Thursday, January 5, 2012

Toys for small boys....

Stacking cubes
Now that Christmas is well and truly over I can safely share some of my handmade creations with you here. First up is a set of stacking cubes from Anna Maria Horners book "Handmade Beginnings". Not the easiest of projects I've got to say but hey the result is worth the extra effort plus it's always good to challenge yourself now and then! These are for my latest great nephew born in October so he's not up to appreciating them fully yet but I'm sure he will appreciate all the colours for now. And yes saying 'great nephew' does make me feel old  but it's all my brothers fault who was quick off the mark in starting his family when I was still a teenager.

Stacking cubes
As you can see I went with an 'I Spy' theme with the fabrics I chose for these to make them even more fun and interesting to play with. 
Stacking cubes
Each cube has little ribbon tags which I made sure included some different textures to feel. 

Drawstring bag xmas gift
And for my eldest great nephew who is 4 years I made a patchwork drawstring bag using the same fabrics as the cubes.I used this tutorial by Ayumi from Pink Penguin to make it which had great easy to follow instructions. I filled it with little matchbox cars which as I had hoped went down well. 
More handmade gifts to be shared here soon!
This past week has flown by with the very wet weather we have been having lately keeping me busy trying to get washing dry and keeping the girls entertained since it was far from beach weather. I got a "Wasgij" jigsaw puzzle out earlier in the week and I was pleasantly surprised at how it kept the girls captivated and completely absorbed until it was completed. 


12 comments:

Lara said...

Both lovely gifts Catherine :) Love that little bag idea too! Might have to make some for this years gift giving.

Nic said...

Love them!
I have two great nephews too. The first came when I was 27. It didn't make me feel old at all, in fact it may have made me feel young as I got to tease my sister. I had so much fun calling her Granny. I'm sure that made her feel old, and she was only 32 :)

Katy Cameron said...

Cool blocks there, and they can be used for storage too :o) Cute wee bag too, glad the cars went down so well!

janae king designs said...

i love your fabric boxes...so fun!

Ulla's Quilt World said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your quilts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world! www.quiltworld2.blogspot.com
Yours, Ulla

Second Chance Tan said...

Gosh those stacking boxes are wonderful, what a great idea, I especially love the taggies at the edges, kids love those tags so much.

Leslie said...

these are a wonderful gift. i love the bright fun colors.

Deb said...

What a cool idea. Love those baskets. You're right...it's hardly beach weather. We are at the Mt in a caravan and have spent more time inside than at the beach.

Diane said...

Those are adorable!

Kathy said...

Love these gifts, Catherine. Boys can be tricky to make for! The fabric is a great choice for exploring hands and eyes :)

Michele Pacey said...

I would love these for myself, they're so lovely and useful. I may have to add a stack of 'em on the ever-expanding to-do list!

Karen said...

They are just perfect gifts for boys. Great fabric choices. Awesome effort making the stacking cubes.

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