My sister Chloe and her boyfriend recently moved from North London to Richmond, which I’m very happy about as it means she is now really near me and I can see her more often.
She’s even bought me cat pajamas to keep at hers for when I stay (best sister ever!) To celebrate moving into her new flat I decided to make her a house-warming present. It took me a while to think of something to make as I wanted to give her something that would look nice in her flat but also be useful; not just something she felt obliged to bring out every time I visit. She actually moved in nearly a month ago now but this isn’t the first house-warming present I tried to make her.
The first gift I attempted to make was a bit of a disaster to say the least. It was one of those occasions when you find something pretty on Pinterest, try to recreate it and utterly fail! So I had to return to the drawing board. I’m almost glad my first attempt went to disastrously wrong as the second gift idea, in the form of a pear-shaped hand-sewn door stop was a really fun little project.
I was a little apprehensive that it would suffer the same fate as the first hand-made gift attempt but it’s not as challenging to make as it looks. It would be quicker to use a sewing machine but as I don’t own one, I hand sewed the panels together using a back stitch. Once I’d sewn the panels together, I left a small gap then turned the shape inside out and stuffed the top to form the pear shape and filled with dry rice to weigh it down.
Let me know in the comments below if you have a go at making one yourself.