Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Kitchen Items for Me!

I feel like I've just given myself a bridal shower. Or is this simply a case remedying "the cobbler's son has no shoes?" Don't get me wrong. I love making gifts for others, but tend not to do the fun little things for myself.

Below are the four square pot holders I made while practicing Sharon Schamber's (the Elmer's School Glue) method of binding. Although I'm getting better, I over-compensated for all of the layers of batting. It's OK...they're just pot holders to be used! For all of them, I simply sewed pieces of scraps together until I got to the size needed, then trimmed into a square and binded them. Or should that be "bound" them?



Next are the towels. The one on the left is from selvage edges, and it is by far my favorite. The third from the left is self-explanatory ~ a ruffle. There are so many ruffled items out there now, but I'm really not a ruffley kind of girl. I almost didn't make it because of that, but now I'm glad ~ it's my second favorite towel. The other two have simple edged borders of fabric, plus cut-outs of two of the fabrics. Right now I'm not that thrilled with either one, but had to make two just in case I fell in love with them after some trips through the washer and dryer.



And I finished my dish cloth yesterday. The colors match everything perfectly and there's nothing like a knitted dish cloth when hand washing those silly items that will not fit into the dishwasher. Under the dishcloth is a dish drainer towel that I made earlier. It's both functional and pretty. What more can a girl ask for?!



Next on my list for the kitchen is to use some of these fabrics to recover a lampshade. I'm not sure how I want to do it yet, but I'm thinking about playing around with French seams so that it might add to the character of the lampshade at night, rather than simply looking stupid with seam allowances showing through these lighter fabrics. The illumination at night might add to the striped thing I have going on in my kitchen. Or, I'd be more than happy to take suggestions!

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14 comments:

LeelaBijou said...

Very nice work! :)

loribeth said...

I love knitted dishcloths myself! You are multi-talented, Jan! : )

Kim @ Everything Etsy said...

Beautiful towels...I love the colors! :)

Thanks for joining us!

~Kim

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Your projects came out nicely. The colors are great. I love French seams, they are so clean and elegant tho a bit more work. Good idea to run the towels thru the wash a few times to see how the designs hold up.

Diane said...

Nice job! Love that you did the project for yourself this time.

Leslie said...

these are so great. isn't it nice to keep something for yourself once in awhile

Sew It Up Baby! said...

I can totally relate. I always give and forget to keep a few items for myself. Your new kitchen items are so pretty and I bet they look great in your kitchen. I would have to agree with the french seams. Unless you have an overlock machine? Have fun :o)

Jen Poe said...

I like the pot holders! The little bits of fabric go really well together!

I love knitted dishcloths, and I always wash by hand. I never did get to a point where I could enjoy using a dishwasher. Not that I enjoy washing by hand per se... I just hate using dishwashers. It's a bigger pain in the bum to load them than it is for me to just wash all of my dishes myself! lol. When I moved in with Ben, I told him "I will pull my weight, but if you want me to do dishes you have to get me a dish rack because I don't use dishwashers." He got me one that night! Haha!

Sarah Craig said...

I love those potholders! I am teaching a "Quilting 101" class to my sewing sisters tomorrow and we're going to use potholders to learn on, since they are just mini quilts! Yours are lovely and I'll probably show them off so they can see what they are going to be creating! Thanks for sharing......

Karen said...

Your kitchem items are so pretty. Great job.

pinksuedeshoe said...

oh fun, i really like the dishcloth. I need to learn to knit. But I'm like you, I'm good at making gifts for others but rarely sew for myself.

Michelle said...

Excellent work!

Dayna said...

These are all so cute! I love giving gifts, but it's fun to make something for myself every now and then, too. I'm glad that you get to enjoy the reward of your own labor.

Miri said...

Terrific towel/pot holder sets! One chic kitchen!