Sunday, August 31, 2008

One Yard Adventure: Towel Trimming Tutorial

I’m continuing my one-yard odyssey by trimming a towel set for my bathroom. There are a lot of things I want to make out of this single yard of fabric, so I’m being very careful about how I cut it—nothing will go to waste.


  • Fabric
  • Water-soluble pen
  • Scissors
  • Needle and coordinating thread
  • Set of two each: large bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths

Step 1: Measure the width and length of the area where you wish to trim your towel set pieces; add 1” to each measurement. Cut out the pieces you need from the fabric.

Step 2: Turn the edges on the long sides in ¼” towards the wrong side of the fabric. Press.

Step 3: Carefully center your prepared trim piece over the section of the towel item you want to embellish, leaving a ¾” extra piece hanging off each end of the width of the item. Pin in place.

Step 4: Sew close to the edge on each long side.

Step 5: Turn under the end piece of your trim twice to meet the hemmed edge of your towel item on both ends. Slip stitch edge.

Step 6: Repeat the same steps for the other pieces in your towel set.

Tomorrow’s post will have another easy bathroom project.


nicolette said...

This looks really great June! Curious to see what you come up with in your next post!

Kristi said...

Very pretty! I made some dishtowels in a similar what but I made the towels from scratch with linen fabric and did patches of fabric instead of one continuous strip.

Wow I didn't know you were using the same yard for all the projects. I thought you were using a yard per project. This is even more fun! What a great idea.

Pat said...

This looks really pretty! The fabric is a perfect compliment for the blue towels. It's amazing that you are able to do all these projects with one yard of fabric!

Hugs, Pat

Saucy said...

You do the best little tutorials. This looks too cute for words, what a nice gift it would make.

Have a great week! Hugs,

Robyn said...

June! I love these ideas I am going to try the shower cap idea! I love it!

Come by and take a peek at what I have a 'brewin' over at my place!

kari and kijsa said...

Thank you for all your prayers and blessings!
Have a wonderful Labor Day,
kari & kijsa

Carol said...

I love your projects and a good challenge!
I did this with a fq a while back (pre blog)!

Storybook Woods said...

Thank you June for the tutorial for the towel and shower cap, these will make wonderful gifts. Your the best. xoxox Clarice

Cindy said...

VERY beautiful and a great way to use as little fabric as possible while making it go a LONG way to customizing your bath! I love it!!!!

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

African Kelli said...

Oh man those are so pretty. I need to make myself some new towels. Thank you for the inspiration!

Queen of Dreamsz said...

That's such a nice and simple way to dress up towels...enjoyed all of your tuts.

Joan said...

Your towels are very pretty. My MIL does these with the borders that come with pillow panels. One thing you didn't mention is to prewash the fabric. If the band shrinks up after the towel is washed a few times, the towel looks awful.