Harvest Tea Towels
Easy fusible appliqué, a couple of woven towels and an afternoon are all you need to stitch up some beautiful gifts or maybe make a set for yourself.
• 2 purchased tan-checked tea
towels • Scraps orange, brown, green and
gold prints or tonals • 1 fat quarter each orange plaid
and pumpkin print • Thread • Brown No. 8 pearl cotton • 1/2 yard fusible web • 11/2 yards 3/4"-wide green rickrack • Basic sewing tools and supplies
From each fat quarter: • Cut 1 strip 8" by width of tea towel
PREPARING THE TOWELS
1. Cut 3" off the bottom end of each tea towel. 6.
2. Cut a length of rickrack to match the width of each towel plus 1". 3. To complete one tea towel, referring to Figure 1, center a length of rickrack 1/2" up from the cut end of the towel with the ends extending 1/2" on each side. Fold the excess rickrack at the sides around to the back of the towel; machine-baste the rickrack in place across the width of the towel.
4. Fold a fat quarter strip in half along length with wrong sides together; press.
5. Open the strip and fold and press a 1/2" hem to the wrong side on each short end and on one long edge as shown in Figure 2.
Place the fat quarter strip on a towel, matching raw edges with right sides together, as shown in
7. Refold the fat quarter strip to the back of the towel on the pressed line, covering the previously stitched seam and pin to hold; topstitch close
Figure 3, with the rickrack in between the layers. Sew a 1/2" seam.