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Handmade Kindergarten Birthday Present

child-sewn stuffed dog with shoebox house

Six-year-old Emma deemed this gift her “best present ever”, and I think deservedly so! She spent several hours making it for her friend A’s sixth birthday, and I think it turned out beautifully! It all comes in its own little shoebox house, complete with pillow, blanket (adorned with a star), dog leash, dog clothes, and leash.

child-sewn stuffed dog

Emma planned everything out and stitched it up all on her own. I cut out the pieces for the dog and the star for the blanket; she cut out everything else.

child-sewn stuffed dog with clothes

The little dog got two outfits, in green and blue. Because A is a boy, and – according to Emma – those are colors boys like (also known as colors Johnny likes).

child-sewn stuffed dog with clothes

She decorated the box and wrote A’s name on the front (edited out).

shoebox stuffed dog house

A really liked the gift, and Emma was thrilled with his reaction. She also had a BLAST at his party! She came home and said, “I played with BOYS! I played with the boys in my class for the first time EVER!”

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

33 thoughts on “Handmade Kindergarten Birthday Present”

  1. I absolutely love this! What a special gift – to be treasured forever :) I want to try some easy sewing with my older son – I think this would be really great inspiration. Please tell Emma – THANKS!

  2. Didi {Duck Duck Octopus}

    I just wanted you to know I’ve featured Emma’s adorable puppy at the Kid’s Co-op this week. :)

  3. Chrissy @ The Outlaw Mom Blog

    What an absolutely fabulous homemade gift! Your daughter is a sweetheart! I bet she was so proud of what she made. Just darling!

    1. The funniest thing about that comment was that she plays with A all the time – just not at school, maybe?

  4. Didi {Duck Duck Octopus}

    Your daughter is very clever. I love the thought and care she put into the gift, and the outfits are too cute. Well done Emma!

  5. This is absolutely adorable! I am glad that A liked the gift. Anna is going to a birthday party of her best friend who is also A tomorrow – she is making him a book :)

  6. A absolutely LOVED the gift and even brought it to bed with him last night. =) He affectionately calls him “Pup”. Emma, thank you again for your beautiful gift… you are such a sweet and talented 6 year old!

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