Hand print crafts are among my favorite keepsakes. I love the marks left by those tiny hands dipped in paint or ink; those tiny hands that clung so tightly to mine when my girls were little. They still hold my hand, just not as tightly as they once did, so I’m glad to have those precious hand print keepsakes to remind me of those times.
One of my favorite keepsakes are the stockings I made each of my girls for Christmas after they were born. They hold seven years of hand prints beginning when those little fingers were wrapped so tightly around my fingers I didn’t think I’d ever pry them loose(and really didn’t want to) until they were big enough that their grip was starting to loosen ever so slightly.
If you have a little one of your own or maybe a new grandchild, this is a simple and easy way to hold onto those tiny hand prints.
1 duck cloth stocking
paint stamps or other decorative items
I sewed my own stocking using a pattern I’d picked up at a thrift store. If you don’t want to buy a pattern, I found a simple Christmas stocking pattern and tutorial you can use. Just be sure to use duck cloth instead of the decorative fabric. If you don’t have a sewing machine or simply don’t know how to sew, you can usually find duck cloth stockings in craft stores.
When you sew them yourself you can personalize them a bit more. I lined each of the stockings with Christmas themed fabric. Each girl has different lining fabric.
After you sew or buy your stocking, all you have to do is write your child’s name on the stocking with fabric paint and add any decorative touches you’d like. I just used a holly shaped fabric stamp dipped in fabric paint.
Then each year add your child’s hand print and the year. You can use both front and back of the stocking which should get you about seven years of hand prints.
You can personalize these as much as you want, using the colors of fabric lining and fabric paint that you prefer and any embellishments and accents you like.
Just have fun with it and cherish the memories.
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