See how to make much-loved gifts last even longer!
When a youngster likes something that you make them, they will play with it a lot. If you want it to last, keep these tips in mind:
Make Sure it is Washable
Use a quality cotton or fleece that will be easy to launder when needed. Pre-shrink fabric that will be washed and dried. Stitching must also be able to withstand repeated washing. Polyester thread holds up better to repeated laundering.
Use a Premium Felt
Craft felt is often too thin to hold up to busy hands. Choose a wool felt or, at the very least, a premium felt. Both will hold up much better to use.
Make sure the item is age appropriate for best resuts. For babies, avoid small parts, like buttons, that can come off and create a choking hazard.
And do not forget the tweens. Cool zip bags can be customized to the recipient.
Add a Label
When stitching a project for your loved ones, be sure to add a label, especially if it is a quilt or wallhanging. You may not believe it now, but items like these become family heirlooms and should be documented for future appreciation.