The shabby little houses on Ric-Rac Street

Wouldn’t it be grand to live on a street where the road was made of candy floss pink ric-rac. . .

With sweet little houses created from Shabby Fabrics and scrappy patches.


Shabby Art Boutique - Shabby House Tea Towel

A street where the flowers are petite crochet blooms with French knot centres. . .

And all the houses in the row are stitched together with crazy free motion stitching.

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My Shabby House Tea Towels are a simple afternoon project. . .

That make a gorgeous gift for a ‘shabby at heart’ friend.

The fun part is. . . there is no pattern for this project.

It is all cut by hand without measuring and is basically a variety of rectangles, squares and triangles.


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White cotton tea towel,

Visoflex Applique paper,

A variety of fabric scraps – for this project I’m using this amazing Tanya Whelan Rosey fabric in pink, aqua and mint that I got from my friends at Shabby Fabrics,

Ric-Rac – in a coordinating colour,

White and grey sewing cotton,

Sewing machine and usual sewing supplies,

Iron and ironing board.

Note: this is a great project for using those little scrappy fabric off-cuts from other projects.

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1. Iron Visoflex (or alternative applique paper) to back of fabric scraps.

2. Cut shapes out to make simple houses… no need to measure and be exact with this project. The quirkier the better!

3. Remove paper backing and position house pieces on tea towel and iron (no steam) to adhere.

4. Cut little doors and windows and iron in position.

5. Thread you sewing machine with white cotton in the bobbin and a darker colour through the machine. I used dark grey with this one, but also use dark brown occasionally.

6. Using a free motion foot, stitch all around the houses. . . there’s no right or wrong with this. . . just have fun!

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7. Knot and secure any cotton ends at back of project.

8. Sew a coordinating piece of wide Ric-Rac below your design (optional).

Note: Be sure to wash all fabrics and tea towel before starting this project to allow for shrinkage.

This is a project that you can get really creative with. Try using different embellishments, buttons, laces, doilies etc.

DIY Shabby House Tea Towels by Shabby Art Boutique

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Here’s another one of my projects using the Tanya Wheelan fabrics from Shabby Fabrics. . . it’s a tutorial for making shabby Faux Patchwork

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A huge thank you to my sponsor Shabby Fabrics.

They have spoilt me with the most gorgeous of fabrics. Check out their amazing website for lots of shabby fabric yumminess!!

The website is really easy to navigate and order from and they ship world wide very quickly too.

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  1. thank you for this great tutorial! I also love these fabrics …. will make a small order I believe! good day France, Ladyfée

  2. What an adorable project! You make me wish I still had a sewing machine. Well, maybe not… lol!

  3. This Kerryanne is so adorable. How cute. Love that pillow and the saying too.

  4. I love Shabby Fabrics! I’ve ordered from them many times for my crafting projects. Such a delicious selection! Thanks for sharing such a darling project, Kerryanne! 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  5. Love the way these look. My favorite part is the mixing of zig zag and straight stitch without stopping. Super cute. I will be sharing!

  6. Oh this is so pretty – what an adorable creation.
    Toni xx

  7. Hey Kerryanne! Ooohh!! What a pretty t-towel … way too pretty to wipe dishes with! :0) It’s it fun to sometimes start AND finish a pretty project fairly quickly so you feel like you’ve acheived something. And a lovely something you’ve acheived! :0) Glad you found some time to hide in your craft cave to create and relax … here’s to the quiet season and catching up on craft projects … and chats with friends!! :0) Bear Hugs! KRIS

  8. Those shabby fabrics and your creativity is a match made in heaven. What a beautiful addition this would be to the kitchen and practical too if one could bring oneself to use it. Too pretty 🙂

  9. Jann Olson says:

    So cute! I want to make one of these for Spring.

  10. lovely <3

  11. Shirley Flavell says:

    Hope to make this soon for a gift, they are so lovely. I made a t towel with your stacked tea cups design and love it. Can’t possibly use it, it hangs up looking pretty:)

  12. Bernice Patterson says:

    Loving your beautiful shabby tea towels from Victoria Harbour, Ontario, Canada…….blessings to you and yours…Bernice

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