Author Archives: Laura Bray

How to Sew a Tea Towel

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Note: This project originally appeared on the Creating with Joy blog. I was compensated for creating the project.

We’ve been trying to eat healthier and have introduced a lot more fruit and vegetables into our lives. Which all needs to be washed before you eat it. My family is pretty good about washing the fruit and vegetables but lately I’ve noticed they aren't great about how they dry their fruit after washing it. They'll often grab a towel that's hanging up (that was used to wipe up counters, ICK!), or a paper towel (a better health option, but not great for the environment). So I whipped up a few tea towels that are only to be used for drying our fruit & veggies AND labeled them, because I know how my family operates and that's the only way they will remember which towel to use.

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Supplies needed to sew a tea towel:

•    2 pieces of 18" x 10" solid fabric. This will allow for a 1/4" seam allowance. 

•     4" x 10" piece of printed fabric

•     Basic sewing supplies and a sewing machine

•     Joy iron-on embroidered letters

How to sew a tea towel:

Cut fabric

Iron-On Letters

  1. I used a linen fabric for the front and a cute, cotton print for the back. Fold the printed fabric strip lengthwise, folding each long side, one inch toward the middle. Press, then to stitch along the long edges.
  2. Pin the print onto the solid piece of your towel, 3" above the bottom edge. Stitch into place.
  3. Pin the top and back pieces, right sides facing, together. Stitch around the edge, leaving an inch or two at the top of the towel to turn it out.
  4. Turn out the towel and press. Fold the opening in and pin in place.
  5. Top stitch around the edge of the towel, making sure to close the opening.
  6. Place the letters, then follow the ironing instructions on the package.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial. If you are in the mood to wash a few apples after making your lovely towel, try my delicious Sauteed Apple Recipe!


Illuminated Monograms

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Note: This project originally appeared on the Creating with Joy Blog. I received compensation for the project. Today I'm going to show you how to make these Illuminated Monograms. Based on the Middle Age art of illuminated manuscripts, these letters can really jump start your creative practice and can be used in so many differentContinue Reading

DIY Felt Prosperity Hens Garland

Prosperity Hens 1

  Note: This project originally appeared on the Kunin Felt Craft Blog. I was paid for the original post. Do you believe in magic? You read so much about "prosperity thinking" but does it really work? I think it does. While I love the idea that you can put your wishes out into the universeContinue Reading

Make a Shamrock from Paper Plates

Liv with Shamrocks

I'm half Irish, so it wouldn't be my blog if I didn't do at least one St.Patrick's Day post. I love to celebrate the holiday watching movies (see my recommendation below), baking Irish Soda Bread, cooking a corned beef & cabbage dinner, and crafting. These paper plate shamrocks are a great kids craft and areContinue Reading

DIY Paper Crafting Supplies: Washi Tape & Stickers

DIY Craft Supplies: Washi Tape with Laura Bray

Note: The projects shown in this blog post both originally appeared on the Design Memory Craft blog and I was compensated for them. As I've grown as a crafter over the years, I've been driven to make my crafts as original as I can. When I first started out, I used a lot of suppliesContinue Reading

DIY Felt Accessories Round-Up

Bear Pin 1

You know what I love about accessories? It doesn't matter what you weigh, you can ALWAYS wear them. Plus they can turn a boring outift into something really special. Today, I thought I would round-up some of my favorite felt accessories that I have done over the years. Felt accessories are always quick to make,Continue Reading

Creating a Business Support Group

Inspiration Cards

A few years ago, I asked 3 of my friends, all of whom had their own businesses and had children at my daughter's school, if they wanted to create a business support group. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. We meet monthly, for about 2 hours in the morning, toContinue Reading

The Life of a Craft Designer: Unboxing New Product

Iridescent Gelatos

One of the best things about being a professional craft designer is that I get to work with the latest products my clients release. I'm currently on the design team for Faber Castell's Design Memory Craft blog and just a received a package of new product! One of which is their new Iridescent Gelatos! TheseContinue Reading

Studio Diary: January

Sketchbook watercolor by Laura Bray::

At the beginning of January I wrote about my resolution to make time EVERY SINGLE DAY to work in my studio. Not to work on client projects, not even to work on artwork I will turn into products. Just time to get in my studio and make art. Today, I thought I would share withContinue Reading

Watercolor Hearts Valentine’s Day Printable

Beauty Shot of Cards

Just wanted to pop in quickly and give you a little gift today! How about some sweet and colorful watercolor valentines? It's a free valentine printable, from me to you, because the world needs a little extra love today. Print them out, cut them out, and spread the love. Happy Valentine's Day! Click here toContinue Reading