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Cutesy up your Kitchen Towels Tutorial

Cutesy up your Kitchen Towels Tutorial

I love the monster big cotton towels.  They get even better after they are used and washed a few times.  They are big enough to tackle any kind of mess going on and do a great job drying dishes.  These are the best kitchen towels.

The problem I have with them though… is that they are plain. They are big, and plain, and white.  To help them out a little, here is quick and easy tutorial to show you how you can add a few things to give them a custom look.

cutesy up your kitchen towell tutorial |easy sewing project | patchworkposse

1)  Buy a package of towels.  These are the big muslin type that you can get in a 5 pack at Walmart or Target.  I really like them. They are larger- and square. They are great at absorbtion of spills, and somehow they really last a long time!  You could totally use the other kind of tea towel with the same result. I just used this kind.

2)  Iron them as best as you can. Presentation for sales is not for these packagers I’ll tell you. They are all pretty on the outside, but inside they are a crumpled mess. You will be stitching to the hem , so make sure this area is a little less wrinkled.

3)  Pick out your fabric.  Choose 1 fabric that is the same measurement as the length of the towel + 1/2″ {for the hem} Cut this into a strip of 3 inches wide + length you need.

4)  Pick out your ric-rac.  Just find something cute. This is the little bit fatter ric-rac….kind of the medium width. Not too fat, not too skinny. Just right.

5)  Sew it!!! The next steps will show you all about the sewing:

* Gather all your supplies:

cutesy up your kitchen towell tutorial |easy sewing project | patchworkposse

* Lay out your towel and mark with a pencil 6 inches from the bottom edge.

cutesy up your kitchen towell tutorial |easy sewing project | patchworkposse

*  Take your strip of fabric and fold under the edges 1/4 inch and iron

cutesy up your kitchen towell tutorial |easy sewing project | patchworkposse

*  Lay the strip on the towel and line one edge to the drawn line. Pin in place.

*  Lay the ric-rac on top of one edge. Tuck under the end. 

cutesy up your kitchen towell tutorial |easy sewing project | patchworkposse

*  Sew all the way around the outside edge.  Fold under those sides and tuck in that ric-rac. When you are sewing the ric-rac down make sure the edge of the fabric strip is getting stitched down too! It should be almost peaking out from under the ric-rac.

 

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*  Cutesy Kitchen Towel finished:

cutesy up your kitchen towell tutorial |easy sewing project | patchworkposse

 Remember this one— Same idea and process:

cutesy up your kitchen towell tutorial |easy sewing project | patchworkposse

hee hee, I just love it 🙂

This will work on any towell– waffle, plaid, you name it.  Great for gifts too!

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  1. Nicky

    26 May

    I've made these before too. They are so fun, easy, and adorable. By the way, what is that adorable fabric of the women with fruit bottoms? SO freaking cute!

  2. whosies

    27 May

    I know it is way cute huh?! i am going to be on the lookout for that one. lol

  3. whosies

    27 May

    I know it is way cute huh?! i am going to be on the lookout for that one. lol

  4. Face Towels

    9 May

    Fabulous informative post updating for the Kitchen Towels.

  5. Judy Tyler

    15 January

    I hav my towels and have faabric and ric-rac for them to do in the patriotic colors of my kitchen. I made my valance, placemats and planning potholders all to match. Thank you so much for this idea to finish off my kitchen theme!! I grew up using this kind of towel (not willingly) and remember folding a pleating the edges so the fold would stay for mom to hem them, then we girls would embroidery on them. Such fun growing up with a creative mom!!

  6. whosies

    16 January

    judy- what a wonderful memory. Glad you found the tutorial and it was just what you needed! I’d love to see- share it on facebook or email it to me. 🙂

  7. Peggy

    28 April

    I found the cute fabric of ladies on beach at fabric.com. The name of fabric is Fruit Ladies patchwork. So cute

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