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!