Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A Gift for Jack

We have a birthday party to attend tonight for one of my friend's little boy, Jack. He is three today. I generally do not buy toys for kids gifts-they have so many already. His birthday theme is firetrucks so I got him a little golden book about fire engines. We also got a drawing pad and crayons. Unfortunately, Lilly thought the crayons were for us so she ripped the back of the box trying to open them. Back to Wal-Mart we go to get more!! I made the shirt and bag. Just ironed fabric to wonder-under then onto the shirt and bag, stitched around the letters and voila, a fun, personalized gift!!

All ready to go!! I have to say I feel a little "green" using a tote for a gift bag and it was less expensive than a cute gift bag would have been.

Hope y'all have a wonderful Tuesday night!!

27 comments:

mysteryhistorymom said...

Elise- What a fabulous gift! Jack is going to love everything!! What a lucky little boy...:-) Lori

Darlene said...

What a wonderful gift...I LOVE the idea of using a tote with the childs name on it for the gift bag. I will definately have to remember that.

Amy said...

How very cute! I like to give crayons and paints and markers to little kids, too! Especially if they aren't mine! I love the tote bag--very nice....I actually made my Anna a dress out of that very same fabric you did the letters in!

Also, I know Alice and Tim love to have kids out at there farm--we went out there when I homeschooled, too. So if you're ever in the area you should look them up!

Bella said...

Oh my, I just might have to break down and buy an iron, lol :) That is really a cute tote and Tee!

Have fun!

Bella :)

Kindra said...

What a super gift! What a great idea to personalize the shirt and bag! Did you say wonderunder? Do you buy that at hobby lobby or something? And did you handstitch or use a sewing machine? Can you tell I mostly work with wood? :)

Nicole said...

That is the cutest idea! I bet he will love the bag with his name on it.

Gettysburg Homestead said...

Elies, What a great idea!!! My kids are getting to the age where I start buying pizza gift certificates and a movie rental for their friends since I never know what toys they are in to.

Mary

Katy said...

Oh...what a fantastic group of gifts! I love the bag too....that is perfect and you did a fantastic job with it!!! :)

Kim's Treasures said...

Great gift! I have just started using canvas bags that I have embellished for gift bags too! I am sure Jack will love his gift!
Kim

Philigry said...

i do the same thing! I always make something instead of bringing a toy. you are right, they get so many!
I love the bag, and everything you made for it. such a sweet gift.gz

Rue said...

Hi Elise :)

What a cute gift! I think it's much better than the other stuff kids usually get and very creative :)

rue

tumbleweed said...

What a perfect gift! I agree about the toys-we have an overflow in our home that are going in a garage sale this weekend! I love personalized gifts-probably because my name is one you never find on things. You did a wonderful job and the way you put it all together-PERFECT! My neices birthday is coming up and she has everything-a personalized gift would be great for her, thanks so much for the post, it's getting me thinking!
smiles,
Shayne Louree

Laura said...

That is the cutest gift and even better because you made it for him! This seems like something I may even be able to do myself. Keep putting these crafty posts up you are giving me more confidence daily!

Laura :)

Amy R. said...

The gift turned out very cute! You are a crafty girl and now even a little "green" too!
You did good and I know he and his mom will love it!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Elise- I hope you join another swap as I would love to be your partner!

What did you decide about curriculum? I have heard really good things about Bob Jones and am thinking of using it for Katie this year... Lori

Julie said...

Love the gift! I hate buying toys too. I struggle with making gifts for boys, you thought of a fantastic idea. Perfect font on the letters too. Mind telling what it is called?

chelle's winks said...

stopped by from Darlene's...you are very creative...I'm going to try the tassels...

thanks love your blog!

Michelle

Cherry's Jubilee said...

If that isn't creative and new I don't knw what is! I love that idea..and always think it is cool to be able to recycle something. Very hip too....everyone loves monograms and personalization. cherry

michelle said...

Darling gift! You asked when I started teaching my kids to sew. Brittany is nine and has been doing simple hand work for a couple of years. She asked for a sewing machine last christmas and I got her a small basic "real" machine, not a toy one because those are just frustrating! It is a fun thing for us to do together as long as I keep the projects simple.

Magpie Interior Design said...

Hi there!

First, thanks sooooo much for your sweet comment! And good luck on that offer!

Second... you MADE that shirt and bag??? Wow! That is incredible! I wish I was a better crafter. But alas...

Thanks again and I cant wait to see more of your blog!

~Stacy

MyHeartIsAlwaysHome said...

Wonderful gift and I love, love that you used the tote as the gift bag! ~Wendi

mysteryhistorymom said...

Elise- Thanks for your sweet comments! I wanted to keep this acorn bracelet, too!:( But, the next bracelet I make is going to be for ME. It will have ghosts, cats and a scarecrow on it! I'm so excited! Lori

Amy said...

What a cute gift!
Thanks for visiting my blog. The conclusion to my "God does amazing things" post is up! :)

Hadley Coble said...

what a great gift! I am going to have to steal that idea for sure!

thanks for checking in on my blog...I've been crazy-busy, but hope to get back in the habit! I just finally posted again...a whole month I've been away!

I'm going to have to try my hand at those tassles too!

Jessica said...

That is a great gift idea! I'm going to use it for kiddos and big kids alike. I love the idea of filling a bag with homemade goodies!

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

I love it! It is so clever and personal. That is just the kind of gift I would love for my children to receive. I'm sure Jack & his mom were just tickled.

Smiles,
Lea

Tamlynn said...

So cute! I love wonder under. I lol about the crayons. My kids did the exact same thing once.

Did I know you are a homeschooler? I seem to be running into a lot of homeschool Southern moms blogs lately. I guess you all are pretty amazing.

I am going to homeschool my kids this year. Wish me luck!