What happened was that when I was filling in our calendar for August (on August 2nd because I really was behind the ball already) I wrote in my dads birthday for the 10th. For some reason eight days felt like a ton of time to think up and execute a gift for dear dad. Then on Saturday it occurred to me that when I factor in postage times I actually only had until SUNDAY to think of and execute a gift....
I started hunting around for some ideas and I came upon a handkerchief That Guy was given as a groomsman gift in a wedding he was in some time ago. It got the idea wheels turning in my head. I could make my dad a handkerchief. Better still is how light and easy to mail it would be.
Back when I first became a mother it quickly became clear that gifts from me were no longer a big deal for my parents or my in laws. What they wanted was something from or about the kids. So I thought I would customize the handkerchief from the kids just for grandpa.
My gift worked out to be $0 because I had all materials on hand.
Here is what you would need:
a 12x12 inch square of white broadcloth (I used two squares because the gift was from two children)
embroidery floss and needle
sewing machine (you could hand stitch this but my hand stitching is so terrible I would rather pull out my machine for the three seconds of sewing)
First I pulled out a sheet of white printer paper and folded it in quarters. Then I told the kids to draw Grandpa a picture that had to fit inside on of the quarters. These were the results:
|Walter, age 4|
|Audrey, age 23 months|
|What do you mean the edges are not perfectly straight? I have no idea what you're talking about...|
|images on fabric|
|Audreys scribble embroidered|
|Walters truck embroidered|
|Taa-daa the sequel!|