I had seen some cute kits in stores (which is great!), and thought I could make some of my own. Some of the kits are based on free tutorials, others came from patterns that I purchased from crafty moms like myself.
I made a total of six kits. Each was tucked into a zippered bag I had saved from when we purchased curtains last year for our former house. (I knew they'd come in handy!) Most of them had a small pocket, and I made labels to slip inside.
The first kit is based on an embroidery pattern I purchased from Sarah Jane.
I cut out fabric rectangles, just the size for the designs, and included all the floss colors Sis will need. We just need to iron-transfer some designs, and she'll be off and running.
For several of these projects, Sis needed some of her own fabric. I knew she'd love Riley Blake's Fly a Kite designs, and looked on Etsy for a good deal on a fat quarter pack. I found Kerri at Sew Deerly Loved, and she was awesome. I purchased the fabric, and then realized I'd need to get it quicker than anticipated. She sped up her delivery, and the fabric arrived two days later. I was so impressed with her kindness.
Two kits are based on Bit of Whimsy PDF sewing patterns. Sarah happened to be having a sale when I needed it, and I purchased two patterns. The Beth doll has glasses and braids...perfect!
I printed off the pattern, and made a 6" x 9" matching envelope to hold everything with a photo laminated to the front. I love that clear laminating plastic!
Inside the kit I included flesh colored fabric, thread, and the items needed for hair. I thought Sis would like choosing from her new little fabric stash to dress her doll.
Next kit includes items to make a sleeping bag for Sister's American Girls doll. Melissa @ Polka Dot Chair created a great tutorial for Riley Blake's Design Blog. I made a printable version and included all the notions in the package.
Final kit, I wanted something Sis could do completely on her own, unsupervised. I saw this darling picture tutorial on Pinterest to make a clothespin doll. I simply printed it on cardstock, laminated it, and then included all the goodies Sis will need. This included craft paint, glue, and pre-cut circles of fabric. I'd purchased the old fashioned clothespins a while pack from Etsy (yet another project I didn't get to!)
I hope that inspired you to come up with a kit for a special girl in your life. I know Sis and I are going to have a lot of fun together working on these!
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