Sunday, May 3, 2015

A Quick Gift

A friend of mine in the orchestra has a birthday coming up and I was trying to think of something fun and useful to make for her.

She's a passionate cook (I've been lucky to be on the receiving end of her culinary talents many times) AND she loves cats and owns 6 of them.

How about a set of cat dishtowels?

They're a quick, easy and scrap eating project for me and something really useful for her. A win-win situation for sure.

There is of course an infinite variety of ways to approach a project like this, but here's how I did these:

Start with a strip of fabric on the side of a pre-washed dish towel.

Fold the long edges and short edges under, press, and pin.  Stitch really close to the edges, then sew a few parallel lines of stitching towards the middle for sturdiness.

I used a straight stitch, but a narrow zig zag or blanket stitch would work fine along the edge as well.

Prepare your appliques.
For this particular project, the cat die for the Accuquilt Go cutter was a natural choice.

Fuse the appliques into place, then sew a narrow zig zag stitch around the edges.

That's it!  I love fast and fun projects!

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