Thursday, May 21, 2015

I APPLIQUE TEA TOWELS ( try to control your excitement)

 First of all, let me say this is not my idea.  Kerryanne, my wonderfully creative friend at Shabby Art Boutique (see my blog roll to the right) came up with the ideas for these two tea towels and I did my own artistic interpretation (I added a bunch of stuff.)  I started out with two plain white linen tea towels given to me by my friend Terry.  I then went to my huge stash of fabric (which is roughly the size of Godzilla) and started picking out colors.  Not surprisingly, I picked shades of my two favorite colors--aqua and pink.

I used Lite Steam-A-Seam2, a wonderful invention that makes the art of applique so much easier.  I traced a version of Kerryanne's cup design in reverse onto the paper liner, then removed the other paper liner.  I stuck the sticky side to the wrong side of the fabric and cut out the design.  I then peeled off the paper leaving the sticky web on the fabric.  I arranged the design on the towel and pressed for 20 seconds with a hot iron.  Voila! 

Giddy with success I then traced a big spoon and a whisk and followed the same process.  I outlined everything with decorative stitching which is always fun to do.

For the houses on the second tea towels I just cut out lots of squares and rectangles and triangles in colors that went well together and stitched them on using various decorative stitches.  The trees are just circles of fabric with leaves and birds with trunks made out of seam binding.  I hung them in the kitchen where I am quickly running out of space.

I may still add another applique in that empty space on the bottom towel.  Salt and pepper shakers perhaps?  I shall wait for inspiration to strike me.

And I want to show you one more thing.  Kerryanne gave her readers some free printables of gorgeous butterflies.  I printed them on fabric, cut them out and used them as appliques on sofa pillows.  They look beautiful as the picture below illustrates.

Thank you, Kerryanne!  While I do have the occasional original idea, I love visiting the Shabby Art Boutique and watching Kerryanne's tutorials.  Visit her and you'll see.  Naturally, all of Kerryanne's original ideas and creations are protected by copyright so you may not use them for anything you plan to sell.
I'm visiting Shabbilicious Friday this week, one of my fave link parties.  They feature some great stuff.


  1. I love your tea towels Linda! The tea cups are my fave! xo Thank you for inspiring us at Shabbilicious Friday my friend xo

    1. Thank you, Robin! I keep trying to think of ways to use up at least some of my huge stash and this was a fun way of doing it. I like projects that don't take long!