Friday, January 15, 2010

embellished dish towel tutorial

I could have sworn I saw and bookmarked a tutorial for embellished dishtowels with snaps but when I went to look for it I couldn't find it anywhere-- perhaps I dreamt it?. If you have seen that tutorial (and know where to find it) don't be shy, let me know in the comments. After many months the original tutorial has been found!! I knew I hadn't dreamt it. It is by Jess of craftiness is not optional. Thanks for the inspiration Jess!

Here is my (possibly inferior) tutorial:

Cut a piece of pre-washed fabric about 1/2-1 inch larger than the width of the pre-washed towel and your desired height (mine was about 5" tall).

Fold and iron the long edges and the short edges.

Pin it on top of the towel making sure the width fits to the edges on both sides, adjust your folded edges if needed.

Sew all the way around your fabric rectangle being sure to back stitch when you start and stop.

Following the package directions attach your snap fasteners (not sew on snaps) to your towel. Two stud snaps just inside the seam in each top corner and two socket snaps about 7.5" straight down from the top snaps.


(please ignore the wrinkles!)

Snap it on to your stove handle and you're done!

My dish towels are forever falling on the floor... or being pulled off the handle by little hands... or used and then tossed onto the counter far away from the sink... can you tell that I hate loosing my towels? I love that this one stays in place. Plus it looks pretty. I need to make lots more.

I am linking up to Made it Mondays at The Persimmon Perch, DIY Day @A Soft Place to Land & Just Something I Whipped Up at The Girl Creative

38 comments:

Jennifer said...

This is perfect. I have the same problem. Mine usually end up in Lucy's doll bed as a blanket.

The Girl Creative said...

Love it! Adding you to my blogroll. :) Like your choice in fabric too. :)

shauna said...

What a great idea! I am thinking I should do this in our bathrooms as well. Those hand towels are forever being picked up off the floor. Thanks for all the great ideas. I've been reading for awhile but don't think I have ever commented.

Marcia said...

clever, indeed! I'm a little obsessive compulsive about my towels, and really anything fabric, on the floor.

jenjen said...

What a great idea! I have never seen snaps on dishtowels before. I love yours. And love the fabric. So cute!

XOXO
Jen

Stevi said...

How cute! I love it! What great idea to add snaps, my sons favorite thing is to steal the towel from the stove!

dandee said...

You're so clever miss Erin! I love it!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

i love that it has snaps on it - it's going on "the list" for sure!

Claudia said...

I have the same problem. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

Mermaids of the Lake said...

Great project. I love it!

Lovely Little Nest said...

What a great idea! I just stumbled upon some nice, white towels, but thought they could use some pizazz. This is perfect, thanks for the tutorial! :)

Kurtis and Iva said...

Love it! My kids are always pulling my towels off. Thanks for all your other ideas as well. I've never commented before, but I enjoy reading about your project ideas.

Chellie said...

LOVE that idea! Thanks. I HATE finding the towel on the floor, or in the recycle bin where my little stinker likes to put it! Snaps will certainly cure that...

semicrunchymama said...

Great idea! My son's always pulling the towels down and runing around the house with them trailing behind him. I'm giving this a try next week as soon as my sewing machine's home from the repair shop!

Andrew and Meagan said...

fabulous idea! thanks for posting- i found your blog just a few weeks ago and love it.

meagan

Steph said...

cute AND practical. I love it!

Ashleigh said...

Well aren't you just too cute! I love this! I have had this idea floating around in my head. (The towel embellishment, not the snaps.) But I had yet to implement it. But I love this! Thanks for showing me how to do it and inspiring me again! I finally have something to do with all of my fabric scraps!

Melissa said...

The snaps are such a great idea! My towels are always being pulled down by Penelope, I'll have to try this out.

The Girl Creative said...

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Jeanette said...

I have not seen a tutorial about it, yours is too cute.

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marissa said...

it looks really sharp

Kelee Katillac said...

Neato idea! The fabric is pretty!Love your blog....fresh!!!!!!!!

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Cha Cha said...

I love this, and the snap is a great idea. You did a great job,thanks for sharing.

Cha Cha

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

seriously brilliant! snap fasteners!! I hate how my guy never hangs the towels up neatly. Thanks for this tip and I'll try and remember it for my next sewing project. :)

Andrea said...

What a grand idea!! Necessity is the mother of invention!!

Delightful Dwelling said...

I love the snaps idea! Mine are also always falling off. That fabric is gorgeous too.

The Persimmon Perch said...

That is great and I so understand the comment about little hands. Thanks for sharing withe Made it Monday! Jules

debtkickingmama said...

Your blog is amazing! Your house is what I see in my dreams, and now I have actual photos to bookmark and save for future reference! I love the simplicity and necessity of this project for those of us with toddlers in the house. (And you certainly can't go wrong whenever Amy Butler fabric is involved!!)

Erin said...

treyandlucy.blogspot.com has a tutorial on dishtowels hung with a pot holder. Both great ideas!

Dogmom Diva said...

Erin the snaps are a brilliant idea, i use safety pins,I know tacky..going to put snaps on mine as soon as I find my sewing stuff (we moved here in June, still a mess). I am also going to try my hand at embellishing towels, what a great idea for gifts..
Barb

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Such a great idea, teenagers throw dish towels around the kitchen too! :) Thanks for sharing.

Marla said...

Erin, well you did it again, I am hooked, I love this idea and I just might be able to accomplish this one. My dishtowels are always ending up on the floor too. Happy sewing! Marla

Yara said...

You are a genius. I am SO making these- as soon as I move (I hope it's in a couple of weeks)

jess said...

I made a tutorial like this awhile ago:

http://theadventuresofroryandjess.blogspot.com/2009/08/cute-dishtowels-why-thank-you.html

It's such a fun way to spruce up your towels and change them from season to season! I love your blog, by the way!

Jess ;D

dancilhoney said...

This is such a fantastic idea! I could totally use a bunch of these. I'll be linking to this!
egyptian cotton towels

golden04 said...

Anybody have any ideas on where to get nice but cheap white towels for this project?? I want to make some for Christmas gifts but don't want it to get too pricey!

Erin thanks for telling me where to get the fabric for the pillows! You were right Hobby Lobby still sells it. . . I made the green and white stripe and LOVE it! Then got Bronchitis and haven't been able to go back to my mom's house to finish sewing them!! Can't wait! :-)

Erin said...

@golden04- i bought my terry cloth towels (that I used for the tutorial) at walmart. but a few months ago i bought flour sack towels on amazon.com. i love them so much more than terry cloth. the flour sack towels are extra large. the are also very light weight but absorb better than terry cloth. hope that helps!

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