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

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  1. 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 :)

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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

  6. 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!!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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 :)
    [email protected]

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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!

  18. 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

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

  20. 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!!!

  21. 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

  22. 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!

  23. 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 :)

  24. 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[@]

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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. :)

  28. 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

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

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

  31. 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!

  32. 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!

  33. 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!

  34. 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

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


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

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

  38. 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

  39. 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

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

  41. 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!

  42. 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!

  43. 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!

  44. 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! :)

  45. 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.

  46. 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!

  47. 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

  48. 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!)

  49. 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!!

  50. 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.

  51. 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!

  52. 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

  53. 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

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. 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 [email protected]

  57. 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 :)

    [email protected]

    BTW-I love your blog…

  58. 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! :)

  59. 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

  60. 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!

  61. 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!

  62. 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

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

  64. 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!

  65. 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

  66. 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…

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