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.

Affiliate Product Links:  Frixion Pens

For more Applique ideas, visit my Adventures in Applique Pinterest Board

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  1. 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.

  2. says

    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

  3. says

    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

  4. says

    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.

  5. says

    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

  6. says

    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

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