So! I found out that we’re having a boy! I’ll admit that I was thrown for a serious loop because for a number of reasons I’ve had nothing but girls on the brain the whole time I’ve been pregnant. But the surprise made finding out much more exciting than I’d expected it to be. I was just (stupidly) pretty certain it was a girl so it really was a huge surprise!

Of course I instantly had to pull some fabric for a baby quilt for MY baby!

New Baby Quilt for MY baby!

I’m off the the 2nd annual LAMQG retreat today (four days of sewing with friends! What could be better??) and I hope to get something started. I’ve got lots of other projects to work on too…

And otherwise, I did some blog/pinterest/google searching and there just aren’t that many cute boy tutorials out there, are there? I’ve heard this from lots of moms but hadn’t experienced it first hand. So tell me, what’s your favorite pattern or tutorial for boy stuff? I wanna make this kid more than quilts!

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  • AmandaL

    January 26, 2012 at 7:26 am | Reply

    I think you’ll like Made by Rae’s month-long series called Celebrate the boy
    on making things for boys. She’s done it 2 years in a row, now, and there’s a good chunk of projects of different sorts to browse through. There’s also a new book just published called Sewing for Boys

    good luck!

  • judy

    January 26, 2012 at 7:39 am | Reply

    I always include bibs and wash mitts with my gift quilt for

  • Cristin

    January 26, 2012 at 7:46 am | Reply

    Alissa – it IS hard to find cute handmade boy tutorials out there! Check out this link to “Celebrate the Boy”

    And there’s also a Flickr pool!

    I know you’ll find loads of great stuff to make for baby boy…CONGRATS!
    Boys are so fun… mine is turning 2 soon! He’s a hoot – always a car in his hand and he never misses a semi-truck passing on the road 🙂

  • Tricia C

    January 26, 2012 at 8:02 am | Reply

    You should check out I Am Momma Hear Me Roar. She has some really cute things for boys.

  • CitricSugar

    January 26, 2012 at 8:02 am | Reply


    That stack you pulled is great… Can’t wait to see the quilt. 🙂

  • vicki

    January 26, 2012 at 8:10 am | Reply

    Congratulations! I was like that in my first pregnancy, a good friend had 3 girls so I just assumed I would have one too! It was weird to find out #1 was a boy. But good. Ottobre Design is a pattern magazine from Europe that has the best, and cutest patterns for boys’ clothing, check it out! Also look up the “celebrating the boy” series on the Made blog. 🙂

  • Katrin

    January 26, 2012 at 8:12 am | Reply

    I made a couple of really cute (boyish) pants from the quick change pants pattern in Anna Maria Horner’s book when I believed I would get a nephew. I got a niece but fortunately my brother loves to dress his daughter in robot pants. And they come together real quick. And what they loved most from the huge pile of presents was the Snuggler from Lotta Jandotter’s pattern (free pattern at Craft magazine). My niece loved it and I had to meke bigger versions twice.

  • Anna

    January 26, 2012 at 8:25 am | Reply

    Congratulations on your growing baby boy!! Check out the photos and discussions on this flickr group…looks like they have a lot of cute ideas:
    Also, Camillie Roskelley has a lot of cute quilts she has made for her sons ( There is one pattern in her book that is super cute for a baby boy, I think the pattern is called “little man.”
    Have fun sewing!!

  • Megan

    January 26, 2012 at 8:26 am | Reply

    Check out Sewing for Boys – it’s full of great stuff! And my kids (one boy, one girl) want everything in Oliver+S Little Things to Sew. What an exciting time for you!

  • Cheryl Arkison

    January 26, 2012 at 8:26 am | Reply

    So exciting!
    Have a great time at the retreat.

  • Amy

    January 26, 2012 at 8:32 am | Reply

    Congratulations! Boys are so much fun, and I think they are easier than girls. 😉 No girls here yet, just two boys, but number three might surprise me! I can’t wait to see what all you make for him.

  • Kelly

    January 26, 2012 at 8:36 am | Reply

    Congrats on having a boy! My son is 5 now and my favorite blog for new crafty ideas is I’m working on sewing a teepee for my son for this summer. For clothes I tend to knit more than sew, but as he gets older there are lots of fun toys that you can sew that can be used again for any future kiddos 🙂

  • Amy

    January 26, 2012 at 8:50 am | Reply

    fabric blocks!

  • Holly

    January 26, 2012 at 9:05 am | Reply

    Congrats! Fun that it was a surprise for you! I’d also highly recommend Dana and Rae’s Celebrate the Boy series for great ideas.

    Have a wonderful time at the retreat and savour every moment. You’ll be back to overnight retreats eventually, but it’ll take a little time!

  • hannah

    January 26, 2012 at 9:41 am | Reply

    i completely feel you on the lack of boy projects – i am expecting my first boy at the end of april (we already have a two and a half year old girl) and its been hard to not only pull less fussy fabric for him, but also to find projects to make with them. lately i’ve been making piles of flannel pants – i used lotta jansdotter’s pattern from simple sewing for baby with some modfifications – and now i’m working on recovering our moses basket with some anna maria horner flannel and making yards and yards of bunting to hang in his ‘nook’. happy baby boy growing to you!

  • Melissa

    January 26, 2012 at 9:51 am | Reply

    Oh, I’m so happy for you guys. 🙂
    Personally, I’m glad you asked this question because I need to know the same thing! 🙂 Since my kids tend to be kinda skinny, I figure I’ll need to make my little man some pants…Mama can’t really put leggings on a boy, now can she? 🙂
    I can’t wait to see what you make. Oh, and have fun this weekend!

  • Joelle Lambert

    January 26, 2012 at 10:09 am | Reply

    Check this out:

    I made this for my niece and nephew’s son- the whole quilt is adorable. My niece is planning to join your guild, if she hasn’t already- Kim. And she is hoping to join you in being pregnant soon and growing her family.

  • Megan

    January 26, 2012 at 10:16 am | Reply

    I made both these Anna Maria Horner patterns for a little girl, but I totally think these could be used for a baby boy too!

    Quick Change Trousers:

    Baby In The Hood:

  • Tamie

    January 26, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply

    Congratulations! I can’t help you with the boy thing as I had three girls- the oldest of which is getting married in two weeks. There is a blogger from Vermont that sews a lot for her little boy but the blog name escapes me.

  • Tamie

    January 26, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply

  • Chelsea the Yarngeek

    January 26, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply

    Hurray for a boy! We also found out that we’re having a boy! Let the sewing commence! I would highly recommend you check out Meg’s blog ( and Amanda’s blog ( They both have boys and sew for them regularly. There’s also a great book out there (on Amazon at least) on sewing for boys. I just got Handmade Beginnings by Anna Maria Horner and I love it. Good luck. Can’t wait to see what you sew for your little man!

  • krista

    January 26, 2012 at 11:44 am | Reply

    Yay! A boy! Congrats! I was always terrified of having a boy until I had my son, and I’ll tell you, it’s super awesome. We’re not finding out the sex of this next baby, but I’m pretty sure it’s another boy, so I’m trying to plan out projects. I’m hoping to try some knit rompers, shirts, and pants. A simple lightweight quilt. A new quilted playmat/blanket. I have the Sewing Book for Boys and will try to find tutorials online for other things.

  • Rach

    January 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply

    found some great things to make for boys here:

    good luck : )

  • Monica

    January 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply


    I have three boys and cute boys’ fabrics is difficult to find!

    I think boys are fab. Be very happy.

  • Inder

    January 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply

    Boy!!! YAY. Congratulations. I’ve loved sewing for my little boy. I second many of the recommendations above, and also check out the amazing book “Sewing For Boys,” by Shelly Figueroa.

  • chloe

    January 26, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Reply

    As others have mentioned, the Sewing For Boys book is great – lots of great ideas as well as patterns. I also follow a local (to me) blog by the mum of two boys: Its a great mix of personal raising boys issues and links and products – all super cool. She is also on pinterest. I am lucky enough to have one of each and have found you get a whole new perspective with a boy, but also that simple ideas translate well between genders (even though the internet is full of the girl versions) just by changing colours or patterns. Congratulations also 🙂

  • Carol

    January 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Reply

    Go visit Ashley: She’s making stuff for her cutie, Max all the time!

  • Molly

    January 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Reply

    Yay! I have three boys and boys are the BEST!! I want some more sometimes. I used to call my youngest my little mascot because he went everywhere with me and he was always so excited. They’re bigger now but all three are still so close to my heart. He’ll always be a Mommy’s boy ….

    Tips: All you need to make him is a cape and your good for years. You can get him to anything if you tell him you’re timing him. If you want him to help you carry something tell him it’s way too heavy.

  • jill

    January 26, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Reply

    Anna Maria Horner’s Handmade Beginning baby pants – (forget the name of them now) are excellent for boys. Also, Wee Wonderful’s robot and spaceboy. I made 2 robots for my boys and a spaceboy and they get a fair bit of play. Fabric balls have been a huge hit with my boys, especially with a big, heavy bell in the middle. And when they’re bigger there’s capes, superhero masks (I winged some out of fleece and elastic for my boys), pirate/ cowboy vests, robin hood hats, Jedi robes, knight’s armour . . .

    There’s also tons of fun boy prints out there right now for making quilts, receiving blankets, change pads, pouches, fabric baskets, etc. Lotta Jansdotter’s book “Simple Sewing for Babies” has a ton of fun, really easy projects, and I everything except the dress is totally appropriate for boys (she had a boy, after all).

    Boys are amazing balls of energy and creativity and curiosity. Have fun!

  • Habibti at Home

    January 27, 2012 at 5:25 am | Reply

    First congratulations!!!!!! That is so exciting! I am also pregnant with my first and I am not going to find out the sex so I am trying to find good gender neutral stuff in the quilting and sewing land. I normally only quilt so a few bibs and maybe a piece of clothing but really I need to decide on a quilt for my first child! Yikes! Six months to make cute things, I can do it! Can’t wait to see what you make!!!!

  • Helen in Switzerland

    January 27, 2012 at 8:16 am | Reply

    Congratulations! I have 2 girls and a boy – and my boy (now 13) has been a joy since the moment he was born – boys are way easier and cuddlier than girls!!

  • Lindsay

    January 27, 2012 at 10:00 am | Reply

    Yes! My friend Mary makes the cutest clothes for her little boy. How about baby’s first Halloween?

    Or for the slightly older boy, a Messenger Bag ( or Upcycled Hoodie to Pullover (

  • Linda H.

    January 27, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply

    Congratulations on having a boy! But I’m totally agonizing with you over the lack of boy-appropriate tutorials and things to sew for them! I have three infant grandsons, 18 months apart in age, and it’s been next to impossible to make anything for them except quilts. Even then, finding cute boy fabric (when family members are particular about colors) has been challenging. If I knew of a place to send you for boy tutes, I would sure do it.

  • kate @swimbikequilt

    January 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Reply

    I keep meaning to say congratulations, so, congratulations! Kids are a whole new world. And may your little boy sleep. That seems to be key :)Today, we took the kid to the National Gallery of Art. When we got home, I asked my 5 year old (boy) what he thought? He said, “Modern art doesn’t have to be anything. It just has to be something. Something interesting.” It made us smile.

  • Susanne

    January 27, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Reply

    yahooo! I, too, was convinced that #2 was a girl. Nope. But in the end, healthy and happy mamma and little one is all that counts. Congratulations to you and G! xxx s

  • Emily

    January 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply

    Congratulations on the baby boy! I don’t have any little ones but I have cousins who have many boys and I like to make them stuff too! I love the Oliver and S patterns for sewing clothing for children and they have many cute and classic options for sewing boys clothing. Check them out here: I also recently made a stuffed snake for one of the boys, he is smitten!

  • Wendy

    January 30, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply

    Congratulations on the baby boy!!!! I have 2 of them and they are a lot of fun, they keep you busy. Sorry, I don’t know of any boy tutorials. My boys like my pillow cases that I make them ( Star Wars, Soccer, Dinosaurs etc.), but you will not need them for a while. Have a great time on your retreat.

  • nanette

    January 31, 2012 at 9:02 am | Reply

    Your fabrics will surely make a lovely boy quilt. Good for you. As a mom of 7 girls and 1 son, we get what we get. My niece just found out she’s having her 3rd son. She was kind of mad at first but of course we all love them no matter.

  • Hollie

    January 31, 2012 at 9:43 am | Reply

    I should have shown this to you at the retreat. Drats. Check out the awesome little cap in Amy Butler’s “Little Stitches” book. I made one for my friend’s son and it’s just SEW dare cute! Thanks for a great weekend!

  • Adele

    January 31, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Reply

    Boy babies rock! Seriously, I got a bit teary reading that your having a boy…. Funny, the first wrap I made for my little man was oranges, reds and browns…. a sense of deja vu seeing your picks. Look after yourself and your bun.

  • ashley

    February 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply

    Yay for boys!! 🙂 So happy for you, and of course I know that you’ll find all kinds of wonderful things to sew for the new little one! Our favorites thus far – definitely AMH’s quick change trousers and her flannel & voile receiving blankets, and we’ve been getting lots of use out of the bib pattern from Lotta Jansdotter’s book (oh, and those giraffe rattles, also from that book). Max also loved his tag blanket, and just recently has discovered a love for fabric blocks. Can’t wait to see what you make!

  • Lindsey

    February 2, 2012 at 7:11 am | Reply

    So excited for you! Congrats! 🙂

  • Laurel

    February 2, 2012 at 10:32 am | Reply

    I’m glad you put the call out for boy handmades. It’s great to browse through the resources. I have a little boy and never knew how incredible it would be. Raising a boy is wonderful. I’ve learned so much about space rockets, shuttles and space travel to name the latest passion and he’s only two. I can’t wait to see what else we explore as a family. I’m making my first quilt for him while teaching myself how to sew and it’s slow going, but each time he sees it, he says, “mama sewing, you (I) want to sew” and it just makes me want to keep going (even though I have no idea what I’m doing!). Congrats to you and your family.

  • Jen B

    February 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Reply

    Congratulations on the boy! I love being mom to my boy. <3 Everyone else has had some great suggestions. I've especially like Oliver + S, Ottobre Magazine, Sewing for Boys, Boy Week and The Boy Trifecta blog( Hoping for an easy remainder to the rest of your pregnancy!

  • Nell

    February 6, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Reply

    Congrats! This is fabulous! I’ve had trouble finding boy sewing patterns too, so just reading your comments has been helpful. I’m sure you’ll make something really special for your little man 🙂

  • Crystal

    February 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply

    Congratulations! I have 3 boys and they are a joy! 😀 You will just love having a boy!

  • Rae Hoekstra

    February 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply

    Baby boys are seriously the bomb. And making them handmade stuff is so much fun. YOU WILL LOVE IT. Congratulations girl! Yaaaaaaaaaay!!!!

  • Lisa Corbett

    April 18, 2012 at 1:55 am | Reply

    I know this is late. But that is fantastic news! I too was sure I was having a girl. I even went out and bought pink singlets. I have two 11 year old boys! They are truly a gift. Enjoy each moment.

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