How to make a tea towel
AKA watch me make Christmas presents at the last minute
- •What you'll need: a fat quarter of fabric (preferably linen or a linen/cotton blend), matching ribbon and thread, iron and ironing board, scissors, pins and a long piece of lightweight cardboard. Also a sewing machine.I designed this calendar specifically for tea towels. More info at the end.
- •Use the cardboard as a guide to fold over about half an inch or so of fabric along one side, ironing it as you go. Don't burn your fingers!I expect they sell something that does this job but I have a lot of cardboard.
- •Do the same for all four sides
- •Cut the corners off so you don't break a needle with all those layersI cut a bit too close here but I made it myself so any mistakes are quirky and no one can complain.
- •Fold the raw edge of the fabric under and iron everything so you have a double layer with it hidden inside
- •Pin in place. Do the same for the other corners leaving a top one until last.
- •Don't stab a pin directly into your fingertipOr you'll have to stop and bandage it so you don't drip blood on the fabric.
- •On the last corner cut a piece of ribbon to fit across the diagonal.This is for hanging and will make it look super professional.
- •Fold the fabric back trapping the ribbon and pin it in place
- •Get out the sewing machine and thread with an appropriate colourYou could hand sew but tea towels get a lot of washing so it's best to use a machine.
- •Sew a straight stitch all the way around, back stitching at the beginning and end.
- •ACTION!Yes, I did wedge my phone in the neck of my t-shirt to video this
- •Remember to check the other side occasionally to make sure your bobbin hasn't run out or your sewing machine has decided to make a mess of everything.Looking good 😊
- •Trim the threads, hang it on a hook and feel awesome
- •Or just magic tape it to the door so you can take a photo for social media.
- •Iron it again if you can be bothered, otherwise fold and wrap. Hurray, you made something!Maybe make another one! I made 2 in 45 minutes.
- •I've designed 7 of these so far and I update the calendar every yearYou can buy them from Spoonflower: http://www.spoonflower.com/collections/28878-tea-towel-calendars-by-marcelinesmith