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I decided it would be fun to take a couple of my tea towels and create a purse out of them.

I lined the inside with canvas I had on hand ( all a part of cleaning up and out my sewing room). The top of the purse was trimmed with the canvas as well.  It seemed to need a little fringe to dress it up.

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I have been sewing some of my tea towel designs. I decided to make tea towels for my grandson’s teacher. I thought it would be nice for her to have something to remember him with. Of course he is adorable and who could forget him! So I thought I would share with you the least expensive way to make my tea towels. I print the towels on Linen-Cotton fabric and I have four towels to a yard of fabric that way each towel is less expensive.  After you have ordered the tea towel fabric from my Spoonflower Shop , I always wash the fabric before cutting or sewing with a mild detergent, not using fabric softener but using 1/2 to 1 cup white vinegar to the rinse water. Fabric softener makes the towels less absorbent, white vinegar makes them soft but still absorbent.

I trim the selvage edge.Then I fold the fabric in half, press, cut along the pressed line. Some times the salvage edges are different widths. So please don’t just fold the fabric in half and cut. Remember measure twice and cut once.Then I have two towels still together that need to be cut apart. I then serge the edges flat. Fold the serged edge over to the wrong side of the fabric  press. Stitch along the edge of the serged edge. You now have a gift for someone special. 
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Finished

Finished

I need potholders, it would be so easy to pick some up at the store. Only no they don’t seem to have the potholders I want. I don’t want to buy a set with the potholder glove. I rarely ever use them. I don’t want the potholders that have a pocket you put your hand in either. They don’t seem flexible enough to get a hold of the lid of a pot for me. I just want the old-fashioned kind.

That was what I was thinking before our company from Arizona came, I know we will be doing a lot of cooking, big family meals everyday. I am not crazy about cooking everyday, however when the family gathers at the table I am happy. I know that some of the food on the table will be from fruit or vegetables grown by us. In a home we built, with family we love. It absolutely can’t get any better then that!!

I gathered what potholders I could find , embarrassed because they were ratty looking and promised myself I would make some as soon as I had some time.

So I will share with you how I made my potholders and some tea towels to go with them. I had found some absorbent white fabric on sale, my daughters and I were going to make tea towels. Of course like a lot of projects I hadn’t finished all of the tea towels. I did manage at one time to get the white fabric cut out and hemmed. Then they went into the closet waiting for inspiration.

I had some of my fabric designs “Here Birdie, Birdie” printed at Spoonflower.com, I decided to use that fabric for the potholders and decorate the tea towels with. I had pieces of leftover cotton batting.

First I cut 2 pieces of fabric 10in X 21in. I cut 2 layers of batting slightly larger. Put one layer of fabric face down, 2 layers of batting on top and the last layer of fabric face up. I pinned the layers together and then quilted the fabric by stitching diagonal lines through all layers. I then cut two 9 in. squares out of the quilted layers. I cut bias tape from a coordinating fabric. Since I rounded the edges of the potholders I cut my bias tape on the fabric bias. I also used a glass and a pencil to trace a rounded edge on the corners of the potholders, trimming the fabric to the rounded line.

fabric & cotton batting layers

[caption id="attachment_704" align="alignnone" width="300"]Sewing diagonal lines for quilting Sewing diagonal lines for quilting

cut 2 potholders 9"x9"

cut 2 potholders 9″x9″


Rounded edges

Rounded edges

cutting bias strips for edging potholders

cutting bias strips for edging potholders

Sewing Bias strips onto potholder

Sewing Bias strips onto potholder

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Bias pinned and sewing close to edge

[caption id="attachment_713" align="alignnone" width="300"]tea towel tea towel [/caption[caption id="attachment_716" align="alignnone" width="260"]Sewing a strip of fabric to the tea towel Sewing a strip of fabric to the tea towel

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