tea towels

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WWMAR05 PGS.06-07

thread and bobbin

21 simple sewing projects

by Alison Newman & Kaitlin White

Photography by Charles Witte

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This user-friendly book is filled with 21 fun and unique projects for everyone from the beginner to the seasoned sewer.

Detailed instructions and lots of diagrams make the sewing novice feel comfortable, while a comprehensive glossary and a technique section build confidence and skills.

Decorate your home, create one-of-a-kind accessories, and make last-minute gifts—thread & bobbin proves that handmade can be chic, stylish, and fun!

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Add a splash of color to a functional tea towel with this easy appliqué design. (Pattern below!)

tea towels

Finished Size: 171⁄2″ x 26″

Skill Level: Beginner

Fabric (makes two)

• 15⁄8 yards linen or four premade tea towels with hemmed edges removed

• Scrap orange floral

• Scrap orange print

• 1⁄4 yard lightweight white fabric

Supplies & Notions

• White thread

• Heat transfer pencil

• Embroidery floss (we used olive green)

• Embroidery needle

• 8″ embroidery hoop

• Basic sewing supplies

Cutting

From the linen: Four 18″ x 261⁄2 ” panels (for bases)

From the orange floral scrap:

Two 2″ x 6″ pieces (for hanging loops)

Cutting Appliqué Pieces

Note: Refer to Faced Appliqué on page 93. Use patterns given on the pull-out pattern sheets to cut pieces.

From the orange floral scrap:

One Vase 1

One Vase 2

From the orange print scrap:

One Vase 2

One Vase 1

Two Vase 2

Instructions

Embroider the Herbs

Note: You will need one Herb A, one Herb B, and one reversed Herb B. The patterns given are used for the tea towel with two motifs. For the herb motif used on the second towel, place the Herb B embroidery design against a window. Trace the design onto the back side of the paper to create the reversed pattern.

1. Trace the embroidery patterns found on the pull-out pattern sheets using a heat transfer pencil. Roughly cut out the patterns. Position Herb A, face down, in the bottom left hand corner of one of the linen base pieces at least 2″ from the left edge and 61⁄4″ from the bottom edge.

herb dia one

2. Position Herb B, face down, to the right of Herb A at least 7″ from the left edge and 4″ from the bottom edge.

3. Position the reversed Herb B, face down, in the bottom right hand corner of one of the linen base pieces at least 21⁄4″ from the right edge and 4″ from the bottom edge.

Herb dia 2

4. Using a hot iron, press the paper patterns until the heat transfers the pencil lines. Remove the patterns.

5. Embroider on the transferred lines using a backstitch

Add the Vases

1. Prepare the vases for appliqué according to the Faced Appliqué instructions on page 93.

2. Arrange the vases on the linen bases so it looks like the herbs are coming out of each vase. Pin in place and machine stitch very close to the edge all around using a straight stitch. Backtack at the beginning and end of each stitching line.

Add the Hanging Loops

1. Turn the long sides of each 2″ x 6″ orange floral piece 1⁄2″ to the wrong side and press. Fold in half along the length with wrong sides together. Press. Stitch on both long sides 1⁄8″ from the edge.

2. Fold the strips in half to create 3″ loops.

3. Pin the loops in the center of the top right-side edge on the embroidered bases, aligning raw edges. Baste in place.

hanging loop

Finish the Tea Towels

1. Place an embroidered base and a plain 18″ x 261⁄2″ linen base right sides together. Pin, then stitch around the perimeter using a 1⁄4″ seam allowance. Leave a 3″ opening in one side for turning.

2. Clip the corners, turn the towel right side out through the 3″ opening and press. Turn the opening edges to the inside. Slipstitch the opening closed.

3. Topstitch around the perimeter of the towel 1⁄4″ from the edge.

4. Repeat to complete the second towel.

Herb A

Herb B

vases

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