I've been so excited about these pillowcases, but I've had to keep these under wraps until they were given for Mother's Day.
I don't think it will be a surprise to my mother to receive bedding as a gift; she probably knows she's due. Before I had kids, there was a Christmas in which my parents and siblings all received hand-embroidered sheets. I'm sure everyone remembers that one fondly- who doesn't love sheets?
I've been working on these since late February, with the help of my oldest son and his sketches. This idea could be used for birthdays or the Winter holidays. The work is portable and meaningful.
For each pillowcase, I placed my son's drawing inside, positioned it, and then lightly penciled a rendering of it on the top side. I didn't get every scribble, but I tried to get the way the crayon or marker moved as he finished it.
I used the stem stitch for the majority of both pieces, with a touch of satin stitch to fill in some sections. The following website has great tutorials for these versatile stitches.
This is not a sampler; you're not showing your mastery of the technique. This is the perfect time to pull those stitches a little longer and make your satin stitch a little wilder. This is a tribute to the untamed artwork of your child, so you don't have to follow the rules, either!