Valentine’s Day Gift Idea: My first attempt at Applique

I found some left over Valentine’s Day fabric from my Cookie’s in a Jar present last year.

I thought I would give a whirl at applique. I did it several years ago but never tried it again.
I googled a good description and found these great and easy to follow directions HERE from Seamingly Smitten
I bought a single flour sack towel at Ben Franklin, not the cheapest place but did not want to buy a bunch unless I knew it would be a success. Plus the ones at Target were really thin and this one was more of a durable one. UPDATED 1/13/14
I purchased these towels at Target as well for $3. I added the applique which makes a cute inexpensive teachers gift.
Following the directions the same except I did not have the double sided Heat Bond so I used fabric tape to hold everything in place.
I could have stopped here, pretty proud of the outcome,
But,  I decided to pencil in an arrow and came out with this:
This is really an easy process especially if you are only using one easy design and fabric choice. Visited my sister this weekend so she I gave it to her, I think I need to make one for myself.
Here is another look at my second attempt at this Valentines Day dish towel.


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  1. That is so cute! Did you use a sewing machine? Thank you for the link, too!

  2. You did an awesome job!

    Thank you so much for linking up to the Virtual Valentine’s Day party. I hope you will have many party guests stop by.

  3. For that being your first applique in years that is AMAZING! I love how you added the arrow! It would be cute on a Valentine’s tote bag, too (to carry all your Valentine’s goodies) 🙂
    P.S. I’m about to post some Mardi Gras applique designs if you want to check those out later today. 🙂

  4. So cute–love it!