Gifts: AoA Band and Gardening Pad

Random nerd squee first: Dominion has a new expansion and it’s coming out in just a few weeks!!!  Dominion Strategy has previews of several of the new cards.  Woo!  Now on to your regularly scheduled blog post!

This post is just about a couple gifts I’ve made.  Above is a simple leather circlet (an SCA Award of Arms band) I made for a friend.  I cut the leather, burnished the edges, dyed it, and added a simple tie in the back.  These bands are very simple to make, and I’d be happy to make a similar band for someone else on commission.  Add in some different colors and/or a burned or tooled design, and it could get fancy.  🙂

Next is the gardening pad I made for my dad for his birthday.  He loves flowers and gardening, and I know his knees could use some extra padding while doing so!  Using an old pair of jeans, I made a large rectangle, leaving one long side open (sewing right sides together and turning it), sewing two elastic loops into one of the ends.  Then I sewed simple straight lines to make the tubes, stopping about half an inch shy of the open side.  After stuffing the tubes with pillow stuffing (using a chopstick to shove the stuffing down to the end), the open side was closed under and hand-sewn shut.

The elastic bands allow it to be rolled up into a tube for storage.

The pillow stuffing makes it nice and cushy on the knees, while the tubes keep it fairly flat. Not the most professionally finished product, but I think Dad likes it.  🙂  <3 you, Dad! ~Kelly

Author: Kell

I'm a scientist from Ann Arbor, MI! Leatherworker. Seamstress. Maker of things. Enthusiastic gardener. Board game addict. Nature explorer. Forever seeking my best life.

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