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How to Sew a Kitchen Towel

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How to Sew a Kitchen Towel

Sewing kitchen towels is a quick and easy project, and a great way to use up your fabric scraps. Make enough to restock your kitchen. Then, make a bunch more to give as gifts.

The Easiest Way to Sew Kitchen Towels

One of the perks of making your own kitchen towels is that you don’t have to settle for anything dinky. With that in mind, these instructions make a generous 18″ x 30″ towel. If you prefer a different size, just cut your fabric two-inches longer and wider than you want your finished towel to be.

Bundle of Blue Fabric

I picked up this bundle of blue fabric at a church rummage sale a while back, and decided to turn it into kitchen towels. I also found a creative way to use up some fabric that had been sitting around for too long. Be sure to read to the end of the post, to see what I did.

What You’ll Need:

Optional (but nice to have):

What You Do:

Cut Fabric for Kitchen Towel

Lay the fabric on your work surface, right-side facing down.

Pin Towel Hem

Fold the long sides in 1/2 inch. Then, fold them in another 1/2 inch, and pin or clip in place, to create your hem.

Sew the Towel Hems

Stitch a 1/4-inch seam to secure both hems.

Finished Hem of Kitchen Towel

Then, repeat the process on the short sides, and you’ve made your first towel! See? Told you it was easy.

White Kitchen Towels and Cloth Napkins

I have a big pile of white fabric that I hardly ever dip into, so I sewed up a bunch of white kitchen towels and cloth napkins, and experimented with Shibori tie-dye techniques.

Stack of Handmade Shibori Tie-Ded Kitchen Towels

I plan to use these towels as gifts.

Closeup of Shibori Tie-Dyed Kitchen Towel

Aren’t the watercolor effects pretty?

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