Birthday Makes Revealed!!

Well, the big day has come and gone and I can now show you what I have been frantically making the last couple of weeks!

Our gift to Abi was a sewing machine.  I had a sewing machine for my 18th and I wanted to be able to do the same for her, it will probably have to be instead of a family holiday but it will be worth it as it is a really useful gift that will hopefully last for many years.

So of course I had to make something to go with it, well two things actually.  A pretty cover for it and a quilted mat to go under it.

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I got the mat idea from one that a friend had made for my Mother-in-law.  It is basically a rectangle a little wider than the machine and about four times the depth.  The front hangs down and has a pocket for scissors, pen etc and also a pin cushion.


Not the best image but it gives you the general idea.  I used my extra large yoyo maker for the pincushion.  I also put little yoyos on the machine cover to add a little something.   I hand quilted round some of the paisley on both the machine cover and the mat.


I also wanted to do something a bit more special as it was her 18th so I printed onto fabric a photo Abi had taken of herself and added some stitching to the grasses and the boat and then added a verse at the top.


Sorry, I forgot to take a photo before putting it into the frame and could only get this angle without reflections but the bible verse reads

‘For where your treasure is there will your heart be also.’

I always try to make the children’s cards and this year for Abi I decided to use some of my dear Dad’s bits he used to use in his watch making.


An owl made with small watch movements, little screws and washers, a couple of some sort of dial for the eyes and a tiny watch for the necklace.

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Oh, and if you were wondering, the ‘bits sticking out of his head’ as Abi so eloquently put it when she asked, are actually supposed to be the numbers one and eight but they are rather close to the top of his head!

Abi loved her ‘Grandy’ so much that it was lovely to be able to use something of his to make her card.

The last make was this owl basket.


I had seen a couple of owl baskets on Pinterest but they both had the ears as part of the eyes which I didn’t like, also one looked too tall to fit on Abi’s bedroom shelf and the other was only the head and would have been quite shallow. Quite a lot of frogging went on, especially with the ears but I eventually got it how I wanted it to look and I have jotted the pattern down.  For the yarn I made my own out of t-shirt following this great tutorial by Sheila at Sewchet.  Her tutorial is so much better than one I have used before and has plenty of pics to help. I think the pattern would work with any yarn as long as you worked on a smaller hook than recommended to make it work up firm.

Well, Abi loved all her makes and I am really glad that I took the time to do them. If anyone would like the pattern for either the owl or the sewing mat I can post it up here.

Have a great weekend and Happy Crafting!!

Sharon x

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14 thoughts on “Birthday Makes Revealed!!

  1. What a lovely tradition, to gift a sewing machine for an 18th birthday and it’s made extra special by the matching accessories. I can’t get over how clever the card you made is – just inspired! Such a thoughtful picture too and thanks for the link for the Tarn:)

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    1. Thanks, yes we are quite big on tradition in our family, keeping up old ones and starting new ones! The inspiration was for the card was a comment Abi made about using junk to make something, not that these bits are junk to us but they would be to a lot of people. I was pleased to link to your Tarn post, it was a brilliant tutorial, have a lovely weekend. x

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  2. These are such lovely gifts! The card is amazing! I made a similar machine mat recently, it’s very handy as long as you remember to put the stuff in the pockets!


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