Appliquéd Thanksgiving Tea Towel

I don't have any Thanksgiving decorations. Mostly because Tim and I travel for the holiday and we don't have a dining room, but I also because I find it hard to create decorations for. It's a lot of browns and oranges, and turkeys. I knew that I wouldn't be hosting Thanksgiving, but I do spend time making pies for our family dinner so I decided some kitchen decorations were in order. I've been wanting to make a sort-of appliqué tea towel and thought this would be a great way to display some Thanksgiving language in our home. Here how I put it together.

You'll need a dish or tea towel, fabric, scissors, straight pins, and a sewing machine. I didn't end up using that dish towel in this picture and swapped it out for a green one.

Depending on how many letters your wording has, cut enough same sized squares out of the fabric. My squares were about 3in x 3in. Using a pencil, draw one letter per square, making sure to keep them relatively the same size.

I chose Give Thanks. You'll want to lay the letters out on your towel to get a sense of the spacing you'll need, but I chose to pin only the one I was sewing. Begin the sewing process by pinning that first letter down with 1 or 2 pins.

Using a zig zag stitch, sew around the outside each letter. You'll want to stay right along the edge and when you get to a corner, simply put the needle in, lift your presser foot, and rotate the fabric. Once you get all the way around, tie the extra threads together on each side before moving on to the next letter. The hardest part is doing circular letters. That "S" was very difficult and frustrating, but just take your time and go slow. You'll do it. And it doesn't have to be perfect, it's handmade!

I love it! It adds such a perfect touch of holiday spirit to our little apartment. And these would make great hostess gifts to whoever you celebrate your Thanksgiving with.

The color combinations and fabric can be switched out for any decor, holiday, or personal preference. You can even personalize it for a housewarming party or a favorite saying. Possibilities are endless!

Create Fabric Button Earrings

So if you've seen these around and never looked at a tutorial for them, you'll smack yourself by how easy (& pretty fun) to make. I love that you have the endless possibilities AND can use up fabric scraps that you just feel like you need to save (I have this problem as well). But it's very easy and an enjoyable project. Here's what you do....

You'll need a pair of pliers, fabric, earring posts and backs, scissors, and a cover button kit. I bought the button kits at Joann Fabric.

The cover button kit will come with a circle that you cut out and use as a template. I held mine tight with a safety pin since I didn't feel like digging out my straight pins.

Cut two.

Now, just follow the directions of the back of the kit. With fabric circle pattern down, place over the rubber thing and place the button on top. Then push down with the blue piece. (That's a horrible description, but once you have the three pieces in front of you, I think it should make sense? I hope so!)

Now, using the piers, pull the metal button back off the back piece. Pinch the bottom and wiggle it a bit, should pop off.

Taking your back piece, use that blue thing to push the button together. Make sure to get as much of the fabric under the back piece so it's tight and doesn't pop out from the button. Once you make a few, you'll get the hang out it. Promise.

Now you have two lovely buttons! Congrats! Use some hot glue and glue those earrings backs on and...

Now you have earrings!

See, I told you it was easy! Think about all the pairs of earrings you can make and all those scraps you can use up! I'm pretty excited about it, as you can see.