Father and Son Fishing Vests

*Project by Chrissy @  There are UFO’s under my stairs for the Boys Challenge of season 12*

I really wanted to make something special for my “boys” this week. My husband is an avid fly-fisherman and our son is finally old enough to be a good buddy to go with on fishing trips. (As in, he’ll actually sit and fish  instead of trying to jump into the river..) My husband was in need of a new fishing vest as his old one was falling apart, so I designed them matching vests.
The vests are constructed from a light cotton twill and lined with cotton so they will be lightweight and comfortable to wear. The pockets and yokes are made from rip stop nylon for strength and durability. The dad vest has a zipper pocket in the front lined with nylon to hold his phone and wallet, things you definitely don’t want to lose or get wet. The patch pockets are mitered at the corners to allow them to expand out for greater capacity, and all the pocket flaps have Velcro closures for easy access. The patches on the top pockets are made of the cuddle fleece that people usually use in blankets, the fuzzy texture makes a great surface to hold flies.

 

The dad vest also has a large zipper pocket that is almost the size of the entire back. Useful for holding maps, gloves, even an extra shirt once the sun comes up and the temperature rises. The D-rings in the back can be used to clip a net to while fishing, and then to hang the vest from at home.

 

My boys were thrilled with how the vests turned out and can’t wait to go fishing in them!

Backyard Getaway Hammock

*Project by Allie @ Miss Lovie Creations for the Boys Challenge of season 12*

 If the man in your life is anything like mine, he wants a nice space to relax when he’s home. The T.V. and couch gets old after awhile so I thought creating this nice little getaway right in our backyard would be nice for him. He can go just a few steps out our door and have a super comfy place to just relax, read the paper, drink ice tea, or just fall asleep to the sounds of our backyard wildlife! Hammocks are surprisingly SO easy to make so this sweet little getaway would be really simple to do! You could even attach some hooks to your walls indoors and bring this getaway idea inside if you wanted to!
I used some nice home decor fabric to make the hammock because it was strong while also soft, and it was two-sided! I made some tree straps to attach the hammock to trees. They’re extra long so you can attach them to the thinner trees like in this yard by wrapping the strap around the trunks a couple times or just once around larger trees.
Beside the hammock I made sure to add a little table so he could enjoy the flowers from the yard, iced tea, and the sports section.
The pillows are made out of sturdy duck canvas. They’re not really needed since the hammock is pretty comfy as is, but I thought they were a nice addition, just for fun.
Here you can see the tree straps a little closer and the gathered ends of the hammock. I sewed several lines of stitching on the ends to reinforce its strength. For the tree straps, I sewed boxes with Xs (also with several lines of stitching) to create the loops in the webbing of the tree straps so that they were strong enough to hold a person’s weight. The hammock straps are connected to the tree straps by a carabiner (Be sure to use real carabiners that will support a person’s weight!). As you can see in the picture on the right, the hammock is actually very wide (almost 60 inches!) so he can lay diagonally in it and lay mostly flat.
It’s definitely already a favorite spot at our house! Hope you love it

Zip Pouch Truck

*Project by ChiWei @ One Dog Woof for the Boys Challenge of season12*

You’d think this week would be easy for me, considering I have a boy at home and have complained about how girls’ things are so much cuter, but this was a difficult project  for me.  So, my son likes motor vehicles – trucks, cars, trains, planes.  I ended up making a stuffed truck with a zip pouch for a trailer.  Real life trailers are often shipping containers that hold stuff, like bananas and diapers and Gap jeans.  My little cloth “trailer/pouch” is also a storage container, this time holding little things like small toys, crayons or a light snack.  Get it, get it?  Big storage, little storage?
I found a simple boy-ish (or gender neutral) star printed fabric and made the body of the truck using a tutorial from Make-It Love-It as inspiration.  Then there’s a lined zip-pouch made using a tutorial from Skip to My Lou.   Instead of setting the zipper in the middle, I offset the zipper to the side so I could add a handle to the pouch.  What?  A handle?  Why yes, a handle 2 ways!

The trailer/pouch is removable and has a removable handle that can be snapped on, to make the pouch more of a dopp kit for a little boy, or a perfect little travel bag.  Or, un-snap the bottom end of the handle, flip it over, and snap it into the top of the truck.  Secure the bottom of the bag into the truck “bed” with more snaps, and now you have a pick-up truck that can be picked up by a handle!  Tell me that’s not just a little bit cool?
As for details, the headlights and taillights are buttons from my stash, and I made some felt tires with some fun orange buttons as accents.  My little boy loves his new “ruck”, and I think it’ll come in very useful for trips to hold snacks and toys and pacifiers, or just as something soft to snuggle with at the end of the day!

Dino Bike Make-Over

*Project by Meg @ Mega Crafty for the Boys Challenge of season12*

When I saw the theme “Let’s Hear It For The Boys the first thing I thought of was to make something for the little boy in my life… my nephew. Ok to tell you the truth this was really the second thing I thought of, the very first was the 80′s song from Footloose (and it’s been stuck in my head ever since). But a project for my nephew was the first crafty thing I thought of, so the 80′s song doesn’t really count.

My nephew is at the age where kids start to get their first bikes. I’m not sure if any of you have priced out toddler bikes recently but they are kind of expensive for something he’ll probably grow out of by next summer. So when I found a bike at a tag sale for just $5, I bought it and decided I could give it a makeover.

He loves dinosaurs and the shape of the handlebars reminded me of a dinosaur’s jawline, so I decided this little blue bike should become a Dino-Bike.

My husband took the tires and seat off so I could paint the frame. I sprayed it with two colors then hand detailed the dark green stripes. I drew, cut and painted the dinosaur head that was inspired by the handlebars, then attached it to the front. Last but not least all the paint was sealed and the bike was reassembled.

I can’t wait to watch my nephew learn to ride his very own dino-bike!

DIY Cufflinks

*Project made by Erin @ Erin’s Creative Energy for the Boys Challenge of season 12*

Most crafts are geared towards women.  Crafting in general is geared towards women.  I was very excited to participate in this week’s theme of, “Let’s Hear It For The Boys,” so I could show off something that you can do for the man in your life.  I made custom cufflinks, some of which are definitely geared for my husband.

Did you know that you can purchase cufflinks without anything on them?  I didn’t realize that until a few weeks ago.  I was so excited because buying a pair of cufflinks is SUPER EXPENSIVE!  This was a much cheaper alternative.  Each pair came out to just under $3!!!  That is way better than spending $50-100 a pair in a store.

At that price, you can afford to make a set for that special guy in your life.  Here are just a few of the ones I came up with…most of them from objects I had around the house.

Baseball cufflinks, made from a real baseball.  The Golfer cufflinks, made from a real golf ball that was laying around the house.  The legos were donated to my crafting cause from a neighbor kid and I spent less than $1 for 6 bobbers to make up the Fisherman cufflinks.  The ideas really are infinite when it comes to ideas on making cufflinks.

Trio of Belts & Storage Rack

*Project by  Amber @ Mule ‘n Nag Crafts for the For the Boys challenge of Season 14*

Our oldest is a tall, skinny boy.  Nothing ever stays on his bum.  When he moves up in a size length-wise, he spends the following months pulling up his pants every few minutes.  I’m ashamed to say before this week’s challenge, we’d just safety pin his pants until they fit properly. (I know, I know, shameful).

With the opportunity of this challenge, I wanted to make him some belts.  But, not just any belts… they had to be special, awesome, super-cool belts that he could wear to kindergarten in the fall (I can’t believe he’s THAT old?  Why must it go SO fast?).  So, I went to him, told him I wanted to make some belts.  I had this sweet idea (which I still might do for him in the future) for themed belts, but he wanted to pick the ‘type,’ and since their his belts, not mine.  His ideas won.

 

He was so excited about his new belts.  We started taking this pictures soon after they were made and he was jumping up and down.  Victory!    The best part about creating for my kids is seeing the reaction on their faces.  My eldest boy’s was priceless.  He pretended to be a jedi, baseball player and superhero all in a matter of minutes.  Sweet.

Far Away Galaxy Belt and Hey Batter Belt (he actually named it something else, but that might be too much of a hint of my identity) are made a similar away.  My boy picked out the fabric, I sewed it onto some nylon webbing, and added a couple D-rings to one of the ends.  The Bat Belt is what I’m particularly excited about.  I traced all those little bats out of felt and fused them to the nylon webbing.  With that, he became the owner of three belts (3 times more than he had before!)

Since he couldn’t wear them all at once, and he also had a few homemade ties (guilty) laying around, I also made a storage rack.

A little bit of wood trim, paint, c-hooks, and screws makes life in my boys’ closet a little less chaotic.  It’s the simple things really…:)

Shark Stuffie

*Project by Camille @ Sugar Baby Boutique for the For the Boys challenge of Season 14*

Guys. This was seriously the hardest challenge for me!! I know NOTHING about boys! So, I thought and thought and thought and then suddenly the projects were due and I still had no idea about what I was going to do. GAH! Then it struck me. Even though I don’t have any baby boys I have lots of fun friends having boys. So, what do baby boys like?? haha I tried to think of the most boyish animal & color I could and I came up with this little cutie.pa.tootie. I made him with liquid stitch because my sewing machine is out of commission at the moment but it worked just fine! So if you don’t have a sewing machine don’t fret. And somehow my computer lost all of my tutorial photos, minus the pattern pic. So that will have to do for now… And here he is…I picked out the manliest fabric I could find in my stash of florals and pinks ;)

I drew up a pattern of what I wanted our little shark stuffie to look like and then cut out the pieces. Pieced them all together using liquid stitch and voila! PS I made a better/easier patter once I had played around with other fabric that I will be posting on my blog after the voting is over :)

DIY Darth Vader Stencil

*Project by Valerie @ Occasionally Crafty for the For the Boys challenge of season 14*

If you are the mom of a boy, then it is likely that he is now or someday soon will be obsessed with Star Wars.  If it hasn’t happened yet, prepare yourself–it most likely will.  Even if you never show them the movies, somehow, they will learn about light sabers  Luke and Han Solo, and of course the big baddy himself- Darth Vader.

My oldest son is no exception:   he’s learned how to turn almost anything into a light saber  only wants to check out Star Wars books from the library, and tells everyone he meets about all the characters and what they do.  So, when I heard the theme for this week was “For the Boys”, I knew I had to make something Star-Wars related.  Here is my Darth Vader Stenciled Shirt.

I sketched out a Darth Vader head, based on some different clip art images I found online.  Once I had a sketch I was happy with, I traced it onto freezer paper.

Normally I would use my Silhouette to cut out the stencil, but I’m having trouble with my blade.  Since I was on a deadline, I used the old-fashioned method:  X-acto knife and a cutting board.  I cut out all the parts that I wanted to be painted.  Then I ironed the freezer paper onto my t-shirt.  I used two coats of black fabric paint to fill in all the openings, and when it was dry to the touch, I peeled the freezer paper off to showcase my design.

My son LOVED his shirt.  Knowing it would look even cooler on a black background, I made him a matching pillow for his bed.

Now, can I use a Jedi mind trick to get you to vote for me?  May the force be with you!