So much I want to blog about and talk about but I have only so much creative time! I have been spending a lot of time lately sewing and crafting. The fabric and project addictions are in full glory and leave little time for mental musings!
I am a beginner sewer, and it has taken a long time for me to feel the small beginnings of confidence in sewing. And more importantly, I am finding that I love sewing. But like other things in my life, I have found for sewing to be fun and enjoyable then it has to be simple. And nothing is simpler than the humble dishtowel.
I am finding that there are amazingly cool things you can make from simple dishtowels. My love affair with happy dishtowels is in full bloom right now. I love that you can find them in such cute patterns, colors and they are inexpensive! Most of the time it can be cheaper to actually buy something instead of sewing it yourself. But dishtowels are a cheap fabric option with which you can make so many cute things at the fraction of the cost of buying the goods already made.
Here a few dishtowel tutorials that I have enjoyed and will pass them along to you:
- Child's dishtowel apron. This is so unbelievably easy, cute, and fun. Perfect gift for a 8-12 year old girl with their own cookbook. This site has modified the sizes for 2-4 year old girls and I made four of these this afternoon. I am going to put a little wooden spoon in each pocket and voila! Special homemade gift for a little girl. I bought an 8-pack of Martha Stewart gingham/rick rack dishtowels for only 6 dollars at Kmart and bought the bias tape for the binding for $1 each. So each little apron is only costing me about$1.75.
- Child's library tote. Again, bought a giant pack of Martha Stewart plaids/summer stripes for only $8. So each tote will cost me less than $1. Make a batch, put a great child's book in the bag, and you have another wonderful birthday gift for a boy or a girl.
- Bend-The-Rules Sewing tea towel waist apron. I just bought this fabulous beginner's sewing book that has GREAT easy projects. One is to buy a dishtowel, turn it sideways, add twill tape for ties and you're done! I just found some cute dishtowels at Target...a 2-pack for $3.50. So I will have a cute new spring half apron for $2.00.
- Sewing Machine Cover. I still use the plasticky cover that came with my little machine. This week I can just take another cute towel out of my growing stash and make this nifty little cover. That was easy!
Enjoy simple sewing with simple dishtowels. It just doesn't get any easier than this.
photo by quaint homemade