Tom Cruise gave Katie Holmes a sewing machine for her birthday.

The 32-year-old actress revealed she loves nothing more than spending time with the couple's four-year-old daughter Suri sewing and making items for the home and her husband encouraged their hobby with the domestic gift.

She said: "My mum grew up making curtains and pillows and everything, and it made our home very warm, so I like to do things like that with my daughter. My husband got me a sewing machine for my birthday [December 18]."

Katie - who married the 'Mission: Impossible' star in 2006 and recently released the Holmes & Yang clothing line with her stylist Jeanne Yang - also confessed that she loves her crafts so much she takes them away with her when she travels with Suri.

She told Women's Wear Daily: "Bring lots of crayons, glue, good paper and you can turn any room into a very warm, familial place."

The 'Kennedys' star recently told of how her and Jeanne's fashion range is aimed at "working mums".

She said: "Sometimes when life gets really busy you don't want to have to think about what it is you're going to wear and you just want to have certain pieces that you know you can just depend on - what are those pieces? - and so that was kind of our challenge.

"Both of us are working mums, so we're pretty busy, and, having a line, being mums and then having our careers is quite a lot."