Lost Art of Sewing: DIY Personalized Kitchen/Hand Towel

Kitchen Towel 1

These towels are perfect to make for yourself or others. You can make them if you sew OR if you do NOT!  Really, I promise, even if you don’t want to thread a needle, you can make these!    

These very easy and practical towels can be made from kitchen or hand towels.

To personalize them, use ribbon to match the receivers kitchen, wedding colors, school colors for the graduate, or in any color scheme you desire.

I have two methods for you, a no-sew and a simple sew!  The towel on the left is sewn, the towel on the right has fabric glue to attach the ribbon.




DIY Personalized Kitchen/Hand Towel

Supplies:

Hand or kitchen towel

1  1/2″ wide washable ribbon – make sure it is laundry safe

Matching thread and sewing machine

OR

Fabric Tac adhesive (this fabric glue is permanent and washer/dryer safe

4 clothespins

DSC_0807To match the thread to the ribbon, undo the thread from the slit at the top of the spool and lay it out on the ribbon. Stores are just fine with you doing this; just be sure to hook it back in the slit if you do not choose to purchase that particular thread color.Personalized TowelWhether you choose to sew or glue the ribbon down, use a lighter or matches to singe the edges of the ribbon to prevent raveling after  washes.

homemade towel




For the GLUE method:

Squeeze a line of the fabric glue across the end of the ribbon.

 Fold the ribbon over about 1/2″

Personalized Hand Towel
Personalized Hand Towel

 Squeeze a bit of the fabric glue onto the towel where the ribbon will attach on the edge of the towel.

Personalized Towels
Personalized Towels

Use 2 clothespins on each side of the ribbon to hold in place.

Personalized Hand Towels
Personalized Hand Towels

Squeeze the fabric glue on the edges of the ribbon and place on towel. Do this the length of the towel.

Personalized Hand Towels
Personalized Hand Towels

Attach clothespins at other end of towel.

Leave these in place until the glue is completely dried.

Personalized Hand Towel
Personalized Hand Towel

When completely dry, take off clothespins and there you have a personalized gift towel!



For the Sewing Method:

Fold the ribbon over about 1/2″

Personalized Towel
Personalized Towel

Pin the ribbon onto the towel.

Personalized Towel
Personalized Towel

 Stitch with a 1/2″ seam or right alongside the presser foot.

Personalized Hand Towel
Personalized Hand Towel

Be sure to stop stitching and take out pins as you sew. Do not sew over a pin for safety reasons.

Personalized Towel
Personalized Towel

 Trim the threads and there you have a personalized towel!

Personalized Towel
Personalized Towel

 An inexpensive, easy and thoughtful gift for the new bride, for the graduate, mother’s day – anyone would appreciate this gift.

Personalized Hand Towel
Personalized Hand Towel


Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2016

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Comments

  1. I know how to sew, why haven’t I ever thought to do this before??!! Wonderful idea! And I love that you give 2 easy methods! Great step by step tutorial!!
    (At the end, I think you meant to say “inexpensive”.)

    • I’m so glad you like my idea here Melinda, that’s very kind, especially since you are a fabulous seamstress! Thank you for catching my error so I could fix it too, you’re the best.

  2. Carrie,

    What a great job on these hand towels. They turned out beautiful. You could make towels to make your bathrooms, kitchen and more. I truly love this towels.

    Many blessings,
    Diane Roark

    • I’m glad you like these Diane. You are so right, you can make these for every room and every occasion too! Special and inexpensive. Let us see pics of what you create please:)

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