Last fall I finished my girls' 3rd & 5th birthday quilts just a few years after the candles were snuffed.... BUT this year I have their birthday gifts done early - a whole month early! It's a borderline miracle!
Our sewing space has been a bit cluttered and we've been short a few extra tools since Santa brought my girls each their own sewing machine for Christmas (Janome 8077's just like mine - I recommend the model if you're looking for an affordable, "real" machine to teach your kids on that has a few stitches but nothing fancy). I wanted to make them some sort of organizer for their work space, and get them each a few necessities of their own so they wouldn't need mine.
I decided on the Undercover Maker Mat from Nicole at Lillyella.com because the design doubles as a sewing machine cover, has an adorable butterfly detail I knew my kids would love, and the pattern is free and includes really excellent directions. I chose Emily Herrick's Up & Away fabric for the bright, high contrast palette. And I of course modified the butterfly feature from paper pieced to raw edge applique, which is my favorite.
After I had the mats complete, I filled them with a few basics to get the girls started: an Omnigrid 6" ruler, a tape measure, a Purple Thang (perfect for all the stuffies they love stitching and turning rightside out), a Dritz disappearing ink marking pen, little scissors, and a few Wonder Clips. There's still plenty of room in the pockets to add things, so they can tuck new tools in as they grow their sewing skills. In the meantime, I won't be wondering where my own turning tool and marking pen have run off to!
Have you made an Undercover Maker Mat? Or do you have a suggested tool for the kids that I forgot? (I know they still need seam rippers, but those haven't arrived yet... those will be "on time" birthday gifts ; )