I’ll be honest. I’m not entirely sure what a tea towel is, or if these towels meet all the “tea towel specifications”. I mostly just like saying “tea towel”.
I like having nice kitchen towels to hang up when company comes over. Not the everyday towels that have crusted cheese sauce, and burn marks on them… but pretty towels. So I made these Valentine’s Day inspired towels. I used plain white cotton towels that I purchased from my local fabric store, but you can use any kind of kitchen towel you prefer.
To make the red and pink pieced towel, I raided my fabric stash and pulled all of my red and pink scraps out. I like using a variety of hues and patterns.
*I apologize for the quality of these pictures. I made these towels while we stayed at a cabin and I didn’t have a lot of natural light to work with.*
First I cut all of the fabric into long strips. They ranged in width, from 1.5 inches to 3.5 inches.
I used a variety of embroidery thread and and hand stitched down the length of each individual piece. If that sound unbearable tedious to you, then I give you permission to use your machine I do think this step is necessary though. Otherwise, after a few washings your material might start to droop and pucker.
I wouldn’t mind having these hanging on my oven when company arrives
I didn’t do a complete tutorial for this towel. But if you are interested in making this version, it’s super simple. I gathered up about a dozen different coordinating fabrics and ironed a 5 x 5 square of
Heat ‘n’ Bond (just like I used for the heart clips on day 2) to the back of the material. Then I cut heart shapes out of fabric, and ironed them in a row along the bottom edge of the towel. I hand stitched around each heart using embroidery thread, but again, you could simply use your machine to stitch around each heart (I think a zig-zag stitch works nicely for this). I also added a row of teal rick-rack just below the hearts.
I also thought it would be fun to turn these into aprons. Add a calico sash to the top and you’ve got a spiffy looking apron!
Have a great weekend and happy sewing!