Valentine’s Day Ideas

Need a Valentine’s Day idea?  Since you know I love me some applique I’ve put together a fun tutorial that includes a Valentine’s Day idea, applique, and my new Silhouette.  Although, a Silhouette isn’t necessary for this project.  {Scroll to the bottom of this post for Silhouette directions}

Are you familiar with the Love Sculpture by Robert Indiana?  It sits in Love Park in Philadelphia.  And, the Love Sculpture is one of my favorite pieces of urban sculpture.

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Wouldn’t the Love Sculpture lettering look awesome appliqued on a kitchen towel?  Can you see it hanging in your kitchen?  Me, too.

Love Sculpture Towel

Making a LOVE Sculpture Towel is easy; here’s what you’ll need:

Love Sculpture Applique Supplies:

  • 1 White Kitchen towel
  • Red Fabric Scraps (1/4 yard)
  • Fusible Web (Steam A Seam 2, WonderUnder, Heat ‘n Bond)
  • Wright’s Red 1/2″ Single Fold Bias Tape
  • Red Thread
  • Scissors

LOVE Sculpture Towel

Step #1:

Download and print the LOVE pdf with the reversed applique letters.

LOVE Applique

Step #2:

Lay the fusible web OVER the pdf that you’ve just printed.  Trace each of the REVERSED letters onto the paper side of the fusible web.  The ‘O’ isn’t reversed.

Robert Indiana LOVE Sculpture

Step #3:

Rough cut around each letter that you’ve just traced.  NOTE:  You do not need to precisely cut each letter until all of the letters have been fused to the back of your fabric.

Step #4:

Fuse the letters to the back of your fabric according to the product’s directions.  Be careful not to get any of the fusible web on your iron – the letters tend to curl at the edges.

Step #5:

Precisely cut out the letters on the lines you have drawn and set them aside.

Step #6:

Add a piece of red bias tape 3″ from the bottom edge of your kitchen towel. Pin to hold.

Love Sculpture Towel

Topstitch with white thread on both edges of the bias tape.  Fold under the bias tape at the sides of the towel.

 

Love Sculpture Towel

Next, line up the “L” above the “V”, but don’t fuse it to the towel, yet.  Because the “O” is slanted, it is the last letter you want to place on the towel.  You will need to work with it a little to get it exactly right.

Once the “L” and the “O” are lined up, press them with a hot iron to fuse.

Love Sculpture towel

Step #8:

With matching thread, straight stitch carefully around each letter.  Really take your time with the top stitching.  Stitch just inside the cut edge.  Use white thread in the bobbin for a clean back on the towel.

Love Sculpture Towel

 

Valentines Love Towel

I made a second towel to see how this design would work on a thicker, textured towel.  I used an inexpensive Ikea waffle-weave towel.  If you use a textured towel, watch out for the puckers when you attach your lettering.  It was a little tricky ~ but totally doable.  I left the bias tape off of this towel  ~ it was just too much with the textured pattern.

The design really stands out against a stainless steel dishwasher and I love how it adds a pop of style to my kitchen.

LOVE Sculpture Towel

A Few Things to Note: 

For this project I used two different methods for cutting out my letters.  On one set, I hand cut letters.  On another set, I used a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine.  While the Silhouette was clearly much faster at cutting the letters, I did have to create the design in the Studio program.  Because of this, both towels took about the same amount of time to make.

For the hand-cutting method, I highly recommend Steam A Seam 2.  The product grabs onto the towel really well prior to fusing.  Since alignment is crucial for this design, having a fusible web product that will stay put prior to fusing is a great feature.

For the Silhouette, I fused WonderUnder to the back of my fabric prior to putting it into the machine.  It cut beautifully on the “Fabric Cotton Print” set at #3.

Silhouette Cameo Owners:  If you own a Silhouette Cameo, then this project just got easier.  Download the Silhouette design here.  {If you can’t open the file, here’s a pdf on How to create the lettering in Silhouette Studio}.

Make a few LOVE Applique Towels and share some love this Valentine’s Day.

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Comments

  1. Simple and cute…my kind of project! :)

  2. I loooove these!! No pun intended. ;0) I think I might just whip some up myself. Thank you for sharing. Pinning it and following you via pinterest.

    Melissa
    redflycreations(dot)com

  3. I like the freshness of this towels.
    Homa Style is having a Valentine link party going on now. I would love it if you linked up your Valentine “LOVE” towels.
    The link is
    http://homastyle.com/wp/2013/01/30/valentine-link-party/

  4. This is fabulous… I was worried that this was made with a vinyl cutter, that I unfortunately don’t have. It is so cute, I can’t wait to try it. Pinned it for later. Thanks for the template! :)

    • Thanks for your lovely comments! One was made with a vinyl cutter and one was not. I wanted both options available.

  5. The towels look great! I love the lettering the how you used the bias tape.
    KC

  6. This is SO cute! I am definitely going to be a copy cat & make this!
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. I love it, how fun! The towel is awesome, but that LOVE applique could be put on so many other things too! I’m thinking maybe I need a new pillow for the couch. :-)

    I’m just stopping by to let you know I featured this today! You can check it out and grab a Featured button here: http://practicallyfunctional.net/2013/02/the-fun-in-functional-link-party-36/

    • Thanks for the feature! I almost did a pillow ~ if you look at my tutorials then you will see that I have a pillow obsession ~ so I did a towel instead. You’re right – I think this could also work enlarged on a bath towel…

  8. Your tea towels are so pretty!

  9. This is so cute! I’m picturing it slightly smaller on a onesie! Lucky me that I have a Silhouette…

    • A onesie is a great idea ~ you might need to resize the lettering in the software. I used WonderUnder on my fabric – not the Silhouette product. Their fabric fusing product is very heavy and would be too stiff on a onesie.

  10. This turned out so great! Nice to see a tutorial that doesn’t involve a silhouette machine, although I might just be bitter because I don’t own one ;)

    • Both towels took the same amount of time – one on the Silhouette, the other done by hand. Either works great.

  11. Thank you so much for visiting Homa Style and linking your Valentine LOVE towels.
    Have a wonderful Valentines Day!
    Remember to visit again on the last Wednesday of February for the Inspire Me link party.

  12. That is an awesome towel and a great tutorial!

  13. Love this!

  14. These towels came out wonderfully, I love the clean, graphic design :)

  15. So cute – love the red on white.

  16. The towel is so cute! My kitchen has red in it and this would be perfect year round for me. Love it! Thanks for the tutorial :)

  17. These are beautiful. Love it! I love to sew and I am pinning this for my next project.

  18. We love it and we LOVE IT! We really, really do and we have invited everyone on Facebook to sew up a bunch and give them away so they will have bunches of Valentines for that special day!! One can only hope – HA!

    We are so excited that you’ve joined us on Simply BeBetsy – thanks so much – we are having a lot of fun with it. Take care.

    Warm regards, Sharon and Denise

  19. So cute…pinned!

  20. This is adorable! Love it!

  21. Love it :) Would look great on a table runner too, simple and yet such a big impact.

  22. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts – you were featured today!! and pinned to my features board!
    –Mandy, SugarBeeCrafts.com

  23. Festive! Love the crisp red and white :)

  24. Love these!
    I see a silhouette project in my future!
    Thanks for the tutorial!

  25. This is so cute! I’ve used this product before and might even have some of it stashed away somewhere. Maybe I should make one…..
    I’m visiting from Creativity Unleashed. It’s nice to meet you!

  26. These are lovely! Thanks for the great instructions!

  27. So cute! I’ll be pinning this to try sometime. Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Wind-Down party, be sure to link back to us so that you can be featured!

    Keep up the good work! =)

  28. This is adorable! The red letters look very striking on the white towel. Great job!

  29. Your towel is so pretty. I love the design and how you incorporated it into your sewing project. Pinning!

  30. Love this! Excited to try this with words and shapes. Awesome tutorial… Thank you!

  31. I just LOVE this love towel and thank you for the step-by-step instructions on how to make one.
    Hugs, Lynnie

  32. This is really sweet – I recognized your inspiration! I like the boldness of the letters – it makes the design crisp and modern. I’ve pinned this!

  33. Great idea, love it.

  34. I “LOVE” how this turned out! Adorable. Thanks so much for sharing at our Best Of The Weekend Party! Pinning this to our party board and have a great week! xo

  35. What a cute idea! Not just for Valentine’s Day, but any time family is coming over for dinner or coming in from out of town. Thanks for sharing!

  36. I love this!!! The red lettering on the white towel looks great! Stopping by from Hoyby Crafts courtesy of the Skip to My Lou link party.

  37. I LOVE this sewing project! It’s fun to see where the inspiration came from too.

  38. So Stinking Cute! Love Love Love

  39. Great project! We have one of those statues here in Phoenix too :) Thank you so much for linking up with Get Your DIY On in Feb.

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