Here are the steps I took to make my version:
I used a beach towel from Target, currently on clearance so you can grab them before they disappear from the shelves. For the tail I happened to have a small, 18" long piece of this orange fleece in my fabric resource center. At one point I was going to make myself a Polarfleece vest for wearing to Orioles games....but their losing ways means that I'm unlikely to need a vest for any fall playoff games:-(
I bought two fat quarters of this groovy cotton swirly orange and fuschia fabric from Joann's.
|One half of the tail design|
|Side bias binding with zig zag stitching|
|Two layers zig zag stitched together then trimmed with pinking rotary cutter|
Pieced the top ties from the second fat quarter and again zig zagged it to enclose the towel top. To give the ties some body without stiffness I stitched them with a strip of silk organza inside. Trimmed the tail seam allowances with my fun pinking rotary cutter and in little more than an hour I was done.
Oh, I also included this beautiful picture book in that birthday package. If you are not familiar with them, there are two awards given to children's books each year, the Caldecott medal for picture books and the Newberry for children's literature . The award and nominee lists are good sources of books if you don't frequently shop children's books. American Library Association Caldecott Awards list
Another wonderfully creative friend (yes, she blogs as well From These Hands ) has turned me on to the wonderful designs of Alabama Chanin. These two books are rich with illustrations, ideas and instructions. They are written with a spirit of bounteousness, sustainability and adventure. I will keep them on my nightstand for those times when my head is overwhelmed with some aggravating responsibilities that I have these days and I can get lost in creative ideas instead. I am intrigued by her use of cotton knits, however. I generally do not like wearing cotton knits so I'm going to give her projects a try in wool jersey and see if I can achieve a similar result. These books include great instructions, design stencils, patterns and even recipes. What's not to like and I bought them for only $14 each, less than some indie patterns that have greatly disappointed me in years past. Amazon listing
|I am always drawn to these swirls!|