Sew Saturday- Hanging Kitchen Towels
A few weeks ago, my mother-in-law brought over two gorgeous turquoise hanging dish towels that she made to adorn my stove (pictured above). She is the type of person that can make a prom dress out of tulle, so I wouldn’t necessarily attempt all of her projects. But these hanging dish towels looked like something I could actually accomplish! They’re an economical project as well. Each hanging kitchen towel cost less than $3 to make.
I completed one hanging kitchen towel, and I’m planning to make another one to match before spring actually arrives. I only finished one, because I wanted each of the girls to make a towel too. My plan is to complete a sewing project with the girls (our two youngest children) on Friday afternoons, then post our projects the next day under the “Sew Saturday” heading on the blog. I want to take advantage of the time I still have with them, because they’re already 10 and 14 years-old.
It didn’t take the girls that long to make them. Even the “gathering” part was relatively easy. I’m so proud of the girls! If we can make them, so can you.
- sewing machine and basic supplies
- a dish towel and coordinating pot holder
- decorative buttons
- patience for “gathering”
Fold the dish towel in half to find your center. Place a pin on each end of the center line.
Set your sewing machine on the largest stitch. For my Brother machine, it was #6. Sew two lines down the center of the dish towel, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch apart. We chose to sew on the underside of the dish towel.
Leave your threads long when you cut them from the machine. You will want plenty of thread for gathering. You will have two threads on the top, and two threads on the bottom of each towel end. We picked up the two threads on top and gently pulled until the material puckered. Then we pushed the puckered part to the other side of the dish towel until it was “gathered” all the way across (This is where you need patience. If you break the thread, you have to sew your dish towel all over again). You want your gathered dish towel to be the same width as your pot holder.
Once your dish towel is gathered, fold the pot holder in half to find its center. Pin the right sides of the pot holder and dish towel together. Sew across the center. I changed our machine stitch to 4, to make the stitches closer together. It will be thick; just press that pedal and go.
Now it’s time to sew the button on your pot holder. Your pot holder already has a loop to hook on the button. Make sure you center the button and sew it within reach of that loop. We used a vintage coat button for Gabby’s hanging towel. You’re ready to hang it on your stove handle!
I hope you had fun making your own hanging kitchen towels, and you come back to Love My little Cottage for the next Sew Saturday.
Have a great weekend! I’ll be at the softball jamboree. My 3rd child is a senior this year, and I plan on attending every game possible.
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