I've always been a fan of stripes. They're so fresh, utilitarian, and cottage-y.
So it makes sense that some of the very first fabric I ever purchased -- long before I owned a sewing machine, or was married, or was even inclined to sew for myself -- would be a classic navy, almost ticking kind of stripe. This fabric has moved with me from six different addresses across five states, and has often been stared at with fond approval with one question in mind: what do you want to become?
I've shown it here on the blog before, just yard goods, with intentions of an apron, but it wasn't until the day before we left for a visit with friends that I set about cutting and fashioning a family set with coordinating ribbon trim.
What is it about last minute crafting? It must be some type of get-it-done adrenaline rush that comes from becoming fully absorbed in a task with a mission. I can't be the only one who feels that way?
I received several other great suggestions for hostess gifts from Kyrie, Erin, Jill, and Debbie, including: grocery totes, coasters, potholders, an easy napkin technique, and custom applique items. All great ideas, but I think I'll give those a trial run for my own family first to hone the skills. After all, there seems to be no shortage of folded textiles around here waiting for something to become.