Aside from Christmas, I’m not much of a holiday decorator;
but as I watched all of the adorable decorations and home accents for spring
begin to flood the stores, I decided I wanted to do something simple and sweet
for Easter this year. I happened to
find a plain table runner and a simple dish towel in the clearance bin at one
of our local discount stores. I knew
they would be perfect for embellishing and they would add just enough Easter
joy to my otherwise not so festive kitchen.
I hope they inspire you to add some easy additions to your holiday décor
(or lack thereof)!
Here is what you need:
-3 pieces of cotton fabric (1 approx. 6”H X 6”W; 2 approx
11”H X 9”W)
-3 pieces of Heat n Bond Lite (cut the same size as fabrics
as stated above)
-3 pieces soft tearaway stabilizer (1 cut to fit a 5 X 7
hoop, 2 cut to fit an 8 X 12 hoop)
-40 wt. embroidery thread
-2 bunny applique designs provided below (The large bunny is provided in two sizes since not everyone has the larger hoop.)
Here is what you do to embellish the towel:
Choose your applique design (I used the smaller
bunny included below) and print a template from your software or mark the center for placement.
Adhere the Heat n Bond lite to the back of your 6 X 6
fabric according to the package instructions and peel away the paper backing.
Pin Pin your template to the desired area of your towel.
Hoop the smaller piece of stabilizer and the towel,
making sure to roll and pin the excess fabric as needed so that it stays out of
the way while embroidering.
Load your design into your machine.
Slide the hoop into your machine, center the
needle and remove the embroidery design template. Sew out the placement (first) run of your design.
Place the 6 X 6 fabric face up over the sew out, making
sure cover it completely. You can use an
adhesive spray or lapel stick to hold the fabric down, if desired.
Sew the tack down (second) run.
Remove the hoop from the machine and lay on a flat surface. Carefully trim the
excess fabric from around the outside of the tack down run, making sure to trim as closely as
possible to the stitching.
Return the hoop to the machine and sew the
applique stitch (last color run).
Remove the towel from the hoop and carefully tear away any excess
stabilizer from around and within the applique.
Iron the towel to finish setting the Heat n
For the table runner:
Follow the above instructions using 11 X 9 inch pieces of
fabric and Heat n Bond, the larger pieces of stabilizer, the larger bunny
design and one end of your table runner.
Repeat the process for the other end of your table runner.
Just making these has put me in the mood for pastel
Easter eggs, ham and family gatherings!
DBBunny 2 Large.zip (33.5KB)Bunny 2 Smaller.zip (68.9KB)Bunny 1 small.zip (63.5KB)