DIY: Handmade Kitchen Towels

Last week I was very happy to attend a my first demo at Haberman Fabrics in Royal Oak, where they showed us a very easy linen tea towel DIY. After making my first set I’d like to announce that I am officially in love with making my own towels, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be making some sets as presents throughout the year as well. It is such an easy project – give it a try and I’m sure you’ll love it too!

All you need is 3/4″ yard of linen (or fabric of your choice – linen is nice because it will leave your dishes lint free) and basic sewing supplies – a pair of scissors, a cutting board, an iron, thread and your sewing machine. If you use 54″ wide fabric you can make 3 towels out of 3/4 of a yard, and it should take you less than an hour to make all three.

Lay your fabric (I used a fantastic Jonathan Adler print from Habermans) out on your cutting board and cut off the selvedge.

Cut your fabric into three pieces, 18 inches wide.

Press with your iron & thread your sewing machine.

Use your iron to press a simple and thin rolled hem, 3/8″ or 1/2″ wide into place, first down the sides, then on the ends of the towels. If you’d like you can use a hem press guide, but I preferred to just do it by hand.

Stitch into place, leaving your needle in the fabric when you turn the corners to make a nice 90 degree angle. If you line the edge of your fabric up to the edge of your presser foot, you will have a straight and even line of stitching all the way around. Trim your threads, give it one more pressing & you are done! Repeat for your other two towels and fall in love with your new towels.

I love that it makes three, since we always hang two on our oven, and one on our dishwasher. If you only use two in your kitchen, set one aside for a gift for a (very lucky) friend.

Thanks again to Haberman Fabrics for teaching this project! If you’d like to know about future Haberman DIY Demos (did I mention they are free?), sign up on their mailing list on their website here.