Applique for the Holidays + $700 Sewing Product Giveaway

I’m so happy to be here and over at Skip to my Lou today showing you how to EASILY applique a plain hand towel and washcloth to give them some holiday CHEER!

You’ll need:

Hand towel and/or washcloth

Fabric scraps

RicRac or Fun Yarn

Wonder Under or Heatbond

Sewing machine



Non stick Pressing cloth {teflon or Applique pressing sheet}


First, you’ll want to choose some fun fabric scraps from your stash.

Place them on top of the Wonder Under with right side up.  Iron to adhere.

NOTE:  If your piece is smaller than the wonder under, you may want to use a {teflon} ironing sheet to protect your iron.  Once the iron hits the wonder under, it melts and loves to stick to the iron!  You can purchase these at most craft stores for pretty cheap {totally worth it!}

Peal off the paper backing.  I always do this prior to cutting my shapes as it makes it easier to manipulate while cutting.

You will see that you will have a shiny side to the wrong side of your fabric.  This is a good thing, it means that it worked and you have a surface that will now adhere to another piece of fabric or towel.

Cut out your shapes.

I chose this great Amy Butler fabric that looks like snow flakes.  I ‘fussy cut’ them … meaning I cut around certain parts of the fabric to get the precise images within the design.  But get creative!  You could do Santa, trees, snowmen … so many ideas!!

Place them where you’d like to have them adhere to your towel and iron.

Now, stitch around the applique pieces.  I went ahead and used different stitches on my machine.  This could be a great opportunity to use some stitches that you’ve been wanting to use, but never have.  If you miss some edges, don’t sweat it.  It gives it character!  This is not meant to be a perfect masterpiece!  It’s meant to be fun and experimental and creative!

Notice how I stopped on the outer edge at the corner.  I stop with my needle down securing my spot, then pivot my towel to line up to sew down the next angle.  You can use this technique on many other sewing projects.

I’ve pivoted and I’m ready to continue sewing.

I used fun RicRac for the ‘strings’ to my snowflake ornaments.  Again, get creative with this.  You can use fun yarns that you might have, you can use some ruffles …

Place the RicRac where you like it and secure it with pins.

 Sew down the center starting at the applique design.  This will allow for any extra length to be pushed off to the end of the towel rather to your applique design.  It makes for a much cleaner look.

And here we have the finished masterpiece!  LOL!  A great way to bring the holidays in to your bathroom or powder room.  You can certainly use this applique on tea towels for the kitchen for sure!

What do you think?!

You can totally do this!

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Be sure to enter this $700 worth of SEWING products GIVEAWAY!!!

I am over at Skip to my Lou guest posting today for the Holiday Bake Craft Sew Along.

I get to treat you to a SEW Amazing giveaway as part of our crafty series.

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  1. LOVE the applique tutorial – thank you! And thanks for the opportunity to win the Singer package!

  2. Elizabeth P says:

    Thanks for the giveaway….I love to sew and want to pass that love on to my daughter…this would be the perfect machine for her! Thanks!

  3. This is a fun idea, and doesn’t really look too hard to a novice like me.

  4. Such a cute idea!

  5. Debra J Webb says:

    awesome giveaway! I would love to win this!
    Blessings! ;-}

  6. What a wonderful give away! Thanks for such a great opportunity to win.

  7. Very easy to understand tutorial. Thank you for the chance to win some Singer swag

  8. I would love to win! I have been wanting my very own sewing machine!

  9. Yes please! 🙂

  10. Jenelle Boxberger says:

    Fun way to decorate , thanks for showing your talent.

  11. Melissa Draper says:

    With five girls in the house, three of whom are already bitten by the sewing bug, another machine could come in really handy! Thanks for the fun tutorial!

  12. Brandi Davis Bryant says:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Good luck everyone! I would love to learn how to sew like the pros.

  13. Lori Fegan says:

    What an incredible giveaway!

  14. Awesome give-a-way…thanks for several chances to win!

  15. I love your tutorial and the giveaway is fab!

  16. Thank you for doing this giveaway! I just got into sewing and would be thrilled to win this!

  17. Awesome giveaway!

  18. This would be wonderful! Thanks for the chance!

  19. Thanks for the simple tutorial. I’ve never tried applique before and you make it look easy! And thanks for the great giveaway too!

  20. Daria @ Mom in Management says:

    If I win, you’ll teach me how to sew, right? 😉

  21. Jennifer Newhouse says:

    I can’t wait to get started if I win!

  22. lorraine m says:

    The close up pictures for your tutorial are PERFECT

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