Happy Cyber Monday! It's the last day of November, can you believe it?!!!!
Today I have a quick and easy fabric tutorial project to share with you that is perfect for creating lovely holiday gifts.
One of my favorite parts of holiday decorating is changing out our dishes to display and use our Christmas themed dishware for the season. I always love having holiday-themed placemats, napkins, towels, etc. for the season as well. Today I’m going to share a quick and easy idea to dress up flour sack towels (tea towels) showcasing Riley Blake Bella Blvd fabrics (with a couple of other Riley Blake fabrics in red thrown in for that Christmas-y feel!). With just a few scraps of fabric and inexpensive flour sack towels, you can embellish towels for yourself or whip up several like I did to share as gifts throughout the holiday season!
What you need:
- 3” x width of fabric strip for the border
- 2 1/2” wide strips from scraps (or longer if you want a more uniform design)
- tea towel
Sew two, 2 1/2” wide strips together to make a 4 1/2 wide strip. Trim each long strip into 4 1/2” squares. I made mine scrappy from leftover 2 1/2” strips but you could make a more uniform design with longer strips.
Fold 4 1/2” square into triangle and press.
Fold triangle in half again and press. Repeat for the rest of the squares. I used 8-9 prairie points per flour sack towel, depending on the length.
Repeat for the rest of the squares. I used 8-9 prairie points per flour sack towel, depending on the length. Admire all the pretty fabric triangles!
Take a new flour sack towel, fold in half lengthwise and trim hemmed edge off one end of the towel. (This will lessen the bulk once we sew on the prairie points and fabric border.)
Pin prairie points to the towel, matching wrong sides of praire points and towel together. Slightly overlap the prairie points as shown. You could sew or baste these in place if you want to but I like to wait and sew both the prairie points and border all at once.
Measure the width of your flour sack towel. This is really important because out of all the towels I embellished, I got three different widths! Trim your 3” wide strip to 1” longer than the width of your flour sack towel. For example, my towel was 29 1/2” wide so I trimmed my fabric strip to 3” x 30 1/2”.
Fold strip right side together and sew 1/2” from each end.
Trim 1/4” from stitching and trim corners to make for easier turning. Flip right sides out and press.
Pin fabric strip to towel, matching raw edges. Sew 1/4” along edge to attach prairie points and fabric strip to flour sack towel.
Flip fabric strip up and press. Your prairie points should now hang from the edge of the towel and all raw edges will be encased once we top stitch.
Top stitch along both edges of the fabric strip, close to the edge to finish the towel.
Make a whole bunch for every season!
S U P P L I E S
The letters below the thumbnails below link to stores where you can purchase the products shown in this post: FQS = to purchase from Fat Quarter Shop, FABRIC.COM = to purchase from Fabric.com, HT = to purchase from Hawthorne Threads, AZ = to purchase from Amazon. Affiliate links for Amazon are used.
- Military Max: Plaid Gray, Plaid Green
- Puppy Park: Black Crosshatch
- Sunny Happy SkieS: Green Floral
- Reds (other Riley Blake fabric scraps)