Sunday, May 2, 2010

Quick, Cheap, and Cute for Mother’s Day

Many years ago, when two of my children were very young, I had aprons made for their grandmothers for Mother’s Day.


A local seamstress made the apron, appliqued their traced hand prints in a cute print fabric, and painted names on the aprons. I don’t remember how much I paid to have them made. It probably was not expensive and didn’t really matter. The grandmothers LOVED them! A couple of months ago a local dollar store went out of business. I found white cotton aprons for eighty cents….and bought fifty! Beat you to them Glenda :)


Today the owner of this tiny little handprint is a kindergarten teacher. The third child who wasn’t born in time to make the apron now dates a second grade teacher.


Last week my daughter and son’s girlfriend had their students make handprints on the apron pockets in washable paint. I have spent part of this rainy gloomy weekend watching the weather channel for tornado warnings and adding names and the date with a paint pen.


I have about 35 more to go to finish the two classes. At $.80 a gift, I think my time is worth it. If these mothers treasure their aprons as much as our grandmothers did, it will be worth it!TGC_linkyparty

I am linking for the first time to The Girl Creative for Just Something I Whipped Up---Isn’t that a cute blog party name? You can click here to visit! I hope Susan at Between Naps on the Porch will consider this a metamorphosis for Metamorphosis Monday! I turned eighty cents into a keepsake! Thanks for visiting.


  1. Susan, what an adorable idea, and what a great Teacher's Mother you are! Those lucky mothers will love those. (I hope we are finished with these tornado warnings, etc.) laurie

  2. What a great idea to give for any occasion. Everyone is going to love them. Dropping by from BNOTP.


  3. Hi Susan! This is so sweet and what a treasure!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. How thoughtful of you to pass this wonderful gift on to so many others.

    Thanks for the visit and for letting me know that I got such a great deal on the large cloche.

  5. What a wonderful mom you are to help! When my 4th son "graduated" kindergarten, his teacher was engaged to be married over that coming summer. As a parting gift from her class, I brought 2 canvas aprons into school and with the help of 2 other moms, we put every child's handprint on both aprons. Each child signed their print and the teacher was presented with a his and her matched set for herself and new husband. She was thrilled and we all got pictures of the two of them wearing the aprons on their wedding day taken by their photographer. I think all those Moms will be thrilled!
    xoxo Pattie

  6. Hi Susan,

    I love what you have whipped up and what a fabulous idea. You are very thoughtful and the Mothers are going to be thrilled on Mothers Day.
    I hope that the weather improves for you.
    Have a great week ahead.


  7. Awww! What a cute idea! You made better use of your time during the storms/rain than I did.. :-D

  8. What a great idea, Susan. They are priceless!...Christine

  9. Okay, this is what I am giving myself for mother's day and one for my mom. Great idea!! Love it!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Aaahhhh, this is a great gift for children to give to mothers or grandmothers. What a terrific idea. I'm going to pass this along to my daughter. Maybe she'll get the hint.

  11. What a score at less than a dollar apiece! The idea is great enough even without the thrift, but the cost is the icing on the cake.

    I love aprons. I wear mine all of the time and would have loved this as a young mom. Yours are adorable with the hand prints.

  12. Well done. What a fab idea and 0.80 - brilliant.
    My daughter's junior school had all the students draw a self-portrait and then printed them on canvas shopping bags to sell and raise funds. These were well received by grandparents and godparents. Also a great way for my daughter to remember her classmates as she gets older. xx

  13. My Mom passed this along (and I did get the hint.) =o) We will be making these for sure for Gramma! What a great idea. I forget about how great fabric paint is and all the amazing things you can do with it.

  14. Very generous of you in spending your time...I am sure the Mom's will be thankful and treasure these aprons!!

  15. I'm sure they will love them. You got a real bargain!

  16. Oh that was a good buy! Sweet aprons!

  17. I just wanted you to know I made my Mother's Day Apron for my mom and gave you credit for the idea!! Check it out if you get a chance. Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day.

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