I fell in love a few years ago with the idea of sending the oldest girls a sewing kit!!
I love fabric like my Mom does. I frequent Hancock Fabric (close and convenient) and look for bargains and cuttings for pillow covers and napkins and table runners. I think young girls would love fabric too! Sewing kits are from $1-$3 at Dollar stores. You can even buy each element and make your own. See some fun Pins here and here and here and here. I love to get remnants or cuttings when they are 50%, like they do at Jo Ann's occassionally. The above was found 25% off remnants on a side cap in Wal-Mart right after Christmas. I try to pick fabrics that could be a head wrap, skirt, blouse or bag that they may want to make. I like to do 1-2 yards. I like to give a few different fabrics to each girl. Last year, I used gallon zip loc to secure the entire kit. Sewing is a great skill for them to learn and can lead to a trade. Look at this great Pin on what another shoebox stuffer loves to send, here. My mom thinks they need patterns but I imagine they can eye ball and create. What do you think? I am adding fun buttons this year and trims. I got the huge bin of finger nail clippers on Amazon this year. See pin here. I think I am gonna add a set to each sewing kit.
Here is a sock monkey I got at Stapes after Christmas. It was for you to put a bottle of Sparkling Wine into to gift. All I have to do is stuff him and hand stitch up the top. I really want a book about making stuffed loveys out of socks and gloves!! Amazon has it here.
This gets me starting in that direction. I have 2 teenaged boys and lots of barely used 1 sock wonders around here!
I am willing to think outside the box too for boxes!!
These awesome fleece lined tree skirts were anywhere from 75% off down to 25 cents depending on when I got them at Dollar General Christmas clearance. The fishy fuzzy fleece, harder to work with, I got on clearance last year at Hancock Fabrics. I have a few boxes in mind with an ocean theme. The green camo can't be used for OCC boxes...too much of a reminder of child soldier activity. I didn't think about it when I threw it into the cart, I was just thinking boy! (lesson learned)
We made 3 ponchos with the pink and sent them to Romanian orphans...we have lots left and I will make mittens and caps with all that.here and here.
Can you tell I have always wanted to sew for my boxes but just never made it happen before?
For the love of a child!!