Debbie von Grabler-Crozier of The Folk Art Factory showed us how to make pretty Flower Shower Tea Cozies and the Summer Flowers Mat. She rounds out the year with an easy Christmas Towel project. You could even sew several of these over the weekend to wrap gifts in or to spruce up the house for the holiday season.

Here’s more about Debbie in her introduction.

Are you madly sewing away to finish holiday gifts? Did you finish early this year? Are you still looking for the perfect thing to sew for someone special?! What are you sewing?

I love Christmas time and I love to decorate the whole house. No room is safe from me! Each year I review the display and add to it, improve on things and take some things away. This time it is the kitchen’s turn; who wants to be the only house in the street without a special Christmas tea towel?! The shame!

Well, as luck would have it, this woodsy addition to the Christmas decorations is easy to make and really changes the room to yule-tide mode. Whip up a few in different colors and use them to wrap presents too. They’re just the ticket for real recycling!

Gather these Supplies:

  • Either a ready-made tea towel in red or green or a piece of plain winter white fabric measuring 65 cm x 50 cm.
  • Fat quarter tan + white spotted fabric
  • Scraps of five green pattern fabrics
  • Scraps of a brown fabric
  • Scrap of bright yellow fabric
  • Black thread
  • Glue stick
  • Water soluble marker
  • Your usual sewing supplies

Here’s How to Make the Towel:
Cut a piece of tan and white spotted fabric 18 cm x 50 cm. Cut five triangle trees from your fabrics and five little trunks from the brown and white. Cut a yellow star. You will find the templates here.

Find the center of the tan and white fabric with a crease and then glue your forest on putting a tree in the very center (this will be the proud owner of the star).

Tip: When you put the trees on, allow a good 1 cm on the top and bottom on the panel for your seam allowance.

Set your machine up for free motion embroidery; each one is a little different so I will not give specifics here. Consult your operating manual or contact the manufacturer.

Here’s a word about free motion embroidery… All the rage at the moment is a raggy edged applique and contrasting thread over the top– a sort of doodling. Most machines can do this. You need a darning foot and either to drop the feed dogs on your machine or set the stitch length to zero. Slowly move the fabric around to achieve an outline in your chosen color.

Use your black thread.

Snip the loose threads away and you have a panel which looks like this.

Carefully iron the panel and turn the top and bottom edges under ½ cm each. On a ready-made towel you will have to fold the ends under too. If you are making the towel from scratch the sides will be taken care of in the seams. I actually find it less fiddly to start from scratch. Just sayin’.

Topstitch the panel onto the towel 8 cm up from the bottom.

If you are using a ready-made towel ignore this bit but, if not, hem the fabric all around to make a towel.

And that’s all there is to it. These make great last minute gifts for all of the other people in your life who didn’t know that Christmas tea towels were necessary. You can make them in bulk and use them to wrap gifts too. Save some real trees!

© Debbie von Grabler-Crozier 2015