PB Inspired Valentine Tea Towels

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I love Pottery Barn’s holiday decor. Seriously, it’s love. They might make a few missteps, but I could always be FORCED to find something to order…

I once told my husband I could quit teaching college classes and get a job at Pottery Barn for the employee discount. 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.

Recently I clicked over to the Pottery Barn site to check out their Valentines décor and stumbled upon this adorable tea towel. They suggest using it as a placement, napkin or even as a basket liner.

PB Valentine Towel at BrenDid

Isn’t it just the sweetest little Valentine decoration?

…. then I looked at the price and choked a little bit, $14 seemed a bit steep for a flour sac towel with an applique.

“I could make that without even using my sewing machine!” I thought, as my mind began to whirl. I recalled seeing a similar flour sack towel at Ikea so I took a little road trip and came home with these adorable Tekla towels for $0.59 each.

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I dug around in my fabric hoard for some red cotton fabric to match the strip (Ikea also had a nice selection of reds in their fabric-by-the yard area for about $7.00 a yard.) A little embroidery floss and some iron on adhesive later I had an adorable Pottery Barn inspired towel for $0.72!

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Check out the directions and printable pattern below then make yourself some adorable Valentine accessories. I think I’m going to bake some Piece of My Heart cookies and give my friends a Valentine this year!

Supplies to Buy

  • Flour sack towels
    • I used the Tekla Towel from Ikea for $0.59 each.
    • You could also use these flour sack towels for a bit more.
  • Red cotton fabric to match the red stripe
    • I got a yard for $2.00 at my local fabric store.
    • I used about $0.05 of fabric per towel.
  • Iron on adhesive
    • I used Heat and Bond lite.
    • It takes approximately $0.05 of Heat and Bond per towel.
  • White embroidery floss or thin ply yarn.
    • I used embroidery floss.
    • The floss cost $1.00 per skein, I used about $0.03 of floss per towel.

Supplies You Have

  • Needle
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Sewing Scissors

Directions

1. Wash and dry towels and fabric, do not use fabric softener. This allows the iron-on adhesive to adhere well.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Make sure all the knots and loose threads are on the wrong side of the fabric.

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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.

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6. Using iron-on adhesive as a guide, stitch a white border around the edge of the heart.

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7. Use your fingernails to lightly unravel the unfinished edge of the heart.

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8. Trim any extra long threads from the edges of the heart.

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9. Remove paper from the iron-on adhesive and place heart in desired location on towel. Iron heart to towel following the manufacturer’s instructions.

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10. Enjoy your towel!

BrenDid-Spluge-and-Steal-Valentine-Towel The total cost of this towel is $0.72! At this price you can make a few and treat your friends to a Valentine surprise.

Wouldn’t these make adorable napkins for a Valentine lunch or tea?

BrenDid PB Inspired Tea Towel

*Tip: To extend the life of the adhesive, I recommend washing on the delicate cycle and hanging to dry.

Click on the image to download the PDF printable pattern for free.

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