A couple of years ago I planned to make two tea towels. Somehow I only got around making one: the French cuisine tea towel.
This is the second one. It’s not a set and it is a faster project with a lot less embroidery. I’m also making use of my textured tutorials I posted as I’m using prairie points for the border.
Both tea towels make great gifts.
If you make one, I’d like to see it. Please upload it to my TeresaDownUnder Flickr pool.
- Variegated stranded cotton
- White fabric – I cut a piece 20 in x 5 1/2 in
- Tea towel
- 4 x 5 in charm squares – 3 for the trim and 1 for the embroidery sides
Kitchen towel size
32 x 22 1/2 inches. For a different towel size increase or decrease the pattern below when printing.
Embroidery stitch: stem stitch (stem stitch video tutorial – link will open in another window)
- Teatowel lettering (pdf – 2 pages). When printing scale it down or up to match your tea towel width
Print the pattern and stick matching the lines as per picture.
Place the strip of white fabric over.
Make sure the letters are centred and straight.
Trace with water soluble pen.
My variegated embroidery cotton matches the charms colours.
Embroider using stem stitch.
When finished trim the embroidery down to 5 in wide. Then cut 3/4 in from each edge.
At this stage I wanted to add some colour to each edge so I used a charm square for this purpose.
Get a 5 in charm square and cut it in half and stitch each half to each side.
Press seams open.
For my tea towel I used 3 charm squares, i.e. 12 prairie points. If your tea towel is smaller or larger you may need fewer or more.
I will explain quickly how to make a prairie point here but if you need more visuals try my prairie point tutorial.
Cut each charm square into 4 2 1/2 in squares.
Fold in half. Then fold in half again and press the corner with your finger.
Then drag each side corner meet in the middle as per picture.
Stitch along each prairie point at 1/8 in from the edge.
Now make a 1/4 seam on each side of the embroidery strip.
On both sides.
Pin the strip aligned to the edge. Fold the edges in on both edges as per picture. Pin well.
Now place the prairie points between the tea towel and the embroidery strip. Pin well making sure everything is aligned.
Your will need to adjust the distance between prairie points depending on the width of your tea towel. A bit of overlapping is fine.
Stitch making sure that all three layers – embroidery strip, prairie points and tea towel – are aligned. Use many pins if necessary to avoid having to unpick the stitches as I had to do.
To finish stitch also the top of the embroidery strip .