When our older daughter was engaged, at a wedding shower in 2008 along with some other gifts, we had given her a decorative box of all her old ornaments from each year growing up.
And then at our younger daughter's wedding shower last year also with some other gifts, we had given her a decorative box filled with all her ornaments from each year growing up.
...we also found all of our son's ornaments (after our move from Georgia, this February, I was so thankful that all our Christmas ornaments and decor are all in red or green rubbermaids! It sure made it easier to find amongst all the other rubbermaids and boxes that we still need to go through).
...we had bought a cute box to put all the ornaments in, that looks like a "suitcase" with adventure-type words printed all over it. ( Found this one at Michael's)
But, I thought of sewing little pouches to put each ornament in and dated...(Now, I want to do these for our girls too, since I had just wrapped theirs in tissue wrap....maybe, when they move back to Kentucky, we can have a sewing day together and work on them).
Well...I did get them sewn with some muslin fabric that I already had. ...I did this the day before the shower, while my hubby was at work.
Here is the tutorial with photos:
(I used muslin, I had, but you can use other fabric).
This crocheted ornament was one of many my mom made for us...She passed away in 2004, so this one is like one of the ones I gave to each of our children for them to keep.
2. Iron (helps, but not necessary) the top edge and bottom edge over twice. Then stitch top and bottom edges.
3. Fold bottom edge up a little more than one third up (Looks like a sleeping bag).
***4. Fold top edge down to over lap the bottom edge a little. Sew down one side about 1/8th inch seam.
***5. Sew down opposite side, also 1/8th inch seam. (Just the sides, do not sew the flap).
6.Turn the pocket inside out. Now sew the sides again, using a 1/4 inch seam.
This is a french seam, so that there are no frayed seams. If you use felt material, you do not need to sew a french seam, since it will not fray.
7. Turn pocket right side out. Now ready for writing the date, if you would like.
8. I used a sharpie to write the date on the flap.
9. I decided to draw a quick little sketch on the pocket pouch too, since some of the ornaments do not have the dates on them. However, you could take a photo of the ornament and keep it in the pouch.
I would actually like to give each of our grandchildren (we currently have one grandbaby :o) an ornament from us each year and then make a pocket pouch. I would take a photo of them holding their ornament. Then they can put that photo into the pouch with the ornament, for them to remember when they are grown :o)
***Here are some of our son's ornaments. There are more, but for some reason, I cannot find some of the photos. Like the ones that my mom made for us, that I was able to give to each of our children:
The second one on top left, has a photo of him wearing his "tuxedo" sleeper on Christmas day.
The one of him on the bottom right, was made in his kindergarten class, with his kindergarten photo.
The green beaded cross from 1996, was actually made by his Granny when my hubby and I were first married...this was the year that she went to be with the Lord. We sure miss her.
The paper heart, he had made and had written his name in cursive.
The noodle angel I had made years ago, but couldn't find his 2002 ornament.
2007 was one when our son represented Georgia as Children's Miracle Network Ambassador child.
Here is one of their engagement Photos, taken by a talented and sweet photographer.
a Perfect Portrait!
And here are more...Portraits.
This one was for a couple's wedding gift. It was drawn from a photo of them taken at their recent wedding. (The one who ordered this, had heard of the art that I do from another that lives in another city, but actually has a dental practice near where we now live! ...and we have not lived here that long. ...but when I saw the photo, I realized that the groom was the homecoming king when our younger daughter was homecoming queen! What a small, small world!)
And this one was also ordered a week later, by the same individual, for some family friends.
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