Housewarming Gifts Part 2: Embellished Dish Towels

To go along with the napkins I made for a friend’s house warming gift, I embellished these dish towels with coordinating fabrics.  All are from the new Modern Home collection that arrived in the shop recently.

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Shown here in the finished towels are Mod BoxesPebblesIkat, and Time Flies.

In this case, I used what was left over from making the napkins which happened to be a wide strip.  You can use as much or as little as you’d like.  I started with 6.5″ wide by the length of the towel + 2″.  My towel was 16.5″ wide,  so my strip measured 6.5″ x 18.5″.

This is a VERY forgiving project so as long as the cuts are STRAIGHT you do not have to worry too much about what size they are.

First, find the BACK SIDE of bottom edge of the towel.  Then place the fabric RIGHT side down along the edge. Pin if you’d like.


Sew along the edge backstitching at the start and finish.  I used a 1″ seam allowance because I wanted a large view of the print from the back.  Press open.

Flip your towel over.  Fold the OTHER raw edge of your fabric over 1/4 to 1/2″ and press.  Fold over the extra on the sides and tuck it in so the fabric is flush with the towel and press. Pin and sew.


I topstitched twice along the top edge and once down each side to help it stand up to the rigors of kitchen life.


If you prefer a more detailed tutorial this one might help you out.

Have fun with it!  Isn’t a great scrappy project?


One thought on “Housewarming Gifts Part 2: Embellished Dish Towels

  1. Pingback: Housewarming Gifts Part 3: Llama Love Organic Apron | Sew Fine Fabric

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