Sage turns 11 at the end of this month.
Eleven. Is that even possible?
And while I stood there, jaw agape in wonder at just how old he's grown, Lupine had gifts to plan.
(See? Even she's growing up.)
Since we are a family of makers through-and-through, buying a gift never occurred to her.
Funny. It never occurs to me, either.
But what can a six year-old make for her eleven year-old brother that he'll love?
We tossed around some ideas and thumbed through a few books. And then she found her inspiration in a sweet children's sewing book that had just landed in our craft room with a little help from Sew Mama Sew and the FunStitch Studio Summer Camp.
A Kid's Guide to Sewing is written by Sophie Kerr, the young lady pictured above.
She's close to Sage's age.
How amazing is that? A kid. Who wrote a book (with a little help from her crafty parents). Go, Sophie and your crafty self! I'm 40 and can't seem to pull it together enough to get a book to print.
Edited to add: Sophie's mom left a lovely comment here in an attempt to curb my enthusiasm a bit regarding Sophie writing this book. Because technically her parents wrote it. But it was a project she participated in and learned new skills throughout, and her words are peppered throughout. Eh, whatever. I'm still way impressed and giving Sophie all the props.
The project from the book that inspired Lu was a pillowcase, made of just three pieces of fabric. Simple, but plenty of "pow".
It's practical, cozy, and unlikely to embarrass him in front of his friends.
Since we were unsure as to how long it would take Lupine to cut, iron, pin, and sew the pillowcase we skipped the optional embroidery.
As it turned out it took her less than an hour!
The directions were simple, kid-friendly, and easy to follow. Lupine wanted help with only the cutting and the lining up of the edges before pinning. If she were a year or two older she would have been able to do it all on her own.
Lupine chose fabrics to match the quilt that I am really hoping to am doubtful to am absolutely certain to finish in time for Sage's birthday.
To make it even sweeter she chose a strip of his baby sling for the narrow accent band.
I think this is where I'm to cry some sentimental mama tears.
Yup. It is.
So much sweetness.
But the sweetness doesn't end in my sewing room. Because the kind folks at FunStitch Studio were generous enough to give me a second copy of the book to share with you. Whoot!
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