Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Thrifty gift sewing!

In this day and age, living on one income for a few years requires some serious budgeting. With all of the little people birthdays that crop up once you have children, you need to find ways to give nice gifts without spending a fortune on them. 

As the birthday of one of T.'s little friends was approaching, his mum asked me if I could sew a cover for his medical booklet to stop it from getting damaged/wet. A. told me that she liked patchwork and blue floral prints. I thought this was a great idea and an excuse for me to create something unique and personalised so this is what I came up with:

I don't know if you get something similar back in old England, but I do love the medical examination and injection books that are given to parents from day one here. Such a handy way to remember which injections your baby has already had and a great reminder not to miss the developmental check-ups.  Indeed, T.'s medical book has a list of check-up dates until 2016! Now is that German efficiency at it's best or what!?

Here's the said medical check-up and injection books in a cover I made 

Creating a patchwork cover is a great way to make use of your scrap stash too. I love the Robert Kaufmann animal print at the top, my most expensive fabric to date and sadly all used up now:

I also made a notebook cover for another little boy:

 I'm currently working on a purple, personalised notebook cover to thank the lovely older lady who goes along to my pre-natal appointments with me to keep Toby entertained.

I'm absolutely huuuuuuuuge now at nearly 37 weeks and sewing (or doing anything productive really!) is getting very uncomfortable although I have finished the nursery curtains and am currently working on a little something for Christmas...... watch this space!

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