Saturday, May 29, 2010

I Do.....the dishes! Quick and Easy Wedding Gift- His and Hers Kitchen Towels

I feel like I am always using the words quick, easy, cheater, super-fast...but you know what? I have a little one to take care of and I know many of you do too!  We love to craft but often have to find the time while they are napping, or the hours between when they go to bed and when we go to bed...or the whole try-to-sew-with-one-hand-and-read-Very-Hungry-Caterpillar-while-talking-on-the-phone-to-your-mom.  Well, anyway here is a quick, easy, low-key gift idea that I made in 2 hrs today while she was napping.  I had to make it in that time because the couple receiving this gift is getting married tonight :)
Here is what you will need:

2 dish towels - once again I rely on good old TJ Maxx bought these two for $5
Scraps of cotton fabric
Sewing Machine/Thread

Lay out the "his" towel, and measure the bottom of the towel.  Cut a strip of fabric that length plus 4 inches (to wrap around the back).

You can make it as wide as you would like, just remember to have enough to fold the top and bottom of the strip down.  Press the strip.  Pin one edge to the back of the towel.

Top-stitch this part down.

Lay it across the top and pin it on the other back side.

Stitch that side, but be careful not to catch the top part.

Now pin the top part to the top of the towel.  Top stitch this on.  Press it well and voila! 
On to the "hers" towel.
Appropriately, the "hers" towel is slightly more complicated but definitely more beautiful.  Cut a strip twice the length of the bottom of the towel and twice as wide as you would like it to be.  (I pieced a couple scraps- since you are gathering it you won't notice the piecing). 

Fold it in half length-wise and press- also fold the ends in and press.  Top stitch just inside of the fold to hold it in place when it gathers.  Use a large basting  stitch and stitch across the top of your strip.  Pull to gather. 

Pin it to the towel and then top stitch in place.  Next use some kind of trim- I chose ric-rac- and pin it along the top of the strip. 

Stitch in place. 

 Good job!  Now go make a pair for yourself too!

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