Use precut 2-1/2" squares with just a bit of rickrack to embellish sweet tea towels.

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Designer: Jennifer Black of Merry's Stitchins

Materials for One Towel

• 18-2-1⁄2" squares assorted prints

• 16"-wide tea towel or 3⁄4 yard toweling fabric (16" wide and side edges hemmed) cut to the desired length and unfinished edges hemmed

• 1⁄2 yard rickrack

Finished towel: 16×24"

Measurements include 1⁄4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

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Assemble and Embellish Towel

1. Referring to photos, sew together assorted print 2-1⁄2" squares in two horizontal rows of nine squares each. Press seams in opposite directions. Join rows to make pieced unit.

2. Turn raw edges of pieced unit under 1⁄4" and press. Center pieced unit on towel with bottom edge of pieced unit 2-1⁄4" from one short towel edge; wrap excess length to towel back. Topstitch all edges of pieced unit to towel. Position rickrack on pieced unit; wrap ends to towel back. Stitch through rickrack center to complete towel.

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