From time to time I get requests for custom gifts from readers and friends. I take such requests because I really enjoy making things for people. So far, none of my sewing projects are from patterns and everything is entirely custom and unique. So, like most crafters, I work best with very loose parameters. The result is more inspired.
This package was custom-made for a reader who needed a gift for a baby (boy) shower. I dug into my stash and pulled out a pair of thrifted J Crew corduroys, some gingham, and this kiddie print. The tote is made from a pant leg and pocket I reclaimed from the seat, and I used a stencil I found on Martha's site for the applique. The travel changing pad is appliqued to match.
While sewing, I happened to notice this abandoned project - a crochet beanie I had finished but wasn't exactly awed by. That's when I realized the green wool felt I had just purchased on a whim would complement it nicely. A couple of stitches later, it was a (very) bonus gift!