Sewing for Boys by Shelly Figueroa and Karen LePage – Book Review + Giveaway

Sewing for Boys: 24 Projects to Create a Handmade Wardrobe by Shelly Figueroa and Karen LePage is a pattern packed book full of practical designs for little boys. The book contains full-sized pattern sheets and instructions for 16 garments and 8 accessory and gift projects.

The table of contents tag line reads ‘A Year in the Life of a Boy’. It’s an excellent descriptor as the projects span seasons as well as how boys play and live. There are patterns for babies and toddlers (size 3 months up to 18 months) as well as young boys (size 2/3 years up to 6/7 years).

The devil is in the details most definitely applies to Sewing for Boys. The race car playmat has a tunnel. Well, of course it does! And there are pockets on just about everything. Pockets perfect for collecting, storing and carrying needed supplies.

As a mom of two girls I was definitely wishing I had a cute little boy to sew for as I read through the book. So much so that on the night I did my first read through I dreamt I was pregnant with a boy! Pretty crazy for a number of reasons! I woke up with a smile.

The book also includes some quick gift ideas including belts, a birthday party gift bag, and a patchwork fishing hat.

The designs are well-thought out and contain finishing details that elevate the designs from cute to sophisticated. The Out-On-The-Town Jacket and Little Heartbreaker Pants are made up in wool suiting with cuffs, vintage styling, faux fly, and adjustable waistband with buttonhole elastic. A reversible winter jacket includes instructions for welt pockets. The authors incorporate sewing techniques commonly used in ready-to-wear clothing. A refreshing approach!

As the design team behind Patterns by Figgys, Shelly and Karen stay true to their roots in delivering clothing designs that allow children to be children. Classic styling, functional design, and practical components. Sewing for Boys: 24 Projects to Create a Handmade Wardrobe is a beautiful collection of well-designed patterns for the young man in your life.


The giveaway: I have THREE books up for grabs. There was a slight mix up in the shipping from the publisher so you guys scored! Leave a comment sharing what you think is the best gift to give a little boy age 5 to 10 (yes, I need some help!)

Winners will be selected on Thursday, September 15.

Comments closed, winners announced here.

Be sure to check out these other stops on the book tour:

September 5 Made by Rae
September 6 Sew, Mama, Sew
September 7 The Southern InstituteFilm in the Fridge
September 8 Elsie Marley
September 9 NoodleheadOh, Fransson!
September 10 I Heart Linen
September 11 Anna Maria Horner
September 12 Craft Buds, Pink Chalk Fabric Prudent BabySew Much Ado
September 13 Very Purple PersonQuilt StorySew Sara
September 14 The Long Thread
September 15 Susan Beal
September 16 True Up
September 17 All Buttoned UpBolt Fabric Boutique
September 18 MADEWiley Craft

pink chalk fabrics ~*~ new arrivals ~*~ free patterns ~*~ on sale

219 Responses to Sewing for Boys by Shelly Figueroa and Karen LePage – Book Review + Giveaway
  1. elsa
    September 14, 2011 | 5:26 am

    Any kind of ball ~ my nephew loves sports, so that’s my suggestion.
    Love the the projects in this book ~ that little jacket is the cutest!
    thanks for the giveaway

  2. Tera
    September 14, 2011 | 5:57 am

    These are some gifts I have given little boys in that age range: Handmade: superhero cape, monster stuffies, backpacks and Bought: Wooden marble runs, wooden dinosaurs, Books. : )

  3. Tina
    September 14, 2011 | 6:42 am

    Hugs by they’re Mom and making them a birthday card just for them w/ a little suprise of something handmade(applique t and matching pj bottoms of they’re favorite character).

  4. karen serna
    September 14, 2011 | 8:54 am

    legos always seem to be a winner for my nephews. that and cash. :)

  5. Rachel P.
    September 14, 2011 | 9:11 am

    Any toy that lets them build!

  6. Shawn P.
    September 14, 2011 | 10:50 am

    I also recommend legos – they can be re-used and re-used into different shape and forms every day.

  7. tracy_a
    September 14, 2011 | 11:00 am

    I actually bought a copy of this book – I loved the reviews so much. So I don’t need to be in the contest. Though I do have some friends who might love it as a gift – ok – enter me in…

    Legos are great. We have a game called Rush Hour – it’s a solitaire/strategy game – maybe age 7? You might have to demo it.

    If it’s a nephew/little boy you will see a lot: card or board game if you play it with them 😉 One of your favorite books – and read it with/to them (depending on age) – or even record it in your voice :)

  8. tracy
    September 14, 2011 | 3:19 pm

    a messenger style bag for all of their treasures!

  9. Michelle @ If Toys Could Talk
    September 14, 2011 | 3:47 pm

    My son isn’t that old yet (he’s almost 2), but I would imagine you couldn’t go wrong with a ball, action figures or even a train set. :)

  10. Kim C
    September 14, 2011 | 5:02 pm

    Lego,Lincoln Logs anything building and tearing down!

  11. Christy
    September 14, 2011 | 6:11 pm

    Legos and cars (Hotwheels, Matchbox) have always been some of my son’s favorite things. He’s also a big reader, so books are always a popular gift.

  12. Robin
    September 14, 2011 | 8:05 pm

    Thanks for the peek inside the book! I so need to get this. The perfect gift for a 5-10 year old? I think a cool backpack-type satchel would be awesome. They always seem to be hauling around lots of stuff– so something like that, both convenient and cool-looking, would probably be an awesome choice. :)

  13. Karyn Ashley-Smith
    September 14, 2011 | 9:20 pm

    I love toys that encourage creativity (legos, lincoln logs), movement (sports equipment), mind expansion (chess board?) or, for the older end of the spectrum, gift cards for dinner & a movie. Something so freeing about being able to take mom out to eat and to see a movie…or taking your best buddy and knowing mom will understand….

  14. Max
    September 15, 2011 | 4:37 am

    My little guy is only 2, so I’m not sure what older kids like! I know the greatest gift I have given him lately is putting one of his painting in a huge frame and hanging it in the loungeroom. He’s only little but every day he’ll randomly see it and tell me how he painted it :)

  15. MMandJsmom
    September 15, 2011 | 5:49 am

    If you are thinking store bought, legos are no fail, as are Nerf products. If you prefer homemade, a couple boy print drawstring backpacks for his “treasures” are a hit.

  16. Denise
    September 15, 2011 | 6:11 am

    Looks like a great book!

    Our grandsons are in that age range and their favorite gifts (for any occasion) are Lego sets. They’ve amassed quite a collection at this point. :-)

  17. Stacy
    September 15, 2011 | 6:51 am

    How awesome to have three copies to give away! Hmmm, my little guy loves his legos, so I am sure that would be a great gift. I know that they change as they get closer to 10, so maybe anything Nerf? Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. Suzical
    September 15, 2011 | 7:25 am

    I might be too late for the give away, but my nephew (age 7) loved the wormery I bought for him..

  19. Sesseley Williams
    September 15, 2011 | 8:11 am

    Gift idea for a boy.. A diabolo so he could learn how to juggle!

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