It’s always nice to be able to personalize a gift. Our granddaughter is a Girl Scout and last weekend they had a Mother/Daughter tea. My daughter, Alecia, asked if I had any ideas for a small gift to exchange with 25 other girl scouts. I suggested sewing some pencil toppers and since our granddaughter is in the “Daisy” group, came up with the idea to make a bouquet of felt daisies that she could exchange.
One of my favorite embroidery design companies for children is GG Designs. They make a lot of cute designs, including various pencil topper designs. I went through my design files and came across one that I had purchased a few years ago (I think it was from GG Designs, although it is not in their design collection currently).
I brought the daisy design into my Designer Plus software and modified it a bit in order to fit 14 daisies in a jumbo hoop layout as shown.
Next, I chose thread colors for the various components of the daisy and hooped my first layer of white felt.
Then it was time for my Bernina 830 to do its magic. I still get a kick out of watching it stitch out the various thread colors. It’s fun to see the final designs come to life.
Once the first set of pencil toppers were stitched out, I reloaded my jumbo hoop so I could begin the second set of toppers.
While the machine was stitching the second group of daisies, I was busy trimming the first set of toppers and slipping the daisies on top of a variety of multi-colored pencils.
When the second set of toppers was complete, I repeated the trimming process and added the completed pencils with daisy toppers to a small glass vase.
Belen was very pleased with her exchange gifts and after the tea, was anxious to tell me that they were a hit at her Mother/Daughter tea.
Pencil toppers are a fast and easy gift idea if you have an embroidery machine. There are so many cute designs available and its fun to use your software to personalize them.