|Pattern from the new book, Patchwork, Please! Zakka 2.0|
Anyway...Tah-Dah! Here are the towels in all their linen-cotton glory.
- I used all scraps for the appliqué and bindings. (Hooray!)
- I got the linen/cotton blend (for the towels) at Hancock, because I am way behind on being prepared for this sew-along and haven't placed an order yet for the R.Kauffman Essex line that I'm so anxious to try.
- I tried two different methods for the bindings.
- I made single fold (straight-grain) bias tape for the B & L towels. (Is it still called bias tape if you don't cut it on the bias?) I used my nifty Clover clips (which I fall more in love with every time I use them) to place the tape, and then I stitched through all the layers in one shot. This worked pretty well actually. I was careful to have the tape folded evenly over the towel edges. The clover clips help immensely with making sure things stay put, and getting good mitered corners.
- I made a double-fold quilt-style binding for the Dinner towel. It's wretched. I mean really really terrible. However, part of this may be the result of rushing through it, because I was so worried about making the deadline WHICH ISN'T UNTIL TOMORROW! ugh. :) Still - I wouldn't recommend that method for this particular project.
- I used an altered zig-zag stitch to do the appliqué (as recommended in the book). I'm not going to lie to you: it ain't pretty. If I did these again, I think I would try a satin stitch or small decorative stitch. Some of the letters have sharp corners, and it is hard to get the zig-zags to look awesome. Not impossible, but not easy. I had to stitch at about a sixteenth of a mile-per-hour to get it right. Or something like that.
Overall, the B & L towels are acceptable. The D towel is rubbish because of the binding.
Would I do them again? My guess is: probably not the same. I like the idea of making my own tea towels (or "cup towels" as the Maine-ahs say). The linen is a nice change from ugly old terry cloth. I love the look of it with the binding around the edge. It's fun and a little fancy. I am seeing more handmade towels in my future, but I think I'll be lazy next time and embroider them.
Someone is getting these very towels as a gift for a new house, but I'm not naming names: DAD! :) Just don't go showing off that D towel. People will think it was put together by a Kindergardener.
If you want to find out more about this Sew-Along, click here to head on over to the blog belonging to an awesome gal I met at Sew South Retreat, Lindsey Rhodes.