Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day
Invite your garden indoors with this dancing flower tea towel made from linen and homespun fabric.
- Natural linen fabric, 20”x25”
- Homespun fabric: green, 5-1⁄2”x19-1⁄2”; scraps (flowers), five prints/colors
- Embroidery floss: green, colors to match flower fabric
- Flat buttons to coordinate with flower fabric, five
- Sewing machine and matching thread
- Embroidery needle
- Iron and pressing surface
- Therm O Web HeatnBond Lite Iron-On Adhesive
scissors, pencil, ruler, transfer paper
Turn long sides and one short side of linen rectangle under 1⁄4”. Turn edges under 1⁄4” again. To hem, machine stitch close to edges.
With right sides facing, sew one long edge of green rectangle to raw edge of linen rectangle, 1⁄4” from edge. Turn remaining edges of green rectangle under 1⁄4”. Fold green rectangle so long turned edge is even with seam at bottom of linen rectangle. (Note: Right side of fabric should be facing outward.) Hand sew turned edges to bottom edge of towel.
Fuse 2” iron-on adhesive square to back of each flower fabric. Cut two 1-1⁄2”, and one 1-1⁄4”, 1-3⁄8”, and 1-3⁄4” circles from fused fabrics. Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Remove backing from circles. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse circles to towel front.
Use two strands of coordinating-color floss to blanket stitch around flowers. Transfer stems and leaves. Use two strands green to embroider stem stitch on stems and leaves and to sew buttons to flower centers.
by Mary Ayres