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SET SAIL TOP & a giveaway

Hi Everyone. It is Jolanda again from the Dutch blog jurkenenshirtjes to inspire you for the toy theme of this seasons KCW. For my inspiration post I could pick a pattern from Oliver+S. The pattern of the sailboat top gave me the inspiration to mix in the theme of toys. Also I definitely wanted to work with fabric paint. The sweater I have made is a sweater that is a toy in itself.


I love the vintage feeling of their patterns! Don’t you? I also had planned to make the sailboat pants, but I didn’t make it on time (I even just finished this project … whew, just in time. I’ll admit: I’m an infamous last-minute seamstress ; ) But I’m sure going to make a pair pants for the summer!


“Where did the fish go?”


“It’s over here!”


As a child I had my own sail boat and I enjoyed sailing with it. Maybe my son will also enjoy the sailing as much as I did one day. But for now he loves to play with his new sweater ; )


And remember: Do not go sailing when the weather is stormy!


Thanks Oliver + S for the great patterns and sponsoring this winter edition of Kids Clothes week! And to all of you who are going to join KCW next week: Let’s enjoy sewing and let the toys theme bring you back in time, just as it did to me : )



Comment on this post to win a digital pattern from Oliver + S and a yard of fabric from Sew Modern. There are so,so many fantastic prints in the Sew Modern shop. This sailboat top is a perfect pattern to experiment with prints (or add your own touch to solids) and it works equally well in knits or woven. You will have to spend many (glorious) hours pouring over all the gorgeous fabrics in the Sew Modern shop to just pick one;) 

sew modern giveaway on kcw

1.2. april rhodes path marker 3. birch fabric happy house 4. sarah jane sommer swan 5. anna marie horner enchanted 6. hit parade knits, cats 7. katerina roccella tentative dot 8. lizzy house butterfly box 

Enter by Thursday Feb 25. This giveaway is open to international entries, void where prohibited by law. Winner will receive 1 digital patterns from Oliver + S and 1 yard of fabric from Sew Modern.

oliver + s giveaway on kcw

1. ice cream dress 2. carousel dress 3. school bus t-shirt 4. sailboat top 

Good luck and Happy KCW! 

printing with toys: jolanda from jurgen en shirtjens


Clothes and toy stamps

Hi everyone, it’s Jolanda of “Jurkenenshirtjes“. I would like to give you some inspirations for the Toys theme. You can think of so much ways to combine toys and children’s clothes and you can let your creativity flow! What I think is mainly the challenge when making children’s clothes is to make stylish clothes which my children like to wear. With the Toys theme this last thing won’t be a problem.


Stylishly Stamped

My eldest son preferably walks around in T-shirts with Cars, Paw Patrol or Fireman Sam on it. He has one of these in his closet. It’s one he loves and I don’t. This is because I still prefer him in more stylish clothes. Sorry if I’m not a good mom because of that. 😉

More stylishly stamped clothes I make both my son, who loves cars most, and myself happy. I have seen many brands featuring cars on shirts this summer. Bikes and boats (thinking of spring already) will do too. I could also make my son very happy with clothes which are stamped with Paw Patrol‘s signature paw print and stylish at the same time. How cool is that? Some other ideas are to use toy cars for making car tracks or building blocks for fun patterns.


Collage 11. Car stamped shirt   2. Stamping on a jumpsuit   3. Shirt with a boat   4. Top with bicycle print

For girls, you could use the foot of a baby doll or big wooden beads as stamps. Alternatively, you could use stickers of their favorite toy characters to create silhouetted stamps. Also, girls often already have many stamps in their drawing kits, so why not use their favorite ones on a shirt? Or on a jumpsuit, seeing as that is an indispensable outfit this coming season.


collage stamping with toys

 1. Stamping with toy stamps   2. stamping their favorite toy characters   3. toy cars for making car tracks   4. stamping with building blocks

Lego inspired stamping

Stylish or not, a Lego fan needs special consideration. 😉 Although even this can be done in style. See the various ideas from bloggers on the Internet. You can use different techniques for making lego-inspired clothing. You could stamp the beloved blocks on clothes like pants or a shirt. You could use ‘freezer paper’ to paint a print on a shirt. If you are unfamiliar with this, then this tutorial clearly explains how. Or you could cut out a print out of flock foil and iron this onto the shirt.

If you choose to paint on the shirt with ‘freezer paper’ you could even let your child paint it on him- or herself. How cool is that? Making clothes becomes playing, the clothes become the toys!

collage 21. lego stamping   2. lego stamped shirts   3. lego inspired shirt   4. block shirt


And you could even stamp on the clothes so the clothes become toys itself. Think of a being able to disguise yourself with a stamped on moustache or looking a real lady with the help of a stamped necklace.  It’s up to you!!


collage stamping becomes toys

1. moustache stamp   2. Ladylike stamping

The Internet does not provide a great many ideas for using toy themed stamps, but I hope I have now been able to make you enthusiastic about stamping toy prints or using toys as stamps for your homemade clothes. Be creative! Did you think of stamping with food toys, tinker toys or mini erasers, rubix cube, magnatiles, etc? Looking forward to seeing how you will customize your creations during KCW!