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Baby Duck Towel

baby towel

 

Jumbo rickrack water and a cute swimming duck turn a plain white hand towel into the perfect towel for a newborn.

 

Materials:

  • Hand towel
  • Scraps of three coordinating fabric (we chose yellow for the duck's head and body, orange for the duck's bill, and a star pattern fabric for the duck's wing)
  • Lightweight or sewable fusible web
  • Jumbo rickrack
  • Embroidery floss

 

Prepare the Duck:

baby towel

1. Download the duck pattern below. Cut out the pattern pieces. Cut scraps of fabric to fit each pattern piece.

Baby Duck Pattern

 

baby towel

2. Pin each pattern piece to the right side (patterned side) of fabric scrap. Cut out the pattern pieces. For details on pinning and cutting with patterns, see here.

 

baby towel

3. Embellish your pattern pieces as you wish. We used a French knot and blue embroidery floss to give the duck an eye. Get creative! You can add feathers to the wing, a smile to the bill, or even cute tufts of hair! See our directions for different embroidery stitches here.

 

baby towel

4. Cut pieces of lightweight fusible web to fit each pattern piece. Pin the pattern piece to the fusible web. When pinning, the paper side of the fusible web should be facing up and the pattern piece should be reversed (or with front side down) on the fusible web. Cut each pattern piece out. 

 

baby towel

5. Following fusible web instructions, place the fusible web with rough (glue side) down on the wrong side (unpatterned side) of pattern pieces. Press in place.

 

baby towel

6. Peel the paper backing off the fused pattern piece. Place the body shape on the towel. Fuse the shape in place following the manufacturer’s directions; let cool. Next, fuse the wing, head, and then the bill in place.

 

baby towel

7. Using matching thread, sew around each pattern piece to hold them in place. For tips on sewing curves, see here.

 

Sew on Rickrack:

 

baby towel

1. Pin the rickrack in place.

 

baby towel

2. Cut the rickrack so you have an extra inch on both sides. Fold the rickrack under, so it's on the other side of the towel. This will give your towel a nice finish.

 

baby towel

3. Sew a stright line through the center of the rickrack using matching thread. 

 

 

 

 

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