I participated in Mommy Coddle’s miniswap this year. I made the things above while my twins were still in the hospital and it served as a great distraction. Missy helped with everything that she could and I got to practice making things for a little boy. Our partners were Kathryn and her son Jack from Australia. Having partners in another country led to some nice talks with Missy about Australia and some of it’s landmarks.
I sent some Winnie the Pooh books, which turned out to be Jack’s favorite. The felt mouse is from Toys to Sew, and I included some things from and about places in Brooklyn. I circled our neighborhood on the bus map so they could see where we lived. The log cabin pillow is for Kathryn, the denim one with appliqué is for Jack. It was my first time trying both quilt piecing and hand stitched appliqué.
I also made him some beanbags from some of Missy’s old jeans, one with car embroidery the other one with Jacks name. I made Kathryn a tote bag and tried out a backpack idea I had seen on Flickr for Jack. I lined it with some car and truck design flannel I got for a dollar a yard and backed his pillow with the same fabric. I made a little car patch out of felt for the backpack. Jack loves cars and trucks so I tried to include them wherever I could. We also made a notebook with cover art designed by Missy. We painted the wooden box together for Jack’s treasures and Missy included a little painted statue from a Crayola kit. I packed it all in the pretty box in the last photo. I’m always nervous about people liking my gifts so I was really pleased to get an email from Kathryn letting me know that they really liked everything.
Next I plan to have Missy help me make some baggies for children in Mozambique for Kelli of African Kelli to take with her on her next trip. I’m hoping to have her classmates bring in some too. Hopefully other parents will want to become involved. I think my children are fortunate in many ways and I don’t want them to feel entitled to the things that they have so I think doing charity work can go a long way in helping with that.