Last weekend, my daughter had a birthday party to go to for one of her good friends. I almost always make the gifts my girls give to their friends for birthdays, but as the years go on, I'm finding I've used up a lot of my ideas and 'go to' birthday gifts.
Pencil cases have been a favourite for many years, and it's always nice to go into my daughter's classroom at school and see some of these pencil cases still being used daily!
So - this time my daughter wanted to give something other than a pencil case but wasn't sure what. We both spent some time on Pinterest, browsing pictures and ideas, and eventually decided on a doughnut cushion.
I made the doughnut cushion following this great little tutorial from A Beautiful Mess.
I think I made the hole in the middle of my doughnut a little bit big, and maybe should have used softer stretchier fabric to make a softer cushion.
Anyway - it all worked out and looks quite doughnut like! I even made a mini keychain version to go with it!
Since this doughnut cushion is quite small and has a rather oversized hole in the middle, it may look cute, but isn't really much use as a cushion to lean or rest on. So I decided to add an extra cushion..
For this one I just made a small 'bolster' cushion then finished the edges off a square of soft yellow fabric and tied the ends with pretty ribbon to make it look like a sweetie!
So a nice, and 'different' gift selection for my daughter's friend.