Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Harry Potter Altoid Tin

Teenage boys are never easy to stitch for, but I had an idea for a Harry Potter lover who read all of the books faithfully as soon as they came on the market. Hope he hasn't outgrown the franchise!

I started this Altoid tin top by stitching a cute little Harry Potter cartoon-like design. My first plan was to stitch it over-two on 36 ct linen. But it came out exactly the size of the top and looked way too big for the space. So I went back and re-stitched it over-one on tea-dyed Monaco and liked it much better.




For the inside, I stuck with the over-one approach and stitched the Hogwart's Crest. The crocheted owl is a motif from the Crochet A Little blog and makes a great Hedwig. I added the ribbons since I plan to enclose a little Hewlitt-Packard (initials HP, just perfect, huh?) flash drive and it will get tucked under the ribbons.



For good measure, I crocheted a teeny little golden snitch that can fit in the box as well. The pattern is done in knitting worsted. I used #10 thread instead.



I couldn't let the bigger version of Harry go to waste, so I made him up into a companion bookmark.



All of these patterns were freebies and there is a link to each one in this post. I'm so grateful to all those designers who are so generous with their talents.

30 comments:

Mylene said...

I really admire your patience with stitching over-one. You did a great job finishing them into altoid tin and bookmark, they are just toooo cute as well as the crocheted pieces. I am sure the reciever will treasure them.

Liz said...

What a great gift for a lucky young man! You've done a superb job, as always.

Carol said...

How cute are those HP gifts, Annie! I just love Harry and his giant glasses. Thanks for the links, too--there are a few HP lovers in this household, too!

You've really got these Altoid tin finishes down to a fine art--they always look perfect :)

averyclaire.org said...

You Harry Potter set is magnificent. Well done and absolutely adorable!

zoomcity said...

Annie!!! Fantastic idea, fantastic work, fantastic, fantastic, fantastic!

Jan said...

Just adorable! The finish is perfect and all the little extras really make it fantastic.

Pumpkin said...

Ingenious Annie!!!!

Theresa said...

Oh~~ I love this!!!!!! How creative you are with the owl and golden snitch!!!! Just an awesome gift for a Harry Potter fan!!!

nima said...

lovely harry potter tin...beautiful finishing as always

Annette said...

How great is that boys gift.. Last year I came across the HP pattern, there somewhere on my laptop...they are so cute!!!
Love the tin and bookmark you made of the pattern.
The boy will beso glad... and that snitch... to cute!!!
I finally gave crochet a try it's so fun to do...

Lisbei said...

Hello my dear Annie !
Wow, your tin box and accessories are great, I simply love them !! I'm happy to see my little chart so nicely stitched and re-stitched !! Do you mind if I post your pictures on my blog to show it to my friends ?
Have a nice holidays with your family !
PS : I thin your french is quite good, by the way !

Lois said...

What a fantastic idea Annie! Teenage boys are just about the hardest to buy for and if he's an HP fan he will love this unique gift! Have a lovely Christmas.

KarenV said...

Those are just brilliant! I love the tiny golden snitch and the tin is gorgeous! Great idea, I'm sure he'll love it :)

Jackie said...

I had a big smile on my face reading this entire post - especially when I saw Hedwig on the inside! Too cute for words Annie! You continually outdo yourself!

Jewleigh said...

That is so awesome! I love it! :o)

Cindy's Stitching said...

My son is a big harry potter fan, what cute items. Have a Merry Christmas.

Cindi Loo Who said...

The Harry Potter gift set is adorable. What a great gift for a teenage boy.

Lee said...

Harry is really neat thank you for sharing the link to the designs.

What a lucky young person who I am sure will be thrilled with your gift.

Have a great Christmas

Elaine said...

Wow all your HP gifts are wonderful Annie. I'm sure the recipient is going to love them. Have a great Christmas.

Karen said...

Annie, your creativity is amazing! These are wonderful gifts for a Harry Potter fan. And the details are just incredible!

Anne said...

Annie, it's brilliant! I love it and your work is great as always! Lucky young man!! Oh, and yes, thanks for the links and also to the designers as well.. :)

Blu said...

Wow! What a lovely gift! The whole set is just awesome and that snitch is just darling.

shakatak66 said...

Wow, wow, WOW, what awesome gifts - they're absolutely perfect in every way, and I'm sure they're all going to be treasured ... just awesome :D

TammyK said...

Awww - he's so cute. Great job Annie!

Ranae said...

I love, love love it.
I am a huge Harry fan
"Happy 2011 Stitching"

Margaret said...

Oh my goodness - this is what every Harry Potter fan has to have. I love it!!

♥ Nia said...

Oh my!!! Your Harry Potter is so cute!!
Awesome :D

•*¨*•.¸.•*¨ Merry Christmas •*¨*•.¸.•*¨

Siobhan said...

Annie, wow!! You are so creative. Like Margaret said--a definite must have for the Harry Potter fan!

Michele said...

I LOVE all your HP stitching! That snitch is too cute!

Sierra said...

Any chance you could post the colors you used? I want to make this for a friend of mine for Christmas, I found the pattern but no color codes :(