DIY Appliqued Tea Towel


I don’t know about you, but I have a thing for tea towels.  The ones in boutique gift shops are particularly irresistible, but their prices are always prohibitive.  I’ve seen individual tea towels for $12.95 in some shops.  Sorry folks, but I just can’t spend that much on a kitchen towel.  The good news is, you can make your very own super cute and original tea towels for a fraction of the boutique price.  I bought these flour sack kitchen towels at Target in a pack of 4 for $4.00.  I love these towels because they dry dishes really well.  If you’re unfamiliar, they’re the kind of towels that people used to embroider cutesy designs on.  Let’s get started.

First, gather your supplies. In addition to your basic sewing supplies, you’ll need your towel, iron, sewing machine with an applique or satin stitch setting, fabric scraps and graph paper.

 Wash and and dry your towel.


 Press well.


Using your graph paper, plan your design.  I used graph paper because I wanted my letters to be uniform.  You could also print cool fonts out from your computer.


 Cut out graph paper letters and place on fabric where you want them.  My brother got me this great vintage fabric for Christmas.  This is a perfect opportunity to use it!  


 Then cut out the letters in your fabric. 



Find the middle of your towel and make a mark with a disappearing or washable marker.  Then divide it into thirds and mark those.  My towels was 29″ across so my halfway point was 14 1/2″ and each third measured 9 2/3″.  Place design where you want it in the middle third of the towel, between the marks you made, as shown above.


Pin letters to towel.


At this point, you may baste letters to towel and then applique the letters on, but I just went for it and appliqued without basting.  This step depends upon your perfectionistic tendencies, of which I have none.


Trim all your threads, press letters once more and you’re finished with your pretty new tea towel!




© 2013 – 2014, a sweet guest. All rights reserved. Love it? Please share, pin, tweet or email but do not use my work without permission.