Sewing Tutorial – Dish Towels
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Here is a great project for your own kitchen or to use as gifts. I just measured my favorite size kitchen towel and added 2 inches for the initial cut. Always pre-shrink your fabrics when sewing anything that will be washed again and again. It may still shrink a bit over time, but will keep it shape much better if you wash and dry once before cutting and sewing.
If you use the measurements (or even a bit wider) I provide, you can get two generous towels out of one half yard of fabric. My favorite fabric for this project is Art Gallery’s canvas. A bit heavier and sturdier than a quilters cotton, but still nice and absorbent for drying dishes and catching spills. I have it available in several prints in the SHOP
Cut your towel 16 inches x 27 inches.
Press the 4 corners down 1 1/4 inch. cut off the tip, leaving about 3/4 inch piece folded down. This doesn’t have to be perfect, just the same measurement in each corner. If you want a wider hem, then this will need to be a bit deeper as well. My finished hem is half inch.
Press down a quarter inch seam on all 4 sides.
This next step is a bit tricky, but the more you make, the easier it gets! Before you press the seems another half inch, lets tackle the mitered corners. Folding the edges in another 1/2 inch while bring the corners together to meet making a nice neat corner.
Now, after the corners are in place, press the remaining sides down to match up to the corners.
Stitch seams in place. I often do a back stitch at the corners just as added security to keep the corners crisp. Press one last time.