My parents are snow birds. They fly south for the winter. Which means we don't get to celebrate Christmas together...until July.
It's also tradition in our family to make at least one gift by hand. So I thought I'd start a new thread of posts about simple, functional and inexpensive gifts you can make for Christmas (or for House-warming, Birthdays, Weddings, etc.). I'll also be sharing some other gift ideas from other crafters as well that fit the bill.
Flour Sack Dish Towels
Growing up, my grandmother would hand embroider vegetables, fruits, flowers, birds, and other designs in a corner of a flour sack towel and give them away as gifts. Hand embroidery takes time AND patience.
In keeping with tradition, yet making them quick and easy to make, here's my version...
I purchased a pack of 5 flour sack towels (28" x 29") at Walmart for $4.98.
Flour sacks towels are not square and the material is not densely woven so they do stretch out of "shape" some. I still took the time to iron them anyway.
Using my serger I used brightly colored thread to sew the edges. "Straightening" the edges as much as possible. Using a needle, tuck the thread tails into the stitching.
If you don't have a serger follow the directions after the break for making these using a sewing machine.
I have a Janome MyExcel 4023 Sewing Machine. These are the settings I use.
Stitch Width: 6 (largest)
Stitch Length: 1.5 - 2 (narrow)
Stitch Type: Overlock
Use similar settings for your specific machine.
After folding the towels in half, use a pencil to draw 'straight' lines on the open sides, making sure that you will have double layer all along. DO NOT CUT at this point.
Sew the short sides first, then the long open side and finally the folded side. Trim the excess fabric as closely and carefully to the stitching as possible.
Here is a sample of how the sewing machine stitching will look.