Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Useful Decorative Kitchen Towels

 
 

Yesterday I took a little time to embellish these dollar store towels with some inexpensive trim and fabric scraps. You will recognize some of the flannel I used on the girls dresses which I showed in a previous post, and the Minky scraps from the most recent sewing project.

Pretty trimmed towels like this are sold everywhere and when you make them yourself, you lower the expense plus you can use any kind of trim you like. First get a plain towel at the Dollar Tree. These are cotton and come in different colors.
With a hot iron, press the raw edges of the fabric pieces into a hem, and press the ends of all trims to the inside of the ribbons so that the raw edges will not show. Then stitch all your trims by machine.
Start with a plain towel, using the borders and hems as line guides for placement of the decorative trims.
Here is an example of the trims you might use. I found old things I had from years gone by. There is no reason to buy expensive trims for this project.

These give your kitchen a bright look and make good hand-towels. Because they are so much fancier than ordinary dish drying towels, using them makes it easier to see which towels are for drying your hands in the kitchen.

 

8 comments:

Joluise said...

It is a great idea and allows you to coordinate your towels with the colours in your kitchen.

Michelle said...

Wow, these are beautiful! What lovely work you have done, I'm sure they would be a delight for receiving as a gift :)


Blessings x

Gill said...

Early on in my married life I trimmed some cheap white towels with some holiday fabric and like me, other inexperienced homemakers may not realise that cotton towels usually shrink in the first wash, so it is really important to wash them before adding trim, otherwise you can end up with a sadly wrinkled effect. Of course it is a good idea to wash the trim too, incase it shrinks- or even bleeds colour-ask me how I know that!

LadyLydia said...

This is good advice. If you do forget to preshrunk, just immerse the finished project in water. Wring it out and stretch or "block it, like you would a knit project, and let dry naturally ion a hanger. This can be done with wool clothing and denim skirts as well.

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, This is a fun idea for a quick gift for Christmas! But I think I would like to make a few for myself :)
It is 8 degrees outside right now, and I know it is suppose to get even colder through the night!
I am going to look through my sewing stuff for trim tomorrow!
Blessings, Roxy

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, This is a fun idea for a quick gift for Christmas! But I think I would like to make a few for myself :)
It is 8 degrees outside right now, and I know it is suppose to get even colder through the night!
I am going to look through my sewing stuff for trim tomorrow!
Blessings, Roxy

Bible Babe said...

Those towels are 'pinkalicious'! I don't have the towels to embellish, but I do have an apron made from jean legs that I need to finish, so I'm now inspired to find some leftover fabric to trim it with.

anita crane said...

These are lovely. I also like to crochet edging on towels and wash cloths.. I am going to make some of these for my daughter.. we're not buying gifts this year.. she will love these.

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