There's nothing nicer than a handmade gift. I love 'em. But Boys?….. simple handmade gifts for boys (and by that I mean men) - now, that's a tricky one, especially with the men I know. They seem to be much more discerning, more fussy than any girl. They totally get the handmade thing but with them there seems to be no messing - they want stuff that is either really cool or really practical.
Ok. BIG birthday challenge of the above kind. Thankfully I had a small amount of this great Riley Blake cassette-print cotton fabric.
I picked it up on a visit to friends and family in Bristol, UK from the most fabulous craft shop Flo Jo Boutique. Well worth a visit if you live in or are visiting the area. It sells all manner of gorgeous printed fabrics, and holds some great classes and workshops - check it out.
I decided to keep it very simple with these lovely little Tidy Bags. Great for keeping their shoes/trainers or undies in when travelling, or just for great-looking, handy hanging bathroom/bedroom storage. Half a metre will give you a couple or if you have more fabric you can make as many as you like. How about a variety of sizes. You can change the size and proportions - the making process is still the same. I think an extra large one would make a great laundry bag. Perfect - and not just for the boys - I know plenty of girls who would love it too.
They're easy to make - a good project, particularly if you're new to sewing. It's made using 'French Seams', so it will be nicely-finished and good quality. I've put together an easy to follow tutorial.
You Can find it HERE.