I once told my husband I could quit teaching college classes and get a job at Pottery Barn for the employee discount alone. He immediately vetoed this idea believing that I would never, EVER make any money working at Pottery Barn.
I had to agree that I would definitely outspend my earnings if I was going to that den of decorating temptation every-single-day.
I just adore Pottery Barn’s seasonal decor items. Seriously, it’s love. They might make a few missteps, but I could always be FORCED to find something to order… their recent Valentines décor is a perfect excellent example of items that had me drooling.
I clicked over to the Pottery Barn site to check out their holiday offerings and stumbled upon these adorable Valentine Tea Towels. The catalog suggests using them as a placement, a napkin or even as a gift basket liner.
They are SOOOOOO adorable!
Isn’t it just the sweetest little Valentines decoration?
…. then I looked at the price and choked a little bit, $14 seems a bit steep for ONE cotton flour sac towel with an easy appliqué .
“I could make that without even using my sewing machine!” I thought, as my mind began to whirl. I remembered seeing a similar flour sack towel at Ikea so I took a little road trip and came home with these adorable Tekla towels for just $0.59 each.
I dug around in my fabric hoard for some red cotton fabric to match the strip (Ikea also had a nice selection of matching reds in their fabric-by-the yard area for about $7.00 a yard.) A little cotton embroidery floss and some iron on adhesive later I had an adorable Pottery Barn inspired towel for $0.72!
Check out the directions below and download the free printable pattern then make yourself some adorable Valentine accessories. I think I’m going to bake some Piece of My Heart cookies and give my adult friends a Valentine. Who says kids should have all the fun?!
If you like this project, make sure to take a look at my Valentine’s Day Easy Heat Pack Craft. They are sweet little hand warmers or boo boo soothers inspired by conversation hearts — plus they are equal cute and affordable!
You might also like my Valentine Tin Lantern. So cute and less than $1 to make!
How to Make Valentine Tea Towels
- Flour sack towels
- Tekla Towel from Ikea or any flour sack towel.
- Red cotton fabric to match the red stripe
- Iron on adhesive (Heat and Bond Lite).
- White embroidery floss or thin ply yarn.
- Free printable pattern
Supplies on Hand →
- Embroidery or Hand Sewing Needle
- Ironing board
- Sewing Scissors
Directions for Valentine Tea Towels
1. Wash and dry towels and fabric, do not use fabric softener. This allows the iron-on adhesive to adhere well.
2. Trace hearts using printable PDF pattern on fabric. I use white chalk for this step. It is easy to see and wipes off with a damp cloth.
3. Trace inner hearts on the iron-on adhesive by laying the pattern beneath the adhesive and tracing with a pen or pencil on the paper side.
4. If you want to add a monogram, stitch it now with embroidery floss. I sketched a guide on the back of the heart (backwards) in chalk.
*Make sure all the knots and loose threads are on the wrong side of the fabric. They will be securely attached by the iron on adhesive.
5. Adhere the iron-on adhesive to the fabric hearts following the manufacturer’s instructions. Keep the paper backing on the adhesive until step 9.
6. Using iron-on adhesive as a guide, stitch a white border around the edge of the heart.
7. Use your fingernails to lightly unravel the unfinished edge of the heart.
8. Trim any extra long threads from the edges of the heart.
9. Remove paper from the iron-on adhesive and place heart in desired location on towel. Iron your heart to the towel following the manufacturer’s instructions from the iron-on adhesive.
10. Enjoy your towel!
The total cost of this towel is $0.72! At this price you can make a few (or many) Valentine Tea Towels and treat your friends to a cheerful surprise.
Wouldn’t these make adorable napkins for a Valentines lunch or tea?
*Tip: To extend the life of the adhesive, I recommend washing on the delicate cycle and hanging to dry.
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