Monday, June 14, 2010
Father's Day is less than a week away, and if any of you are like me (I hope you're not), there is a slight chance that you've not found just the right thing for your Man on his big day of the year. Perhaps life is running at full speed, and you just haven't found the time to even focus your mind on the fact that Father's Day is this coming Sunday--(aack!)
Well, if you are wanting to make something from the heart to honor the Hero of the House, you have just enough time to do so. Here are some ideas that will whip up in a few hours and put a smile on your man's face---especially if you and the kids all take part:
Dad has many roles. Remind him how grateful you are for all he does. Stitch these phrases on an old button-down shirt of his, frame it with a few choice photos and trinkets, and you'll have a keepsake that he will treasure for years to come. Since the embroidery stitches are relatively easy, (back stitch and French knots) even the little ones can make a few stitches with the needle and floss, and feel a part of the process. The "un-perfectness" of it all will make it that more special and heart-felt.
"i Love U"
This simple design will literally take less than an hour to put together, but the impact will be lasting. Create this image with a bit of fabric, transfer web (iron on) paper (found at your local fabric store) and a bit of embroidery floss. Stitch it on a special pillow case for him and have the kids trace and stitch their names along side it; or how about stitching it on a grilling apron; or place in a simple frame as a sweet reminder to display on his desk.
The pillow case I created in the photo was for my son who loves the Steelers. You could easily use a fabric choice that best represents your man (and of course you could sign and stitch your name and the kids' names rather than "mom"!) We purchased a John Deere tractor print to iron on and stitch to an apron for Grandpa. The possiblities are endless!
Both designs are available in downloadable stitchery e-patterns found HERE, and in machine embroidery formats found HERE. And don't forget...if you need a reminder or a lesson on how to embroider any stitches, download the FREE tutorial found HERE.
Enjoy this week as you prepare to make Dad's day special! Please contact me if there is ever a question about one of my designs that I can help you with!