Over the last few days I decided to finish up a little project I had planned a few months before we moved here, new hanging hand towels for the kitchen. Ones that didn't tie on to the oven handle but buttoned or snapped on since one or more of my cats likes to eat anything resembling cording and another likes to pull the ones I did have loose and take them off to hide. And ones that were a little newer and cleaner than the ones I bought back in '95. Yeah, I've had my kitchen and bath towels since '95 and they are most definitely showing their age.
Here's a sneak preview of what we are making today, my prototype. It's already in use if you can't tell!
First thing to do is locate towels you want to hang in your kitchen, pic something you like because each towel is going to make 2 of them, and pick something with a design that runs both ways from the center so that there's nothing upside down on one of the towels. I bought 6 hand towels at a discount store on clearance that I liked, one of which was supposed to have been a gift but well, I packed, moved and forgot where I put them all until I found them stashed in stuff I don't normally use the other day.
Find some fabric that matches the towels, you really should only need a fat quarter or less for each one. Find buttons and/or snaps to match, whatever you like. Wash your towels and the fabric, helps during the handling and gets the initial shrinking and dye loss out of the way.
Now you need to mark the middle of the towel on the back with a pen or pencil or fabric marker of some sort. Beware, the next couple of pics are of my ancient, well used, towels (and yes that's as clean as it gets any more) because I forgot to take pics of my progress for the first few steps!
Next we are going to fold over the sides, to the middle and back out, matching that center line, so that it looks like this:
Then we are going to sew 2 lines of stitching using your presser foot as a guide on either side of that center line.
Then you cut along that line and create 2 towels that look like this:
With those 2 pieces of fabric, make a tube.
Flip the tube right side out, straighten it up and iron it.
Or the snaps.