I have always been a hands-on girl. I love to make things. And guess what? My 12 year old niece is the same way! She’s almost a mini-version of myself, and so gift-giving for her is so easy and fun. A couple months ago when I saw this book, Made By Me by Jane Bull by DK Publishing, I bought it right away, knowing it would be the perfect gift for my mini-me niece. This book is packed with cute projects, including the darling sewing basket on the front cover. So I thought I’d give her a little basket kit…
I found the cute little Mini Suitcase on amazon.com. It was actually a set of three nesting cases, and I used the biggest one. My niece is not especially into pink, so I thought the pale green was a good choice. I bought some fabric paint and Singer sewing needles at Fred Meyer, I think. Everything else I had on hand. Fabric remnants, felt squares, embroidery thread and hoop, storage jars, and some snaps and hooks/loops from my Grandma Nancy’s sewing stash that I inherited. I especially love passing Grandma’s treasures along 🙂
Look at the sweet little storage jar idea! That’s what the jar with the blue lid was for. I have tons of those…we LOVE Litehouse Bleu Cheese dressing at our house. They also work great for bug catching in the summer 🙂
And here we are, all assembled. Everything fit except for the little spice jar I thought would be good for buttons or something. Oh well.
I just wish I was there to see her open this, I know she will squeal and dig right in!
Oh, and confession: I got an extra copy of the book for myself 😉