To start, I measured the arm span of my children. I have an eight-month old and a very busy two-year old, so the easiest way for me to do this was to measure the arm length of their t-shirts:
Next, I traced their hands onto construction paper. You’ll need two prints for each hug. I also cut out two hearts, and a bunch of circles using a hole punch:
Then, starting with one hand print, I started sewing the pieces of paper together to make a chain (who knew you could sew paper?).
I sewed the hand print first, added several circles, put a heart in the middle, added the rest of the circles, and finished with the second hand print. It was so simple! I used a medium-length stitch and it took me less than one minute.
Here’s what our hugs looked like when I was done sewing:
How cute is that? We ended up making one for all our great grandparents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. (We had a lot of hugs laying around here!):
Then I simply folded the hugs a few times, and slipped them in an envelope:
To add a little something “extra”, I made the addresses look like they were getting a hug:
Now our hugs are sitting by the front door, patiently waiting to be mailed.
Thank you for stopping by today. If I could reach through the screen and give you a hug, I would! Happy Hug Day!