-material scraps that were fairly plain and lighter in color so the prints would easily be seen.
-For the filling I opted to use a product called "Yesterday's News" which is a kitty litter but it is recycled news paper made into pellets. I normally use it in the litter boxes in my guinea pig cages. Don't worry I used fresh litter. ;)
-I also have a couple of silica gel packets that I had saved (for who knows what reason). I will add one packet to each "foot" for added moisture control.
-I also have some essential oils on hand (you can get them at a health food type store). For this I decided on peppermint. Though lavender would also be nice.
Leave yourself a generous boarder around the footprint. Try not to indent too much for the instep.
I hand stitched the opening closed. I also wrote my son's name next to his print with his age and the year.
This is the card I made up to tie onto the feet when I gift it to my Father-in-law. I came up with my own saying because I couldn't find one to convey the idea of a son and a grandson walking in his footsteps.
I have gotten many complements on this over the years. It is a piece that I am probably most proud of. I certainly cherish it beyond measure. I think I have been trying to capture time with their hand prints. Just a moment of their childhood. Pictures can't really show how big or little they are at the time.
To my Father's, Grandfather's, my Husband and to all the wonderful Dads out there........
Happy Father's day!!!