Still playing catch-up and trying to get all of my recent projects posted on here as well as available in my ETSY shop! Remember these funny little trouble makers from Dr. Seuss's book the cat in the hat? Well they are quite popular these days with kids. Soo... while thinking about more fun hooded towel Idea's, I thought how PERFECT to make some "things"! so cute for twins, but who says there can just be 2? My "thing" towels are available in any quantity you need. Available HERE in my etsy store. This set was for twins and their little brother, and I just picked up towels today for another order of them.
These super soft towels have a bright blue hood just like the hair of the real trouble makers! I made my own template and cut out each letter and applique it onto a white fabric circle. Then each circle is appliqued onto the back of the towels with a black fabric circle outline.
On the front side are the names in red and white polka dot fabric. All cut out by hand and appliqued on by machine.
Eeeee! I just love these! And how many other gifts are going to last and be used and loved for years? No guessing sizes, or out growing these to worry about... I use a full size bath towel and add a hood out of another piece of towel so they are perfect for a 1st birthday up through elementary school!
Not sure about you, but I'm a big fan of practical gifts... and I think hooded towels rank pretty high on that scale! Perfect for a beach/pool towel, swimming lessons, and everyday baths.
Chad's cousin, (and my last room mate before I got married) just got married! Sooo I was thinking about all of the wonderful gifts we received when trying to figure out what I could make for them. We got 2 sets of flour sack dish cloths with things hand painted and drawn on them, and we still use them every day! Nothing like a good ol flour sack dish cloth to dry dishes! (Remember, I like practical gifts) So... I made them a set with their last name initial appliqued on the bottom middle. Then a strip of contrasting frayed fabric is appliqued all the way across one side. And I had to make a coordinating pot holder of coarse :)
Up close. The edges of the fabric will fray a bit more as they are washed for that fun handmade feel.
For a graduation gift, I played around with a notebook and some fabrics! I came up with a fun little notebook with an appliqued initial on it and a couple of flowers. Lesson learned... some notebooks might have a glued binding... which melts when you iron your fabric to it. This causes all the pages to fall out... yeah, it was a bit of a mess but I got it back together :) Proof that there are always fun surprises no matter what you are making.
Both gifts all bundled up.
Oh and remember that garden I mentioned last time? Well this was what it looked like in the spring...
And this is what it looks like now! Ahhhh I love my garden :) The corn in the back is 10 feet high, tomatoes are all over the place, lettuce and beets are all done, zucchini and squash looks like piles of oversized baseball bats because I'm ignoring them, cantelope and watermelons are getting big, and the winter squash is coming along! I planted the "big sprawling" things outside the fence on the back side for my sanity like the squash, watermelons, cucumbers etc. My garden just wasn't big enough :) Well... I made a mistake and thought that since mini pumkins were, well, mini... that the vines that produced them would be too, so they got planted inside the fence. whoops... I was wrong. Those things are all OVER the place.
Chad helped me pull all the beets recently, whew there was a lot but they are all pickled! and I even made strawberry jam for the winter too. Riley had to jump up on the bench and pose for the picture :)
Happy Tuesday Everyone!