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Entries in clothing (9)

Wednesday
Apr092014

Disney Magic At Play Kohl's Giveaway!

As many of you know (because we are so excited) we are on our way to Disneyland! We though it would be fun to celebrate with you with a giveaway!

--------------------> Click here to read more & to enter for a chance to win!

Wednesday
Feb202013

Axls Closet

I try to find my boys' clothes from all over the place. A few months ago I found Axl's Closet - it's an online site and they have great brands that we love to wear at great prices. I was shocked and honored that they asked me to be a Featured Tastemaker for their site!

You can see all the products I picked and if you click on each one find out why we like it! It was so much fun!

They even did a feature on their blog and had me fill out a little mad libs to find out more about me

Read more on the Axl's Closet Blog

The boys love finding clothes at this site and they have girls too! Since I am a Tastemaker over there Axls Closet has offered up a coupon just for my readers! Enter:

ALLBOYS25

and get 25% off original prices. Coupon is valid through 03/19/12. Not valid on AlxsMarket products. They are having a great sale too!

Here are some of the pieces we liked - See the Tastemaker Spotlight for more

See the They have some super cute clothes for girls too if you have them ;) If you love shopping for your boys you'll definitely want to check out Axl's Closet!

I was not compensated for this post - I just thought it is great store and a fun concept!

Saturday
Feb162013

Introducing: Weekend Wardrobe

I am so excited to start a new weekly feature and so I don't clog up the weekdays with weekly features I thought we'd start it over the weekend so some weeks you'll get even more content from All for the boys! Our new series is - Weekend Wardrobe!

I am (and always have been) a bit picky about my boys' style. They have to approve (and let me tell you they have an opinion) I have to approve and Dad has to approve. This can be an interesting process ;) We definitely have a style - I'm not sure what category it would fit in but we'll just call it our own All for the Boys style.

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Monday
Aug272012

Alpha Bravo Charlie

Have your kids discovered the NATO phonetic alphabet yet? 

[DOWNLOAD HERE for free personal use]

 

Love them Madly recently introduced her boys to it AND made them some awesome new tshirts!

The phonetic alphabet is a great way to nurture spelling with your little army guys. Go check out the great tutorial and more pictures from Love them Madly! 

See you tomorrow! Over and out.

Wednesday
Jun202012

Bracelets

My boys have been a little obsessed with jewelry lately. It feels weird calling it jewelry maybe accessories? Anyway it started with those cheap neon friendship bracelets. You know the ones you can get at the arcade with your tickets? Then it moved up a little when my oldest (9) found a leather bracelet after the Pirates of the Carribean ride at Disneyland. Now he wants to wear accessories everyday.

I thought maybe they'd like to make some of their own like these from Honestly...wtf

That didn't last too long - they just wanted to choose the colors and have ME make them. I didn't feel like making them either (maybe when life slows down a bit or I'm in the car driving to CA). Then I saw this tutorial to make a braided Hex Nut bracelet and figured I'd give it a go!

I bought silver hex nuts thinking they looked a little more industrial than the gold. It took me a while to get the hang of keeping the nuts in place while braiding (maybe I'm not as crafty as I thought) but I finished it! Before I could tie the last knot the boys were fighting over whose it was. I guess it was a hit!

I'm thinking next we'll tackle leather bracelets maybe with some grommets or stamping?

What do you think? Are your kids into accessories of some sort?

Wednesday
Jun062012

DIY Appliqued Tee

Today we have something a little different (definitely good different) for you from the incredibly talented Grace from Finley and Oliver!
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I am super excited to be guest posting for you all today on one of my favorite blogs ever! As the mama to two boys (4 year old Oliver and 5 year old Finley), I am a loyal reader of All for the Boys! Allison is such an amazing and talented mama and I am honored that she asked me to fill in for her while she is on vacation in HAWAII! I have no shame in admitting that I'm crazy jealous (and I'm pretty sure you are too, right?)
Anyhow, I had every intention in the world of creating a brand spankin' new tutorial just for All for the Boys and sharing it today. However, the sick germs over here had other plans and my Finley has been laid out for the last week. How on earth does that happen the *first* week of summer!? So...I am sharing one of my favorite little tees that I appliqued for Oliver a few months back. I love this tee and think that it would be fun in a variety of color combos or maybe even on a tank top (great for girls too!).
The technique for this is very similar to my appliqued love tutorial - just a bit more involved and time consuming since there are more letters.  

What you'll need:
Blank t-shirt, one piece, or tank (pre-washed)
Felt or fabric piece for the applique (I prefer to use eco-fi felt by Kunin - it holds up great in the wash)
  Embroidery floss and needle
Scissors (small scissors with a pointy tip work best)
Fusible webbing
  Template for the applique (download here). Adjust the size of your template as needed. If you're intimidated with the detailed lettering, blow it up a bit - that will make it easier.

Since I use Heat n Bond, my instructions will follow Heat n Bond's instructions. If you are using a different fusible web, simply change out my instructions with the instructions on the package. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me and I can help you. 

Getting Started:

The first thing you'll want to do is take the template and place it under a sheet of your fusible webbing. Take your pencil and trace "dream big" on to the webbing. With the "dream," I made the lines connecting the letters together slightly bigger when I traced so it would be easier for stitching. Any time you applique letters or numbers, you'll want to trace them in the reverse since you will flip them when you adhere them to your garment.
Next you'll want to iron your webbing onto your felt or fabric. For Heat n Bond, set it on the "wool" setting (NO STEAM). Iron the design onto the felt or fabric for about 3 or so seconds so it looks like this:

Carefully cut the appliques out. This applique is a bit detailed so having small, pointy tip scissors will come in handy here.  I use the micro-tip scissors from Fiskars and they work great.
Place the appliques exactly where you want them on the t-shirt with the glossy/fusible webbing side face down. Iron the applique on to the t-shirt pressing for about 10 seconds. I ironed "dream" first and then BIG second. Again be sure to use the wool setting with no steam. Check to be sure that the appliques are firmly adhered to the shirt.


Now that your appliques are attached to the t-shirt, you're ready to start the applique process. To stitch by hand, cut about 3-4 feet of your embroidery thread. Your skein of thread will have six strands. Separate two of the strands from the piece you've cut and thread them through your needle.

For this t-shirt, I use a straight stitch. It's a basic stitch and great for a beginner. You basically bring the needle up through the t-shirt and back down making straight little stitches about a 2 cm in from the edge of your applique.
A great video tutorial for the straight stitch is available here. The nice thing about sewing coordinating thread (floss) on felt or fabric is that it's hard to see so it's very forgiving if you're a beginning stitcher. If you're an experienced hand stitcher, it is fun to experiment with contrasting threads and different stitches.
Once you have finished stitching all of the appliques, you are finished. You could play around with different colors or even create your own design using different fonts.

If you get stuck or have any questions, feel free to comment here or message me at finleyandoliver@gmail.com.

Thanks so much for having me, Allison! I hope you and your family are enjoying a well deserved vacation. Aloha!


Tuesday
May012012

DIY SUPERHERO SHIRT

I love freezer paper stenciling. It's such an easy and effective way of making personalized items. The shirts and pillowcases I've done so far have lasted through a year or more of washings and are STILL holding up. That's pretty darn good if you ask me!

I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar has a tutorial up on her blog for a super cute Superhero shirt that doesn't scream "I am a character shirt!"

Go check out her instructions or you can find more freezer paper stencling here with my Star Wars pillowcases. I have a little list going from the boys of shirts to make them. Guess I should probably get started!

Speaking of Star Wars did you know that May 4th is Star Wars day? Do we have any superhero or Star Wars fans around here? I have both at my house!

Wednesday
Mar212012

DIY LEGO Travel Box

Grace from Finley and Oliver is a super talented mom of 2 boys. Her blog is one I have in my blog reader. I love her little t shirt projects

(DIY Mustache tee)

and what HE wore is one of my favorite features.

Yesterday she shared this DIY LEGO Travel Box and I wanted to make one immediately!

Her and her family came up with this cheese box to DIY LEGO Travel Box idea and put it into action. Super easy paint and adhear LEGO base to size. Check out her blog post for some more detail. 

I need to make one (or several)! Thanks so much Grace!