Can you sew a straight line? Then you can make a few of these beauties in about an hour. I completed 4 towels, prepped four more and took tutorial photographs in one hour. Let’s just say that this was a lot more productive than sitting and watching an hour of NCIS, and turned out almost as cute as Gibbs.
Flour Sack Dishtowels (You can make your own towels out of linen, but that adds to the time requirement, and you can get these towels cheaply at Kohls, Target, Macys, JC Penneys, etc.)
Spray Starch (Optional)
5″ of beautiful fabric to trim out your towel in, I used two from Amy Butler’s Love collection
Wash, Dry and Iron your flour sack dish towels and your trim fabric. Cut the trim fabric to 5″. The easiest way to do this if you are going across the grain is to measure, and snip the fabric on one end. Then be brave, and give her a tug and watch the fabric tear in a straight line across the grain. No need to measure, get out that self healing mat, swear… you name it. Easy. And secretly fun to rip things apart.You could leave the edges raw if you wanted to, it would lend a more causal and worn in look to the towels which could be quite endearing depending on your fabric choice. I am picturing a linen towel and some sort of very organic floral or branch design. The edges will soften this way in the wash and look a little frayed. You could also trim out the unfinished edge with some ribbon or rick rack. In this case I wanted a more polished look so I turned under all of the edges by about 1/2″ using an iron…and my secret ingredient…Spray Starch! I love love love this stuff. So when I turned under the edges with the iron, they were creased but didn’t lay perfectly flat. This I hit them with some spray starch and pressed again, and voila! They are creased, stay pressed, and you won’t have to worry about pinning them in place. Plus, the starch smells good- like a clean linen candle! Mmmmm! Sewing and aromatherapy!Now all there is to do is to sew the band across the bottom of the towel. I sewed mine with the bottom edge about 5″ below the edge of the band. I also used contrasting thread, but you could use anything that suits your fancy. The towels look darling and don’t use too much fabric or time. So why haven’t you made one yet? These also make very thoughtful housewarming gifts, maybe with some nice hand soap for the kitchen, or in a metal pail with some pretty gloves for dishwashing? The possibilities are endless for this simple, quick and thoughtful handmade gift.