Need a gift for a man? Something in pretty fabric a female golfer would like?
If you have a need, you can find a solution. That’s what I told myself when I decided my husband’s old, raggedy golf towel could no longer accompany him to the golf course. It’s embarrassing me too much. Something has to be done.
My brain went into action making decisions as to what would be useful. One side should be for cleaning (terrycloth or chenille) and the other side cotton or linen for wiping/drying. A corner pocket would be nice—you could stick in your club head or golf ball and give it a good scrub. A grommet in one corner would facilitate hanging on the golf bag for easy access.
Outside of the golf towel. © June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved.
I decided to make two towels, one for my husband and one for my son, simple “I love you” gifts. They would also be great for birthdays, Father’s Day, Christmas, or other occasions. If you leave off the pocket detail, the towel would work for bowling, too.
Inside/pocket side of the golf towel. © June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved.
In the design process, a tutorial emerged as written below. For a PDF version, click here or in my sidebar under Junie Moon’s Tutorials. Please do not use my tutorial to make any for commercial sale.
Junie Moon’s Golf Towel Sewing Tutorial
- 1 piece of 100% cotton or linen fabric, cut 17”-wide by 19”-long
- 1 piece of 100% cotton terrycloth or chenille fabric, cut 17”-wide by 19”-long
- Thread to match
- Dritz Grommet Kit, 7/16-inch (I chose brass)
- Metal golf towel (or shower) hanger (again, I chose brass)
Step 1: Place your two fabric pieces right-sides together and sew ¼-inch around all 4 sides, leaving a 4-inch opening for turning.
Step 2: Turn right-side out and press.
Step 3: Slip-stitch the 4-inch opening closed.
Step 4: Top-stitch ¼-inch around all four sides.
Step 5: Place towel so shorter sides are at top and bottom. Find the center of your towel length and mark with straight pins. Fold over the right-hand corner to match the center. Pin in place.
Illustration of Step 5. © June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved.
Step 6: From bottom of towel, sew up one side of the pocket, extending about ¼-inch into the terrycloth/chenille to keep from tearing during use. I also stitched across to the left into my chenille from my seam to secure it even further. Leave the other side (top) of the pocket open; otherwise, you won’t have a pocket. NOTE: If you wish to add your label, do so before sewing the pocket side as illustrated below.
Illustration of Step 6 incorporating label. © June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved.
Step 7: Looking at the back of your towel (pocket side), you’re going to want to put your grommet in the top left corner. Follow the instructions on the grommet kit.
Step 8: Insert a hanging hook through the grommet and you’re done.