Little Helper Apron from The Belle & Boo Book of Crafts

on July 4 | in Books, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 80 Comments

We’ve loved the whimsical, magical illustrations from Belle & Boo for years. Belle, Boo and all of the characters in Mandy Sutcliffe’s worlds evoke the best of childhood.

Mandy’s latest is The Belle & Boo Book of Crafts: 25 Enchanting Projects to Make for Children, full of twenty-five playful projects for kids.

From the publisher:

    Belle is a little girl with a brown bob, the odd scratch on her knee, and an insatiable curiosity about the natural world, while her pet rabbit, Boo, a flopsy brown bunny, is her faithful friend and confidant. Along with their many friends, Belle and Boo inhabit a sweetly nostalgic world where they spend their days playing in a pirate tree house, cloud-spotting from hot-air balloons, or riding a fairground carousel.

    The Belle and Boo Book of Crafts
    offers twenty-five one-of-a-kind projects we can create to bring more magic and make-believe into our lives. Sewing projects include a cuddly toy rabbit, a clothesline play tent, and even an explorer’s satchel. Make a robust beanbag, a tooth fairy pillow for your child’s room, or a pull-along stuffed elephant with a sweet ribbon bow. Also included are knitting, embroidery and papercraft projects to decorate your home and brighten your day.

You can download an exclusive, free excerpt from The Belle & Boo Book of Crafts! The Little Helper Apron has sweet bias binding, a handy pocket and a classic look for your favorite little helper. Download the PDF with instructions and the embroidery template here.

We also have TWO copies of The Belle & Boo Book of Crafts: 25 Enchanting Projects to Make for Children to give away today! (U.S. and Canadian addresses only this time, please.) Just tell us what you’re up to this weekend and you’re entered for a chance to win a copy!

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80 Responses to Little Helper Apron from The Belle & Boo Book of Crafts

  1. Megan says:

    Swimming to escape the heat with my two young daughters

  2. Karrie Smith says:

    I am getting ready to host my daughter’s graduation party from high school! Lots of stress and nerves, but it a good? way :)

  3. Gail says:

    The apron is just adorable. I am getting ready to embroider some beach towels for two of my grandchildren. I always make them a new one every summer.

  4. ruby t says:

    Such a cute apron…I want one for myself!
    I will be watching a friend’s dog while she is away…nothing too strenuous.

  5. Parm says:

    Entertaining guest from the UK, and hopefully sneak in some sewing time! :)

  6. Kerry says:

    This book looks adorable! This week I am sewing new outdoor cushions and hosting a BBQ for my husband’s birthday.

  7. Patty(Hutchinson MN) says:

    We are going to a twilight meeting on Sunday

  8. kathy says:

    visiting Grandma! maybe we will talk sewing…..

  9. Amber says:

    I’m planning on watching the World Cup & staying cool.

  10. Kathy says:

    Off to a seed savers workshop on Sat.,picking raspberries and mostly being quiet.Lovely book !

  11. Chiska says:

    We had a fun time visiting friends and family and attending a bridal shower for my best friends daughter. Lots of fun!

  12. Jennet says:

    Ooh, this book has been on my wishlist for a while! For the 4th we had a picnic birthday party for my sister, since she is a Yankee Doodle Dandee baby. :)

  13. Anne Marie says:

    I plan to stay home and sew!!

  14. Amy says:

    I have been studying for a test. I can’t wait to get back to some sewing projects!!

  15. Giuditta says:

    With the big storm hitting Cape Cod for Fourth of July, I actually had a very relaxing weekend — instead of running around to fireworks and barbecues and getting stuck in our horrendous summer destination traffic, I enjoyed a couple of days in my breezeway reading. Guess I needed some down time!

  16. LYNDA says:

    This weekend, besides visiting my parents (mom just had hip replacement surgery), I’m planning out a baby quilt for a friend who is due with her first baby in September.

  17. Jennifer Gouldsmith says:

    We watched fireworks and worked around the house.

  18. Debbie D. says:

    Had a trip to our 2nd home where we visited with friends, went antiquing and relaxed

  19. Michelle Kleffman says:

    This book looks great! I spent the weekend playing with my kids. Also sewed my toddler a dinosaur tail and new bucket hat.

  20. Sarah M says:

    We are up to….relaxing! We have had a few crazy weeks here, time for some down time :)
    Sarah M

  21. Carrie says:

    Picnics + Fireworks on the beach!

  22. krystina says:

    What an adorable apron, I love the embroidery. Very cute.

  23. anna gerard says:

    Would love to win this book. We had a quiet weekend woth sparklers at home. :)

  24. Rhona says:

    Sewing all weekend and loving it! New throw for the livingroom.

  25. Maria says:

    I am pattern making and hand stitching the Frozen costumes for my girls. They each chose a sister and I have custom made a dress for them. They are attending a screening of the movie with a sing-a-long. Such a cute idea. Reminds me of my Rocky Horror Picture Show days.

  26. Alexis says:

    This weekend involves lots of family, BBQs and fireworks.

  27. Karen Thurn says:

    I’m resting today after spending a busy past two days making cheesecakes and salads for lots of guests to enjoy at my dad’s 83rd Birthday party yesterday.

  28. sharon says:

    our plans for an out of town vacation fell through
    so, I am pulling weeds and working on a couple of sewing projects

  29. Jessica says:

    Just a buuuuuunch of home improvement projects. Feeling accomplished!

  30. Mihla says:

    I’m at my daughter’s house in ND, where we celebrated my oldest granddaughter’s 21st birthday on July 4th. She recently lost 70 pounds, so I’m looking for a dress pattern that will show off her tiny waist. Her little sisters are 4, 6, and 10, so this book would be perfect for them.

  31. Barbara says:

    I just got out of the hospital, so I’m taking it easy this weekend by sewing just one small project, a little organizer to hang from the front doorknob, while our dinner cooks in the crockpot! Thank you for the apron pattern; my 2-year old cupcake-loving granddaughter will enjoy it, I know!

  32. Mary says:

    The five kiddos and I visited the Powder Valley Nature Center today (St. Louis area) and tomorrow we celebrate my niece’s birthday! I love Belle and Boo!

  33. Tasha says:

    We spent the weekend watching fireworks and staying up WAY too late.

  34. Lori Kramer says:

    Hanging out with my husband and a family
    cookout on Sat. With some stitching of course!!

  35. VickiT says:

    What an adorable book. I clicked the link and took a peek inside. LOVE the adorable elephant on the wood block with wheels. How cute. So many things in this book look like things my 2 yr old Granddaughter would just love.

    Speaking of my granddaughter; she and her parents are gone this weekend to a friend’s cabin so our house is quiet. The peace and quiet doesn’t happen too often now since they moved in here so hubby and I are doing absolutely nothing other than to enjoy the peace and quiet. Of course, our new kitten has disrupted the peace and quiet quite often since she gets into and on to everything but still, we’re just relaxing so far. Tomorrow he’s going to redo the shelving he built in my sewing room closet so I can arrange things a bit differently. I’m desperately needing more room. Somehow my fabric has grown to a point which means much of the newly purchased fabrics are sitting on my cutting table with nowhere to hide so they are in my way. :( What a problem to have eh? LOL Soooooooo tomorrow means lots of work rearranging and refolding a lot of fabric and hoping my new idea will work so he’s not wasting his time rebuilding things.

  36. Heidi G says:

    This weekend I’m working night shifts at the hospital and squeezing in some awake time with my family.

  37. Brett says:

    Recovering from strep throat, wishing I had energy to sew.

  38. Laura D says:

    This Saturday is day 5 of our family’s No TV July. We’re working in the yard, building with blocks, and braiding each other’s hair. We seeking more of this make-believe and whimsy this month.

  39. Beth says:

    We had a picnic yesterday and swim class today. Tomorrow, more swimming! Would love this adorable book!

  40. teri c says:

    Went to the parade and just relaxing.

  41. laura says:

    my weekend consists of 2 4th of July parties, and I finished an apron for my sister in law. I plan on doing more sewing after looking up ways to use doilies on the internet. I came across this post while looking at project ideas on Sew Mama Sew. Thank you!!

  42. Juliet h. says:

    Just going to a neighbors cookout! Thanks for the chance to win!

  43. Nancy says:

    This weekend I need to finish up bags for the sisters. We are having a sister weekend and I have commemorative tote bags for the occasion!

  44. Sally Christiansen says:

    Weeding the garden and time with the Grandgirls. This looks like a wonderful book.

  45. Marilyn says:

    Playing with my kiddos, picking blueberries and working on some sewing projects this weekend.

  46. Amy says:

    Super cute! We’ve got family in town this weekend. Our first fourth here, so we’re just trying to figure out what all the new traditions will be. Thanks for the giveaway!

  47. Jo Ann Little says:

    I am spending the weekend camping at camp Dearborn, with my children and friends..

  48. Lori says:

    Family, games, food, bonfire, s’mores, fireworks!

  49. Liza Ahern says:

    We celebrating the 4th with our family and my daughter is enjoying he new Tee Pee we made her from PVC, a sheet, some leftover fabric and ribbon. She adores her private place!

  50. DianeM says:

    Thanks so much for the chance to win what looks like an enchanting book :) I am knee deep in making embellished friendship bracelets this weekend – so fun & easy <3 Hurricane Arthur brushed by us yesterday & took all the heat & humidity with him – yay – so now I can happily craft outside :)
    Smiles, DianeM

  51. Wila says:

    My family and I are making Portuguese/Hawaiian malasadas! Delicious!!!!!!

  52. I am quilting the drops/sides of a king-sized sampler quilt I designed for our bedroom. I custom quilted the top portion in quadrants and can’t wait to get the entire quilt top ready for binding.
    This book looks cute for some nice projects to sew for kids.

  53. Julia C K says:

    This looks like a great book! Thanks for introducing me to it.
    As for our weekend plans, we’ve got errands to run tomorrow (fun, right?), but will hopefully do something fun in the evening like a trip to the park. Sunday so far is wide open, so hopefully sleep in (that all depends on the baby), and laze around for the day.

  54. Judy says:

    We staying home today and my daughter is coming over for a barbecue. Tomorrow we are going to my brother’s house for a family barbecue.

  55. Carolina Tran says:

    We are going to celebrate my good friend’s daughter 4th bday! I made an Olaf piñata bday present for her. It looks amazing! Hope she really likes it. Have a great weekend everyone!?

  56. Kim says:

    The tent is adorable!
    This weekend will require a little time dedicated to home repair but I will still find time to make my sisters pottery apron :)

  57. Beth says:

    Cookout and fireworks!

  58. Susan K says:

    This is going to be a slow weekend. Went to the community parade this morning. May go to fireworks this evening. Tomorrow is shopping for stone for the yard. In between, I’m sewing. I’m currently in the middle of three projects and work on whichever pulls me in during the day.

  59. Lynne says:

    I am happy to be out of the big Velcro boot and into a soft ankle brace. Now I can use my 3rd floor sewing room again! !! I am busy sewing Medieval clothing for a friend in exchange for her skills. My granddaughter would love one of these aprons and she is just about the age to change from a baby big at meals into such a clever big girl apron. I would love to make one of those playhouses for her too. Her cousin already has an apron and a cloth playhouse I made for him.

  60. Jeanie K. says:

    Actually, I’m making the Vintage Apron that I found on your website. Instead of using cotton fabric I’m using a light canvas fabric. It would be all done, but we went to see The Jersey Boys and had dinner out afterward. I’ll have to pick up where I left off (apron).

  61. Afton says:

    We are going to have a pot luck with friends and watch the fireworks.

  62. Tammie says:

    I am sewing this weekend. Until it cools off enough to go back outside!

  63. Christina says:

    Oh this is the best giveaway!! We are big fans of belle and boo and have all the books except this one! We would love to win!!! We have a couple picnics planned with friends:-) thanks for the chance to win!

  64. Anja says:

    What a cute apron. I’ll be working on some WIP’s this weekend.

  65. Mary Ann says:

    I’d love to win! Today we picked blueberries and went to the pool. Tomorrow–yard work and hopefully some sewing!

  66. Liz says:

    Playing games with family and blind stitching the binding onto my first quilt.

  67. Nicole says:

    This is too cute! My embroidery skills aren’t that great but I might have to try this one. As for this weekend, I’m hoping to finish a pair of capris for me!

  68. Janice says:

    I’m sewing a dress and travel bag for an upcoming sewing challenge….looking forward to grilling later today!

  69. Jess says:

    Cool! I’m a little restless for all of the young girls in my life (newborn to 18 months) to grow up a little so that I can make things like these for them :)

  70. Justine says:

    Just cleaning house for a party we are having tomorrow! I’d love to win this for making projects for my own little brown eyed brown haired girl. LOVE Belle & Boo!

  71. S. I. says:

    Having a wiener roast with homemade ice cream tonight… Going to visit friends in the city on Sunday.

  72. I’m preparing for a week-long getaway to Montréal, Québec. If only there were some more fabric shops along the way!

  73. Sandra :) says:

    My husband finally gets a Saturday off tomorrow so he’s going fishing with his buddy, so I’m going to hunker down in my basement to work on some scrap projects for a challenge. I PVR’d 4 Jaws movies so I’ll be watching TV and sewing up some scraps :) Some simple polymer clay embellishments may also be involved, if time permits :D

  74. This book looks so sweet! Thank you for the apron excerpt. I hope that I can make one soon for my little girl!

  75. Carla says:

    This apron is sooo cute. I know the perfect little helper who would love one of these. Elly loves to help her mom in the kitchen. Tomorrow Elly will be 3! I’m making a quick trip home to see the family today and then I hope to spend the rest of the weekend in the sewing room!

  76. Laurie says:

    I am making a yummy meal for family and friends and then we may attempt seeing some fireworks.

  77. Wendy says:

    What a sweet apron–looks like a fun book!
    Unfortunately I am using the long weekend to recover from a cold!

  78. shanley says:

    since I’m in Canada, no 4th of July celebrations here – we are gearing up for something much more exciting – adopting twins! The weekend shall be spent putting finishing touches on their room and at a shower put on for us by our lovely friends :)

  79. Janet says:

    I am travelling to the southwest. Hope to see some lovely handicrafts while I m there.

  80. Tammy says:

    What an adorable book!

    We are having a quiet weekend, mostly around the house. We did go cherry picking this morning though, mmmmm.




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