There really couldn’t be a more fitting time than now to post this craft idea. We’ve all seen them and maybe even bought them at church bazaars – the Kitchen Angel. This was our September craft night, which was hosted by Linda B., but it wasn’t until today that I thought to post it.
Today, a friend of my husband’s, a man who was a dear husband, father, son and brother; a man who was a police officer who literally wrote the book on how law enforcement should react to those with autism; a man who was completely devoted to his career and to his community was eulogized as he lost his battle with cancer.
There’s no better time than today to just sit with myself and quietly create these angels for some of my friends.
dish towel, pot holder (with a loop on one side), wash cloth, ribbon (4 strands at 13-inches and 2 strands at 15-inches), a charm, the Kitchen Angel poem (see below), and a pair of scissors
This is a simple project that will take about a half hour to complete.
Lay out the dish towel, wrong side up and length-wise left to right. Fold one length in to the middle, then repeat on the other side. Then fold one length in to the middle, again. And repeat on the other side.
This is what will be the back side of the angel. Continuing to work on the back side, fold the dish towel about 3/4 of the way down.
Put a 12-13 inch piece of ribbon under the towel, about 2-inches from the top. This will form the head when completed. Before tying, place a 14-inch strip of ribbon on top of the folded towel as shown in the second photo above.
Now tie the ribbon that is forming the neck and head, making sure that the loose ribbon is caught underneath it. Tie a knot. You can see the shape of the head of the angel.
Next, you will form the angel’s arms.
Lay the wash cloth on the table wrong side up, and begin rolling it up from the bottom all the way to the top.
Place the rolled up wash cloth between the two sides of the folded dish towel and push it all the way up against the neck line that has already been tied off with ribbon. Using a 12-13 inch strip of ribbon, tie it around the dish towel right up against the bottom of the wash cloth arms, making sure the loose ribbon is also caught underneath it. So, right now, you have the two ribbons that have been tied to form the neck and waist, and you have the long loose ribbon. Being very careful not to cut the long ribbon, you can cut off the loose ends of the knotted ribbon forming the neck and waist (if you wiish).
Now we are going to form the wings. My pot holder was a solid color on one side and a printed fabric on the other side. Since my dish towel is a print fabric, I decided I wanted the solid colored side of the pot holder to face out on the front.
Fold the pot holder accordion-style and then tie a 12-13 inch strip of ribbon around it to hold the folds in place. The loop on the pot holder is what you will use to hang your angel in your kitchen, so remember to keep the loop at the top near the angel’s head.
I then placed my pot holder, print side up, on top of the back of the dish towel angel, and using the loose ends of the long ribbon, tied the wings in place.
The photo on the left is the back side of the angel and what it looks like after you’ve attached the wings. The photo on the right is the front side of the angel and where we begin to work, now. So flip you angel over – front side up.
Bring the ends of the wash cloth together and pin in place. This will form the arms of the angel. Using a 12-13 inch strip of ribbon, tie around the wash cloth where you have pinned it. Tie in a knot, remove the pin, then put the angel poem on one end of the ribbon and tie in a bow.
Here’s the poem:
I am your Kitchen Angel. I’ll watch over all you do. Baking all those goodies, and sneaking one or two! If you ever tire of me, or some help is what you wish of me, just snip my ribbons, and I’ll help you with the dishes.
Using your last piece of ribbon, bring it around the neck, tie a knot, then place one side of the ribbon through your charm and tie a bow around the angel’s neck. Isn’t she cute to hang in your kitchen?
Although we made these in September, it’s today that I thought of them. So, each time I look up at my Kitchen Angel, I’ll think of our fallen hero and his family.
I love crafting with my Sistas!