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Sewing for Kindergarten: No Man’s Land

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It is surreal that I am now sewing for a Kindergartner! And today, I’m joining up with Sewing Like Mad to share my kindergarten looks. Since we are doing an alternative schooling, I immediately knew that I was going to create two looks. Keep reading to see what I mean and why we do school a bit differently.

Is this your first time sending a child to Kindergarten? If not, which number child is this?
Yes! My eldest headed off to Kindergarten in August and despite being 7.5 months pregnant, I handled myself pretty well.
Do you feel like crying or celebrating? And what about your child?
Honestly, there was a week of extreme doubt that ran through me. Originally, we planned on homeschooling every year. When I got pregnant with #4 and struggled balancing everything, I knew I needed some help. We made the decision to start Carpenter in a university model school back in March. And we knew it was the right decision. However, as the week before school hit, I thought, “I could really do this whole schooling thing all by myself.” And “I don’t want him gone at all during the day.” However, as the first day approached, Carpenter’s excitement was contagious and I knew this was the right thing to do for him, for now. (And the right thing for me too!) So, on drop-off day, there were no tears, and he ran right in with a big smile on his face!
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Now, a month into the school year, I am overwhelmed with how much Carpenter is thriving. This is THE school for him. He loves going to school, he loves being home, he loves the structure of school days, he loves the freedom of home days, he loves his teachers, he loves his new friends, and he (gasp) gets along better with his sister….most of the time.
What kind of school does your child attend? 
This is where we are diving off into no man’s land. Ok, not really. BUT, we don’t homeschool or do public or private school. Carpenter attends a university model school. The general idea is that we do school at home on M, W, F, and Carpenter attends school in a traditional classroom on T and Th. The curriculum and pace is set by the school, and our lesson plans are all done for us – different than homeschooling where you would chose all that yourself.
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For the days we are home, we can set the schedule – get it all done early in the morning, or take a field trip or extended weekend vacation to explore and do our work in the car or do all our work on Monday and take Friday off.  We still have to get set tasks done, but there’s great flexibility in when and where it all happens. As Carpenter gets older, this flexibility will be a bit harder as he’ll have more work, but for now, we are loving this flexibility.
And since we are going to school in no man’s land, I had to create two looks to fully capture what our schooling looks like.
Tuesday/Thursday look:
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Since he’s required to wear a uniform, I knew I had to sew his backpack. A sewing mama has to send something handmade to school with her boy, right?
The backpack pattern is the rectangular backpack from Petit a Petit + Family. And, yes, it’s FREE. I love free patterns! Carpenter actually went on a date with me to select his fabrics. Of course, I was secretly hoping for stripes like the original, but when he chose camo, I was still fine. Then he chose blue instead of orange for the pocket and I about died. But, it’s his creation and he loves it.
I added a water bottle holder to both sides using fabric from a swim cover-up given to me by a friend. I knew I held onto that mesh to upcycle at some point!
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“Mom, make sure you get my wristband too!” At the school, they have a house system (yes, like Harry Potter. I told you this school rocks), and Carpenter got selected for Gaudium house, which stands for Joy.  They then get wristbands to coordinate with their house. All throughout the year they can earn points for service, academics, and conduct. Plus they have house games four times a year where they can earn more points. At the end of the year one of the four houses claims the Gryphon Cup!
Mon/Wed/Fri look:
PJs. Ok, I do make him get dressed most days. So, I threw together a raglan featuring some cool graphics and green pants. I’m all about some green pants.
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“Reading” Farmer Boy. He’s not quite reading yet, but he does love a good read aloud, and he soaks up all the good classics so far – I am very blessed to have this little learner!
 
The pants were made using Shwin and Shwin’s Nowhere Man Pants pattern, which I scored for $3 during some sale this past year.  I had been eyeing that pattern for a while and impatiently waited until I was able to get them on sale. And the green twill I practically stole from Hancock Fabrics when they were going out of business. I think I paid $1.50/yard for this color.
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The pockets feature some math facts fabric that I purchased many years ago at a little hole in the wall fabric shop in the middle of no man’s land Mississippi. Turns out that Carpenter loves math, so these are just right for him.
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These are such great pants – I cannot wait to sew up some more! And, their name is perfect for where we fit in the educational system – nowhere. Ha. I have to explain what a university model school is every time I tell about where Carpenter goes to school. But that’s ok, because it’s a GREAT model! As Carpenter gets older, he will attend more hours on the school’s campus and be more responsible for his own work – emailing his teachers, etc. Right now, he attends school from 8:30 am – 1 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, and we work together on what he needs to be responsible for in his schoolwork.
At the beginning of school, I asked him what he wanted to learn about and he answered: cooking!
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Although maybe the reason he likes to cook is because he likes to eat so much.
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Don’t give me that, you know it’s true.
He also loves to build, read, and play chess. I knew I wanted to be intentional about drawing out these interests of his, so I threw them all on a shirt for kindergarten.
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The shirt is a raglan using Nap-time Creations free raglan pattern.  Have I told you I love a good free pattern?  The fabrics are a blue knit that a friend gave me and a gray knit with rectangles. I bought the gray knit at my local Bernina, but I can’t remember the brand.
For the graphics, I found some free silhouettes and uploaded them into my Cricut software. Then printed them out on white iron-on vinyl and adhered them to the shirt. I was totally inspired by this shirt to make something simple.
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Yes, the only chess set we own is a Lord of the Rings set. 🙂
Question to your kindergartner: What have been the best and the worst parts so far?
Best part: Outside. Recess, it’s called recess.  I like going outside at home too.
Worst part: Don’t have one. Yet.
A man of few words. Except when he needs to go to bed and then he’ll talk your ear off. 😉
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Be sure to check out Sewing Like Mad for all the other Sewing for Kindergarten looks!
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Dressing my 4th for the 4th

I absolutely *love* dressing for the Fourth of July. It’s the only holiday I dress for and I tend to go all out (including painting my nails to look like American flags). Don’t ask me why I love looking like an American flag though because I’m really not that patriotic. Sorry, but it’s the truth. I love Jesus more than my country. Anyway….you’re here to check out my fun outfits, and I’m so glad you came!

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New Summer Play Skirt!

Are you ready for summer?! Honestly, I’m really not. It gets so hot here in Mississippi and I’ll be pregnant all summer. BUT, I am excited for some fun things my family has planned. And I’m always ready for fireworks. My son (and hubby) is going on a mission trip to Mexico over the Fourth of July holiday and my daughter was feeling a bit left out, so I decided to surprise her with a new skirt just for her to show off for July 4th.  And of course, since I made it so early, she can wear it for Memorial Day too!

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Finally some selfish sewing {Sew Yourself Some Love Tour}

With the re-launch of my Etsy shop, I haven’t had much time to sew for myself lately. But, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try out some amazing women’s patterns and so, here I am sewing myself some love this week!

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(Disclaimer: I received these two patterns for free, but all opinions are my own)

The main reason I agreed to this blog tour was because I saw that Blank Slate Patterns was on the list of pattern designers to choose. And I have been dying to try the Denver Tunic. I first saw Melissa’s Instagram post on a self-drafted tunic she made nearly a year ago! And yea, I just so happened to be the first to comment that she needed to make it into a pattern for purchase. And then about 50 others followed. So, thanks Melissa for making our dreams come true. 🙂 I was really tempted to purchase the pattern when it came out with the bundle back in the fall, but I try to hold off purchasing because I never know when someone will buy it for me or when I could possible have a chance (like this!) to receive it for a blog tour. All that to say, I would totally buy this pattern! Or strongly hint to someone to get it for me for Valentine’s Day or something….hint hint. (trying to help you ladies out here!)Sew Yourself Some Love Tour {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I love cowl necks, love pockets and love tunics, so really this was a no brainer for me. I LOVE it! The pattern also comes in a dress variation and you can omit the cowl neck if you want a scoop neck…and I just saw that it comes in short sleeves! WHAT?! Ok, I’ll definitely be making one of these in the spring. Princess seams were something new to me (I really still feel like a beginning sewist), but the pattern pieces fit perfectly and I had no problem with that step. Really the whole thing came together quite quickly and easily. The hardest part was finagling my one yard of amazing Lillestoff knit into a pattern that calls for 2 yards.

Sew Yourself Some Love Tour {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

See those sleeves there? Yea, they look awesome, but it was also a necessity. I only had enough width to make the sleeves down to my elbows, then added the band of charcoal knit, and then had a bit more of the Lillestoff to finish of the smaller bottom section of the sleeves. But, it worked! And I kinda like the contrast in the middle of the sleeve.

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The Lillestoff knit that I chose was one I splurged on and purchased last January (at $26 a yard! gasp). I NEVER spend that much on fabric, but I want to start consuming less and really the best way to do that is to make quality clothes. The way to make quality clothes is to start with quality fabric. Lillestoff does not disappoint. I supplemented with a heather charcoal gray spandex knit from Girl Charlee. Their spandex knit, which tends to be a heavier weight is a great fabric!

I’ve already worn this Denver Tunic 3 times before the photoshoot. So, I know it’s going to be a staple in my wardrobe.

Now, on to the pants. Let me first start by saying: I have never made pants for myself. Ever. Not even PJ pants.  But, I love a good challenge and figured a stretchy knit jegging would be a good place to start.

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I chose the SOS Knit Pants by Patterns for Pirates. I’ve heard great reviews about her patterns, specifically her raglan, so I was excited to finally try out a pattern from her. This pattern has a huge range of sizes and two styles: skinny or straight leg. My measurements lined up with a medium, so I went with that and proceeded with the skinny version of the pattern. Everything was going smoothly until it was time to baste and check for fit. I tried them on and they were really loose. Kept increasing my seam allowance more and more and finally came up with what you see here:
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It’s not bad, but still a bit loose. I really wanted to make these pants right and I just couldn’t. So, I’m actually showing you unfinished pants! Ha. They aren’t hemmed and I haven’t even attached the waistband or topstitched them yet. Luckily, the Denver Tunic covers all that up. But, I guess I have chicken legs and birthing hips (I do have 3 kiddos) and I need to continue to refine these pants to make them what I want them to be.

The pattern was great and everything lined up and the instructions were very easy to follow. So, since I’m a newbie at sewing pants, I’ll chalk it up to that and keep going! I do love these pants and cannot wait to finalize them because… green pants!

I actually used the same fabric that is shown on the front of the pattern, but I used the wrong side of the fabric. It’s a stretch denim blue/green, so I thought it would be fun to use the green side. Then I accented the front and back pockets of the pants with the blue side (which you can’t see here). 
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Once I get those pants finished I’ll have one amazing all sewn-by-me outfit! Here are the details on what I used and changes I made.

Tunic

Total cost: $28.13 (fabric, thread)

Pattern: Denver Tunic by Blank Slate Patterns

Fabric: Dreamy Plants by Lillestoff ($26/yd) and Charcoal Spandex Knit from Girl Charlee ($6.50/yd)

Alterations made: Added the appropriate length amount to the original pattern because of my neck->waist measurement (Melissa breaks this down for you in the pattern). Then I added another 3 inches to the bottom of the pattern. Essentially, I made a Medium with an XXXL length. Then decreased 2 inches from the height of the hem band.

Pants

Total cost: $9.92 (fabric, thread, elastic)

Pattern: SOS Knit Pants by Patterns for Pirates

Fabric: Stretch Denim Blue/Green Spandex Knit from Girl Charlee ($6.50/yd) (looks like it’s out of stock, but here it is in blue/orange. And how fun would orange pants be?!)

Alterations made: Took in a lot from the width of the pants. But, still making alterations to complete this look!

Thanks so much for stopping by to see my new look, now be sure to check out the rest of the ladies throughout the next two weeks.

 Sew Yourself Some Love
Join us through the whole blog tour and don’t miss a day!!!
Feb 1     Sew Thrifty
Feb 3     The Wholesome Mama
Feb 4     Sprouting Jube Jube        
             Sugarplum Cuties
Feb 5     Shaffer Sisters
Feb 8     Mabey She Made It
Feb 9     Rebel and Malice
Feb 12   Hibbadoray
Feb 15   Bee Quilted Beauties       
             Mabel Madison
Feb 16   Sew Starly
Feb 17   All Things Katy            
             Handmade Boy
             Lady And The Gents
             Sew Like My Mom

Pinktastic Secret Star Girl! {Ottobre October and Kid’s Clothes Week Day 1-3}

This girl is a kick and a half. She’s a gymnastic-dancing-super hero-fighting-pinktastic-princess. She loves to nurture her baby dolls (and her baby sister), but has to defend herself from her “evil” big brother. And in between she just wants to dance and wear all things pink. Plus, she’s my middle child and is so easy that she tends to get neglected. But, no more! Pinktastic Secret Star Girl gets all the attention this Kid’s Clothes Week!Pinktastic Sweatshirt and Secret Star Pants {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

The look began with this crazy pink sweatshirt (Ottobre 6/2014, Heather Sweatshirt #17). River has been begging me to make her something with this pink sweatshirt fleece knit I snagged for $2/yard last year. And I did need to make her some outwear for some of the chilly evenings we’ve been having. But it’s Mississippi, so it’s still 80 degrees during the day here. (C’mon fall, pleease!!)

Anyway, this simple sweatshirt was perfect. It was easy to whip out and I already had some coordinating white ribbing for the details. Eventually I’d like to put some sort of graphic or words on this sweatshirt to tone the pink down a bit, but for now it’s going to stay plain.Pinktastic Sweatshirt and Secret Star Pants {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Now, the pants.  These pants. Phew. If it weren’t for Kid’s Clothes Week I’m not sure I would have finished these pants. Ottobre patterns are amazing….except when you have no.clue.what.they.are.taking.about! Sigh. I’m not going to let this blog post take me longer than sewing up those pants. So, let’s get to it.

I began by embroidering three pink stars throughout the pants (can you spot them all?). Then I began the process of piecing everything together. I fell in love with all the top stitching details and was really on a roll. Day 2 of Kid’s Clothes Week was spent finalizing the pants, but I sewed one of the zippers on upside down, had to redo it all, and then it got late. I was so close.  Day 3 came and I spent my hour literally just trying to figure out the waistband and what the directions meant. So, I pushed forward and finished the pants in a second hour. I really wanted to get these done so I could make something else this week! And then I was so nervous that they wouldn’t fit her, that the material wasn’t stretchy enough, that she’d be able to wear them for one time and out grow them, or that she wouldn’t even like them. Pinktastic Sweatshirt and Secret Star Pants {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

But, much to my surprise all my worries vanished that next morning. She was overly delighted to put them on (I didn’t even ask her!), they fit like a glove, and the material is perfect. She didn’t want to take them off and eagerly let me do a photoshoot right then. Rock it girl!
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The boots cover up the zippers, but I wasn’t about to make her change out of them since she was pumped about letting me take her picture. Secret Star Pants {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Eventually I did convince her to let me see those zippers. Eeps, I love them!Secret Star Pants {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

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Pinktastic Sweatshirt and Secret Star Pants {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Plus, this whole look cost just over $10! The boots were hand-me-downs (thanks sis-in-law!).
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Sweatshirt:

Pattern: Ottobre 6/2014, Heather Sweatshirt #17
Fabric: Pink sweatshirt knit on clearance at Hancock Fabrics ($2/yd)

Pants:

Pattern: Ottobre 4/2014, Jump Rope Jeans #25
Fabric: Star Denim on clearance rack at Hancock Fabrics ($3/yd)

Madeit Fashion Show Week

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Carpenter is taking kid’s fashion by storm this week. Literally. He’s lightning from head to toe. It all started with his recent love of lightning bolts, a challenge, and some rockin’ creative time.  (I do my best work jamming out to David Crowder or needtobreathe; anyone else a Christian rock fan?)

Let’s start with the challenge. Just a few months ago, I wrote that you should invest in patterns that stand the test of time.  So when Olu challenged  asked me to participate in Madeit Fashion Week featuring their new pattern collection FOLD|2 inspired by origami, I was excited, but really didn’t think my mind could be changed about trendy patterns. Are they really worth the cost?  Let me tell you ….. they are! And I can honestly say that this outfit (mainly the pants) is one of which I am most proud. I will make these patterns again (reason #5 of when to purchase a pattern), plus the patterns cover a wide range of sizes (reason #2), they are unisex (reason #1), they provide excellent photos and instructions (#4), it’s definitely something I couldn’t figure out on my own (#7), and if you purchase this week, they will be on sale (#8)!

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{Say wha? My mom actually likes trendy patterns now?}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

{You better believe it!}

The look all started with the shirt. I selected Madeit Pattern’s Kite Fold Tee because it was relaxed and fun. Carpenter and I went up to my sewing room, and I let him rummage through my stash.  (I had originally bought the lightning bolt fabric with the intention of making something for him, but he quickly dismissed it. So I had resigned myself to using it for me.) But, he saw it and immediately thought of Lightning McQueen (we had just let him watch Cars for the first time) and begged me to make him a “Lightning McQueen shirt.” All right dude, you can have your fabric back, I guess.

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After selecting the lightning fabric (purchased from Girl Charlee), I paired up some navy scraps that I had lying around and added the yellow. The yellow knit was given to me by a friend, the gray from a Target sheet, and the other pieces were scraps, so the whole shirt cost less than $2!

This is such a fun shirt, and you really can use up some scraps, or cut up some old t-shirts and piece them together. The pattern gives recommendations for piecing four different fabrics together, but you could use different fabrics for each pattern piece or use fewer than the recommended amount for a totally different look.

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Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Now, onto the pants, and my rockin’ creative time. I started with the Book Fold Trousers because, how cool is that fly?! Carpenter wanted red lightning pants, so I had to make sure these pants lived up to his expectations. First, I had to find the right fabric. I don’t typically have a lot of woven fabric lying around, and I definitely didn’t have any red pants that could be upcycled. So, I had to (gasp) buy new fabric. Luckily it was on sale. For the pocket linings, I was able to upcycle an old dress shirt, and included some star fabric for the hem (because…stars!).

Originally, I had thought to make a big lightning bolt on the back pocket of the pants, until I went back and looked and saw that the pockets were hidden! So, the challenge was on (again). Then I started sewing and brainstorming. Everything ended up happening while I was piecing and sewing the pants together. I threw in a lightning bolt on one of the front pockets, hid one on the inside of the back pockets, top stitched in white (even when it didn’t call for top stitching), and widened the belt loops so I could sew on some more lightning bolts.

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Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

The end result….a pair of pants unique for Carpenter and just what he wanted! He got excited as I showed him all the bolts, especially the hidden one.

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AND, these pants mark the first time I’ve ever: successfully installed snaps, sewn on belt loops, used button hole elastic and altered a pattern the first time I sewed it. So, yea, I am PUMPED about these pants. Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

There’s the real Carpenter! He’s not a high fashion kid at all, but he plays it really well. Thanks dude for being so awesomely inspiring and loving what I make for you!

Kite Fold Tee by Madeit Patterns, sewn by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Book Fold Trousers by Madeit Patterns, sewn by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

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Love these patterns as much as I do?

Check out how you can win your own Madeit pattern this week:

Correctly answer a question related to the Fashion Show that will be posted on Facebook or Instagram at random times of the day. The first person who correctly answers the question will win a pattern of their choice from the FOLD Collection. 

Or maybe you would like some free fabric?

Here’s how you can win €50 NOSH voucher:

All you have to do is leave a comment on Needle and Ted on Sunday September 6 about what the highlights of the Fashion Shows were for you.  A random winner will be selected from the comments.

And there will be another giveaway on Instagram to win the other €50 NOSH voucher. 

And let me know how I did on the origami challenge! Ok, ok, I use the term origami loosely, but it was fun to throw in a few props to the photoshoot.

20% OFF Madeit patterns

Even if you don’t win, you can still get 20% off any of the patterns in the Fold collection by using the code MFW20.

Check out the rest of the fashion here:

 Monday 31 August

Kid Approved | Girl Like the Sea | Huisje Boompje Boefjes | Our Chez Nous

Tuesday 1 September

Kimme Sew Crazy | Pienkel | East and EdenChi Chi Romeo and Me

Wednesday 2 September

Neil and Nikki | In a manner of Sewing | Glitter + Wit | Creative Needles and Threads As it Seams

Thursday 3 September

Climbing the Willow | Fliegfederfrei | Fairies and Bubbles Co | Sew Thrifty

Friday 4 September

Just Add Fabric So-Cal Sewing Mom | Sansahash | Miss Castelinhos | Sewing Sober

Saturday 5 September

Made by Toya | My Cosy Co Paisley Roots | Diorella | Fruits de Mère

Sunday 6 September

Round Up and Reviews:
Needle and Ted | Climbing the Willow | Swoodson says

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….

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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!

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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!

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{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.

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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.

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

Here’s the breakdown:

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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!

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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