Friday, April 9, 2010

Applique Towel Tutorial: Again!

As you can tell from yesterday's post, I am currently SUPER busy! So, I decided to repost one of my very first tutorials. I thought my applique towel tutorial was very fitting since I am currently sponsoring a fun giveaway for one over on Amanda's blog! Go enter! And then if you don't win, you can use this tutorial to make your own:)
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ORGINAL POST:
I have been having a ton of fun with appliques lately.
So I thought I would share some of my {non-professional} techniques, so you can make your own SUPER Cute Personalized Towel!

Start with a towel of your choice! I made one for each of my boys.
Henry's towel is blue
Grant's towel is green
Eli's towel is orange
Using my computer, I found a font that I liked and printed out an H, G, and E. {You can make the letter as big or small as you want.} You can use any font you like, but the simpler the font, the easier it will be to cut out and sew onto the towel. I cut out the letter, traced it onto some interfacing, and cut it out again.
Then I used spray adhesive and attached the cut out interfacing to my fabric of choice {make sure to attach the letter upside down so that the fabric will be on the top and the interfacing on the bottom}.
Next, I cut out the fabric letter and use more spray adhesive to attach the letter to the towel. This helps keep the letter in place so that it doesn't move around while you are sewing! The next step is to sew the letter onto the towel.
You can use either a zig-zag stitch or a straight stitch. I have tried it both ways, and they both work pretty well...it is really just a matter of preference. The zig-zag stitch is a little harder to master, but once you finish sewing you are basically done. If you want to do a straight stitch {which I did on these towels} you will have to wash the towel after you sew it, and then trim up any of the frayed edges with some scissors.
Basically with both stitches, you just follow along the outline of the letter to attach the fabric to the towel.
And you end up with a SUPER Cute Personalized Towel!
I hope this was helpful and maybe inspired some of you to get out your sewing machines! If you have any questions or need {non-professional} help with anything just let me know.
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31 comments:

Miller Racing Family said...

Wow, how cute is this. I think they would be wonderful for the lake this summer. We are always mixing up the towels. I will have to go sign up for the giveaway.
Have a fabulous Friday!

Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years said...

Very cute and crafty!! I'm sad I don't know how to sew or own a sewing machine! This could be fun!

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amanda said...

i can't use a sewing machine. but thanks again for sharing the giveaway!!

Kelli said...

Adorable. I love how you have a color for each boy.

{Kimber} said...

I love mine :)

He & Me + 3 said...

I totally need to show this to my mom. She is the sewer. Love the stripy towels. My favorite.

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

I LOVE applique-ing {okay, I know that isn't a word!} Usually I applique shirts or onesies, but I love this idea for a beach towel. Hope you are getting lots accomplished! :)

Sarah said...

Fab! That's great. Thanks for sharing!
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Shayna Mills said...

I'm hopping over from Follow Me Friday and so glad I did, I'm now a new follower since I like what I'm reading/finding here on your great blog. I'd love for you to stop by and meet me and have you as a follower as well. I hope you have a great Friday and gain a lot of new followers. I will for sure be back.
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Cole said...

What a great idea! Maybe I could give it a try before swimming season gets here. lovely blog you have.

Nicole
http://lettersfromcoco.blogspot.com/

Cop Mama said...

Yay, what a fun project!

Have a good weekend!

Nichol said...

My MIL gave me her sewing machine and here it sits in the basement. I have no clue how to use one, that's pretty sad. Love the towels!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Great idea!! I haven't tried a zig-zag stitch...might have to practice. ;)

Holly said...

These are super cute and such a great idea for families. my son is always asking which towel is his...I guess I would have to do the whole name - they are both J's! Really cute. Thanks for stopping by 504 Main. I really enjoyed your blog (I lurked around) and now am a new follower.
Holly
54 Main

Cindy said...

Super cute and great idea!!

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Stopping by from Follow Me Friday at Trendy Treehouse. I'm following you now! Hope you'll have a chance to follow me, too. :)

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Those towels are so cute! Perfect for your cute boys! :D

Kmama said...

How cute. I can't even sew a button on though, so I'm sending this idea to my mother in law. ;-)

Maridith @ Strictly Homemade said...

Great personalized towels. Isn't it wonderful appliquing. I just fell inlove with it myself and I am always thinking of stuff I can applique!

Stephanie - My Frugal Lifestyle said...

I'm your newest follower from Follow Me Fridays! Great blog you have here! You're very talented!

Stephanie from My Frugal Lifestyle
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Alicia said...

Love it (just like all your other crafts)!

Beckie said...

Adorable! Thanks for linking up to Ta-dah Tuesday!

Mandy said...

I featured your post on my blog today - thanks for linking on www.craftedition.blogspot.com

Megan said...

Those are way cute! My gram made them for everyone for high school graduation and I still have mine. It's all tattered, but oh so special to me. :)

Stacey @ Fun to Craft said...

Very cute. I love those. Would be so fun for summertime too. Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft.

That's A Stitch said...

I love this idea. I like the font you used, what is the fonts name and what size did you use?

Stephanie Lynn said...

Love this!! I adore mongram anything and the beach towels get so expensive! Simply fabulous! Genius idea! Thanks again for linking up to the Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you enjoy your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Keri said...

So cute! I love your blog and I seem to keep running into it all over blog land. Can't wait to see more.

The Foster Family said...

I like the simple beach towels in different colors. where did you get them?

Maria said...

Thank you for your post, and the photos wich always helps me when I can see it!!!
I am going to give it a try with my new sewing machine!!
Maria

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