Sewing Away

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My son is 2 years old now, he does not really appreciate PJs with feet anymore. We do not buy those any more but still have one left and just got another one as a gift. Totally simple, easy project but I thought it might help some beginners out there.

So here we have the PJs with the feet.

This type has a little elastic at the heel, so you should cut off the foot above that.

I used specific cuff fabric, it is really strechy, so I used about 60-70% of the length of the pants’ end. General rule of thumb is to use 80%, but it looked too much in this case.

Fold the cuff in half wrong sides together and sew them together. I used my serger, but you can use a zigzag or a strechy stich if you do not have a serger.

Fold it in half this time length wise, again wrong sides together. 

Now you have right sides out (visible). Put this ring around the leg, that they both have raw edges up.

I clipped them together only at 2 places, the place where the cuff has the seam to the inner seam of the leg. (I prefer it in, because it is less visible that way.) Check out where the half of the length of the cuff is and that point goes to the other seam. It look like a lettuce inside, but it is okay until every bit of the leg is in. 

Now, take of the ditachble piece of your sewing surface (do not know the professional name) to make it easier to sew this little thing. 

Do it slowly. Always make sure there is no wrinkle in the fabric of the leg and pull only the cuff as much as needed.

I had another little tricky thing; one leg is  closing with snaps, there you have to keep the fabrics at the right (closed) position. If you feel unsure about this, you can stitch the leg closed first.

And here you go:

Have a lovely weekend!


I wanted to put my love into my son’s backpack, not just grab one from the store shelf. After all he has started nursery school.

First time I used piping (also made by myself) and I lined it as well.

Aaand an semi-action photo (just at home):



We bought these world map pictures for our son’s room from IKEA (ooops, I see the last one is upside down).

They are a bit boring, so I thought I would perk them up. I could have drawn on it, but I am not so good at that, so I decided to do something else. I went for simple origami. Just a few pieces here and there. Some of them I put on with double sided tape , some with scotch tape, some I kept flat, some I made more 3D.

You can personalize it to your own life and the little one’s world, put on animals what he likes.

 These are the origamis I made. You can find the diagrams here:

A closer look: turtle and hearts,


fish, elephant, rowing boat,

whale, crab and sailing boat.


And here is the result:

Have a nice day!


There are not so many sewing projects out there for men and it is not the easiest category to make a garment for a man. So I have been always a little bit reluctant to make clothes for my husband. But shorts are just never comfortable enough for him what we buy in stores, so I felt that I should try it.

I am running out of space for the fabrics, so I promised to myself I would buy no more fabrics in August. I wanted to keep my promise so looked around what I could use. Ended up with with using a fabric from Ikea, Blavinge canvas. I knew he would like it, it has really cool pattern with bugs and plants. It is light enough for summer and I hope durable enough for wearing.

I found a good looking pattern in the summer edition of Ottobre magazine for kids. I changed just a few things; no sidepockets, taller waistband and adding a pocket on it inside. I altered the size too for perfect fit (still could work on it a bit next time).

It took the freetime of many days, one day pattern drawing, next one cutting them, then transfering and fabric cutting and the sewing itself was about 3-4 days too. It means 1-2 hours a day what I could spent with it.

I am proud of the final product and my husband likes it a lot too and he says they are comfortable. Yaay!

After the fabric austerity I will get some denim and make another one using the experience from these. 🙂

Do you know some good patterns or ideas for men? If yes, please share them with me.