As the end of the school year approaches I wanted to thank the teachers and helpers in our enrichment program in a personal, but frugal way. My sweet sister-in-law gave me a cool embellished towel last year for my birthday, so I copied that idea using fabrics I had on hand, since I love to get gifts I can really use. The flour sack towels came from One Kings Lane.
To start out, I prewashed all the towels and then pressed them before adding the embellishment.
To make the embellishment strip I gathered or cut 45" wide strips of fabric. The strips were about 3" wide, but could be any width you desire. When I had a bunch of strips I sewed them together and added a few more strips until I had a big piece which was more than the width of the towel I was going to put it on (to allow for shrinkage and leaving enough at each edge to neatly turn it under on the edge of the towel. At this point I laundered the whole piece because I wasn't sure I had washed all the fabrics I was using and I really did not want it to bleed in the wash for the recipient of this gift. After ironing all the seams, I cut the large piece into strips (perpendicular to the seams), folded down and ironed the top and bottom edge of each strip and top-stitched them to the flour sack towels. Using strips that were 45" wide I was able to make 10 of these towels, just enough for our teacher list. :)
I paired these with some extras I had around the house, things like dish soap, hand soap, candles. Since those items were on hand, along with my fabric and thread stash, I really only paid for the flour sack towels, which came to a whopping $.75/piece. Of course, our teachers are worth so much more, but with our current budget, I hope they enjoy the gift even if I didn't spend much out of pocket.
What's your favorite little gift to give or receive?
See also: wrapping paper teacher gift & another towel gift for teachers