While visiting my mother-in-law, she brought out a gift she had received years ago from my oldest son. I was surprised how well it had aged. He is 27 now. It was sweet that she kept it. I had forgotten all about this little project my son and I did while he was young, but seeing it brought back memories of the time spent making them together.
One Christmas season years ago, when my kids were young, I made an effort to teach the joy of giving. I wanted the gift to be something useful, but personal. We would be traveling back home and spending Christmas with relatives. I bought simple supplies and gave simple instructions to my son. I would guess we made about 15 of these for grandparents, aunts and uncles. I don’t remember how old he was…. I’d guess five. It was simple enough task that he didn’t get frustrated, but interesting enough that he didn’t tire of it. I don’t remember details of how it was made. We were pleased with the end result and every recipient was very happy to receive a special creation.
He drew a simple picture. On the back he wrote his grandma’s name and his name.
I took a quick picture before she put it back in her closet.
Vague directions: I used one piece of fabric, cut to fit (folded over and I played with it for size first before cutting out multiples). I used pinking shears on the edges to prevent the fabric from unraveling. I can’t remember if I attached the fabric to the hanger first or had him draw on it first, I suspect it was the latter. I used a hot glue gun to attach the folded over fabric and a stretchy tape to secure it to the hanger on top.