Sunday, December 16, 2012

Ikea towels upgraded to gifts

 I am in the final wrap up stages for Christmas.  While I've been basically done with my shopping for a while now, I always find myself tying up the loose ends, and finishing the last minute details.  Today I wanted to get my teacher gift all set.  Sometime over this Christmas season I created a couple of new Christmas pillows.  I never blogged about them because, well quite frankly, I am NOT a sewer and the craftsmanship (if we can even go that far), is weak at best.  But hey, they only have to last a few weeks, and I am going to show you a picture, but you have to promise not to look too closely.  

 I made both of these from items from Ikea.  The larger white pillow case was $7.  I added a couple of dollars worth of red ruffles, and for under $10 I had a cute little pillow.  The #25 pillow was made from one of the .79 cent tea towels from Ikea.  Love the red stripes, and I created these numbers by combining large printed numbers and some beautiful vintage Christmas paper created by KerryAnne at The She has a beautiful blog that if you haven't already, you should totally check out.  That reminds me, I also used her paper to wrap the presents shown on my Antique-chair-redo with Annie Sloan paint.  I think I forgot to mention that in that post - sorry!!

So, this 25 pillow is what inspired me to make tea towels.  I started with my towel and removed that really big tag.  Ironed my towels nice and neat.  Then I took my printed numbers and cut them out.  Don't forget to print a mirror image of what you will be printing, otherwise it will be backward! 

Once you remove the backing, you are done!  Super easy and super cute.

The total cost of this is around $2.  The transfers are from Jo-ann's and after coupon are $7 for a think 6 of them.  I managed to get two sets of numbers on my transfer, so I only had to use a 1/2 of a transfer sheet.  The pillow numbers are larger so that used one full sheet.  But think of the possibilities.  I might made some pillow cases next.  

I rolled up the towel and wrapped it in pom-pom's, added a Christmas sock to a Ball jar, some twine, and mounted a Target gift card to a paper straw.  It's a fun and inexpensive way to wrap up a gift card! You could also add a couple of kitchen tools, or some pretty dish soap, and you would have a perfectly lovely gift.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you are wrapping up your Christmas prep too!  

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