This is a big weekend for parties, it's the 4th of July. I am not a big party gal but a good friend of mine has a new house. She is having a combination 4th of July and Housewarming party. She and her husband downsized so I want to give her something that can be used or consumed, not saved. I have some suggestions including a 4th of July Dish towel and other Hostess gift ideas if you are going to a party.
First of all, my ideas that I wouldn't have had to sew.
- Bottle of white wine and red wine, tied with a blue ribbon
- Fresh strawberries and fresh blueberries in a blue basket
- Blueberry jam and strawberry jam with a baguette
- Bouquet of red, white and blue flowers
- Watermelon wrapped in a blue tablecloth tied with a white ribbon
- White corn chips, blue corn chips and red salsa
- A flag for their new house
- Matching flag swimsuits
OK, I wasn't serious about the last idea but I do tend to just let my mind wander when trying to decide on presents. I think a lot and then I make something. When we were in Shipshewanna, I picked up star fabrics and a roll of dishcloth fabric.
I love these rolls of toweling. You could also use a red, white or blue dishtowel. I always pick these up when I see them.
I bought the whole bolt that was left or 7 yards. It measures 16 inches across. A kitchen towel is usually 26 to 30 inches long.
I am making two so I cut two lengths. I proceeded to press up a scant quarter inch twice on all four ends. I then stitched across, two towels ready to decorate.
I folded that strip in half and decided to sew it to use on one towel. I then drew a slightly wonky star and traced it on the blue and the white fabrics. I cut out 4 blue ones and 2 white ones.
I cut the strip to be a bit less than 17 inches and folded both ends twice and pressed them. I stitched those ends and then stitched a seam down the middle of the strip. I turned it inside out, pressed it and pinned it on the towel.
I used the blanket stitch to attach it to the towel. It was mainly decorative as there were no raw seams. There was a bit extra on each end, I should have cut that strip 16.5". Oh well, the ends will be folded in.
I used spray adhesive to make sure the stars stayed where I wanted them. I even picked them up and rearranged them at one point.
I finished both and put them with the apron. I was very pleased. Take a look.
I will probably use a piece of leftover fabric as a ribbon and tie them all together. It shows my friend that we aren't trying to fill up her new house, we are just happy she's happy with it. I hope it's enough.
Should I pick up some flowers also?
Happy 4th and sew happy!
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