Monday, July 23, 2018

12 days of Christmas in July

Wow, we are nearing 5 months until Christmas. Unbelievable.  Why does time seem to go fast. I am going to share some fun ideas for some tea towels. My favorite towels to use are flower sack towels. They are nice and large, but you can use any towels you like.

These make great gifts for neighbors, co-workers, teachers, friends or even family member may like them.    I am a simple person, so getting a gift like this does not bother me.

You need 1 tea towel and a strip (4 -6" wide and 1" wider than your towel) of fabric.

Do a double 1/4" hem on each side. You will fold under 1/4" and press, then fold another 1/4" and press and stitch the hem. Do this on both sides.  On the top and bottom repeat.

Now lay your fabric strip along your towel. You can lay the bottom along the bottom edge of the towel, or you can bring it up a little bit. If I bring it up a little bit, I will draw a line so it is straight. Pin in place and top stitch.

Then press and make sure the top is even and top stitch that in place.   You are done.

If you don't have a tea towel laying around but you happen to have Terry cloth you can do the same thing. Just make sure that you adjust your measurements accordingly. Also, make sure that you double hem the edges of your Terry cloth towel so that it doesn't fray.

My friend,Jan, made some hot pads. You could use the same design on your tea towels to make a matching set. Check out her post by following the link:

I will be giving away a free pattern, to U.S. residents only from called Charming Chevrons.  All you have to do is leave a comment to be entered.

Please visit these other bloggers who have shared some great ideas for fun projects.

Saturday, July 14th

Joy @ days filled with joy

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th

Joanne @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt

Jan @ The Colorful Fabriholic

Monday, July 16th

Carole @ From My Carolina Home

Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, travels, & eats,

Tuesday, July 17th

Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

Mary @ Made by Marney

Wednesday, July 18th

Karrin @ Karrin's Crazy World

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Thursday, July 19th

Christina @ Christina's Handicrafts

Sherry @ Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th

Kristi @ Confessions of A Fabric Addict

Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts

Saturday, July 21st

Cindy @ Stitchin' At Home

Meloney @ Mel's Quilting Blog

Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts

Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Amy @ Sea of Estrogen

Bonnie @ In Stitches With Bonnie

Tuesday, July 24th

Kathy @ Kathy's Kwilts and More

Summer @ Summer Lee Quilts

Wednesday, July 25th

Susan @ Quilt Fabrication

Brandy @ Pampered Pettit

Jean @ All Points of the Compass


  1. Great fast Christmas gifts, AND a way to use up leftover Christmas yardage from other projects! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

  2. What a cute idea, and a nice gift idea. thank you for that so much.

  3. Great idea - love flour sack towels and, when decorated, love them even more!

  4. I gave up on pretty towels in my house long ago. I live with a bunch of messy, dirty boys. Lol But maybe as gifts for others. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Wonderful idea! Towels get dirty so fast, it's great to have a way to have pretty ones quickly. And FYI, you can buy flower sack towels (plain) in bulk on Amazon... Thanks for the great tutorial and all your hard work!

  6. Great idea with decorating the tea towels. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Those would add a festive touch. Your links don't seem to be working for the hop, just thought you should know.

    1. Good morning Carole. Guess what? You won my drawing. Will you please send me an email with your address?

  8. Those large tea towels are the best, they are great to cover your dishes at the dining table and are very pretty!

  9. Always a handy gift to give, and they look so pretty in the kitchen!

  10. I love using decorated towels and also making them as gifts. Great idea to use some pretty fabric on them.

  11. I love embellishing tea towels. thanks for the video.

  12. Great idea! I will have to try it as I haven't made towels with embellishments. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Cute idea! thanks for the idea.

  14. Such a great idea! I'm always looking for quick and easy things to make for gifts.

  15. what a sweet gift idea. thank you. i need some new towels myself, so i will be trying this.
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  16. These towels seem quick and easy. Just perfect to hand out as gifts to friends and neighbors.

  17. Great way to "fancy" up a towel. Thanks for sharing.

  18. This is a great idea and it looks pretty easy!! Thanks!

  19. We use tea towel at the home I work at very helpfull...tytyty..

  20. I think tea towels are one of the best hostess gifts ever. They are equally appreciated by family, friends and people you hardly know. Holidays are the best because you don't have to even thing about matching decor. If you feel they aren't quite enough toss in a couple of potholders. Can't go wrong.

  21. Great idea for a handmade gift. I'm having difficulty finding nice flour sacks so have started using diaper flannel. Works well.

  22. Tea towels make great gifts! Thanks for sharing your project with us!

  23. What a nice, easy way to spruce up your kitchen or bathroom for the holidays, thank you for sharing Kathy!

  24. Thanks for the new ideas.

  25. Thanks for the tutorial, and for the giveaway, too.

  26. Thank you for the tutorial. Perfect idea to use Christmas stash and give a useful item to friends.

  27. That's a fun project - thanks for the tutorial!

  28. Thanks for the quick and easy way to embellish a Tea towel, it turned out beautiful!

  29. this would make a great little gift with a homemade food gift