Mother’s Day is soon coming up (Sunday, May 10th) and I have the perfect idea for a Mother’s Day Gift that will go straight into any mom’s heart; this embroidered Pillow Case!
The tradition of Mother’s Day comes from the US, where a mother named Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis lived in the town of Grafton in Virginia. She worked for more than 30 years in a group of mothers called ‘Mothers Day Work Club’ to improve sanitation and reduce child mortality.
The active mother tried along with the other mothers to fight the disease, which broke out between the soldiers during the American Civil War. Mrs. Jarvis thought that Americans should introduce a national day of remembrance for mothers work, but it did not happen in her lifetime. She died in 1906.
In return, Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis had a daughter, who had been very fond of her mother. Her name was Anna Jarvis and she had more success in getting Mother’s Day widespread. In 1909 the new tradition had spread to more than 45 US states. And in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day a national anniversary, which was to be flagged. The president justified its decision that the mother was the hero in the home.
-And from a mothers perspective I can only confirm that it is so true said ;o)
So, if you want to make a Mother’s Day gift that can not be compared to anything else, you only need a plain pillow case and have your kids to do a drawing on it with a pencil or a pen (make sure you’re not using a permanent marker!)
It’s something than can be done over a few evenings in front of the TV – and the result is the most personal preserved memory!
Are you new to embroidery? Don’t worry, I have made a tutorial for you here:
Mother’s Day Gift
Insert the needle into the fabric from the back.
Then insert the needle into the fabric almost at the same point where the thread came out and bring it up to the front of the fabric at a distance that will be a length of a single stitch.
Form a loose loop and make sure it is below the tip of the needle.
Pull the needle and the thread through. Pulling the thread some more, gently tighten the loop – and here you have the first loop of your chain stitch.
Continue as for the first stitch: insert the needle next to the point where the thread came out of the fabric, form a loose loop, bring the needle up through the loop..
..and pull through and gently tighten the loop.
When done, spray your Pillow Case with Oxy Clean, let it rest a few minutes and wash as normal.
Have a wonderful and happy Mother’s Day!