Capturing children’s hand prints is always a fun way to cherish precious childhood moments, and share them as gifts with others, too.
For Father’s Day, I embroidered my children’s hand prints, and framed them as a gift for Grandpa.
It didn’t involve any special embroidery techniques; just a straight backstitch. No sewing machine was needed; I did most of the hand stitching in the car on a short road trip!
My small project (with just 2 hand prints) only took a couple hours, and was much less messy than a previous paint project.
I cut a small scrap of unbleached muslin fabric to fit the frame, and each child chose what color thread he/she wanted their hand print to be.
Then, using a pencil (scraped from the bottom of my daughter’s book bag), I traced each child’s hand onto the muslin fabric.
[Ideally, you may want to iron the fabric first, but I was in the car. Guess the wrinkles give it more of that child-made look?]
Then, I just embroidered onto the pencil tracings. I also embroidered the year onto it, since the years fly by so quickly! It’s ok if you’re not an “experienced,” proficient sewer. Those lines can be a bit wiggly; just like those children’s hands!
I added the completed project to a $1 frame, and packaged up the gift. Total cost: Less than $2!