This idea was sent to me by Melissa, who coordinated the retreat I led in early November and is an awesome homeschooling mom and ministry leader. I loved getting to know her and I am so excited that their church invited me back to speak next year for a Christmas conference! Here is her idea-- I can't wait to try it with some of my friends! Melissa writes:
We call it a pillowcase party. It started out years ago with just me, my sister and a dear friend but has since grown to include almost every woman at church at some point. We gather together and have a nice lunch with our fine china and have hot tea and coffee. When we have finished with our time of fellowship we move onto the pillowcases.
Everyone brings enough white pillowcases for each child that they have. White works best because more colors can be used. (But one year someone used a navy blue and painted silver and white snowflakes on it and it was beautiful.) You cut a piece of cardboard to fit inside of each pillowcase so the paint won't run through to the other side. We use fabric paints and those shaped pressed foam stamps from the craft store. They come in all types of designs and words. We have added to our collection over the years so we have lots to choose from now.
Then each mom designs a pillowcase for each of her children that reflects favorite colors, themes or accomplishments from the past year. We use the writable fabric to write the child's name and the year. We have seen camouflage, princesses, Star Wars, Santa, snowmen, nativities and Christmas trees. The possibilities are endless.
When the pillowcase is dry, the kids sleep on it Christmas Eve Night. Someone took them after their kids were grown and made a quilt out of them. It's a lot of fun and the kids look forward to it every year. Thought you might enjoy it.
Thanks Melissa-- now I am not the only one who will enjoy this wonderful idea!! It was too good not to share!!