Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sewing: Rick Rack Dishtowels for Christmas


One of the things I love about sewing is that it gives you the skills to transform something ordinary and utilitarian into a thoughtful creative expression. Even better if it is a gift! Perhaps dishtowels or dishcloths seem like the most mundane of gifts, but really they are the opportunity to add a thoughtful touch or even a bit of luxury to the every day. And, if they aren't perfectly to the taste of the recipient at least they can help with the work!

So I've take the rick rack approach to kitchen towels and made a Christmas flavor. I love the chartreuse variation on the traditional red and green.


If you don't want to gift a holiday-specific set you can always pick from the wide variety of rick rack to assemble something in your friend's favorite colors, or mimic the latest fashion palette. I think a handmade touch like this, especially it's custom made for one person, is appreciated for both the thought and the gift!


If you are interested in the tutorial it can be found right here.

7 comments:

Kiera said...

So pretty. The rick rack adds a nice vintage feel. Great color choices too!

Angel said...

Very CUTE idea! I have never worked with rick rack before... but I think I just might need to pick some up and get started on Christmas gifts!

Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Why do you do all your stitching in white thread? It would look so much better if you change your thread color and it only takes a few seconds. And didn't you already do these?

Anneliese said...

@Anonymous: I like the contrast stitching! I think it's fun to see the stitching line down the rick rack. And yes, I did these in pink and red earlier this spring and thought it would be fun to try some other variatsion.

Kathy said...

These are so darling. Where do you find plain white towels?

Caitlin @ Hardly Housewives said...

So cute! I was looking at rick rack at the fabric store yesterday (I was there to hunt down felt for my onesie ornaments - http://www.hardlyhousewives.com/2011/12/onesie-ornament.html) and was wondering what to do with it. What a great, simple idea!

Farah Muzaffar said...

So lovely... coloured ric rac give it a cheerful look ... I must go for some...
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