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Dish Towel Pillow: Laister’s Phoenix Firebirds

After serving at the General Federation of Woman’s Club of North Carolina State President from 2012-2014, the 50 GFWC State Presidents formed a National Club: GFWC Laister’s Phoenix Firebirds. To celebrate, I embroidered a dishtowel with a Phoenix and our club name for each of the State Presidents, and an Apron for our 2012-2014 International President, Mary Ellen Laister.

Rather than use my towel as a towel. I made it into a pillow.

2014-07-13 10.46.44 I took the finished Dishtowel, and added a few strips of ribbon.

2014-07-13 11.03.08Then folded the towel into thirds, using a inexpensive Travel Pillow to be stuffed inside, using an envelope type fold.

2014-07-13 11.09.30By sewing a seam about 1 3/4″ from each edge, the pillow then slips in the bottom of the envelope fold. You can slip stitch the bottom flap closed, add buttons as decorations, or just leave it as is. 2014-07-13 11.12.27Mary Ellen Laister with her Apron and towel!

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Rag Quilt

Finished Rag Quilt
Finished Rag Quilt2014-06-07 15.41.24Starting with 44- 10″ squares of 3 different fabrics.
Embroidered Squares
Embroidered Squares – The white squares were embroidered with a butterfly, using 3 different butterfly patterns2014-06-08 20.48.35The colored squares were stitched with a simple “X” with light weight quilt batting between the layers of flannel2014-06-10 21.01.34After the squares were pieced together leaving the raw edges, the edges were clipped to allow them to fray. The quilt was then washed and dried to get the edges nice and fluffy. 2014-06-12 11.11.44The finished Quilt/bedspread is 11 squares x 12 squares

 

 

 

 

 

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Up Cycled Bath Mats

Needing a new Bath Mat and not finding anything in the colors I needed, or the price range, prompted me to make my own!

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Supplies: Two inexpensive or use contrasting Hand Towels, Two contrasting wash cloths

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After ironing some iron on interfacing to the back of the wash cloths, I cut out the simple shapes and pinned to the contrasting towels.

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I then appliqued the edges, sewed the towels back to back, and within an hour had a new bath mat for under $5.00

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