My niece will be two and a half years old tomorrow. She's at a fun age where she's getting really talkative, and she loves to play and run around. Being an aunt is such fun! I'm sewing gifts this Christmas, so she will be opening up handmade gifts this year.
|Fun Friends from the Sew Fun book.|
The practical side of me thinks whipping up a bunch of leggings and stretchy pants in fun colors and patterns is a great idea. Pants are useful, which my sister and brother-in-law would appreciate, while also being fun for my niece as she's into picking out colorful outfits.
But then I think opening up clothes on Christmas just isn't as exciting as a new toy or doll. And want to be a fun aunt! I think I might have to make her both leggings and a doll.
I saved some scraps from the baby quilt I made my niece before she was born. It would be neat to turn those scraps into a doll that she could carry around and play with, and tuck into bed under her matching quilt.
The doll pattern I have in mind is in Sew Fun: 20 Projects For the Whole Family by Deborah Fisher. The Fun Friends dolls are a simple shape, with dresses made from piecing scraps. The dolls' hair is wild and fun, made of ribbons or rickrack.
The doll faces also have a neat detail, made by stitching a child's drawing of a face onto the head fabric. I'll have to slyly get my niece to draw me a face! I've never tried sewing toys or leggings before, so I'm excited to give both projects a try.
What do you like to sew for children for presents? Do you err on the practical side, or tend to make fun creations? Or maybe, like I plan to, you do both? I can't wait to hear.