Don’t you just love Christmas in July? I get to start thinking about my favorite holiday again… feelin’ the love and warmth… and anything I make makes me look super organized and in control of my schedule, lol! This month my friend at Blend Fabrics sent me two bundles of beautiful Christmas fabrics so I decided to make some sweet tea towels with a traditional ‘Partridge in a Pear Tree’ theme.
This collection of fabrics is called ‘Yuletide Greetings’ by Anna Griffin, and it will be available in your local quilt shop soon… ask for it!
The traditional fabrics are perfect for turning my little bird applique into a Christmas Partridge. You could use the same applique design with other fabrics for a non-holiday look.
My free Christmas Partridge applique pattern includes the bird, leaves, and twig in two different sizes. For my holiday kitchen, I made four tea towels, arranging the applique pieces in four different ways. If you want to make the Christmas Tea Towels read on…
Christmas Tea Towel Tutorial
For each tea towel, you will need:
1/2 yard bleached or unbleached muslin
fabric for applique
HeatnBond lite fusible web
Cut or tear the muslin into fat quarter (18’x22”) or larger pieces.
Trace the desired applique pieces onto the paper side of the HeatnBond lite fusible web.
Fuse the applique designs to the wrong side of applique fabrics and cut out the pieces.
Arrange the applique design on one piece of the muslin fabric and iron to fuse.
Hand or machine stitch around each applique.
Pin one tea towel front (appliqued) and one tea towel back (plain) right sides facing, and stitch all the way around with a 1/2” seam allowance. Leave a 4” opening for turning.
7. Turn the towel right side out and press.
8. Topstitch around the tea towel close to the edge. This will close the opening also.
Merry Christmas in July!
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