Homemade Hand Towel

by Merissa on July 31, 2014

in Sewing Projects

Homemade Hand Towel - Little House Living

Homemade Hand Towel

Do you suffer from a wandering kitchen towel? Somehow it's never where you want it, when you want it.  But now we'll be able to keep tabs on that kitchen towel - literally!  We'll be sewing a kitchen towel with a tab at the top that we can use to fold over and attach the towel to a drawer handle, towel rail or even to the oven door.

Homemade Hand Towel

What You Need:

(Makes 2 towels)

  • Kitchen hand towel or dish towel
  • 2 matching fabrics
  • 2 large buttons
  • The pattern - download here: Hand Towel Pattern 

To sew a Homemade Hand Towel

Step by Step

Homemade Hand Towel

Start by cutting your towel in half cross-ways so you have two pieces the same size.

Along the raw edge you have just cut, we need to run some gathering stitches, so set your machine to a long stitch length and sew along about 1/4 inch from the cut edge.  Gather up the edge of the towel tightly.  Do this for both pieces then set them aside for now.

Print and cut out your pattern and use it to cut out 4 pieces of fabric.  You can either cut them all the same, or use co-ordinating fabrics.  Both fabrics will show in your final towel.

Place the fabric pieces right sides together and sew around the edges, leaving the long edge at the bottom unsewn.

Homemade Hand Towel

Clip around the curves.

Turn the pieces right side out and press.  Turn 1/2 inch to the inside at the bottom edges and press all around.

Gather up the raw edge on your towel until it will fit inside the opening.  Push the towel far enough inside that your gathering stitches will be hidden and then pin in place through all the layers.

Stitch through to secure the towel in place, then stitch another line just above to be extra strong.

Homemade Hand Towel

Now it's time to sew the button and buttonhole that will allow you to hang your new towel.  Check your machine manual for how to sew button holes, mark placement on your fabric and stitch the button hole vertically.  Never sewn a button hole before?  It's not as scary as it seems.  You can find a tutorial on How to Sew a Buttonhole here.

Fold over the tab on your towel and mark the correct placement for your button.  Stitch that in place too and your towel is ready to hang.

Homemade Hand Towel

These are so quick to sew, so you can always run up more.  They make pretty and practical house-warming gifts, something for Mom or are great for changing up your kitchen for the seasons. I get my fabric from Fabric.com.

Want more kitchen sewing ideas and patterns?  Try the Gathering Apron, the 10 minute Table Runner or these DIY fabric wipe up towels.

Find more fun and simple free sewing patterns on Little House Living!

Where will you hang your Homemade Hand Towel?


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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Donna August 1, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Cute! I’m not much of a sewer but with these instructions, I think I can do it. Thank you for sharing


2 Bev August 4, 2014 at 8:20 pm

I’ve always wanted to learn how to make a hand towel. They are so handy in the kitchen. Thanks so much for the great tutorial and the pattern! -Bev 🙂


3 Sarah Nenni Daher August 4, 2014 at 8:33 pm

I love Deby’s site and find it weird that I stumbled upon your site with a tutorial by her! It’s kismet – I MUST make these!

I’ve pinned them to my sewing board so thank you for sharing!


4 Sherry August 5, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Love these with the fabric instead of yarn. Thanks for sharing the tutorial and pattern.


5 Jamie | North of Something August 5, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Very cool! too bad I’m not very crafty 🙂


6 Pam Garrett August 7, 2014 at 7:28 am

I’ve always wanted to make these for shower gifts. Thanks so much for sharing this easy method.


7 Rachel @{i love} my disorganized life August 7, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Love these- they remind me of the ones my grandma used to send me! Thanks for linking up to Wednesday Whatsits!


8 Carrie Groneman August 7, 2014 at 12:37 pm

This is terrific and love all the tutorial information. Pinning to make soon. Stopping by from Great Idea Thurs. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow


9 Carrie Groneman August 7, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Yikes! I want to pin, but can’t make it work. HELP please. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow


10 Merissa August 7, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Do you have the Pin Extension for Chrome? That’s how I do most of my pinning. Otherwise if you hover over each picture you should see a little Pin button pop up that you can use.


11 Jill August 10, 2014 at 3:56 pm

This is adorable! Pinning!
Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!


12 Robin August 10, 2014 at 6:46 pm

GREAT tutorial! Thanks so much for the video too! ox


13 Anne August 13, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Great tutorial!


14 Kristen H September 6, 2014 at 2:11 am

I love your tutorial! I can’t wait to go search for more now from you. Clear, precise, guiding. Thank you!!!


15 natalie September 8, 2014 at 8:44 am

thank you for that , it’s beautifull !!


16 matutina @ bookaholic October 16, 2014 at 8:38 am

Thanks a lot for this! It’s really lovely. 🙂


17 Sarah October 28, 2014 at 6:13 am

I’ve been making these all fall for Christmas gifts. Your choice of coordinating fabric and button can really make even a plain towel look cute. I’ve been using seasonal towels, too.


18 Linda October 28, 2014 at 1:23 pm

I was so surprised to see your kitchen towel in my email from SewCanShe. My Mother made these towel for years (in the 60s, 70s, and 80s). Hers was a little different though. She added lace to the top and pleated the towel instead of gathering it.


19 Deby at So Sew Easy October 28, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Those sound so charming. The lace would be a lovely addition. Sometimes the old ideas are still the best ideas.


20 Linda October 28, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Deby, I wanted to add a picture for you to see the kitchen hand towels that my Mother (and now I make). But I couldn’t find a way to attach it to the comment. Thanks for your comment. I just love these hand towels. It was actually my husband who encouraged me to make the towels like my Mother made. Now I make them for all seasons and share them with friends and relatives. I just thought I would add a tip to share with the pleating and lace.


21 Patricia November 17, 2014 at 8:54 am

Love, love this pattern. Going to make one today! Thank you!


22 Laura M. December 9, 2014 at 8:29 am

I’m making a bunch of these as Christmas gifts this year. Thank you so much for this tutorial and pattern! I decided to add a layer fusible fleece to one side of the top portion to give it some added thickness and then top stitch all the way around and am using snaps instead of buttons. They are turning out amazingly well!


23 Judy Harris October 3, 2015 at 11:08 pm

I really like the hanging kitchen towels,but when I clicked on ” download pattern” nothing happened! Any ideas? I sure would like the pattern.


24 AJ January 4, 2016 at 11:11 am

How much fabric is used or need to be bought for one towel?


25 carla haggerty March 17, 2016 at 4:38 pm

how much material?for top and what size is it


26 Barbara allport March 26, 2016 at 12:24 am

How do I get the pattern for the handle urgent please


27 Merissa March 26, 2016 at 7:15 am

Barbara, you will just need to click the link in the article above that says Hand Towel Pattern.


28 Barbara allport March 26, 2016 at 12:35 am

What is the size of the pattern please urgent


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