First up I made my nephew a Build-your-own Fort kit! I had seen a really cute tutorial on Pinterest a while back and decided that he would have so much fun building his own forts at home that I just HAD to make it for him. I used this Tutorial from Just Stitch that I found on Pinterest to make the bag that held the fort kit and this was the tutorial from Saltwater Kids that I used to build and buy the part for inside the bag.
For another one of my nephews, who has a deep love of learning and sports, I made this cute pencil roll using baseball fabric I found at Joann Fabrics and filled it with custom pencils, erasers and even a baseball pencil sharpener that I bought from Explicitly Yours Pencils (which I also found via Pinterest)
There are many pencil roll and crayon roll tutorials available out there in blog land but I just kind of winged it on this one and made it myself without a tutorial.
If you start planning early enough (like now for birthdays coming up) making handmade gifts are fun and so rewarding for everyone. I know that my sewing improves each time I attempt a new project and that is really the only way to progress my skills. Don't be afraid to try something new, just start early enough so that if you have to redo it a couple times you aren't too stressed out about it!
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