How do you protect your fine table linen from turkey juice splatters when you carve and serve on Thanksgiving? I have an idea for you! Use a sarong and an old towel to make an attractive, absorptive mat for catching turkey juice drips on the table.
Take a sarong or pareo in Autumn colors, perfect for Thanksgiving decorations, that looks pretty on your table. Fold it around an old, clean bath towel and place at the head of the table where the turkey will be carved. Place the platter on the table, on top of your sarong mat, folded so it leaves a few inches around the platter to catch any spills.
The juice from that gorgeous, juicy bird on Thanksgiving day will be absorbed by the sarong mat and save your fine table linen from irreparable damage. The best part is, the sarong is easy to launder and will likely look great after a wash, ready to be reused again and again, for other purposes in your home and then on the beach!
I love this time of year. The first rains bring that wonderful smell and the leaves are gold and brown, the gardens are still full of veggies to harvest. I even love when the rain makes the leaves all soggy like raisin bran left too long in the milk. What can I say, I’m an Autumn girl.
I am plotting to bring some autumn colors into my house without blowing my holiday budget before November even starts.
My goal is to find some sarongs to cover my tables and to make some good winter curtains because I can’t afford to replace our old windows with double paned units.
The table covers are easy – I’ve narrowed it down to these two sarongs.
The winter curtains are harder. I always like to reuse materials – saving money and loving the earth. I have several yards of lavender flannel that I bought a few years ago. But purple is not exactly an autumn or winter color… So, I will use it as a lining, sandwiched between two sarongs. I will just cut the flannel piece slightly smaller than the sarong and top-stitch it. Then I will fold over and sew one end to slip the curtain rod through. Easy peasy!
Hopefully this will bring autumn colors into my home while keeping out the crisp autumn air!
A sarong is a brilliant blank canvas. I was given a set of fabric markers and they sat in my sewing basket for ages. But whip out a white sarong and I’ve got myself a project that I can do in an hour or two, perfect for the weekend or evening crafter like me.
It got me thinking – what can I make with a sarong and a little paint? Here are a couple of ideas.
All projects begin with a white sarong or another solid color sarong. Fabric pens, paints and dyes are available in good craft stores. Happy crafting!
1. Make a flag for the front porch. Improve on those kitchy little flags people hang from their eves… It could feature a big Easter egg. Or a jack o lantern. How about an earth with a peace sign?
2. Make a Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary banner that can be hung year after year.
3. Stamp it up! Take apples or potatoes and carve designs into them. Then dip into the fabric paint and make a repeating design. You may just want to wear this one!
4. Pre-paint an art cloth for draping over the kitchen table when your little one gets out the finger paints or play dough. Their mess washes out and the design doesn’t. Even better – let them decorate it with the fabric paint first (supervise kids carefully with permanent pigments!)
5. Decorate a beautiful Christmas Tree skirt, with painted holly or snowflakes, maybe even a little glitter! This is way easier to wash than those plastic felt things… And more interesting.
6. Tie dye! For those with liquid dyes, rubber bands and love of a good mess, this is a fun project! Here are some inspiration for tie dyed sarongs.