Hand Made, Last Minute Hostess Gifts

This year when hosting a family party, we used a theme from several years ago, “Make It or Bake It.” As the hostess of this sit-down dinner party for 26, I was tempted to purchase items (made by others, of course) for our family’s gifts for the grab bag but decided against it. Our contributions:  My husband made granola based on a recipe from the classic More-With-Less Cookbook by Doris Janzen Longacre. I made an apron using a holiday dish towel from Crate & Barrel and somewhat following the directions for a “Tea Towel Apron” in 1 2 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Projects, a great sewing book by Ellen Luckett Baker, especially for someone just taking up this craft. This apron was so easy that I am going to make a few more to have on hand for hostess gifts in the coming year – it also helps me justify purchasing some of the great tea towels out there these days!

Happy sewing in the New Year!

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