I made some more shorts. This time I wised up and used Dana's printable pattern. Much better! The pattern I made myself was alright, but just not quite how I wanted it. I spent a lot of time tweaking when I just wanted to get to sewing finished products I was completely happy with. So I decided to take advantage of the work that Dana has already graciously done for us. It was a total duh moment for me. :) Pattern found here at MADE.
Ashley from Make It and Love It, also recently posted a shorts tutorial with pockets. So I decided to blend the pattern and tutorial together. I love how this pocket makes the shorts look so professional.
I used old pants so I didn't have enough to make pockets for Owen's navy blue shorts, but I did for the shorts I made out of an old men's shirt...and for Reid's shorts.
Oh! I need to shorten the pocket length...sigh...always tweaking. :)
I decided to set up a fun little photo shoot for the boys so they could show off their new shorts.
I made a clothes-line tent.
Then made them some newspaper hats, and taped up a paper tube telescope...bugle...laser gun. :) It's purpose kept morphing into something new every few minutes.
If you don't know how to make a newspaper hat. It's pretty easy:
It's a great kid project too. Getting Owen to come help just wasn't on his to do list that day though. :)
The black residue that comes off the newspapers was so incredibly irritating to me, that I made new hats out of this smoothly printed publication my husband gets but doesn't really read. SO much better.
The boys really had so much fun.
But me? To be honest, did not. I was fretting the whole time they bounced around the yard having a blast. I was bummed that they eventually pulled too hard on the tent and brought it down. I even scolded them for it. Then...as I was editing the pictures. I realized. They were just being kids...and I was just getting in their way.
I think I do that too often...get in their way...when I should laugh more, let things go more, allow more mistakes to happen without a reprimand at every turn - and maybe instead a hug. I want to bask in the lovely laughter of my kids more.
Appreciate the perfection in their imperfection.
They are beautiful and I am so lucky to be their mom.
Doing things like making them clothes, clothes line tents, and paper hats are fun if I let them be...for me too.