Tutorial: Personalized Fabric Trimmed Towels

November 17th, 2011

Anyone on your gift list can use a new kitchen towel, I promise! Let’s face it, kitchen towels are extremely functional, but have constant turn over… so, why not make them fabulous too? Hi, Janell here for another  idea for a quick and thoughtful gift–make one for your own home while you are at it.

I am sewing with Jen Allyson’s fabulous Christmas fabric line: Holly Jolly from Riley Blake.

Materials:

  • Fabric for decorating towels
  • Towels to be embellished
    (helpful hint: when possible pre-wash and dry your fabric, especially when using dark colors to prevent them from bleeding color onto your towels)
  • Additional trim such as ribbon, lace or rick rac
  • Scissors, sewing machine, measuring tape, thread and straight pins

Steps:

  • Measure the width of the towel. Cut the fabric strips the width of the towel, plus one inch.  I like to layout my towel with the fabric and trim so I can see what the over-all effect will be.
  • Measure trim the width of the towel plus 1/2 inch and cut.

 

  • Turn under 1/2” on each long edge and press with your iron. Turn under 1/2” on each short edge and press.
  • Load your bobbin with thread that is the same color as your towel and the top thread the closest color to your trim and fabrics.  You may need to switch colors for the same towel, but keep the bobbin thread consistent.

 

  • Pin your fabric and additional trims with straight pins onto your towel.  Now you are ready to sew!
  • Start with the fabric and edge-stitch along front pressed edges of strip, through all thicknesses.
  • Decorate with more fabric strips and embellish with coordinating ribbons, lace, or ric-rac.
Pair your finished towel with your favorite bottle of hand soap and you have a wonderful gift that you’ll be proud of giving and the receiver will be pleased to get!

3 Responses to “Tutorial: Personalized Fabric Trimmed Towels”

  1. Nicole says:

    These are almost too fancy to use! But I like them. :)

  2. Monica says:

    What a great idea! I’m going to have to do a few for myself and as gifts. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Kari says:

    Those would look cute in a bathroom too! Thanks for sharing some inspiration with me!

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