Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bridal Shower Gift

My Dear Sister-In-Law, who is more like an actual sister, is getting married soon and her bridal shower is coming up.  I was trying to come up with a creative gift for her.  So, I decided to make her some towels and an apron.  While I was in the process, I thought how fun it would be to pass along to her some of my family's favorite recipes.

The apron was made using a Martha Stewart template I found online here and then added my own twist.  I made a few changes to the original.  I made the apron skinnier, shorter and added the ruffles and a lining on the back.  I also changed the way the top ties were attached and made the pocket smaller.  Overall, I love the way the apron turned out. 

 I used some basic plain white tea towels and backstitched a tulip design on them. 

Here is a closer look at the detail on the towels.  I did them both the same so that she would have a matching set.

The recipe book was actually one of my favorite projects.  I used CTMH Life's Delight paper packet to make the cover and the divider pages.  The actual recipes are actually just written on 4x6 index cards.  After all the pages were finished I bound it using my YourStory binding machine.
Front Cover
This is what the book looks like after it was bound and open

dessert divider page

bread divider page

chicken divider page

beef divider page


  1. The gift of the family cook book. Looks great.

  2. Wow, what a great gift! Thanks for joining us at H2H :o)

  3. What a thoughtful gift! I'm sure that she'll love it. Thanks for sharing with us at H2H!

  4. What a wonderful gift! Love the apron :) Thanks for sharing at h2H :)