While it doesn’t quite feel like December in Dallas (because of record breaking 80 degree temperatures), Christmastime is just a few weeks away. Once the Christmas lights are out, alot of us will receive invitations to ugly sweater Christmas socials, New Years get togethers, or just dinner parties at a friends home.
Growing up as a Southern gal I was taught to always bring a hostess gift, and personally, I think homemade gifts are the best. So this year I wanted to be crafty & design something that was unique (other than a bottle of wine) and could be used in the kitchen. Here is what I came up with:
- swarovski hotfix Crystals (you can use any type, those are just my favorite)
- Hotfix applicator wand
- ric rac trim (I used red)
- white pom pom trim
- brown petersham ribbon (1″ width)
- 3 different types of ribbon (5/8″ width)
First step: Sew white pom pom trim on inside of kitchen towel at edge.
Sew ric rac about 1″ above pom pom trim on right side.
Take the brown petersham ribbon and cut so that you have 1 1/2″. Turn the ends underneath each other (to prevent unraveling) and pin to place where you want on the towel. I would suggest lower than you think so you can have a fuller Christmas tree. Stitch onto towel.
Then, cut a triangle (this is the size your Christmas tree will be) and trace lightly around the triangle pattern with a pencil.
Then, grab your ribbon (you should have 3 color options already), and cut each so that you have several “strips” of 2 3/4″ in length each. You will then stitch rows of the ribbon (trust me, rows are better than stitching each individual strip), making sure that you are staying within the traced triangle shape. You will have to angle the outside ribbons so that it stays within the confines of your tree.
For the top of your tree you will turn one strip so that it covers the top row of stitching.
Lastly, place your swarovski crystals in however which way you want them to be permanently fixed, and taking your hotfix wand, apply gentle pressure to tops of crystals until adhered.
So reader, other than a bottle of wine, what do you typically take as a hostess gift?