Tis the season for stitching gifts. Make sure the back is as pretty as the front!
It’s always a great idea to have some hostess gifts on hand, just in case you need them. Bonnie’s Painted Poinsettias are so pretty and stitch up so quickly, and I’ll show you a little trick to make them even better.
Stitching these designs is like painting with thread. Delicate shading produces a watercolor-type project that is quite elegant.
With hand towels and kitchen towels, and even table linens, there is a pretty good chance that the back of the item will be seen at some point in time. Since you really can’t hide the stitching without making it even more obvious, make it pretty instead.
I chose Painted Poinsettia 1 for stitching on a premium cotton towel. I ironed the towel using Best Press and folded it in half. I lightly folded the bottom half in quarters to mark the center.
Mark the centering lines on a piece of hooped tear-away stabilizer. Spray the back of the lower half of the towel and center the fold lines along the stabilizer lines.
Add a basting stitch and stitch out the poinsettia (I did not stitch the silver accents). Use the same color thread in the bobbin as that with which you are stitching.
When stitching is complete, snip the basting stitches and tear away the stabilizer. The back now is almost as pretty as the front.
Add scented soaps and lotion for a thoughtful gift.
Sew Inspired by Bonnie