Saturday, August 25, 2012

DIY Kitchen Towels for Gifts and for You!

Last Christmas I figured out how to embellish a kitchen towel for my mother-in-law into one that fastened on to her oven handle.  One of  our dear family friends liked it so much, she asked if I could make 3 for her to give as gifts!  So knowing that she wanted 3 towels in a green palette, I bought 3 nice towels on sale at Target, and used some cute scraps of fabric  plus rick rack and ribbon, and in no time had these three little ladies ready for giving.
This one has the potholder attached to the top, like the one I made for my Mother-in-Law so that it can be fastened to the oven handle.  I plan to attach green potholders to the other 2 towels as well, once I find the ones I need at the store.  

I ironed in a hem on all sides of the strips of coordinating fabrics and sewed them to the towel, plus added rick rack for a sweet vintage touch.

For this towel, I machine stitched 3 rectangles of fabric together to make one long strip.  Then ironed in a hem and sewed it to the towel, finishing it with some rick rack.

This 3rd one is my favorite.  I love the four bits of fabric sewn together, and I put a little green bow on the 'different' square which is mostly yellow with flecks of green in it.  Putting it off center adds interest.
I heat sealed the ends of the ribbon and sewed it on securely.

I also heat sealed the ends of the rick rack so they will wash up nicely.  I was sorely tempted to add some buttons as embellishments, but that would hurt when you dried your hands on these, so I stuck with soft embellishments.
I'm thinking these would make nice Christmas gifts...and who knows they might end up being a new product on my Etsy shop, Perfect Darlings.

You can make your own if you have a sewing machine and can sew a straight line!  Give it a try.


Linked to:  My Romantic Home, 2805, At the Picket Fence,


  1. These are so beautiful.....I love the rick rack embellishment! Lovely!

  2. Oh my goodness, Donna! They are all lovely, but I agree with you, that 3rd towel is just BEAUTIFUL!! LOVE the little fabric squares and the little bit of ribbon. You have such a great eye for design!

  3. So very cute! I haven't seen kitchen towels that attach to the oven handle in years. That is so very clever to add the pot holder TO the towel. I saw your post over at Honey's Poturri Friday.

  4. Hi! Just hopped over from SewManyWays..Your kitchen towels are so lovely. Great idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. how did you attach the pot holder to the towel? thanks love them would be nice Christmas gifts.


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