his spring racing jacket

It’s about time I introduce you to my ultra cute nephew, Grant. 
I can’t believe he’s almost 6 months old already!
Now that I’ve lured you in with some baby cuteness, on with the show…
Well, Grant was dedicated to his church a few weeks ago and of course I had to make him something.  I found this super cute race car fabric on Superbuzzy and knew it would be perfect for him since his dad (my brother) is a auto cross super star. 
I figured Grant would need to keep snug and warm when he’s out cheering on the track this spring, so the Baby in the Hood Jacket from Anna Maria Horner‘s Handmade Beginnings was just too cute to pass up.  I’ll be honest, I actually waited and waited to make this, it looks pretty complicated, doesn’t it?  Well, the directions are just awesome from Anna Maria, and so it was lots fun to sew up!  I threw in a mix of polka dots, a solid yellow and some Greenfield Hill by Denise Schmidt.  I was so excited when I finished. 
I ended up making the 12 month size and I think it’ll be just right for him through spring (hopefully, that is if he doesn’t bust out a big growth spurt). 
I decided to pair the coat with some fun wooden race car toys I found from Green Bean Toys on Etsy.  I love finding local etsians, especially with cute toys like this.  I even bought some for our house. 
Glad we could help celebrate your special day Grant, we love you!  Oh and Happy Birthday to your mommy today.  yay!

45 thoughts on “his spring racing jacket

  1. What a cute little boy, and a great jacket in wonderful fabric! Great trim too. I loved making this sort of thing for my boys when they were little! Brings back memories!

  2. tinajo says:

    He´s gorgeous – and the jacket is looking awesome! 🙂

  3. amy says:

    Adorable! The jacket is cute too! 🙂

  4. Oh, that coat is darling. I want to make my little boy one! Too sweet!

  5. Jessica says:

    Fantastic jacket and the cars are cute too!

  6. very very very cute! I need to make a new rain jacket for my daughter, she seems to outgrown hers (how do they grow so fast?!!!) Luckily, that was the very first pattern I ever made – so have something to work with :).

    I love the contrasting fabric for the button closure on yours – very, very cute!!!

  7. hungiegungie says:

    That is a handsome boy with a handsome name (my boy is Grant too :))… I’ve made two of these jackets and have LOVED the results. The fabric combos are endless, I need another baby to make one for! -Erin

  8. That is so cute! I would buy that book just for that pattern, but I bet it only goes up to 12 months

  9. Rachael says:

    This jacket is adorable as well as your nephew. 🙂

  10. Anna – That is seriously cute. Everything you make looks completely flawless. Wow. Way to go.


  11. The best coat I have ever seen and he looks so cute in it!

  12. Vanessa says:

    Oh, Grant looks so cute! Haven’t seen him since he was born; L and I have been trying to get together for a few months, but it never seems to work out.

    LOVE the coat and the fabrics you chose! Perfect for Grant to watch auto cross! And I love those cars — love natural wood gifts. I think I’ll have to get a couple to sneak into our Easter baskets!

  13. Chris says:

    The jacket turned out wonderfully. As always your work is impeccable. He is adorable, too!

  14. Ashley says:

    so perfect! great fabrics – he looks so cute wearing it! and i’m glad to hear that it was fun to sew – it’s one i’ve been wanting to try, but have been putting off for fear of it being too tedious.

  15. Megan says:

    i just thing your sewing and fabric choices are beautiful… every time!

  16. He’s adorable and anyone who knows you is LUCKY to own something you’ve made!

  17. Creative Mom says:

    What a cutie! I love the mix of fabrics you choose and the big wooden buttons and the wood cars it’s all tied together. My niece will be two next month maybe I can make her a jacket.

  18. Rachel says:

    Oh so cute! Both the boy and the jacket.

    The fabrics you chose for the coat are perfect – a great combination. Love those little cars too.

  19. Kris says:

    Sweet darling boy!

  20. Emily says:

    Oh he is the cutest! The jacket you made is perfect!

  21. I have had my eye on that book and have been ogling the photos in the flickr group that goes with it – (which I’ve just noticed you’ve posted in already!) But my son is now 18 months so not quite in the ‘beginnings’ stage. There’s always next time…!

  22. Lisa says:

    wow, wow, wow. You are amazing Anna!

  23. I got that sewing book by Anna Maria the day it came out in store because I wanted to make that Jacket. But I have not touched that pattern yet because it looks out of my league. If you say it is easy I guess I can crack it open and give it a try. O and I like the fabrics great coordination!

  24. toots2u says:

    great coat and your nephew is adorable too!!

  25. Poppyprint says:

    That first photo of little Grant is adorable!! YOu did an amazing job on his little racing jacket. I LOVE the buttons and all the prints you chose.

  26. Larissa says:

    oh drool!!! Over that sweet face AND that amazing jacket. Impeccable as always.

    Just Another Day in Paradise

  27. Kristie says:

    You’re killing me with cuteness! I LOVE the jacket and that fabric is perfect. Great job!!

  28. That jacket is just too cute. The fabric combination is perfect. And those buttons!

  29. Sascha says:

    You know I need to make this jacket. I hope I have enough of the fabric. I want to make a clone. everything is perfect. Only problem is I’m goin to try to size it up larger than the pattern comes. Fingers crossed.

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  31. You did a beautiful job! Yes, I was certainly lured in by the image of your darling nephew, but his new little jacket was almost as cute! I just love it, and this is just another reason (like I needed one!) to go and pick up the book that I’ve almost bought about 8 million times now. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Jess says:

    love that squishy face-how adorable. the choice of fabric is of course superb! love the little button loops-so cute!

  33. He’s Caaauute! Jacket is pretty alright too!! 😉

  34. ayumills says:

    You are so sweet to whip up such a cute jacket for your nephew! He is so adorable. I am off to get the book now – would love to make this for a boy I babysit!!

  35. mandiegirl says:

    he’s precious! I love your work on this jacket- so sweet of you!

  36. savvy stitch says:

    Adorable jacket!

  37. I want to squeeeze him (softly).
    Terrific Jacket!

  38. OMgoodness – so dang adorable! I haven’t made that hoodie yet, but it’s so good to hear that it’s easy. You’ll get me sewing clothes yet, won’t you!

  39. dana says:

    oh cuuuuuttte! Love it. ALL of it.

  40. Delia says:

    What an adorable jacket!

  41. jayayceeblog says:

    Grant is one lucky, adorable little nephew. Fantastic job on the jacket!!! The mix of fabrics is perfect and I adore those big wooden buttons.

  42. Jenny says:

    Oh my goodness, what a doll!

  43. Vira says:

    This little boy makes me want to have another baby, right now!

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  45. He is so cute…We say Mashallah for beautiful baby boy……

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