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« on: November 15, 2008 11:14:56 AM »

My fourteen year old niece recently took up sewing and plans on becoming a fashion designer when she's older.  She's an amazing artist and although she's still new to sewing, she just took a introductory summer class at RISD and really excelled.  So for Christams I decided to put together a bunch on sewing related gifts, since I thought it would be nice for her to have her own materials, rather than to have to continue borrowing my sisters.  Here is a small travel sized sewing kit I made for her out of felt:

This is where I found the idea http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=10010
I did make a few alterations, however, like putting the eyes to the side rather than front facing (my niece used to love National Geographic cards and is particular about correct anatomy Cheesy), using jewels for the nose instead of sequins (which are straight despite how crooked they appear in the photo), making it larger than the template since I wanted to include more than just needles and thread, and I also used lime green felt since my niece has a allergy to dark green dye.  Here is a picture of the inside:

I also glued the red and white felt layers together so that it would have more rigidity.  I didn't glue the green down because I thought it would make it more difficult for her to take things in and out if i did.
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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2008 11:26:38 AM »

That's a super great idea. 

I love how it turned out. 

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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2008 11:28:05 AM »

This is a wonderful gift! You're the cool aunt! The gator is v. cute!

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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2008 12:09:03 PM »

Ah door ab luh! So cute and cuddle but with real bite! Next comes the animal shaped pin cushion right? Maybe a hedghog or a porcupine? Though, I suppose what she really needs is a CAD program right? Oh and a few tons of random fabric hahahah!

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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2008 01:03:36 PM »

wow that is very cool! I hope she likes it. If not, tell her to give it to me! Wink

Very cool gift. I could imagine even doing something with that idea like a baby reading book.

« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2008 01:12:35 PM »

This is so cool!  Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2008 01:53:02 PM »

This is super cute and so adorable! I love it and all the little changes you made are fabulous. They tailor it to her specifically and make it really special.
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2008 05:46:16 AM »

Very cute !
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2008 10:40:57 AM »

Ah, very cute!!  Lucky niece!  And wish her the best in her sewing journey - how awesome that she's into it with this much enthusiasm.

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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2008 11:39:53 AM »

This is such a cute sewing kit.  I'm sure she will treasure it.  It's just adorable and very thoughtful.
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