Easy Fat Quarter Tea Towels – Sewing Tutorial

What’s a tea towel? Can you use it in your messy real life kitchen? I think you should be able to. So last year I made my own version using some of my favorite fat quarters (only because they come pre-cut to the perfect size) and I love them!

You’ll need two fat quarters and some pearl cotton for each tea towel. They are fast and easy so feel free to make a big stack all at once.

Start by picking two fat quarters for your first tea towel and place them right sides together on your cutting board. Make the selvages even…

And trim all the edges to make the fat quarters the same size all around. Cut off the selvages too.  Pin around the edges, and sew all the way around leaving about 3” open for turning. Use a 3/8” seam allowance.

Clip the corners, turn right side out and press. Then stitch the opening closed close to the edge. Make a whole bunch and get ready to embroider!

Take your first stitch, only going through one layer of fabric. You are going to bury the knot in the middle of the towel.  Pull the thread through to the end and gently tug at the knot until it pops into the middle. If it pops all the way out, no worries – that happens. Just try again.

Hand sew long stitches (this time all the way through on both sides of the towel) all the way around. Use the seam allowance on the inside of the towel as a guide to keep your stitching straight. You can feel it through the fabric.

When you get to the end of your thread, use your needle to tie a knot in your thread about 1/4” away from the towel. Take a last stitch through one layer only (kind of like the first stitch) and pop the knot to the center again.