I can't help but think about Easter--I don't know which came first, this ribbon combination or the wish for something pink, yellow and spring green outside--if only it weren't still so far away. It's awfully late this year and our weather seems to know it too.
Well, I'm embarking on some spring sewing anyway! I've got fabric and patterns for Easter dresses, but first, a little warm up in the form of a quick engagement party gift. A good friend of ours is engaged and we were invited to a party celebrating the couple. When I called to find out where they are registered I was told they'd requested no gifts. I can respect that but I still didn't want to go empty handed. I thought it would be OK to bring a small, simple gift: a set of dishtowels--a nod toward their approaching domestic bliss.
I think these are both cute and practical, and sewing them make me think I need to keep an eye out for great ribbons to go in the kitchen. It's a really good way to use up odd ends of ribbon too.
These are essentially a variation on the rick rack dishtowels of a few weeks ago, but ribbon requires a slightly different application, so I created a tutorial. If you are interested click below to read more.
Finish the end of the first ribbon with a zigzag stitch...
...then turn under and stitch down.
Turn under to the back side of the dish towel and pin in place.
Stitch on the right side of the towel as close to the edge of the ribbon as possible. Keep the hemmed edge of the dishtowel aligned with a seam allowance marking on your machine. I placed my first ribbon about 1" up from the hemmed edge of the dish towel.
When you get to the edge of the towel back stitch and cut the threads.
Trim the ribbon about 1" from the edge of the towel...
...and finish as you did the other end of the ribbon: zigzag stitch the edge and turn under and stitch.
Wrap this finished edge around to the backside of the dishtowel and stitch in place form the topside.
Stitch down the other side of the ribbon as close to the edge as possible, taking care to keep the ends of the ribbon tucked neatly under the towel.
Line up the second ribbon using the first as a guide, finish ends and stitch in place as was described above.
And, repeat with the third ribbon.
Do it all again and you'll have a set. That's it! Hang them up or wrap them up!