I got to spend 3 weeks in Europe this summer. I highly recommend it! I enjoyed all the places I visited, but I was surprised at how much I loved Amsterdam! Oh the canals, and the cheese shops! I'm not a big souvenir person, but I walked past a fabric shop and I do love fabric. I bought two small fat quarters and took them home. I decided that hand towels in the kitchen would be the perfect way to use the fabric. I picked up flour sack dish towels and some red pom pom trim.
I cut the fabric down to 4 inches and finished the edges with my serger. Then I sewed the fabric to the bottom of the towel. (I had to trim the width of the towel because it was wider than my Amsterdam fabric). Once the fabric was sewn on I started with the pom pom trim. Its a bit tricky--it has some stretch to it, so I found that using the zig zag stitch on top of the trim worked the best.
Now when I walk into my kitchen, I see the cute tulip and bike towels and remember my fun canal boat ride, the Rijksmuseum or stopping at every cheese shop!