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Kitchen Sewing Project: Decorative Dish Towel Tutorial

If you’re looking for a way to use up scraps, an idea for teacher gifts or just a way to brighten up your kitchen, these dishtowels are for you! They’re very easy, so they’re a good project for a beginner and they don’t take long to complete.

Iron your dishtowel to get the wrinkles out. I used a bright yellow dishtowel I bought at Target.

Measure the width of your towel so you’ll know how long to cut your fabric strip. Mine measured just under 17 inches.

Cut your fabric strip about 1/2″ longer than the width of your towel. It needs to be longer than the towel so you can fold it under and not have any raw edges showing on the finished product. I made my strip about 17.5 inches long. (And it’s from a Frolic jelly roll by Moda, if you were wondering.)

Fold down the edges about 1/4″ and iron them so they lay flat. Iron all 4 sides. (I just “eyeballed” my 1/4″ folds, no measurements. They’re probably not perfect, but the towel still looks fine.)

Cut 2 pieces of rick rack the width of the dishtowel. You don’t have to use any rick rack, it just adds some more color and detail. To keep the rick rack from fraying I singed the raw edges with a lit match. If you choose to do this, hold the flame a few inches below (don’t place the rick rack in the flame)  the rick rack’s raw edge and do it over a sink in case you need to drop the match quickly. It literally only takes about 1 second to singe the edges. (Obviously, don’t let your kids help with this part, I’m not responsible if you burn down your house, be careful, etc. 🙂

Pin the rick rack and fabric to the towel.

Stitch around all 4 sides of the fabric, about 1/4″ from the edge.

Backstitch when you start and stop sewing to prevent your thread from unraveling.


Maybe even make another!

I am linking up over at Get Your Craft On @ Today’s Creative BlogToo Cute Tuesday @ The Funky Polka Dot Giraffe, and Turquoise Lovin’Sweet Little Gals.


  1. So pretty!! Would LOVE it if you would share this project at my turquoise lovin’ party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/09/turquoise-lovin-4.html

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