Lambkin for Nathan

Over the last six or so years, there have been around a dozen boys born to friends and family and only two little girls. It’s been a challenge for me to sew for these little boys. I’ve decided that I will make at least one handmade thing for each of them at some point or another—which means I still need to make three boy gifts. (All three turned/will turn one in 2011.)

Luckily I remembered that Allison made this lambkin a few months ago. And after discussing it with a couple folks, I decided that it would be appropriate for a one year old boy. (I was afraid the “window of cuteness” had passed—you know, before they want to play with only dirt and trucks and boy stuff.)

This little lambkin (pattern and instructions here) is a lot smaller than I anticipated but the perfect size for his little hands. It’s made from a secondhand cotton plaid and stuffed with bamboo fiber. It’s simple to whip up, though I do recommend sewing the eyes (I just did some French knots) and attaching the ears before sewing the body pieces. You’ll have to wait and do the nose stitching at the end because it’s stitched over a seam.

I’ve made two dinosaurs, one, two, three quilts, an apron, and a peg bear for these boys. Anymore ideas?


8 Responses to “Lambkin for Nathan”

  1. 1 Rachel at Stitched in Color September 26, 2011 at 10:02 am

    So, so sweet! It’s perfect for a one-year-old boy. Awesome use for that fabric too. Looks like a new classic.

  2. 2 hannahlogan September 26, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I am glad to read that you are feeling more upbeat an creative. I especially approve of the creation through the medium of baked goods =) Normally I’m just a lurky lurker, but thought I might have something useful to contribute here – do you read very purple person? She has a son, and sometimes recommends good sewing projects for boys (she recently recommended a book actually, I don’t know whether you could get it from the library as you’re not currently purchsing craft books?). Her blog is here: This post is specifically about sewing for boys :

  3. 3 Margie September 26, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Very sweet. My son loves his messenger bag … I used a pair of old jeans for the outside and a fun car print for the lining. I made it on a whim, but he loves it for cars, sticks, rocks or for what ever he’s obsessing about at the moment.

  4. 5 allison September 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Your lambkin looks adorable, The plaid is very classic! I have no idea what guys (young or old) want. The treasure bag Margie suggested sounds pretty cool, though.

  5. 6 Jodi September 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Precious creation! You did good! Boys are tough. I have two of my own and other than overwhelming them with afghans, I’m at a loss.

  6. 7 dani September 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Hello, sweet friend!!!!

    I’ve missed you and your space. Catching up on your latest posts has been a treat.

    I adore your fall images and all the goodies you have been working on.

    September is my lost month.

  7. 8 sarah October 17, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Love!! Boys are so hard to sew for. My poor little [R] is always overlooked in that department. I am trying to do better, but girls are just easier to sew for! Especially when you have too much girly fabric, ha.

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