Long Distance Hugs

Many of us have family members or children who live far away.  While it’s hard not seeing them often enough there are so many ways to stay in touch.

Thank goodness for the technology we have today.  Phone calls are obvious and necessary, but now we can use Skype and social media to stay connected.

Here are some other ideas to make your family feel extra special and loved:

Recently on a camping trip we were missing our family in Kansas so we had the kids sit down and make cards for their cousins.  They were thrilled with the idea and it helped them to remember all the great times they had spent with their cousins.


I think it’s so fun to get hand written letters and cards in the mail.

Another fun thing to do is to provide your long distance family a calendar to jot a few words in about each of their days.  It could be something one of their children accomplished, something exciting that happened, or even something hard they had to endure.  Once it’s filled out they can share it with the rest of their family.


The last thing I’ve done so far is to make cozy hug wraps for each of my grandchildren who live so far away.


While I miss their sweet hugs I wanted to create something that would represent a hug from us, their grandparents.


I purchased some soft, fuzzy fleece, some felt, and some edge binding in the colors I thought they would like.  I traced our hands on the felt and cut them out.  The fleece is cut to about 12″ wide and 45″ long.

Using a zig zag stitch I sewed the binding on the long edges.  I then zig zagged the short edges.


On each end I attached the felt hands in the positions a real hug would go.

long distance hug 3

These are the hands of my husband and I.  Repeat on the other edge of the fleece.  Then fold the edge over and sew the side edges to create a pocket.  Do the same on the other side.  Done.  When the kids wrap this around their shoulders they can put their hands in the pockets and give themselves a big  hug from Grammy and Papa.

We would love to hear any ideas you might have.

Hope you’re having a great week!

Hugs To YOU, too!

Dru About Dru

There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.


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