Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day
Appliqué this cheery snowman tea towel to liven up your winter décor. His smiling face is sure to melt the hearts of your guests over a nice warm cup of tea.
- Blue/white checked tea towel
- Fabric scraps: white, blue, orange prints
- Two-hole buttons, two each: black, 1/4”; red, 9/16”
- Four-hole buttons: white, 11/16”, four
- Embroidery floss: black, red, white
- Red grosgrain ribbon, 1/4”, 1 yard
- Iron-on adhesive scrap
- Matching threads
- No-fray solution
- Freezer paper
- Air-soluble marker
- Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive
scissors, ruler, needle, iron and pressing surface, straight pins
Print and cut out pattern. Draw snowman and scarf on dull side of freezer paper; cut out. Iron shapes to wrong sides of fabrics.
To prepare appliqués, clip inside points or curves, almost to paper. Use side edge and tip of iron to press seam allowance over freezer paper. For points, press fabric over point first, then press each side to make clean, sharp point. Trim excess fabric at front. When cool, pull back appliqué seam allowance; remove paper. Re-press appliqué.
Pin snowman to towel 2-1/2” from bottom edge. Needleturn stitch around snowman; sew to scarf.
Trace nose onto paper side of iron-on adhesive; cut out 1/4” from traced line. Iron to wrong side of orange fabric; cut out on lines. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse nose to face.
Use matching floss to sew black buttons to face (eyes) and red buttons down center of body.
Draw smile on face with air-soluble marker. Use two strands of black floss to sew running stitch along line. Make two straight stitches for eyebrows.
Cut 1”x6” blue scarf. Apply no-fray solution to long ends; let dry. Fringe 1/2” at each short end; tie strip in loose knot. Adhere knot to snowman’s scarf as shown.
Use four strands of white floss to sew buttons (snowflakes) around snowman, making two or three stitches from each hole for rays.
Cut ribbon length to same width as towel. Tie bow from remaining ribbon; trim ends in “V”. Apply no-fray solution to all cut ends; let dry. Adhere ribbon to towel, covering bottom edge. Adhere bow to ribbon.
- Using freezer paper will create a template that sticks to the fabric, so it says in place as you turn up the seam allowance. Then, simply peel it off when you’re done! Your appliqué edges will be smooth and accurate. For extra stability, just add a little spray starch on the turned under seam allowance.
by Chris Malone