Hi, I’m Amy from Ameroonie Designs, where I blog about crafting, sewing projects and lots of other things related to family and home. With the holidays fast approaching, I am all about handmade gifts. Especially handmade gifts that have a catchy saying to go along with them.
For instance, one of the best gifts I ever received from a neighbor was a can of chili and a two-liter bottle of root beer, with a tag that said “Have a Rootin’ Tootin’ Christmas!” I still laugh about it!
So, when I found some cute dishtowels (which I made even cuter using holiday fabric scraps – more on that later), I knew I had to package them as gifts for friends. To complete the effect, I wanted to add a cute card or saying, so I came up with this:
In case it’s hard to read in the photo, it says: “A good friend sees you through the messes in life. A better friend stays and helps you clean up! Thank you for being the best kind of friend.” By the way, you could also use this quote to go with cleaning supplies or other things along that line.
Here’s a quick tutorial on how I embellished the towels:
I used Heat n Bond Lite (the sewable kind) so the dishtowels are more durable. To make this a “no sew” project, you can use the regular Heat n Bond – the towels will still be washable but might not stand up as well to heavy use.
Trace your shape on the paper side of the Heat n Bond. If your shape is directional, you’ll want to trace the reverse image. Iron the Heat n Bond to the underside of your holiday fabric (follow manufacturer’s instructions). Then, cut out the shape and arrange it on the dishtowel, remove paper backing and iron down. At this point if you are using the sewable Heat n Bond Lite, stitch down the fabric. I used a decorative blanket stitch on mine.
Fold the towels, package them up in a cellophane bag, add the bow and card and you have a cute, custom and inexpensive gift to give friends, neighbors, sisters – anyone! You don’t have to make these seasonal, either. You could choose fabrics that match the recipient’s decor, monogram them – the possibilities are endless.
Happy gifting, everyone!