Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday! I don’t know if you have noticed, but I haven’t been doing much posting lately. In the last couple of weeks, Lyle and I have undergone some major life changes (which resulted in my unintended absence). After my graduation festivities, we had a brief vacation, and then we headed back to Waco to pack up our things, move out of our lovely house, say goodbye to our dear friends, and make the move to the Austin area. We are still kind of in limbo, but it feels good to finally start the next chapter in our life!
In the midst of all the craziness, I found the time to make these sweet dishtowels for my friend who recently got married (which, by the way, may have been the most beautiful wedding I have experienced to date – and I have been to and in a lot of weddings!):
Over the last few years, I have found that I generally try and make something for my friends when they get married. Normally, I go with dish towels because to me, they symbolize what Fran and I (youfrillme) are all about – finding beauty and frills (and functionality) in the practical, day-to-day things. Everyone needs dishtowels – why not make them FRILLING and lovely?
The entire concept was inspired by embroidery patterns I purchased from Sublime Stitching – who I discovered at last year’s Renegade Craft Fair. I wanted a sort of vintage-inspired look, and I fell in love with this flower and birds design.
The Russian nesting dolls were also inspired by Sublime. I actually purchased embroidery patterns for these, but instead, I decided to incorporate them using applique and some super fun pattern mixing.
I also sewed on ruffles to the bottom of the dishtowels for extra FRILLS.
Finally, a little shout out to Mrs. Kathy Davidson – if you get a chance to read this – your wedding was gorgeous and you were absolutely stunning. Thank you for including me on such a special day. Best wishes to you and Matt as you continue having the time of your life! Hopefully these gifts will reach you soon!
The dishtowel just might have to be youfrillme’s mascot with all the fun DIYs we are coming up with this summer! In May, Fran wrote a post about embellishing your dishtowel with applique, and in June I posted a video tutorial on the blanket stitch.
Today I’m bringing you a DIY to add to these last two projects.
I made these for a friend’s wedding gift in June. You might remember them from the blanket stitch post. Notice the fun fabric border I added to the bottom of the dishtowel. This is what I’m going to show you how to do today, and I promise, it’s really simple!
So get out the dishtowel that you used to learn about applique and the blanket stitch, and follow along as my friend, Tia, learns how to add this final frill to her own project!
Choose your fabric, and cut it about 2” lengthwise and about 4” wider than the width of the bottom portion of your dishtowel.
Make sure everything is ironed and ready for pinning.
Press (iron) each long side of your fabric over about 1/4”. THEN, fold over again to make a 1/2” hem and press. Notice that we only made one fold here. This was a mistake. If you don’t fold it twice, your towel will fray!
Pin each side.
Sew each pinned side on the right side of the fabric, removing the pins as you go.
Pin your fabric onto the bottom of one side of your dishtowel. Leave 2” hanging off each side.
Sew the pinned side onto the right side of the dishtowel, removing each pin as you go.
On the wrong side of the fabric and dishtowel, make a 1/4” fold and press. Then fold the rest of the fabric over making it even with the seam on the dishtowel. Press and pin.
Step 9: Oops, no picture! Sew each side down, removing the pins as you go!
Step 10: Enjoy your newly frilled up dishtowel. And don’t forget to add the applique and blanket stitch! Check out Tia’s almost finished product. She decided to go with a monogrammed applique she cut out herself, and is learning how to do the very easy blanket stitch. Great job, Tia!
For a ruffled finish to your fabric, simply cut the fabric about 2 1/2 times longer than the width of the bottom of your dishtowel. Then, follow all of the directions on this DIY, but when it comes time to pin your fabric to your dishtowel, instead of pinning evenly, pin the fabric making little folds. When you sew your seam, your fabric will begin to ruffle!
Recently I learned a new stitch, the blanket stitch, and since then, I’ve been going blanket-stitch-crazy! My favorite thing about it is that it’s EASY and frills up whatever project you might be working on. I’ve been adding it to all of my applique projects.
Remember the DIY post Fran wrote on embellishing with applique? You really ought to go back to it before you watch this video tutorial I made on the blanket stitch. Once you’ve learned about both, you will be able to do lots of fun and easy sewing without needing a sewing machine!
Check out all of the fun things I’ve been working on using applique and the blanket stitch, and then watch my video tutorial so you can join in on the fun!
I made these dish towels as a wedding gift using applique and the blanket stitch. I also added some extra frills on the bottom with leftover fabric. It’s been my experience that a girl can never have enough pretty dishtowels.
I made this dishtowel for part of my sister’s housewarming gift. She just moved back to our home state of Louisiana which explains the embroidering in French meaning, “Let the Good Times Roll”.
The next two items are a baby gift for one of my dearest friends and her newly born daughter. The gown has fun designs, and I used the same fabric to cut out a monogram for the jumper.
Finally, I made these onesies for another sweet friend and her newly born twins. These aren’t completed yet. I’m adding ruffles to the butts as soon as I get time!
Sold yet? Check out this video tutorial to learn more!
Here’s a FRILLING project for you. Check out these lovely dishtowels Aurelia and I made (Unfortunately I went off and forgot to photograph the ones A made, so here’s only mine – sorry, Rae).
Want the full How-To? Really the sky’s the limit with embellished dishtowels – you could use fabric paint, rick-rack or other trimmings, buttons, all sorts of things. But here’s what we did:
Start with whatever dishtowel you want to use-we got these at Hobby Lobby- and an applique fabric. We used this Alexander Henry bird fabric, and cut out the bird and flower shapes to applique onto our dishtowels. For a different look you could use any patterned fabric and cut out whatever shapes you’d like.
Apply iron-on adhesive paper to your fabric…
…then cut out the shape you want to use as your applique decoration. Follow the instructions on the adhesive paper package. Be careful not to adhere the paper to your ironing board (ahem, Aurelia).
Next, remove the backing paper from your newly-cut applique. Iron it onto your dishtowel. (oops, forgot to photograph this step.)
Then use your sewing machine to satin stitch around the edges of the applique. We recommend working on a scrap piece for a bit before trying it on your dishtowel because it takes a few minutes to get the hang of satin-stitching around an image.
Next, you can embellish more. Yes, I know, MORE FRILLS. I chose to embroider, as it is my current go-to embellishment:
I free-handed the script, then used a simple back-stitch to stitch it up. Then I added some quick little flowers using the detached chain stitch. I think these would be cute with a bit of rick-rack added to the edge as well.
When A and I weren’t looking my mom used some of the scraps to embellish a onesie for Baby, who was happily playing on the floor while we crafted. She pieced together various petals, stems and leaves from the original fabric to make this design, then stitched around it in bright pink thread:
You could do something similar with virtually any fabric scraps you have lying around. Cute, huh? Here’s Baby rocking her FRILLINGly embellished onesie.