a little embellishment goes a long way

May 3, 2010 at 8:00 am 1 comment

i had a perfectly good inexpensive red dish towel that was highly functional but also highly boring.  after seeing these gorgeous cloths by Cathe over at Just Something I Made, i started dreaming about new linens.  i wanted something with pizazz.  i wanted a little whimsy.  i wanted something cheap and easy.  with a scrap of fabric from the stash, some lace trim, and a few minutes at the sewing machine, i had a fabulous towel!  i mean, if i do say so myself.

here’s a quick run down of what i did in about 15 minutes.  you could do it in even less time if you wanted frayed edges or didn’t have to pin.

first i grabbed my materials: the towel, a scrap from the stash, and lace trim.  plus thread and scissors and all that good stuff.

next, i turned under and ironed the edges of my scrap of fabric so that it would be the same width as my towel.  i suppose i could have measured, but i was going for quick, so i eye-balled it by setting it under the towel and marking it with my handy-dandy blue chalk.  i did sort of a faux-mitered corner.  cheesy, but effective.

i pinned on the lace trim and because i couldn’t help myself, traced a line to help me line it up.  then i sewed it on.  handy tip: set your bobbin thread to the color of the towel and the top thread to the color of the fabric for nearly invisible stitches.  no one other than you will ever look, but still.  it’s a neat and easy trick.

last thing to do (before hanging it up and letting the compliments roll in) is to pin and stitch your fabric over the lace trim.  i figured the fabric would pull away from the towel and pucker (cause i cheated and didn’t use interfacing), so i did some decorative stitching free hand on the sewing machine.  voila!  whimsical pizazz for the stove.

wouldn’t these make cute house-warming gifts?  or you could make a set for a mom or a friend.  or just make a ton for yourself.  i’ve got a few ideas brewing in the back of my mind.

and after seeing this tutorial for a stay put dish towel (aw, snap!) by erin at sutton grace, i may have to add snaps to the one i just made.  no more tracking down the towel!  mine is always over the hubby’s shoulder or put down wherever he was when he realized that he was wearing a dish towel.  where do you find yours?

next linen redo: rustic stamped cloth napkins.  the ones we own have grease stains and could use a little sprucing up.


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phew! i mean, seriously

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Amy Hadley  |  May 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Tea towels are one of those things I just don’t understand why retailers haven’t clued in on… cute is in! Boring is boring.
    Way to spruce things up.


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