Monday, March 26, 2012

Booklet: Make it with Towels

Hi readers!  It's rainy and dreary today, but my mood is sunny and bright!

Today's subject is TOWELS.  Are you familiar with those cute "Boo Boo Bunnies" that are made from wash cloths.  Have you ever made them or any other handicraft from towels?  

Here is a booklet I recently found at an estate sale.  It dates from about the late 60's or the early 70's, and was published by Cannon Mills.  Make it with Towels (and make it with Cannon)  has ten pages of "hobby craft" ideas.   Described as "merry terry novelties,"  instructions are given to make toys, novelties, home decor and casual wear using towels and wash cloths.  It states that "they require neither sewing skills nor experience."   My kind of project, for sure!

In recent years we have become accustomed to hearing and reading about 'going green.'  I believe a number of us are doing our part to help keep the planet green by reducing, reusing and recycling.  It is interesting to note that Cannon was thinking along those line, even back then:
"...these novelties, in themselves amusing, can be opened up later by snipping stitches, leaving useable new towels or wash cloths for the bath. Except as indicated there is no cutting of the terry!"  

Make it with Towels (and make it with Cannon)
5 1/2" x 8 1/2" booklet
Published by Cannon Homemaking Service
Circa late 60's / early 70's
Ten Pages

Mom lights up the night with her "dainty" peignoir, 
while the kiddos blow out the "flame" on their novelty candle! 

Home decor was never so easy, with instructions 
for "practical" curtains.  
A watering can as pretty as sister!

Beach ideas ~
A "gay shortie top" or "zingy slipover" (l).
Two Cannon towels make a midi-length shift (r).

Bazaar (Bizarre?) Ideas for kids ~ 
S.S. Wash Cloth
Terry the Terrier
Whiskers the Cat

How apropos...a Cannon cannon for Johnny.  
Little Gidget gets a robe made from one towel.
Mother walks in total comfort with her stylish ballet slippers!
(Oops...dark photo!) 


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