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Boy PJs for (almost) FREE!

Boy PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

Boy PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

The other day I was at JoAnn Fabrics because I had a little time to spare.  (What, don’t you spend your spare time there?)  I needed a couple of zippers and some elastic, so had a good reason/excuse to be there.

Boy PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

On my way to the zippers I spotted a sign that read 70% off.  So I made a detour.  It turned out that flannel was on sale for 70% off, and since my boys had outgrown the boy pjs I made them in February, it was perfectly reasonable for me to grab a bolt.

Boy PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

After all, $6.99 a yard at 70% off brought the price way down to $2.10 per yard.  When I got up to the cutting counter, there were only 2 yard left on the bolt which meant the 2nd yard was considered a remnant and was available for an additional 50% off, did I want it?  $1.04 per yard, yes please!  That brought my total up to $3.15 for two yards of flannel.

Boy PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation
Pretend like you’re sleeping!

At the checkout I pulled up my weekly coupons and found one for 25% off my total purchase.  So I ended up paying $2.36 for 2 yards of flannel.  Totally doable.

Boy PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

After that, it only took me about an hour to whip up each of these boys a pair of pajama pants.  It would have taken even less time if I’d have used a pattern instead of trying to draft my own and messing up.

Boy PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

I originally intended these boy pjs for my middle two boys, but mistakes happen, so the two youngest boys are the delighted recipients.

Boy PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

Sometimes we’re asked if it’s cheaper to sew, and while it’s not always true, we sure do love it when we find good deals like this.  Other examples of cheap sewing can be found in our Buy or DIY Skirt series.

Boy PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation
Okay boys, thanks for letting Mommy take your picture. Who wants another cookie?

How about you, got any good fabric sale stories?  Share them with us below!

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A Mask! {Kids Clothes Week Day 2}

Mask

Mask

Kids Clothes Week Day 2

The second day of Kids Clothes Week ended up being very easy for me!  Thomas requested a mask.  When I tried to entice him with something a little more extravagant, he insisted that a mask was all he wanted and had been wanting for a very long time.  In fact, since I made him the poncho.

Mask

Since I decided this week was going to be all for the kids, their pattern and fabric choices, a mask it was!  I originally cut the mask out of black felt, but when Thomas tried it on he said, “Mom, I can tell I’m going to be wearing this a lot!  So do you think you could make it not so itchy?”

Mask

So I lined it with a scrap of denim.  And he was so happy!  It has a piece of elastic sewed to each side to hold it on his head.

Mask by Skirt Fixation

I think you should also know the little story of the wooden sword Thomas is holding.  We were at a children’s store looking for new/used shoes and Thomas spied the swords.  He was pretty sure he needed one or more and they were only $3 each.  I looked at my growing pile of shoes (why do they all outgrow their shoes at the same time?  Does anyone know?) and suggested he try to make one for himself at home first.

Mask by Skirt Fixation

Immediately when we arrived home, he disappeared into the garage.  A short while later he appeared with 3 swords, one for him and some for his siblings!  “And they didn’t cost me a thing, Mom!”

Mask by Skirt Fixation

I knew he could do it, and now he has the pride of making it himself!  Since this mask took me such a short time to make, I got a headstart on some of the other children’s projects…there are a few that are a wee bit more complicated.  See you tomorrow!

You can see Kids Clothes Week Day 1 here.

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Cowboy Poncho from a Skirt!

Cowboy Poncho

Cowboy PonchoRemember that boy we introduced you to earlier in the week with his cowboy quilt?  Did we mention it was his birthday recently?  Oh, we did?  Well, did we mention that he l.o.v.e.s. cowboys?  Oh, we did?  Well, when a boy loves something as much as this boy loves cowboys, it’s easy to know what to make him for his birthday!

Cowboy Poncho with HoodThis gift was actually Aria’s idea, so here she is to tell you how the cowboy poncho came to be:

So while mom was making Thomas’ quilt I decided that I would like to make him a birthday present too.  And ever since we made our Not A Skirt ebook, he had been asking for a cape like the one I made. So I finally got an excuse and time to make him one.  Anyway a while back I had been looking through ‘the girls’ closet, and I found a not so great skirt that had cowboys and Indians on it.

skirt refashionIt had been mom’s from when she was a cowgirl, and it wasn’t anything I was ever going to wear, so into the remake pile it went, and it was just the perfect thing for a cape.

Cowboy PonchoSo here’s Mom to tell you how we made a skirt to cowboy poncho transformation:

Step1: Cut skirt off above the denim about 2 inches.

Step 2: Cut skirt open along one side seam.

Step 3: Fold over and finish edges of skirt.

Step 4: Cut out hood pieces.  (We used the pattern pieces from this rain jacket, but you can just eyeball a hood shape!)

Step 5: Fold over top edge of denim 2 times, sandwiching hood into the last fold and sew a new hem across the top.  (Make sure to situate your hood the right way before you sew!)

Cowboy PonchoAnyway now he loves it and he’s so happy with it he wears it everywhere.

Cowboy Poncho by Skirt FixationAnything to do with cowboys or horses and he’s all over it!

chagra & tack, south amrice horse ridingWe think he imagines this in his mind’s eye as what he looks like when he’s wearing it!

Cowboy Poncho by Skirt FixationIt was Aria’s idea to add the hood because she said she’s often wished she had one on her cape!

Cowboy PonchoThis cape makes him feel like he’s on top of the world!

cowboy poncho by Skirt FixationWe think he’s pretty cool too!  Just in case you were wondering!

Hats Off!How about you, have you made a cape or poncho?   Hat’s off to you!

Cowboy Poncho by Skirt Fixation

 

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