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09 February, 2014

No-Sew Faux Cross Stitch Valentine Tea Towel

I am excited to join the No-Sew Showcase for our monthly project…this time with a Valentine theme! If you follow my blog, you know how I love tea towels and I am always envious of those fabulous vintage French linens with wonderful handwork!

Baby Kitty Well, I am going to let the cat out of the bag…I cannot sew a stitch when it comes to handwork…no needlepoint, no cross stitch, no quilting…nothing! Yikes! And what makes it even worse is that I come from a long line of mountain women who quilt! I have always wanted to learn to cross stitch, and maybe one day I will, but in the meantime, I have created a no-sew version!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Valentine CenterpieceI gave you a little peek at my faux cross stitch Valentine tea towel in my vintage ironstone and sweater hearts Valentine centerpiece. If you would like a closer look, you can see it here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT  No-Sew Faux Cross Stitch Valentine Tea TowelAnd here it is! I love it and it was so super-easy and inexpensive! And now I’ll share my secret…it’s really an iron-on transfer!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT  No-Sew Faux Cross Stitch Valentine Tea TowelCan you believe it? It looks so real, doesn’t it? All you need is…
  • a vintage-look tea towel…I found mine at Ikea for 79 cents, but I have also seen them at Ross, Michael’s and JoAnn
  • a sheet of iron-on transfer paper…I use Avery brand for light fabrics

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT  No-Sew Faux Cross Stitch Valentine Tea TowelThen all you have to do is print the cross stitch heart graphic on iron-on transfer paper and, following the directions on the package, apply it to the tea towel and you are done!

Don’t you love it? It looks like I spent hours cross stitching but it only took a few minutes!

And just in case you would like to see more example of my easy faux cross stitch, here’s my Pottery Barn inspired no-sew Valentine tea towel…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT DIY Monogrammed Vintage French Linens…and my monogrammed vintage French linens…actually more Ikea tea towels with iron-on transfers added!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Sweater WreathAnd here's last month’s no-sew no-sew sweater wreath

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Basket Liners…and my favorite no-sew project so far, my no-sew basket liners! Can you tell I am having a lot of fun with our no-sew group?

Be sure to head on over and visit the rest of the no-sew gang to see what they are up to!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing my faux cross stitch Valentine tea towel! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures, Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays , The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays , No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays, French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday
See you next time! À la prochaine!

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  1. I'm giving this post an A+ . . . thank you for sharing these fabulous ideas.
    Very cool:)
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  2. Debbie, Even in your close-up picture I could not tell that it wasn't cross-stitched! Amazing and so beautiful! It really has an Old World french look. Perfect with your cup holder and other little hearts along with red transferware! I would love to live near you! You are one creative girl!

  3. Adorable!! Love the cross-stitched look! The sweater wreath is sweet too!

  4. You come up with the most clever ideas!

  5. Ok honestly, if you had said you had spent a solid week stitching every single cute cross onto that fabric, I would have believed you. Even the close-up looks authentic. I LOVE it. But I would expect nothing less from you, my sweet friend. xxoo

  6. That is really cute, and looks like a perfect match to the stripe on the towel. I love to cross stitch, but there are times when I need a gift NOW, and this would be just the thing.

  7. Oh I LOVE this! So cute and such an easy way to add some Valentines love to the kitchen or dining room! Thanks for sharing! xo Jen

  8. It's been ages since I've cross stitched. I can do it, but I wonder if my eyesight is up to it anymore. And no need when you can get some amazing results with an iron-on transfer and in a fraction of the time. I never pass up those Ikea tea towels. At 79 cents, they're a steal and so versatile.

    As always, your no-sew project rocks!


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