Wishing you lots of luck for 2014!
Just before Christmas I finished a present for some friends who adopted a baby girl in December.
This is an applique made with machine embroidery, a small picture to frame for the wall. I sewed onto ordinary white quilting fabric which I starched multiple times to make it stiff. Another way would be to use fusible stiffener such as Vilene, but I didn't have any nearby.
(Apologies for the dark-ish photos, it's midwinter!)
Each piece of coloured fabric was stuck down with Bondaweb and sewn into place, then beads and buttons added last.
I was really happy with how this looked when I'd finished, and the new parents were delighted with it too. I'm planning ways to adapt the design for different occasions, so there may be a bespoke option available in my Etsy shop soon.
What's your first sewing project of 2014?