Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Iron Craft Challenge #8: Home

This week's challenge:

"Make something for the home, it can either be decorative or useful." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Hmmm... this was a difficult one to decide upon. I have about a billion home projects that I need to get done. In fact, today I'm rebuilding the middle front step. I rebuilt the top step and entire corner of our front steps 2 years ago, and now the middle step is crumbling. Oy! We also just bought a new faucet for the kitchen, have gotten rid of some old furniture, planned out a big shed move, want to get the fan replaced in the kitchen, are going to finally get to the front flower bed situation, make new curtains for the bedroom... the list goes on and on and on.

So many projects to decide from, and so little time. Since I'm really working at preparing for the big WEST sale this weekend, I knew that I would be kinda cramped for time. I decided on a project that I've put off for a long time, but doesn't take a lot of time to complete.

I had one lonely kitchen towel with a crocheted top and it broke several weeks ago. And since I have learned how to crochet, I figured I could make my own. Yeah... that never happened. I went weeks and weeks without my favourite towel.

Until now!

The above towel was purchased from the dollar store and I made it all fancy by crocheting the pineapple inspired top and adding the button. Here is a link to this project on Ravelry (click over if you'd like to try this free pattern).

My husband was being a goon when I went to photograph this towel. Um.. I don't think that's a very good hiding place Mister!

Anyway, this towel topper took me several hours to make because of that fancy pattern. It's beautiful, but I also need a few practical (read: easy and fast to make) towels well.

I found this project, which was just the thing! The towel toppers photographed below only took me about 45 minutes each to make. And they look fantastic as well.

I think I'm going to make a bunch more of these to have on hand for housewarming gifts. They work really well and look nice and there are countless variations of colours and buttons to jazz them up a bit. I think they would make awesome gifts.

Is there a household item that you've put off making even though you know the item is needed on a daily basis? Please tell me that I'm not alone! :P

To check out all of the Iron Crafters' projects for the home, click on over to the Flickr Group.

1 comment:

kat said...

I need those, the towels are always falling off the dishwasher handle. I have a whole other list of projects, but yesterday I called someone to get a quote on getting them done! This week though, I will seal the grout on my new kitchen tile, really I will get it done.