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« on: March 09, 2007 07:29:21 AM »

I'm starting a new topic because it's not quite the same as a normal What to get the boyfriend problem.

I think the boyfriend wishes I made him more crafted gifts. He's a really practical guy, and is firm in his belief he does not need more than one hat and one scarf. Or wallet. He doesn't wear any jewellery. He doesn't wear caps. He's one of those stylish guys who sees no problem with wearing, shorts, dress socks and trainers.

We've been together for over five years, so I've got him loads of stuff for birthdays and Christmas. I'm kind of out of ideas. His birthday is next month, and when I'm not at work, odds are I'm with him. So the only time I'm going to get to craft him anything is on my lunch hour. I crochet, knit a little bit, and hand sew. He loves to read The Economist (we're such an exciting, hip and happening couple), so I thought to do something with this ad:

http://adsoftheworld.com/media/print/the_economist_on?size=_original

Or at least something like it. You know, smartarse it up a bit and personalise it. Or is that too cheesy?

The issue is, what can I do? I'm thinking of using a piece of red fabric (I've got some red corduroy, I knew it'd come in handy one day) and embroidering this design (my other issue is I've never embroidered before), and turning it into... what? Here are things I'm thinking of:

- Coasters (how romantic -- not);
- Reconstructed file / folder to hold his important documents and perhaps the latest Economist issue (i.e. attaching it to the front of a file, if paint is a better option here I'm in trouble as I don't have an artistic bone in my body);
- Lunch bag for when he gets a job;
- And those are all the ideas I've got.

Edited to add: how about trying to sneakily get a bright red towel and embroidering the ad? How do I hide a knot on a towel?

(He really wants a laptop bag, but he's extremely specific about what he wants and he wants a backpack and I don't have a working sewing machine so that is definitely out. Things I have made on previous occasions - mobile phone cozy, no longer used; back scrubbie, converted into sleep mask, don't ask and no longer used; sock doll; languishing in a box along with other sock dolls at the moment.)

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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2007 12:10:07 PM »

I just started embroidering, so if I don't make sense sorry. For the knot don't do a knot just pull the thread through the towel leaving about a inch tail you can cut off later and make one straight stitch and go over it a couple times and that should hold your embroidery in place. You can finish it the same way and if you are really worried about it falling out a dot of krazy glue should keep it in place. Just remember to pre-shrink the towel so you embroidery doesn't warp in the wash.
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2007 02:18:42 AM »

That does make sense, thanks!

Next issue, what should the towel say? I was thinking something Economist-like:

Get clean.

Clean up.

And embroidering his name in the bottom corner.

Any other ideas?
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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2007 04:19:13 PM »

Well it sounds like you have decided on the towel but I have an idea for the file folder type thing. Just grab a new/old hardcover sketchbook or something of the appropriate size, cut out the pages, and glue your embroidered cordoroy on the cover with some leftover corduroy on the inside?
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2007 02:52:40 AM »

There's no saying that I can't do both (although time is definitely against me)! Maybe I could do that and glue another layer of paper on the inside to hide the raw edges of the corduroy?
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2007 01:50:31 PM »

There's no saying that I can't do both (although time is definitely against me)! Maybe I could do that and glue another layer of paper on the inside to hide the raw edges of the corduroy?

No need! Just fold or sew a hem before you glue.
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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2007 02:26:03 PM »

I wonder if I should save the folder idea for Christmas for when I'll be stuck for another idea!
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2007 05:47:28 AM »

 Undecided

There's a good reason why I've never done embroidery. I absolutely SUCK at it. All stitches ripped out, using fabric crayons instead. Sigh.
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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2007 10:04:04 AM »

better idea; copy the ad onto transfer paper and put it on something. Put it on his laptop bag (which you can use some red canvas material for)

and for a sortof personala and secutive effect you can add a little post-it on there saying "you turn me... =)"

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« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2007 02:55:45 AM »

better idea; copy the ad onto transfer paper and put it on something. Put it on his laptop bag (which you can use some red canvas material for)

and for a sortof personala and secutive effect you can add a little post-it on there saying "you turn me... =)"

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Unfortunately, the only time I get to go to craft stores is WITH him, so sneaky anything is difficult.

Also... seductive whatnot... he'd think I'd gone mental or something! Grin We're a very boring couple. I'm also taking him on a dirty weekend up in Perthshire for his birthday (heh), so I've given up on more presents. Lips sealed
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