Friday, January 17, 2014

Stitched Gifts for Little Ones & a Big Kid, too.

These are gifts I stitched over the Christmas holidays & never posted. 
I am such a blog slacker!

First gift was for my great-nephew. He's nearing 2 years, and is all boy. He loves matchbox cars. I wish I'd had one of these when my boys were little. I created this Matchbox Car Roll to fit inside a diaper bag or Momma's handbag so a readily accessible distraction is quickly available for a busy boy.

All rolled up in checkered fabric from stash

The outer roll, or back, is made from fabric I had in my stash. I chose a small black & white check print because it reminded me of a racing checkered flag. The inside has different bits of felt I had leftover from another project. When unrolled, the carryall transforms into a 'parking garage' and 'roadway.' 

I don't have the exact dimensions, because I was cutting & stitching in guesstimates to what fabric I had on hand. I think the roll is about 15 inches long x 8 inches wide.

Little pockets to keep cars 'parked' and a tiny roadway to drive imaginations

I couldn't leave my great-nieces without a take-along play gift. These two little cutie sisters are 4 years and 2 years...the perfect age for interacting with one another and developing memories. I had these tiny scrappy squares just itching to be stitched into something fun. 

A soft version of the classic 'Memory' game.
Remember those little cardboard squares? 

I used white felt for the base of the 'cards' and cotton squares of fabric in matching pairs for the 'Memory' part. Stitching an 'x' across each square keeps the pinking sheared fabric in place. The white squares are 3-inches in size. 

Now, you can't have a memory game without a carrying case. You just can't. Squares would be turning up everywhere, and Momma's would become very frustrated. Nope. You just can't have that. So, I created a tidy case to keep the squares.

A pretty 'wallet' of fun!

Open the case, pull out the squares, and let the games begin!

The flip-side of the Memory squares.
Now where was that purple one?

This last gift was for JuJu, my sweet sister. She's a busy Momma these days, and has only a few moments to herself. To make her connecting time a little easier, I made her a set of pillows...iPhone & iPad pillows. 

Chevrons are a favorite of JuJu's, and I just happened to have some in my stash.
It doesn't take much fabric or many minutes to create these pillows.
You can download the FREE pattern from Craftsy. note. If you're using a patterned fabric, pay close attention when cutting. Otherwise, you'll end up with an unmatched matched set. Yep. I did that. 

What gifts have you created?

Happy Friday!


  1. Fun gifts! I really like the Matchbox car carrier. DT would have loved something like that when she was little.

    1. Thanks, Kate! I wish I had one of these for my guys & girl when they were small. It would've come in handy! :)

  2. Blog Slacker Larri, I've been holdin' out on us. Great lookin' and fun games & roadway with carrying cases to boot. Only thing that scares me is that roadway with two yellow lines. Ha! Keep up the creative mind and work, and thank you for sharing. What a blessing!

    1. Hahaha! Yes, that roadway is a bit uneven. Hopefully, it won't interfere with the car crashes that little boys love to create with their matchbox cars. ;)

  3. The car roll is pure genius Larri. LOVE that! And the matching game is pretty cool too.

    Lovely hand made gifts all round.

    I haven’t made any gifts in a while...I’ll have to see what I can do about that this year!

    1. Thanks, Shay! I wish my brain was better engaged when my children were younger. I think they would've liked play toys such as these. I know I would have! :) worries about the gifts. You've kinda got your plate full with all those finishes to finish!

  4. You rock!! I love the soft memory game and the car idea :)


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