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Hanging Kitchen Towel - Materials Needed
A hanging hand towel in the kitchen means there is always one towel you can find when you need it. A hand towel that is hanging on the front of the stove is much safer than a towel that is on the counter next to the stove where it could possible catch on fire. Stay safe!
These free instructions are so easy a beginner can make one and you may find yourself mass producing them as gifts.
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- A kitchen hand towel
- A square or rectangle potholder with a loop for hanging (6" to 7"... wide by 6" to 8" long)
- Thread to match (Quality thread for gathering!) How to Choose Thread Color to Match Your Sewing Fabric | Is There a Difference In Sewing Threads? You Be The Judge
- Sewing machine with a straight stitch Sewing Machine Operation Instructions and Basics | Sewing Machines 101 - Buying and Operating Tips
- A button approximately 1" - The button has to fit through the potholder loop and be large enough to hold the loop so the towel can be hung.
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Sew a Kitchen Hanging Towel - The Process
Preshrink the potholder and towel since they will be needing to be laundered frequently.
Press the towel flat.
Fold the towel in half lengthwise and press the fold.
Press the width of the towel in half and press or mark the fold where it intersects the first fold.
Be sure you are matching the hemmed edges as you find the center. Being accurate at this step will ensure that the hems of the towel hang evenly on the finished hanging towel.
Sew a row of basting stitches on the fold that was made by... folding the length of the towel in half Sew a row of basting stitches on each side of the fold line basting, sewing approximately 1/8" away from the center line of stitching. How to Baste When Sewing - Illustrated Tutorial
Find the center of the potholder edge that is opposite of the edge with the hanging loop, by folding it in half and mark the center on the edge of the potholder.
Match the center of the potholder with the center of the potholder, with the lengthwise fold over the stitching line that is holding the folded bias tape on the edge of the potholder. How to Match Seams and Seam Lines When Sewing
Bring the edges of the towel to the edges of the pot holder.
Gather the towel to fit the pot holder edge. How to Sew Ruffles and Gathers Instructions
Pin the lengthwise fold over the stitching line on the potholder. Hand baste if desired so that the fold is lined up with the potholder stitching.
Turn the towel and potholder over so that you can see the line of stitching on the potholder. With the towel spread out flat under the potholder, sew directly over the potholder stitching to attach the towel to the potholder.
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Marking the Button Placement for a Hanging Hand Towel
Turn the potholder over so the towel is attached to the side of the potholder that is down.
Fold the top of the potholder (the edge with the loop) down so the loop is 1" from the bottom of the potholder.
With the potholder folded in place, mark where the center of the loop is over the bottom layer of the potholder.
Hang the towel on the front of your stove or another convenient location.
Ideas to... Coordinate Your Kitchen:
- Use towels as fabric to create small kitchen appliance covers.
- Use towels that are the same color as your curtains.
- Add half of a dish towel to an apron that you make so it is always handy to wipe your hands.
- If you don't have a potholder, make your own potholder or use this free pattern to sew your own hanging hand towel with ties or this free pattern to sew a hanging towel that buttons holds in place.
- Visit Sewing With Towels-- Free Sewing Patterns for more ideas that use towels in sewing projects.