DIY Hand Towels

DIY Hand Towels
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Step 1: Getting Started

Who's up for a little DIY hand towel love? Sometimes hand towels are just plain boring. I've come up with a solution to the hand towels blues with this fun and simple DIY tutorial. Grab a set of hand towels or dish towels (Wal-Mart has a great price for simple white towels right now), some scrap fabric and ribbon, your sewing machine...and your off! Create a beautiful set of embellished hand towels for your bathroom or kitchen in a variety of color themes and motifs. These would also make a wonderful handmade gift.

Difficulty: Easy to Intermediate

Materials: hand towels, sewing machine and thread, fabric and ribbon (new or stashed)

Note: Wal-Mart, 2 pack- $1.68.  Sweet Deal!


Step 2: Lay It Out


The fabric and ribbon I used were left over scraps from my fabric pile. This is a great project for those peices of material you saved in your fabric pile because you don't need very much fabric to do this project.

First, lay your pieces across the short side of your towel to make sure they are long enough with about an inch leftover at each end to fold under and hem.


Step 3: Next Step

I wanted my pattern at the bottom of the towel so that is where I layed mine but feel free to  place it anywhere on the towel. I also used the ribbon to hide hem lines so I didn't have to hem more than necessary- its part of my "simplifying" approach these days :)

Then, I folded under and pinned the edges down first, then used the wonky little zig-zag stitch to attach it to the towel. Clean edges, pretty little ziggy zaggy.

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Next, I pinned and basted down the long edges. I know I'm going to be attaching the ribbon and lace over the fabric, so I mostly just need it to stay down and in place. The real reinforcing will come later.


Step 4: Final Step

Now more pinning for the lace...

And again with the wonky zig zag stitch to make sure this stays in place and can be machine washed.



I did the same thing for the ribbon on top that I did for the fabric:

Pinned and basted on both the top and bottom long edge.


Somehow I managed to miss taking the pic on this one so you'll just have to use your imagination, haha!

Iron out any wrinkles, and ta-da! Pretty little dish towel!


About The Author

Jenny Newman is a devoted wife and mother who enjoys creating new projects, patterns, and activities and crafting meaningful home-made treasures.  Her signature crafting style is simple, affordable and fun!  We hope you enjoy Jenny's crafts and patterns as much as we do.