One of the gifts I like to give to a host or hostess when invited to their home is a set of pretty kitchen towels coupled with a few treats. In years past I’ve wrapped them around freshly baked flavored breads or tied them up with a stylish pair of serving utensils. I don’t believe there is any such thing as too many kitchen towels – sewing them is easy and there is a way to get perfect corners on the backside with a simple technique.
This is yet another idea for a host or hostess gift for the holiday season. Wrap a box in festive wrapping paper (find a box at a craft store or repurpose a shoe box) and fill it with kitchen tea towels and goodies.
Include anything from fresh baked bread to culinary treats to homemade jams or your famous cookies. This one leans to the savory side, mixing gourmet oil & vinegar, bread and a sprig of fresh herbs tied up in ribbon. It’s a fun gift to present to your host when he or she opens the door.
Stitching up a kitchen tea towel is a simple sew project, it involves four straight lines and a little technique on the corners to get them just right – here’s how I do it.
1) Fold over the raw edges of your fabric 1/2 to 5/8 inch and sew long seams around the border. 2) Fold over corners and trim the bottom of the triangle (the top of the corner) with scissors. 3) Fold over edges once more aligning the seams so they meet at a diagonal. 4) Sew over existing hem to secure fabric and create a perfect corner.
This technique works well if your sewing linen napkins too. :)
They’re a simple way to personalize your kitchen or that of your host with fabric!