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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Fun fabric-trimmed kitchen towels
It's hard to know where to start in catching up with all the posts I want to share! I think I will start with the fabric trimmed dish towels I've been having so much fun with. I found this pattern at Sew4Home , which is a new favorite site of mine. Sign up for their emails and see what's new each week. They have some fabulous projects with very clear instructions.
I made my first set of these for my daughter's birthday. She likes sunflowers and also blue and white (and if I'm not mistaken these sunflower fabric scraps were left over from something she sewed!) so this was a natural choice. I was thrilled with how quick and easy these towels were to make. I used, for the towel part, Bistro Towels which have a sort of birds-eye weave on one side and terry on the other. I found these towels on clearance (a set of 3 for $3) at Wal Mart.
These next towels were for a dear friend's birthday. She likes the color green. I had bought, some time ago, these coordinating green and purple fat quarters from Wal Mart's fabric department. I had plans for some of the purple, but had enough left over to use for the trim on one towel. I had some green checked fabric on hand to use to trim the other one. And lastly, I just finished making these Coke®-themed towels for my hubby's sister who is a Coca~Cola® collector. I love to give her things for her collection, but when possible I like them to be useful things. These dishtowels surely are that! These fabrics were some I had had in my stash for a long time. Here we have a blue with red trim And a red with blue trim. The towels I used for these were microfiber towels with a waffle weave, also found on clearance at Wal Mart, 2 for $3. Not as inexpensive as the bistro towels, but the towels are larger. I have plans to make more of these dishtowels. I stocked up on clearance towels, and the fact that these can use scraps or fat quarters makes the project especially practical and fun too!
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.