Thursday, August 10, 2006

More of Mom's birthday presents

Here you see some more craft projects that were generated for my Mom's birthday. I went to K-mart and bought two blank bathroom hand towels and one blank kitchen hand towel. For the bathroom towels I used a cotton blue print fabric with small cherries to make the big butterflies. I attached them to the center of the towels using a tight zig zag stitch. I folded over the sides of some light blue oversized ric rac and used two straight stitches to attach them. I then stitched on light blue butterflies that I made out of felt using a smaller zig zag stitch. They seemed to match the ric rac pretty well.
For the kitchen towel I had some fabric that had these large square recipes scattered all over it as part of the print. They are real recipes too! I cut three of the squares out and laid them out at an angle. I fused them first and then straight stitched them on to the towel.
I found a darker blue felt to make the smaller butterflies for this towel.
As a gift wrap I made a draw string bag (like I did for Aunt Roxie) out of the same fabric as the big butterflies and used red felt this time for the little butterflies to make it pop. I think we just have one more of Mom's presents after this one!


Blogger Kate said...

i love butterflies and these ones are just gorgeous!

3:44 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Thank you so much kate, so does my mom!

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

Nice butterflies, especially done by your own hands! I also make applications but since I like cats more I am trying to cut out the figures of cats. The only point I would like to ask you: what do you do with the edges? Do you overlock edges? To make my cats more vivid I let the material become tousled and get worn to make the illusion of the cat's hair.

1:27 AM  
Anonymous cruststation said...

They are beautiful, the butterfly theme goes so well with the fabric. Your mum must be so proud!

1:59 AM  
Blogger Kali said...

Hi Gina ~ I am in awe of your wonderful hand-crafted pressies, you've so thoughtfully made for your Mom! They're all so lovely.
Hope you're having a lovely day my friend!

5:06 AM  
Blogger madhatter said...

how beautiful! i *lovelovelove* the fabric you used for the butterflies and the bag.
your momĀ“s lucky to get such nice presents! :)

5:18 AM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

Great ideas! I love the way the butterflies look with the cherries! Beautiful.

6:06 AM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

Very creative and thoughtful. Your female relations are thrilled with these coordinated, handmade gifts, I'm sure!

11:00 PM  
Blogger nico said...

so nice! i love them. your ma will too!! they are so sweet '-'/

1:06 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

kathy - I didn't overlock, I just used a very tight width zig zag stitch all the way around (to the point where you can't tell it's zig zag). Your cat idea is very clever! Thank you, thank you!

cruststation - you know what, I think she is and that feels so good. Thank you for your sweet sentiment!

kali - wow! You are very kind! I'm so glad you like them! (cuz you've got the greatest taste)

madhatter - awww, thank you doll! Trying to remember where I got the fabric... it might have been Joann's or was it Harts?

Thanks Cathy - I was really inspired by my Mom's appreciation for butterflies and then just keeping the fabric in mind with the details. Thank you!

You're so sweet tlc! It's really a lot of fun for me too!

nico dear - you know how much your thoughts mean to me, thank you, thank you!

3:04 PM  
Blogger Cherry Rolfe said...

Beautiful! What a lovely daughter you are!

6:05 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Oh, you are so sweet cherry!

1:34 AM  

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