Monday, November 23, 2009

Tutorial Tuesday-Round Dish Towel Tutorial

I love tutorials! I'm going to try my best to share a tutorial with you every Tuesday. Today, I'm going to share with you a tutorial for this beautiful round dish towel. I just love it!

I decided to do two towels and think that the Christmas one would make a great gift! It's a fast project so good for those last minute presents.

What you'll need:
1 towel
2 packages of bias tape
1 6"x6" square of fabric

Let's get started:
1. Lay your towel out on the table. Measure the towel across at it's widest point. (Mine measured 26") Measure down from the top the same length so that you end up with a square. (Be sure to measure after any decorative edge that the towel may have)

2. Now that you have a square (26" x 26") mark the center (13" from the side and top).
3. To make a circle shape, you could just eyeball it if you're that good...but if you're not, you can get out a compass or do what I did. I took some embroidery thread and tied one end to a pen, measured 13" in length and put a knot on that mark. Pin the knot to the marked middle of the square. Now take the pen and draw a circle around the towel! It may not be perfect but surely good enough for this project-we aren't quilting here! Cut the circle out. (If you want to make more than one towel, it would be easy to just pin this circle on top of another towel and cut out another circle to save yourself some time!)
4. Pin the bias tape around the perimeter of towel. Fold the bias tape over when you get to the edge so it looks nice and clean.I chose to make my own for this project. Sandi Henderson has a wonderful tutorial on that over here. Save the excess for the loop we will put on later!
5. Set your needle to the far left position and begin to sew with 1/8" seam allowance. Line the bias tape with the left side of the presser food and be sure to watch that the towel doesn't slip out of place as you are going.
6. Take your 6"x6"square of fabric, wrong side up, and fold over 1/4" on all edges. Pin the center of the square to the center that you marked on the towel. Position your needle to the far right position, and sew around the perimeter of this square with 1/8" seam allowance.

7. Now take the left over bias tape you set aside. Measure a length of 6". Sew the open side of the tape shut on the machine with 1/8" seam allowance.

8. Take the strip and fold it into a loop, overlapping the ends 1/2" each. Pin this to the center of the square on the towel and sew down the strip. Go back and forth a few times to make sure that it is secure.
9. That's it! Enjoy your towel!


  1. Great project! Maybe I'll have time to make one for my mom. If not, definitely next year (I'll get some great deals on holiday towels and fabric after Christmas.)

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