A mother is she who can take the place of all others
but whose place
no one else can take
I think all of us have stories to tell about our mothers or stories to tell about being a mother.
Stories about a grand mother, a step mother or a mother-in-law……..
Nevertheless, a mother influences your whole life, and in the same way, you as a mother become an influence in someone else’s life.
I also think, once you become a mother, your thoughts around motherhood and your own mother, make a tremendous turnabout.
You understand a lot of things better. You understand more things from your childhood and realise why things happened the way they did, which gives you more wisdom about the things you have to do as a mother and the decisions you have to make. You understand yourself much better as well.
With that, you have all memories come back to you about childhood on the things you remember from your mother. How she did things, how she raised you, prayed for you, looked out for you and supported you.
Mothers day will always be and should a special day. It is one day a year to spoil someone special and give thanks for everything she did for you.
Spoil her with a special mothers day DIY gift!
I hope this inspires you to make something for your mother too.
The special mothers day DIY gift for the special mother
This one is obviously made for a grandmother. (but she is still my mother.)
Grandma can go shopping with the grand kids by her side.
It is covered with a good quality plastic to make the photos last longer and the cleaning easy.
I printed on the fabric with my normal Epson printer.
What you need:
Thin cotton. (I used a good quality cotton sheeting)
Printer paper and paper glue
Fabric and detail for the bag.
Plastic to cover it with.
Binding for the edges. (I used Burlap ribbon)
Lace or any detail you want to add.
You can decide on the size.
Cut the cotton the same size as the printer paper and glue it lightly (yes, very lightly) with the glue.
Choose the picture and size and print on normal settings.
Pull off the paper before the glue dries completely.
Iron it well.
I don’t think you can wash this print, but if you cover it with plastic it won’t be a problem.
The fabric photos are ready to use.
I always cut out the batting first. It is easy to plan the lay out if the size is determined on something stable.
You have a front and back, two side panels and a bottom panel.
Do your planning and lay out. The lace is from a tray cloth my mother gave me a while ago. It had stains on and she couldn’t use it any more.
The red is a poly cotton fabric and the brown is burlap.
I ironed the photo’s edges to the back and joined it on the front and back panel of the bag with machine blanket stitch.
The patterns and curls was done with my free motion foot you use for Quilting.
The lace can be joined with any stitch.
Everything through three layers. (front, batting and lining)
I covered all the panels with plastic.
Sew binding on all the top edges before joining the panels together.
Join the side panels together with binding on the edges.
The machine does not sew well on plastic, but the binding makes it easier.
Leave a short peace of binding at the top, which you can fold in and sew by hand te end it off neat.
I made the handels from cotton twill with a narrow burlap ribbon sewed in the centre.
But you can use anything here.
I folded them double and joined it with the bag on the inside.
This is the bag. Full of memories and special moments for granny!
I do believe that we all have a special mother somewhere that we can spoil on Mothers day!
A mother who has always been there for us through the years. A grand mother, aunt or may be someone who has been like a mother to you.
Someone that made us who we are today.
Someone who’s prayers carried us through deep waters.
Someone that will love us till she dies.
I do hope you have a blessed Mothers day with her!
I remember my mother’s prayers
as they have been with me forever
they have always followed me wherever I go
they have clung to me all my life.