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… Their 2014 Valentine décor is a good example.
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.
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.
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!
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
- Ironing board
- Sewing Scissors
1. Wash and dry towels and fabric, do not use fabric softener. This allows the iron-on adhesive to adhere well.
Make sure all the knots and loose threads are on the wrong side of the fabric.
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.
10. Enjoy your towel!
Wouldn’t these make adorable napkins for a Valentine lunch or tea?
*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.