I have a small confession… I am obsessed with a good dish towel; not the fancy smancy kind that doesn’t dry anything, but the good old fashioned towels that dry your dishes perfectly. Problem is, the “good” drying towels are often BORING and UGLY!! And that was why I started making these pretty kitchen towels. If you have beautiful dishes to serve your food, you should have pretty towels to dry them with also. After all, who wants to see an UGLY, BORING dish towel hanging in the kitchen? Not me. Here is a Pretty Kitchen Towel Tutorial that will make your kitchen towels look fabulous!
My grandmother is very old fashioned. She prefers hand washing and hand drying most of her dishes. She was the master of drying her dishes flawlessly. She only uses flour sack towels for drying. I would buy these fancy smancy dish towels and they wouldn’t dry all that great. So, I started following her example and started buying the flour sack towels myself. BUT they are UGLY! That was why I had to start making these cute kitchen towels.
You can get fun and creative with your pattern choices and trim. Go wild, go silly, go girlie, or go frilly… Either way there is something special to have something handmade and personal in the kitchen.
Most flour sack towels come in white, but Target sells the colored ones!
Measure your flour sack towel in width. Measure a piece of fabric at 6 inch in height and the width of your flour sack adding one inch. Iron 1/2 inch seam around the whole fabric swatch and place on the bottom of your flour sack towel. I pin it with one pin to keep it in place.
Next I cut out 4inch by 4 inch of fabric squares for my triangles in a coordinating fabric. Seven squares worked perfect for this towel, but it will depend on the size of your towel for how many you will need.
You will fold this square in half creating a triangle and iron it to keep the crease.
You will fold it one more time to make the completed triangle for your towel.
Iron it to keep it’s crease.
Next you will pin the center of your triangle to the center of your fabric piece pinning them both to the towel.
Repeat the process until you have a pretty row of triangles all down the fabric piece.
I then cut and add a piece of trim to bottom piece of fabric; pinning the trim and the fabric to the towel at the the bottom.
I sew the pieces to the towel.
I then cut and pin a ribbon to the top covering my stitches.
I then sew the ribbon the ribbon to the towel. All done! You can skip the triangles if you want less work, but I like the little extras… Have fun! Get creative!
Make sure you check out some of my recipes while you are here! You need to make a little mess in the kitchen to make these towels useful 🙂