While shopping for fabric with a friend of mine I came across a pattern that I loved! This always seems to happen to me and I always wonder what to do with it! It is easy when you are buying fabric for a project, but not so easy when you are finding a project for a certain fabric. I have so many little pieces of fabric just lying around waiting for something to be done with them because of this. This particular fabric really matched my kitchen so I decided on a simple decorative towel. It only takes a small amount of fabric (and time) and I can hang it in my kitchen and get that pop of color that I want.
Now just because I enjoy sewing doesn’t necessarily mean that I am awesome at it. This is mostly because I have never really studied it. I have always just kind of winged it. I try to pick simple projects, or at least make projects simple. haha. These instructions are how I make my towels. This may not necessarily be the “correct” way depending on who you talk to. But as long as it looks good then who cares, right?
First thing first, you want to get your fabric to the right dimensions. This is the size I use. It is a little longer then most, but I like that look. Once you have a size that you like, add 2 inches to the length and width (my dimensions below include this addition, only do this if you are measuring a towel at home that you like the size of).
If you are like me, then your cutting may not be superb. Although I did a pretty good job while doing this towel! Find your middle and just fold along the length and width to make sure everything is straight. If not, cut the fabric to make it straight. This shouldn’t affect your size too much.
On the back of your fabric mark one inch along all of the sides with a fabric marker or chalk.
Start to roll your fabric up that mark. I fold in at about 1/2 inch and then fold that up to the 1 inch mark. Iron this fold down as you go.
Ironing is so important. It makes the sewing part extremely easy, and it also nearly eliminates the use of pins.
There are two ways to do the corners. You could skip this next step and just sew over them. That would leave a square look on the inside of your edge. Or you can open up the corners and cut the corner off. This will then fold in and down leaving you with a clean diagonal edge.
These are my settings on the sewing machine before I started sewing.
I used the left indentation on the foot to follow the inside fold of the fabric. Then I just slowly fed the fabric, making sure that my fold stayed where it needed to be for a straight line. When starting make sure to begin with a few stitches and then reverse a few stitches back to stitch over the first stitches and secure its place. I back stitched all the way off the fabric and then went forward back over them so that my lines went off the fabric.
Then your finished. Just cut off your loose threads, maybe iron where you want the folds so it sits cleanly, and then enjoy your new piece!