Finally back to the Christmas sewing! I shared this sketchy Christmas tea towel over at Skip to My Lou earlier this month. It was such a fun project. I know free motion sewing scares many of you but don’t let it! This free motion tea towel tutorial will help you overcome your fears.

I enjoy sketching with a sewing machine. I like the careful messy look. Of course you could sketch from your head but I prefer to have a pattern to follow. Feel free to copy this one.I started by using a water soluble fabric marker to draw my swirly tree.

Then begin tracing your lines with a straight stitch. After you’ve traced with a stright stitch you can go back over your lines with varying stitch thicknesses and styles to add texture and more color. Don’t be afraid to mess up! Even mistakes look good with this method of sewing!

Spray the fabric so the water soluble marker disappears.

And there you have it! Your own, easy Christmas sewing project!

Have you done any “sketchy” free motion drawing with your sewing machine?


  1. says

    What a great idea. I’m only a newbie sewer but just got a new machine. Last nights project was my 1st. Pj’s for Miss 4. I posted them on my blog : )
    Great post. Thanks for sharing : )

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