It is this time again…everyone is looking for a Mother’s Day gift once again. Flowers? Chocolate? Really? Why not a handmade Mother’s Day gift, a sign for everyone to see, to honour the greatness of the woman who gave you life and raised you?
This year I will be with my mum in Germany. I can’t remember when last I have been with her on that day. It is quite rare that I have time with her and my Dad, so I am very much looking forward to spending some quality time with them.
When I saw a mug on Pinterest saying “Well done, Ma! I am awesome” I wanted to include this in my Mother’s Day gift this year. All these “Thank you”s and “You’re the best”s are very valid, but still boring. Your Mum’s – actually your parent’s – greatest achievement is probably raising you to the awesome person you are today. And that despite all her other achievements in life – raising and guiding another human being to become a kind, strong, wonderful person is the toughest job there is, I guess.
So tell your mum that she did a wonderful job. Do it with this year’s Mother’s Day gift, a wall hanging, for everyone to see how great your mum is. No sewing involved.
Or if you prefer, print these handmade Mother’s Day cards and write something personal. You can download the cards here.
For your Mother’s Day gift you need:
- fabric shears
- bamboo skewer 30 cm / 12″
- paint in different colours (fabric paint, acrylic or craft paint) I used yellow, white (to mix), red and bronze fabric paint
- paint brush
- masking tape
- brush (size 3) or fabric pen
- various wooden beads
- printer paper
1 – Choose a shape you’d like to use and make a template by folding a printer paper sheet lengthwise in half and cut half the shape. That way you get a symmetrical template. I chose a rounded triangle:
2 – Cut your favoured shape out of the fabric. Take into consideration that you need an allowance on top of approx. 3 cm to fold a tube for the skewer.
3 – Section off the first part you want to paint with masking tape. Paint the section. Remove the tape. Section off another part, overlapping a bit with the already painted part. Continue, until you are happy. Let it dry.
4 – Write your message first on a piece of paper that you see how much space you need. Position the message in the middle of your fabric, start writing on the fabric. It’s a bit more work if you do it with a brush and paint instead of a fabric pen, but it also works. I chose “Well done, Ma! I’m awesome.” Because it makes me smile every time I read it. Let it dry.
5 – Turn your fabric around and apply glue on the upper edge and fold it down, creating a tube for the skewer.
6 – Push the skewer through the tube. Thread wooden beads on a piece of yarn (make a knot at the end) and tie the yarn on the skewer so that on both sides the yarn is hanging down with some beads on it.
7 – Surprise your Mum with this handmade Mother’s Day gift. Done.
How did your mum react to her very special Mother’s Day gift?