Sketchy Christmas Tea Towel Tutorial

    Posted by  ·  November 2, 2012

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    Hello! I’m Andrea from The Train To Crazy, a sewing and handmade living blog. My goal is to inspire people to fall in love with the art of sewing. You’ll find plenty of sewing inspiration and tutorials as well as a weekly link party for handmade garments and accessories called Make It Wear It Thursday. I hope you’ll stop by!

    Today I’ve got a fun, easy Sketchy Christmas Tea Towel tutorial for you!


    I love sketching with a sewing machine. I like the careful messy look.

    Of course you could sketch from your head but I prefer to have a pattern to follow.

    I started by using a water soluble fabric market to draw my swirly tree.

    Then begin tracing your lines with a straight stitch. After you’ve traced with a stright stitch you can go back over your lines with varying stitch thicknesses and styles to add texture.

    Add more colors. Don’t be afraid to mess up! Even mistakes look good with this method of sewing!

    Spray the fabric so the water soluble marker disappears.
    There you have your sketchy Christmas towel!

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    1. Bostjan
      Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
      I have to show this to my wife, so we can try this with our kids. Thanks for the ideas.
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    3. Gloria Basham
      Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
      So many cute and great ideas I can not wait to try!!!!
    4. Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
      No need to adjust your feed dogs. Just sew like normal. Slowly, of course.
    5. Monday, November 5th, 2012
      These are so cute!! I love how they turned out! Sew perfectly!
    6. vickeyb
      Sunday, November 4th, 2012
      Doing this with machine stitching looks great, but I still haven't had the courage to try this free-style looks HARD! I will do by hand embroiderey...I love the pattern.Maybe I'll try machine,after.Thanks for tute.
    7. Laura
      Friday, November 2nd, 2012
      Love it!!
    8. becca
      Friday, November 2nd, 2012
      are your feed dogs down when you do this?
    9. Friday, November 2nd, 2012
      What a fun idea! So cute.
    10. Friday, November 2nd, 2012
      I LOVE this idea. I just wish I could draw AND knew how to use my sewing machine. Haha! I'm sending this to my friend who knows how to do both; maybe we'll meet up and do this together. Thanks for sharing!