Last Minute Presents

Last night I finally finished making my last Christmas present! It’s for my mum, I do find it difficult buying presents for someone in a carehome, for birthdays I usually take her out for the day to a quilt show. I felt for Christmas she needed something to open. In the end I asked some of the carers if there was anything she needed – a cardigan.

I looked for a pretty cardigan but couldn’t see anything I thought she would like. I then hit on the idea of buying a plain one and titivating it. I bought a soft, cosy navy blue cardigan in one of the shops in Otley.

Last night I finally got round to embellishing it. I had a perusal on Pinterest and decided to concentrate the embroidery in the neckline/centre front area. I chose a variegated DMC thread 4030 which is all pretty shades of blue and green.

embroidered cardigan

I started with a big daisy in the corner, decided I didn’t want anymore quite so big so I sort of zig-zagged them along the neck and a little way down the front. I did struggle when it came to making the other side look the same- mirror images are clearly not my forte! By this time I was getting a little low on thread, as I was using all six strands together. It needed some infilling between the flowers. I found some DMC 4025 which is a darker version and just used three strands to add leaves and a few french knots. I tried to make it a sort of wavy line of leaves and flowers.

embroidered cardigan

Having embroidered the front, the beige buttons looked completely wrong. I found some buttons in my stash which matched colour and size wise perfectly, I just worried that they were too plain. I decided to stitch them on anyway – if my mum commented I could easily change them, I just knew I didn’t have chance to visit a button shop before Christmas.

embroidered cardigan

Once I stitched them all on and stood back, I liked them, so hopefully she will too.

It’s surprising how just a little simple stitching can change a ready to wear cardigan into something much more personal. I think she’ll like it.

embroidered cardigan

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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13 Responses to Last Minute Presents

  1. Jane M says:

    That is lovely idea, Iโ€™m sure your Mum will be delighted

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  2. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, The cardi for your Mum is lovely, what a good idea, I would never have thought of that, well done. Regards Mandy xx

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  3. Laura says:

    I sure like it, Margaret! ๐Ÿ™‚
    It is very thoughtful of you to embellish the cardigan for your Mum…surely she will appreciate it!

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  4. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    You changed a very boring looking sweater into a very sweet personal gift. I love the way it turned out. I bet your Mom will too.

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  5. susanna0841 says:

    What a great idea. Lisa at Greenbow says it all. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Christine McRobie says:

    so pretty Margaret. Merry Christmas to you and yours from NZ

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  7. Melanie says:

    What a lovely gift. You made it special. Merry Christmas from Oregon, USA.

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  8. Pauline says:

    The cardigan looks lovely and the buttons are a perfect match.

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  9. tinaor says:

    What a lovely idea – and the embellishment is top notch! I have a friend who has a similar dilemma – mother in a care home, she has everything she needs. Last year my friend crocheted a lap blanket which sits folded up on a chair, never used as the heating is always on high. This year lots of suggestions – toiletries (no, she has a drawer full), edibles (no, she eats very little and only at mealtimes), something to wear (no, she needs nothing). I wish I’d thought of suggesting embellishing a cardigan – yes, she said she needs nothing but I think one would have been acceptable with a little pretty tweaking.

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  10. Shasta says:

    That’s a great idea. The sweater is beautiful. You chose really great additions to the sweater, and the buttons are a perfect match.

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  11. Sharon says:

    I am sure she will love it ~ it’s lovely!

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  12. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Delightful idea and beautifully executed! Am certain she’ll love it!

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  13. Fabulous, those buttons are perfect – simple as to not distract from your lovely embroidery.

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