Ok, so I've always had this thing where I hate surprises! And it has always been challenging for me to wait until the proper day to give a gift. My husband's birthday is coming up, and I have a big surprise gift that is waiting in the wings, however tonight I gave him one of his presents early to bring some holiday cheer to the weekend.
It can be so hard to know what to make for your partner, especially if that partner is a guy! When I first started making things I wound up making a whole lotta gifts that just didn't "hit". Like that time I made a map bag but forgot to line it when I first started sewing again. Or that time I made a hand drawn smash book that looked like chicken scratch.
This year I'm stepping up my gift giving game, and my sister helped me come up with a fresh idea. My husband and I love this local coffee shop called Java Joes, it's become our place to pick up dinner and mochas downtown. One time when we were there we bought a coffee bag...they sell authentic coffee bags because the shop sells their own coffee beans. So the other day I set out to make a minimalist canvas, and Jason LOVES it so much!
You could use a favorite old t shirt or some other fabric piece instead of a coffee bag. Ideally though the idea is to choose something that represents a favorite place where you and your partner love to go.
canvas a bit smaller than the fabric
glue gun and matching glue sticks
coffee bag or t shirt or other memory fabric piece
optional paint, markers, embroidery floss, etc.
Here's how to make it:
1. measure the fabric item with room around the image or text, to get the right size of canvas
2. As an optional step, embroider around certain areas of the text or imagery.
3. Place the canvas onto the fabric piece or coffee bag and wrap the edges around the sides of the canvas. Cut out the fabric piece with plenty of room for gluing.
4. Warm up the glue gun, and be sure to follow any safety directions that come with the glue gun.
5. Glue the fabric onto the canvas along the back edges, being sure to pull the fabric taught as you go.
6. This last step is optional. I chose to leave my work minimalist however you could use acrylic or craft paints or markers to embellish the canvas. Also glue on any other memory items that would enhance the work.