Christmas Tea Towels

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To finish up "Deck Your Halls" week I wanted to show you another Christmas project I made to give as gifts this year!  They go great with the Christmas place-mats I posted about the other day and I just love the cheerful colors and cute patterns!

If you aren't the sewing type, don't worry; I included some ideas at the end for no-sew versions that would turn out really great too!

I had some extra linen fabric so I decided to make my own tea towels but it would be even easier to just buy plain white tea towels and decorate them.

I chose 3 ribbons that matched the fabrics I used in my place-pats and cut them a little longer than the towel.

Then I pinned the red ric-rac and green ribbon into place and sewed them on using red thread in a zig-zag stitch.

Next I wanted to make a monogram applique so I printed the letter in the size I wanted and taped it to a sunny window. I cut a rectangle out of the aqua fabric and taped it on top of the D so I could see where to paint.  (You could also paint it directly onto the tea towel but I just wanted to add some more color).

Then I painted on the letter using fabric paint.

Once the paint was dry, I attached a piece of applique to the back of the fabric (click here to learn more about making appliques) and stuck it in place on my towel.  I ironed it on high for about 20 seconds to make the paint set and the applique adhere.  Then I stitched around the edges for extra hold and cuteness!

Next I folded the edges of the towel over 1'4" and ironed it flat, then folded that edge over 1/4" again and ironed it flat.

 I used a straight stitch to sew the edges so they would lay flat.  Then I used a zig-zag stitch to attach the brown lace along the bottom edge of the towel.

What a great way to spread a little Christmas cheer in somebody's kitchen!

monogrammed tea towel

If you are not a sewer, don't worry you can still make these awesome towels.  Just start with a pre-made tea towel and you can glue the ribbons on with fabric glue.  You can still do the applique, it will stay on fine without the stitches around the edge.

You could also replace the monogram applique with any other Christmas-ey applique like holly leaves and berries, a tree, or a snowflake.

You might also like:

Christmas Place Mats

Hand-painted Wooden Christmas Signs

Easy Christmas Centerpiece


  1. Wow I really love this! I’m going to pin this for the future. Thanks for sharing :-)
    Stopping by from One Artsy Mama

  2. So pretty, Kate! Great job! I’m so glad you shared this at Shine On Fridays; hope to see you again next week!

  3. These are adorable!! Nice job! Visiting from Frugal Girls Link Party.

  4. Those towels turned out so pretty! What a welcomed gift they must be to whomever you share them with. Would you please share this with my readers for Fun Stuff Fridays linky party?

  5. super cute .. love the color combo

  6. Betty Vogel says:

    T his very helpful .I would like ideas for teenage sweatshirt decorating. Thanks,


  1. [...] can print them out and stick the print-out and fabric/applique on a window to trace the letters (like I did with my Christmas Tea Towels) and then cut them out with scissors or a utility [...]

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