It's Fatty's Birthday
All the trimmings

For Annabel

Jane's friend Annabel had her birthday party this weekend.  On Saturday morning, Jane and I set about making her present.


This fabric that I bought from Leslie is a lightweight canvas, perfect for a tote.  Jane and I thought that Annabel might need a bag to carry her ballet stuff in, or to fill with things to do while waiting at rehearsal for The Nutcracker.  Jane wanted to embroider ballet slippers or something dance related on the pocket, but crazy enough, we didn't have the right thing.  She settled on Annabel's initials.


Jane drew the letters on the polka dot fabric with a pencil and embroidered them herself while I was cutting out the bag and making the handles.  When she was finished stitching, I made the pocket and sewed it all together.


Inside, we put a sweet bundle of embroidery supplies:  hoop, needles, lots of floss, three fat quarters of fabric and Hillary's Peppermint Fairy Stitchettes.  I told her mother, who shares her daughter's birthday, that she was going to love me or hate me.  I know from experience that this requires lots of adult supervision and help.  I think Suzanne was just fine with it - after all, she's one of my craft swap peeps.

Happy Birthday friends!


Sarah Jackson

very sweet gift! We gave something similar to Gunnar's friend. We included the new Sublime Stitching book o' patterns. Have you seen that? It's amazing.

TD wool design

a nice gift for a girl friend! i'll bet she will have fun with it! and that bag is sweet :)

Me? A Mom?

ooohhh, I own some of this fabric in my stash and was JUST wondering what I should do with it. Thanks for the inspiration!


I like to encourage young sewers as well. I just found out that my son's new girlfriend likes to crochet and wants to learn to knit. YAY!


such a sweet and thoughtful gift.
i wonder if libby would like to embroider. i should let her give it a try.


such a sweet and thoughtful gift.
i wonder if libby would like to embroider. i should let her give it a try.


whoops. :)


the bag turned out great. super cute.

Mama Urchin

What a wonderful gift and even sweeter that Jane did the embroidery on her own.


great work--you make a wonderful team! my son plays baseball and i always keep some extra hoops, floss, etc. together for the sisters who have to sit and watch their brothers all season long. it's my way of getting my girl fix and it's really nice to share the gift of creativity.


Aw, so sweet. I'm sure Suzanne and Annabel love it!

Gretchen Skovron

what a wonderful birthday gift! Love it!


so sweet. my girl loves embroidery, i hope annabel does, too!

Lisa Clarke

What a sweet gift! Must be nice having girls to craft for. With only sons, nephews, and friends who are boys, I can never come up with anything to make for them that they wouldn't think was dorky!


what a cute gift!


That is a great, great gift! And I love, love the picture of the embroidery supplies! So pretty.


such a great present for a little girl!! I've got the same fabric (from our friend leslie) and love seeing it sewn up. Didn't Jane do a great job on the embroidery? Her friend is very lucky indeed.


I think that's a delightful, thoughtful gift. I love getting things someone made for me. It always makes me feel very special and loved.

Amy @ parkcitygirl



A perfect gift! Sweet is the first word that came to my mind too.

Ashley Ann

What a thoughtful gift!

Margarida Godinho

What a nice gift for a girl!
I always offer things that I make.


Very cute gift idea!

Kristin Boldizar

Thank you! I need to make two ballet bags for my daughters and have benn putting it off, but you have inspired me with your wonderful bag! I have not checked your blog in a long time and I do miss it!


I know my girls and I would think that a fabulous gift!!


Such a thoughtful gift. In awe that you can whip it together in a morning!


What a sweet gift! Your girls are so blessed to have a crafty mama sharing her talent with them!


What a refreshing change from boring ready-bought gifts!


What a lucky girl to receive such a great gift!!!


How sweet. I bet she loved the gift!


what a lucky ducky! xo


That is a sweet bag, but I really love the idea of the embroidery supplies. I have had my boys help me embroider and it REALLY does take some patience. Well worth it though!


What a wonderful and thoughtful gift!

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