Kitchen towels and dishcloths are a practical and decorative way to update a country style kitchen. – Making a hanging towel is a relatively easy project—you don’t need to be an experienced seamstress—but you will need to know how to sew on a machine.
Gather these items:
- A decorative kitchen towel
- 1/4 yard of coordinating twill or other sturdy fabric to make the hanger
- Decorative button or snap set
- Sewing machine
- Iron and ironing board
- Fabric scissors
- Needle and thread
- Straight pins
- Tape measure
7 Steps to Sew Your Own Hanging Dish Towel
- Cut the kitchen towel in half, across the width; set halves aside.
- Fold the fabric in half (selvages together) so you can cut two pieces at once, pin the pattern in place and cut it out.
- Fold up 1/2″ on the wrong side of the fabric at the straight end on both pieces of fabric and press.
- Put the two pieces together, right sides together, and sew a 1/2″ seam all around, leaving open the end where you pressed up 1/2″. Trim the seam to 1/4″ and clip the curves with a scissors being careful not to clip your stitching. Turn hanger right side out (the 1/2″ pressed parts should be on the inside) and use a dull pencil or the tip of a rounded scissors to push the tip out and iron. If you wish, you can top stitch 1/4″ in from the seam line; set hanger aside.
- Using a needle and strong thread, sew a long running stitch across the cut end of the towel, about 1/4″ down, then pull the thread and gather the towel so it fits inside the open end of the hanger. Tie the thread off and cut it.
- Slip the gathered part of the towel inside the straight end of the hanger about 1/2″. Machine stitch across the straight end, about 1/4″ above the pressed end, making sure you stitch through all layers.
- Add a button and buttonhole where indicated on the pattern or sew on a snap set, and you’re done!