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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Where will you hang your Homemade Hand Towel?