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Yet again, my gifty galore project for this week is another project from Ayumi Takahashi's Patchwork, Please! As I've said before, this book is full of wonderful projects. This time, I chose the "Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Towels." This being one of the first projects in the book, it quickly made its way onto my to-do list after the first time I flipped through. Bright colors + text + linen = I'm sold. Since the project was kitchen-oriented, I picked Nana's Pantry as my collection of choice for this round. I love the vibrancy and versatility of this collection and found it fun to mix and match prints for the different letters.
Because of the retro-ness of this collection, I wanted to amplify that look with the appliqué. Rather than machine stitching (I'm still afraid of it), I blanket stitched the letters on by hand. It did take a while, but I think it resulted in a fun, even more handmade look. The instructions called for a specific size of linen and then attaching a binding. While I do adore the look, I wanted an even quicker project, so I bought plain tea towels in different colors and just stitched the letters on.
I'm excited to pass these off to my friend who will definitely appreciate the bright and fun colors. Now that I've done this project I'm curious to see if I could come up with my own designs and make up some others as gifts for more friends.