( Update......Please note, it might help to look at my post in Feb 2015 as I have altered the template and details are HERE)
A short while ago I made these little packets and sent them out to several friends. I didn't divulge the contents of the packets and so many people wanted to know what secret lay within.
The template for making the packets is HERE from a week or so ago..
They held, a pocket cross and a little card with the poem
A Cross in my Pocket.
Years ago when I was a Guide Leader I used to make them with my Guides and we made so many as they were so popular as tiny gifts and a super church fundraiser.
For many years when I was asked again for them, I just could not find my sample and couldn't remember how to make them but by chance I recently found it in my workroom and decided to make them for a few friends who I knew would value them.
I still have a few in hand so let me know if I didn't previously know you'd like one, and I'll give them out in order of request until they run out.
Whilst I am not very religious I found it quite meditative to make them, and it's so therapeutic to sit threading the ribbon and beads. It's so simple too.
Everyone knows someone special who would value this symbol of their faith so at the special request of some of the recipients I am posting details below for how to make them.
They would be lovely on an Easter card or for Christenings and Confirmations.
Add a little more creativity, here's a white one I spritzed with water then sprayed with blue and purple Dylusions. It looks more shaded IRL.
The base is cut from Plastic Canvas (7 gauge i.e., 7 holes to the inch) and an a piece 12 x 18inches costs around £2 and will make over 20 if you are careful cutting them in alternate directions. Apologies for my error clipping off one square too many on the bottom left one...so take care!
A guide below for threading the ribbon. After you've done one you will find it really easy thereafter.
(April 2nd 2016) Just noticed Mountain View popped in to look at my blog..... as they have done so often .....please leave a little comment to say "Hello" and tell me who you are, please!
I'd love to know.
The poem for you to copy and paste to print....
Just make a tiny card to fit into the packet and print it small enough to fit the card.
The Cross in my Pocket
by Mrs Vera May Thomas
I carry a cross in my pocket
A simple reminder to me
Of the fact that I am a Christian
No matter where I may be.
This little cross is not magic
Nor is it a good luck charm
It isn't meant to protect me
From all physical harm.
It's not for identification
For all the world to see
It's simply an understanding
Between my Saviour and me.
When I put my hand in my pocket
To bring out a coin or key
The cross is there to remind me
Of the price He paid for me.
It reminds me, too, to be thankful
For my blessings day by day
And to strive to serve Him better
In all I do and say.
It's also a daily reminder
Of the peace and comfort I share
With all who know my Master
And give themselves to His care.
So I carry a cross in my pocket
Reminding no one but me
That Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life
If only I'll let him be.