I love being Australian, and part of that love is treasuring the written history left to us by wonderful bush poets such as Banjo Paterson. His iconic poem "The Man From Snowy River" is known to all Aussies, and was even immortalised in a movie many years ago that still thrills me today when I watch it, especially
the 'descent' chase scene - watch this link on You Tube - it's absolutely brilliant!
A while back I was sent a "Man From Snowy River" tea towel and I just didn't want to use it for drying the dishes so I stored it away until an idea came to pass. That idea finally did spring to mind with this Challenge, and today I gave my tea towel a new purpose!
I began by cutting the tea towel into 5 pieces...
Then I stitched the top and bottom pieces together...
...before laying the front piece down on it, stitching them together as you would a bag, and trimming them even at the sides.
The next step was to box the bottom of the 'bag'...
before turning it right side out and trimming the top of the bag level. I used one of the side strips I'd cut off at the beginning and hemmed the raw edge. This was to become a handle, so after folding in large 1" double seams around the bag top I added in the handle before stitching it all down. I stitched a row along the bottom and the top of the hem to secure the handle firmly in place.
Once this was done I made a simple calico sack and filled it with 2 kilos of raw rice, stitched it closed and popped it in the tea towel bag.
There was a bit of space left to fill so I added some poly fibre-fill before stitching three red buttons along the top to close the bag.
And now we have a very special Door Stopper, a reminder of the amazing mountain men and their wild horses who helped build our country!
Many of you have been busy with your own unique Tea Towel Challenge projects, and I have to say WOW, they are amazing!!
Janet made some new covers for her old and worn pot holders...
Clever Karen made an organiser...
Lauren made a restraint snug for her little boy's car seat...
and Christine made two aprons for some special little people!
Leslie hasn't made anything for the Challenge, but she did send me THIS link to an unusual tea towel project! Have a look see!
Only today and tomorrow remaining to get your projects entered in the January Challenge, so be sure and send me a photo in an email, or a link to your blog post.
Have you enjoyed seeing what others are making from the humble tea towel?