Sewing for Boys Book Review and Giveaway!

When I got to meet Shelly in real life at Market last spring, she asked me to be a part of her Sewing for Boys book blog tour, and I had been counting down the days since till I had the book in my hands. As a mom to a 4 year old boy and 2 year old boy, this book is right up my alley. It’s full of practical, fun sewing projects for boys, which we all know can be hard to find! Plus, Shelly and Karen’s patterns, Patterns by Figgy’s, are some of the cutest you’ll find, so I knew I’d love the book.
The second the book arrived on my doorstep, I began paging through, trying to decide which project I would make first. It seems like every page I turned changed my mind, haha!
Would it be the Goodnight, Sweetheart Pjs?
Or maybe the Just-Like-Dad Flannel Robe?
But how could I resist the short sleeve raglan tee (the Tee for Two pattern has been on my list forever)?
In the end, I decided to let Wyatt decide. Funny enough, he picked one of the most simple projects in the book, the Hold ‘Em Up Belt.
He specifically wanted a “camping and hunting” (AKA camo) belt. Luckily I had just the fabric in my stash, and we got to work.
10 minutes later…
He loves the belt, and asked if he could keep wearing it for a little longer. I guess he’s used to me making him try things on and then taking them away, poor kid!
Shelly and Karen are not only some of my favorite people in the pattern world, they are also good at what they do. Their instructions are clear and concise, and the illustrations are simple and informative. If you have any boys in your life, this book is a must! I know I’ll be using mine for years to come.

Thanks to Wiley Publishing, one of you lucky readers will win a copy of Sewing for Boys for yourself!

To enter, just leave a comment. Make sure to include your email address if it’s not linked to your blogger account so I can contact you if you win!

One entry per person, and open to international entries. Giveaway will close on Sunday, September 18 at 11:59pm MST.

If you can’t possibly wait, you can also find Sewing for Boys here on Amazon, and here at Etsy :). Good luck!

Don’t forget to also check out the other stops on the blog tour! There’s been some great projects already shared and I’m sure there are some more great ones to come!
September 5 Made by Rae
September 6 Sew, Mama, Sew
September 7 The Southern Institute & Film in the Fridge
September 8 Elsie Marley
September 9 Noodlehead & Oh, Fransson!
September 10 I Heart Linen
September 11 Anna Maria Horner
September 12 Craft Buds, Pink Chalk Fabric Prudent Baby , Sew Much Ado
September 13 Very Purple PersonQuilt Story & Sew Sara
September 14 The Long Thread
September 15 Susan Beal
September 16 True Up
September 17 All Buttoned Up & Bolt Fabric Boutique
September 18 MADE & Wiley Craft


  1. Very nice book i would be hapy to have it! I have a little boy
    hugs Iako from Georgia

  2. Love the belt you make. Would love this book, since my little guy is only 13 months so there’s years of great projects for me :)

  3. I would love to win this book! I have a 15 month old little( but really big guy)!

  4. Bout time someone came out w/ a book like this! Yippy!

  5. He is just darling! :) And I love the belt!
    Thanks for the chance at this great book!

  6. Don’t you love when little ones pick the easiest project! :)

    Very cute belt!

    somedaydreamsblb (at)

  7. Cute belt! My youngest son would love that! I keep sewing things for our daughter but run stuck on my boys – this book would be great!

  8. I need this book now I have a boy after 2 girls, amazon in the UK so I can’t have it yet! So I would be delighted if I won one here!
    thanks for the great review and giveaway.

  9. I have two little boys and would love to sew some nice projects for them inspired from this book !
    nathalie9785 (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. I’m trying so hard to win this book! I have a very big 19month old and I love the projects and the range of sizes.

    amandawithpcos at gmail dot com

  11. I love sewing for my nieces but have a hard time finding great patterns for my nephew. Would love to win this book!

  12. This book sounds so awesome! I would love to make all the things in it. jkmong @ gmail . com

  13. Where there are a zillion great patterns for girls clothing, there just aren’t for boys. Having 2 boys myself, this book would be a very welcome addition to my sewing library. Great giveaway!!

  14. I really want to win this book. I like that there area quick projects and more complex projects. Pick me! I have 2 awesome little boys I need to sew for.

  15. So nice to have a book for boys!! Thanks for the opportunity to win :)

  16. Great review. Looks like a wonderful book.

  17. Super cute photo with the belt! melissamariemora at gmail dot com

  18. Great book. I hope I win.

  19. Looks like a great book! There are some new boy babies in the family and it’d be nice to make them some handmade gifts.

  20. would LOVE to win a copy of this book!

  21. would love this to sew for my two boys! barahona_metzler at yahoo

  22. I would love to win this book! It is so hard to find cute boy patterns!

  23. I love the book. My 3 year old would love the belts and treasure pants.

  24. Very cute projects….would love to win this and start making cuter boy stuff!

  25. Great book! Thanks!

  26. I love that belt, so cute. I would love that book!

  27. I want this book for me. Congratulations.

  28. This looks like a great book, with 3 boys of my own, I could definitely use it

  29. I’ve got a boy and I never make anything for him! Savani_Aupiu(at)yahoo(

  30. Oh wow, you just showed a few things I hadn’t seen so far during the blog tour for this awesome book. I’m even more excited to have this book for myself. I love the robe and that belt is super cute.

  31. What a great idea. My five boys are all grown; it would have been nice to have something like this when they were little. Now, however, the grandsons are coming, so it could still be put to good use. Thanks for sharing.

  32. This looks such a great book! I love the pyjamas! I’m sure several of these projects would be great for girls too!!

  33. with three boys in my house, this book would get A LOT of use! thanks for the chance to win!

  34. With 3 boys 4 and under this book is going to be a must have in my house. Even if I don’t win that book is going to be added to my library!
    zvilla822 (at) gmail d0t com

  35. I love this book! Cannot wait to get my hands on a a copy. Finally I will have something to make my boys that isnt a quilt!

  36. This book looks terrific. Thanks for a chance to win it!!

  37. There are not enough sewing patterns out there for boys. Thanks for the giveaway!!! ~Meg

  38. I love this book! Our little boy is 6 months old and I can’t wait to start sewing some cute stuff for him. :)

  39. Ohhhh I need this book! My poor little man always gets the short end of the stick when it comes to sewing projects. And he’s vocal about it too! I may have to buy this one regardless!

  40. So many wonderful handsome ideas for any little man! What a fantastic book I’m sure all the mom’s of little boys are so happy this book is out! Great giveaway… tons of fun things to make :)

  41. I would love to win a copy of this book, my son is always requesting that I make something for him, and I am running out of ideas.

  42. Lovely book! I laughed that your son said he wanted to keep the belt a bit longer. while my 14mo son doesn’t know that yet, my 4.5 yo DD sure does! While there are great resources for sewing for girls, this book will be a treat for those sewing for boys. ann(at)triadesignfirm(dot)com

  43. I would love this for my LO, he’s 9 months this week and I sewed my first real garment ever for him 2 nights ago: a pair of shorts!

  44. would love to win this book!!!! my two boys could use some home sewn clothes–my girl gets it all :) fenna_otten at yahoo dot ca

  45. With two boys running around a couple nephews, this would be a wonderful book to have on hand!
    smyleelis (at) hotmail

  46. I would love some ideas for boys! I admit it’s so much easier to crank out a project for girls :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

  47. Would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance!

  48. This book would be perfect for my son!!

  49. I have 2 boys the same age! Very sweet to let them pick out what they wanted you to make. Thanks for sharing!
    Rlsjtm at hotmail dot com

  50. What an awesome looking book! I love the belt too.


  51. I have 2 boys and have struggle with things to make them! I think the robes would be a wonderful christmas gift! I hope I win!

  52. I would love to win this book. I have a 5 year at home and he always feels like I make more things for his sisters.

  53. This book looks fantastic!

  54. i can’t wait to get my paws on this book! hooray

  55. How fun! I have a little boy and I would love to sew more cute things for him!

  56. I’d love to win this book!
    kmcgowan717 at gmail

  57. I need this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  58. I want this book so badly – here’s to hoping for a win!

  59. I have 2 boys, age 4, and 15 months, and dying to sew something for them, besides construction tool belts. :)

  60. I sew want this book Ty for the giveaway

  61. I would just LOVE to have this book! And I’m sure my son would love it too!

  62. Dear Abby… I need this book! that’s all.

  63. I am getting ready to have a little boy in 6 weeks . . . would love to get to play with this book!

  64. I would so love to have this book in my sewing library! I’ve been getting lots of requests for Boy things & this would help a ton :)

  65. I would love to have this book so I could sew clothes for my boys. Having the actual patterns for different sizes is brilliant. It makes sewing for different aged boys much more affordable. sj_supp[@]

  66. I would so love to win this book! I’m a mama to four boys and four girls, too. The boys feel so special when they get the rare handmade item from me. Would love to fix that ratio.
    bekahs77 (at) gmail (dot) com

  67. What a great book! It seems like there are 10 times more things for girls than boys, so this really fills a need! I would love to win. amandarafidiari at gmail dot com

  68. what a great giveaway! I could really use some of these patterns for my littlest one :)

    amoberly at gmail dot com

  69. love it. such cute things. i would love to make some of the projects for my little guy

  70. This looks promising. Maybe it’s me who wins the book??

  71. Oh I need this book. My boys need me to have this book! :) Thanks for the chance!

  72. Thanks for the lovely giveaway! adore that cute belt!

  73. I would love to win a copy! Your little boy is so cute with his belt!


  74. I’m excited that a book like this is finally out!

  75. Thanks for the chance, this looks so cute and perfect for this mama of a precious 2 yo boy! ;)

  76. I would love to have this book! There is nothing that lights up my little guy’s eyes quite as much as when I make him something. I would love to have this book! Oh I said that already. :)

  77. Thanks for the chance to win this book. I really would like to try the reversible coat form my little guy this winter!

  78. What a very lovely giveaway! Thank you so much…

  79. I love all the reviews being done from this book! I have a boy and it’s so hard to find fun things for him!

  80. Yay! Thanks for the chance to win! I am trying my hardest to win this to sew for my twin boys!

  81. What a great book! Would love to win!!
    schmelsch at gmail dot com

  82. I have two boys and would love this book!

  83. I would love to win this book! an(dot)vandessel(at)gmail(dot)com

  84. Would love to win this! Have been wanting some basic yet beautiful boy patterns and these definitely fit that bill!
    hobart.the.owl (at) gmail (dot) com

  85. I’m basically stalking the book tour, hoping that I’ll win one! Love this.

  86. Looks adorable, and would be such fun projects. I’ve always wondered WHY it is so hard to find great patterns/tutorials for boys…

  87. Looks adorable, and would be such fun projects. I’ve always wondered WHY it is so hard to find great patterns/tutorials for boys…

  88. i’m always on the lookout for cool boy sewing projects. definitely would love a copy of this book!

  89. Yay! A great book for boys!
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

  90. This book looks great! Thanks for the giveaway! tamdeford at yahoo dot ca

  91. i would love to win this book! i’ve got two boys under age 3 and they don’t get nearly as many home-made things from me as their older sisters do!

  92. I would love to win! I always struggle with what to make my son and the other boys in the family. Thanks for a chance to win!

  93. cute belt!

  94. Great belt! I’m really looking forward to sewing from this book. It has some great inspiration for sophisticated clothes for little guys. I’ll use these patterns a bunch!

  95. I would love this book! I need more fun projects for my 2 boys and my 2 nephews.

  96. That is so awesome!!! I would love to win this book! I have two boys that I am starting to sew for.

    dawnchandler at gmail dot com

  97. One of my really good friends is expecting a boy next month…this would be perfect for her!

  98. LOVE your boy’s belt. My skinny son needs a belt like nothing else! I would love this book!


  99. That belt is awesome! Would love to win the book!
    sanders4 at austin dot rr dot com

  100. Love the belt!

  101. I have a little boy and I would love this book. Please, pick meeee : -)

  102. Looks like such a great book!
    dvdenter (at) gci (dot) net

  103. I love to sew gifts for all my friends and family. There are a lot of boys!!!

  104. Thanks for the chance to win. I would love to make some fabulous things for my son and nephews.

  105. Beautiful book! It’s so hard to find good BOY projects. I’d love to win!
    meganomesh at yahoo dot com

  106. Cute belt! I love that this book is out there, I have a toddler son, along with a gang of nephews and finding things to sew for them can be tough! Or the inspiration to find is tough. LOL

  107. Aww, Wyatt looks so happy to have that belt! I’m impressed you got it done in ten minutes, too!

  108. What a great book! There doesn’t seem seem to be a whole lot out there for our little guys. I have a 3 yr old, 18 month old, and another little dude due any day now. So I’m always looking for something for them. thanks for the opportunity! Milypetty at gmail dot com

  109. I would love to win this book! Thanks!

  110. Love the belt!! So good to see something for the boys.

  111. Will absolutely buy this book if I don’t win it!

  112. Eww… this books looks perfect for me! If I don’t win I’m putting it on my Christmas list!
    bisforboy @ yahoo dot com

  113. Great belt!
    Would love to find more things to make for my growing boy!

  114. I’d love to get my hands on this book!! I love the belt.
    aubreytell at yahoo dot com

  115. Thanks for sharing your project and the great feedback about the book! I have a nephew and 4 young boys within a 2-house radius of mine, so I’d love to make them some special items!

  116. My grandson is now 18 mon old and I need ideas for boys. I had 2 girls and this boy-thing is new to me! It was easy to sew for girls and I hope I can sew for my little grandson as well. Thanks for the ideas and for the opportunity!

  117. Oh, I’ve been wanting the Tee For Two pattern as well! And I love the pajamas in this book– really nice!

  118. Your belt looks great! With 3 boys to sew for, this book is a must have in my household! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  119. I’d love this!

  120. My poor son is always left out because it seems easier to sew dresses for my daughter. I would love this book!

  121. Loving all the reviews on this book and can’t wait to try the easy linen shirt or the raglan sleeve T!

  122. I would love to get my hands on this book as I have a growing little boy on my hands :)

    jbuxton09@gmail dot com

  123. My 4 year old would totally choose the belt too! What a great idea for a sewing book. Thanks for sharing.

  124. I would love this book to sew for the other half of my kids who currently don’t have tons of books dedicated to their own garments! :)

  125. I was just looking at this book on Amazon last night. It looks like an awesome book, there are so many things I’d love to make for my boy.

  126. I have 3 boys and I LOVE to sew- especially for those I love! I would LOVE to have this book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  127. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this! I have 3 little boys so it would get lots of use around here. :). Amanda at deblois dot qc dot ca

  128. That looks like FUN! I have two girls that get spoiled with cute dresses and projects and I can’t ever find anything for the little man in my life! This would be wonderful! I love the T-from your examples that is what I would pick first (but of course I haven’t seen the rest!)

  129. I would LOVE this!

  130. Love the cute belt and little boy! Thanks for the giveaway!

  131. This book looks great – I love the blog tours, seeing what everyone makes – love the belt, think I would even be able to handle that!!

  132. What a great book for boys! I have a little 2 years boy in my life so I want to win!!!

  133. I am in love with the idea of this book and must have it. I am a mom to two boys, and I want them to have lovely handmade things.

  134. What a great book to fill a big hole in the book world! carrie dot hare at gmail dot com

  135. Love the PJ’s!

  136. How wonderful, my son and my yom-boy daughter will love the things I could make tham from this.

  137. I would love love love a copy to make stuff for my little 4 year old fella :)

  138. Love the belt you’ve made, and I’m sure my boys would too! Thanks for the chance to win the book!

  139. I would love to win this book. Hope to get lucky. Thanks a lot.

  140. Great book!!!! I love it, it’s only for boys!!! It’s difficult find something for boys.

  141. Love the belt you made! And LOL at your little boy asking to keep it longer! How sweet!
    This looks like a great book, thanks for the chance to win, fingers crossed!

  142. Ooohhh, I want this book!! Have been waiting all summer for it to come out!! Thanks for the chance to win!

    nafzikg at gmail dot com

  143. What a great book! I have always wanted one of these!

  144. Yay! Love the belt! The book looks great – my two boys would sure appreciate it!

  145. Oh my goodness I would love to win! I’ve got a 3 year old and 1 year old, I could use some more patterns for!
    newlywades at rocketmail dot com

  146. this looks lovely!

  147. Great book, great giveaway, great opportunity. Thanks. Ana

  148. I would love to win this book. I am always looking for new things to sew for my kids!

  149. Would love to win this book, looks like it has some really great things in it.

  150. The book looks awesome! Hope I win!

  151. Thanks for the chance to win this book!!

  152. Oh my gosh, cute, cute, cute. I recently reintroduced myself to my sewing machine and serger and it would be awesome to have some new patterns to play with.

  153. I have three boys, 5 Godsons. And have you tried to find cute boys clothes? Sewing means I can create cute, individual things for my very unique guys. I’d love to have this book.

  154. Lovely book – thank you for the chance to win a copy to sew some wonderful gifts for my nephews.

  155. What a great looking book!

  156. Thanks for the giveaway. My little boy would appreciate this book.

  157. I have been looking for just such a book!! I have 2 nephews (1 and 4.5 yo) and want to make more clothes for them; not just my sweet beautiful girl. Girls patterns are abundant, not so much for boys. It would be an honor to have this book! My email is

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  159. Love love love to have it!

  160. This book looks like it has lots of great things for boys! Finally!

  161. A book for Boys! YAY! I have a hard time finding things to make for my 3 boys that they will like. Those projects look great- I think they would love the pj’s and the belt. It would be sweet to have this in my collection :)

    BTW-I love your blog…

  162. Thanks for the chance to win – looks like such a great book!

    rktunnell {at} gmail {dot} com

  163. This looks like a great book, I would love to win it!
    mindfulhome at gmail dot com

  164. Oh this book looks amazing! I also have a 4yo and 2yo boy so this would be perfect for a few Xmas ideas…

  165. Very Cool Belt! My boys would love it too! I would put this book to use right away sewing for my twin boys! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

  166. As the mother of 3 young boys, this book would be frequently used!!! Hope I win!!

  167. Love the belt you made for your precious son! Love this pic of him wearing is as well! Great job, Mom!

  168. This book would be GREAT as I have three boys!!

  169. Oh I love the belt how cute! Lol now I NEED this book so I can make my little cutie a belt too :)

  170. Wonderful book, would love to win. Thanks for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

  171. I would love to have that book! Looks like some great projects!

  172. What a wonderful book. Thank you for a chance to win a copy.

  173. Super cool belt, book looks great my 2 little guys would love it. from

  174. Nice boy I would to win and make somethings for my little boy.

  175. If I win I’ll be so happy :-)

  176. I would LOVE this book! I come from a family of boys, my hubby too, and we have two little boys. We’d have a blast!

  177. Oh wow this book looks fun. Having 2 girls and 2 boys I would love to have some more ideas of fun things to make for the boys in my life. Crossing my fingers for this book!

    patti in indiana

  178. Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win!

  179. Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance.

  180. Great Giveaway! I NEED this book!

  181. Love the looks of this book! I would so enjoy having a copy!

  182. I have two boys I’d love to sew for.

  183. My 3 year old would love some of the projects in this book – he definitely misses out on many of the handmades that his sisters get!

  184. YAY!!! Love it!!!

  185. Awesome giveaway! I’m always looking for sewing projects for my little man :)
    skklemm at gmail dot com

  186. I would love to have more sewing projects!

  187. I love to sew but have never had a lot of inspiration of my boys ages 8,6,4, and 2. I would love to have this book!! I think the little coat is to die for!! My older boys would also like the belts :)
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  188. I love sewing for the boy!

  189. I really need this book for my boys.

  190. I would love this book! Thank you!

  191. Oh, I would love that for my birthday!! I have two nephews who i need ideas for.

    ecshepard (at) hotmail (dot) com

  192. Looks like a great book! Finally a book dedicated to boys.

  193. What a great book!

  194. Would love to win this one! I’m always needing good boy projects! Thanks for the giveaway!

  195. I am excited to enter! I have two boys and I haven’t made them anything recently. They feel left out since their sister gets homemade stuff. Alicia

  196. Would adore a copy of this book. Second baby boy on the way and want to sew up some cute clothes for both of my boys! denise_gisele(at)yahoo(dot)com

  197. I have 3 boys and would love to be able to do more sewing for them, this book would be perfect!

  198. i have 2 boys too and am always trying to find stuff to make them :) thanks for the opportunity to win this.

  199. I would <3 to win this! <3 it!

  200. This book looks so great!
    aesprouse at gmail dot com

  201. With 3 little boys I would absolutely love this book!

  202. What a great giveaway! I have 3 little boys & I think I might NEED this book :) I love to sew for them!!

  203. I would LOVE to win this book for my little boy!

  204. I love this book. I seriously need it!

    How cute is your little dude posing with his belt?!

  205. I have 5 grandsons so I’m sure I could find something in the book to make them!!!!

  206. This book looks great and I would love to win a copy!

  207. I would love to win this book!! Ever since I had my son I wonder where all the boy patterns went!!

  208. I would love to have this book! I am always having trouble finding great patterns for my son. Thank you for this great giveaway!!

  209. love the belts. My son thinks he can never have enough belts, so I think that would be my first project too. tricialee22 @

  210. This looks great! I have 2 boys I could use this for.

  211. So excited about this book!

  212. Nice book, would love to win it!

  213. Looks like a great book! So hard to find great sewing projects for little boys! There are so many fun ideas to try for my little 2 year old son!

  214. I would love to either make some of the items shown for my little girl or give the book to a sewing friend who has boys. Either way, I’d love to win!

  215. That book is genius!
    tera at happyimperfectionist dot com

  216. My son is a challenge to clothe as he is tall and skinny. I love making clothing for him, but sometimes lack the creativity to come up with ideas. This book is full of so many great projects that I NEED to make!

    adivamoment at gmail dot com

  217. What a great book! michelleyoung1011(at)gmail(dot)com

  218. I so need this for my boy. He needs clothes made by momma!!!

  219. I’m really hoping to get a copy of this book – so glad to see patterns for boys!

  220. Thank you so much for making this open to international readers!

    I’d love to win this book and then find the time to make things for my 2 little boys…

  221. Count me in I would love a copy!

  222. Count me in! I’d love to get to work on some great projects for my little man!
    jcgetz at gmail dot com

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