homemade holidays: dishtowels and fabric coasters


Here are a couple of fast and easy sewing projects for the home that would make a great holiday gift.
 
In my new apartment, we are without a dishwasher.  It is slowly eating away at my soul.  But, I have found that pretty dishtowels make the dreaded task just a tiny bit more bearable.  I simply added a strip of fabric to these plain white dishtowels, but you can really go crazy and add some lovely patchwork, like in this tutorial at Sew, Mama, Sew.
 

Use your scraps to whip up some cute quilted coasters.  I just cut and sewed (mine are 4.5 inches square), but if you want full blown instructions there is a good tutorial at Make It From Scratch.


I think a cute coordinating set like this also adds a nice, handmade touch to a kitchen wedding gift.  (err ... Mitzi - these are for you!)

35 comments:

Sarah - Roots and Wings said...

Oh, I love them! I've been trying to think of easy, cute, handmade Christmas gifts. These fit the bill!

I also wanted to say how much I love your blog and all of your amazing handmade things.

I'm making a felt playhouse (you can see my first few pictures on your flickr group and on my blog). Can't wait to finish and post the results! Thanks for the great tutes and ideas!

The Activity Mom said...

Love these! They are perfect for those cute scraps of fabric I have!

{eleise} said...

OOO...very cute...I love the fabric choice!

Melanie said...

Dish-washing is eating away at MY soul, and I HAVE a dishwasher!

Cuteness always makes things easier. It's like that spoonful of sugar...

Lydia said...

Love this idea - it will be perfect for my son's preschool teacher! By the way, what fabric did you use? - I love the yellow.

Jill said...

Sorry, I don't know what the fabric is. I bought two fat quarters at JoAnn's and neither had a marked selvage.

Anyone recognize it? I wouldn't mind buying more.

Lauren said...

So pretty! Thanks for the post!

Teresa Tysinger said...

Love these! So super cute and simple. Who wouldn't love these?

Melanie said...

Jill, you have just solved my teacher gift dilemma. And, probably my grandmother gifts too! I love your blog. You are very talented and creative.

Laura said...

Funny I have a fat quarter piece of the fabric you used and I was planning to do the same with it(the dish towels). Great minds think alike I guess :)

Ashley said...

Pretty!!! I LOVE that fabric.

Kristin said...

can I ask a silly question? How do you do the thing where you type 'here' or 'tutorial' or in this case 'Make it from scratch' and it works as a link and brings you to the other site, there have been times I have wanted to add those type of links to yours or other blogs and I dont know how you do it...ps love your blog

Wendy said...

That is the PERFECT way to put it... soul draining, lol. We have no dishwasher since moving in here and I hate it! It wasnt too bad at first, but 2 years later, Im done! I need one!

Those are really cute, btw. Ive been wanting to do some coasters.

BreAnna said...

oh Jill, I just love you and miss you. We are also without dishwasher until we move next month, and it is also eating away at my soul. What a perfect settiment for doing toddler dishes and sippys three times a day. AHHHH

Erin J. said...

Very nice! I love the fabric! Easily made Christmas gifts are a life saver:)

Natalie said...

Wonderful towels! Thank you for the tutorial link. I am wondering where you got your white towels? I haven't had as much of an interest in doing towels like this and yours attract me! I love the ribbing on them.

Stephanie said...

so very pretty! thanks for linking to MIFS!

Jill said...

Natalie - the towels are microfiber bar mops, and I bought them at Kmart.

The Parkers said...

Thanks so much for the great idea!!! Love your blog! You inspire me daily!!!

bopeep said...

Those are soooo cute...I Love them.
Prayer, Bo

Alena Jo said...

Awesome! They are beautiful. I've had these on my to-do (or to-make) list for awhile now! You've motivated me. I hope to make them soon.

Jennifer DeDonato said...

Those are beautiful...great colors!

Sofia Deyanira said...

Where do you pick and buy your fabrics from?! I love these kinds of designer print/ organic designed fabrics. Please tell us!

Lora said...

I love this series! Keep 'em coming!

dana said...

Beautiful. Love it. And my next question was going to be, "what fabric is that??" but I just saw the answer. Hmmm...I'll be on the look out for it. I've been looking for that VERY lemony yellow color.

PinkLady said...

I have just found your blog and spent ages reading through all the way to the end! You are so clever and inspiring. Looking forward to future posts! xx

Jenn said...

I've got a problem with my email, and I can't push your email button, so sorry for posting this here, but--

Are you planning on doing a tutorial for your glitter wreath over at SYTYC? I just love it and it would make a beautiful addition to my fall decor!!

Thanks!

Sarah said...

Jill,
I am completely in love with your entry this week at SYTYC. I'm working on a real good hunch here, but I think we have you to thank for the cozy car caddy. Oh my goodness, genius! I've already posted about it today (and voted of course). My little Owen will be 2 on Saturday and this is what he's getting. I can't wait for the tutorial. LOVE LOVE it!

-Sarah from Create Studio
www.createstudio.blogspot.com

Tara said...

Love your blog! Just adorable. Can't stop browsing all the fun posts. Thanks for sharing!

www.taraajohnston.blogspot.com

Krista said...

Love those items! I've made coasters like that before - I think I got the pattern from Martha. Your fabric choice is very fun!

Mod Podge Amy said...

Hey Jill! Love this! I have this fabric, I got it in a fat quarter. I need to do something cool just like this. . :D

Natalie said...

Thanks so much for the info on the microfiber bar mops! Wonderful! I will pick some up.

Amy said...

Adorable! I may have to try this to spruce up our new place!! :)

Andria said...

Love this! It inspired me to make some for my sister for Christmas. New house for her so this is the perfect gift. I made hot pads (that sounds so much cuter than pot holder!) instead of coasters. Mine are 9" square and double layered with fleece! Thanks again.

my name is heather... said...

Love this fabric- I covered a wipe case in it- good to see someone else saw that it was fabulous! :0)