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Simple Applique Towels for Valentine's Day

Posted by  ·  January 20, 2010  ·  Last Updated: January 20, 2010

I was looking for a quick way to give my kitchen some Valentine’s Day bling so I made some embellished tea towels. This darling Valentine Hoop Art would be another fun way to dress up your home for Valentine’s Day.

I had everything I needed in my stash –tea towels ( from IKEA left over from another project), Heat N Bond Lite, bits of fabric, ribbon and trim.

To make the applique I drew  hearts on the paper side of the Heat n’ Bond lite. Next, iron it to the WRONG side of the fabric. (If appliqueing a letter or number it must be drawn in reverse on the paper.)

Cut out the hearts.

Peel the paper from the fabric hearts. There will be a layer of glue on the backs of the hearts.

Stack up the hearts and iron to the tea towel. Stitch around the edges. After washing the edges might start to fray. If this is not okay, go around the edges with Fray Check.

Sew trim across the bottom of the towel.

Don’t want to applique? Sewing a ribbon across the bottom of the towel is another simple way to dress it up.

If you want to learn more about applique check out this tutorial on simple monogram appliques. Reverse applique is another great technique that can be used to dress up a birthday crown.

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  1. Laura
    Friday, February 6th, 2015
    I just wanted to say when I bought the heat and bond, I bought the heavy kind. Then I realized if you sew through it , it can gum up your needle. It actually says on directions to not for sewing. So I went back and got the light one which does not glue but it does help make the heart stiff and easier to deal with. Also I used the flour sack towels from target for a good price. I was hesitant to use white thread to sew the red heart, knowing my imperfect lines would show up, so I used red on the heart and white so the red didn't show through on the back of the towel. I also used red thread to sew on the trim at the bottom.
  2. Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
    Just stopping by to let you know that I've featured your craft on Family Fun Crafts! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them. :) If you would like to display a
    featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.
  3. Friday, February 19th, 2010
    Hmm dainty! :). Thank you for sharing
  4. Monday, January 25th, 2010
    wow these are stunning!
  5. Thursday, January 21st, 2010
    Cute idea!
  6. Thursday, January 21st, 2010
    I appliqued a shirt yesterday. It turned out great. Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration. I will post it on my blog soon and link back to your post. Thanks
  7. Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
    Wonderful idea for Valentines Day!Thanks for the idea.
  8. DJ
    Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
    wonderful ideas...thanks for sharing.....will try
  9. Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
    I just wanted to say that I also have those towels from Ikea and the waffle pattern on them really bunches up after washing and drying. The towel becomes very bumpy. Well at least mine do! just some FYI.
  10. Sandy King
    Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
    Those towels are beautiful and would go well in my kitchen!
  11. Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
    Very Cute!
  12. Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
    I bet you had fun making those! Just darling.
  13. Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
    Very cute and so appropriate for Valentines!
  14. Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
    Ooh that is cute! What a fun way to dress up a kitchen. Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.
  15. Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
    VERY cute. I would buy it. (Not so crazy about doing crafts!)
  16. Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
    Cute. I tried making an applique once you have me excited to try it again.
  17. Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
    Super cute. thanks for sharing this idea.
  18. Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
    So cute! Thank you for sharing this idea.
  19. Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
    So simple..but so beautiful..how do you get all this stuff done my friend...I am amazed..have a great day....
  20. Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
    I am a paper cutting artist I would love for you to look at my work
    [email protected]
  21. Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
    Very cute I can't wait to make them.
  22. Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
    Very sweet! Now all this time I was searching for printed tea towels and found tons of plain ones and never thought about just embellishing them myself! duh!!!!
  23. Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
    This is why blogging is so awesome. You come up with wonderful, easy ideas and I think, "Oh, I would never have thought of that, but I can totally do that!" Thanks so much!
  24. Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
    Too cute! I might just have to snag your idea if you don't mind?
  25. Silvelaine
    Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
    A cor é maravilhosa!
  26. Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
    Very cute! I love the pom pom trim!
  27. Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
    Nice kitchen towels and thank you for the idea!