Let's Get Crafty: Deer Tea Towel

December 11, 2011

Our friend Diane Haines shared with us her DIY version of a deer pattern design on a flour sack towel in which we with her permission would love to share with you. Following are the step-by-step guide in creating your own deer pattern design.

List of Supplies:

DIY flour sack towel pattern design supplies
List of Supplies for the DIY flour sack towel pattern design

1. Flour Sack Towel
2. Scissors
3. Pen
4. Tracing Paper
5. Iron
6. 1/4 yard Fusible Web (Light Weight)
7. 1/4 yard brown fabric or scraps of brown fabric
8. 1/4 yard coordinating fabric for trim at the bottom of towel pattern
9. Sewing machine

Instructions:

1. Wash and press towels and fabrics used in this project.
2. Make a copy of your pattern before you cut into your original pattern.

Making a copy of the deer pattern
Making a copy of the deer pattern before cutting your original pattern.

3. Iron fusible web to the wrong side of your brown fabric. Heat setting on iron should be set to medium, NO steam. Place iron straight down on top of paper side of fusible web and then move around slowly. Do not leave in one spot or you will burn it. This should only take 10-20 seconds to set depending on how much fabric and fusible you are using. Let cool before starting your next step.

Iron fusible web to the wrong side of your brown fabric
Iron fusible web to the wrong side of your brown fabric

4. Place tracing paper under your deer pattern and on top of fusible web paper that is ironed to your brown fabric.

Copied Deer Pattern Designs for Flour Sack Towel
Copied Deer Pattern Designs for Flour Sack Towel

5. Trace around the design. Cut out design along border of art. Cut as many as you want on your towel.
6. Score paper of fusible with a needle, This will put a tear in to the paper of the fusible and makes it easier to pull off the paper backing.

Score paper of fusible with a needle
Score paper of fusible with a needle

7. Place deer right side up on to your towel where you want them and iron them on. Iron set on medium, NO steam. Press straight down on to design a few seconds until it looks like it is stuck and won't peal off then slowly move iron in circles around the design. Do this to all designs.

Iron Towel with your Pattern Design
Iron Towel with your Pattern Design

8. Place / Pin stabilizer to back of your iron on designs (on back side of towel). If you don't have stabilizer you could use freezer paper , paper coffee filters, used dryer sheets...etc.
9. Next set your sewing machine to a zig zag stitch or satin stitch and sew all around he design . This we add decoration to your design and also hold them on so they won't come off in the wash.

Sew your design on a Flour Sack Towel
Sew your design on a Flour Sack Towel

10. Next, measure the bottom width ( left to right) of your towel. If you want a flat decorative band of fabric at the end of your towel measure towel and add 2 inches. Fold in 1 inch each end of band press with iron before attaching to towel.

Attach a flat decorative band of fabric
Attach a flat decorative band of fabric at the end of your flour sack towel.
Attach a flat decorative band of fabric 2
Attach a flat decorative band of fabric at the end of your towel.

11. If you want a ruffled look measure width and multiply by 2 and gather fabric before attaching to towel. So say you want a 3' Band at the bottom you would cut a band of fabric that is 7" x width of towel 3 inches front of the band 3" back of the band and 1" inch for sewing allowances by width of towel. Fold 7" in half and Iron this before attaching to towel.( Example: you now have a now 3-1/2 " by 60" piece of fabric before gathering for ruffle). Not exact length fullness of ruffle is up to you.
12. If you didn't want fabric you could add lace instead. Sew to the bottom of the towel. Using 1/2' Seam allowances. Finish off seams with a zig zag stitch to stop fraying.
13. Turn band / ruffle, press with iron and top stitch on top of towel to help band lay flat. You could leave the top of the towel plane our cut some off and gather to a band and add a tab or tie to attach or hang over stove towel bar.

Deer Pattern Design for Flour Sack Towel
Deer Pattern Design for Flour Sack Towel
Deer Pattern Design for Flour Sack Towel
Deer Pattern Design for Flour Sack Towel
Deer Pattern Design for Flour Sack Towel
Deer Pattern Design for Flour Sack Towel