July 2007 - Boys Can Sew!

Catch The Sewing Bug!
Sewing News From "The Bunkhouse"

"Boys Can Sew!" July 2007

In This Issue

Boys Can Sew!

Free e-pattern

Quick Links


Make a Kite

Childrens Sewing Contest

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Boys Can Sew!

buckles and Bobbins

"Buckles & Bobbins"

A Beginning Sewing Book for Boys

Boys can learn to sew, and are very creative! This book teaches beginning sewing step by step with clear instructions and illustrations. Techniques are presented with each project building upon techniques previously introduced. The 16 projects are oriented to what guys like best! From pillowcases to bags and packs to customized fishing and hunting vests, boys and young men love the projects! All patterns included, Boys sizes 8 - 16.

80 pages, plus patterns
Spiral bound

Read more, view projects, and order,

Doll Clothes Pattern
ebook version

doll quilt photo

Purchase our book, Buckles & Bobbins, between July 1 and July 14th, and receive FREE, our 18" doll clothing patterns ebook pattern that matches the projects in Buckles & Bobbins

Plan on taking your doll with you to your next pajama party or camp out, dressed in outfits that you have made yourself and that match your own. Buckles & Bobbins 18" doll clothing patterns include fifteen projects that coordinate with the projects in the book, including pillowcase, laundry bag, vests, blanket, duffel, pajamas, cargo pants, backpack, shorts, shirt, and more!

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JoAnn Gagnon

Waitsburg, Washington

Greetings! This issue focus's on teaching our boys to sew, and giving them a vision for making their own customized bags, packs, and camping gear. I started my son Justin with the projects in Buckles and Bobbins when he was 7. He is now helping his wife and 6 year old daughter with their sewing projects...as well as being able to do his own mending, and sewing canvas tool pouches and cases for his tools. I view sewing as an essential lifeskill everyone needs - even our boys.

Our family always enjoyed flying kites and making windsocks when the kids were young, so I thought I'd share a basic kite pattern with you, so you can experience the fun. It's a wonderful memory building project....I think it's time for me to repeat it with the grandkids!

Be sure to check out our new "Childrens Sewing Contest", and encourage someone to enter!

Have fun with your sewing this month! ~JoAnn

Free Pattern:
Let's Make a Kite!

Skill Level: Beginner

Kite 1

doll quilt photo

Making your own kite adds to the fun for everyone, and it's really quite simple. These directions are for the basic diamond kite. Feel free to fuse your own designs onto it. Ripstop nylon is lightweight and durable, and works well for the body of the kite.

Materials and Supplies:

..Ripstop nylon: Yardage equal to the width of your kite.

..Ripstop nylon - other colors large enough for designs

..Thin cotton cord

..2 sticks of bamboo or 3/16" wood doweling, with the

length 1" longer than desired finished length.

..Kite flying string


1. Make your paper pattern.

Follow the illustration to the right. You can make it any

size you desire, as long as you keep the proportions

correct. The width is 2/3 the length. The side points

are 1/3 of the length. Draw out, then cut pattern out.

2. Place pattern over fabric, tape in place (don't pin),

and cut out. If you would like to apply an applique to

your kite, draw the design onto Heat 'n Bond Lite.

Follow the directions, cut out and fuse in place. If it is

fused properly, you will not need to stitch the edges.

3. Finish the edges with "Fray Check", or zig-zag stitch.

4. Fold the 4 points 1" toward the back side and stitch in

place, 1/4" from fold. Trim off loose point.

5. Lightly press all 4 edges 1/2" toward the middle.

6. Straight stitch edges at 3/8" seam allowance.

7. Connect cord to end of safety pin and thread through

the 4 edges. Leave extra length - you will tie off later.

8. Cut your sticks 1" longer than your length and width.

Cut a small groove in the ends.

9. Lay them together in a cross, and tie together in the

middle with an X going over and around the sticks.

10. Lay sticks on back side of kite. Slip the strings into

the grooves, pull the cord up very tight, and tie off.

Trim ends of cord to 1", then slide the string so the

knot will be hidden in the casing.

11. Cut another piece of cord 8" longer than the length of

your finished kite. Attach it at the top and bottom of

the kite. Tie your kite flying string to this cord, about

1/3 of the way from the top.

12. Make your kite's tail. Cut several strips of ripstop

nylon 3/4" wide and about 8" long (You may also use

ribbon). Attach them every 6" - 8 ". Attach the tail to

the bottom of the kite.


We want to encourage children to sew, so we've put together our first sewing contest.
Brief summary of contest:
..Age Categories: 6 - 12 years old and

3 - 18 years old

..Project to Sew: Make a potholder. You can use a

pattern or design your own. It

can be any shape or size.

..Rules: It must be usable!

Limit of 2 entries per child

..Submission: Must submit photograph and form by

October 15, 2007

..Judging: Each category will be judged separately.

Judging will be based on creativity

and quality of construction.A panel

of 3 judges will select the 5 top

entries in each category. These

top entries will be asked to send

us their potholder for final judging

of construction.

Awards: First place - $40 gift certificate

2nd place - $25 gift certificate

3rd place - $20 gift certificate

4th place - $15 gift certificate

5th place - $10 gift certificate

Be sure to download the information and information form in pdf format at our Sewing Contest website page.

Website Closeouts:

We are currently closing out our Activity Bags and Kits for projects in Stitches & Pins and Buckles & Bobbins on our website. Be sure to check out these great values !!

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