For quick fall decor, machine-appliqué shapes to a purchased tea towel. Fabrics are from various Kim Diehl collections for Henry Glass & Co.
Pumpkin Tea Towel
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INSPIRED BY: Pumpkins & Pennies from designer Mary A. Blythe of Blythe Girl Designs

QUILT TESTER: Diane Tomlinson


Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.

  • 18×28" cotton tea towel
  • 6×10-1/2" piece orange print (pumpkin appliqué)
  • 2×5" piece black print (stem appliqué)
  • 3×9" piece green print (leaf appliqué)
  • Lightweight fusible web
  • Perle cotton No. 8: green and red


Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order. Click on "Download this Project" above for patterns.

To use fusible web for appliquéing, complete the following steps.

1. Lay fusible web, paper side up, over patterns. Use a pencil to trace each pattern once, leaving 1/4" between tracings. Cut out fusible-web shapes roughly 1/8" outside traced lines.

2. Following manufacturer's instructions, press each fusible-web shape onto designated fabric; let cool. Cut out shapes on drawn lines. Peel off paper backings.

From orange print, cut:

  • 1 of Pattern A

From black print, cut:

  • 1 of Pattern B

From green print, cut:

  • ▫ 1 of Pattern C

Assemble Tea Towel

1. Referring to Appliqué and Embroidery Placement Diagram, arrange appliqués on front of tea towel. Fuse in place following manufacturer's instructions.

Pumpkin Tea Towel apd

2. Using thread that matches the appliqués, machine-zigzag-stitch appliqué edges. Quilt tester Diane Tomlinson also machine-zigzag-stitched accents on the pumpkin and leaf (dark lines on the Appliqué and Embroidery Placement Diagram).

3. Referring to photo and Appliqué and Embroidery Placement Diagram, use green perle cotton to chain-stitch vines.

To chain-stitch, pull needle up at A (Chain Stitch Diagram), form a U shape with thread, and hold shape in place with your thumb. Push needle down at B, about 1/16" from A, and come up at C to secure stitch. Continue in same manner for the length of each line.

chain stitch

4. Using green perle cotton, add lazy daisy stitches along vines for leaves.

To make each lazy daisy stitch, pull needle up at A (Lazy Daisy Stitch Diagram) and form a loop of thread on fabric surface. Holding loop in place, insert needle back into fabric at B, about 1/16" from A. Bring needle out at C and cross it over trailing thread, keeping thread as flat as possible. Gently pull needle and trailing thread until loop lies flat against fabric. Push needle through to back at D to secure loop.

5. Using red perle cotton, add French knots along vines for berries.

To make each French knot, bring needle up at A (French Knot Diagram), the point where knot is desired. Wrap thread around needle twice. Insert tip of needle into fabric at B, 1/16" away from A. Gently push wraps down needle to meet fabric. Pull needle and trailing thread through fabric slowly and smoothly.

french knot