How do you feel about toile de Jouy?
We mostly refer to it simply as “toile”.
Miriam Webster describes toile de Jouy as:
: an 18th century French scenic pattern usually printed on cotton, linen, or silk in one color on a light background; broadly : a similar printed fabric.
I had one year of French in high school. As memory serves, de means of. Please don’t laugh if you know French, and feel free to correct me, but I think Jouy is so close to the English word Joy that it must mean that exactly: Joy.
Are you of joy when you see a toile print? Do you have any of it in your home?
This would make a nice Mother’s Day gift – or a gift for any occasion. It’s pretty quick to whip up. Cut a rectangle 18″ x 26″. Make sure the print is vertically placed.
Cut a 6″ strip across the width of fabric for the ruffle. One fabric width is perfect for a nice, full ruffle.
Finish the ends by pressing them under.
Fold strip in half and press.
Stitch ends closed.
To gather the ruffle, zig-zag stitch over dental floss across the width of the strip. I use green because it’s easier to see.
Avoid stitching into the floss, since that would prohibit movement for gathering.
The zig-zag stitch secures your edge from ravel, too.
At the ends, stitch back and forth with your zig-zag a couple of times.
For the base of the towel, press and sew the sides and top edge as I demonstrated in this post for the turned edge finish.
Lay the tea towel flat and line up the ruffle print going the same direction – with the ruffle cut edge against the towel cut edge.
Flip the ruffle strip up so the cut edges are together.
Draw the floss to gather the fabric. Pin the ruffle to the towel base beneath.
Stitch below the zig-zag line across the width of the towel. Make sure the ends line up as you begin and end.
Gently remove the floss by pulling out from one end.
Press the towel and ruffle with the seam allowance up.
Top-stitch over the seam allowance that’s on the back side. It’s easier to keep your seam straight if you sew from the top side.
I stitched a double line, just for extra security – not absolutely necessary.
Along with two ruffled tea towels, I made one with rick-rack, just for fun.
Wouldn’t this be a fun weekend project? Do you have any leftover fabric scraps that would work well for making tea towels?