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First Stop: Dish Towels. I'm trying to inject a little more personality and style into the practical day-to-day aspects of our home; and what is more practical than dishtowels?
I've never appliqued before so I had no idea what to expect. In short, it's fun but sort-of slow work. Kind of like coloring in a detailed stamped image with Copics.
When the dishtowels looked like this:
I called them done and started taking pictures before they set to work mopping up spilled cacciatore.
The boys had a different impression entirely.
Boys: So how are you going to embellish them?
Me: I'm not, they're done.
Boys: Come on mom, you've gone this far...make them special.
Me: Do you know how many times these will be washed???
Boys: How 'bout ric-rac?
Since I'm not a sewist, I'll spare you the tutorial. All I did was cut out cute images from fabric making sure to leave a border around each shape for fraying. Then I pinned them down - skeleton hands are teeny - and sewed very slowly around the perimeter of the image. My only advice is to pin, pin, pin and pin some more. When you think you've used enough pins, add a couple.