My daughter is attending her classmate's 9th birthday party this afternoon. I am amazed at the changes that occur for children at this age. They suddenly become so much more independent, and they THINK (scheme, wonder) about things in new and interesting ways. They also take to new hand skills - such as sewing. Following our family's resolution to give handmade gifts this year, Miriam planned out her present and asked me to help on the parts she couldn't do herself. She cut out, machine stitched, and stuffed the above heart pillow and bear all by herself. (For scale, the bear stands about 6 inches). I helped with the face embroidery. I also made the tote bag. The exterior is brown wide-wale corduroy and the lining is a cotton daisy print. Miriam insisted I use the horse fabric for the exterior pocket. I have very little of this drapery-weight vintage fabric, but I was happy to give some up for this gift, as I am quite fond of the birthday girl.