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Mother's Day Gifts

May 10, 2009

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.


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