Flannel-palooza & Pajama Parties

Ben loves his soft clothes and especially pajamas. He’ll even want to wear his pajamas at home during the day. Problem is, it’s been so HOT lately! And still, he wants to wear his winter flannel pajamas. Oh, boy.

So, I also decided I would make him short-sleeved flannel pajamas with matching shorts. He chose the fabric – hot pink and black plaid.

He was so happy with the finished product but immediately went upstairs to layer his other TWO flannel pajamas on top. What? Yes. And slept that way – 3 tops and 3 bottoms. I may have to “disappear” the winter pajamas for a few months!

I guess if he’s happy, I’m happy!


But wait, there’s more!

Ben always wants to wear his “soft plaid shorts” and he would wear the same pair every day if we let him. Plus, he tends to wear holes through them more often.

So, for his birthday I thought I’d let him go to JoAnn’s with me and pick out 5 fabrics for new shorts. He of course convinced me he wanted 1 more to make a shirt – and it had to be lizards. That’s next in the queue. ūüôā

I think this one is my favorite!

I used the same pajama pattern for the shorts only I took out 1″ in the width of each leg to make it a bit more fitted.


Pattern Review – S6427 (oop)

Pattern Description: The pajama top has front button closing, set-in sleeves and patch pocket. I made version 2 which has a notched collar, short sleeves, and shorts.

Pattern Sizing: I made size 10 for Ben who will turn 9 in 2 weeks.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Good fit and good pattern. The sizing was spot on for Ben although the shorts were quite generous in width.

Fabric Used: All are 100% cotton flannel from JoAnn’s. I had to use some careful layout of the pattern for the shorts since I only got a yard of each fabric and it shrank a bit in the wash.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:¬†For the extra shorts I folded out 1″ in the width for the leg. For both the pajamas and shorts I took 1″ off the height of the crotch since he prefers to wear his shorts a bit lower. I didn’t follow the pattern instruction exactly for the fly since they called for an open fly with just a button to close it. I sewed it up completely and just topstitched the fly flaps down.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes. I’ll likely be sewing more and more of these and probably in the larger sizes too. They are Ben’s favorite type of shorts.

Conclusion: Easy make + happy boy = happy mom!

Singing Block

Ben’s been struggling with singing time. Its part of our bedtime routine and lately he’s been fighting it. Maybe its because he knows its bedtime. Maybe its because we are trying to get him to engage with us more by sitting on the blanket and doing all the actions. Whatever it is, we’ve decided to change it up.

I made a singing time die that we can take turns tossing. Each of us will get one toss, so four songs a night. This should at least bring him back to the group between each song…so he can see what the next song is. By making it more of a game I think it will help him deal with an¬†inconsistent¬†song order.

Want one too? Here’s what you need to do.

  • Download the svg file, or the Sure Cuts A Lot 2 file.
  • Cut the pieces out of cardstock. You may want to change the square’s to¬†perforate¬†if you are using the svg file. (its already done on the scal2 file)
  • I made pictures for each side using clip art and the song title. I then used markers to make it nice and colorful. I just attached them with scrapbook glue.¬†

Here’s how it goes together.

  • I chose to laminate mine so I did that first.
  • I used hot glue to complete the box.

Halloween Bats

Inspired by Dana at Made, I wanted to have bats too. So, I cut out a bunch on my Cricut and had Ben help me put them up.

Ben’s arrangement of the bats.

I adjusted them a bit after Ben was done. We just used cardstock, bending the wings forward a bit. I used regular scotch tape to attach them to the wall. Over the next week they would keep falling off. It gave Ben something to do.

Full view.

I finally had Troy put the shelves back up and put the rest of the Halloween decorations up. I still have to touch up the shelves, but it looks pretty good for now. Now, it’s time to switch into Thanksgiving.

What a Crazy Week

Its been a wild ride! Last Monday I was admitted to the hospital due to complications with my pregnancy and on Thursday, baby James decided it was time to be born…even though he wasn’t due until January. He will be in the NICU for a few months but is doing well and I am also recovering well.

Needless to say, crafting will be taking a backseat to other needs for a while. I’ll post updates on my personal blog but will probably be ignoring this one for a while. I’ll leave you with this cute little card I made for him:

Based on a cute one by Frilly Milly.