Along with all of the amazing wood & metal collections and the Trinket Pins & Chipboards that Maya Road provides to crafters and scrapbookers there is a perfectly sweet, soft side. Some of my favorite products are the pleated, ruffled and textured Trims that come in an assortment of textiles which include tulle, velvet, satin, denim, gingham and more! They also provide coordinating blossoms and flowers in many shapes and sizes.
I love to create with paper and the Maya Road Trims and Flowers are great for those projects, but I also enjoy fabrics and other textiles so my project today is all about trimming up something soft and pretty.
I cut up some natural Osnaburg fabric to stitch up a hand towel, but you could use a pre-made purchased towel also. To begin, I used a hot iron to flatten the Maya Road Frayed Edge Pleated Trims. This just helps to make it easier to stitch onto the bottom edge of the towel. I remember when I was in highschool that my Home Economics teacher told us, "When it comes to sewing with fabric, your iron is your friend." She was right! I never sew fabric without using my iron to make things nice and smooth. Seams always match up better if you iron as you sew.
Next, pin on the trims... one at a time, working from bottom to top. I sewed directly over the stitching that was already on the Pleated Trim. When I added the 2nd trim color, I made sure to have the bottom edge of that trim cover the stitching on the 1st trim. I also used a zig zag stitch at the top edge of each trim to prevent furthur raveling and fraying. I left the bottom edge of the trim as it is because that is the charm of the Frayed Edge Pleated Trim... it's perfectly imperfect!
Next I added some ric rac trim, being sure to have the bottom edge meet the stitched line on the 3rd trim. There is no need to sew a zig zag stitch as it will be covered with the Mini Gingham Trim.
I then made a flower embellishment using a 12" length of the Frayed Edge Pleated Trim in Faded Cherry which I coiled and layered into a circle, big enough to place one of the Vintage Denim Roses in the center. I tacked the trim down in a few spots, hiding the stitches inside some of the pleats and did the same to sew on the Denim Flower.
The leaves were cut from a natural color canvas fabric then misted with Green Apple Maya Mist. I heat set the mist to the canvas with a hot iron then machine stitched the leaves to the towel near the layered flower.
Don't forget to use those Maya Road Trims for all of your crafting projects... they are a simple & easy addition that will add a lot of pretty!
Here is a list of links to the Maya Road products used:
Green Apple Maya Mist
Frayed Edge Pleated Trim- Denim
Frayed Edge Pleated Trim- Faded Cherry
Frayed Edge Pleated Trim- Khaki
Vintage Denim Rose
Mini Gingham Trim- Apple Red
Small Organza Roses Trim