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How to : make a Beach Hut inspired appliqué tea towel (or two)

I was lucky enough to spend most of my childhood Summer holidays in Bournemouth.

Almost every day, come rain or shine, off we all went to the Beach, where my Grandparents had a Beach Hut.

 

the-S box July 2018 Beach Hut

Collating this month’s craft subscription box,

‘Beach Hut’ the-S box July 2018, has brought back some lovely memories of those long, hot days beside the sea.

Sand between my toes, salty air and sun kissed hair… Awh!

 

Beach Hut bunting apronMy lovely Grandma always wore an apron and the kettle seemed to be permanently boiling on the little gas stove.

 

There were gingham curtains under the work top, appliqué cushions for the deckchairs and bunting around the doors.

 

We lived off cheese and tomato sandwiches and homemade fruit cake.

Grandma would sit and hand sew (mostly patchwork) as we played in the sea or on the sandy beach under the shelter of a stripy windbreak.

We brought home so much of the beach each evening that my Grandma would hose us all down in the back yard before we were allowed back in the house, which meant that every trip to the Beach Hut ended with squeals of laughter-we loved it, us kids! Happy days…Halycon days

I remember that we used to take it in turns to wash up and dry up the tea cups and mugs at the Beach Hut

and that inspired us at the-stitchery to create these easy-to-make gorgeous, stylish tea towels.

And all the haberdashery you need is included in the-S box July 2018

the-S box July 2018 Beach HutSo, for the super-cute row of Beach Huts decoration, we used an appliqué technique

all you will need is the beach hut printed fabric and the Bondaweb

and the striped grosgrain ribbon.

 

We carefully cut out the hut motifs from the beach hut fabric.

Following the instructions provided we applied Bondaweb to the back of the beach hut shapes.

 

After peeling off the backing, we pressed the bondawebbed huts to a tea towel (we cheated by buying our tea towel from a well known supermarket for just a £1)

We also cut out the sails from the little sailing boat and used them as flags.

We used the striped grosgrain ribbon as the promenade.

 

Setting up the stitch width on your machine to a mid-point and the stitch length to approx 0.5  zig zag,

stitch around all fabric edges,

sew in ends and press.

 

For the appliqué, seaside trim tea towel, we used exactly the same technique with Bondaweb

and a combination of straight and zig zag stitches.

Lovely cup of tea -whose turn is it to wash up?

 

Beach Hut bunting apron

the-S box July 2018 Beach HutDon’t forget to check out our other Beach Hut Style makes

using the-S box July 2018a Beach Hut bunting apron

 

 

and a denim drawstring, back pack with water-resistant lining and a Beach Hut inspired sewing kit

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