Last year I put together a handmade stocking stuffer swap with our school group mothers. It was truly inspiring to see everyone’s talents. Just before Halloween I asked if there was any interest again this year, keeping my fingers crossed. Well, I’m so excited to say that many mothers (and a father I know of) came together (again!) with amazing handmade treasures. I don’t know which is better, the variety or the workmanship. I will post up some items the other mothers made soon, but in the meantime, here are the items I put into the batch.
I came up with this idea a few years back and thought it would be a good unisex stuffer.
Leather Naturalist Pockets
I’m so inspired by early naturalists due to the eye-opening book, The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth by Richard Conniff. I used that fuel to create some leather pockets complete with paper to record findings and a tiny sewn pocket containing a feather, shark tooth, shell, and pine cone seed. I printed this quote on a paper (found in the above mentioned book) and sealed it around the treasures with a teal ribbon:
“The enthusiasm of naturalists is very apt to surprise ordinary people.” – William Swainson.
I know my boys have enjoyed these same natural finds and I hope to inspire other little collectors in the group.
(For the pockets I measured one piece of leather 7″ wide by 13″ long (at least 13″, some had beautiful, uneven raw edges). I folded 5″ over the bottom (using 10″ total) and sewed up a 1/4″ seam. The remainder 3″ became the front flap, sealed with a metal snap from my Kam snap machine.)
I had such fun coming up with items and hope to continue this fun tradition. I am so proud to be included with all of the mothers who are helping make our Christmas morning a little more handmade.