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!