Birthday Hoodies for the Kids

Since I'm trying to make more for other people this year I started off by making something for the kids for their birthdays. They both have one with the first 6 weeks of the year which means it's a manic time after Christmas but it also gets them over and done with for a while!

Mr D comes first and I decided to make him a hoody because I knew he'd wear it and it was something I could easily make without taking loads of measurements. I had some grey loopback sweatshirt material left over from the jumpers I made for hubby and dad for Christmas so I didn't have to go shopping.

But I had no pattern! So off to the internet I went and, as usual, Pinterest came up trumps! I found the free Maritime Hoody by The Crafty Kitty which has a baggy, oversized wrap neck hood, pockets and long sleeves. It is sized for ages 2-9 and since Mr D was turning 9 I hoped it would fit.

This was a really quick sew but I did some alterations to the pattern. Instead of the double welt pockets I put a kangaroo pocket on the front, partly because I thought it would be quicker, but also because I wanted something to break up the plain colour. I also added cuffs to the sleeves instead of just turning up a hem and with the babes version I put a hem band along the bottom (and have one cut out to put on D's as well at some point) and I did a decorative stitch around the hood. Mr D has a black and grey leopard print hood lining, coz he likes a bit of pattern like his mum, and the babe has bright pink... of course!

Tonight they appeared from upstairs all wearing their grey mummy-made tops so, of course, I had to take a photo!