Recently, I stitched up a gift for a special someone's birthday and even though it hasn't reached him just yet, I thought I'd share it here without spoiling his surprise (as I highly doubt he visits my blog ;o). I love giving something hand made as a gift, but at the same time, I aim for a gift that will be useful to the recipient. However, this time around, I was stumped for awhile trying to sort out what a newly minted teenager might like.
Then it occurred to me that a simple toiletries bag might be appreciated or at least needed. Guys may not have the same self-care accoutrements (or as many) as girls, but keeping them organized is just as important. I love this zippered pouch design, but felt I should keep it as clean looking as possible (meaning no patchwork, quilting, too bright fabrics or fancy piping or trims). Nothing that would embarrass him. ;o)
|Re-purposed clothing labels and a coloured bead slipped onto cording on the zipper pull, add a bit of flair on a very simplistic zippered pouch design.|
So, I began a search through my stash for some masculine fabrics. Imagine my surprise to realize I have a very small amount of fabric choices in that category. ;o) Hopefully these geometric prints strike the right note.
|Who knows just what this new teen will decide to store in his toiletries pouch...|
Not knowing his personal tastes, I decided to skip tucking any toiletries into the pouch and instead found a handy multi-tool and a mini flashlight to include. My experience has shown that guys love tools and handy gadgets, so hopefully, even if the pouch isn't a hit, this young man will find a use for these items. ;o)
It's funny, because as simple as this design is, I found it more challenging to keep from adding to it (apparently I like to embellish - so stopping at adding those two labels has me applauding my restraint ;o). Lucky for me, I have 3 males in the household to consult with. They gave this gift a two thumbs up rating, so with fingers crossed, I hope the young man receiving it will like it as well.