Squirrel and Owl Dishtowels – Tutorial
Do you remember the piece of The Decluttering Project when we all used up or gave away old gift cards? I used a $4 credit to buy a couple of white tea towels. I’ve been on the hunt for an appliquÃ© project ever since. (AppliquÃ© is the “pasting” of one piece of specially cut fabric onto another and stitching around the edges.)
I was flipping through the pages of Country Living when I found it! This squirrel and the owl felt very autumn and very country. You can get the patterns and a basic starting tutorial at their site. I traced quarters on beige fabric to make the owl’s eyes.
The tutorial only uses iron-on interfacing to paste images onto tote bags. If you want to make dishtowels, clothing, or anything that’s going to be washed regularly, there’s one step you won’t want to forget: appliquÃ©.
Sew around all the edges of your squirrel or owl. That way the fabric won’t fray and the layers won’t peel apart. Use a zigzag stitch or, like me, a blanket stitch.
It’s really simple, and it’s the perfect handmade gift.