Friday, November 18, 2011

Semi-Homemade Kitchen Towel Gift

Glory be and Hallelujah!  One Christmas sewing project was completed this morning.  :)  My mom in law has an old kitchen towel that fastens to the stove with a potholder, and she showed it to me and wished for a new one.  I was just winging it, as I tried to make one, but it came out quite nicely.  Hurray!

The supplies needed were easy.
*one kitchen towel...mine actually came from the Dollar Tree!
*one potholder with a loop at the top in the middle
*2 coordinating fabrics in her kitchen colors
*large button
*rick rack.

I cut strips of the coordinating fabrics from my stash at home. They were about 1 3/4 inches wide and about and inch longer than the width of the towel.  Iron a narrow hem on each long side, and top stitch them to the lower section of one end of the towel.  This will be the front.

On the back side, I folded that extra length into a nice hem and stitched it down.

Then I gathered the middle of the towel across its width.  I did it alitle bit higher than the very middle so that the front of the towel would definitely hang down without the back of the towel peaking out from under it.  Then pin the right side of the gathered towel to the ride side of the middle of the potholder and sew.  Make SURE that you have it so that the loop will come over the front to fasten around the button.  I suggest you pin it together, make sure it works, then sew avoid frustrating mistakes.

Here is the inside (wrong side) of the potholder after the gathered towel has been sewn on.  This part will not show.

Sew a large button onto the front of the potholder so that the loop fastens over it.  I used embroidery thread and left little ends to tie, for cuteness.

Press the whole thing with an iron.  Oh, and sew on the rick rack if desired.  I decided my towel "needed" something and I had the green rick rack so it was the perfect way to tie it all together.
I'm pleased with how it came out, and I think my mom in law will love it.  Not too hard.  Can be done in small steps 15 minutes here and 15 minutes there.  And it only cost me about $3 total. :)  I don't think it will be the only one I make either.
Mom in law has been told not to read this please keep this gift a secret, K?  ;)


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  1. This turned out GREAT, Donna! I love the colors and fabrics and yes, I think the rick rack was the perfect added touch! :)

  2. Donna this is just lovely! I've also wished I had these myself. When I first got married my mother had given me a couple to hook over the refrigerator door handles to keep them clean as they can be with toddlers ;-)

    It seems like all these things are 'old fashioned' now and unavailable... like clothespin bags!

    Thank you for the tutorial... I'm a novice with the needle, but trying to learn. I'll certainly be attempting this one!

    God bless and have a lovely weekend!

  3. That is adorable. I have something similar hanging om my fridge door but it's not that cute. now I think I may try to make one. I love your blog. I'm your newest follower.
    Would love to see you DIY Home Sweet home.

    P.S. I have another giveaway going on right now. Would love you to stop by and check it out.
    P.P.S. I have a linky every Monday. Would love for you to stop by and link up.

  4. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment Donna! You made me feel so good! Your towel is so pretty! Angie xo


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