Remember when I told you about my Great-Grandmother’s sewing machine? I mentioned that occasionally I like to look through the drawers, take a little walk down memory lane and then put everything back for another time.
True confession… this time I didn’t put everything back.
Instead I gathered up my brother’s patches and got all crafty with them. I did however clear it with Mom first, so I still rank as her favorite. So here’s what I’ve been up to…
As far as sister-in-laws go, I completely scored. My brother’s wife, Gina, is sweet and funny and has the patience of a saint. She married my brother after all and she adores him like no other. Like she gets him at a core level and that is a gift in any marriage. The fact that my brother gets to have that in a spouse (and he gets her back) is really cool. That my nieces and nephews get to grow-up seeing a true example of a healthy, Godly marriage is priceless. If it’s not obvious… I think she rocks!
For her birthday, I wanted to do something special and one of a kind. I started by picking up this messenger bag at a local craft store. Gina is a busy momma to 6 young ones. I wanted to get something that she could easily throw over her shoulder and head out the door with hands free for her kiddos.
Once I had a design down, I pinned the patches into place and began machine stitching them on.
And bonus points for all the teasing my brother got from his kids over his cute soccer picture.
The bag was then the perfect spot to stash a few extra birthday goodies for Gina to enjoy.
Did you earn patches through childhood sports or scouts? What has become of all those awards? How do you go about coming up with unique gifts for family and friends?