Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Birthday Gifts for Boys

A couple of male friends have turned 30 over the last couple of months. Boys can be so difficult to buy for can't they? So here's what I came up with.

For Boy No.1, Mr Mills - a talented musician by trade - I settled on a Marine Band harmonica. Mr Mills is always dressed in wonderful, unique vintage clothing. Tweeds, waistcoats, and a beautiful girlfriend on his arm who runs the fantastic vintage wedding dress boutique Fur Coat No Knickers. So the vintage styling of this instrument from harmonica specialists Hohner will suit him down to a tee.

For Boy No.2, Mr Flint - a man accustomed to the finer things in life - I made him a cushion. Mr Flint loves to shave with luscious GEO Trumpers products, and in his man den at home, he sits in his Parker Knoll armchair overlooked by antlers hung from the wall. So I thought a cushion made from tweed would go down a treat, and I embroidered it with a simple image of a deer. 

Embroidering onto the tweed was quite tricky as my transfer pencil wouldn't work on the colour and texture of the fabric. So to get around this, I kept my grease proof paper (so much cheaper than tracing paper) on the fabric and stitched through both layers, before ripping it all away. Tweezers are great for removing the tiny bits of paper from the finer details.

Here's how the cushion turned out ... it's backed in simple cream calico.


  1. I love the cushion, using paper to embrodier the pattern is a great idea!

  2. The deer cushion is lovely, what a fab present. x