Teacup and Teapot Tea Towel Tutorial

Yep, it’s that time again. Mother’s Day. And, no, I’m not trying to see how many times I can use the word tea in a title. As in Teacup and Teapot Tea Towel Tutorial. That’s really what this post is about. Oh, and Mother’s Day, too.

 Tea Towel Applique


When your mother and mother-in-law are years past retirement simple gifts for Mother’s day can be a bit challenging. Really, all they want is to be remembered. And I happen to think that handmade gifts are a great expression of this. A little {gluten-free, sugar-free, diabetic-friendly} chocolate works.

So, I put together these two tea towels together in no time at all. They weren’t that complicated and I was able to channel my creative side a little, too.

I had to purchase a pair of flour sack towels. I really like the Aunt Martha brand you get in the embroidery department at Hobby Lobby. They were $5 and a some change with a coupon. Target also carries flour sack tea towel that cost less, but aren’t as sturdy as these.

Teapot Applique

I picked out some scraps in cheery colors and pressed them along with the tea towels.

Teapot appliquesBecause I wanted my stacking teacups and teapot centered, I folded the towels in half lengthwise and pressed in a crease. Then, I took a Frixion Marker (links below) and marked a center line. The marks will disappear when I iron the towel.

Tea Towel Applique IdeasFor my teacups and teapot I went to the Silhouette Online Store and chose these two designs. Here are the links to the Silhouette Teacups and Teapot. Fret not my friends, if you don’t have a Silhouette, I have found you printables. Find them here:  Teacups and Teapots.

Tea AppliqueFor some unexplainable reason I did not take any photos of the next few steps. However, I have several tutorials that explain how to appliqué here. If you need a bit of help you should find the answers you need.

For Silhouette appliqué projects I apply fusible web to the back of the fabric according to the manufacturer’s directions. Then, I peel off the waxy paper backing, adhere it to the Silhouette cutting mat, load into the machine and cut.

Tea Towel Applique

Notice that the handle and the lid on the teapot are different fabrics. I had to do these by hand. Once I had cut out my main design (either a teapot or teacup), I would take another piece of fabric (that also had fusible web applied to the back) and lay it under the handle, trace with a Frixion pen, then cut away the handle or lid.

When I went to iron down the design to the tea towel I put the cut out pieces in place of the original. It was really pretty easy.

So, when using fusible web, you press down the design before stitching in place. This keeps it from moving as you try to sew the design.

Before I did this I made little teabags using some baker’s twine and a piece of leftover fabric that still had fusible web on it. I placed my teabags and pressed the design into place.

Tea Cup AppliqueAfter that, it was just a matter of stitching around the design. I used black thread on the front and white thread on the back. On the teapot design, I drew some steam coming out of the teapot. Then I stitched over my lines.

Like I said, this is a super-easy Handmade Mother’s Day idea.

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  1. Leslie,
    These are SO cute! Great job and also a great tutorial to boot! Thanks!

  2. Patricia Routt says:

    Leslie, I just love teapots and especially teacups. These towels are so cute, I love them. I can’t wait to give this a try.

  3. These are so bright and colorful. Sure to perk up anyone’s kitchen!

  4. Hey, where do you get the gluten-free, sugar-free, diabetic chocolate? Seriously, would like to know. Thanks so much.

  5. These are darling! I especially love the teacups towel one and all the cheery colors. I am heading over for the images to make one too!
    Hugs, Lynnie

  6. This is so pretty, Leslie. Thank you for sharing at this week’s Project Inspire{d}. I’ll be sharing this in a Homemade Mother’s Day Roundup this week ~ pinned and stumbled. Have a wonderful week.

    Hugs, Mary Beth

  7. Pretty! I <3 teapots and your lovely tea towel! Pinning

  8. What a sweet idea, never dud anything like this before

  9. These are just adorable! Thank you so much for sharing.

  10. Love these so much! You are amazing. Simply adore everything you do. Thanks for the apron pattern, if it turns out will post it and tell people where to get the pattern too!
    Best wishes ~ d

  11. This is soooo cute! It’s a great project for decorating my kitchen as well. I’ve been looking for a way to learn to sew. I think I found it :) Pinning! Visiting from 733 link up party.

  12. Super cute! And you explain it so well, I think even I can do it! Found you on the Serenity Saturdays blog hop and am following you on Twitter. Looking forward to reading more!

  13. These are so cute! I love how you pieced the different fabrics together! Vey nice! btw, found you via Sew Many Ways linking party! Enjoy your creative day! ~ Vickie

  14. How absolutely beautiful!!! Love the little teacups and love the fun fabrics and patterns! So cute!

  15. love these teacups! Beautiful towel and great tute!

  16. This is really cute!!! You are amazing!


  17. Leslie, I LOVE these! You’ve inspired me friend…(as always) thanks so much…I’ll be visiting and following your Pinterest board and featuring you on this weeks Twirl & Take a Bow! thanks so much for linking xo

  18. These are so adorable Leslie!! Tea towels are great gifts for any occasion. I am pinning this tutorial.
    Thank you for sharing,

  19. Visiting from Twirl and Take A Bow. SO charming- love the idea. Bet your mom and MIL were thrilled! Have a great week :)

  20. Thanks for sharing these on your gallery at #simplybebetsy
    Sharon and Denise

  21. Thanks for showing how to make the tea towel with teacup. Linda Crafts a la mode

  22. This is very cute and your tutorial is excellent. I’ve just pinned this and shared on G+.

    Thanks for joining the Say G’day Saturday link up!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  23. I LOVE this towel! So cute! Pinning to our Monday Funday board. Thanks for sharing!

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