A whole month of BOY starts next Tuesday!

Just a little reminder…we’re going to start Celebrating the BOY next Tuesday, February 15! Yaaaay *does Kermit arms*  We’ve got an amazing lineup of fantastic contributors who will be talking about sewing for boys and providing great ideas and inspiration for sewing for that boy in your life. It’ll knock your socks off! We KNOW boys get the shaft when it comes to sewing and we plan to rectify that with a solid month of boy posts, tutorials, roundups, and giveaways, so make sure you come over often to see what’s going on.

We’d also love it if you’d celebrate along with us! Please take a button (either the one above or the ones below; right click to copy the image location, then paste into your image uploader) if you’re playing along and link it back to one of our blogs. We’ll be adding to our Celebrate the Boy archive posts all month so if you use the code below you’ll always get the boy posts when you click on your button.

to get the green button, copy and paste the html code in the box below into a sidebar widget/gadget or directly into the html editor of a blog post. It will automatically link to my Celebrate the Boy archives.

to get the gray button, copy and paste the code below into a sidebar html widget/gadget or directly into the html editor of a blog post. It will automatically link to my Celebrate the boy archives. 

We’re also excited to see what YOU come up to sew for your boys, so be sure to post your photos in our Celebrate the BOY photo pool*. Include links to your blog/website so folks can come visit and see pictures of what everyone else is making too. We’ll be pulling pictures and links from the pool throughout the month for our roundups so that we can feature as many different ideas as possible. It’s going to be a fantastic celebration!

*A teensy little pool etiquette request (which really is not a big deal, so no worries if you’ve slammed the pool with photos): please try to include just one or two pictures of each project you add so that it’s easier to peruse the pool.

And here’s the archives from last year’s Celebrate the Boy 2010 on Made By Rae:

{click image above to go to my archives}

And Dana’s Celebrate the Boy archives on MADE:

{click image above to to to Dana’s archives}

I’ll see you guys next week; Mr Rae and I are going to Boston this weekend for our anniversary. What should we go see in Boston in this cold cold weather?


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Celebrate the BOY 2013


Celebrate the BOY Wrapup

kneepads 3 ways

Kneepads – 3 Ways!


Piping Improves Everything.

tic tac toe

Tic Tac Toe Shirt + Piping How-To

neon moustache

Fun Trend Alert: Mustaches!

City Pant

City Pants

Tuxedo Stripe pant

Tuxedo Stripe Pant


Say Yes to Bold Prints!

Fox Tee
Fox Tee

Celebration Garland
Celebration Garland


stripes rule

show your stripes turtleneck

show your stripes turtleneck + how-to

Little Bit of Color Hoodie Tutorial

little bit of color hoodie how-to

little bit of color hoodie

little bit of color hoodie


More Color!

Saffron pants

Saffron Pants


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Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
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Thank you.

I think we’ve gotten our message across:

and sewing for them is pretty sweet.  I really hope we’ve rounded up enough boy-sewing projects to get the wheels turning and keep you busy for a good long while churning out stuff for the special boys in your lives.

We also need to say…

Specifically I’d like to thank:

  •  DANA.  What a privilege to work with this brilliant, intelligent, fantastic, energetic, hilarious woman!  She is a force to be reckoned with and I can’t wait to see what she has to present the Sewing Universe in the future. After chatting online night after night after night I know way more than I ever imagined about this woman.  She is just as down-to-earth and sweet as she seems on her blog. Dana, thank you so much for inviting me along for this Month of the Boy and providing such a great challenge for me and fantastic tutorials for everyone!
  • MR RAE. You put up with more-than-the-usual amount of me puttering around on the computer and withheld all snarky comments, even when I was all “bloggity-blog-blog-blah-blah” on our anniversary AND your birthday. I’m sorry I made you wait to watch Modern Family.  I’m not sure I’d have been so patient if the roles had been reversed.  You’re the best boy.  Evar.
  • MY GUEST BLOGGERS and GIVERSAWAY:  LiEr, Shannon, Traci, Elli, Jenn, Andrea, Joanna, Holly, Meg, Karen, Shelly, Kristena, Care, Jess, Elizabeth, and Jessica (oh my dear goodness please let me not have forgotten anyone), saying you made this possible is the understatement of the century.  I hope everyone appreciates how much work it is to get a brand new tutorial online (on an unfamiliar blog) on a deadline.  You rock.
  • YOU-FANTASTIC-READERS-YOU!  If it hadn’t been for the scores of emails and comments from all of you sending encouragement and letting us know how much you appreciated what we were up to, I probably would have said, “forget this craziness! someone get me a margarita!” And the fact that many of you supported me additionally by buying one or two of my patterns helped pay the babysitter who made sure my children didn’t get completely neglected.  Really.  So thanks.  

I feel like just I gave an Oscar-acceptance speech.  Sorry about that.  If you’re finding this really annoying try and remember that I’ve never blogged this much in one month.  Gives me huge respect for those of you who do the self portrait every day for a year or those 12-square quiltalongs.  I leave you with this, from two crazy sleep-deprived women in Michigan and Texas:

Cross-continental high five. Woo-hoo!

images made w/ Poladroid, thanks to Kristena for the link
COMING SOON on Made By Rae… ?*
  • More patterns
  • More pictures of the other child (Yes, I have another one, but lacking a Y chromosome some of you thought I’d gone and sold her to the gypsies. You didn’t say it, but I know what you were thinking.)
  • Maybe a little of this (We’ll talk.  If you have no idea what this is about you can read a little here and even more here)

*depending on babysitter availability


    Oh!  Is it March already?!  I guess Celebrate the BOY month should technically be over…but I won’t tell if you don’t, OK?

    I wanted to set aside a special post for costumes, because I think it’s one of the popular things parents sew for their boys, hands down.  There’s something motivating about going to the store and seeing all those plasticky polyester ghoul costumes at Halloween that really gets us sewing, no?  And those of you who never touch your sewing machine will rally when it comes to making a birthday costume for a party. So when I asked for you guys to post your boy costumes the other day, I should have been prepared for the overwhelming response:

     1. king’s cloak, 2. Flying Monkey, 3. captain c!, 4. Heman Costume, 5. wizard cloth, 6. Xmas tree costume – Fato Arvore de Natal, 7. IMG_7056, 8. 11010905, 9. Little Astronaut Man , 10. caterpillar, 11. Rocket Ship, 12. Recyclobot Waves, 13. James Madison, 14. Monkey! Halloween 2008, 15. Dragon outfits, 16. Superhero 025, 17. IMG_7524, 18. Bolt Costume, 19. Dragon Costume, 20. surgeons outfit, 21. my little knight, 22. IMG_2001, 23. dragon costume – back, 24. Owl costume, Simplicity 2531, 25. little football player 2

    1. Dinosaur Costume, 2. flame shot, 3. ninja, 4. home made haloween bambam , 5. robot, 6. DSC_00702009-10-31crop, 7. army, 8. recycle man, 9. Musketeer Halloween Costume, 10. Mouse & Cheese, 11. clown, 12. “Buddy the T Rex”  Costumes, 13. Dinosaur Costume, 14. Captain Aesop!, 15. Lego costumes, 16. Little Cowboy

    I can’t even begin to talk about each one of these, but that spaceship up there (top mosaic, third row, left side) really cracked me up.  I mean, can you imagine walking around the neighborhood in that?  Those legos are really clever too (bottom row of the mosaic right above).  And lots of dragons in the pool, lots of Max:

    1. IMG_0684, 2. max.jpg, 3. max, 4. Halloween 2009, 5. Max and Wild Thing costume, 6. Wild Rumpus

    Thanks so much to everyone for posting your costumes!  And there’s even more in the Celebrate the BOY Flickr Pool.

    Dinosaur Mitten Tutorial from Mme ZsaZsa

    You guys have been so great about sending me links to the cool boy stuff you’ve found online!  One example that I just had to share is the link Sabine sent me to the Belgian blog Mme ZsaZsa, a mother of two boys who’s made these amazing dinosaur mittens:

    AND these awesome dinosaur jackets; such a great way to jazz up the plain jacket for the boy:

    all images used with permission from Mme Zsa Zsa (thanks!) 

    Just in time for BOY month, she’s decided to start an English version of her blog, also called Mme Zsa (check out the pictures her son’s drawn of their family, the reclining dad is hilarious).  Best of all, she’s just put up a tutorial for the mittens so we can make them too!

    Thanks Mme Zsa Zsa! 
    And would you like to win a pixelated quilt pattern?  Enter the giveaway over at MADE:

    Rae combs her archives for BOY STUFF

    I can’t believe how long it took me to look through my archives and find all the boy stuff I’ve blogged about for boys big and small*.  This isn’t a comprehensive list, but it comes awfully close to covering everything I’ve ever posted for boys.  It also became painfully obvious how much work the blog still needs. Lots of stuff you could probably make from the instructions I’ve given (like that banner down there, easy peasy), but some things I’ve been downright vague about. Like that blue striped manshirt?  SO easy to make, but the instructions I’ve given are rotten.  Really just needs a nice easy tutorial to walk you through it.  And those Big Butt Baby Pants that I promised a pattern for eons ago?  Please don’t anyone remind me. Anyway, with that disclaimer, I hereby present the Made By Rae Boy Roundup:

    And actually now that I’ve looked at it all, I’m pretty proud of this collection.  It’s a work in progress, but it does give one a sense of accomplishment to see it all laid out here.  So I hope you’ll enjoy looking through some of these and maybe you’ll be inspired to do something new!

    *big and small pretty much refers to men and toddler/baby boys here.  Since the beginning of the month, Dana and I have both lamented the fact that we really have very little to present in the teen-boy department.  I hope you’ll accept my apologies but at the same time recognize that as we both have our small boys and husbands to sew for (and the same can be said for many of the blogs we read, and therefore the guest bloggers as well), you may have to wait about…hmm…12 years for a “Celebrate the Teen Boy” Month over here.  🙂

    Check out this adorable newsboy cap over at MADE:

    Guest Post: Andrea makes the Simple Modern Baby Quilt…bigger!

    Today I’m so pleased that Andrea of Knitty Bitties is here to talk about her latest quilting experience!  Andrea and I have been friends (virtually) for almost two whole years, and you know online years are like dog years.  She’s helped me out in a pinch (she can pattern test at the drop of a hat), her sewing is absolutely flawless and I’ve always been jealous of her ability to pump out multiple versions of beautiful handmade things for her shop in no time (while I always get distracted after one or two, which hrrmm maybe explains why her Etsy shop has been a huge success while mine has just fizzled out. hee). She also loves colorful fabrics, so she’s a girl after my own heart. Add to that that she is truly one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. I hope someday I’ll get to meet her in real life (and that goes for so many of you, by the way)! Here’s Andrea:

    Hi Everyone

    Well you all know that Rae is a super cool cat and she was sweet enough to ask me to write a guest post for the “Celebrate the Boy” extravaganza. I was tickled pink, er blue?, and said sure. Then I thought about how horrible I am at formulating sentences that make sense to anyone over the age of six. And my grammar … well let’s just say that my love of … probably says it all.

    So, first … a little about me :). I’m our household CEO, CFO and every other C-O. It’s a pretty small company, just me, my husband and our 6 year old boy :). I have a BA in Graphic Design though I’ve never used it formally. Instead I worked as a project manager for a national bank until I had my son. Since then I’ve loved spending my days raising him up and having more time to be creative. Three years ago I started really sewing and haven’t stopped since. Two years ago I started a little shop on Etsy to support my fabric habit and maybe set a little aside to help our family budget. I love talking fabric and patterns, designs and color … a nice big glass of iced tea and a fresh plate of cookies would make it perfect!

    I also love peanut butter, running, baking, reading, napping, pizza, movies, knitting and shopping … not all at once though and not necessarily in that order :).

    {Simple Modern Baby Quilt, Image courtesy of Oh, Fransson!}

    In perfect timing with this month’s theme, I just finished my first BIG quilt for my son. It was part of a ‘robot’ room re-do for his 6th birthday (which was last Saturday). I used Oh Fransson’s Simple Modern Baby Quilt Pattern and modified it to fit his full size big boy bed.

    It only took me 14 months to complete the quilt from the time I ordered the fabric. But that wasn’t the pattern’s fault. It was because I got scared. A full size quilt? What was I thinking?!?!

    I wasn’t too sure how I would quilt a quilt that size, but I read a lot of good tips (which I’ll share) that made it a relatively painless process.

    So come on over to Knitty Bitties to read the full review and enter yourself in the giveaway.


    Yep, the pattern designer herself, Elizabeth of Oh, Fransson!, has sweetly offered to giveaway THREE copies of this pattern to three lucky readers. To be entered, stop by the pattern review post and leave a comment.


    Thanks Andrea! It’s always fun to see new ways to use great patterns like this one and get tips and inspiration.  And thank you to Elizabeth for the generous giveaway! 

    Only TWO MORE DAYS left of this amazing month of Celebrating the Boy.  See what Dana’s got up her sleeve:

    Hallelujah he actually wears it!

    I may have had to resort to bribery in the past to get my little guy to wear the stuff I made for him (In this post you can actually see him holding his bowl of sprinkles so I could get photos).  Happily, that phase seems to have passed; now when he wears stuff I’ve made for him he says, “Mommy YOU made this shirt for ME!”  So it’s pretty sweet.  I’m not naive enough to think this will last forever, but I’m trying to enjoy it for now. 

    See the tutorials for how to make this shirt and how to add the pockets.

    Still more awesomeness

    1. rainbow hoodie with buttons!, 2. _1MG_12746, 3. Baby Boy Rag Quilt, 4. Everybody Loves A Yeti, 5. 90 min baby muscle tee, 6. Play Waders, 7. fleecy monkey, 8. 90 min t.shirt with mushrooms, 9. Upcycled Sweater Hobby Horse, 10. Rainbow of BatBaby Hats2, 11. animal undies!, 12. yellow pants 2, 13. The Man-bag, 14. wood robot attack, 15. bsj-3, 16. New favorite pattern, 17. Trousers for FB in Red Letter Day by Lizzy House, 18. Fondant Fishies, 19. Acoustic | 6/12 mo, 20. 7934_175787839049_693789049_3841964_2085476_n, 21. tooth officer, 22. toilet paper tube wild things, 23. boyshirts, 24. robot coat handmade, 25. project linus quilt

    In the next couple of days I’d really like to do a “Costume Edition” of the mosaic, so if you have a costume you’ve made for a boy that you’d like to share (for Halloween or maybe a birthday or just for fun), put it in the pool so I can try and include it if possible.