Sewing Projects by a Dad

Month: February, 2013

Skating, and the 3:1 Rule

I’ve confirmed there is exists a 3:1 rule for children and outdoor activities. We took the boys skating over the weekend and I’m quite sure that we spent at least 3 hours getting dressed, putting on skates, getting undressed and warming up for a scant 1 hour of outdoor time. (Outdoor time includes skating, getting into and out of the car, getting from the rink to the cafe next door, looking at the ducks on the Harbour.) Not to suggest that it wasn’t fun and that we and the boys didn’t enjoy ourselves.

Just to say, “Come on Spring!”



Beaver Pattern is now available

Hey – Just wanted to let everyone know that the pattern I for my stuffed Beaver toy is now available in my etsy shop –

You can see some of the process in the gallery below and in posts here and here.

I’m currently working on a post about all the fabrics I picked up on the Family Day long weekend – stay tuned.


Talk soon,


Coffee on the Couch

Last night, after a long day, I was sitting on the couch, having a coffee. Both boys wanted to read books, and I was indulging them. However, as is often the case, reading on the couch also involves climbing on the back to stand in the window, crawling over the arm to ‘flip’ onto the seats – reading, boy styles.

But I wanted my coffee. So I was drinking it. I heard the small voice in my head saying “Really? Best plan?” I imagined the look of a couch with massive coffee stains.

And then it happened. Our little guy made a leap up towards the back. I quickly switched the coffee from my right hand to my left in just the nick of time. Then, I sat there smugly thinking, “That’s right, I can do this.”

At which point, he squirreled onto my lap. Onto both arms.

Lets just say that my project focus may have changed.

Slip covers anyone?



Folding laundry

So I was folding laundry one morning this past weekend while my wife slept in and my boys played with play dough. Wouldn’t a quilt that draws inspiration from this shirt be amazing?


I think so. But that could be the coffee talking.

New items are now up!

Just to let everyone know that new items are now up in my shop and to remind everyone that everything is one sale tomorrow! See my earlier post here for more information on the sale.

**Family Day Sale**

I’m going to have a Family Day Sale (Monday only)! 10% off each item, 20% if you refer a friend to my FB page and they ‘like’ it – Just get them to post or comment on my wall to get your reference.

I’ll be putting more items up tonight so be sure to check out my shop tomorrow –

Talk soon!


ps. If you refer someone on Facebook, contact me for a coupon code for your extra 10% discount. And thanks!

Fabric for Aprons

I had a request from a friend about making an apron, so swung by Needlework to pick up some fabric I thought would work for the project. The monkey would be the face with the orange as a backing.

I was seduced by their sale table and also picked up some for a future, as yet undefined, project.

Let me know what you think!

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Beavers! Now for Sale!

Hey – Just wanted to let everyone know that my first batch of beavers are now up on Etsy. Check them out here –

For these guys, I developed a pattern as there really wasn’t anything great out there in a style I liked. Most attempted realistic recreations rather than a more cartoony look. You can see how it all started here.

Here are a few photos of the process that goes into each beaver.


I made a slew of elephants for Christmas presents this year. They are fun to make and kids really seem to enjoy them. So I’ve made another parade. Here is a selection of the different fabrics I used.

We have a really great sewing shop here in Hamilton – Needlework. When I need fabric and can organize our Saturday mornings to include a stop here, I love going to this shop. They have a well curated selection of fabric that is definitely inspiring.

So, a couple yards of fabric from Needlework and a bit left over from other projects around the house went into making these guys. I hope you like them.

Check them out in my Etsy store –


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