Mother’s day is around the corner and and many you may be wondering what you could possibly get for the mother’s in your life. Whether the mother you are thinking of already has everything or you are operating under a tight budget, knowing what to get for mother’s day causes enough stress to turn even the youngest mother’s hair gray. If you can’t think of anything you could buy at the store then bust out the sewing machine and make something from the heart. Here are a few fun mother’s day (or just summer) gift ideas:
No-sew fleece flowers
These easy to make flowers can be attached to a hair pin, worn as a bracelet or even used as a home decoration. The easiest way to make one of these is to find one of the many patterns available online. Once you have found the one you would like all you need to do is cut it out and then follow a few easy instruction that are specific to each design.
Fleece throw blanket
Here’s another craft idea that doesn’t require any sewing. Find a patter that you like and then cut out the size of blanket that you would like. If you would like to turn the throw blanket into a regular blanket than that is easy too. All you need to do is cut out a section of fabric that is identical to the first. Sew the two pieces of fabric together and then, using a needle and thread, attach buttons or bows in a grid pattern (about six inches to a foot apart) across the fabric.
Fleece Scarf or shawl
Just like the blanket, the hardest part of making this project is selecting the fabric that you want. Once you have, simply cut out the size that you’d like. For scarfs you should leave about an inch and a half of fabric on both ends to cut into strips. Once these strips have been cut, tie them around themselves and viola! the scarf has tassels.
Perhaps the best thing about working with fleece is that the fabric does not unravel or fray so you do not have to worry about finishing seam edges. Although this can still be done for decorative purposes if you would like. Because of this, you do not have to worry about leaving too much space for a seam allowance, which can help cut down on bulk. This also means that you do not have to worry about hemming any edges unless you want to.
Fleece fabric is great fabric to work with and wear. The end result is something than any mother (or any person) can enjoy. Perhaps the best part is that these projects are just as fun to make as they are to use. It is soft and cuddly, lightweight, and fairly easy to work with and take care of. I read that fleece was developed to use as the alternative to wool. It is supposed to keep you just as warm as wool without the itchiness, shrinking, and absorbency of wool.