The bowling towel I made for my husband was a combination of several ideas. He loves to fish and bowls weekly on a league. He uses a towel for keeping the bowling ball clean, and fishermen need towels or rags to clean all kinds of messes! I chose to make the bowling towel.
Wanting to make a personalized towel for him, I could have sewn a cross-stitch aida cloth into a towel, but I chose to go with a premade towel I found at a JoAnn’s Craft store.
In our area, we have a choice of some well-stocked crafts supply stores, both chain franchises and independents. I have checked out most of them, depending on the project I’m working on. Sometimes I browse online or in the store to get ideas for a gift I’d like to make. Most stores and online suppliers also offer some type of in-store or online classes.
Links to Crafts in My Area:
- A. C. Moore www.acmoore.com
- Hancock Fabrics www.hancockfabrics.com
- JoAnn’s Crafts www.joann.com
- Michael’s www.michaels.com
- Carolina Foam and Fabric Outlet (Buncombe County, NC)
- Discount stores, such as Walmart, Target and Kmart sometimes have a craft supply section with a few items
- Search online for other local craft stores
Searching online, you can find even more. In most stores, for example, they don’t stock all the possible cross-stitch supplies and kits that are available. They don’t have that kind of space. Check online for catalog suppliers and independent craft kits and supplies.
Kits are a wonderful way to start out, since the cloth, design directions and thread are already assembled for you in the kit. It’s a great time-saver if you find the kit you need.
Links to Online Craft Suppliers I have found:
- www.craftsy.com – supplies and online classes, lots of quilting
- www.herrschners.com – wonderful cross stitch and needlework kits
- www.overstock.com – I had no idea they had great kits for surprisingly good prices
- The Stitchery! – www.stitchery.com — huge list and variety of kits and supplies
For more ideas for cross-stitching, quilting and other crafts, don’t forget your local library for books you can check out for free! See my post on Nurturing the Love of Reading in Children from 7-1-13 for library links.
Grandpa’s Bowling Towel
- I used a premade cross-stitch towel I purchased.
- I found an old bowling cross-stitch design to place on the left end of the towel’s aida cross-stitch insert. I centered the design on the aida cloth.
- I chose my own colors, making the bowling ball the same color as the one “Grandpa” uses.
- In an old craft magazine, I found a lettering chart that was a perfect size already for the “grandpa” letters I needed.
- I used 4 basic colors red, green, blue, purple, for the letters.
- Then, with my need to make everything even and symetrical, I had to find a design to bookend the letters on the right side of the towel. After over-thinking a little, I realized I could use the year his first grandchild was born! 2013 fit perfectly in the space, and I centered the numbers at an angle to complete the blank space.
So even though I don’t consider myself artistic, I was able to create something unique as a gift. All you need is the desire to create — and some great craft stores — and some online searches — and maybe some leftover materials to spark a new idea!