Monday, May 26, 2008

A little stitchy gift

Today, my daughter and I headed down to Wimberly with my parents for my cousin's daughter's birthday (how many family members did I just pack into that sentence?). I didn't have time to go out and buy a gift, and my cousin and her family live very simply and are about to move overseas, so I knew they wouldn't want any bulky toys or heavy books. I also didn't have time to sew or stitch anything for her.

So what was I to do?

I ended up putting together a little stitch bag for her. She's turning seven, so I thought it could be just right for her. I grabbed some felt and stamped several pieces with Sublime Stitching designs. I pulled out several colors of floss and tied them together, and added a small wooden hoop and little scissors (or - as I like to call them - Snippy McSnipersons). I also cut a small rectangle of felt an stuck three embroidery needles in there. I tucked everything in the drawstring bag I made in my Beginning I Sewing class, and - poof - the gift was ready.

She loved it. She immediately hooped up a design and chose a color of floss. I helped her thread the needle and showed her the backstitch. Before I knew it, she'd stitched half the design. It was fantastic! So much fun! A new stitcher is born ....

More on the CRAFT Release Party tomorrow!


  1. What a great gift idea!! I am thinking of coming up with a little basket for my niece. Perfect! Thanks for sharing . . . she'll think I'm the coolest aunt!

  2. SO thoughtful! Wouldn't every stitcher-to-be love to have an aunt like you.

  3. i so heart this idea! I am trying to come up with a 9 year old gift and this is a perfect solution, I love giving creative means.. very sweet you are

  4. Wow, what a perfect present! I'm definitely going to keep this in mind for upcoming birthdays.

  5. That's a fantastic gift for a new stitcher! What a genius you are.

  6. I wish I got that for MY 7th birthday. Or my 35th for that matter :)

  7. What a wonderful idea! I'm definitely going to try that out with my soon to be 6 yr-old. She's already interested in embroidery, so that will be a perfect way to get her started.
    How lovely.

  8. Thanks for all the sweet comments, y'all! I have to admit it was loads of fun to put together, and even more fun to see it so well received. It was so inexpensive (I mean ... I just used what I had on hand) and super easy to put together. I spent, maybe 15 minutes on it. I'm thinking this might be a good gift to put together for future birthdays as well.


  9. what a great gift.
    i'm sure you are her favorite aunt now :)


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