wallets for boys

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My oldest is growing up.  She'll be eight this summer.  Her friends are growing up.  And her two good (twin) boy friends are growing up. Eight-years-old.  

So what do you give an eight year old boy?  I've got about fifteen ideas for an eight-year-old girl, but a boy??

After exhausting all of our sewing books and ideas, we had one idea we both liked.  It was hip and functional at the same time: boy's velcro wallets.

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For the twin brothers, we worked both sides of some denim fabric to make each wallet a little different.  The basic pattern came from our [amazon_link id="B008PGLMF8" target="_blank" ]Bend the Rules Sewing: The Essential Guide to a New Way of Sewing[/amazon_link] book.   The original pattern calls for snaps as a closure, a decorative button, and curved corners at the flap.

We ditched all of those "girly" features and went straight for straight edges and velcro.

With two pockets to each wallet, Caroline made a "Magic Tree House" club card (Did I mention these gifts were for a Magic Tree House birthday party?) and a stack of quarters to get these boys on their way to some eight-year-old spending.

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{Caroline and I both decided we want wallets just like these for ourselves--velcro and all.  Maybe with a busy floral print.}

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{I'm never disappointed with Caroline's attention to detail--custom Magic Tree House wrapping.  That's my girl.}

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The coolest Magic Tree House cake ever.  Our friend, owner of Wonderland Bakeshop, baked this for the birthday boys.

 Caroline, a fan of Magic Tree House books herself, was in heaven with an adventurous birthday party with 99% boys.

IMG_4922 Making boy things is so new to me.  We've made a boy doll, Owen, a camo art kit, a summer kit, personalized tees, and art aprons over the years for boy friends.

I'd love to hear what other ideas you have for boys, especially since I now have a boy.   My mind is only slowly opening up to all of the possibilites of all things boy.  

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the sleepy time gal