As I mentioned recently, I just attended the bridal shower of a dear friend. For her gift, I wanted to give something practical from the registry, but also a handmade element. My solution- steak knives paired with handmade linen dinner napkins! Since I wanted Jenn to choose the linen, I made one dummy napkin to serve as a promissory note. Steph walked me through the how-to of a linen napkin with mitered corners (if you don't happen to have an experienced sewer on-hand, refer to page 314 of the Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts). After proudly finishing my stand-in napkin, I printed out an iron-on transfer of the note I'd written.
I trimmed the paper around my text, turned the paper face-down, and ironed it on.
Next time hopefully I'll remember to...
Flip the text so it doesn't iron on BACKWARDS! oops.
Has this ever happened to you before?!
When reversed and held to the light, Jenn could read the note (I guess a mirror would have worked too!) She loved her gift, AND got a good laugh.
What are your favorite ways to personalize a practical gift?