With three small kidlets, I have a vested interest in Mother’s Day. And in the MyrtleAndEunice house we are big on making vouchers for (usually) home-made treats and dreamt-up fun. At Christmas, there is always a book of ten vouchers for our kids. While ‘Ice Cream from an Ice Cream Van’ holds an obvious attraction, the ‘Really Long Story Reading’ is treasured one-on-one time. This is where my vested interest comes in. My very favourite gifts are those that come from the heart. They usually require a bit of thought, a splash of soul, a little time - but not necessarily money. And this Mom could never say no to a ‘Home Cooked Roast Dinner (includes Dessert)’, a ‘Coffee, Cake and a Chat’ or a ‘Cupboard Tidying’.
Following is my guide to creating vouchers for your own Mom and then a swish fabric wrap in which to present them. Don’t forget to stamp the vouchers as they are redeemed (we do it with much flair and theatrics here).
Step 1: Vouchers
I have put together 26 sample vouchers for you to download and choose from. Even better, I have included ‘blank’ vouchers for you to come up with your own ideas. Just print out on nice A4 paper (I used the heaviest card that could go through my printer), then cut out using a ruler and cutting knife.
Step 2: Voucher Wrap
Finished size: (folded) 6.5” wide by 4.5” tall, (unfolded): 6.5” wide by 11.5” tall
- Quilting cotton, or linen
- 1 x outer fabric (6.5 x 11.5”)
- 1 x lining fabric (6.5 x 11.5”)
- 1 x interfacing (I used an iron-on version) (6.5 x 11.5”)
- 1 x outer fabric (or alternative fabric to contrast with lining) (4.75 x 3.25”)
- Sewing thread to match fabric
- Matching ribbon (24” in length, no wider than 1/4”)
Note: The pattern allows for a 1/4” seam allowance
- Cut all fabrics to the specified measurements. Lay the outer wrap fabric, right side up, lengthways in front of you (so short edge is closest to you). Fold the ribbon in two, 6” from one end. Lay the ribbon down the center of the length of fabric, ensuring the longest ribbon length is on top. Align the ribbon fold to the edge of the fabric closest to you and pin.
- Fold the pocket piece in half lengthways, right sides facing. Sew both sides and the bottom edge, leaving a 1.5” opening for turning. Trim excess fabric from corners, turn right side out and iron. Whip stitch the opening closed.
- Taking the inner wrap fabric, use chalk or a pencil to mark 3.5” from each short end. These marks indicate where the wrap will fold. Position the bottom of the pocket, in the middle section, 3/4” up from the fold, centered widthways. Attach pocket to the wrap, sewing both sides and the bottom (closest to the fold).
- To sandwich the wrap, place the outer fabric right side up. Ensure the ribbon does not extend over any edges and is clear of the path of the sewing machine. On top of this, place the lining, right side down. On top of the lining, place the interfacing. Pin around all four edges. Sew all edges leaving a 2.5” opening for turning. Trim excess fabric from corners, turn right side out, and iron. Whip stitch the opening closed.
- Position your vouchers in the pocket, wrap, tie, sew on a felt heart if that takes your fancy and remind your Mom how much you love her!
© Tania Ennor 2009. Please do not sell or distribute these vouchers and voucher wraps without my permission. Contact me via www.myrtleandeunice.com
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