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Tea Towel with Trim

tea towel

Ribbons: Sue Spargo for Renaissance Ribbons

 

For a quick hostess gift, add colorful designer ribbons to a store-bought tea towel. Easy-to-use water-soluble basting tape holds ribbons in place while you stitch. This special tape dissolves during the first washing.

 

Materials:

  • Purchased tea towel (ours is 18x28")
  • Coordinating ribbons (we chose two 3/8"-wide ribbons, one 5/8"-wide ribbon, and one 1-1/2"-wide ribbon, each 20" long) 
  • Water-soluble marking pen
  • WashAway Wonder Tape (a water-soluble basting tape by Dritz)

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Embellish the Towel:

 

 

 

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1. Lay out and audition ribbon arrangement at one end of towel. Using water-soluble marking pen and a ruler, draw placement lines on towel.

 

2. Remove ribbons from towel and cut each ribbon to measure width of towel plus 1".

 

 

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3. Turn under one end of one ribbon piece 1/2"; press. Repeat with remaining end of same ribbon piece.

 

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4. Apply a strip of disappearing basting tape (self-adhesive double-sided tape) to back side of Step 3 ribbon piece.

 

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5. Remove protective paper tape from basting tape.

 

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6. Align ribbon on marked bottom placement line. Finger-press in place.

 

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7. Machine-straight-stitch edges of ribbon to towel. (We used contrasting thread to show in photos. Thread that matches ribbon background will be nearly invisible.)

 

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8. Repeat Steps 3–7 with remaining ribbon pieces to complete towel embellishment.