Green Edge Kids Boys Boxers $15 each
Lapsaky Organics Boys Boxers $14 each
Charlie Banana 3 Pack Boy Boxers $24.53 @ Amazon
Other sites I found mentioned different brands but when I called the company, they no longer make the toddler boxers such as Under The Nile. Bummer.
Next I began to wonder exactly how hard would it be to make them? I found an easy pattern from You Can Make This for $6.95. The download includes sizes 2/3, 4/5 and 6/7. The cool thing is that I can download the pattern as many times as I need and print it out. I should be able to use the same pattern for the next couple of years for both kids! As a side note, I emailed the company to make sure this was something even I could handle and was assured that 1. It is a beginner project and 2. If I had any problems, I could contact them. Excellent.
My next stop was Fabric.com for some organic cotton knit fabric. I placed the order for some electric blue fabric that was on clearance for $4.95/yd and picked out a couple of other 1/2 yard cotton fabrics to round out my order and get free shipping (must order $35). Now two days after I placed my order it hit me that I didn't order the elastic. Whoops. I stopped into Joann's Fabric and bought some. I must admit though, Joann's price was $.79/yard while Fabric.com was $.29/yard. Next time I will make sure to order everything I need in one place to save myself time and money.
When my package from Fabric.com arrived it was sans the knit fabric. Turns out that they ran out. I ended up placing a second order with multiple colors of the organic knit fabric just to make sure they could send me some. Of course, there was none for $4.95, it was $7.98 now. Once the fabric arrived, I got to work.
We printed the pattern and taped it together. I went with the 4/5 size because L1's hips are 20 inches and he is pretty tall. There were 2 pieces. I then traced and cut (I used safety pins because I couldn't find straight pins):
I sewed the cod piece to the main piece. Note: This is what it looks like inside out so that you can see the stitching. Pretty simple.
Then I had a little trouble attaching the elastic. For some reason my machine wasn't feeding it through and the bobbin was catching and the thread was breaking. My father-in-law fixed it and sewed the elastic on (a little differently than the instructions but functional).
There you have it. A completed sewing project. A first attempt. My next couple of pairs will look better. No matter how imperfect they look, they are soft and L1 loves them.
Overall this was pretty easy once I figured out exactly what to do. The tracing and cutting took the most time. I think I will trace and cut a couple of pairs and then sew them all at once next time. After the first pair, I could see how this could be completed in under an hour. With one person cutting and one sewing, it would go super quick. As for sizing, I am glad that I went a size up. At this point, a little looser is better so that he has no trouble getting them up and down by himself. He could probably fit into the 2/3 size but really, why make more work?
This was a fun project to start with. I can't wait to make some more and try out some other patterns.
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