Every morning at school we carve out just a few minutes for "Share Time." I thought I'd have a share time on here as well, showing one of the projects the girls are finishing this week. I mentioned a week or so ago about how we might make some "Hankie Holders." The project instructions can be found here. With runny noses and coughs making their way into our classroom, I thought this would be a perfect fall craft for us to work on!
All you need is some felt (I love Purl's collection of felt, found here) - you could use fabric as well, but the felt is so nice because you don't have to worry about frayed edges. I just cut all the edges with my pinking shears and then folded it in half (and I made our measurements slightly bigger than what Martha said). The girls sewed the sides together using embroidery floss with the simple running stitch.
Then, using a different colored felt, they wrote their initial and embroidered over it using a backstitch. We cut it out in the shape of a heart and used craft glue to glue it on. Easy peasy!
Stuff it with a small pack of tissues (or a beautiful handkerchief) and you're set for the flu and cold season in style. I remember my grandmother used to keep one tucked under her watch or bracelet, but I think this is a much cuter (and cleanlier) way of holding them. The possibilities of this project are endless...some embroidered flowers or fancy monogrammed initial would be lovely - and they'd make wonderful gifts!