I am so ready for spring. I would like to go pick flowers and strawberries and to not have to wear a sweater all the time. I’m a big baby when it comes to weather.
Usually when I get all anxious for Spring to come, I try and rush things inside a bit by doing all my spring decorating – as soon as Valentine’s Day is over. It’s my own personal Field of Dreams moment – “If you decorate for it, it will come.” Only I don’t do the creepy whisper. That would be a bit much.
To help hurry things along, I have a new pretty diy fabric feathers dishtowel! It’s super easy to make up, and perfect for these bright, fun colors for Spring.
So let’s get started with the tutorial! Here’s what you’ll need:
- linen, twill or other heavy fabric for dishtowel (you can also use a store bought towel) 20″ x 28″
- fabric scraps for feathers – 3″ x 8″ for each feather
- fabric for layer on bottom of dishtowel - 20″ x 4″
- trims for dishtowel – 20″ of each trim
- contrast thread for applique
- fusible webbing
- Fabric Feather Pattern
Draw or print out a basic feather pattern, or you can use mine. Cut out your fabric scraps larger than the feather. Iron pieces of fusible webbing to the wrong sides of the fabric.
Cut out 5 feather pieces. Make the notches in the feathers a little different on each.
You should now have 5 feathers, all with fusible webbing on the back.
Hem the two long sides and one of the short sides of your dish towel. (You can skip this if you are using a store bought towel.)
Carefully remove the paper backing on the fusible webbing. Mark the center of the dishtowel. Place the center feather so the bottom is 4″ up from the unhemmed edge. Iron the feather in place. Iron two more feathers on each side of the center, so the tops and bottoms of the feathers alternate.
Use a small zigzag stitch to applique around the feathers.
If you use a contrasting thread, it will help the feathers stand out a little more.
Ok now we’re going to finish off that bottom edge. You can do anything here – a ruffle, a bit of lace, or a straight fabric border like I did. Line up the fabric trim with the raw edge and sew them together with a 3/8″ seam.
Fold the border in half so the side raw edges line up and the right side is inside. Sew the side seams along the edge of the dishtowel, down to the fold.
Trim the corners of the sides. Fold the fabric so the right side is out and the open edge is to the back of the dishtowel. Press the edge under 3/8″.
Now you can either sew the raw edge down, or live dangerously and when you sew your trim on, sew the edge down at the same time.
On the front side of your dishtowel, add your trim. I started be sewing on a row of mini pompom trim, with the pompoms facing up, along the seam.
Sew on a row of crochet trim, so it overlaps the bottom edge of the pompom trim. Tuck the ends of the lace under on each side.
And that’s all there is to it! Now you have a super cute new fabric feathers dishtowel!
I just love how bright and colorful it is – so perfect for Spring!