Way back when I was still in occupational therapy school doing my fieldwork I ran into all kinds of interesting people. Several of them stick out in my mind. There was the sweet, old woman at a nursing home who’d had a stroke. One hand was clenched shut and as I worked on her hand to open it, we talked. She told me I had “magic hands”. There is another woman who I met briefly who was in her 20s who wore her hair like a little girl and was incredibly shy and socially awkward. I remember thinking at the time that if she had just had one good friend growing up – doing eachother’s hair, playing dress-up, talking about the world – things may have been very different for her. Of course, I couldn’t possibly have known anything about her in our brief meeting, but it got me thinking about those times I spent with my friends growing up – laughing and putting on blue eye shadow (which was really a blue marker, but we didn’t care), biking around the neighborhood, spending our little NT$s(Taiwan dollars) on Pokis (Taiwan popsicles). Those times were not just fun and silly, but important to the person I am today. I was blessed with not just a sister to do those things with, but other friends as well. Two of those friends I have never lost contact with. I’ve known Mary since 1st grade, and Ruth since 4th. In the last couple of years each of them has had a daughter and as a mom of sons who loves to sew, I’ve been thrilled for them!
First off, let me say that what I am about to show you is NOT a late Christmas gift (although I have one of those in my house right now!). I mean, I would have loved to have gotten them done around Christmas, but it didn’t happen. So let’s just say these are “I-really-wanted-to-make-your-girls-something” gifts. The perfect picture would have included a couple of 1 year-old girls on a picnic blanket and in their diapers, smiling at eachother but hmmm I don’t have any little girls around here so my boys will have to do…
These were such a quick project from a great pattern by Revel Designs. The pattern also comes with instructions for a swim bag made from the towel remnant left over from the hooded towel project, but I haven’t made that. The only tip I have is to consider the thickness of the towel when purchasing it at the store if your machine has difficulty with sewing through thicknesses. Also, a presser foot with an “open toe” worked a lot better for me than my walking foot.
I’m so happy with how these turned out. I hope they enjoy their little towels for years to com!
Pattern available here.