Valentines Day Towel

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been all about Valentine’s Day this year. Normally this holiday comes and goes in my house without much of fuss but for some reason this year I have been all excited about it, enough to get a bit crafty. So, here’s my latest and probably last Valentine’s craft for this 2013 holiday: A DIY Valentine’s Day Towel.

I just did a few simple additions to a basic white towel {feel free to grab whatever color towel you would like}.  The first part of my little tutorial is making a ruffle trim.  It’s pretty easy to do:

1. First get your fabric the way you want it. If you’d like a more frayed look just cut the fabric in the length and height you want or do it like me and double it up and fold wrong sides together for a more finished look.

2. Next run 2 parallel stitches along the fabric, about 1/4 in. of the edge. Also make sure you leave about 4 inches of loose thread on each end.

3. Lastly, grab the bottom 2 threads {bobbin threads} of one side and pull gently as you adjust your ruffle until desired look.

One tip for ruffles: Make your fabric anywhere from 1 1/2-2 x’s larger than the size you need. Once you ruffle {obviously} it shrinks in length.

Then I stitched the ruffle to my towel. Pretty simple so far, right? Now it’s time to pick a trim to finish it off.

I had bought that pack of trims from Michael’s for $2 and thought this towel deserved the velvet trim. So I ran two stitches along both edges to seal it up nicely.

And lastly, I added the felt heart. Really, just stitch around it. Done and done.

I haven’t yet decided if I want it in my kitchen…..

Or in my Bathroom ……

Well, I’m working on one now with the pink fabric and felt heart in the top image so once I’ve finished it, I can decide.

Hope you enjoy your V-Day!

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