I finally found a way to use some new fabric that embodies spring to me: fresh colors, life, birds, motion, and growth.
I originally made this simple gathered curtain for my kitchen. With a little remnants to spare I came up with this hand towel that just barely hinted at something else springy in the kitchen.
Try it yourself with this pictorial tutorial:
Iron edges for the base fabric to hide seams.
Pin and sew in place.
Decide where you want your accent fabric. Play around with different widths and lengths--even shapes, if you want.
Cut out your accent fabric to (in my case, rectangles) and iron under the seams.
Decide the placement of your rectangles and make sure they are the same size.
Pin the rectangles.
Now sew them in place. I didn't want to detract from the fabric, so chose a plain straight stitch in red. I sewed as close to the edge as possible. Just go slow to get a perfect (or close to perfect) line.
You can have a lot of fun with this pattern. And don't sweat it if there are some imperfections--I think that makes it more artistic.