Urban Duck Hoodie

April 26, 2012


I’ve taken Rowan to ‘Sing and Sign’ classes for a few months now and one of the first signs he learnt was duck. He still does it every time he spots a duck, so when I was browsing Etsy for knit fabric and found this duck fabric I thought he’d love it. I decided it would be ideal for lining a hoodie so a few days later I was back on Etsy searching for duck buttons and found the perfect ones here.

Urban Duck Hoodie Front and Back

All of this sat in my sewing cupboard and on the ‘to do list’ for a while and KCWC has finally given me the push to make it. I started it on day 2 and finished it today (day 4) when I got lucky and both kids took a long nap at the same time. The pattern is the Heidi & Finn Urban Unisex Hoodie. I’ve made it once before and I knew from last time that it runs quite small so I made the 3T size for my 15 month old. It’s a little too long in the body and sleeves but not ridiculously so and at least it will last him a while. You can see that Rowan was really impressed that it was finished, overwhelmed even.

Rowan in Urban Duck Hoodie

Somehow I could tell that underneath that glum expression there was an excited face just waiting to get out.


I also managed to whip up another set of ‘stripey jersey jim jams’ with yellow ribbing on day 2. Someone might need to stop me before I make a pair in every possible colour of ribbing that I can get my hands on. Casper loves his pair and the boys look great in them together.

Stripey jersey jim jams

Casper and Rowan in jim jams

I am up in London for a couple of days now so won’t be sewing again until Sunday. I intend to eat a lot of cake instead, as I’m going to the ‘Cake International’ show tomorrow and meeting some friends on Saturday. On my return I am planning to make something with fabric from the amazing ‘Next Stop London’ collect by Laurie Wisbrun. I was so happy and surprised to win this in a giveaway on Laurie’s blog. Casper loves buses and I was already planning to buy some, so the next item I make will definitely be for him.


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  • Reply Inder April 26, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    The hoodie is just WONDERFUL. Duckies! Joe was really into ducks when he was first learning to talk (he was a late talker) and “quack” was one of his first words. He took so much delight in quacking, I can just see his happy little quacking face now! He would have been head over heels for this hoodie.

    And I’m still totally coveting your ribbing collection. Orange AND yellow! I’m going to have to start dyeing white ribbing or something. I love the bright colors so.

    • Reply Laura May 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks Inder. Casper’s first animal noise was a cow but he’d say ‘mmmmmmmm’ instead of moo. When I took Rowan to nursery the other day one of the other toddlers was making the most amazingly realistic pig snort, it was so funny.

      I know what you mean about the ribbing. I was so pleased when I found a great source in the UK but it’s not cheap so I have to at least try and limit my ribbing habit. At least you only need a little bit for each garment.

  • Reply Cirque Du Bebe April 27, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Cute hoodie! And you should definitely make jim jams in every colour of the rainbow. One for each day of the week at least. Oh, well even if your little man wasn’t such an appreciate audience, I think it’s pretty cool.

    • Reply Laura May 2, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks Sophie, I may just have to do that at some point.

  • Reply abby April 27, 2012 at 7:56 am

    So cute! I’ve been wanting to make that hoodie for a while now. When I was a teenager I made a doona cover with those little duck buttons on it.

    • Reply Laura May 2, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      It’s a lovely pattern isn’t it. I had to look up what a doona was 🙂 – I bet that was cute.

  • Reply Chi @ Carousel April 27, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Wow – you’re so talented, Laura! These are just heart-stoppingly cute, as are your darling boys. You might as well make it official and start a childrenswear label! 😀

    • Reply Laura May 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Thanks Chi, I’m very flattered that you’d say that 🙂 I’m really looking forward to seeing your clothing collection.

  • Reply tina April 27, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    You know these photos kill me. I think your boys are so divine that I’m not sure how you refrain from kissing and hugging them all day long. WHEN are you going to bring them to London???

    I LOVE the duck buttons and am seriously considering getting some. Yes, yes, for me…. x

    • Reply Laura May 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      I’m going to try and bring Casper to the next meet up, he’d love a day trip to London on the train. You would definitely rock those duck buttons 🙂

  • Reply rae May 2, 2012 at 2:47 am

    love the stripes and the duck buttons! really great!!!

    • Reply Laura May 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      Cheers Rae 🙂

  • Reply Belinda May 2, 2012 at 3:21 am

    I’ve been meaning to make this hoodie for ages…I should really just get to it! Nicely done…love the ducks!

  • Reply Bridgette May 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    My gosh, what precious boys! Love the hoodie. Gives me inspiration to try making some for my kiddos. Visiting from Sew Much Ado’s WDIW link up. Love your blog! 🙂

  • Reply Allie Watts May 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    What. A. Cutie. Hoodie and little boy 🙂 LOVE the duck buttons. Beautiful job. I featured you on my blog this week! Come check it out and grab a button if you like 🙂

  • Reply Emily May 23, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Love the duck hoodie and those jammies look so cute and comfy.

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