Get ready for some cuteness! (I could be prejudice since Luella and Avery are my precious granddaughters.) Plan to sew towel wraps for the special children in your life.
As part of National Sewing Month, we have a special gift for you today. It’s a free project sheet of sewing appliqués–the Owl and Teddy Bear faces–to stitch on the Towel Wraps that Luella and Avery are wearing. To receive the free project sheet, sign up for my email subscription. If you’re already receiving my email subscription in your inbox, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Free Project Sheet–Owl and Teddy Bear faces” in the subject line.
Towel wraps are a guaranteed hit for bath or swimming time. The basic towel wrap is really fast to make; it’s one of the featured projects in one of my newest books, Nancy’s 30 Favorite Gifts To Sew, a book that the Sewing With Nancy team and I put together in celebration of Sewing With Nancy’s 30th anniversary. In today’s blog, you’ll receive Blog Exclusive Tips on learning how to personalize the wrap.
- Bath Towel
- Sensuede Pack
- Madeira Monofilament Thread
- Nancy’s 30 Favorite Gifts To Sew
- Glue Stick (Paper glue stick)
- Grosgrain Ribbon (optional)
Sewing steps for the Teddy Bear Towel Wrap:
- Cut out the face appliqué shapes and trace on the back of the Sensuede fabric or other non-raveling sueded fabric such as Ultrasuede scraps. Cut out the shapes.
- Position the eyes, muzzle, and nose on the washcloth as pictured. Pin or “pin” by applying office glue stick on the wrong side of the fabric.
- Straight stitch around the appliqués, using monofilament thread in the needle. Shorten the stitch length to easily sew around the curved shapes.
- Stack the ear pieces. “Pin” with a glue stick. Straight stitch along the edge of the inner ear.
- Cut out the shape of the Teddy Bear Head. Fold the washcloth, right sides together, with one edge 1-1/2″ longer than the other; pin. Trace the head shape on each edge of the washcloth.
- Cut the washcloth along the marked line. Insert the ears, right side up, between the layers, matching all the cut edges. (The photo features the ears extended, we exaggerated this step in order for you to see where the ears should be placed.)
- Stitch the sides with a 1/4″ seam. Zigzag or serge to finish the edges.
- Turn the hood right side out.
- Find the center of one long edge on the bath towel. Create three 1″ tucks on each side of the center; pin. Stitch tucks 1/4″ from towel edge.
- Overlap the hood onto the bath towel, matching center points.
- Stitch along the lower edge of the washcloth, and along the edge of the towel.
- If you’d like, stitch grosgrain ribbon trim along the edges of the bath towel.
Owl Towel Wrap
- Trace, cut, and stitch the appliqués to the washcloth. Reference the instructions for the Teddy Bear (above) for stitching tips.
- Fold the washcloth right sides together with one edge 1-1/2″ longer than the other; pin. As the basic instructions in Nancy’s 30 Favorite Gifts To Sew book state, measure in 1″ from each side along the upper fold, trace from the lower edge to the 1″ mark creating an angled stitching line.
- Then, mark an angle across the top corners, about 1-1/2″ wide.
- Cut the washcloth along the marked edges.
- Fold the ears (square shapes) as illustrated above and on the free project sheet.
- At top corners, insert the ears between the layers of the hood.
- Stitch the sides with 1/4″ seam allowances.
- Trim all the excess extensions of the ears. Zigzag or serge to finish the edges.
- Turn right side out.
- Pin and stitch the hood to the bath towel, following the steps listed above.
Bye for now,