A sunny day in November kinda makes you feel that way!
I have included it as a free graphic in our shop. Download it by clicking here: Oh Happy Day! Tea Towel
This pattern continues my theme of using ric rac on sewing/quilting projects. The ric rac above provides a fun horizon line for Mr. Sunshine.
I was at a local fabric store recently and someone mentioned that the always sew their "trims" including ric rac by hand?
I am here to tell you, you can sew ric rac by machine easily and it will stay on your project more firmly if you do sew it by machine. It is especially good to sew on by machine with a frequent use item such as a tea towel which will be washed often.
How to make "Oh Happy Day":
- Purchase a tea towel
- Pre-wash your tea towel and dry it in a dryer (so that all shrinkage takes place prior to sewing )
- Measure the width of your towel to decide on the length of 3 different colours of ric rac. I used 3/8" width ric rac. Cut out all 3 ric rac pieces 1" larger than the width
- Using the downloaded pattern which you can get here, cut out a piece of yellow for the sun by tracing the sun pattern onto yellow fabric and cut out some fusible web (steam a seam 2) to the same size as the yellow sun. Fuse the fusible web to the wrong side of your sun
- Lay out your ric rac lengths and the sun on the tea towel and pin ric rac to the tea towel (refer to the photo above). Tuck the sun just under the top ric rac and fuse in place
- Satin stitch the sun onto the tea towel using a satin stitch
- Sew the ric rac down onto the tea towel, do your best to sew in a straight line across the ric rac
- Draw your letters above the sun onto the tea towel and draw the face on the sun using your pattern and a frixion pen
- Using 3 strand royal blue embroidery floss and a stem stitch, embroidery your letters and face details.