One of my ideas is to make the linen/cotton towels, wrap them in homemade bread and give them to friends/neighbors for gifts. I do make bread about once a week and doesn't everyone like fresh bread?
With just plain tan linen, this strip of fabric, and rick rack placed somewhere on the towel makes it special. If you look to the right you can see I bound the towel just like a quilt. And I used left over binding from a past project. Some of the towels have patchwork binding.
This one has 2 rows of rick rack with vintage fabric. This is a special towel because the fabric is special.
I got this idea from my friend (no blog) Flora. (I keep telling her she needs a blog - she is a fabulous quilter! You'd all learn so much from her. Come on Flora, get with it!). She used the Farmer's Market fabric to make a flower by fussing cutting it and I used that idea to make an apple. I machine stitched the apple with a blanket stitch and added a sketch stitched stem and a leaf that was also blanket stitched. I used a fabric stripe underneath to add extra color.
Printed linen is even easier than plain - just cut and bind. As I said before I pressed the binding really well folding it over so I could machine stitch in the ditch and finish the edge quickly.
More of the same. This fabric is one of my favorites. I think anyone would love an extra kitchen towel as a gift.
I talked before about saving dryer sheets to use with machine applique. I didn't take a picture before I tore the dryer sheet off the back but you can tell it doesn't show at all where the dryer sheet used to be.This photo from a past project shows you how to just place the dryer sheet on the back , stitch and remove - tearing it off. Simple.
Okay well share with me some of your gift ideas! I've been going through my books and magazines and I have some ideas but I'd like to see what you are doing. I like things that are fairly fast to make, of course.
(Cottages ship tomorrow!!! waiting for the last ones, dealing with glitches/subsitutions and organizing has taken longer than I thought but they are almost ready to go to their new homes. T shipped some of hers already and we'll both finish tomorrow.)