The mothers of America have their own special day. It is Mother's Day, on which all children, even grown-up ones, give or send remembrances to their mothers. On this holiday, your mother should be given a gift of your own making.
Because the carnation is the emblem of Mother's Day, we will begin with a card with a carnation on it.
Our card is a single card, but it could just as well be a folder inside which is written a verse you have made up yourself.
You can make the card itself from a folded piece of firm construction paper in almost any agreeable color. Pink would be nice; so would a delicate blue.
Next, the carnation. Usually the flower would be made of white tissue paper, but we discovered something that we think makes an even nicer one and that is white face tissue such as Kleenex.
To make a full-size carnation, cut one or more 4-inch circles of the tissue. Notch the edges. Fold the circle as in the lower picture, then paste its lower part to the pink card. Cut a shaped piece of green paper and paste it over the lower part of the carnation.
After the paste is thoroughly dry, fluff up the flower part so it stands away from the card - a little, not too much. In your neatest writing, add the message and see if this isn't about the prettiest card you ever made.
Old Fashioned Gifts to Make For Mother
from Holiday Handicraft - 1938
Any boy or girl can make a paper plate wall pocket which is a useful kitchen article. It hangs up, and in it may be kept a pad and pencil for jotting down lists of groceries or other shopping to be done.
This kind of wall pocket is also useful to keep pot holders in. Though it can be so simply made, you may also spend as much time and care in its making as you wish. First we will describe the simplest way.
The material: two paper pates, 8-inch size. Use all of one plate and one-half of the other. The hollow parts of the plates face each other and may be held together at their edges with three brass paper fasteners.
A cut-out picture or a calendar is pasted to the outside of the half plate. Two tiny holes are punched for a cord by which it is to be hung on the wall. All this can be done in a few minutes. It will be handier if you tie a pencil to a cord and tie the other end of the cord through a hole punched in one side of the holder.
There are other ways of finishing the holder. The two plates may be sewed together with heavy black cotton, or with a bright color of cotton, yarn or cord. Every bit of the surface may be colored with crayon, which should be rubbed on pretty heavily, for the crayons are of wax, and you can then polish the surfaces till they shine beautifully. The wax makes the wall pocket easy to clean with a moist cloth.
If you want an attractive picture of some kind on it, paste it on before you rub any crayon on the plates, or it won't stick. Of course, you do not rub any colored crayon over the picture itself, but you could rub wax (such as household wax) over it, to give it a nice, shiny surface. In fact, putting a coat of wax over all the surfaces (after they are decorated) is a good idea.
There are many other ways of decorating the plates. Crepe paper covering, enamel or shellac, scraps of wallpaper or envelope linings can all be used.
Perhaps your Mother's Day gift is to be a bit of sewing. Every kitchen needs pot holders, and these may be made either pretty, or amusing, or both. For instance, how about embroidering a Jack-o-Lantern's features in black on a circle of orange colored goods?
Plain material, such as unbleached muslin, can be made into a pretty holder if you applique a bright design of fruit on it, such as a big red apple with a green outline-stitched stem, or a yellow pear on an unbleached muslin circle with black blanket-stitch edge.
We illustrate an amusing pair of holders that the young seamstress can make from unbleached muslin. On one there is a smiling face, on the other a weepy one.
The features are in red chain stitch and the edge of each holder is in red blanket stitch. While plain material is best for these, it needn't be white; it may be any plain light color. For padding the holders, odds and ends of material are useful. A single piece of any old bathrobe is the handiest, but you may use folded pieces of salt sack or parts of old garments, such as shirts or aprons or use a layer of cotton as padding.
Many useful and attractive gifts may be made from oil-cloth, which comes in many lovely colors:
A bag for dust cloths
Cover for Mother's favorite cook book
Flat porch cushions, with a thick fold of newspaper inside
Or a cat's head string bag which we will describe.
The cat's head string holder hangs from a nail and holds a ball of twine. The end of the twine comes out through the cat's mouth.
First make a pattern by drawing the cat's head on heavy paper. Make it about 9 inches wide and 8 inches high from forehead to chin. When you have drawn a satisfactory pattern, mark it off on two pieces of yellow or white oilcloth. One piece is the front of the cat's head, the other is the back.
The cat's eyes should be 2 inches apart. Paint them in with black enamel; also paint nose and mouth. The back piece of the head is to have a 5-inch slit for inserting a ball of string. The slit is cut crosswise, about 1 1/2 inches from the top.
Sew the front and back of the head together, on the sewing machine if possible. Make the seam about a half-inch in from the edge, so you have room to trim the edges neatly. Just leave the edges raw, or if you want to be fancy, notch them carefully all around. Sew on a strong loop tape as a hanger. The ears should be padded a little.
Before you put the ball of string inside, poke the end of the string through a little hole you have punched through the cat's mouth.
Your mother will be surprised and pleased when she receives your handmade gift and sees how clever you have become.
Mother will have a pleasant surprise when she receives a dish towel upon which the young seamstress has embroidered either of these two little figures - the sunbonnet baby or Polly-put-the-kettle-on.
Though outline stitch is best for the embroidering, a beginner will find chain stitch or darning stitch easier.
The best colors to use must be decided by the color of the dish towel itself. If it has blue borders, the same shade of blue in the embroidery is sure to look well. The figures of blue in the embroidery is sure to look well. The figures may be done all in one color. But if you want to use several colors for the embroidery be sure that one of the colors chosen is the same as that in the towel border - blue or red or green, as the case may be.
An all white dish towel can be brightened up with any colors you like.
You can trace off our designs or you can draw them yourself and them a trifle larger. The sun bonnet baby makes a nice old-timey picture, while Polly-put-the-kettle-on brings a little fun to the task of drying dishes.