2014 draws nearer, and I have my own little landmark moment approaching! As of this moment I have 1,835 pinners following me on Pinterest. and that means I'll have two thousand followers soon! So to mark my little personal moment, I thought I'd have a little giveaway. On the day that my Pinterest follower count reaches 2000, I'll randomly choose one of the commenters to this post to win this:
Voila! A lovely tea towel designed by me! This was my entry for Spoonflower's annual Tea Towel Calendar contest. It's a cotton linen blend, with a nice weight to it. The colors are lovely, with sort of a Provençale feel to them. (Here is my favorite frankoma cup obliging posing with the tea towel.)
The sweepstakes fine print. If you want to be entered for the giveaway, please do the following:
1. Comment on this blog post, telling me what your user name is on Pinterest.
2. If you already follow one of my boards there, please include the name of at least one of the boards you follow.
3. If you aren't following me on Pinterest, please click that little Pinterest button over there on the right, below the sand dollar to get to my boards. Choose a board, or boards to follow, or follow them all!
Meanwhile, here's a little tutorial on how to mitre a hem for a tea towel! Spoonflower prints their tea towels with a nice margin all around them. I started by trimming that down to a quarter inch on all four sides:
Next I made myself a neat little improvised tool. I learned this trick from an independent sewing pattern years ago, and have used it frequently since. I cut a strip of paperboard about an inch and a half wide, and marked it with a quarter (1/4") inch line, and a three quarters (3/4") inch line. Use a pencil, or a fine permanent marker for these lines.
Now I ironed the intended hem lines. First the three quarters inch white margin on each side. And then the one quarter inch hem line.
Now my towel looked like this:
Next I finger pressed each corner, raw edge to raw edge on the diagonal, and marked each with a faint pencil line for the miter.
Notice how the stitching line is at a forty five degree angle to the raw edge of the fabric. I also made a little line parallel to the raw edge which marks the quarter inch turn-under.
On my machine, I began sewing the miter.
I like to start in the middle of the seam, sew to the quarter inch line, then pivot; sew to the inner corner, and then back stitch to the middle again. That way, when I snip the thread ends, the seam doesn't start coming apart at the corner of the miter. Here's that little seam, finished.
Hopefully that's as clear as my nifty acrylic sewing table.
Next, snip the corner off, like this:
I forgot to take a picture of the step where you turn your little corner. That bit is pretty self-evident anyway. If you use a little tool to turn it out, be careful not to poke through! Now start pinning your hem down.
Stitch close to the inner edge of the pressed fold. I forgot to get a photo of that step too. Don't worry, this task isn't that taxing! I started my seam in the middle of the side edge, instead of near the artwork, so it wouldn't be where people are looking.
Have fun mitering stuff! Mitered hems look nice on napkins, and table cloths, and tea towels. The finished hem can be as wide as you want!
P.S. Don't forget to comment to be included in the drawing!