Happy Homemade Kids Sew-along!

It’s time for a sew-along!

Happy Homemade Sew-along // elsie marley and you & mie

I’m so excited to announce that I’m teaming up with the amazing Meg, of elsie marley, to bring you our first Happy Homemade Kids Sew-along!  We’re picking one pattern to sew from the ever popular Japanese pattern book, Happy Homemade Vol. 2, which has also been recently translated to English (Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids).  You can use either version of the book to sew along with us!

So which pattern will we be sewing together?

Sew Chic Kids Review & Giveaway // you & mie

We thought the Pull-over Parka would be a great pattern to start with.  A great wardrobe basic for boys and girls, appropriate practically year round, plenty of room for modifications and embellishments, not too tricky, but not too simple.  What do you think?  Do you know a kid who needs an awesome hoodie?  The book includes Japanese sizes 100 – 130, which is approximately US sizes 3/4 – 7/8.

Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids

The sew-along will be from June 16-20, so put it in your calendar!  Between now and then we’ll be back with tons of information about where to buy the book, what types of fabric we recommend, along with other materials you’ll need, hoodie inspiration and modification ideas.  Once the sew-along starts, Meg and I will be taking you through every step of the process from tracing your pattern and adding seam allowance to constructing the garment.

When you’re done, we want you to take a picture of your pullover and share it in the sew-along Flickr pool.  Enter your project into the pool by Monday, June 23 (corrected from an earlier typo – my apologies!) so you can be included in our round-up AND be automatically entered in a great giveaway!!  More details on that to come!

Sew Chic Kids Review & Giveaway // you & mie

To get the fun started, the generous people at Tuttle Publishing is giving away THREE copies of Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids!!  This giveaway is open to US/Canadian residents only.  And though anyone can enter to win, we do hope that these books will go to people who are planning to participate in the sew-along!!  Enter the giveaway by Sunday, June 1st, 5pm PDT by following the link below {GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  CLICK LINK TO SEE WINNERS}:


I’ll be back later this week with some places you can buy the book if you’re an international participant or are super eager to get the book in your hands!

We’re really hoping that you’ll join us for this sew-along!  If you’ve always wanted to try a Japanese sewing book, but wasn’t sure where to start, THIS IS IT.

And if you’re sewing along, be sure to grab this awesome button that Meg made and post it in your sidebar or share it on Facebook or Instagram so everyone knows you’re sewing along!  #happyhomemadesewalong

happy homemade sew-along: June 16-20, 2014

Bookmark it.  Pin it.  Don’t forget it!

It’s gonna be awesome.


107 thoughts on “Happy Homemade Kids Sew-along!

  1. Great idea! I’ve made this pattern a few times now and answered countless flickrmail and email messages about how on earth the neckline works. Hopefully the new translation is clear as the older one most definitely was not! Shino of nuttablog did a photo tutorial that would be good to reference.
    I can’t see myself making another right now but I’ll be happy to see them all in the photo pool.

  2. Yes! I’ll be there 😉 I’ve been really wanting to jump into Japanese book sewing for the longest time and this would be the perfect first project. I think I’ll make the hoodie for my daughter!

  3. I’d love to take part! I’d make a hoodie for my eldest son. Plus it would be really helpful to have you walking me thru I’ve never sewn a hoodie or a japanese pattern before. Sounds like fun!

  4. Yay! I’m so excited for this! I just got this book last month had have been staring at it wondering where to start. I’ll definitely participate and sew a hoodie for my little guy….he is seriously lacking in the mama made department!

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  6. I’m in! I’ve been meaning to make that pullover for awhile now. I have the English version of the book and have loved the two items I’ve made so far( artist smock and square neck dress). The size 2 fits my 1 1/2 year old who has a 20″ chest:).

  7. Ooooo fun you guys! I think I might actually sew a pullover for my daughter – seems like this would be cute with skirts. We’ll see though. I reserve the right to change my mind and sew for the 3yo instead. ;P

  8. What a great idea. I have this book (in French) and it has actually been in my mind to make exactly this pull-over… since I have a litte guy who would love it. Now I have no more excuses …I am in!

  9. What a great idea! I have this book (it is, maybe, my favorite sewing book) and I’ve been willing to sew this pullover. Now I have the perfect excuse!

  10. I’ll have to trace this pattern out next. Hooray for having a sew-along because this one had me a bit intimated. Thank you! Any advice on fabric selection would also be especially nice. Not quite sure what would work best with this pattern.

  11. I love this idea! I am still in the learning process of sewing so if there are tutorials along the way, it is just PERFECT!

  12. Between you and Sanae Ishida’s blog I’m totally pumped up to finally do something from a Japanese pattern book!

  13. How exciting! This would be perfect for all three if my kids and a sew along would be perfect motivation for me to learn a few new techniques! I can’t wait!!

  14. Sounds perfect! I can’t wait for this sew along. I’m a fan of hoodies and all three of my kids could definitely use them 🙂

  15. I’ll make something for little girls, my grandchildren…This will motivate me to start sewing again. Time I made them something from a Japanese sewing book they have waited a long time for me to make something from their own culture 🙂

  16. I’ve never tried a Japanese sewing book but I love the style so I think I may push myself out of my comfort zone and try this for my daughter.

  17. I’ve been dying to try a japanese pattern. This gives me an excuse to buy the book and make it for my daughter, Esme

  18. I could make the pullover for any one of my three kids. I would probably start with my middle child because she would be the most excited.

  19. This book looks fablouse. I like to sew for my 2 girls aged 2 & 5, there are lots of patterns in the book I would like to try the hoodie dress, jumpers, pj’s .
    We do t have a printer so I find my self trying to draw up some patterns from your blog.

  20. Very cool! I’ve had this book on my Amazon wish list and would love to own a copy! My daughter would be the lucky recipient of a mom-made pullover. Thanks for the opportunity!!

  21. Adorable! I want to participate! I would love to make the hoodie for both my tall 2 year old daughter and my 4 year old son, they will look awesome! I’ve been a little scared of the Japanese pattern books, but I really want to learn, what a great time to start.

  22. I would love to participate! I have never sewn any Japanese patterns before, so a sew-along would be a great place to start… this hoodie is adorable. I would make it for my oldest (5 year old) son!

  23. I’m so excited to participate in this sew along! It will be a lot of “firsts” for me; as in my first time doing a sew along, first time sewing from a Japanese sewing book, and first time sharing my work with an online sewing community. I’ll be sewing for my 2 year old daughter who happens to love wearing anything that I sew for her.

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  25. I would love to use this book to learn how to sew not only for my daughters but for our friends and those in need. I will start with my girls and build from there. Thank you for sharing your gift with us! I’ve enjoyed reading about all that you make and your beautiful family. Please don’t ever stop 🙂

  26. I love the pullover! I’ve got two little boys I would love to make one for, we’d definitely participate in the sew-along. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  29. I’ve had this book for nearly a year and haven’t gotten up the nerve to try anything yet. I’ve had the fabric for the hoodie for nearly 6 months, so this is just what I need get me motivated!

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  53. I’ve had this book for years in Chinese – which I can’t read! Can you tell me do I need to add a seem allowance to the pattern pieces. I’ve alsways assumed i do, just thought I’d check. Thanks in advance.

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