Suzan is probably the only other blogger that knows what I mean when I say "Did you Boscov today?" When I was a kid my mom always did Boscov month - I think it was March. If you went to Boscov's Department store every single day during the month and had your calendar validated, you got the nicest prize offered and were entered into a grand prize drawing. If you went only a certain number of days then you got a lower prize. Well Freda, mom, went every day (in those days it wasn't open Sunday). And even stood in line to get her calendar validated. Boscov's is a great store and I still shop there - but online - since I don't live near a a Pennsylvania Boscov's. Anyway, they had radio jingles (Did you Boscov? Did you Boscov? Did you Boscov today? - silly but sometimes I still find myself singing it) and all sorts of newspaper ads declaring Boscov's Month. It was a big deal at our house. So it was with my memories of Boscoving every day that I came up with my idea for a week of daily comments on our blog. Did you Freda's Hive today? If you are reading this - then I'm pretty sure you did! I wish I could offer everyone a prize. I'd love to give you all a set of knives or silverware or electric blanket - like the ones from Boscov's long ago. I know this rambling doesn't mean anything to you but it is a good childhood memory - making sure we got to Boscov's everyday was like a family competition for us.
Plain old flour sack dish towels. They are extra large and very absorbant. I really like them but they are harder to find anymore. I remember we could get these plain ones at the grocery store. Williams Sonoma has them for the outrageous price of $14.00 for 3. The Towel Place has a set of 12 for $26.39 - a better price, but I'm sure you could get them cheaper than that if you looked around. I've had some tucked away for just the right project.
I cut a strip of fabric 6"and sized it to the width of the dish towel. Then I ironed the edges under 1/4" on each side of the printed fabric and the ends. I pinned the fabric in place and topstitched it to the towel. (hmm seems like these are the headless horses, I don't know how I did that but I didn't notice until I was done - oh well)
Then I sewed twice to stabilize rick rack on the one end of the towel. And . . . Done! I don't think this took more than 1/2 hour from start to finish. It was really easy and a smartly priced gift idea. I'm into kitchen towels this Christmas, in case you didn't notice. I wanted to make them in red and green but not in Christmas fabric so that they can be used all year long.
So these jumbo flour sack towels - embellished - are the prize up for today. They turned out rather nice for a 1/2 hour project.