Sunday, November 9, 2014

Pumpkin towels

Hello…with Thanksgiving fast approaching I thought it would be fun to create a few towels for this festive season. I've used a steel rule die and these dies aren't just for paper. These dies can be used to cut a multitude of surfaces like fabric, felt, paper, chip board, tissue paper, acrylic, even an aluminum can and more. 
Just think of all the possibilities.  

Supplies needed: small towels, felted wool or felt, thread, sewing machine, jute string
Optional: batting  

I purchased a few little towels from the grocery store for our project. 

Die cut the felted wool with the Pumpkin Parts Bigz Die. You could also use regular felt for the die cut pieces.

Here's a look at the die cut pumpkin parts you'll need. 

Layer all the pieces together. 

Position the layered pieces on the towel and pin in place. 

Using a zigzag stitch, stich around all the edges.

Add a little bow of Jute String to the top of the pumpkin next to the stem. 

After I worked on the first pumpkin I wondered what I could do to make the process a little easier. I decided to add the pumpkin in layers this time. Stitch the base of the pumpkin down and then the stem. 

Continue stitching the pumpkin segments over the base pumpkin. Add a little bow of Jute String next to the stem of the pumpkin. Another change I made to the second towel is that I didn't use any batting. It was easier to sew but I also liked the first pumpkin because it was a little puffier. You could also hand stitch the pumpkin with a blanket stitch. 
I think it just comes down to personal preference. I think napkins would be very festive too! 

Can't wait to display my towels at Thanksgiving! What are your plans for the holidays? We have a big crowd coming, I think it will be a table for 20…I can't wait to see everyone! 

I also have some exciting news! My daughter Ashley and her husband Kirk just had their first baby this past week! And here she is…
Clara Ann
7 lb. 1 oz. 
19 1/2" long 
She is the sweetest baby ever! 

Have a great day!
Richele

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24 comments:

  1. Seeing this makes me wish I could sew. These are so great. I should blow the dust off my sewing machine. Congrats on the newest addition to your family. How very exciting and Christmas will be this year.

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  2. Gorgeous towels Richele. Congratulations to yourself and the family. I reckon with the length of Clara Ann she will be tall. Hugs Rita xxx

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  3. Congratulations Richele!! (and family!!)
    What a cutie :D
    Your towels turned out great girl! TFS

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  4. Great project and congratulations to all! Granddaughters are the BEST! Expecting another myself very soon. Thought she would go in last night after her son's birthday party but didn't.

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  5. Congratulations on your beautiful granddaughter.

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  6. The pumpkin towels are fabulous and the colours you chose match the towels so well. Great stitching too.

    Clara Ann is just so adorable, she has the sweetest face - huge congratulations! Hugs, Anne xx

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  7. Oops, hit "Publish" too soon! Your granddaughter is absolutely gorgeous!!! HUGE congratulations to your family. May her life be happy, long and creative!

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  8. Love, LOVE those towels! What a clever idea!

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  9. Clara definitely steals the show, what a beautiful picture. Love your thanksgiving towels, such a lovely idea. Tracy x

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  11. Love that pumpkin, it's perfect for this project! Your new granddaughter is adorable! Sounds like you'll have a full house for Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

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  12. Cute idea for the towels! Your new granddaughter is adorable!

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  13. What a great little project. These would make a wonderful hostess gift. Congratulations! Welcome Clara Ann!

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  14. Really cute towels. I don't know why I don't ever think to use those dies for projects like that. Congratulations to you and your family. Little Miss Clara Ann is just too darn cute! Have fun spoiling her.

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  15. congrats with your granddaughter :) she is lovely :)

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  16. Wonderful project and congrats with the new comer in the family :) she is beautiful :)

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  17. Precious! (and those towels are great, too!) I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving--looks like you'll be busy! Enjoy just holding that new baby!

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  18. AWWW! Love Love the sweet towels...but even more we Love the new lil' Blessing you have....Congrats to you and your family! How completely special and wonderful! :)

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  19. Oh Richele--Congrats on your new granddaughter!! WOW!! I still don't believe you're old enough to have grandkids!! :) 29 Forever!! LOL ;)
    LOVE your festive pumpkin towels!! You are just too darn good & sooo talented!! These would make great gifts, too! Oh, you've got my wheels spinning for homemade Christmas gifts!! Have a Great week!! XOXO-Shari T.

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  20. Congrats on that precious baby!!! So exciting! LOVE LOVE LOVE your pumpkin towels too!!!

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  21. Not sure which is cuter--The towels or Clara. I think she beats the towels hands down! Do like the idea of using that die to cut wool.

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  22. Hi Richele, congrats on your new grandbaby!

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  23. Congratulations on your beautiful grand daughter and what a lovely name.
    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE your festive towels. I was looking to buy something similar last month and couldn't find anything at all, let alone this nice. I am going to have to kick my sewing machine skills up a notch and try these. Thanks so much for sharing such a lovely detailed tutorial and congratulations again. :)

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