Make a Santa Claus Tea Towel for Christmas

Create a Christmas tea towel by appliqueing Santa Claus from scraps of fabric in holiday colors.
  • Lightweight paper-backed fusible web
  • Fabric scraps: green print, red print, multicolor stripe, assorted gold prints, cream print, solid black, and solid pink
  • Green cotton fabric to make a tea towel or a purchased towel
  • Embroidery floss: black and red
  • 3-3/4-inch strip of red print, cut the width of the towel plus 2 inches (binding)
  • 3/8-inch-diameter peppermint-swirl button

Download Santa tea towel pattern

Download Santa tea towel placement diagram

How to Make It:

  1. Prepare the Towel. Wash and dry the fabric (or a purchased towel); do not use fabric softener. Cut and sew the towel to the desired size, hemming both long edges and only one short edge. Press under 1/2 inch at each end of the binding strip. Fold the strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides facing; press. On the wrong side of the towel, align the raw edges of the binding even with one short edge of the towel. Sew through all layers using a 3/8-inch seam allowance. Turn the binding to the front of the towel and hem or machine-blanket stitch in place.
  2. Prepare the Appliques. Trace the patterns onto the paper side of the fusible web, leaving 1/2 inch between shapes. Cut the shapes apart, leaving some excess web around each shape. Following the manufacturer¿s instructions, fuse the shapes to the wrong side of the fabrics; cut out on the traced lines. Remove the paper backing.
  3. Applique the Design. Lay the towel right side up on a flat ironing surface. Position the applique pieces on the towel; fuse in place. Use black thread to machine-blanket-stitch around each applique (or use black floss and blanket-stitch by hand).
  4. Finish the Design. Add French knot eyes with two strands of black floss. Backstitch spirals on cheeks with one strand of red. Sew button to Santa's hat.


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