Elma Family Finished Handmade Handmade for Elma Sewing

Little letters {handmade for Elma}


I may not have finished Elma’s birthday cardigan (it is very nearly almost done though), and the quilt I was originally planning to make for her is still sat in its project bag (and may now be intended as an Easter present, perhaps with a small clutch of mini eggs tucked into one corner).  But despite a healthy dose of realism that rather drastically shortened the Christmas knitting-and-handmade list, I could never not make a little something for either of my girls.

And so on Christmas Day, Elma unwrapped a little square-ish parcel, heavy and slightly squishy.  Her mama-made present for 2013, and something that I already knew she would love: bean bags, a little handful that spell out the letters of her name.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - personalised bean bags

I made a set for Kitty for her second birthday and she’s enjoyed playing with them, chucking them about a bit and trying to slide them as far as we can down the laminate floor in our hall, but its Elma who makes a beeline for them every time she spots the bag that they live in.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - personalised bean bags

Kit and I were playing with them shortly after Elma learned to crawl, and when she watched us trying to throw them into a saucepan from the other side of the room, she scuttled over, and with a look of intense concentration picked a stray one up and put it in the pot.  And then took it out again, put it back and turned to us with a look that said “if that’s what you’re trying to do, why are you doing it from over there?”. Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - personalised bean bags

Piling up bean bags in a saucepan has turned out to be one of her favourite games, especially if she can find a spoon to stir them with.  We shall perhaps gloss over the fact that one of Kitty’s favourite bean bag games is now placing it on her sister’s head and watching it slide off.  Fortunately, Elma thinks it’s hilarious.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - personalised bean bags

She was as thrilled with having her own set as I’d hoped, in fact opening them may have been one of the few occasions that she gave a full on smile on Christmas Day, when all the arriving new teeth had made her hot, sad and grumpy.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - personalised bean bags

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - personalised bean bags

There are lots of memories sewn into them too; leftover fabric from a dress that I made Kitty this summer, and from a dress I made her very first summer; snippets from a quilt that I made Mum, and some that match the bunting which I made for Elma’s birthday (which also has her name on it), all sewn up together.

I love that I could give her something totally unique, and something that she enjoys playing with so much, and that definitely makes it a perfect Christmas present.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - personalised bean bags

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  • Dean 11/01/2014 at 9:59 am

    I love this! And this looks so utterly cute & dainty. I think I might just try something like this (I’m crap by the way at any sort of craft), but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to make them! Now if only I had some free time … Hmmm.

    • Carie 11/01/2014 at 10:28 pm

      Thank you 🙂 They are a lot easier than you might think I promise – if I ever find any of that legendary free time I’ll have to write up a tutorial!

  • Rachel 11/01/2014 at 11:52 am

    Ah I love these – and she looks more and more like you, you know x

    • Carie 11/01/2014 at 10:28 pm

      I think she looks like me but with her father’s expressions at the moment. She’s so increasingly different to Kitty it’s so much fun to watch her grow!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 11/01/2014 at 7:30 pm

    These are so lovely Carie, you are so talented with a needle and thread. x

    • Carie 11/01/2014 at 10:37 pm

      It’s not as hard as you’d think I promise, but thank you for the compliment!

  • Amy 11/01/2014 at 8:07 pm

    These are such a cute idea

    • Carie 11/01/2014 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I love that they’re so well played with around here.

  • nic@nipitinthebud 11/01/2014 at 9:15 pm

    what a brilliant Mum-made gift :o) thanks for the idea for how to use up some of my fabric scraps gathering dust in a drawer.

    • Carie 11/01/2014 at 10:40 pm

      It’s a great way to use up leftovers, especially the bits that are special that you don’t want to use for just anything!

  • The Reading Residence 12/01/2014 at 8:05 am

    Those are lovely! Very sweet idea, and your photos are just gorgeous x

    • Carie 12/01/2014 at 8:15 am

      Thank you 🙂

  • Alexandra Mercer 12/01/2014 at 8:53 am

    Those bean bags look gorgeous! #SiS

    • Carie 12/01/2014 at 9:33 pm

      thank you – they’re such a great toy to have around too.

  • Super Busy Mum {Debs} 12/01/2014 at 11:07 am

    What a really really lovely Christmas gift! They are so pretty and I love how they spell out her wee name. New follower from Share it Sunday! x

    • Carie 12/01/2014 at 9:50 pm

      Thank you 🙂

    • Carie 13/01/2014 at 9:16 pm

      Thank you, it’s going to be interesting to see what they can spell with their combined names in a few years time!

  • Donna 12/01/2014 at 1:29 pm

    Such a lovely idea – beautiful beanbags! I love how she puts them in the saucepan too – children’s imaginations are amazing x

    • Carie 13/01/2014 at 9:38 pm

      It’s been so funny watching both girls have such different instincts with the same toy too!

  • Jo & Bump! (@carsonsmummy) 12/01/2014 at 1:38 pm

    What a brilliant idea! I will absolutely be following in your footsteps for my new arrival xx

    – carsonsmummy.blogspot.co.uk #shareitsundays

    • Carie 13/01/2014 at 9:41 pm

      Oh please do – they’re such a fun toy to have around!

  • Amelia Appletree 12/01/2014 at 4:07 pm

    Beautiful gift! I love handmaking gifts, especially for my daughter. It always feels much more personal and special.

    • Carie 13/01/2014 at 9:49 pm

      There is something really special about giving them something that no one else can have isn’t there: hours of your time and love all wrapped up for them!