Tutorial! Holiday Dish Towel & Giveaway!

Hi everyone! 

Today I’m so excited to bring you a tutorial from my dear friend Courtney. 

Courtney of petit lyons

Courtney and I both live in Charlotte, and we made our Weekenders together not too long ago. She’s a constant source of inspiration to me, has inspired tutorials, and I’m always stalking her blog to see what she’s been busy creating. 

Check out her great tutorial below. What a nifty gift idea!

dishtowel tut
I am so excited to be guest posting today on the Deck the Halls Blog Hop!  My name is Courtney, and I blog over at petit lyons.  I have two little boys and another bundle of joy set to arrive in April.  I love to sew and being a part of the online community has increased my passion for it exponentially!

Today I am going to show you how to make a personalized holiday dish towel that makes the perfect gift for a neighbor, teacher or hostess.

You will need a new dish towel (terry is okay, but a flatter weave is easiest), a piece of fabric 6″x35″ish for the ruffle, plus a scrap of fabric and a scrap of heat n’ bond for the initial.  Normally I do not prewash fabrics, but it is not a bad idea to do it here as this will be an item that gets washed a lot and shrinkage rates might differ from the quilting weight fabrics and dish towel.

1.  Cut the bottom hemmed end of your dish towel off using a rotary cutter and straight edge.

2.  Hem your ruffle piece by pressing the bottom and side edges over 1/4″ and then another 1/4.”  You can trim the corner piece to make it less bulky.

3.  Now sew around your hem on the three sides with coordinating thread.

4. To create a ruffle, sew a seam 1/4″ from the top using your highest stitch length (5 for me) and keeping the thread tails long on both sides.

5.  Pull either the bobbin thread or top thread (one will be easier) to gather your ruffle until it is the same width as your dish towel.  Spread it out evenly and pin it to your towel on the bottom edge you cut off.  Pin your fabric wrong sides together as we will be using a french seam to enclose our raw edges.

6.  Return your stitch length back to normal (2.25 for me) and sew a 1/4″ seam.  Gently pull the ruffle straight out to the left as you go so it doesn’t bunch up.

7.  Press your seam and then fold right sides together.  Using your iron in this step makes everything  easier!  Makes sure it is nice and flat.

8.  Sew a generous 3/8″ seam, again, gently pulling the ruffle edge out to keep it straight.

9.  Press your seam towards the ruffle and top stitch over it so that it lies flat.

10.  Are you ready to applique?  Cut a square of fabric and a slightly smaller square of heat n’ bond and fuse them together.  Leave the paper on the back of the heat n’ bond and let it cool

11.  Now use a Pilot Frixion or other heat erasable pen to draw the initial on your square.  You can enlarge a font on the computer and make a stencil from the print out or do it free hand, like me.  The nice thing with the Pilot pen is that it will erase as soon as you iron it, so you can play around until your letter looks just right.  Once it does, peel the backing off the heat n’ bond and cut our your letter.  Press it on to your dish towel with dry heat.

12.  The final step is to zig zag stitch around your letter to secure it.  I always start and stop with a tiny straight stitch (under 1 on my machine) to lock the thread in place.  To pivot around corners, keep the needle down on the outside edge, left your presser foot up and turn your towel counter clockwise.  Just go slow around the curves.

I hope you all enjoyed the tutorial and have fun whipping up some quick gifts with it.
Thanks so much for having me today,  Jennifer!

OK, now that you’ve checked out her great tutorial, head over to Courtney’s blog to enter to win a $20 gift certificate from Zipit!

 Then don’t forget to ENTER TO WIN the $50 gift certificate from Contemporary Cloth! Be sure to stop at the other blogs on the hop to enter to win some great prizes too! 

11/26: S.O.T.A.K. Handmade / Giveaway from Sew Me a Song
11/27: Live A Colorful Life / Giveaway from Zipit!
11/28: Petit Lyons /Giveaway from Zipit!
12/4: Jednoiglec / Giveaway from Sew Fresh Fabric
12/5: Owen’s Olivia / Giveaway from Sew Fresh Fabric

See y’all tomorrow!



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