As I promised yesterday, I wanted to share the gifts that I made for Gen’s birthday. I made her a set of toy food, and a pair of mittens (for our day in the snow)- all for under $2!
I went to the local craft/sewing store, and purchased 4 pieces of felt and 4 skeins of embroidery floss, for a total of $1.96. I cut out pieces of the felt, and stitched them to look like food; occasionally embroidering/appliqueing them. The felt was an “eco-friendly polyester” (made from recycled plastic bottles).
I sewed most of them during our Thanksgiving road trip. I still have quite a bit of felt and embroidery floss leftover, too! I packaged them up in a pretty repurposed box (originally stored a set of candles). She was awed by the “pretend food” and has played with them constantly since her birthday.
For her mittens, I traced her hand on a piece of scrap paper to make a pattern, and cut out the mitten shapes from an old sweater (full of holes) that I got off of Freecycle. For this project, Gen stood beside me at my sewing desk the entire time, begging for her mittens, and thrilled with the sewing process.
I embroidered flowers on them, since the brown fabric wasn’t very pretty. Then I attached a wide ribbon (also from Freecycle) to go through her coat sleeves (we have a problem in our family with losing mittens!). They worked perfectly during our outing, and she loved them!
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