For all my hand stitched makes and crochet creations, I am still a bit nervy around my sewing machine. The only lessons I have had on it are from my GCSE Textiles (where I scraped a C….silly girl…I think not embracing my GCSE Textiles is deffo one of my biggest regrets). I feel a lot more confident stitching by hand as I feel I can predict how it is going to come out, and I am still to find and follow a simple dress pattern to make myself something pretty to wear.
What I can do however is whack together simple shapes and make owls and whatnot, so when our friends bought a beautiful new house, I thought I’d make them a housewarming gift….tea towels.
Isn’t this fabric bloody gorge? I TOTALLY need to lady up and make a 50’s style frock from the remaining fabric….le sigh….
Firstly I measured up using one of my tea towels from the kitchen, ensuring I cut it large enough to be able to fold the seam allowance on itself to ensure a nice clean finish.
I then ironed…this is the only action my iron ever sees by the way… a sharp crease about 1 cm into the fabric.
I then folded the seams over on themselves again and ironed again, pinning them together ready for stitching.
Using a small straight stitch I ran these bad boys swiftly through the machine.
Ending up with two lovely tea towels with a nice straight edge which took about 15 minutes to make.
I folded them together and wrapped them with a pretty ribbon, because when fabric looks this fab, why cover it in paper?!
I’m tempted to make a dozen more…despite the fact we collect tea towels from our holidays rather than souvenirs, so we have about a million!
Have you ever made tea towels?