Mother's Day always presents a dilemma for a teacher- what are you going to have the kids make to give to their mothers? When I used to have a class of 20, my options were limited, especially since I usually waited until the week before to get started. But now that I only have 5 students, I have more options and time to make something for their moms. Last year, we made bookmarks with pressed flowers. I wanted to stay with the bookmark theme and found a great idea fromSoulemama (this is one of the crafts that will be coming out in her new book)
Basically, I had the kids draw a picture of themselves and write their name on a piece of linen, using a disappearing marker from the craft store. Then, I just used the backstitch to embroider over their drawing- I stuck with just one color, since it's faster and I like the look of it. Then I cut the fabric to size (8" x 4") and set it aside. Then I chose a fabric for the backside and cut it to size (8" x 4"), and also cut a piece of interfacing the same size.
Next, I ironed the interfacing to the wrong side of the back fabric. The interfacing makes the fabric sturdier and not so floppy. So then, I put the right sides together, sewed them together leaving a hole in the top to turn them inside out. Insert a ribbon folded in half, sew up the opening, and you're done!
I love this idea because now it's something their moms will have forever, with their child's drawing, like Henry's above- he wanted to draw himself holding a sword, which I thought was great! Where else can you get that kind of gift?
Handmade gifts are the best.