Guest Blogger: Taradara, Learn to applique towels!

Hi Sew It All fans,

I’m Tara from Taradara Made It, today I’ll be showing you how to EASILY applique a plain hand towel and washcloth to give them a fresh start to the New Year!

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You’ll need:

Hand towel and/or washcloth

Fabric scraps

RicRac or Fun Yarn

Wonder Under or Heatbond

Sewing machine

Scissors

Iron

Non stick Pressing cloth {teflon or Applique pressing sheet}

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First, you’ll want to choose some fun fabric scraps from your stash.

Place them on top of the Wonder Under with right side up.  Iron to adhere.

NOTE:  If your piece is smaller than the wonder under, you may want to use a {teflon} ironing sheet to protect your iron.  Once the iron hits the wonder under, it melts and loves to stick to the iron!  You can purchase these at most craft stores for pretty cheap {totally worth it!}

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Peel off the paper backing.  I always do this prior to cutting my shapes as it makes it easier to manipulate while cutting.

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You will see that you will have a shiny side to the wrong side of your fabric.  This is a good thing, it means that it worked and you have a surface that will now adhere to another piece of fabric or towel.

Cut out your shapes.

I chose this great Amy Butler fabric that looks like snow flakes.  I ‘fussy cut’ them … meaning I cut around certain parts of the fabric to get the precise images within the design.  But get creative!  You could do Santa, trees, snowmen … so many ideas!!

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Place them where you’d like to have them adhere to your towel and iron.

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Now, stitch around the applique pieces.  I went ahead and used different stitches on my machine.  This could be a great opportunity to use some stitches that you’ve been wanting to use, but never have.  If you miss some edges, don’t sweat it.  It gives it character!  This is not meant to be a perfect masterpiece!  It’s meant to be fun and experimental and creative!

Notice how I stopped on the outer edge at the corner.  I stop with my needle down securing my spot, then pivot my towel to line up to sew down the next angle.  You can use this technique on many other sewing projects.

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I’ve pivoted and I’m ready to continue sewing.

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I used fun RicRac for the ‘strings’ to my snowflake ornaments.  Again, get creative with this.  You can use fun yarns that you might have, you can use some ruffles …

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Place the RicRac where you like it and secure it with pins.

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Sew down the center starting at the applique design.  This will allow for any extra length to be pushed off to the end of the towel rather to your applique design.  It makes for a much cleaner look.

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And here we have the finished masterpiece!  LOL!  A great way to bring some fun in to your bathroom or powder room.  You can certainly use this applique on tea towels for the kitchen for sure!

What do you think?!

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You can totally do this!

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Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!

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We are thrilled to have Tara join us as a guest blogger.

Here’s a little more information about her:

Tara can be found sewing and/or blogging into the wee hours of the night. She is the owner/designer of Taradara, an artsy fartsy sewing company and she keeps her blog going over at taradaramadeit.com. She is trained as an Emergency Room Nurse, but has traded the fast paced craziness of the ER for the craziness of motherhood and entrepreneurship! She is on her way to the Golden Globe Awards in January 2013 to participate in the Gifting Suite. Her products are in the hands of many celebrities {Beyonce, Rachael Ray, Uma Thurman, and more} and has made it past the application phase on the hit TV show Shark Tank. There is NEVER a dull moment with her! Truly! Follow and connect with her interesting life on twitter and on facebook.

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3 Responses to Guest Blogger: Taradara, Learn to applique towels!

  1. Kate says:

    Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing. Now if I could just find some rick rack to buy …..

  2. Diane G. says:

    Happy New Year! I would like to see some Asian inspired jackets for women with multi fabrics. Just purchased a very simple, unlined jacket made of home dec fabric with wool roving needle felted all over it; very simple to re-create. Always enjoy addition of machine embroidery whenever possible. Thanks for all you do and a great magazine.

  3. Cathy says:

    Your work of towel is so cute and i wonder if it is hard to print these partten?

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