Thursday, March 22, 2012

Birthday gifts update

Kate bday baskets 1
Argh, so behind on documentation! I have been cranking away at a little something, plus trying to keep up with my Dear Jane (and failing) and Sew Colette sew-along (doing marginally better), but it seems blogging is the thing that always falls by the wayside. What you see above was crafted and gifted in January. January!

Kate bday baskets 2
These are versions of the basket from Zakka Sewing: the big one was enlarged by 1" and the smallest one was decreased by 1". What makes them awesome, though, is that I embroidered various designs from this (free!) sketchy cats embroidery pattern by Speckless. The embroidery designs are so cute that I had a hard time choosing which ones to use!

Kate basket big detail
But this bit? This is my favorite bit of all! These nested baskets were gifted to my friend Kate for her birthday. Awesome. I embroidered for that entire weekend (you can see the other embroidery I did here) and totally killed my hand, though. Definitely not something I'm used to working on!

Sandy bday gifts
These gifts were made for my friend Sandy, also in January, and gifted before her February birthday. It was a big birthday for her, and she celebrated by going on a safari in Africa! I knew I wanted to make something that she could take along on her trip, so I made the above: a boxy toiletries bag lined in oilcloth and made following this tutorial, and a travel portfolio from Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders.

Sandy travel portfolio 3
So far this is the only project I've made from the book, but it turned out well and Sandy said it was invaluable for her trip. I don't have a passport (I know!) to test the pocket, but I guess the measurements are spot-on, which was my biggest worry. It is a great gift for someone about to take a trip, that's for sure!

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