Thankful sewing blog tour

Hi everyone and welcome! I’m so thrilled that you’ve stopped by! I’m honored to be part of the Thankful Sewing blog tour, hosted by  Sewing by Ti, Sewing with Sara and Mahlica Designs! The theme was thankful sewing, so I decided to make something for hubby, to show him how grateful I am for all he does for the family. To be honest, I had this post (and project) planned in my mind for quite some time, but time got away from me and before I knew it, the 26th was just around the corner. So I spent the last couple days whipping up a colorblocked long sleeve tee for hubby and I hope you love it!

thankful sewing

My husband is the most giving, warm hearted person I know. He loves kids and will do anything for them (including spoil them to death.) His love language is gift giving, so he loves surprises and LIVES for the holidays. Now I can’t keep a secret to save my life. I probably ruined the entire experience of receiving this shirt because I asked him a million questions. “what panel do you like best? Should I use the rayon French terry or the cotton lycra? Long sleeves or short?” & so on and so forth. I know. I suck. But in my defense, I rarely sew for him(he prefers store bought). When I do, I always worry that it will be something that he never wants to wear. So I made this shirt as scrumptiously soft and beautiful as I could….and if he doesn’t want to wear it, at least I will! 🙂


I keep meaning to just bite the bullet and purchase a men’s tee sewing pattern, but I always forget until there is a project in front of me (and no $$ in the sewing budget). So I did what the same as I did the last time I made him a shirt (you can see that project here). I did something that the internet calls “rubbing off” a pattern…which makes me giggle every time I say it. (apparently, I’m a 13 year old boy)I’m an old hand at it now, but first few times I did it, I followed the very clear, concise directions from this Melly Sews blog post . (She is making a boys’ shirt in the tutorial, but the process is the exact same for a man’s shirt.) I’m a bit of a rebel and just get right to it, copying the shirt onto fabric, instead of tracing paper or printer paper… although literally right now as i’m writing, I’m realizing that I keep doing myself a disservice by doing this. If I would have traced it first, I wouldn’t have to repeat this process every single time. haha. Oh well. I’ll throw it on my massive to do list.  So learn a lesson I didn’t and be sure to trace your pattern out! 😉 

I had to do a bit of creative colorblocking here, simply to make the panel size work for my husband’s Large size frame. (it was a youth/standard panel) I tried SO HARD to a video tutorial for you, showing how I did it…but I honestly  ended up with about 15 minutes worth of out of focus video where you could barely see what was happening. I don’t know how the YouTubers do it. I would have to spend hours to edit out the sounds of my #momlife alone.

Since there is no fun video, here is what I did: I added 2 strips to the sides of the panel. Each was 5″ wide by the length of the sides of the panel (I believe it was 24″). I still didn’t have the length I needed to create the entire front of his shirt, so I then added a strip of white cotton lycra to the very top. This strip was 6″ tall by the width of the panels + 5″. (The very top strip was solely for the underarm/armsyce and neck area, so it didn’t need to be as wide as the bottom of the shirt.) I did manage to get pics of the process for you, so it wasn’t a total tutorial fail! 🙂 The photo on the right (above) is the front and back of the shirt, sewn together, before adding the sleeves.


I’m in love with how this project came out. I used this buttery soft rayon French terry from Aurora Design Fabrics, as well as their watercolor Walking Dead Fandom panel. (If you’re reading this on Cyber Monday, they are having a massive bundle sale today!) These were 2 pieces that I had been hoarding for myself, but seeing as this was a thankful/grateful project and meant to show my appreciation for someone who puts up with a LOT of grief from me from time to time, I felt the urge to share my pretties.

Eric playing on the playground with the kids after his photoshoo

He actually smiled when I presented it to him. He smiles often throughout the day, but is not a fan of pictures, so that fact that he let me get photos of him (especially smiling photos) is a win in my book. Hubby is one of my favorite people and I’m so grateful to have him by my side. We have 4 children, so on any given day, I’m about ready to pull out my hair/have a panic attack/run away and never return….but all he has to do is walk in the door and the entire mood of the household lifts and things begin moving peacefully along again. I don’t know what kind of magic it is, but whatever it is, I’m glad it’s mine. 🙂


I loved doing this photo session so much! I waited until the very last minute (what else is new) and was a bit nervous I would lose daylight, but we ended up at the spot right on time to catch the last of sunset hour. Hubby rarely gets to be the center of attention, so it was fun having him be that. The kids were supposed to be playing on a play set that was around the corner, but they wanted to be with daddy, of course. I’m glad they did, because the pics of the kids with him turned out to be some of my favorites. I can’t wait to make him another piece and get more pics!


Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! I hope you enjoyed seeing my project! What are you working on this week? Have any special holiday projects coming up? I would love to hear about them/see them!


Until next time,

Sewing and Swimming,

April Simpson Hunt


Enter here to win a pattern from Sew by Pattern Pieces & a $20 credit for Simply by Ti fabrics and notions!

Our Thankful Sewing Bloggers are creating something special to share with you to celebrate this month of Thanksgivings! As an extra special surprise, we also have a couple giveaways during each week of the tour. Share your thanks with Petite Stitchery who has a new pattern to share with us, a free pattern giveaway from Sew by Pattern Pieces, and a chance to win a shop credit each week from Simply by Ti!

Intro to the tour

November 1st:


Sewing with Sarah

Week 1:

Nov 1st: Tenille’s Thread

Nov 2nd: Candace Ayala

Nov 3rd: Hazelnut Handmade

Nov 4th: Musing of a Seamstress

Nov 5th: Sewing Portfolios

Monday Nov 6th: mahlicadesigns

Nov 7th: Seams Sew Lo

Week 2:

Nov 8th: Margarita on the Ross

Nov 9th: Stitched by Jennie

Nov 10th: Sewing with D

Monday Nov 13th: 5 outof 4 Patterns

Nov 14th: Tales of a Southern Mom

Week 3:

Nov 15th: Hazelnut Handmade

Nov 16th: Octaves of Color

Nov 17th: Kainara Stitches

Nov 18th: Kutti Couture

Nov 19th: The Petite Sewist

Monday Nov 20th: My Heart will Sew On

Nov 21st: Needles to Say

Week 4:

Nov 22nd: Back 40 Life

Nov 23rd: Lovemade Handmade

Nov 24th: Sewing by Ti

Nov 25th: On Wednesdays We Sew

Nov 26th: Paisley Roots

Monday Nov 27th: Mermaid Mama Designs ***YOU ARE HERE

Nov 28th: Sew Haute Blog

Nov 29th: Ma Moose Handmade

Nov 30th: Everything Your Mama Made & More


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15 responses to “Thankful sewing blog tour”

  1. What a cool t-shirt! I’m like you, I don’t often sew for my husband, he’s difficult, and prefers a quick store-bought item. But it does bring happiness all round when when it does eventually happen!

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    1. Yes it does! They are hard to shop for and make for, aren’t they? haha. Maybe it’s the whole mars/venus thing, I guess? He really does like it and is wearing it again today, which makes me incredibly happy! 🙂


  2. So happy to read this and so proud of your work honey!

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    1. Aww. thank you so much mama. I love sharing it all!


  3. Awesome job! It looks like your hubby loves it!

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    1. Thank you! and yes he does. He’s wearing it again today, too! I think we may have a new favorite on our hands! Makes me super happy! 🙂


  4. What at great shirt! I have yet to make my husband anything yet. Thanks for the inspiration, maybe I will soon.

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    1. Thank you so much! It’s fun making him things….although he uses a lot more fabric than I do for the kids or me. Haha. I can’t wait to see what you make for your husband!

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      1. That is one of the reasons I don’t make home anything. I don’t want him stealing all my fabric 😉


      2. haha. Yes that is one of my fears, too. I had big plans for that rayon French terry. oh well. It looks good on him and I suppose I can get more. 🙂

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  5. Your husband sounds like an amazing fellow, and what a nice guest to give him! I love the panel you’ve used!


    1. thank you so much! He is pretty awesome. 🙂 Love all the Aurora Designs panels, but the walking dead one was one of my favorites.


  6. It is a little nerve wracking sewing for the Mr isn’t it?!! It turned out great though, and good on you for copying another shirt – saves so much money.


    1. Thank you so much! It is a bit nerve wracking! (or a lot. haha). I’m so thrilled he likes it. Makes it easier to think about sewing for him again!


  7. My husband and I watch the Walking Dead, so when I saw the photo of the shirt I INSTANTLY knew what it was! 🙂


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