Monday, October 15, 2012

A Seamstress Tea Towel {Janome Tutorial} : :

Today's I'm sharing my newest tutorial as an Independent Project Designer for Janome, for a "Seamstress Tea Towel" using linen, ticking, applique, and some of those amazing built-in stitches that the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 offers!

The Seamstress Tea Towel -- Tutorial for Janome

This tutorial includes all the steps needed for making the linen tea towel, as well as a little applique and "I'd rather be sewing!" stitching. You can really have some fun with making these just by adding a different applique or a strip of patchwork. I have a few more that I've made to share here later in the week, that are each so different, but all made using the same tea towel instructions!

The Seamstress Tea Towel -- Tutorial for Janome

The amount of built-in stitches that the Horizon MC 12000 offers is really amazing! My goal is to try them all out. I just couldn't hold off on using this spool stitch any longer -- it's just about the cutest thing ever and the inspiration behind this particular applique design!

Janome built-in spool stitch

I had some fun with all the letter options, as well! The MC 12000 has several built-in word stitches including sweet, love, handmade, and stitch, or you can program in letters to create your own little saying.

Janome letter sewing

I used a water soluble backing to handle the stitching on my linen, that rinses away with cool water. After the stitching you simply just trim away the connecting threads and you have this perfect little lettering!

Letter stitching -- Janome built-in stitches

I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks to themselves while cooking or cleaning in the kitchen, "I'd rather be sewing..." And now I have a fun tea towel that says so!

The Seamstress Tea Towel -- Tutorial for Janome

Be sure to visit Janome to get the full how-to! If you do give this tutorial a go at anytime, be sure to share on my Facebook page or in my Maureen Cracknell Handmade Flickr group anytime!

As a follow-up to both my Quilt-as-you-go Tote and my Quilt-as-you-go Tutorial from last week, I decided to put together that bag tutorial for this week, as well. I can't wait to share it, I'm almost finished! While making progress on my qayg quilt last week, I decided I'm going to need to make more blocks, which means it's going to take me a little bit longer for me to finish. So, here's a peek at my QAYG Bag Tutorial...stay tuned!!

Wishing a wonderful new week to all!! Maureen 

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37 comments:

  1. That is super cute! What a clever machine too :)

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  2. I can't believe all those fun stitches your machine has!! You definitely found a great project where they are the perfect addition. Very cute!

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  3. This project is really fun!! =D

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  4. I can't believe that sewing machine! That's really something!

    Linda x

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  5. its really cute and couldnt have come at a better time, I have the fabric, I am just waiting for my husband to get out of my kitchen because what he does with my towels, just pisses me off.. he makes everything into a RAG !FYI< but I am glad he is in the kitchen, not to sound ungrateful, I just always go buy new Towels when he finishes.

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    1. Shirley, I'm so excited to show you my qayg tote bag tutorial -- I think you're really going to love it!! :)

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  6. Oh so cute! I'd love to have that Janome MC12000 ~ I can hand embroider tho ~ so I guess I'll just have to do with my Janome Horizon (really, I'm very grateful to even have my wonderful sewing machine!).

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  7. This is so cute Maureen! I just checked to see if my machine has the spool stitch too and it does! I might have to try this :)

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  8. How adorable is that! I'm amazed that your machine can do that... I'm light years behind that curve.

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  9. I just love those spools! Every time you post something else that your Janome does it makes me dream about upgrading to a computerized machine. Someday...

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  10. Oh wow, I just love your towel. I really would love to have a Janome. I have been at their site drooling for a long time. Maybe someday because what fun.

    Your bag will be wonderful and I am looking forward to it. I see a little Summerville in there (one of my favorites). I am going to try your quilt as you go this week.

    Have a wonderful week to all.

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  11. Adorable!! Who wouldn't rather be sewing. =)

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  12. Very nice machine. Wishing that I will be as good as you so I can at least demand this as a gift to myself from my husband.

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    1. Aw, thanks! I was very lucky to receive my very first machine as a gift from my husband, before I even mentioned wanting to sew. I'm so glad he surprised me with it, and knew how much I would love sewing even before I did! :)

      Working with Janome is such a dream come true, I will never feel worthy!

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  13. super cute! Great use of the built in stitches

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  14. Such a cute and fun idea! When I'm at work I think that sometimes =D

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  15. That is SO cute!! I think I need to make myself one!

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  16. I would buy that towel! It's so cute!!

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  17. What a fun idea! I enjoy playing with the built in stitches in my machine too. There are so many ways to combine them that you never have to use the same design twice if you don't want to!

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  18. awesome... again! ;) tea towel perfection!

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  19. oH man I guess I better start saving for a new machine... even though I love my refurbed old machine with all of my hear there are some things it just won't do :)

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  20. Seriously, what a cool feature! Your tea towel is adorable!

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  21. So cute! I have letters on my sewing machine, but do you think I ever remember to use them?!

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  22. Love this tea towel!
    So much I featured it on my blog!
    http://loveiswhyiwake.blogspot.com/2013/01/my-current-obsession-tea-towels.html
    Katie

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    1. Thanks you Kaitlin!! It's my favorite -- of course, no one is allowed to actually use it! :)

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