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Kitchen Towels with Tea Set Appliqué

For this project we used the designs from the Tea Set Appliqué .

You will need cotton kitchen towels, scraps of cotton fabrics for appliqué, watersoluble stabilizer and embroidery threads. For the pleated ruffles you'll need cotton fabric and grosgrain ribbon 3/8" wide of matching color.

Step One: Cut away one of the short finished edges of the towel and press with steam.

Step Two: Mark the position of the appliqué on the towel and make the embroidery.
Since we used a towel with a wide central stripe, we positioned the embroidery vertically:

On the second, checkered towel, we grouped the embroidery close to one edge:

To finish the raw edge that we cut away earlier, we created pleated ruffles. To make the ruffles, cut a strip of fabric measuring 6 1/2" wide. The length of the strip must be twice as large as the width of the towel, minus 1/2". Our towel is 15" wide, so our strip was 29 1/2" long.

Fold the strip lengthwise, right side inside, and machine stitch the short sides together.

Turn right side out and press. You'll get a double strip 3 1/4" wide. Make the pleats 1" wide and 1/2" deep, each, and press them with an iron. Distribute the pleats evenly so that the ruffles end up as wide as the towel.

To attach the ruffles to the towel, place the ruffles on the towel and match the raw edge of the towel and the raw edge of the ruffles. Machine-stitch 1/4" from the edge. Unfold the ruffles and press the seam onto the towel.

Cut a piece of the grosgrain ribbon. The length of the ribbon should be 1/2" more than the width of the towel. Our towel is 15" wide, so the ribbon was 15 1/2" long. Pin the ribbon over the raw edge of the ruffles to cover it. Tuck 1/4" of the ends under the ruffles. Machine-stitch along all edges of the ribbon.

You'll get a neat finished seam on both sides.

We hope that you liked our idea and will come up with many of your own.

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