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A Simple Project with Options

You might say that October is the start of the holiday season. It begins with colorful leaves, cool evenings, cups of hot cocoa, and thoughts of soon-to-come family activities, gatherings and giving. Some of us like to decorate our yards and our homes for this festive time of the year. Sometimes the smallest and simplest items can be just what is needed to add a bit of holiday cheer, whether you're celebrating the commencement of autumn, the fun of Halloween, the gratitude of Thanksgiving or the giving spirit of Christmas. Our free download for this update is perfect for a fresh makeover that is easy to change as one special time evolves into the next. With this issue's free pattern, a little bit of fabric, some imagination and a small amount of your time, you can personalize your space to fit the season.

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This is the free download pattern for this update, Holiday Towel Drape.

If you'd like to work along with me on this project, download the pattern PDF under the Free Pattern tab at the top.

This cute and simple project, Holiday Towel Drape, has plenty of possibilities. Since I'm thinking of the entire season, not just Christmas, I'm planning to make several of these drapes for around the house, and I will probably give a few as gifts. To start planning each project, I found enough fabric to cut two 3 1/2 x 18 1/2-inch strips and a piece of batting that was close (larger, not smaller) to the dimensions provided in the pattern. I found a very nice silver metallic print to use as the drape itself. It's amazing what you can make from the small bits and pieces from other projects. While digging through fabrics, I also found just what I needed for a couple of other drapes. I'm one of those quilters who has a hard time making only one of each thing. With autumn already here and Halloween coming up soon, of course I had to address both of those too.

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The fabrics selected for the Christmas, autumn and Halloween drape projects.

I like to follow the given instructions on the first project that I make, and then, if I see anyway to update or improve the process, I make adjustments on the next one or two projects. The instructions call for folding the fabric in half and then bringing in the sides to make a point; then press and cut on the fold line to make the pointed end.

I selected my applique motifs and added a leaf motif for one of the extra drapes I intend to make. I traced them on fusible web and then fused them to some appropriate fabrics. I found everything I needed in my batik scrap basket along with scrap fusible web pieces. So far the out-of-pocket cost to make these has been zero.

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Trimming the ends and the fused applique pieces ready to trim.

Once I had cut out the applique pieces, and trimmed and fused them to the trimmed drape unit, it was time to stitch them in place.

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Applique pieces fused into position and then stitched into place.

Once the applique pieces were stitched down, I layered the two fabrics and the batting as directed. Then I stitched around the edges, trimmed and turned it right side out. Once it was pressed, I stay-stitched all the way around the edges for a nice crisp finish. As always, I've added my own touches to this one and the other three that I made. Use your imagination and change the applique, the size, the color or the target season. You are only limited by your own imagination.

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My first attempt and the other three that I altered with a bit of my own creativity.
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