Recently the Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild met. Although I'd known there was to be an exchange of some sort of holiday item for weeks, I was caught with overly ambitious plans and too little time to complete them. This simple little idea popped into my head. I had the adorable Riley Blake precut 5" squares already and a quick trip into Target supplied me with the "finger tip" towels.
They turned out so cute I thought I would share the steps I took.
|Cut each 5" square in half. You can stack them and cut them very efficiently.|
Perfection is not required.
|Create two piles, each with one half of every charm. |
This will give your strip sets a nice variety and keep like fabrics from
ending up too close to one another.
|Chain sew pairs together. Press the seams. I press them open.|
|Cut the strip set in half lengthwise. It will be 2 1/2" by the|
length of your strip set.
|I used one half on one towel and the other half on another towel.|
|Next, press this unit in half lenghtwise.|
|Then, open it up again and press each edge in towards the center pressed line.|
|Line up the nicely pressed unit on the towel to see how much|
the ends need to be folded under. Press under that amount.
Next, fold the outer most corners towards the center to form a point.
|Press again and no raw edges will escape while you are sewing. |
The band you have created is probably an 1" to 1 1/4" or so wide.
My towels worked perfectly since they had bands to accommodate
the pieced units. How did I get so lucky?
|Each towel got two bands, each from a different strip set.|
|All ready for the gift exchange! Very cute and lots of fun to create.|
Do any of you have simple holiday gift ideas you'd care to share? Any tutorials you know of for fun items to link our readers to? Can't wait to hear about them. Thanks in advance for sharing. Notice the Handmade with Love little bird on the top right portion of our blog. Lots to explore there.
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