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takeahike
« on: June 12, 2008 01:15:52 PM »

I have met an increasingly high number of people lately who are learning to sew, so this is a great beginner project to try out that is quick and easy.  I love that you can pick your own material instead of having to choose the lesser of the evils at the store.  Enjoy!





Materials needed:

27"X19" piece of 100% cotton home-dec material of choice
4 inches cotton twill tape
                                                                      

1.  Press 1/4 inch seam around material


                                                                


2.  Repeat step 1 to enclose raw edge



                                                                                                    

3.  Cut ends of cotton twill tape as shown in picture:


Insert cotton tape into top right corner

 

so ends are flush with fold then pin in place.

 

                                                                                        

4.  Sew ironed hem down as close to inside edge as possible

 

making sure to sew folds at corners

 

down completely

 

                                                

And there you have it; your very own, one of a kind, customized tea towel in your choice of material!

 
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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2008 01:30:03 PM »

As one of those just-learning-to-sew-people as well, this is a cool idea. Very simple, straight-forward and practical. Thanks!
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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2008 01:36:24 PM »

This is great. I've been sewing for years but keep things simple. I had never thought to add the twill tape holder myself. Thanks for the idea!
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2008 01:38:40 PM »

As one of those just-learning-to-sew-people as well, this is a cool idea. Very simple, straight-forward and practical. Thanks!

I second that  Smiley.

In the picture that goes with step 4, what kind of sewing machine foot or guide is that that helps you sew so close to the inner edge of the hem?

Love the fabric you chose, by the way.
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2008 02:28:21 PM »

As one of those just-learning-to-sew-people as well, this is a cool idea. Very simple, straight-forward and practical. Thanks!

I second that  Smiley.

In the picture that goes with step 4, what kind of sewing machine foot or guide is that that helps you sew so close to the inner edge of the hem?

Love the fabric you chose, by the way.

Thank-you!!!  The foot pictured is a #10 edge-stitch foot by Bernina.  This is the foot I use on about 90% of my sewing projects, I LOVE it!!!
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2012 11:29:37 PM »

Amazing that I never even thought of making my own 'basic-shape' tea towel. With this pretty fabric, it actually looks great.  I wrote about how to make cafe curtains out of basic tea towels (http://www.finecraftguild.com/how-to-make-cafe-curtains/) but I only thought of store-bought towels at that time. So with a bunch of coordinating tea towels, we can change the entire look of a kitchen. That's inspiration! Thank you!
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2012 11:07:50 AM »

Great tutorial!  I need to make a few of these! 
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2012 07:35:47 PM »

Just wondering, does your ironing board have a covering that you can measure hems on?  If so, that's awesome and I need to try to make something like that!
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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2012 01:06:31 PM »

Simple and pretty!  Definitely going to have to try this one out.  Thanks so much for sharing!
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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2012 01:07:01 PM »

Really love this!  Featured it as the Craftster Project of the Week email today.  Thanks for sharing!
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