Shark Attack Scrap Surprises!- by Nadine Simard

Sewing for boys is fun!

Hi everyone,

I had so much fun the last time with my echo-friendly cardigan that I decided to come back with a brand new project.  

The summer season is just around the corner, I’m hoping! As I’m writing this post we are expecting 10 to 15 cm of snow, hopefully for the last time this spring!  When we are moving from one season to the other I always have a huge list of ideas and things I want to make.  This year, I have an enormous list for my son which has outgrown the majority of his current clothes.

 Feeding Frenzy!

Feeding Frenzy!

For this post, I was inspired by a new collection by Finch, Shark Bait panel.  This jersey fabric is available in 64 cm double panel (64 X 160 cm).  This means that the design is repeated at both edge of the fabric.  The jersey is a nice weight (200 gsm or 5.9 oz) and soft (95% cotton/5% spandex). This specific fabric is no longer available in the store but you can still get a few other panel options.

My middle child is quite skinny and it is becoming a challenge to find something that would fit him from a store.  His chest and waist measurements are smaller than his little brother (2 years younger) but he falls in the age-range for his height.  

The PDF patterns world for boy patterns is limited compared to all the cute girl outfits available.  In the last few months, I saw an increase and a desire from multiple designers to reduce that gap.  I’m seeing more and more fun options available for boys. 

I have discovered a few designers that offer fun options for boys and their patterns are drafted for skinny boys.  Which is a bonus for me and I don’t have to alter the pattern too much.

I will start with the Moto Max by Love Notions Pattern (affiliate program link*). I used this pattern many times; I made a few knit pyjamas, t-shirts and jogging pants. 

I don’t know if you are like me but I have a lot of scrap fabric and I always try to find ways to use them.  Before I cut the first shirt, I made sure I could use the other sharks to make a few other things.  I tried a few ideas before I got it right and reduce the left over fabric.  I believe I was successful with this project!  

 Scraps: not to be thrown away just yet!

Scraps: not to be thrown away just yet!

I used the same Moto Max pattern from Love Notions ( affiliate program link*) to make a pair of short with an elastic band. This was somewhat a pattern hack; the pattern doesn’t come with a short line but it is an easy pattern modification.  This is a fun colorful version, the front of the short is green and I used black knit for the back of the short.  The waist is made with black rib knit.

The second pattern I used is the Safari Raglan from Titchy Threads, which is my all-time favorite pattern.  I used this one 9 times so far!    This one is definitely my go to pattern for both boys and girls.  For the back of the shirt I used black knit.


The third pattern I used is the Cloud 9 swim pattern from Titchy Threads.  My son is a big fan of muscles shirt, so this one will get a lot of wear.  I did not have enough of the shark panel fabric left to make the full front of the tank so I modified the pattern a little to do a color block style.  I like the look with the shark panel short. The stripe white and black knit fabric is also available at l’oiseau fabrics.    


I’m always on the lookout for fun boy’s patterns, please leave me a comment below and let me know if you have recommendation for fun sewing projects for boys.


Since my first post on this blog I started my own personal blog, you are all invited to visit me. 

Take care,



Disclaimer : All fabrics and patterns presented in this blog post were purchased by me except the Safari Raglan pattern which I received free when I tested the pattern before its release.

*The Love Notions affiliate program means that if you click on the link above and decide to buy a pattern I will receive a small commission.