Monday, January 25, 2010

Altoid tin dragon

My brother's birthday is coming and I always include a little stitchy gift as part of his present. He said he thought I had made just about everything there was to make for him. But he hadn't seen the covered Altoid tins. So I stitched up this one with a little dragon freebie that you can get here to use as a flash drive caddy. I used DMC color variations 4030 on tea-dyed Monaco over-one. I forgot to put batting between the stitching and the lid, but since my brother has nothing to compare this to, I think it will be fine. Plus I'll add the drive and a gift card to his favorite restaurant so it should make for a nice birthday package.

Unfortunately, the Altoid tins are just a touch too small to hold a gift card, credit card or business card, so the gift card will have to remain outside of the tin. It's a shame since the tin could really have more uses if it was just a tad larger.





33 comments:

KarenV said...

You did a great job! Lovely colours and a really nice idea for a gift. I might have to use this idea for my sister's birthday later this year.

Vonna said...

That's a lovely finish...that's a darn shame that a gift card won't fit in there, cause that is one good idea :)

Michelle said...

A beautiful finish! I am sure your brother will love it!

Ranae said...

What a great idea and design for a man gift. I am sure he will love it

Carol said...

I always love seeing your Altoid tin finishes, Annie--each one is so pretty :) I hope your brother appreciates all of your hard work!

Lenka said...

Lovely finish Annie! The color is beautiful!

Kirsten said...

It is beautiful! And makes a nice gift. I like the thread you used.
I stitched the same dragon some years ago in red.

staci said...

What a great gift. It is a shame about the gift card not fitting...but Hobby Lobby and Michaels and Kohls all sell gift card tins, wink~wink ;)

Lee said...

Looks just great and thanks for the link to get the chart and I note there are other dragon designs there too

Miss 376 said...

It's still a lovely finish. I like the floss colour. Great gift idea

Blu said...

Another beautiful finish! It's always fun to come here and get idea for when I finish my tin off. (If I ever get there!)

Irene said...

Nice finish and great idea for the use, too bad the card wouldn't fit.

Jennifer said...

Wow - that's beautiful!!

Terri M said...

Gorgeous!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

What a great job and a great gift idea!

Mylene said...

Great job on the Altoid Tin cover, stitching and finishing looks perfect!

Rachel S said...

Pretty!

Jackie said...

It's gorgeous! I love seeing these! I'm sure he'll love it and what a great idea to store flash drives in.

mainely stitching said...

Even if the gift doesn't fit inside, it looks awesome!

nima said...

wow...perfect gift for a boy...flash drive caddy.

Never thought about it...i always wonder what to sttich for a man...thank you for the idea.

and your altoid tin looks beautiful as always.

Annette said...

Wow love your newst tin.
Great finish, your brother will love it..

averyclaire said...

Your Altoid dragon took my breath away...it is lovely. What a nice idea for a gift. Your work is lovely. Thanks for visiting my blog. I have met the nicest people since I began.

Pumpkin said...

Outstanding finishing job Annie! I'm sure your brother will love his gift :o)

Wendy said...

That is a very nice finish!! Great work and a great idea.

Liz said...

I love the dragon! Thanks for posting the link to the pattern. I've also bemoaned the fact that Altoid tins are not quite big enough. Maybe we should start a campaign . . . Bigger Altoids! What do you think?

Chris said...

What a great gift idea.

mbroider said...

That is wonderful!! Lucky brother to have a sister like you!

Lenka said...

Annie, check my blog ...I have a surprise for you there ;)

Siobhan said...

Oh, very nice! Your brother will love it.

Tracey said...

What a wonderful gift for your brother. Love how you finished it. Makes me want to give it a try.

Jenny said...

Beautiful Annie! Lucky brother :-)

Melanie said...

The dragon looks great! You do a wonderful job finishing things. I wish I had your finishing skills.

Marion said...

Lovely finish, and what a neat idea!!!
Very creative!!

Take care
Marion
Nova Scotia