasure Pants, I’d go with the whales – they’re so cute! I like the gray linen for the Easy Linen Shirt. I like your other choices for the rest. Your fabric stash is AMAZING, by the way. I can see why you had so many tough choices!

    Thanks for the giveaway! I think I may be the first comment, so of course there’s no way I’ll be chosen. LOL But I’ve pinned this page ( so I buy a copy for myself when I have some spare cash. πŸ™‚

  5. I would love to have this book! My biggest problem when I get it would be where to start! Looks like lots of great stuff for boys, finally!!!

  6. Yes I understand the dilema there is always too many things to make and alway to little time to make them…and often when I think about it, my kids dont always need the things I wnat to make. Since winter will be coming soon to northern Finland where we live I think I would make some flannel PJs to cosy up in by the fire with hot chocolate in the long winter nights (both for my son and my tom-boy daughter).

  7. Definitely the Essex brown linen and vintage trolley print for the pants would look fab!! What a great book-would love to get a copy for my little guy! Just about done all the patterns I have πŸ™‚

  8. oh, I want this book so badly!

    And my vote is for the treasure pants with the blue and Marina fabrics, or really any of those cute fabrics. Those treasure pants are too cute!

  9. I love the fabric choices you were looking at, I think my favorite is the marina print for the side panel of the treasure pants πŸ™‚ I’m due Dec 9 with baby boy No 2, and could definitely put this book to good use!

  10. Oh, I do want a copy, I do! I do! (I was just about to buy the Tee for Two pattern, but I think I’ll buy the book instead. Yay!)

  11. I would make the pants with the brown Essex linen with the vintage trolley print. My lil boy is 5 months so I’ve been working on a lot of designs for boys 0-24. There really is nothing out there for boys and I couldn’t believe someone else felt the same way and made a book. I can’t wait to see it.

  12. Can I just start by saying how extremely jealous I am of your enormous fabric collection? This book looks fabulous and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy πŸ™‚

  13. I have a first grade son and two older daughters. Guess who gets shortchanged in the “clothes by Mom” department? I would love to win this- and HE would be thrilled! One more way to catch up to those pesky big sisters.

  14. This book is just what i was waiting for. When I became a mum, two years ago, I found I had to sew, sew, sew… IΒ΄ve tried to adapt many patterns from girls wardrobe but i wasnΒ΄t full happy with the results.
    now weΒ΄ve got this book for all of our boy-children!! thank you very much!! I canΒ΄t wait to get a copy of it!!!

  15. oh sweet boys! sometimes laying out the fabric possibilities is the most enjoyable part! and when your little boys are as busy as mine, sometimes that’s the only part i get to! xoxo

  16. I would love to win this book! I have two boyos ( 4 & 6) and I’ve always appreciated your work in making patterns for boys. There *is* tons of stuff for girls. I’ve noticed that in the last few years more boy prints have been coming out-and, thankfully, not just sport stuff. I love that radio fabric. I’ve got to get some!

  17. LOVE the Henry shirt…of course I love the Tee for Two also (and have the pieces for a few laying out in my sewing area) but would love to make a few Henry shirts for a dressier than tees look πŸ™‚

  18. I have a new grandson and there are no books out there with patterns for boys. Well very little any ways, so I am very excited to see this. I would make it all I love all of it and all the combos.

  19. Yay! A book for boys!! I think you should start the treasure pants with the whales as the side panel…so cute!! I just had my son in May, and I can’t wait to start sewing for him…once he’s not so content to just snuggle with me all the time! πŸ™‚

  20. I am so excited about this book! I have a little boy, and there are so few things for boys! I find just simple tshirts and basic pants…. Hope this book fills that gap!

  21. I love this book – it’s so nice to have good looking sewing options for boys, too. And I’ve loved that Tee for Two shirt ever since you mentioned it. How fab that it’s in this book!

  22. I am so excited about this book! I have a boy and a girl and it is so easy to come up with things to sew for my daughter but sometimes I am just at a loss as to what to sew for my son. I am so glad the void has been filled and this book will definitely make it into my collection πŸ™‚

  23. I want to see those treasure pocket pants with the brown linen and trolley print, actually I kinda want curtains with that trolley print I love it.

  24. I have been waiting for this book!! It looks even better than I was dreaming of! I am the mother of 2 boys and would like to make more for them (their sister gets about 3 times as many projects).

  25. I’m so glad this book is out! We are awaiting our first child, A BOY!!, due in October, and I recently started sewing again. As far as your projects are concerned…I absolutely love the idea of the navy with your Spoonflower whale print for the Treasure Pocket pants. That is a must!! I am a huge fan of the Birch Marine line (used it for a baby quilt) but the print on the yardage I had was slightly askew making it hard to work with. Do you have that same issue? Well, anyhow, happy boy sewing!!

    • Hi Heather:
      Hmmm…no, my Marine yardage (I bought two different prints, both shown in this post) both came out perfectly straight…I’ve never had that problem with the Birch stuff. That is a bit of a bummer eh?

  26. omg omg omg. i am totally obsessed with this book! with a 6 month old boy it is soooo hard to find good patterns on the male front. i am so excited for this book! i am also completely obsessed with your fabric choices!!! eeeekkkk!

  27. Oh my gosh, I was looking forward to this blog tour but NOW?
    MUST HAVE!!!!
    After you have shown how many awesome projects are in this book, I REALLY REALLY want this even more.
    My very first Grandson was just born last week and this totally is a book that I could have tons of fun with. I had three boys of my own and was always frustrated because back then patterns for little boys were just sooooo boring. Those you have already shown are not, in any way boring looking! They all look amazing. I am not sure exactly which I’d start with but for sure, anything that would be baby-ish would totally be on that list. I really love the little one piece outfit you showed already and, of course, any toys would for sure be on the list to start with.

    Crossing my fingers on this book. SUPER CUTE STUFF! Thank you.

  28. I think I need this book πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ my two boys are often overlooked in sewing due to lack of patterns for them….sigh….this’d be awesome πŸ™‚

  29. Now if only I had a little grandSON! πŸ™‚ But if I won the book, I’d sure find a little boy to sew for. πŸ˜‰

    I love the little jacket! However, unless the photo is reversed, the buttons are on the wrong side. Same with the Henry shirt. Or does it not matter nowadays which sides the buttons are on for male/female clothes???

    • haha I didn’t even notice that Gma G…but you’re right, the closure is technically “backwards” on the Henry and the hoodie, while the suit jacket and PJs seem to be “correct.” The good news is the pattern pieces for right and left are the same for all, so they can be easily interchanged to whatever side you want them on (including making them for girls, yay!) πŸ™‚

  30. I just went through my little boy’s clothes this morning so I know what he’ll need for the colder months. And I’ve been stockpiling fabric and cast off clothes for re-purposing. I’m itching to start sewing πŸ™‚

  31. Oh my goodness! I NEED this book!

    Love the browns for the Henry shirt and I think the brown with the trolley print would look great for the Treasure Pocket Pants. If you do the navy, I vote whales for the pocket panel. I do also like the whales for the linen shirt, too.

    These are just wonderful!

  32. I love the treasure pocket pants with the whale print, although with all of those choices I’d just start with that and move on to the Henry shirt :).

    I also love the hoodie in the first photo. Clearly I need to stop drooling over your pictures and go buy this book!

  33. I wish I had your fabric stash! And I can see why you are having such a hard time deciding. I think my favorite is the navy treasure pants with either of the whales. And I would love to win this book and make some for my little man!

  34. Pants with whales = yes. Plus I’m obsessed with that Melody Miller radio fabric – it would be awesome to see it all done up in little man clothing πŸ˜€

  35. Love the patterns in this book! I’m a beginner at sewing but would love to try some of the projects in this book, especially the treasure pants. I have a tall two year old boy that needs some new items for fall. He grows out of everything so fast I can hardly keep up with him πŸ™‚

  36. Oh my goodness I am SO excited to see this book! I can’t wait to get my hands an a real copy (hello Christmas wish list)!!! I have two little boys and have long lamented the lack of much fun stuff for boys in the craft world. I have no idea where I would start for my little men…. probably with those cute Treasure pants. Thanks for the giveaway… and thanks to Karen & Shelly for stepping into this void!

  37. This looks like a fantastic book. . . I need to make some new pants for my two boys since nothing ever seems to fit them. There seem to be great projects in this book.

    Now keeping my fingers crossed!

  38. I love the idea of this book- I would totally make one of the jackets first- the plaid one is adorable! I love that the garments in the book look so perfectly fit- so often sewing books make big mistake of not fitting the garments to this models very well- this book looks fantastic. Also- I LOVE when sewing books are spiral bound- so smart!

  39. No wonder you had trouble trying to choose where to start! And yay for inspiring ideas for the little men in our lives! πŸ™‚

  40. Just had a little boy after three girls. Very excited to make something for him! This book would be a great place to start!

  41. I have two little boys (2 year old and 4 month old) and LOVE the Celebrate the Boy series of posts. I hope there’s more to come! And the book looks great-I’d love to have a copy!
    Your fabric choices are adorable – i think you should make them all and post photos of the results πŸ™‚

  42. Sewing for boys? YAY!!!
    Spiral bound? Double-yay!!!
    This book looks fantastic and I hope it won’t be too hard for me to get one over here in Germany.

    I vote for treasure pants with whales in the first place, then the other two πŸ˜‰ How can you ever finish decision and start sewing with THIS stash?

    I have blue jeans and colorful elephants in mind for my little son Paul πŸ™‚

  43. Yay! Sewing for boys!! I would love to have a book like this to sew for my son. It is so hard finding easy-to-use patterns to make him clothes. And, there are some great project ideas in it!

  44. I am dying to get my hands on this book! Thank you so much for the chance!

    And I’d be thrilled to see you make any and all of these pieces.

  45. How fabulous! I can’t wait to get Sewing for Boys.
    I vote for the treasure pants in whales — so cute. I think I”d like to try the jacket for my little man.

  46. I would make that cute brown and orange jacket that you featured. It is starting to get cold here and a shirt is not enough and a coat is too much. Besides, I need an excuse to go to fabric store:)

  47. Oh, I love the treasure pants! And I have a two year old named Henry, so how could I not love the Henry shirt?

  48. As far as the treasure pocket pants go, I like the brown and trolley prints. I think the green stripe and brown raglan would be way fun, and I also like the Henry shirt with the brown fabrics. Hmm. . .apparently I like brown. πŸ™‚ I do agree that the orange and blue fabrics would make some pretty cute jammies. There! I don’t have a completely monochromatic palette.

  49. Yay, fabric choosing!
    (I have really come to love this part of the sewing process πŸ™‚ )

    So, which 3 combinations do I like best?
    – the browns for the Henry shirt
    – the Melody Miller for the Henry shirt – not sure to combine it with the light-colored fabric for the pants, tho’ – I’d rather go with a dark blue or the same dark brown from above for a more complete retro look
    – the green strips and chestnut brown for the Tee for Two combo

    as for the treasure pocket pants: I would NOT choose the Marina, as it has an “elongated” pattern which would make you lose out quite a bit if you were to cut it in a narrow vertical strip. Something similar goes for the tramway: as the tram print is very small and very sparse, I’d be afraid to lose the effect of them in a long, vertical strip. So I’d say aither the Lizzy house or Your Very Own Exclusive By Rae whale fabric, of course! πŸ™‚

    Enjoy the sewing!


  50. I have been waiting for this book! With two little boys, this book is the perfect resource for making their clothes. I am drawn to the rich brown fabrics you were thinking of; but, really, you can’t lose with any of the options you picked out.

  51. I am so happy to see this book. My little girl is not so little but I still have two little boys left to sew for. I love that retro shirt, I would make that for sure.

  52. I’ve been following your Celebrate the Boy series, and you’re right. This book fills a much needed empty niche in the craft book realm.

  53. This book is on my Christmas wishlist – with a 3 1/2 y/old boy and a 16 month old boy, I need all the boy patterns I can get! As for fabric, my eldest loves anything with rockets or robots etc at the moment πŸ™‚ But out of your choices, I like the treasure pants with the brown and trolley car fabric.

  54. I love the idea of this book! I would love to sew more for my little guy and this book would be an awsome starting point.

  55. The treasure pants with the trolley print! Although there isn’t one combo that you posted that I don’t like. I am in love with this book and I need a copy. I have three little boys — ages 17 months to 5 years — and have such a hard time sewing for them because cute patterns are so hard to find. I found your blog through Celebrate the Boy while googling boy sewing patterns a few months ago and I’ve already pinned this book on pinterest last week I loved it so much!

  56. My little boy is so extremely neglected in the sewing world. I would love to make him a few new things! This book looks great!

  57. I think the pyjama’s would be wonderfull in blue and orange! And I definitely want to sew the two-in-one jacket for my little boys!

  58. What a gorgeous book. After recently welcoming a little boy, it would be wonderful to have a book devoted to projects for adventerous boys. The jackets and trousers would get a great workout.

  59. I LOVE this!! I’m so happy to see a book of patterns for boys, and these are amazing! I’m drooling over the plaid coat and have just the fabric for it. Also love the linen shirt as it looks like a quick afternoon project and something I could really make several of. I’d love to win a copy! πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  60. I just had a beautiful baby boy on Friday. After two girls I can’t wait to sew some boy stuff!! This book looks awesome!

  61. I’ve been waiting for this book! Looks like there will be lots to make, but I’m liking the Linen shirt and the henry shirt. I have lots of potential fabric combinations!
    That radio fabric combination looks particularly awesome for a henry shirt!
    thanks for the giveaway!

  62. You have some tough choices to make girlie! I would pair the navy with the whales, but start with the pink shirt. So cute…

    I myself would start with some long sleeve raglan shirts

  63. Too many options to help with your fabric choices! When sewing for my son, I do the same and spend hours playing around with fabric combinations. Then I have to bring hubby in to consult – I always get a quick response from him, “just do that one. decision made”.

    Looks like a great book! I’m off to add it to my Christmas wishlist.

  64. That book looks so fun! I think you have lots of great choices but I loved your choice for the Henry shirt. I think that would be really cute!

  65. I have been waiting for this book’s release since you mentioned it month’s ago. As a mom of three boys…I NEED it!!

    I am so loving all the pics you shared. Not to mention your fabric ideas…yippee!!

    I’ve got to order asap!!!

  66. This book looks fantastic. There is such a scarcity of books for sewing clothes for boys.
    I would love tp make the easy linen shirt, and the treasure pocket pants, and the pygamas and…….
    Thanks for this opportunity

  67. Love the jams in the bottom pictures. I have 2 boys and it would be so cute to have them in matching/opposite jams πŸ˜‰ thanks for the chance! ~AmyB

  68. Oooh – such great fabric combos and so many awesome patterns to choose from! I would do the brown and trolley pants first! I have had this book on my amazon wish list for ages now and am so excited it is out!! I have a 1 year old boy and really want to make as much for him as I do for my 3 year old daughter but find it so hard tom come up with new ideas – this book is PERFECT!!

  69. I would LOVE to win this. I’m working on my son’s fall wardrobe and there’s so many great things, I think I’d tackle the jacket or maybe those pants, the brown linen with that blue trolley print would be adorable, I’d have a hard time deciding what to make first…. I just recently used my first Figgy’s pattern (5 times so far) and I love it πŸ™‚

  70. I love this book. The very first thing I would make is the Out On The Town Jacket for my son. He loves to dress like a prince (as he calls it) so he would be thrilled if I made that for him.

  71. What a fantastic book! This would really balance out all my kid sewing books, which are terribly girl-centered.

  72. What a great book! I have 2 boys and I’m tired of looking at sewing books and finding they are mostly full of girls’ things. I would love a book like this! As far as the fabrics go, they are all so beautiful; I am intensely jealous!

  73. I’m due any day with our first boy. This would be awesome to have as my pattern folders are extremely girl heavy!

  74. So many fabric choices! I am drooling over everything! I’d probably make my son the linen shirt – I’d love one of those for him! I’ll have to put that book on my Christmas list.

  75. I would love to have this book. I just got a new serger and I am dying to start making adorable clothes for my four year old. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

  76. I am so happy everyone is finally making adorable clothes patterns for half the population (or at least half of my kids)!

  77. Oh how I would love to have this book! Can’t help with the decision making, I’m no better at it than you are πŸ™‚

  78. I absolutely love your choices for the Henry shirt. These patterns are just great!
    It seems like a unanimous decision, but I agree! The whales are so fun and such an adorable print (I can’t wait to see the finished product!)

    I absolutely love your blog, you and Dana both have made such a difference in the amount of boy crafts out there, its amazing, and this book does the same thing!

    My son is 8.5 months old (in 12 month clothes) and he is our only and our last. I’ve always dreamt of designing and sewing my own clothes, since I was a little girl. Now that I have an adorable little boy, my dream includes him as well. A while back I was given my first sewing machine and it is a 1945 Domestic Rotary. I’ve been learning and trying to make things for my LO, and so far its only been a diaper cover and a little stuffed animal. This book would help so much!

    Thank you to both you and the sponsor for this opportunity!!!


  79. I want to make that jacket!! And I loved seeing all the possibilities for projects that you’re considering. As a fairly new sewer, I’m always terribly interested in how people go about choosing what fabrics to use. So yeah, I totally read the whole thing. πŸ™‚

  80. I love the pajamas!! My two little boys are loving handmade things from Mommy so I may just have to get this book so I can practice my new sewing skills πŸ™‚

  81. This book looks fantastic! Wonderful to have a whole book of cute boy patterns. I vote for the treasure pocket pants with the whale pocket!

  82. Me me me me me! I love the “goodnight sweetheart PJs. So cute!
    My two boys would love everything in this book.
    #1 is still in love with his toddler backpack :o)

  83. I love the treasure pocket pants & the hoodie & the pjs! My fella would look divine in these wicked styles!

  84. I have two boys and this book doesn’t just fill a HUGE hole in the craft world but in my creativity! It’s so hard to figure out things to sew for boys, it’s intimidating and seems difficult. But since I have no girls, I better get used to it! I would love to win this book…first thing I’d make…the treasure pocket pants in a chambray and navy stripes fabric πŸ™‚ or corduroy and cotton πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  85. I have 3 boys so this book would come in very handy…there are so many great things in there ( i especially love those jammies!!!!)
    Congrats to Karen and Shelly!

  86. I love the treasure pocket pants with the whales. You have some lovely fabrics to choose from. You may just have to make them all!

  87. I don’t have my own boy (yet), but my little rock ‘n’ roll cousins could totally do justice to a trio of Henry shirts! That’s some serious style right there. And would it be cheating to make some Easy Linen shirts for my girl?

  88. Oh this book looks fantastic! I agree, there is a definite shortage of boy patterns and tutorials out there and I’m so glad to see there is finally a book dedicated only to sewing for boys. I’m expecting a little man for Christmas so this would be perfect. All the patterns look great but I love the look of both the Easy Linen Shirt and the Henry Shirt. So adorable πŸ™‚

  89. PAJAMA!!!!!!!
    My boys need them, I have the fabric, and no patterns for boys! I am thrilled about this book!!!!!

  90. Selecting fabric takes me forever, unless my little man has a strong opinion about my project! This book looks wonderful – so excited!!

  91. I have been so excited waiting for this book to be available. I love all of your fabrics, so perfect for little boys! I can’t wait to get a copy and get planning.

  92. If I don’t win this giveaway, this book is going straight to my Christmas wishlist. Books full of usable patterns are SUCH a great deal–you get fabulous photographs full of inspiration AND the ability to make all those different clothes? Yes, please! And I love the Treasure Pocket pants with Marina and the pajama flannel you chose. What fun conundrums!

  93. Oh wow! Those pajamas are fantastic! I need a copy of this book so I can get started on some Christmas jammies for my little man.

  94. LOVE the boy clothes, have a grandson who would look fabulous in these clothes. Would love to win the book.

  95. I need this book! My son received a set of pajamas much like the one depicted and wants more, but the only ones I’ve found have been made of a nasty polyester that piles up after three washes. I have two boys and that plaid jacket and the shirts and the pants…I need this book!

  96. I WANT this book! It is hard to find inspiration (and fabric) for boys! I absolutely love the Henry shirt…that would be the first thing I’d make.

  97. Gracias por la oportunidad, me encantarΓ­a tener este libro, pues tengo 2 hermosos niΓ±os, de 6 aΓ±os y 12 meses, y me encantarΓ­a poder elaborar algunos de los diseΓ±os que aquΓ­ veo, son fabulosos..

  98. I have to have this book! I have so many patterns for my 3 girls and the boys have hardly any. I can’t wait to get my hands on this and my first project will be the Treasure Pocket pants for both boys!

  99. If I were you I’d go for the pocket pants in the brown Essex linen with the vintage trolley print first! Being me I would try the pjs first (something to be worn at home and not seen as a warm up πŸ™‚

    Love your site!

  100. Man those are some great patterns! I never thought I’d be tempted to make a coat but after seeing the 2 in 1 coat. I am.

    But as for helping you decide on fabrics? No way! My decision making skills are on par with yours. πŸ˜‰ I’d probably just buy something new. Ha! Not really a solution.

  101. Oh my goodness this would be excellent! I am always struggling to find things to make for my boys and my nephews, this would be so wonderful!

  102. oh, please do the treasure pocket pants with the brown and trolley print! and love that Henry shirt. I think that white/brown art gallery print is to die for! thanks for a chance at this book! I would love to make that Henry shirt for my adorable curly blonde 3 year old! So vintage and hip!

  103. I’d definitely choose the brown essex linen with the vintage trolley print for the treasure pocket pants.
    And probably the dark linen for the shirt.
    LOVE your choices for the raglan and the retro shirt with the brown. So cute!
    The fabrics for the pajamas look perfect too!
    I would love to have this book! Looks like it has a lot of wonderful ideas! πŸ˜€

  104. The Melody Miller and Momo look awesome together, go with that combo!
    I will be getting a copy of this book, but it would be awesome to win one! I want to try some of the raglan tees.

  105. I’m so excited about this book! Great review…I love all your fabric choices! My son would love many of these patterns…he often complains that I only make stuff for his sisters! Thanks for the chance to win!

  106. Oh my goodness! What a fabulous book! I actually never know what to make the little boys in our lives (because I have two girls). And my youngest LOVES boy clothes so much more. Really. Way cuter on her than any frilly thing. I would totally start with the plaid jacket for her and then slowly make my way through the book clothing all the cute little boys in our lives!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  107. Oh I have a little boy and am loving finding new things to make for him. I could really put this book to good use!

  108. Love Figgy’s patterns! I would love a copy of an entire book full of them!

    And I vote for the brown linen pant with the trolley print. So cute!

  109. Oh Rae; I love everything you make.
    I bought BBBP-pattern for my little boy, and they fit perfectly!

    I would simply LOVE to win this Book!
    I live in Denmark, and the Sewing patterns, … my God, Borring!!! Everything is the same!!

    Crossing my fingers and everything else πŸ˜‰

  110. Totally awesome boys clothes! Yay! i love the Henry shirt – it would look great in those browns that you picked out. I’m thinking it would be cool in the marina whale prints too!

  111. I need to make the Easy Linen Shirt. If I was you I’d use the pink plaid(?) thanks for featuring this book I have been looking for this exact type of book!

  112. My oldest is a boy and definitely gets left out of much of the sewing I do because so many boy patterns and tutorials lean towards babies and toddlers. I love the shirts you highlighted and think they could definitely work for my very grown-up six year old.

  113. Wow, this book looks awesome! And you have some great ideas. I would love to win the book and make some things for my boy.

  114. This is currently sitting at high priority on my Amazon wish list. Too bad I have at least a dozen other books at high priority too… but I am so going to get this book. As a mom to twin boys and baby girl on the way, I don’t want my poor toddlers to feel left out when their baby sis gets all the clothes made by mommy. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  115. If this giveaway is open to international readers, I would just DIE if I won a copy of this divine-looking book. And then I’d pick myself up and get sewing some clothes for my just-turned-five son.

  116. wow. My Eli would love some more new duds for Kindergarten. πŸ™‚ I’d be thrilled if I won!

    lesliewilliams at hotmail dot com

  117. Wow – I just saw this book a couple of days ago and have been dreaming of it ever since! Finally, not just patterns for boys but great and cool looking patterns for my little man who is sandwiched between two beautiful sisters who are constantly in handmade duds! Would LOVE to win this!


  118. OOHHH! I love this book!!! This would be perfect for me as I have twin boys… I would make the pj’s first & then the Henry shirt. I love all your fabric choices… I always have a hard time deciding on the fabric… Thanks for a chance to win! πŸ™‚

  119. Oh boy I LOVE this book. I’ve started sewing again since my daughter was born, but have been feeling that my older son has had the raw end of the deal, and have been looking for more things I can make for him. I’ll have to get hold of this book one way or another. The treasure pants would be a great way to use up some ‘boyish’ prints I have but don’t know what to do with.

  120. I want this book! I want this book! I want this book! I would make everything times 2 for my 2 boys. Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  121. I preordered my copy last April and sat on my hands waiting for months. It arrived last week and I dove into it as soon as I got home. It’s such a great book and I agree, the patterns are fantastic.There are so many projects I want to start…this has really got me excited again about sewing for my boys. Great job, Shelly and Karen! I’m a little bummed that so many people making comments here don’t have the book yet. Go get it, guys!

    And don’t feel bad letting me win this book. I never win anything and I would give it away to someone who needs it!

  122. Oh, as a mother of 4, this book looks amazing!!! I have been searching for boy patterns, there is a serious need. I would make the treasure pocket pants with the whale print, my 4 yr old would love it!!!

  123. how i wish i was sewing when my boys were younger AND that there was a book with such great patterns for them at the time! *sigh* i would love something for pre-teens and teens!

  124. I am expecting my first child this autumn and whether we are blessed with a boy or a girl, I’d love to make these items for the wee one.

    Now, for your wee one, I think the Raglan Top or the Treasure Pocket Pants (in the brown Essex linen with vintage trolley accents) would be practical and fun.

  125. Awesome combinations. I, too have a mental block when picking fabrics.

    I would probably pick the whale fabric for the side panels bc it would feature more of the design.

  126. I really like that short sleeved raglan – seems so functional! I do the same thing at nap time, can’t wait to sew something and then just sit there playing with patterns and fabrics!

  127. As a mom of four boys and one girl I’ve certainly noticed a hole in sewing patterns that are “boy friendly” over the last 20 years. (my boys are 20, 16, 2 and 11 months old). I’m thrilled to see that hole closing thanks to people like yourself with your Celebrate the Boy series and books like this! I’m eager to get my hands on this book and I think the first project would have to be the treasure pocket pants for both little guys. How much fun could you have with that one?!? Although I don’t have nearly as awesome a stash as you do! No wonder it’s hard to decide with choices like that! πŸ™‚

  128. That is awesome! It seems like most of the children’s patterns out there are for dresses, I am so happy to see a book for boys! I love that plaid fall jacket!

  129. Book looks great…and I totally see why you had trouble choosing fabrics! I think the pants would look great with the whales for the side panal. Enjoy your sewing!

  130. I want to make the plaid jacket with the welt pocket for a little guy I know. All children need a classy jacket that doesn’t have MSU or some other sports team blazoned across it.

  131. I’m loving this book! If I don’t win, I’m asking for it for Christmas! I want to make some of the shirts and the coat. And I love the range of sizes. My little boy is only 19mos but he’s wearing 3 and 4T in tops but 2 or 3T in bottoms and who knows what he will be wearing in 6 months. That makes it hard to choose what size patterns to buy… especially with the price of some patterns being so high, I’d like to get as much use out of them as possible.

  132. Soooo excited about this book! Can’t wait to get one! All of your fabric combo’s are great! I think you should just make one of each! πŸ™‚

  133. I would make them all! The fabrics you have are so beautiful together! And I ould LOVE a copy of this book! I have such a hard time making stuff for my boy. My daughter was so much easier. Thanks for being an inspiration!

  134. What a fantastic book idea — I’ve always felt it’s hard to find cute boy patterns, but these fit the bill! The PJs and jacket caught my eye right away. So cute!

    PS…great fabric combos! Looking forward to seeing what you make from the book

  135. I would make the two-in-one jacket. It looks adorable! Plus, how can you go wrong with a jacket first? IMHO, you can’t :).

    But out of what you showed, Linen shirt with the gray linen.

  136. Thanks for the opportunity to win! I have a just-turned-two little boy, and I want to make clothes for him, but it’s always so difficult to find patterns, as you well know. This book does fill a void, and I am so glad to know about it! As for the decisions you have to make, I think any of the combos look GREAT. You can’t go wrong… although, I am quite partial to that trolley fabric. Adorable!

  137. LOVE the tweed style jacket/coat thingy! the book looks fabuloso! love the ring binder effect and the patterns look simple too. great for a budding sewist ( i know that isnt a word!!) like me!x x x

  138. What adorable clothing. There definitely needs to be more for little boys, and this book looks like it fills part of that need.

  139. I think you should go for the treasure pocket pants with the blue and marina fabrics, and then then I’d go for the shirt with the brown and retro style prints!
    I would make the linen shirt and the treasure pocket pants, but I’d definitely have to go fabric shopping to get some new materials….! I do like that coat as well- it’s amazing!
    I’d love a copy of this, and might just have to put it on my wish list if I don’t win πŸ™‚
    Fabulous blog by the way. Always giving me fresh inspiration!

  140. Finally, the day has arrived!! As a mother of two boys this woud be an awesome addition to my library!! Thanks for the giveaway!

    P.S. Great fabric combos!

  141. Highlight the blue and red whales on the treasure pants. The print is small enough to work. I wish I had your fabric stash. And this book. I’ve got it on my Amazon wish list. May have to add another book and buy them both this week. Thanks!

  142. This book is what I’ve been longing for since my little man outgrew the few simplicty toddler patterns. He loves wearing clothes special made by mom, but we are both tired of the standard basic pants and button down shirt. I need this book!

  143. What a great book. I have three boys in that age range who loves when mama makes them things and not just their sisters. I love the pants patterns!

  144. Yay! I’ve been waiting to see what some of the patterns in this book were like! They look fantastic πŸ™‚ So exciting!

  145. I saw this on another website and thought it looked like a great start with comfortable stylish easy options. Thanks for your review. It’s nice to see the fabric with the patterns.

  146. I love the pants. I love all your ideas for the prints. I hope I win, my two boys could really use some new clothes this fall!

  147. I would love this book! As the mom of two little boys, I am an ardent fan of Celebrate the Boy and the projects in this book look fantastic. I would make the treasure pocket pants and the tee for two–I’ve been meaning to buy that pattern for months πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  148. What a great book! I really like making things for my little boy but i have never tried clothes for him. This would be an excellent place to start.

  149. I think the book looks amazing! And all your combinations look great too… just get busy and sew them all up! πŸ™‚ I’d LOVE to win a copy, I’ve got two little boys that really NEED this! Thanks for the giveaway!

  150. I’ve got three little boys and completely understand the lack of cool sewing projects geared toward them. This book looks AMAZING!! I, too, have a problem picking out fabrics…sometimes ya gotta go with the gut and not over think the combos. Can’t wait to see what you finally decide! =)

  151. I think choosing the right fabric is one of my favorite parts of sewing little clothes. A friend just had a new baby girl that I need to get sewing for! And of course, this book would be the perfect excuse and tool to make something special for her big brother.

  152. This just absolutely made. my. DAY!!! I have two boys and I am always looking for good patterns for them. If I don’t win, this book WILL BE MINE anyway!!! Thanks ever so much for the sneak peak!!!

  153. I have two nephews I am always looking for gift ideas for. This book looks like a good resource. My favorite of your fabric selections if for the Henry shirt. I’m a bit traditional when it comes to colors for boys.

  154. Me me! We would love this book at my house – one little guy and another baby (we think it’s a boy but don’t know yet) on the way!

  155. I have two little boys and find it difficult to fit them in my sewing without hours of searching blogs. This book is the resource I have been looking for.

  156. I think you should make the treasure pocket pant with the navy and the orange circles–is that the Lizzy fabric? That would be awesome! And I want to make some so I hope I win. There are a ton of boys in my family!

  157. Oh! Yay finallllly! Love this book already and would love to win a copy and start making some things for my little guy!!!

  158. I say, make every garment twice! That way all your amazing fabric choices will get a chance to shine. (you know you want to….). Love it all.


  159. The designs all look great. I think with the treasure pants that I would go with the blue and the marina print. For the others, why not make all of them? If I don’t win the book, it’s going on my wishlist!

  160. I agree… it is about time that there were decent boy patterns out there… I love to sew for my nephews (one is 7 months, one is 4 years) and I struggle to find nice, interesting patterns that I want to sew and they want to wear… I love the look of the book, and will be buying a copy if I don’t win one!!!
    We have our first baby due next month, and although I don’t know, I think it is a boy… we’ll soon see though!
    As for what you should sew first, I think the PJs with the contrast would be an awesome idea, and then the trousers with the side panel done in the little whales, followed by the linen shirt in the spotty fabric… that should keep you going a week or two!!!

  161. Treasure Pocket Pants! They are so cute… would love to see if in the blue with the little whales. It would be a really cute combo for a skirt too…ooooh the possibilities! πŸ˜€

  162. I hope i’m not to late yet. I love the book. I would love to make everything in it but the bleu shirt is my favorite.

  163. Those are some tough colour choices! I know it’s not meant to be a combo but that pink linen with some gray applique or embroidery would be very smart!

  164. Well this book looks awesome. I have a 22 month old and love to sew for him but struggle finding patterns. I would love to make those to P.js they are so cute and perfect for cold fall nights.

  165. Oh, I’ve been looking forward to this book for a while. I think I’ll try out just about every pattern for my two little boys! Thanks!

  166. Wow! What a great book. It is glitter central at my house with two girls. I am clueless as to what to make every time a new little boy enters our lives!

  167. What a great book! I found your website and Dana’s through google as I was looking for ideas for boys. It does seem to be a niche market so this book fills the gap beautifully. I love the PJs (or Barack’s as they are called in our house… Barack Obamas = Pajamas in rhyming slang!) and also the boys coat.

    As for what you should make…the trousers in the brown linen and trolley print would look fab. I think there are going to be lots of busy mamas and lots of well kitted out boys this season!

    Thanks for the competition, and good luck everyone πŸ™‚

  168. I’ve been moaning about the lack of good boy patterns for exactly 5 1/2 years! So hurry and pick me because my oldest son will only be wearing size 7 for a few more months! He’d look great in that simple linen pullover. And my younger son would really look darling in the barn jacket.

  169. What a great book for boys! I always struggle to find patterns/ideas for my son. It is easy to find cute stuff for my daughter. With a book like this, I could quickly even the score. I love the shirts, and hat, and jackets, and pants!

  170. I would LOVE to win a copy of this book! I just started sewing a few months ago, and I’m addicted. But it is so HARD to find things to sew for my little guy. And all of my friends and family seem to only have boys as well. So, I need lots of sewing for boys ideas!

  171. Boy sewing nirvana! Love the whale prints too. Maybe you need to just make 3 pairs of the treasure pants!

  172. I can’t WAIT to get this book. I saw this blog post less than 5 minutes after telling my husband that sewing for boys is much harder than sewing for girls. It’s going on my amazon wish list right away!

  173. Exactly what I have been looking for! I am always looking for boy patterns! One granddaughter and three grandsons. Guess who gets the most crafty stuff made by Gramma? Now maybe that can change. Thank you!

  174. sooo i have a VERY skinny but tall almost ten year old boy… do you think i could just add length to these patterns and make them work for him. he REALLY wants a paid of the pants you made, but i think the largest size the patterns go to are 7 or 8 right. whaddya think, should i get the book or is my boy too old?


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