Nov 20, 2013

Dresden Plate Turkey Towel

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Put your applique skills to good use this Thanksgiving with this fun towel. Once you have the hang of the dresden plate pattern make napkins and a table runner to match! Download printable instructions.


  • Madeira Aerofil all-purpose thread to match fabrics
  • 1 purchased hand towel or 2/3 yard of linen fabric yardage to create own towel
  • Iron-on Adhesive
  • Variety of Scrap fabrics for Applique turkey
  • Nancy’s Notions Dresden Trace 'n Create Quilt Templates or included template
  • Rick Rack Trim
  • Buttons or Hot-Fix Crystals (optional for eyes)


  • Baby Lock Sewing Machine


  1. If making your own towel cut linen to 16”X 24”piece

  2. Fold in each side 1/2'’ and press

  3. Fold in each side again ½” and press

  4. Using your sewing machine stitch a straight stitch about 1/8” from the fold around the entire towel. Engage the pivot function to easily sew around the corners.

  5. Press towel and set aside while you prepare the turkey applique.

  6. Select a variety of fabrics for turkey applique. Leftovers from another project a charm pack or scraps from a jelly roll work great.

  7. Cut 6-7 2 ½” X 5” fabric pieces and iron-on adhesive.

  8. Using the included template cut out circle turkey body and bow tie shape using coordinating fabrics. Cut iron-on adhesive pieces for each as well.

  9. Following the adhesive instructions apply to of each of the fabric pieces to your tea towel.

  10. Using the template provided or the Dresden Trace 'n Create Quilt Templates cut out the Dresden feathers for the turkey.

  11. Layout your turkey design on the towel as desired.

  12. Press the fabrics into place with an iron following the iron-on adhesive instructions.

  13. Using a decorative blanket stitch and coordinating thread applique around the turkey feathers and circle.

  14. Top stitch the turkey body and bow tie.

  15. Use the rick rack trim to create fun turkey legs

  16. For more fun attach buttons or heat-fix crystals for eyes

  17. Add turkeys to table runners napkins aprons. It would even make a cute applique on a t-shirt or sweatshirt for your favorite little turkey.

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