Mother-Son Sewing Series

This week boy sewing mums unite!!

The Mother-Son Sewing Series is on, hosted by the lovely Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy (yes, that’s THREE boys!!).  So far there have been some adorable outfits and lots of fun being shared between the talented mummies and their super cute boys.

I admit… when Stacey asked me to get involved I was really stuck for ideas.  The whole match-matchy thing isn’t really for me so and I racked my brain on how to approach the idea.  Luckily Stacey was very relaxed about it so today I thought I’d share a story about how I’ve been sharing my love of sewing with my Big Boy recently.

All kids go through their little phases of being obsessed with certain toys, tv shows, books etc.  One of our most recent has been the Dr Seuss book “The Lorax”.

Have you read it?  It’s story with a great environmental message about a greedy entrepreneur who chops down a forest of Truffula trees and makes a fortune making Thneeds.

the lorax book

“What’s a thneed?” I hear you asking.  Well…

“A Thneed’s a Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need!

It’s a shirt. It’s a sock. It’s a glove.  It’s a hat.

But it has other uses. Yes, far beyond that.

You can use it for carpets. For pillows! For sheets!

Or curtains! Or covers for bicycle seats!”

(I wonder if it does the dishes??)

the lorax thneed

So, one day when I popped into a local fabric store to pick up one thing (yeah, right!) and I used my trick of playing hide and seek amongst the fabric to keep him occupied.

hide and seek

The next thing I know he starts shouting “Mum! Mum! Look! It’s the Lorax!  We have to make a Thneed!”

Haha!  Cute! Ok, so Lorax and Truffula tree fabric came home with us for Thneed making.

Given the Big Boy is really not so big (4 years old), Mummy did most of the sewing.  But he did have a great time on my knee unclipping the Wonder Clips.

thneed sewing

He was also on speed control!  Yep, turtle speed coz he likes turtles the best…

thneed sewing turtle speed

And….Huzzah!  One Thneed!


Turns out it’s a great hat….

thneed as a hat

And bicycle seat cover…

thneed as bicycle seat cover

I also managed to save half a metre to make some summer shorts (Star Shorts pattern by Flosstyle) so we did manage matching “outfits” after all!

thneed and shorts

thneed and shorts 2

thneed and shorts 3

So what do you think?  Did I fill the brief?

I’d love to hear about how you share your love of sewing with the boys in your life.  Or if you’ve ever made matching outfits!!

Catch you soon,

Nat x

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