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

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It’s gonna be awesome.