Saturday, October 31, 2009

Kitchen Towel & Potholder Gift sets

This project proved to be the perfect way to repurpose a hopelessly stained and faded vintage tablecloth. My sweet neighbor offered me a cloth that belonged to her mother. It was obviously too far gone to be used for its original purpose, but she thought I might like it for one of my projects. After cleaning, I could see that only one of the side borders escaped the damaging stains and holes, so I had to find some way to use these pretty tulips. When I found a multi-pak of these wonderful plain white huck towels at Bed Bath and Beyond, I knew that a kitchen set would be perfect. I used the longest piece of the salvaged border for the towel, and the smaller section for the hot pad. I hope it will be a sweet reminder of her mother as she's working in the kitchen. I also had enough left to make a small make-up bag for her sister. I was so pleased with how these turned out, I decided to take a cue from SewMamaSew's Scrap Buster month and make some more using up some of my small scrap pieces. These are on their way to one of my dearest friends. I think I need to stop by the store to pick up another pak of towels and make myself a pretty kitchen set, too. :-)

Oh! I almost forgot...I want to give a big THANK YOU to Rachel at Craftzine for featuring my Cherry Cream Cheese Danish post on their blog. Thanks Rachel!

14 comments:

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

I like your idea of using vintage linens. I have some that I have collected and want to use them in some way. Thanks!

Melody said...

Those are really pretty!

GeorgiaPeachez said...

A really great project, love those tulips! xo, suzy

goldenbird said...

Those tulips are so pretty. The towels and potholder turned out great, your neighbor is sure to love it.

Stephanie said...

Too pretty to use! I love using pieces of vintages linens for other projects.

Sugar Bear said...

Great ideas! Love the blue and white together.
Karla

NoƩmia said...

Great ideas and a good and nice work. Beautiful! :)

{kimmymade} said...

Beautiful! You made new memories from old ones ... invaluable :-)

TechnoBabe said...

You are so innovative. You share so many wonderful ideas on your blog.

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

lovey work, great gifts too. I just adore how you put colours together.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Absolutely darling, that is how they turned out! I want to make some now.

kaholly said...

I think I need to go to the store for some towels. Such a clever and beautiful idea!! Thanks so much for sharing. I am making gift aprons right now and look forward to incorporating your idea into the gift package. -karen

Mahek said...

sooo Pretty!!!
How do you get the think feel for the pot holders!!!

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Thank you, Mahek!
I used two layers of a fusible
fleece between the fabrics.

Kimberly :-)