Special days like Mother’s Day often require a touch of personalization to the gift we give. Mothers of all ages have always appreciated gifts that come from the heart that take time and energy to produce. That is often why hand drawn Mother’s Day cards are kept in special places for years when they came from their children’s first attempts at card making.
As we grow older our Mothers’ still appreciate those special handmade items but those items had be better made than our first clumsy attempts at card making. Hand crafted items have long been gifts that will be treasured for years to come.
If you are handy with a needle and thread, a sewn item would make a great choice for a gift for your mother. What will make the gift unique would be to personalize it. You could add such things to the gift such as:
A favorite saying
Her favorite hobby theme
A list of her children’s birth dates
The Mother’s Day date with your name listed as the “from love” person
Personalizing an item with cross stitching requires a special type of fabric called “Aida”. This fabric allows a person to have a regulated and consistent cross stitch pattern to their work. A good example of this type of material can be found at Violarium
Cross stitch material is commonly sewn in an embroidery hoop, removed from the hoop then sewn to an article such as hand towels, pillows or quilts. Some really good examples of articles that have cross stitching incorporated into the design can be found at Ericas
Cross stitch patterns that were just designed for Mother’s Day are often in big demand. I have found a few free cross stitch patterns that you can download at these websites:
At DMC you will find a very large selection of cross stitch patterns that will literally take you years to complete. They even have a club that you can join for free and get even more cross stitch patterns emailed to you
This is a step by step design for beginners to cross stitch.
This website has a few really nice patterns that can be used for a Mother’s Day item. I found a few broken links on the site but the ones that did work had some really nice patterns.
Now this has got to be one of my favorite free cross stitch patterns website so far. The patterns found here are not for the faint of heart. Complex and elegant are two words that I use to describe some of them. This site is really worth checking out.
Don’t forget to look at each one of those websites for patterns of the alphabet since you will want to add a special saying, name or date to the cross stitch pattern.
Lastly if you need a cross stitch kit to work on rather than a complete do-it-yourself gift then go to Ericas. This is an online craft store that has links to many cross stitch resources as well as many great cross stitch kits.