A few weeks back, my daughter needed some gifts for birthday parties. Sewing with kids can take many different forms, and this one was a handmade gift collaboration.
She made drawings for each of the birthday girls, and I turned them into embroidered library book tote bags.
(If anyone is interested in how to transfer your child's drawing into an embroidery template, let me know and I can put together a tutorial.)
This is what we came up with:
Here's some detail from the girl tote.
I tried very hard not to alter, but to stay true to her original drawing. I couldn't include all of the detail (I'm not that good with embroidery--see exhibits A and B, the mouth and nose!), but I think the essence of the drawing came through in the stitches.
Both bags had the same lining.
The owls. I love the crooked skirt!
Hopefully each birthday girl enjoyed her gift!
As co-owner of Stitchery in Portsmouth, RI, I teach sewing classes to children and adults. Welcome to my blog Dancing Threads RI.