Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Makin' Cards In The Kitchen

Today I went to my friend Sally's to make cards. It was fun to get to visit with her again (we've both had a crazy summer), see all her cool stuff, enjoy a nice lunch, and make some cute cards. I introduced her to SplitcoastStampers (check them out if you like to stamp) and she let me use her crop-a-dile (see "Leingangs Recommend").

I made 15 cards today, but better yet, I had a fun day with a great friend! Thanks again Sally! Oh, and thank your hubby for being so patient with our mess. :o)

this is my favorite one, I love the turquoise and orange together

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Hooded Towel Tutorial

Here is how to make a hooded towel in about 30 easy, yet general, steps. LOL
If you have any questions or need more details, just ask.

1. First cut out strips of fabric to cover the trim on either end of the towel to needed length and desired width. The sides with the fabric trim will be the "front" of the towel.
2. Iron down a hem on all sides of the fabric strip. 1/2" - 3/4"

3. Pin and sew to the front of the towel. Repeat on other side, if desired.

4. Repeat steps 1-3 for the washcloth "hood".

5. Cut out a piece of coordinating flannel for the hood lining.

6. Pin hood to the flannel on 3 sides, right sides together.

7. Sew the flannel to the 3 sides of the hood.

8. Trim off the excess flannel from around the hood.

9. Turn hood inside out.

10. Fold right sides of washcloth together (flannel facing out) and sew together on short end, leaving the open end at the bottom.

11. Turn hood inside out.

12. Find the center of the long side of the towel and mark with a pin on the back side.

13. Match the center of the hood to the center of the towel and pin together with the open end of the hood lined up with the edge of the towel. (as seen in picture below)

14. Sew hood to towel using a 1/4" seam allowance.

15. Trim any excess lining flannel from between the hood and towel and then sew the seam together to finish.

15. Now you're done and it only took half the steps I thought it would. I guess it seems like more when you're making them. :o)

Hooded Towels

I have gotten back into the crafting mood again after a rather lengthy hiatus. My craft money envelope is empty, so I decided I'd better get back into making things for our etsy store. Since it's still swimming season, I thought I would try my hand at selling some hooded bath towels that are perfect for either the bath or swimming.

Here is the one I made last night...

And here is the one I made today...

If you are curious how they are made, you can check out my "hooded towel tutorial" post, or you can just go to our etsy store and purchase one for your favorite little kid. (they are a great deal and made with lots of love!)