Sunday, May 4, 2014

A Simple, Practical Bridal Shower Gift with Tutorial


Brides are showered with many lovely things in the weeks leading up to their weddings.  I enjoy seeing the beautiful gifts and seeing the bride's face light up in appreciation.  Having lived through some very hard times, I tend to be practical in my gifts.  While they don't always get the oohs and aahs that pretties get, they are appreciated and useful.

For a simple yet helpful bridal shower gift, I crocheted a stack of dishcloths for my friend and included a large bottle of dish soap. She knows I care, because of the time I put into making the cloths. I know she has something she can really use and maybe enjoy, too. ~smile~

To crochet simple dishcloths:  Chain 21 then single crochet in the second chain.  Single crochet to end of row. *Chain one and turn.  Single crochet in the first stitch and continue to the end of the row.  Repeat from * until you have a square cloth.  It's 18 rows with my stitch tension.  Simple, but useful.  I use dishcloth cotton. I make lots of dishcloths.  We wash a lot of dishes. ~smile~  

Laura
Helping prepare my friend for marriage not just a wedding.
~smile~
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16 comments:

  1. I love the idea of giving practical gifts. Especially ones you make yourself. The last bridal shower I attended I gave a cloth shopping bag I had made filled with bags of flour, sugar and containers of salt and pepper. Love your dishcloths and thanks for the directions.

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  2. This is an excellent idea, Patti. Thanks for sharing it. I may use it soon.

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  3. Dear Laura, I am going to save these instructions! I think Your friend is blessed to have someone give such a gift that I know requires much love and energy! I have a dear friend who made me some new hot pads and I did AWWW over them! They even matched my kitchen colors!
    Thank you so much for Linking up on the Link Party! You are always welcomed and I do look forward to seeing your homey ideas!
    Blessings, Roxy

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  4. I love the idea of practical gifts too. Once at a shower a bride to be received a bucket filled with cleaning supplies (all fancied up with a bow of course) and while not as exciting, I thought it was such a great idea. Love your dishcloths, I have a friend who has made me some that I still use.

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  5. Hi Laura, I am visiting from My Romantic Home. I love these dishcloths. I was given a few and they are WONDERFUL. I do know they don't get many oohs and ahhs when they are opened but just wait till she uses them! I too like to give a bit practical. If your interested you can see my dishtowels here:http://flyawayhome-4am.blogspot.com/2014/03/more-bridal-shower-gifts.html
    and here: http://flyawayhome-4am.blogspot.com/2014/03/gifts-for-bride.html
    Have a great day!

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  6. Thank you for your kind words Fly Away Home. I'll go take a look right now.
    Blessings,
    Laura

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  7. I love homemade gifts. This would be great to make and give. Thanks for sharing at this week's party @DearCreatives Theresa

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  8.  You're welcome Theresa!
    I like homemade gifts, too.
     

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  9. Hey, popping by to say I'm sharing your diy instructions at the party shout out! Hope to see you again soon. Theresa @DearCreatives

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  10.  Hi Theresa,
    Can you give me the link, please? I didn't see it. Thanks for promoting my post.
    Thanks!
    Blessings,
    Laura
     

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  11. Oh, Laura, I just love making cotton dishcloths! I take my bag with me whenever I go to an appointment or have to wait to pick someone up because they are so quick and easy to make. I make up a lot so that I can give them out as gifts whenever I choose. I love this simple pattern of yours... I make one very similar...except that I alternate working in the front of the stitch on the first row and then the back of the stitch on the second row and repeat. It makes a sort of seed stitch...
    Have a wonderful week... and thank you for stopping by for a visit!
    Sweet blessings,
    Laura

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  12. Hello Laura,
    I hadn't thought of that! I should try it soon. Your posts had me wishing for a visit. ~smile~
    Blessings,
    Laura

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  13. These are lovely Laura! I really like them as a gift for a bride too. Sadly I still have not mastered crochet, but when I do, dishcloths are certainly something I would like to make :-)

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  14. I have received several hand crocheted dishcloths in fun colors and I really appreciate them.

    Thanks for Sharing Your Cup!

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  15. Hi Art and Sand,
    I have always enjoyed handmade dishcloths. I'm currently knitting one using the popular Grandmother's Favorite pattern.
    Blessings,
    Laura

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  16. I've made some dish cloths out of cotton. Mine stretch so when they get wet. Maybe my tension is too loose. What ply yarn and size hook do you use?

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