Wednesday, April 11, 2012

It's a month of kitchen stuff and Jenny's apple tea towel is our feature

Isn’t this Kitchen themed month of tutorials wonderful!? Madam Samm has the best ideas! I am Jenny of Elefantz and this is my first time sharing a design on Sew We Quilt.
I love anything ‘kitcheny’, and today I am happy to share with you a tutorial for an apple trimmed tea towel in my favourite kitchen colours of red and green. 
 Embellished tea towels are a simple, fun way to brighten up your kitchen, and they make a fabulous housewarming or swap gift! Wouldn't you love one wrapped around a dozen freshly baked cranberry and almond muffins? I certainly would!

To start with, you’ll need:

 ·      a new red check tea towel (pre-washed to allow the normal shrinkage to occur)
·     a strip of tonal fabric 4.5” x the width of the tea towel + 1”
·    a charm square sized piece of red swirly fabric for the apples
·    DMC stranded embroidery threads in red and black
·      a small piece of Vliesofix or similar bonding paper for the applique

Now, let's begin!
Trace the apple designs onto the smooth side of the Vliesofix.
You can download the apple design sheet HERE.
 Fuse the traced Vliesofix to the back of the red swirly fabric.
Cut out the apple shapes, and after folding your strip of green tonal fabric in half to find the middle, peel off the Vliesofix and fuse the apples either side of the middle mark.
 Using your tracing pen of choice, place the fabric strip over the apples on the design sheet, and trace the rest of the apple designs.
Using one strand of Red thread, blanket stitch around the raw edges of the apple.
With two strands of Red, backstitch the leaves.
With two strands of Red, chain stitch the stem.
With two strands of Black, backstitch around the seed outline, then fill with satin stitch.
With your iron, press a ½” hem down both short sides of the strip.
Lay the completed green strip face down along one end of the tea towel, 4¼” up from the bottom edge. Make sure the apple stem is facing towards the edge of the tea towel as you’ll turn the strip over later to bring the design right way up.
Pin the green strip in place.
Machine sew the green strip to the tea towel with a ¼” seam along the leaf/stem raw edge. Fold a 1/4" hem across the remaining raw edge.
 Fold the green fabric strip over the right way to sit just above the bottom edge of the tea towel allowing some of the red check to be seen. Press.
Sew the bottom of the green strip to the tea towel with red machine thread, then sew another line of red thread just inside the top edge of the green strip.
 Ladder stitch the side seams of the green strip and the tea towel together with red thread.
 Well done!! Your apple embellished tea towel is complete!
You can use this simple technique in many ways. You may like to add a strip of your favourite fabric, perhaps some ric rac or buttons, or perhaps a different stitchery or applique design. Let your inner creative-self have some fun! Pretty soon you'll have a variety of cheerful towels to hang and use in your kitchen.
You can see what I’ve done with another tea towel HERE on my blog. I’d love to meet you, so please drop by and visit my ELEFANTZ blog soon!
Thank you, Madam Samm, for inviting me to be part of your April fun!


  1. Jenny, that is cuter than cute! Love the apple design.

  2. So wonderful to see you here - love the apple design and red check gingham is a must in the kitchen.

  3. These are just too cute! I feel like painting my kitchen just to match those tea towels! So sweet! Or as Madame Samm would say, "Sew Sweet!". Thanks for sharing!

  4. Great kitchen towels. Would never have thought they could be easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love those cute apples! Thanks for the tutorial!

  6. Sew cheerful! You did such a nice job too...thanks for the tutorial too.


  7. Thank you for this tutorial - love the check towel....where did you find that? Thanks for the apple pattern!

  8. When trying to find a utility sink, you might uncover that they're usually around 14 inches deep but you could purchase them in a range of unique materials to suit.

  9. Oh my this is the sweetest! thanks for the great idea and tutorial. I am making some for my MIL for mothers day!

  10. So many wonderful tutorials, I better get off the computer and onto my sewing machine! I love this one!

  11. Good afternoon Jenny....embroidery, check fabric, apples....you go girl, perfect combo and tut

  12. Very cute and adaptable to all types of themes. I can see a Halloween one perhaps a Ghastlie tea towel with Prudence and her hammer??? My mother always kept pretty kitchen towels and linens so I guess that's where my love for all things *kitchen...y* comes from. I'm also a follower of your blog.
    Gmama Jane

  13. Thanks for all your lovely comments, ladies!! So pleased the tea towel is inspiring you with new ideas.
    Snoodles, I got the tea towel in a set of 4 for $7 from my local supermarket. What a bargain!
    Madam Samm, thank you for inviting me to share this tutorial! You have a wonderful blog!!

  14. Super cute tea towel, Jenny. I can see myself making a few of these. Thanks for sharing!! ...(o:

  15. Hi Jenny, I love this tea towel design. It's so delightful and looks so, sew quick to make up. Thanks so much!!! Big Hugs...

  16. LOVE LOVE LOVE it Jenny-girl!!! What a darling design!

  17. I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your blog. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme? Fantastic work!
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