Secret Birthday Stitching

Shhh. Don’t tell my little Amelia, but I’ve been stitching up a storm for her birthday.

I have a million things to finish before the big day, but I feel compelled to stop stitching for a bit to tell you about the inspiration for this project from “Hand-Stitched Felt: 25 Whimsical Sewing Projects” by Kata Golda. I really love this book. The projects are simple, yet so satisfying to stitch. I swear, not even the fanciest sewing machine in the world can replace the peace that comes with stitching projects by hand.

While the author recommends making the projects out of wool felt, I’m using craft felt because that’s what I have on hand. So far I’ve been happy with the results. (I have nothing against wool felt, I just don’t have any in my stash at the moment. )

I had Amelia page through the book, so I could see which projects she reacted to. She loved the stuffed animal family, so I think this gift will be a handmade hit. (Thanks, Kata!)

I added a birthmark like Amelia’s to the bunny, a detail I think she’s going to like. I’m also making her the kid’s messenger bag from the book. I’ll post pictures of that when I get it finished.

You can watch a cute little video of the finger puppets from the book and enter to win a copy over on the STC Craft blog. The contest ends Oct. 30.

From softies to felt covered journals, “Hand-Stitched Felt” is packed with sweet and inspiring projects for kids of all ages. It gets four stars from me.

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