Today I read this tutorial for a Travel Sewing Case. It is a very cute case, and I briefly thought about making several to give as handmade gifts this year. I reconsidered because it is not a very good fit for anybody in my family. I might still make one for myself. My travel sewing kit usually consists of a needle shoved into a small roll of thread. I have a needle and thread in my survival pack - but it is just thread wrapped around some paper and a needle stuck in the paper.
After reading the tutorial, I was suddenly struck with a strong desire to make handmade dolls for the holidays. Not fancy dolls, basic type dolls with an embroidered heart on the chest. Something soft that a little girl could really cuddle with. I have wanted to make a handmade doll for Ellie, but I haven't yet. She does not prefer the handmade stuffed dog I made her - so she will probably not appreciate a handmade doll either. Maybe she is not old enough to understand. I just think that a handmade doll conveys a lot more love than a store bought doll, and I would like to make some to sell in my Etsy shop. Maybe I am kidding myself. After all, I sell bags and accessories - not toys.