My machine has been under the weather lately. Somehow I had put the needle through the
bobbin case and just replacing that one part did not do the trick. After a trip to the machine tech I am up an
running again – just in time to make Halloween costumes. But first I wanted to try it out with
something simple to be sure. My friend
had requested some redwork “oven” hanging towels a few weeks ago. She even gave me the towels. So, I decided that this would be a good
test. There will be four when I get them
all made but I thought I would share the first with you today. Here is the simple version of a hanging
Here is what you
One kitchen towel
One 9”X12” rectangle coordinating cotton fabric
1” square Velcro set
One large button
Embroidery design of choice (We used Annthegran Winter
Tear away stabilizer
Lapel Stick or temporary adhesive (optional)
Wash away stabilizer if using a terry towel
Embroidery and sewing threads
Here is what you do:
towel and cut in half. You will only
need one half to make a hanging kitchen towel.
Using tear away stabilizer embroider your design
as desired leaving the raw edge of the towel at the top. (Note:
If you do not want to hoop the towel just hoop the stabilizer and adhere
the towel on top using the lapel stick.
If your towel has nap adhere the edges of the wash away stabilizer on
top before embroidering.)
After embroidering. Using cotton thread and long thread tails at
beginning and end sew long stitches about 1/4:” from the raw edge. Repeat about 1/8” below the first stitching
line. Take one long thread and gently
gather the towel top to approximately 8”.
With right sides together fold the 9”X12”
rectangle in half so that it measures 9”X6”.
Using ½” seam sew both 6” sides.
Turn right side out and press. Turn bottom raw edge to inside ½” all the way
Insert gathered edge of towel into the opening
of the cotton rectangle. Adjust the gathers
to fit and pin making sure to cover the stitching lines on the raw edge of the
towel. Check the backside to be sure all
is covered there as well. Sew close to
the folded edge of the cotton rectangle through all layers.
Top stitch all the way around the cotton
rectangle. Trim any thread tails.
Place towel face up. Center the Velcro squares at top and bottom
edges of the cotton rectangle and sew in place.
Fold down so the Velcro square match up. Hand sew the button on the front covering the
stitches of the Velcro.
Make another with the remaining half towel. Wrap it up and you have one gift ready to
There are lots of ways to make these and they are nice for
keeping that towel off the floor, out of the sink and in a place where you can
always have it handy. It is a gift that
many do not have but, like my friend, find they cannot do without after they
have used them. I hope you like my easy