Tutorial: Making kitchen towels that won’t fall down


With 6 kids and a Malamute swirling through our house at any given moment, it seems like there’s always something knocking my kitchen towels on the floor. I finally decided to revive an idea from my grandmother: towels with loops.  She crocheted her loops; I opted to sew mine.

To make one loop-towel you’ll need:

  • a kitchen towel, cut in half
  • 1/4 yard of coordinating fabric
  • square of quilt batting (about 10×12 inches)
  • 1 button

I started by cutting a kitchen towel in half. Then I experimented with shapes cut from newspaper to come up with the shape below. The wide end is about 10 inches, tapers down to 4 inches at the narrow end, and is about 12 inches long total.

Once you’ve made a newspaper pattern that looks similar to the shape above, use the pattern to cut out two pieces of your coordinating fabric and one piece of your quilt batting. Stack the three cut pieces together with the quilt batting on the bottom and the two fabric pieces on top, with right sides (pretty sides)  facing each other.

Sew together the three shapes on both curved sides and the narrow top edge, as shown below.


Make some small snips in the curved sides almost to the stitching, be careful to not cut through the stitching.  These snips will help the curves lie flat once you turn it right side out.

Turn the piece right side out and press flat.  Top-stitch around three sides as shown below.  Notice that I left 1 inch not topstitched on both sides at the wide end of the piece.  You can use a decorative stitch like I did, or just do a straight seam, either way.

Now there’s only one edge of the shape left with unfinished edges. (You can see the white peeking out at the bottom of the above picture.) Tuck those raw edges  inward to create a hem.  Iron so it will stay in place until you can sew it

Now set the loop piece aside and get your half-towel.  Fold in the sides of your half-towel, adding a pleat or two if needed, so that the folded towel will be the same width as the bottom edge of the loop piece.  Scroll down to see the finished picture of this towel if I just confused you; hopefully all will be clear!  🙂

Tuck the cut end of the towel into the open end of the loop piece.  Pin in place, and then sew through all layers of towel and loop piece.

I chose to sew twice across to make the connection, as you can see below.  Then it’s time for a button-hole.  If you’re not up to button-holes, you could use snaps or even velcro.  I chose buttons since they hold up better in the wash and don’t wear out like velcro.

 

Here’s the finished product, read to go on my oven door.   No more towels on the floor for me!  (A girl can dream…)

If this tutorial was useful or interesting to you, I’d love a pin on Pinterest!  And please feel free to ask questions.  Tutorials aren’t easy to write, and this one got finished at 1AM, which makes it even more possible that I thought I was being clear when I wasn’t.  Thanks for reading!


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  1. Those look great! One day when I work up the courage to try my hand at sewing, I may just give those a try.

    I actually use these in the bathroom beside the sink, keeps it from falling in the sink and of course, from falling on the floor (only took me until my oldest was about 5 to figure that out:).

  2. My co-worker is making a half dozen of these for each of her sisters along with homemade pot holders for Christmas. They are certainly useful.

  3. I don’t do Pinterest, so I can’t pin you, but this makes perfect sense! You always do things that seem possible for people like me who aren’t terribly creative, and have some but not a lot of sewing skills. I just love your ideas, and your tutorials are easy to follow. Thanks for sharing so many of your ideas with us!

  4. I love this idea!

    Our neighbor gave us one of these for Christmas DECADES ago – we used that thing till it was worn out!

    My only suggestion – give two at a time. After all, you have to have something to use while the “favorite” towel is in the wash : )

  5. Great point, Anna! 🙂
    Mary

  6. Thank you for this tutorial! I have recently been thinking I need to make some of these for myself and just hadn’t gotten around to finding a pattern yet. This is perfect!

  7. My daughter is working on a few now for grandma and me! Great tutorial!!! Thanks!

  8. I have found what I have been looking for for a long time.I tried the ones you crochet and had no luck.Since I love to sew this is right down my alley.I have a basket full of tea towles stuck back and now I can go to town making everyone these towels.Thank you so much for this patteren.

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