My sister turned 23 last weekend and she chose to come up from DC and celebrate with us! I was so excited! She graduated last year and is living in her first apartment with her old college roommate. I'm getting a little nostalgic for my early 20s, so let's move on. I wanted to make her some cheery accessories to use in her kitchen and she mentioned a while back that she's going with a yellow color scheme.
I made some dishtowels for my father a while back and wanted to do something similar with cute yellow fabric. The problem was, I couldn't find any yellow fabric I loved. I went to a local independent fabric store that usually has a great assortment, but their yellow selection was severely lacking. Time to switch up the plan a bit. I grabbed some yellow rick-rack and a quarter yard of a yellow & blue striped fabric.
Both dishtowels were very simple. First, I cut my rick-rack so that it would run the length of the towel. Then I folded over one side and put in a bunch of stitches so it wouldn't fray.
Then I flipped it over and sewed a straight line through the rick-rack right across the length of the towel. Then I folded over the rick-rack and stitched through it on the other side (again, to stop fraying).
With the rick-rack towel done, I cut my length of fabric in half and folded so it covered one end of my second towel on both sides. I ironed the whole thing in place (including the hem, folded under the fabric)...
...and then started to sew the fabric on.
Once the fabric was on, I sewed another line of stitches towards the top of the fabric to help it keep its shape.
I wrapped up the dishtowels and paired them with three bright yellow spoons (similar to these and these). Fun & homemade gift for a loved one! Happy birthday, Jules... stay homey!