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Austin, Texas, US
2008
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I cut out some fabric parts for a Rooster tea towel. I made this knock-off from a store called Anthropology. It's a project using old or tattered dishtowels with placing fabric Roosters over the worn, torn or holey spots. Using old dishtowels you can make them look new again by adding some fabric and embroidery. It takes embroidery and quilting skills but if you can sew it will come together just fine. I place three roosters on a tea towel (otherwise known as dish towels, not the looped towels). Also rice sacks and plain cotton will work to make these.

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  • How to make a tea towel. Rooster Tea Towels - Step 1
    Step 1

    Draw and cut your pattern from a paper/plastic grid. I cut my patterns as actual size so I can add my own seam allowance. Take care of the grain of the fabric or type of fabric used. Sometimes a printed fabric or image will turn upside down or sideways when assembled.

  • How to make a tea towel. Rooster Tea Towels - Step 2
    Step 2

    I am making more than three roosters per tea towel. So, cut one complete set of parts for the rooster out of three scraps of fabric, or use more fabric scraps. Doing it this way give you enough pieces to mix up to create a nice assortment of roosters. Remember to add your seam allowance as you cut out the pieces.

  • How to make a tea towel. Rooster Tea Towels - Step 3
    Step 3

    Starting with the comb of the bird. Using a contrasting thread or one that may match your kitchen colors. Pin the fabric onto the tea towel. Tuck under the seam allowance. I like to use 1/4" or less depending on the fabric. Keep your stitches small and close, about 1/8" - 1/4" apart. Next, pin and stitch the body, then the top feather section and finish with the bottom feather section. You may press with a warm iron to set it smoothly. You can use a hoop to help with the embroidery, but it is not necessary unless the tea towel or fabric you are using is a very fine weave. Using a contrasting color of embroidery thread, stitch some defined lines to help indicate feathers. Use a fill in stitch for the bottom of the legs and long stitches for each of the feet and beak. I use a knot stitch for the eye. Keep in mind the placement of the roosters over stains, holes or thread bare areas.

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*Witchy Rachie*
*Witchy Rachie* · Holon, IL · 70 projects
such a good idea! :-D
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Courtney Couture
Courtney Couture · Keller, Texas, US · 20 projects
aw those are soooooo cute!! Happy
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