Holiday Apron Towel


  • Holiday dishtowel
  • Fabrics: green print (block, ties, backing), 1/3 yd.; scraps: red print (center block); red/green print (corner squares); green print (tree); brown print (tree stump)
  • Cotton Batting (The Warm Co.)
  • Red heart button (JHB International), 1/2”


  • All-purpose Thread to match prints (Coats & Clark)
  • Monofiliment or invisible thread (Coats & Clark)
  • Steam-a-Seam (The Warm Co.)
  • KK2000 Temporary Adhesive Spray (Sulky)
  • Fray Check (Dritz)
  • Sewing machine with darning foot, appliqué foot and 1/4” quilting foot
  • Sewing needle
  • Straight pins
  • Iron and pressing board



  • 1. Use a 1/4” quilting foot for all seams. Read instructions before beginning project for best results.

Cutting Instructions

  • 1. Cut: 4” square from red print (center); four 1/2”x4” rectangles (block), two 1-1/2”x10” strips (ties) and 6” square (backing) from green print; four 1-1/2” squares (block) from red/green print.

Make the Block

  • 1. (Note: Refer to Figs. 1-3 to construct block.) Sew a green rectangle to both sides of the center square. Press toward the green.
  • 2. Sew a red/green 1-1/2” square to both ends of the two remaining green rectangles. Press toward the green. (Note: Be careful not to stretch the fabrics.)
  • 3. 3 Sew the rectangle units in Step 2 to the unit in Step 1. Press toward the center.

Applique the Tree

  • 1. Print out pattern. Transfer tree and stump patterns onto Steam-a-Seam. Cut patterns just outside of the line. Iron to the wrong side of the tree and stump fabrics; cut out. Press stump just underneath the tree, on the center block, using photo as placement guide.
  • 2. With a small zigzag and matching threads, sew around the stump. With matching thread, sew a zigzag around the tree. (Note: Use a piece of paper underneath stitching for stabilizer. Tear away paper when finished.)

Quilt the Block

  • 1. Cut a piece of cotton batting 2” larger on all sides of block.
  • 2. With the temporary spray adhesive, spray the batting. Lay the block on top of the batting.
  • 3. With the darning foot, invisible thread and the feed dogs lowered, machine quilt the block in a loopy pattern. Trim off excess batting to measure 6” square. Set aside.

Make the Ties

  • 1. Press under 1/4” on both lengthwise sides of the tie pieces. Press in half.
  • 2. With matching thread, topstitch close to edges.
  • 3. Seal ends with Fray Check.
  • 4. Pin and sew ties, right sides together, to the top of the block. See photo for placement. (Note: Backstitch over ties while sewing to strengthen.)

Attaching the Ties

  • 1. Cut towel to 16” long. Make two rows of gathering stitches at raw edge.
  • 2. Gather towel to measure across the block. Pin towel to block, with right sides together, leaving 1/4” on each end for a seam. See photo.
  • 3. Sew across and backstitch at each end. Remove pins as you sew. (Note: Carefully remove gathering stitches if they show on front side, if needed.)

Add the Backing

  • 1. Press under 1/4” on one side of 6” square backing.
  • 2. Pin and sew backing, right sides together, to block. Make sure ties are out of the way. See photo.
  • 3. Trim corners prior to turning right side out. Press edges lightly.
  • 4. Hand sew opening closed.
  • 5. Sew red heart button to tree.
by Denise Clason


Holiday Apron Towel
Holiday Apron Towel Sewing Backing Closed
Sewing Backing Closed Pinning Backing to Block
Pinning Backing to Block Attaching the Ties
Attaching the Ties Attaching the Towel
Attaching the Towel Fig. 1
Fig. 1 Fig. 2
Fig. 2 Fig. 3
Fig. 3