Lost your Kitchen Britches? I found them just in time for shower present seasonPosted: May 13, 2014 Filed under: Craft, Fun Finds | Tags: Kitchen Britches, vintage kitchen towel 6 Comments
Kitchen Britches have been around since the 1940s, but I didn’t know they existed until I found a pair in a thrift store last month. Judging by the pinned-on poem, I’m guessing they must have been made for housewarming and shower gifts.
Here’s a look!
The second set I found has a plush washcloth top and a baby-clothes-sized hanger. Priced at only a dollar, it was too goofy to leave behind!
So now that we’re heading into June and the height of wedding season, I thought it would be fun to recreate Kitchen Britches. Three dishcloths, a few yards of yarn, scissors and a needle with a large eye all are you need.
Cut four lengths of yarn. They should each be a few inches longer than the dishcloths. Then make large running stitches at the tops and bottoms of two of the dishcloths. Fold each dishcloth in half to make two individual pants legs. Gather each “ankle” separately and tie bows, trimming off the excess yarn.
The next step is to gather the “waist” and tie the two pieces together at the middle. You’ll have excess yarn to trim here, too. Then add another small joining bow (or two) to create an imaginary crotch.
You’ve got cute little bloomers!
Want to get fancy and make a tiny top, too? You’ll need to buy or make a pompom. I used a vintage pompom maker that I was lucky enough to find in one of my thrifted sewing boxes.
Using the Pom-Po-Nette maker was lots easier than I feared. I put the two disks together and wound them with the four 27″ pieces of yarn. Next I used sharp embroidery scissors to cut the yarn all around the edge of the disks.
The tricky bit is to carefully slide another length of yarn between the two disks and tie a tight knot. Then the disks are removed. Tada! A perfect little pom pom!
Use the third dishcloth (or a coordinating washcloth) to make the little top. It’s simply a matter of folding. Step one is to fold the sides in. Make it exactly as wide as you want the finished top to be. (No rules. Just eyeball it up!) Step two is to fold the top (down) and bottom (up) to the middle. Step three is to fold the piece in half again at the center line.
Pinch the middle tightly and tie the pompom around it. Then use a length of yarn to attach the top to the bottoms, sewing through all the layers. That’s it!
Add the Britches poem and you’ll have a cute little gift for someone who loves vintage housewares.
Have fun stitching! And don’t lose your britches!
My grandma Gosnell gave me one of these for a shower present over 37 years ago now (tomorrow is our anniversary). I still have it in a box somewhere.
Happy Anniversary to you! What color are your britches? Your kitchen britches, I mean! 🙂
Happy Anniversary! It’s time to break out those Britches and let Mr. Hubby wash the dishes for you. 🙂
Awww! Those are so cute! I’m going to make a pair for a June bride!
Great post and love that you found the britches with that original note. I have a hankie bag found with the original note and it makes it that much more charming.
Thanks, Laurie! I’d love to see your hankie bag and hankies!