DIY Teacher’s Tea Towel

 

Looking for a gift for a teacher that is not going to break the budget but is personalised? Well, that was me last year and this is what I came up with! A set of tea towels that look like lined book pages.

They are a great DIY project for all sewing capabilities and a fun gift your child’s teacher will love. (This would be a great present for Homeschooler mums too, older children would be able to make this!)

Because you are doing this twice, I sewed both tea towels in tandem so that I did not have to keep changing the thread on my sewing machine.

What you need:

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  • 2 plain white tea towels (I grabbed mine from Coles)
  • Blue, red and black cotton
  • A thin ruler and a wider one
  • Fabric pencil/chalk
  • Sewing machine
  • Hand embroidery needle.

What to do:

Using your chalk/pencil and your narrow ruler as your guide create a row of horizontal lines running the length of the long side. These will be the blue page lines.

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Using the wider ruler, create a line on the left hand side of the tea towel and mark with chalk. This will be the red margin.

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Sew along all horizontal lines with blue cotton and simple straight stitch. You will need to reverse stitch at each end to finish each line.

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Sew along the margin line using red cotton and simply straight stitch. You will need to reverse stitch at each end to finish this line.

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Using your fabric pencil/chalk write the teacher’s name onto the bottom right hand corner of the tea towel, using your blue lines as a guide. Using the black embroidery cotton hand sew, using ‘backstitch,’ over each of the hand written letters.

Once finished, wash on a gentle cycle in your machine, or hand wash, to remove the pencil/crayon mark.

Iron, fold and your all done!

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About the Author: I am a reformed perfectionist who is now a stay at home mum with five children under nine years of age. I am a qualified journalist and graphic designer with a decided creative streak, and run a hobby business called Emily Shaw Design + Write. I will attempt most craft activities and love to write about topical - and especially controversial - issues.

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