For my towel I used blue Ticking fabric that I got at Joanne’s for about $6.00/yard. First, cut a rectangular piece of fabric for the towel that measures 24″ x 17″. If you want your towel to look like the one above, measure your fabric so that the 24″ long side is parallel to the strips and the 17″ long side is perpendicular to the stripes. Then cut a 48″ long strip of fabric for the ruffle that measures 2″ wide with the 48″ long side perpendicular to the stripes. Iron both pieces to remove all wrinkles.
Fold the sides of the fabric in toward the center 1/2 inch and iron over the fold to press it in place.
Fold the edges of the 48″x17″ piece of fabric in toward the center 1/2″ as well on all four sides and iron the folds to press in place as done with the ruffle strip.
Sew along each of the four sides of the 24″/17″ towel piece at 1/4″ from the outer edge.
Sew along the two long edges of the ruffle strip at 1/4″ from the edge as well to create a hem.
As you can see, I was lazy and did not change my thread color so the hem was sewn in yellow… it turned out kind of fun though so my laziness was not a complete detriment to this project! :)
Now you will begin to sew on your ruffle. At 3″ from the bottom of your towel, place one end of your ruffle strip along one side of your towel and place your presser foot down. Before you begin to sew, scrunch up the ruffle strip in front of your presser foot and hold with your left hand. Slowly begin to sew along the scrunched ruffle and continue to pause and scrunch as you go keeping the ruffle 3″ from the bottom all the way across the towel. There is no rhyme or reason to how you should scrunch your ruffle… so just have fun with it and let it do it’s own thing! As you near the other side of your towel, cut off and discard the excess ruffle strip and fold the remaining strip under to create a seam as you come to the edge of the towel.
Cut stray threads and iron any wrinkles out of your towel. A new towel ready for use in your kitchen!:)
I would love to hear how your towel making process went if you give this a try!:)
Have a wonderful start to your week!