Anthropologie Inspired Valentine Tea Towel

Can I ask you a question? Is it just me, or do you browse catalogs too, to see what you can make yourself? 

I know, it is contagious. You see it…love it…but then decide…the colors are not quite right…it needs one more detail…or the price is just too much.  This problem started for me in high school…just ask my mom about my teal blue sequinned prom dress she made me. { or maybe you shouldn’t }

Anyway, this little Anthropologie Inspired Valentine Tea Towel is one of those…I can do that…craft projects…

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When I saw the version in  the Anthropologie catalog, I knew I had everything I needed to create my version. Scary I know, but that is the life of a crafter.

I loved all the little ribbons, neatly laid out together to create the heart shape…

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I simply, headed to my ribbon stash. You do not need very much ribbon and I bet you just might have more than you think.

Let me walk you through creating your own Anthropologie Inspired Valentine Tea Towel!

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Supplies Needed:

1. White Flour Sack Towel { you can pick these up at Wal-Mart or Target }

2. Variety of ribbons { I chose red based ribbons in different widths }

3.  Thermaweb Heat n Bond Ultra Iron On Adhesive

4. Scissors

5. Iron

6. Heart Template or Pattern

7. Optional: Red and White Baker’s Twine and sewing needle

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If you have never used the Thermaweb Heat n Bond Ultra, it is a fabulous ! I use it for my applique projects as well. It is a great no-sew alternative for projects.

I simply cut 7 inch strips of my ribbons and laid them on the Heat n Bond, in the pattern I liked, for the heart. I followed the directions on the Heat n Bond for attaching the ribbons to the product. The Heat n Bond has a paper backing. I traced the heart shape pattern on it, and then cut it out. Once I had the ribbon heart shape cut out, I peeled off the backing. This left me with my ribbon heart, and a glossy, almost plastic backing. I placed the heart on the towel where I wanted it to be, and followed the directions on the Heat n Bond for applying it to the fabric…

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The best part of this project is that you get to decide how you want the heart to look. You could go traditional red, like me, or add in some pink, blue, whatever you have on hand.

I enjoy different patterns, widths, and shapes, but wanted to keep the color scheme simple…

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I am all about the little details in a project, so I could not ignore that the inspiration towel had a sweet “x” pattern stitched across the hem. I decide to duplicate the detail on my own. I used red and white baker’s twine and a large sewing needle…

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I love the combination of ribbons and the baker’s twine. The “x” pattern at the bottom of the tea towel gives it that finished look and allows a little “weight” at the bottom visually, to really complete the look…

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Are you unsure about hand sewing? This is a great project to try. You really can not go wrong, simply stitch little “x” patterns across the bottom. Remember, it is not about it being perfect, that is what makes it special to you!

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I admit that I have an issue with fabric and ribbon….yea I like it a lot! So, this sweet Valentine Tea Towel was a perfect project to use some of that adorable ribbon. It really does not take much to make you home festive for special occasions, and this sweet kitchen towel will be the perfect little  accent in our home!

Want another simple Valentine Decor Idea? This free Valentine Printable and adorable Peg Family should go on your DIY craft list too…

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I love our little peg family! 

So tell me, what do you do in your own home to make it special for Valentine’s Day?

Enjoy! 

Bonnie

 

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Comments

  1. This is PERFECT!

  2. Really adorable!!

  3. I absolutely LOVE this, and the extra stitching is adorable!!

  4. This is seriously so pretty. I couldn’t bring myself to wipe my hands on it- and I would have to hope that everyone else would realize it was ‘just for looks’ too:) Pinning – thanks for the tutorial.

  5. Such a precious idea! I too was bitten early with the bug of, “I could totally make that!” My mom and I would go to stores just to look for things that we could go home and try to make ourselves! (Long before the days of Pinterest!) LOVE your version of the Anthropologie towel! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  6. This is so cute!! Love it and have pinned it to my Valentines Day Board. Thank-you for sharing!

  7. The twine accents at the bottom are my fav! So cute!

  8. Awesome project! I make tea towels too. This is lovely!

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