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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Anthro Inspired Dishtowels

I decided to attempt to create a dishtowel as cute as those found in a certain favorite store of mine, but for a bit less money. Ok, ALOT less money. 

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I began with a stack of towels from the kitchen section at the Dollar Store. You should have seen me searching through an entire wall of towels trying to find perfect colors and construction!

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I then went home and grabbed my small remaining stash of vintage 1940’s scraps and created a few yo~yo’s. (If you don’t know how to make a yo~yo, Heather Bailey has a great tutorial.) I also sorted through my vintage trims and selected a few quaint buttons. You certainly could use new fabric, trim and buttons, but this was a great way to use what I had on hand.

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After creating the yo~yo’s I then took a sweet button and hand sewed each button and yo~yo onto the front of the towel. 
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I then added a coordinating series of trims onto the hem of the towel with my sewing machine. I think they turned out pretty cute!

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For those of you who don’t sew, I have stacks of towels that I am currently working on. I have already added several to my Etsy shop.

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What have you created from a Dollar Store find?

Laura

46 comments :

Kathy said...

What a great idea. Those are so cute!!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Laura Sweetie...
These are just absolutely devine. I adore each one of them. You have really outdone yourself this time sweetie.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea. I will have to sit down and make a few yo-yos of my own, and see about spiffing up some of my towels.

Have a beautiful day sweetie. Hope you are well. I have been remembering you in prayer. I will see you on Saturday. Country hugs and so much love, Sherry

Liz said...

Oh my goodness! This is an adorable idea! Wish I were more crafty! :)

Screaming Meme said...

How much fun!!! :) I lobe them! :)

The Cookie Girl said...

Hi Laura!
I've been away fomr my computer and now checking up on everyones blog posts. I love this challenge thing. I have a ton of yo-yo's that I have made but haven't done anything with. What a great idea. I will have to stop by my dollar store and see what I can come up with. You did a great job on your dish towels.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

These are really pretty, Laura. Yours is the second dollar store project I've seen and you've inspired me to actually take the time to look through them. I really could use some new kitchen towels!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

These are so darling....love that black and white one.

fairfieldhouse said...

I have seen these and not only were they expensive but your version is better!

Deborah

Carol Mae said...

Your towels are just beautiful, Love the inspiration you give us all. Plus your blog is lovely. Many smiles, Carol Mae

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

So bright and pretty, Laura! My favorite is the tan one with the yellow pinwheels!!

gail@myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

Those towels are so very cute! great job.
thanks for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment.
take care,
gail

homeinthecountry said...

Thanks for stopping by to say hi! Your projects for The Challenge are wonderful - I especially love these towels and the banner that you've created!!

Jingle said...

These look fantastic!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

these are awesome! i love them- out of all your projects you entered, this is my favorite. what a cheerful way to greet spring while you're in the kitchen washing dishes and watching the kids play in the yard..... ok, so i am totally imagining these in my kitchen!

Ready Set Create said...

How creative are those!?! Too cute! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Aleesha

Tina said...

You think I'm crafty?! Look at you and all your great projects!! This one is my favorite of them all.

I love that your name is Laura Ingalls. We are watching the last season of Little House with our three kiddos. Your name just conjures up happy thoughts.

Kim said...

Oh, Laura, you're such a smarty-pants! I love these :).

Tina said...

I'm a follower now. I wonder how many more you'll have by the end of the day.

I love your banner. Green is my favorite color. And I absolutely love your house. I'm assuming that's your house. I also love the aodrable this and adorable that...so sweet.

Blessings

shoestringliving said...

Very cute, I love how they turned out.

LiLi M. said...

Great ideas again today for less than 5 dollars!

Songbirdtiff said...

So cute! I love the towels at the Dollar store, but I haven't seen anything quite like this. Thanks for sharing!

GardenofDaisies said...

Those are really cute! Everything you make is great!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

These went from dollar store to diva status! They are so fantastically decked out and now demand the center of attention! So fun and sassy. I'm going to have to try doing this. You get an A+ in my book for this challenge!
It was a pleasure to stop by today for a visit!
Yvonne

The Johnsons said...

These are so cute. i love the Ric Rac on them. I am going to have to make a set for guest bathroom....thanks for the inspiration!

Tina said...

Okay, I guess you're not going to get much today if your replying to comments. As soon as I read what you wrote I turned right around and told my kids what you said. They were suitably impressed.

You change your banner every month? It took me forever to figure out what I have now. I'm definitely in no rush to figure out a new one. Maybe some day in the distant future.

Sarah said...

These are so cute!! I want some! I think I'll have to make some like this after I master the yo-yo (which may take a while :P ).

Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs said...

These are so cute! I made hundreds of yo-yo's back when I was in highschool...I was hoping to make a blanket with them, but never got around to it. This would be a perfect project for all of my yo-yo's laying around! Thanks for sharing!

Blessings, Grace

KS said...

They are really Cute! So many great ideas!!!

Terry said...

I love how you jazzed up the towels and the Easter baskets are so dang cute! I read your blog all the time and love to see what your up to next.

Laurie Blaswich said...

Oh my goodness what great ideas with dishtowels!!!! I Reeeally like your blog.Thanks for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment.

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I love pretty tea towels and yours are totally adorable!

ashlina said...

how adorable + clever! i love these.

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Those are FANTASTIC!! Love em!

Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

So cute! I love the ric rac & yo-yo combination! Now I'm all excited to see what else you came up with!

Heather

Crystal said...

These are absolutely fabulous. I just love the yo-yos and vintage trim. I had no idea that the yo-yo was having such a come back. How creative and budget friendly. These would also make great gifts :O

Have a wonderful Friday.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Those towels turned out so cute. They are really precious!! I love anything with yo yo's on it. And also rick rack. Two of my favorites. Love & blessings from NC!

Infarrantly Creative said...

Those are so sweet and springy. Great job!

Liz said...

Awesome! It's just one great idea after another.... :)

~Liz

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

ohhhhhhhhhhh wow!!! U are the queen of this challenge!!!! i love love love love these!!!! And your yoyos are amazing! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

alice wayne said...

love the yellow one you showed me today!!! it's my favourite of all!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Adorable. Nicely done!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I thought I had your email, Laura. I'll send you the pic via email since I can't remember the search terms I used and I wasn't able to find it again yesterday. I saved it to my computer so I can just forward it onto you.

Lynda @ SportsMadGirl said...

These are so cute! They turned out great.

Thanks for stopping by a leaving a sweet comment.

Jess @ Just a Blink said...

Ric-rack + buttons = Bliss!

Miss Adventures said...

I adore your blog! I followed you here from the sweet comment you left on my post the other day. I'll be following you :)

Shelby said...

These are too cute! I might try and make sets of these as part of my bridesmaid gifts! Love them! Thank you for the idea! :)