More Handmade Gift Ideas – Appliqued Bath Towel

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Cricut

appliqued bath towel

Christmas is definitely not the only time we need great handmade gift ideas, and an appliqued bath towel is so easy and inexpensive to make and would make a great birthday, baby shower, or just because gift.

I made this for my nephew, and it’s probably my all time favorite things I’ve ever made, mostly because that little alien is just so darn cute! That’s from the Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut cartridge, and there are several other adorable outer space designs that will be going in embroidery hoops and up on Elliot’s wall soon. I hope another paper doll cartridge is coming soon…

Once again, fabric applique is so easy and I do it as often as possible because I love it. The hardest part is sewing around each element in the design.

1. To begin, I use my Cricut to cut my design out on paper so I can make sure I’m getting the size and layout just right.

2. Back your fabric with heat and bond and either trace and cut your design out by hand or slap your fabric to a sticky mat and cut with the Cricut. I did the alien by hand and the letters with the Cricut. Doing it with the Cricut saves so much time, but more fabric is wasted, so I do large designs by hand.

3. Remove the paper backing from the heat and bond and press to your project.

4. Edgestitch around entire design. Go slow and use a blind hem foot.

I did receiving blankets for baby gifts in 2009 and it’s going to be appliqued bath towels for 2010!

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1 Angela December 29, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Awesome! I’ve wanted to do something like that for Bailey’s towel so I’m glad you posted this.

2 Deborah December 30, 2009 at 11:34 am

OMG you have been so busy making things! These towels are adorable! I’ve always loved personalized towels.

3 Kris Graff January 5, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Great Idea!!! I think I am going to use this for birthday gifts this year!!!

4 Andrea January 5, 2010 at 2:57 pm

I have to tell you that these are some of the cutest things I’ve ever seen! What a great idea!

5 JulieBee March 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I just found your site tonight and am so thrilled! I am going to be a great-aunt in July 2010 for the first time. Since it’s been 18 years since my 2nd child was a baby, I’m out of the loop. I want to make personal gifts for my niece’s baby boy and I’ve already seen so many ideas here that I like. I’m not an experienced sewer, though, and have never put in a zipper (SCARY) but I hope to actually finish a project. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us. This towel is adorable. I want to make a sports themed one since the parents are sports nuts. I’ve never appliqued either so wish me luck! :)

6 jessica March 18, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I noticed the link on the sidebar and clicked…how could I have missed such an adorable post when you put it up? I have been thinking of getting plain beach towels and doing this for my three boys…seeing yours makes me want to do it even more, and I *think* I have that cart. so I can maybe even do an alien for one of the boys…THANKS!

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