Good morning! I hope you're settling into summer mode wherever you are. If you have kids (or grandkids), along with summer comes the age-old challenge of keeping them occupied. How often do you hear those three little words..."Mom, I'm bored!". I hear it from time to time, but thankfully my girls like to be crafty, and that occupies lots of time (and gets them away from the screen!). My youngest enjoys stitching up felt projects using Papertrey's Stitching dies, but she often hits me up for project supplies when I seem to be at my busiest or under a deadline crunch. So I decided to take an evening and put together some stitching project kits that I could just pull out when she's in the mood. I thought I'd share them with you and show you how I put everything together.
I created four different stitching project kits. Each one is packaged in a cute printed glassine bag with a photo of the project on the outside. After cutting the felt pieces, I laid everything out and snapped a pic of each one. I printed each photo to fit on the Tag Sale: Quilted die. This makes it easy to identify the project that's in each bag, and also acts as a reference for her as she's stitching everything together. This way she'll be able to look at the photo and know where all the little pieces go. This first one is a Key Fob with the Seasonal Stitching: Lady Bug and a few small leaves and flowers from the Floral Cluster set. I made sure the kits contained any other necessary supplies as well, such as the key ring here.
I also included coordinating thread for each project. I wound it on some stitching cards that I diecut using the Thread Cards die. I even divided the strands and knotted the ends, since she can struggle with that part. This kit makes a fun butterfly bookmark using the Stitched Bookmark die and the Seasonal Stitching: Butterflies.
And here's a ladybug bookmark. I wanted the packaging to be cute and colorful too, so they feel like a real treat. They would make fun birthday gifts or treats too, if you have crafty kids. Or you could whip up a few for yourself for on-the-go summer crafting.
This last kit is a rainbow coin purse, which is a bit more involved project, but I think she'll get it with a little guidance. I used the Coin Purse II dies and the Stitched Rainbow. It's going to be a cute little project when it's all finished!
Besides that she will have fun stitching these up, we also had fun putting them together. I let her help choose the colors and designs, since that's one of her favorite parts. She also helped me pick out thread colors and wind them all up. It was a fun project to work on together! And she'll be happy to hear that this blog post is all ready to go because those little fingers have been itching to get started on these! :-)
All of the dies used in the stitching kits are linked in the thumbnails below. Thanks so much for stopping by - hoping you have a great (and crafty) weekend!