I am so excited about today’s DIY project: an easy, DIY holiday tea towel. I have my Mummu to thank, because she found the pretty embroidered embellishment I used.
My Mummu loves a good yard sale. She loves going to them, she loves having them – she’s even convinced my Mom and I to help schlep boxes of stuff to indoor community sales in the off season. At our last yard sale, I noticed my Mummu was downsizing some craft supplies and I scooped up a ton of cute stuff: some beautiful doilies (I turned one into this cool pillow), an old purse I turned into a chic floral clutch, and the gold embroidered reindeer trim you see here, which I used to embellish a DIY linen tea towel for the holidays.
Read on for the how-to to make your own DIY holiday tea towel (no sewing required).
Supplies for a DIY Holiday Tea Towel:
- Turquoise linen (this shade of linen is really pretty)
- Embroidered trim (not similar, but just as sparkly)
- Liquid stitch
Because our local Fabricland was moving, they had some great deals on fabric and I bought some pale turquoise linen for 50% off. Using our own tutorial for how to sew a mitered corner, my Mom and I quickly hemmed a simple rectangle tea towel – but you can always buy a plain tea towel to embellish. See? I promised no sewing was required.
I didn’t even want to fuss with sewing on the embroidered reindeer, so I decided to try Liquid Stitch instead.
How to Make an Easy DIY Holiday Tea Towel:
- Wash and dry the fabric before sewing to remove any sizing and prepare for the Liquid Stitch
- Sew fabric into a tea towel using this tutorial
- Hand stitch multiple lengths of embellishment together so they’re easier to manage
- Place the fabric on a flat surface (I put a plastic cutting board underneath, to protect my kitchen counter from any glue, but this adhesive is water soluble until dry, so any drips washed off easily)
- Shake the tube of Liquid Stitch well
- Spread the glue on the back of the embellishment, being careful not to bring it too close to the edges so it doesn’t squish out
- Gently and evenly press down on the trim with fingers
- Examine any edges and add more Liquid Stitch with a toothpick where necessary
- Let dry, undisturbed, for 30 minutes
- Do not launder this fabric until the glue has dried for at least 24 hours.
I will keep you posted on how well the glue holds over time – I am very curious about this Liquid Stitch. (UPDATE 2020: the liquid stitch has held up so well through repeated washings! Only one or two spots I missed and didn’t glue down have appeared but, if any details come lose after the first wash or repeated wear, just add a touch more liquid stitch with a toothpick, press down, let dry again for another 24 hours and that’s it).
I love how this turned DIY holiday tea towel out! The gold, cream, and aqua is such a pretty color combo!
You know I’m not super festive over here, favoring “wintry” to “Christmassy” decor, but I do love the look of this glitzy tea towel in my turquoise kitchen.
If this seems like a heck of a lot of work (I hear ya), here are some cute BIY (buy-it-yourself) holiday tea towels that caught my eye: Black + White Deer Tea Towel | Gin Christmas Teal Towel | Illustrated Holiday Teal Towel
I actually bought enough linen to make two tea towels – any ideas for the second one?