A couple of months ago, my friend completed a Land’s End to John O’Groats virtual cycling fundraising challenge. By her own admission, she is more of a “couch to couch” rather than ‘couch to 5K’ person, so she did amazingly well to complete this, ahead of schedule too. During the same month, this kit came with my embroidery magazine so I thought this would make a great memento for Ruth.
The kit came with the embroidery flosses, a pink embroidery hoop and the image pre-printed on some cotton fabric.
The magazine gave instructions on which stitches to use for the different sections.
Once the picture was finished, I thought it would be nice to add a few details to make it personal. I designed the layout on my computer and printed it out, then, using my lightbox, transferred the design onto the fabric and embroidered it.
To finish, I folded the edges of the fabric in and glued a circle of felt on the back to neaten. Lastly, a loop of ribbon was added for hanging.
Giving money is thought, by some, to be lacking in thought. However, I like it since it gives the recipient free reign to spend it wherever they want rather than being tied to a particular store with a gift card. One of my colleagues managed to get married last year so the watch had a collection for him and his new wife. Quite a substantial sum was collected and we didn’t want to present it in a tatty white envelope, so I was asked to make a presentation wallet.
Making a presentation wallet (of any size) is fairly straight forward but needs a bit of planning out. To begin, the finished size and depth is required to draw up a plan view. This will help determine if your box can be cut from one sheet of card or not. This is my plan for the box I made which was 3¾” x 5⅝” x ¼”. Once the front, back and pocket sections are added, together with the top, base and sides (for the depth), the next thing is to work out where the tabs need to go in order to glue the box together.
I don’t usually go to the trouble of drawing my plan out to scale, it usually looks like the sketch in the top of the next photo! After scoring all the lines, I then used these as guides for cutting away the excess card, which left me with this.
I cut pieces of DSP to decorate the panels and also added a thin magnet underneath the pocket panel. A magnetic closure always makes a gift wallet feel that bit more special!
Once all the decorative panels were in place, I dropped the other magnet onto the front of the wallet. It was naturally drawn into the correct place, where I added a spot of glue under it.
To cover the magnet, I then made a focal panel from layered ovals, the bride and groom’s initials and some hearts. I gave the metallic paper some added interest by dry embossing it. I added a polka dot tulle bow as the magnet was just visible.
It’s not shown here but I added a white panel on the back of the front cover (the part at the top of this photo) on which I wrote the message from the watch.
I was really pleased to get a message from the couple saying that they loved the personalised gift wallet. Feedback like that makes creating bespoke gifts all the more rewarding!
Do you have a messy eater in your family? I can ask this as I am one myself! This is largely borne by our slovenly ways of eating our tea from lap trays in front of the TV rather than sitting at the table. To resolve this problem, instead of making us eat at the table, I made myself a bib. I got my pattern from the website shown at the end however, since Craftsy ceased a few months ago, it’s no longer available. The shape is fairly simple though so it’d be easy to draught yourself. This is my original.
I made this one for my sister (we’re a family of messy eaters, apart from my Mum!) for a funny birthday gift – she had asked for one so I was confident she wouldn’t be offended. Like me, she is a big cat fan so cat-themed fabric had to be used. After washing and drying the fabrics to pre-shrink them, I started by cutting out a front, some quilt wadding (extra absorbency!) and a backing (cut out the opposite was to the front).
After attaching the wadding to the back piece, I sewed the front and back together, leaving a gap at the bottom. I graded the seam allowance and snipped the curves before turning the right way out through the gap and pressing the edges.
Next, I top stitched all around the edge of the bib before marking up quilting lines. This step is entirely optional but I think it looks nice. I use a heat erasable pen called Pilot Frixion (from Amazon, of course!) to draw my lines. After sewing the quilting lines, I ran the iron over the bib and all the pen marks disappeared, like magic!
The last job was to attach some Velcro for fastening, although snaps or press studs would work equally well.
And here’s the finished article!
To make it look a bit nicer as a gift, I folded it and wrapped with a ribbon and a fun tag. Have I given you a top Christmas gift idea??!