|Zig zagging the rick rack to the strip|
Last fall, I saw a sample towel on display at Craft Warehouse. I was smitten enough to buy supplies to make tea towels for gift giving. My plan was to stitch the kitchen towels for Christmas gifts. Since I'm posting about the towels now, it's clear I didn't finish them last Christmas! I decided, however, not to have the supplies hanging about for another year!
|Ready for hand stitching|
I cut a 3 1/2 inch strip of one fabric and stitched a piece of rick rack to the bottom of the strip. I also stitched a folded 1 1/4 inch coordinating strip of fabric to the top on the strip. I added this to half of the towel. (I cut the towel in half.) I cut a "handle" from the coordinating strip and following the directions, I also cut a piece of batting. After I had placed the layers right sides together, I machine stitched around the outer edge, turned and pressed the "handle." I hand stitched this handle to the top of the towel.
|The four finished towels ready for kitchen duty!|
|Supplies for another two towels|
For the four towels, I used about 1/2 yard of fabric. I have used 12 1/2 yards from my stash and I have 37 1/2 yards to go to achieve my goal of using 50 yards from my stash this year. This is my sixth finish for the quarter. I now have four great gifts for Christmas 2018!
Because I stitched these when I had five to fifteen minutes to sew, I didn't track how much time it actually took me to make all four! I've been working many days and also some full days so my studio time has been limited.
As I stitched this project, I discovered that I have one more yellow linen towel so I can make two more kitchen towels. (I lost track of how many towels I actually purchased!)
I don't have enough of the chicken wire fabric to make two "handles." I may have a great fabric hanging out in my stash. My fingers are crossed. In the meantime, I have the leftover bits, towel, pattern and directions gathered in a zip lock bag.
I have some other linen towels too. These will wait for another time though as I've lots of other projects on my list!