Thursday, April 14, 2011

Towel Topper Gift


 I am so proud of my second official gift since learning to crochet in late January.  (I sent my first lavender cowl and fingerless gloves to a dear friend who said she'd love my "stitch gauge issue" cowl.  lol)  This other friend heard I picked up crochet and asked for some towel toppers.........and I was happy to oblige.  Found THIS free pattern.   The first one I made used a crocheted button.  I didn't love that, so purchased these great buttons for THIS set.   Here is what I came up:

2-sided pot holder - side 1


2-sided pot holder - side 2

 I picked this pattern because of the way it started - no cutting the towel in half, no use of a hole punch.  This uses an embroidery stitch.






Now, when I went looking for crochet labels, I was shocked to find I could purchase 10 labels for $12 and up.  HUH???   Being the internet searcher I am, I found a tutorial on making my OWN labels using transfer paper, ribbon and the computer.  Here is my first attempt.  The text WAS purple, but after heat turned brown. I will have to adjust that.  lol


I'll work on stitching this on neater ...or....stop taking zoomed photos.  lol

I love how I can totally personalize this with the recipient's name.  Will slow me down for sure, lol, but I love that.     Here is the tutorial is anyone is interested:

Custom Crochet Labels

She loved it!!  I got the most fabulous voice mail that I've played over and over  - what a way to brighten my day!  She especially loved the FULL towel aspect of this pattern.  Yay!!

I may link up to THESE parties.




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32 comments:

  1. What an awesome gift to make, and a very fortunate recipient, you did great Cheri!

    I'm going to have to check out those labels, I never thought of that. You share some great links, thank you!

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  2. These look great. I have been looking into making some towel toppers so thanks for the link on the pattern. I watched the tutorial video and it gave me some great ideas to shake it up a bit :)

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  3. I love the towel! It looks amazing! I also like the little tag you put on it. I might be checkin out that tutorial too.

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  4. Love these! When I lived at home, my mom's dog would ALWAYS pull the towels off the stove handle and run away with them. This would get him good!! lol

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  5. It's like you read my mind, I was just thinking I needed to make something like this! Thanks so much for sharing and I'm your newest follower!

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  6. Great updated idea. I have made lots of towel toppers (years ago), but you've inspired me to make some more w/ this updated pattern! Thx
    joyphotogirl.blogspot.com

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  7. those are great ideas! cool pattern. thanks for dropping by the dragons fairy tail and becoming a follower! it makes my week. truly it does.

    your new follower!
    kathryn
    www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

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  8. WOW!!! That is super cute !! Way to go !!
    I know what you mean how time flies, I have been married for 9 months now... crazy how time flies !!
    You can visit our blog here http://sailingwithbarefeet.blogspot.com/

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  9. Oh just brilliant - love the colour combinations - and your very own label too! Fantastic!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  10. Love the towels and the topper, they match perfectly!

    Would love for you to share at my link party!
    http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2011/04/calling-all-crafters-3rd-edition.html

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  11. That looks really sweet. I knit, not crochet...but this inspires me to learn!! I would love it if you would share this at my party A Marvelous Mess. I will be picking one project to feature on my side bar for a week!! Here is the link: http://marvelouslymessy.blogspot.com/2011/04/marvelous-mess-9.htm

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  12. This is such a cute idea!!!
    Come and link up your idea at our What I Made Wednesday Linky Party!

    Alisa
    Sweet Peas and Bumblebees
    sweetpeasandbb.blogspot.com

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  13. How cute i have made amny of these with matching pot holders and dish cloths over the years but i must say you did a really great job on your, the colors and detain are cute and chic. really nice. Tink

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  14. That turned out SO cute! And you say "embroidery stitch" like it's easy! ;)

    Thank you for linking up to What I Whipped Up Wednesday! xo

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  15. It looks great! I love how the stitches look close up! Very adorable.

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  16. This would be such a great gift idea!

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  17. I just love the colors you used in these projects as well. I would love to receive a gift like these! Thanks for linking up to Terrific Under Ten!

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  18. This is such a cute towel topper. Your ribbon label is the perfect touch. You have been busy crocheting if you just picked this up in late Jan. You've already crocheted so many things!

    Great job once again :)

    Thanks for linking up with Sweets This Week!

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  19. So cute and useful!! Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday

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  20. Such a great gift idea!! and to be honest...i need a new one for myself!!

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  21. Beautiful towels! Thanks for the link on making your own labels too. I like it when the towels aren't cut in half too.

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  22. Hi there Cheri~ Such a darling gift idea~Love your label too! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

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  23. Those look SO nice! I wouldn't believe you just started crocheting! They look like a pro's work!! Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays!!!

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  25. This is so cute! I can't wait to make one of these!

    I'd love for you to come share this with my weekly link party So Sweet Sundays! :)

    morrowsunshine.blogspot.com

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  26. I adore that lime green and grey combo.

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice. Hope to see you back again this week!

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  27. Wow! Great job!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie!
    AllieMakes.blogspot.com

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  28. Beautiful! I love these things & yours has such a fresh twist. Featured you tonight! Thanks for sharing with Air Your Laundry Friday!

    xoxo,
    Jami

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  29. This towel topper pattern doesn't match the one in the picture above (grey towel topper) ????

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  30. Christine,I hope you see this -the reply button under your message is not working for me on my ipad. So sorry for this oversight - I posted the wrong photos. The free pattern that goes with THESE photos is called Soft Shell Towel Topper Crochet Pattern by Sandi Marshall. I am unable to copy an exact link for you, but a search will show this and also my Ravelty account (button to the right) has all the details along with a link. You will also find my photos that go with the link in his blog post......same towel, just different topper.

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  31. It was very useful for me. Keep sharing such ideas in the future as well. This was actually what I was looking for, and I am glad to came here! Thanks for sharing the such information with us.

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Thanks so much for your lovely comments!