Make It Your Own Christmas Gift Idea

I am a HUGE advocate of making things your own… adding little touches that make your items unique to you and different from everyone else! That being said, I like to treat the gifts I give at Christmas, and any other time, the same way. It seems so much more personal to add a little something specific to that gift receiver so that she, or he, feels it was made, or at least chosen especially for them.
I recently completed a Make it Your Own project for a friend’s Christmas gift. I started by purchasing a zebra print train case (I have one and just LOVE it!!) and then purchased a skull and crossbones iron on blingy from Wal-Mart. The iron on cost less than $3.

It turns out the iron on, because it has little rhinestones, is supposed to be ironed on by turning the fabric inside out. You CAN’T turn a train case inside out, so my solution was to use a small rectangular piece of black fabric from our fabric stash.
I did the ol’ snip with scissors than rip method to get the “rough” looking frayed edges on the material. I compared the fabric size to the iron on to make sure it would fit nicely. I then followed the directions on the iron on to secure the fun little blingies to the black fabric.

 To attach my little rectangle embellishment, I hand sewed a little X on each of the four corners attaching the skull fabric to the train case fabric. I used black thread, but looking back it might’ve been fun to use purple to match the train case trim.
And viola! I made it my own! Well, in this case, my friend’s own for her Christmas gift!!!
The embellishing only cost me a few dollars for the iron on! 
So what do you think??? I love it so much, I might embellish my own train case!!

P.S. Check out our new Linky Parties page to see the fun places this project was linked up! And take a few minutes to link your own projects! It’s a good time! 😉


  1. SUPER cute!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day! 🙂

  2. Nice! My daughter would love one of those. She has a thing for zebra stripes. Thanks for linking up to Favorite Things Friday.~ The Speckled Dog

  3. Hi there ! I am your newest follower ! LOVELY blog:) You can find me at Take a peek at my giveaways when you come by. I have 6 going on and everything is handmade and gorgeous:)Happy HOlidays:)

  4. Thank you all!!! And Welcome Hanna! So glad to have you!

  5. ooooo super snazzy!!

  6. Great embellishment! And they go together so well!Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites last week. Hope to see you again this week. Also, I'd like to invite you to come by next Thursday for my Holly Bloggy Christmas Recipe Party!

  7. What a great way to personalize the case! Looks fabulous (and I *love* the zebra print!). Thank you for linking up to Homemade Christmas!

  8. How cute. :DTnx for linking up at my party!