Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tea Towels for the Romantic Home

Are you a huge fan of the Shabby Chic look? With just a few fun supplies, you can whip up some adorable tea towels perfect for your cottage decor. Today, I want to share with you these sweet pink and aqua creations using flower die cuts from Sizzix and the Sizzlets Swallow die cut.

To custom fabric for die cutting, download or scan vintage music sheets.  Print the image on inkjet silk sheets.  (The example features Jacquard Silk Ink Jet Printing sheets.)

When you have three or four printed sheets, you are ready to start die cutting. If you have vintage sheets in your home. Just scan them in and print out. I purchased mine online which is an option as well.
Use the BigShot die cutting machine and Bigz Flower dies to die cut several flowers from the printed sheets.

Fuse the black wool felt to webbing with an iron and pressing surface and die cut swallows from the fused felt.

Arrange the flowers and swallow on the folded tea towel. Use straight pins to pin the flower layers in place and fuse the swallow to the towel with the iron (after peeling off the paper backing).
I added my embellishments to this photo to give you an idea of what they may look like with the arranged flowers when completed.

Use tiny alphabet stamps and black solvent ink to fuse on small cotton strips with fusible webbing added to the backside. You can fuse the strips in place with the iron before sewing.

Machine sew everything in place. To add a rustic feel, I left some of the threads hang down instead of completely cutting them off on the front of the towel.

Finally use Aleene's Liquid or Fabric Fusion glues, depending on the nature of the materials you are gluing, to add pretty embellishments for the flower centers.

These tea towels are fun and pretty! Use your themed die cuts to create tea towels in other themes such as hearts or butterflies.

Thanks for joining us today and letting me share my creations with you.

Live Life Creatively,

Towels: Purchased Tea Towels in desired colors
Fabric: Jacquard Products Inkjet Silk Sheets; Black Wool Felt; White Cotton; Fusible Webbing
Images: Vintage music sheet clip art or scanned images
Stamps: small alphabet stamps with black solvent ink
Embellishments: assorted embellishments
Adhesive: Aleene's Fabric Fusion and Liquid Fusion
Misc.: sewing machine; thread; inkjet printer; iron and pressing surface; straight pins; scissors
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  1. The flowers look just like paper- how cool is that? Love your project and that bird is adorable.

  2. Have you tried to wash them? Just wondering what would happen if washed by hand. Thanks.

  3. Love those flowers, I'm going to have to try that!


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