So I was in Joann’s last week, minding my own business.
Well, not really. When I’m in Joann’s I tend to mind THEIR business.
After managing a fabric store for several years, I tend to be a compulsive straightener while I’m shopping.
I’m the fairy godmother of my Joann’s.
“How did the fabric in this aisle get so tidy??”
*| Bling |*. (those are my magic wands)
So while minding MY business, I stumbled (literally) across the most adorable bolt of fabric.
It’s from Heidi Grace’s line – called House Windows.
And somehow magically the whole bolt came home with me.
*| Bling |*
So in the first of what will apparently be many “Windows” projects . . .
Here’s my new dishtowel!
I love to take the designs from fabrics and bring them up for the appliques in the dishtowel!
And even if you can’t find the windows fabric, I think the windows appliques would be so cute with a pretty print fabric border too!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own dishtowel.
• White fabric, or purchased dishtowel
• Fabric for bottom border – 1/2 yard
• Fabric scraps for windows, curtains, shutters, etc.
• Trim scraps – rick rack, tiny pompoms, etc.
• Embroidery floss for window boxes
Alot of this is whim – see what looks good to you and follow designs you like in the fabric.
Here are my steps just to give you an idea . . .
Cut out your fabric pieces. You’ll need a large rectangle for the dishtowel (30″ x 21″), pieces of the window fabric for the bands at the bottom (2 of 30″ x 7″), and small pieces for the windows, curtains, etc.
I didn’t use patterns for these, just cut out squares and rectangles from the white and added print fabrics for decoration similar to the Heidi Grace fabric.
Remove all the top pieces from the windows and set them aside in the same layout so you won’t forget where they go.
Pin on the bottom pieces and begin sewing them on with a contrasting thread. I used a dark gray.
If you do the round window, add the rick rack under it as you sew.
Don’t worry too much if your lines aren’t perfect. Part of the cuteness of this is the “hand-drawn” look to the windows.
Start adding in the fabrics over the windows. Add in lines, swirls, or trim as you want for decoration.
Once your windows are sewn on, add on your bottom panels. Sew the panels to each short side of the fabric, right sides together.
Make sure the windows will be facing the right direction.
Fold the printed panel in half, right sides together, so that the ends match up.
Sew along both short sides, until you reach the top seam. Use a 1″ seam allowance.
Trim off the seam allowance but don’t trim throught the seam that attaches the panel to the dishtowel.
Turn the folded panel right side out. Now the front will be sewn and the back will be open.
Tuck the seam allowance down and press under the top edge of the back of the panel, so the fold is just above the seam.
Turn under your dishtowel sides twice to form a hem and sew.
Sew along the top front of your panel. This will sew closed the opening in the back.
Add in any final embroidery details to your windows.
I put some french knot flowers in a couple –
A little birdie in the round window and bows for tiebacks.
I tied these bows but then added a drop of unique stitch to each to help hold them on.
I also fray-checked all the windows. I like them frayed but not out of control. ;)
*| Bling |*
A Pretty Windows Dishtowel!
What do you think?
Wouldn’t this be a fun housewarming gift?
Watch for more windows fabric projects – I think I might need an apron to match this. ;)