Sunday, December 16, 2012

Hanukkah and Dish Towels

Tonight I celebrated Hanukkah with my family. It's the last night already! I am half Jewish and grew up celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah in December (well, sometimes, Hanukkah starts in November, like next year!)

Since this is my first holiday season as a working adult and as a married woman, I figured it was time to give Hanukkah gifts to my aunt, uncles, and grandparents. Usually the gift exchange is mostly for the kids. I really don't have a lot of money to spend on gifts this year - and I wanted to give them something meaningful - so I came up with these decorative dish towels (plus, I'll admit that I wanted an excuse to embroider).

I bought some flour sack towels in a pack of 4 from Target, and cut them to a general dish towel size (using those in my kitchen as a guide). Then sewed on the strip of Hanukkah fabric with some interfacing, using a zig zag stitch (I have most of the yard of fabric left - I'll probably use it for next year's presents, too, so don't be surprised if/when you see it again!). I came up with a little pattern for the menorah and embroidered each towel. I need to make one for myself but I just ran out of time! I literally finished stitching the last one right before bed last night, and wrapped them before we left today. They were a big hit and we had a great, chocolate-filled night!
Happy Hanukkah!
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  1. What fun -- celebrating both the Jewish and Christian festivals!

  2. These definitely make a great gift. Clever thinking on your feet.:)

  3. Thsy are wonderful Jess! Happy Hanukkah!

  4. How wonderful--Happy Hanukkah to you!! Those are perfect!


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