Do your parents live in another state? Or a few hours away? Not only is it hard on the grandparents but also the grandkids. I recently decided to create a special gift for my husband’s parents since they live about 6 hours in a different state. I knew that they would love the reminder that they are loved by 3 little people.
This would make the perfect Christmas present or a simple pick me up surprise any time of the year. That’s exactly what we used ours for.
DIY Grandparent Gift
- Muslin, or any solid fabric of your choice
- Fabric Markers (or fabric paint)
- Needle and thread, or access to a sewing machine
- Grandparents saying (click to get the download!)
Cut 2 large squares from your fabric. Size will depend on how big you want it and also on how many children’s hands you need to print on.
Start by tracing the words. Go nice and slow. You’ll want to trace the outline and then color in the middle. Trust me, it helps it look better and you won’t go out of the lines.
Next, you can trace your children’s handprints or use paint for prints. My original plan was to do painted prints but our paint was dried up. Fabric markers worked just as well.
Since I am a perfectionist, I actually traced their hands on loose leaf paper and placed it under the fabric. I was so glad I did it this way because my Little Lady totally moved her hand on our first try. Plan for mistakes!
Label each hand print with the child’s name and age (for memory sake!)
Next, sew your two squares together – right sides together – leaving an opening for turning it to be the right side. I did 1/2in, not a full 5/8th because I didn’t want to lose much of the size.
After that, you’ll want to iron the seams. Getting each seam rolled out and straight.
After you roll it you will get a much straighter and crisper edge.
Then pin your opening closed.
Measure 2-6inch strips of ribbon. Fold them to create a loop and then pin them to the top so the whole can hang from the wall.
Finally, top stitch all four sides about 1/4in from the edge-closing up the open seam. This gives the project a polished and finished look. Slow and steady for a nice straight line!
There you have it! A very special keepsake for grandma and grandpa! It doesn’t take too long to whip up and will be loved for a long time.
Your turn! Do you have grandparents who will love this special gift? Let’s chat in the comments below!
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