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Topic: Macho guys - PJ pants are NOT an option..  (Read 2453 times)
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« on: November 08, 2006 05:32:46 PM »

Ok, I have a family full of loggers to make presents for. The dad is a life long logger and diesel mechanic. I know he loves logging, trucks, his Kenworth, cows, and buffalo.
His son (my significant other) is a logger / Aerospace Engineer. He loves rockets, working on cars, trucks, logging, etc..
The brother is a 21 year old hormone crazed logger. I'm thinking something involving a pin up girl. He just built his own home so maybe something a guy could use in his house?

I can sew. I have no idea what to make though. Any suggestions would be great. And remember, these guys are kinda redneck. PJ pants (while they'd be fun for me to make) just won't work.
Help? I'd greatly appreciate any ideas.

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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2006 11:05:38 PM »

uh, maybe blankets/quilts of their favorite sports team?  stenciling tshirts/hoodies? bake/cook them something?  as with the pin ups, i prefer the vintage pin ups ala bettie page to the modern day.  perhaps if you could find some pics (thriftstore, order off ebay?) frame them, or make a calender, magnets...?  maybe paint something on shot glasses/beer glasses, and if you got the extra dough, throw in their favorite liquor/beer?
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2006 03:57:20 AM »

I would bake them something.

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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2006 02:12:05 PM »

You could sew them plaid flannel shirts Grin.  Um, I think the beer glasses idea is a good one.  How about etched glass beer mugs?  You could use pin up girl silhouettes for your bro and maybe deer or moose or trucks or something for the other two.  They're not too hard to make.

« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2006 02:13:33 PM »

I second the etched shot/beer glasses idea!   They're pretty simple to make, but they're neat-looking, useful, and manly.  Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2006 06:08:41 PM »

Sounds like I better learn how to etch lol
I thought about making them custom suspenders. Has anyone ever seen directions for that? I wish I could find something unique like patterned elastic or something..

« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2006 08:46:04 PM »

I saw etching kits at Hobby Lobby today for $15, and if you go online there is a 40% off coupon good until tomorrow. Hope that helps.

Fleece blankets are always and option...and easy. They have all sort of sports teams available. I saw some pin up type panels at Walmart just the other day. That's my only fabric outlet that isn't 60 miles away, so I'm sure other stores have a better selection That might work for the guy with the new house. I know Hancock used to have an awesome selection of pinup girl fabrics in cottons if you'd like a more traditional blanket or maybe pillows for his sofa.

Pinups are very in right now, so if you need pics for your projects, I've seen plenty of great calendars out there. Target even gets items in their $1 section every so often.

I thought of something else for the pin ups....how about coasters for his house? I saw them somewhere on here. Maybe in featured projects? I know they have some cute things in there, you may want to check it out.
Good luck!
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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2006 07:56:02 AM »

I've heard that etching isn't so bad.  (Haven't gotten around to trying it myself, of course...) 

This might be a horrible stereotype that's happening in my brain, but would they like...hats?  With...earflaps? 

Or maybe some scarves.  Can you knit/crochet?  If you can't, you can always just use some fleece or soft fabric to make a dark-coloured warm scarf.  (I find that dark colours generally seem to indicate masculinity.)

As for suspender elastic, I suggest eBay!

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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2006 04:58:46 PM »

for the suspenders...you could get really thick not so noticable that its elastic elasti and paint polka dots / stripes or something on it..i have some and its justl ike... white elastic with black polka dots. but i bought them ($6!!!). planning on wearing them with my snowpants snowboarding hehe. anyways i was going to say sew material aroudn the elastic so it would be cool looking but then it wouldnt stretch / be bunchy if you made the material extra long so when it was extra stretched it would fit. unless you could figure out a way to hide bunchiness / unless you made the length of the fabric exact lenght of the pple your making it for..but then theyd find out. ugh sorry if i made no sense im really tired. the beermug thing would be cool though - and if you couldnt do etching you could always do glass paint and paint it plaid lol...or just make them little stuffed loggers..that would have no purpose. unless they were like those slippers that you stick your foot in the stomach! except that mite be really hard. lol like i said, im tired. good luck!
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2006 11:19:12 AM »

What about like a puffy down vest... they are very... woodsy... as well as pretty stylish these days.  They might be into those!

Good luck,

« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2006 05:50:18 PM »

How about some of those quilt/blankets  made out of old pairs of jeans?  Those are nice and warm too.  Or what about some kind of hats...most men like that I know always wear hats.  If they're loggers they might wear hard hats (or should...unlike some people i know, one who got a tree cut down on top of his head..)  maybe u could decopage somethin to hard hats....haha  ok  i'll stop now  Cheesy
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2006 09:34:02 PM »

Etching is super easy. Just go to your friendly neighbourhood craft stora and pick up some Armour Etch. Stick stickers on the glass where you don't want it to be etched, and cover the rest in the creme. Follow the directions on the bottle, and voila...
I like the beer mug idea. Men are so impossible to do presents for, I find.
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2006 09:59:47 PM »

Oooh, or moving along with the flannel idea, you could get them a flannel shirt and applique a silhouette of a pin-up girl on the back or a tiny one on the front side pannel.  Something like the mudflap girl, perhaps?  I'd rock one... of course, that's probably a guarantee that the macho men wouldn't like it. 

But then again, boobies have a pretty wide appeal Tongue
« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2006 12:05:19 AM »

LOL Thats one thing all these guys like - women. I've been researching different crafts with pin-ups trying to find something that would work.

If they drank at all then shot glasses or something would have been a great idea.

The one that just built his house is a major skirt chaser. I wanted to make the boob pillows I saw on here but every pattern is for knitting or crochet. I can't find any ideas for sewing..

« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2006 12:17:12 AM »

The one that just built his house is a major skirt chaser. I wanted to make the boob pillows I saw on here but every pattern is for knitting or crochet. I can't find any ideas for sewing..

You could probably sew a boob pillow really easily. You could use a pattern for a round pillow. This one is Simplicty 3953.

See the purple and pink pillow in the bottom left hand corner? you could make two of those and then leave out the pink diamond. Use the smaller purple circle for the nipple area. then just connect them in the middle.

You don't even need to use a pattern. You could make your own with like, a big mixing bowl and a can of pringles! Lol or any other round objects you have around your house.


I will be out of state until February. I may be able to check emails periodically so if you need me, it would be more timely to email me. Thanks. ANY OWED SWAP PACKAGES WILL GO OUT BEFORE I LEAVE.
« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2006 08:36:57 AM »

The lizard and frog are adorable! Now I have to buy the pattern anyway lol

Thanks for the advice on the boob pillow. I'll go get some flesh toned material today and start trying.

« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2006 10:48:23 AM »

You're welcome.  Smiley And yes, the lizard is too cute!


I will be out of state until February. I may be able to check emails periodically so if you need me, it would be more timely to email me. Thanks. ANY OWED SWAP PACKAGES WILL GO OUT BEFORE I LEAVE.
« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2006 03:35:24 PM »

i'm in the middle of making a manly pair of fingerless gloves with a mitten flap. check out the "broad street mittens" on magknits (archives). they're great for things like fishing, because when it's cold, it's nice to have your hands covered while having your fingertips free. then when you're not doing anything, you can pull the mitten part over your fingers. they're also good for driving and such.
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« Reply #18 on: November 18, 2006 11:34:01 PM »

I have a bit of the same situation. My man is a heavy construction operator (trackhoe/trencher) who is now getting into the trucking industry.

I can't hardly ever make anything for him... mainly because I make stuff you can hang or wear and he likes practical stuff, i.e. tools and such...

In the past though, I've made him a scrapbook of all the jobsites he's worked on... perhaps a photobook of their trucks??

If you don't want to go the made route kenworth and other trucking companies have merchandise of their brands. http://www.shopkenworth.com/

I know I was wandering target with my hubby and he played for 30 minutes with a remote controled excavator they had... maybe there is a remote controled 18 wheeler?? Ha, I just gave myself an idea there lol.

I hope I helped!
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