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Time to Travel eBook Tour: Just Like Papa Briefcase and eBook extras

Welcome Sewing with Boys readers! I am so excited to join on this eBook tour for several reasons: I have a boy (Carpenter), I love sewing for boys, I love traveling, and I’m taking my whole crew on a BIG almost cross-country road trip this summer.  So, I am going to need all the extra goodies I can get my hands on. Oh, and I don’t let my kids use mobile devices, and we barely watch TV.  Am I ready for a 2.5 day road trip with 3 kids ages 4 and under? Oh dear, just writing that out made it feel more real. But, we are going, so I am packing all the goodies I made from the Time to Travel eBook.

The eBook has 4 patterns and some fun extras. I made the Just like Papa Briefcase and the extra activities.

First up: the eBook extras

The extras include: pirate map, lacing cards, play travel documents, a nautical flag banner, and a coloring page.

For the pirate map, I used an old pair of jeans and some freezer paper to stencil on the map that was included in the eBook. I burned the edges a bit and make the jeans fray to make the map look a bit older and “real.” Before I even finished it, my kids were asking where the treasure was and how to find it! I might have to make another one for my daughter….


I love lacing cards! My son is quite rough though and bent the last ones we had. So this time I had him help me cut, punch the holes, and color the cards. Maybe if he feels some ownership over these, he will take better care of them? Hey, one can hope. But at least if these do get damaged, we can just make some more!




Also included are a driver’s license, passport, and airplane ticket. These are so fun – I just need to pop in a photo of Carpenter and we’re all set!


{Where’s my passport pic, mama? I’m ready to go to Nicaragua!}

I had intentions of making Carpenter a matching game with the nautical flag banner pattern but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Our trip isn’t until July though, so I know it will get done before then.

Next: Just Like Papa Briefcase

I was so excited to make this briefcase! About 2 years ago I had purchased the Birch travel fabric and brown corduroy to make Carpenter a bag and never got around to making it. So this tour was a great shove to get moving and make that case.

On one side there are “stickers” of where Carpenter has been and on the other side is where he plans to go soon with a few extra blank ones for future destinations. As I was making these, I realized he’s a pretty well-traveled little guy at only 4 years old. We are very blessed that we can offer the world to our kids and hope they blossom because of their travels.



I used the Birch fabric for the inside pockets. The outside of the briefcase is a brown corduroy I scored at a thrift store for $2 (for 3 yards!), and the yellow lining fabric was gifted to me.



Time to go!
Does anyone know where the bus stop is?
Oh, I see it, over there!
Hurry, I’m going to be late!
And now I’m early…guess I’ll just sit here.
At least I’ve got lots of fun things to do!
Yay, here’s my bus!

Here’s the breakdown:


I didn’t include the time it took to manually draw each of the unique stickers (about 2 hours) on the outside of the briefcase. Also, these were the 3rd, 4th, and 5th zippers I have ever sewn, so if you’re more experienced, this briefcase probably won’t take you as long.

Thanks so much for visiting with me on tour, and I hope you’ll stick around to see just how fun and thrifty sewing can be!

You can purchase the full eBook here

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Check out these other amazing blogs for more inspiration with the Time to Travel eBook!

April 20: Rachel at Once Upon A Sewing Machine || Michelle at Falafel and the Bee

April 21: Becca at Free Notion || Heather at All Things Katy!

April 22: Chelsea at GYCT Designs || Ula at Lulu & Celeste

April 23: Stephanie at Swoodson Says || Sherri at Thread Riding Hood

April 24: Meriel at Create3.5 || Sara at Made by Sara

April 27: Melissa at Oh Sew Boy! || Stacey at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

April 28: Teri at Climbing the Willow || Ajaire at Call Ajaire

April 29: Jessica at The Berry Bunch || Dana at Sew Thrifty

April 30: Stacey at From-a-Box || Maegen at Mae & K

May 1: Kelly at Handmade Boy || Roxanne at Pen, Seb & Rox