That Guy did the cake for the baptism reception and that was our "big" gift to her. But I still wanted to bring along a small something for her. (This particular little girl has a special spot in my heart).
I did not want to get her a bible. Or a picture frame. Or a Precious Moments figurine. I was certain she would get those in spades, and how many baptism frames does one girl really need?
When I ran across this adorable poem on Pinterest, I knew it was something I could work with. I loved making the comparison of washing the towel to become clean again with repentance. The poem was intended for the baptism of an older child and I needed it for a baby, so I knew I would have to alter it a bit.
Here is my altered version:
I bought Hilary a lovely white Lacoste towel from Winners (Marshalls for any american readers) for $12.99. Yes, it's more than I usually spend, but like I said this little one has a special place in my heart and she's worth it.
I didn't want to just give her the towel though. I wanted to make it special for her. So, logically, I thought "Why not applique her name on the towel? That's a great idea!". What I should have thought was "ummm, Rylan you have never appliqued. Anything. Ever". Fortunately I didn't think that until it was much too late or this blog post may never have happened.
First I found a font I liked, then sized it to 225. I printed out her name in that font to use as a "pattern" for making my letters. If you have artistic ability you might be able to skip this step.
|Her name printed in a font I liked|
|Pinned with bumpy side up|
|The tracing isn't perfect... but it's not terrible either...|
Remember your fusible side needs to go against the fabric, so your letters will be backward at this stage.
|The letters should be backward here|
I pinned the letters to the towel (forward facing letters now because the interfacing is on the back side of the letters). I pinned them as straight as I could.
|Letters all pinned down|
Using a very small zig zag stitch I attached the letters to the towel. Below is a close up of my zig zag work. Since this was my first time ever attempting something like this I learned a lot. Part of what I learned was that if you have any hope of control or straight-ish lines you want to go slow. Not less fast; slow.
Turtle crawling through molasses slow. Internet Explorer slow. ;)
If you're working away and it never occurs to you that the child might graduate high school before you are done zig zag stitching you might be going too fast. Or you might have a lot more experience than I.
|Remember that part where I said "give yourself|
grace"? Yeah, that applies here too.
Finished, personalized towel.