Sewing for my nephew: Legos, Mini Coopers, and the Jungle.


It’s fun having a little(ish) one to sew for. My oldest nephew just turned 4, and I’ve always loved figuring out things to sew for him. I mostly try to stick to things that he’ll enjoy wearing. Personally, I love a good button-up and didn’t realize that he’d be a good candidate for one until I noticed him wearing one recently. He lit up when I asked him about his shirt–the fabric was festive–and so I knew it was only a matter of time, before I’d be making one for him myself.


While at my local fabric shop a couple of weeks ago, I let him pick out some fabric.


Jacob shirt_jungle close up_Carolyn Friedlander


After only a little debate, this jungle fabric was his choice. I threw in a bit of architextures for contrast in the collar stand.


Then, I found this fabric at Bunny’s. I’ve had a long obsession with Mini Coopers, plus I love grids, and of course my nephew loves Legos–so it was perfect.



Jacob shirt_lego fabric_Carolyn Friedlander



Jacob shirt_lego on floor_Carolyn Friedlander


The pattern that I used is by Alexia Abegg and can be found in her book, Liberty Love: 25 Projects to Quilt & Sew Featuring Liberty of London Fabrics. It was fast and easy, and I’ll definitely be making it again. There’s also a men’s version, so if I really wanted to go for it, I could make a matching shirt for my brother. Some father/son coordination could be adorable.


Jacob shirt_lego collar_Carolyn Friedlander








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3 Responses to Sewing for my nephew: Legos, Mini Coopers, and the Jungle.

  1. cauchy09 December 15, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    Holy crap, you totally brought the CUTE!

  2. Diana June 23, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

    absolutely love the boy’s shirt. I am having trouble finding the fabric. Can you help?

    • carolyn friedlander June 27, 2017 at 3:09 pm #

      Hi Diana, it is great fabric. Unfortunately it was bought several years ago, so it might be a bit tricky to track down. I bought mine at Bunny’s Designs, so you could start by contacting them. Good luck!

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