I’m thinking of organizing a sewing workshop for men in my area. What kinds of projects do you think would be good to propose to beginner seamsters – i.e. that would appeal and are also not too complicated to make?

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    Jun 5, 2011, 09.48 AMby bjr99

    Hi Ged, As you know, most mens clothing is rather advanced for the begining sewer. Just off the top of my head, and before my first cup of tea to really wakes me up, what about a computer bag? It has a lot of sraight lines making it easy. You could also include little bags with zippers to hold cords and other computer accesories. Or they could be draw string stuff bags to hold all the small stuff. Hope this is a help!

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    Jun 5, 2011, 10.23 AMby katexxxxxx

    Yes, bags go down well with blokes: laptop sized messenger bags are good. The boys I taught also made shopping totes for their mums! :D Gift bags like padded bags for keeping a bottle of wine or a few cans of beer cool go down well too.

    And closer to Christmas: Christmas stockings! The boys I taught liked the way I brought stuff to make smart, blokish stockings rather than twee Christmas prints… Smart suit fabric off-cuts go well with some gold or silver bling round the top and a few bells. Fun but not girly.

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    Jun 5, 2011, 01.03 PMby bjr99

    Now that the tea has kicked in….

    Kate’s ideas are great!

    Also,once they make the computer bags they could use the bag making skills to make hand bags on their own to give as gifts to the women inthere live, ie. mom’s girlfriends, wives.

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    Jun 6, 2011, 02.16 PMby lclausewitz

    Hmm…slim denim wallets they could slip into the inside pockets of their suits so that they wouldn’t hole their trousers’ backsides with common bulky wallets? Pocket protectors/pen holders wouldn’t hurt either. And gym bags. At least having a gym bag might make them less reluctant to visit gyms or some other exercise space. You know.

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    Jun 20, 2011, 03.34 AMby jenss-1

    How about barbeque aprons? Or simple drawstring shorts?

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    Jun 20, 2011, 05.43 PMby Lucha Suarez

    I think simple pajama pants would be great! Every guy likes a good pair of lounging pants! They are pretty simple to make in my opinion and you can wear them too!

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    Jun 21, 2011, 09.41 AMby july08

    I think simple T-shirts can be an ideal plan. what is your opinion?

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    Sep 30, 2011, 02.02 PMby mickeygirl

    pillow case. tie.

    I find it difficult to find “mannish” fabrics, especially prints other than denim. It seems it is all children’s or craft stuff.

    Probably any man would love to work up to sewing a mannish tailored shirt in fine cotton. Just try to find some affordable cotton fabric.

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    Oct 1, 2011, 03.54 AMby purplefan

    Second the BBQ aprons idea and also pyjama pants. The retail stock in pjs for men seems perpetually stuck in gray or blue or green plaids or stripes. Drab and not fab with the ladies either…but encourage the men to aspire for prints better than humourous ones. Tip-quilting flannel is nice thick stuff, not the wimpy flannelette.

    Tea towels—4 seams and maybe a bit of twill tape in one corner!

    Tote bags-grocery, or baby/diaper bags in colours men want

    Hat-yes, something summery in a canvas or linen blend.

    Hooded top in lightweight knit-good for cool days but not bulky like fleece.

    Cargo shorts or those cotton/nylon pants with light inner warm layer.

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