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Create these fun eclectic embellished towels featuring Tim Holtz Correspondence fabrics and handstitched detail using Eclectic Elements by Coats Craft Thread.  Each towel is easy to do in an evening, using purchased “blank” towels.

Fabrics from Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements for Coats Correspondence collection:

  • Correspondence Tailored 8BLUE         1/4 yard (10.16cm)
  • Correspondence Jet Setter 8REDX        1/8 yard (10.16cm)
  • Correspondence Symmetrical 8REDX 1/4 yard (10.16cm)
  • Correspondence Transportation Tickets PWTH052.8MULT 1/4 yard (10.16cm)

Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements by Coats Craft Thread,  CA00011

4 blank dish towels (We use Aunt Martha’s Stitch’em up Retro Stripe towels)

Needle threader

Hand needle with large eye

Cut:

From:

TOWEL 1

Fabric A PWTH055.8BLUE

one rectangle 2½” x 18” (6.35cm x 48.26cm)

Fabric B PWTH040.8REDX

one rectangle 1½” x 9” (3.81cm x 22.86cm)

Fabric C PWTH053.8REDX

one rectangle 4½” x 2½” (11.43cm x 6.35cm)

TOWEL 2

Fabric D PWTH052.8MULT

one rectangle 4” x 18” (10.16cm x 48.26cm)

Fabric B PWTH040.8REDX

one rectangle 2” x 9” (5.08cm x 22.86cm)

TOWEL 3

Fabric C PWTH053.8REDX

one rectangle 3” x 18” (7.62cm x 48.26cm)

Fabric B PWTH040.8REDX

one rectangle 1 3/4” x 8” (4.44cm x 20.32cm)

Fabric A PWTH055.8BLUE

one rectangle 3” x 4” (7.62cm x 10.16cm)

Fabric D PWTH052.8MULT

one square 3½” x 3½” (8.89cm x 8.89cm)

TOWEL 4

Fabric A PWTH055.8BLUE

one rectangle 3” x 4” (7.62cm x 10.16cm)

Fabric D PWTH052.8MULT

one rectangle 3¼” x 6” (8.25cm x 15.24cm)

Fabric C PWTH053.8REDX

one square 2½” x 2½” (6.35cm x 6.35cm)

Preparation:

  • Press under ¼” (.635cm) to the wrong side on all sides of all the cut fabrics.
  • The loop on the corner of the towel is at the top of the towel.
  • I found it easiest to hand or machine baste each piece in place, before doing the hand stitching details.
  • All hand stitching is done with Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements by Coats Craft Thread CA00011.

Sew:

TOWEL 1

  1. Pin fabric A strip 2½” x 18” (6.35cm x 48.26cm) across the bottom of the towel, ½” above the bottom stripe. See photograph for placement detail.
  2. Stitch the Buttonhole stitch around all four sides of the rectangle, securing it to the towel.
  3. Place fabric B 1½” x 9” (3.81cm x 22.86cm) rectangle centered on the fabric A strip, ¼” (.635cm) in from the right hand edge of the fabric rectangle A. See photograph for placement detail. Pin in place.
  4. Stitch the Herringbone stitch around all four sides of the rectangle, securing it to the towel.
  5. Place fabric C PWTH053.8REDX 4½” x 2½” (11.43cm x 6.35cm) rectangle at the end of fabric B rectangle. The right hand edge of the strip sh  uld align on the vertical center of the towel.  The bottom of the rectangle should be at the top of the top stripe of the towel.  See photograph for placement detail. Pin in place.
  6. Stitch the Cross stitch around all four sides of the rectangle, securing it to the towel.

 

TOWEL 2

  1. Place Fabric D rectangle 4” x 18” (10.16cm x 48.26cm) aligned with the top stripe on the towel. See photograph for placement detail. Pin in place.
  2. Stitch the Buttonhole stitch around all four sides of the rectangle, securing it to the towel.
  3. Place Fabric B rectangle 2” x 9” (5.08cm x 22.86cm) centered on the Fabric D rectangle. See photograph for placement detail. Pin in place.
  4. Stitch in place around all four sides of the rectangle using a Running stitch, securing the rectangle to the towel.

 

TOWEL 3

  1. Place Fabric C rectangle 3” x 18” (7.62cm x 48.26cm) ½” (1.27cm) above the upper stripe of the towel. See photograph for placement detail. Pin in place.
  2. Stitch the Uneven Buttonhole stitch around all four sides of the rectangle, securing it to the towel.
  3. Place Fabric B rectangle 1 3/4” x 8” (4.44cm x 20.32cm) vertical, 6” in from the right edge of the towel, and even with the bottom hem. See photograph for placement detail. Pin in place.
  4. Stitch in place around all four sides of the rectangle using a Running stitch, securing the rectangle to the towel.
  5. Place Fabric A rectangle 3 1/2” high x 4” wide (8.89cm x 10.16cm) centered on the fabric C band (the edges will extend over the edge by about ¼” (.635cm) and even with the left side of the fabric B band. See photograph for placement detail.
  6. Stitch the Cross stitch around all four sides of the rectangle, securing it to the towel.
  7. Place Fabric D square 3½” x 3½” (8.89cm x 8.89cm) diagonally over the intersection of the other rectangles. See photograph for placement detail.
  8. Stitch the Buttonhole stitch around all four sides of the square, securing it to the towel.

TOWEL 4

  1. Place Fabric A rectangle 3” x 4” (7.62cm x 10.16cm) diagonally, with the bottom point centered from side to side, on the top of the top stripe. See photograph for placement detail.
  2. Stitch the Cross stitch around all four sides of the rectangle, securing it to the towel.
  3. Place Fabric D rectangle 3¼” x 6” (8.25cm x 15.24cm) vertically over the left edge of Fabric A rectangle, with the bottom even with the top of the top stripe. The right edge of the rectangle should be along the center of the towel.  See photograph for placement detail.
  4. Stitch the Blanket stitch around all four sides of the rectangle, securing it to the towel.
  5. Place Fabric C square 2½” x 2½” (6.35cm x 6.35cm) centered over the other two rectangles. See photograph for placement detail.
  6. Stitch a running stitch around all four sides of the square securing it to the towel.
  7. Put these pretty towels on display for everyone to admire!!!!

Click here to download instructions and embroidery stitches.

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