Foxy pockets trousers

We already had an owl version of the Jacob trousers, and a fox version soon took over my thoughts too.

Jacob met vossenstreken

For this one, I went back to my pile of hubby trousers that are ready to be recycled. Why they just keep on piling up? A while ago, there was a screw protruding from below his bicycle saddle. That screw kept stroking my hubby’s toosh, not knowing that I’m the only one with that privilege. To keep a long story short, this screw ended up making a hole in each one of hubby’s trousers. Except for this hole, the fabric was still in good condition. So I piled these trousers up, and they are coming of good use now.

Jacob met vossenstreken

Making smaller trousers out of bigger trousers, it’s quite handy. Although I must admit I’m starting to run out of fabric when it comes to these Jacob trousers. Flared legs need more fabric, and size 98 Jacob trousers will be the largest ones I can make from the bigger ones.

Anyway, recycling trousers means you measure everything out precisely, to make sure you get each part cut. And then I made a rookie mistake: I cut 2 left back legs. And I did not have enough fabric left to cut another right one. Sigh. Time to improvise.

Jacob met vossenstreken

I used some of the fabric that I was about to use for the foxy back pockets to add a strip somewhere in between the right back leg. Utmost concentration to make sure I would get it right. And still I almost made the same mistake again.

For the pockets, I rounded the corners of the pocket flap, and I used white cotton to make that flap. To turn it into a fox, I used red-brown nicky velours.

Jacob met vossenstreken

Its nose is a kamsnaps button. The eyes I made out of flex foil.

Jacob met vossenstreken

At first I refitted the original waist band, but just as with that other pair of recycled trousers it turned out that this made it more difficult to pull them up and down. So I cut everything loose again, and I cut another strip of the red-brown fabric. Since it’s a bit stretchy, it could serve as binding.

Jacob met vossenstreken

It does make it a lot easier to get to the potty in time (kind of a must, if you are a toddler).

Jacob met vossenstreken

And while I was cutting loose waist bands anyway, I got the other pair out again as well, and replaced the waist band with binding too.

Jacob met vossenstreken

Looks a lot flashier, doesn’t it?

Do you recycle cloths now and then? Or do your bicycles know to keep their screws to themselves?

Used materials

  • Main fabric: Corduroy from a recycled pair of trousers
  • Waist band, added strip and fox nose: nicky velours from my cousin’s bag
  • Fox face: white cotton
  • Nose: kamsnaps
  • Eyes: Flex foil

Vroom vroom car backpack

Soon, another little boy will be going to school for the first time. Theo, the son of a colleague, is about to set his first steps on the playground. So I asked his mum about his preferences, and I used the same backpack recipe as I did before: the Toddler backpack pattern from Made By Rae, with fluorescent highlights and an application. Theo’s theme: cars.


Apparently, Theo is not the only one who likes cars. When our little boy saw this backpack, he decided it was his. His own dinosaur one was thrown in a corner, accompanied with the exclamation ‘That’s not Theo’s, that’s mine’. Not much later, he did get his dinosaur one back. But that was only to get his picture name tag, so he could fix it to the new backpack. Ah kids, you’ve got to love their honesty *ahem*.


To distract him, we went to the park. That way, I could secretly take some pictures of this bag, while our little boy focussed on finding branches. There are always some certainties in life.


In the meantime, the backpack arrived safely with Theo. Our little boy seems to have forgotten about it. Although he did tell his grandma a rather elaborate story on how his old backpack would be replaced by a new one. So there may be some trouble ahead when he needs to go back to school after the Easter holidays. Luckily, it’s not me who’ll be taking him to school, but his daddy. Mooahahahaha 🙂



Gebruikte materialen

Jacob – Owl version

Jacob number 3 turned out to be another one in corduroy.
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Level up for this version: pleated pockets.
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And of course I had to go the extra mile: owl pockets.
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Now we have someone walking around with eyes on his back(side)!

How to make owl pockets

What do you need?

  • Fabric for the pockets
  • Scrap fabric for the owl’s nose
  • Scrap fabric for the owl’s eyes
  • Buttons for the eyes
  • Fusible web: to attach the application

The pocket part

  1. Round the bottom corners of the pocket on the pattern.Jacob - Uiltjesversie
  2. Draw the pattern on your fabric, and cut the pockets out.
  3. With a large stitch, sew 2 rows next to each other in the seam of the rounded corners. Leave some thread.
  4. Pull the ends of your thread on both sides, to gather your fabric. Do this until you like how the corner is rounding up.
  5. Fold the seam inward, and iron.
  6. Make the flap now, before you continue with step 7.
  7. Put the flap on top of your pocket, to see what it will look like once you sew them onto your trousers.
  8. Decide where you want the owl’s nose to come, and cut the nose out of a piece of scrap fabric.
  9. Sew the nose onto the pocket, appliqué-style.
  10. Sew the pocket onto your trousers.

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The flap

  1. Round the bottom corners of the flap on the pattern.
  2. Draw a rounded wedge in the middle of the flap. Jacob - Uiltjesversie
  3. Draw the pattern on your fabric, and cut the flap 2 times.
  4. Put the right sides of the flaps on each other, and sew them together, leaving the upper seam open.
  5. Clip the edges.
  6. Turn the flap, and iron. Topstitch if desired.
  7. Decide where you want the eyes to come, and cut them from some scrap fabric.
  8. Sew the eyes onto the flap, appliqué-style.
  9. Decide where the buttons need to come on the flap, and sew the buttonholes.
  10. Use the flap to decide where the owl’s nose should come (see the pocket part)
  11. Sew the flap onto your trousers, after you’ve sewed the pocket on already.
  12. Sew the buttons onto the pocket.

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Used materials

  • Blew corduroy: Juffertje Uil
  • Appliqué fabric: From the scrap pile
  • Buttons: From the button pile

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Dinosaur backpack

The end of mid-term break meant the end of day care for my little boy. 2.5 years old. Time to start school.

Our little boy had been ready for weeks. His BFF already started going to school earlier that month, so somebody was aching very badly to start going himself.

My plan to make his backpack myself had been ready for weeks as well. Same for me, actually. I had the pattern, and it looked easy enough.

The plan: Make a backpack in jeans, and applique a dinosaur on top. You can’t not score with a dinosaur. I ordered the perfect lining fabric from Etsy. Dinosaur fabric, from Michael Miller. And I got some fluorescent piping. No harm in making a toddler backpack traffic-proof. Yes, the plan was there, and it was a very nice plan.

However, some obstacles crossed my path. A green fluorescent zipper for example. Not a single shop that sold those. Yellow, orange and pink, yes. Bot no green. Orange it was.

The dinosaur fabric did not arrive on time. I really waited until the last minute, but alas. I used this jungle fabric instead. Having a lion in your backpack, almost as cool as having a dino in there, no?

I started with the outside. If I finished that, at least there already was a backpack to go to school with. I added bag nails at the bottom, for extra protection.

I also added some extra piping to the handle. And for the finishing stitches, I used fluorescent thread.

I finished the outside on Saturday. And no sooner was it finished, or our little boy was already walking around with it, ready to leave for school. Me on my side, I was already happy that I could let go of plan B (Using the reusable bag I made earlier this year as a school bag).

I made the lining on Sunday. I even took some time to add an extra pocket.

The whole thing was finished by Sunday 3 PM. Plenty of time left, don’t you agree?

And the first day of school? A big success. No tears at all, on neither side. Only a lot of enthousiasm. BFF was forced to take a good look at the dinosaur backpack the moment our little boy had caught sight of him. And as for the rest, hubby and myself were mainly in our little guy’s way, that morning. So much to discover, so little time. And then your parents are there, agreeing on milk arrangements. Milk, of all things.


Used materials

  • Pattern: Toddler backpack – Made by Rae
  • Outer fabric: Stretch jeans I already used before, for my pencil skirt
  • Lining fabric: Jungle Jive by Maria Kalinowski, Butterfly fabrics, Inverurie, Schotland
  • Fluorescent piping and green webbing: De stoffenkamer
  • Fluorescent zipper, buckles, bag nails and fluorescent thread: Veritas

Dragon paws

Toddler hands like to grab all things great and small. As such, toddler hands don’t like to get caught in toddler mittens. Getting our little man to wear a pair of mittens tends to end in a happy toddler and a grumpy mom, or a big fight ending in a happy mother and a grumpy toddler. Depends on how cold it is outside.

Since I’m a big fan of my own pair of glittens, I wondered whether they would be just the solution for those little toddler hands. Maximum grabbing power, warm hands. Win-win.


I used green fluorescent yarn. Helps with visibility during these dark winter days. Since our little man is a big fan of dragons lately, I also decided to add dragon spikes. In fluorescent orange. Even more visibility.


Googly eyes were a must, of course.


And an even greater must for all toddler mittens: an i-cord to keep them together.


Our little man’s enthousiasm is two-fold. Some days he’s completely mad about them and is playing with them as if they were hand puppets.

On other days, for instance when the weather’s nice and it’s the best time to go out and take pictures, he seems to find them very dull indeed. Especially when you ask him to show them. Pay attention to the facial expression.


I’m pretty happy about the result myself. What I forgot to take into account, however, is that little toddler fingers don’t always know which finger hole to go to. I guess now I know why toddler mittens are such a big hit. Something to keep in mind for the next version.


Boxer shorts

I must have blinked my eyes, but suddenly onesies became obsolete in this house. Boxers, that’s what we needed. Where did my baby go? Suddenly, there’s this savvy toddler dominating this household…

The idealistic me wanted to make a whole series of boxershorts herself. The realist in me knows I can’t work magic, and only made one (and bought the rest at Hema).

The pattern was published in the January 2013 Ottobre. The fabric is Lillestoff jersey that I bought a while ago at De Stoffenkamer. You may recognise it from, oh yes, this onesie.

The legs of this boxer are pretty long. The ones I bought are definitely shorter. But I like this long version. And if you want a shorter version, you can always just cut them shorter.

The description says to put the different parts on top of each other, both good sides facing up, and to sew them with a coverlock. That I don’t have. As an alternative, they say to use a flatlock stitch. My machine doesn’t seem to have that either (or it uses a synonym and I wouldn’t know what that would be). In the end, I opted for some sort of herringbone stitch.

And would you look at that, even the design runs through!


Maybe I should wake the idealist and get going with my jersey stitch, since these are fun to make…