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Handy-Loop Dish Towel

Free project instructions for making a handy-loop dishtowel.

Free project instructions for making a handy-loop dishtowel.


It has style, and substance! Not only is it a bright and colorful way to spice up your kitchen decor, but
the loop provides a handy alternative for hanging. Make one for your own kitchen, and whip up a bunch to give as housewarming gifts or wedding presents.
 


Project Needs & Notes

- 17' x 26" dish towel

- 1/4 yard print quilter's cotton
- Medium-weight cutaway stabilizer
- Lightweight water-soluble stabilizer for topping, if towel is terry cloth or waffle weave
- Air-erase pen for marking
- 10" of 1" wide strapping
- 3/4 yard decorative trim
- Snap and snap tool


The design used in this tutorial is L8469, Welcome to Our Loud, Loving, Crazy, Fun Home.

This project was featured in the following:
Let's Dish Lookbook


Free project instructions for making a handy-loop dishtowel.

To begin, square off the towel.

Measure the width of the towel (17" wide) and add one inch for seam allowance.

Take that measurement (18" wide) and measure and mark along the side edges starting at each bottom corner.

Draw a line connecting the marks and cut along the line.

Free project instructions for making a handy-loop dishtowel.

Fold the raw edge over 1/2" and press with an iron.

Fold again 1/2" and press.

Sew a 1/2" seam along the inner edge of the fold.

Free project instructions for making a handy-loop dishtowel.

Print a template of your design from embroidery software.

A template is a printout of a design, and it's an excellent tool for planning where to stitch.

If you do not have embroidery software to print templates, try  Wilcom's TrueSizer, a free program.

Center
the template in the middle of the towel with the vertical axis lines aligned with the top and bottom corners of the towel.

Mark the center point, as well as the horizontal and vertical axis points.

Free project instructions for making a handy-loop dishtowel.

Remove the template and draw lines connecting the marks.

Free project instructions for making a handy-loop dishtowel.

Hoop the fabric with a piece of medium-weight stabilizer, aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric.

Free project instructions for making a handy-loop dishtowel.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design.

Move the hoop so that the needle is directly aligned with the center point on the hoop.

Embroider the design.

If your towel has a texture, such as a terry cloth or waffle weave towel, add one piece of lightweight water-soluble stabilizer on top. This helps the stitches from sinking too far into the fabric.

Free project instructions for making a handy-loop dishtowel.

When the design has finished, trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the design.

Also, if you used a topping, tear the excess away. You can use a damp sponge to remove any small bits that are left behind.

Free project instructions for making a handy-loop dishtowel.

To create the top decorative trim, cut a piece of quilter�s cotton to 5" x 5" high.

Free project instructions for making a handy-loop dishtowel.

Fold the edges over 1/2" to the wrong side and press.

Free project instructions for making a handy-loop dishtowel.

Align the fabric with the top corner of the towel.

To prepare the loop, cut a 10" length of 1" wide strapping.

Insert one end of the strap in-between the cotton fabric and the towel at the top point.

Allow about 1" of the strap to extend under the fabric. Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the entire outer edges of the fabric.

Free project instructions for making a handy-loop dishtowel.

Add the bottom portion of the snap about 1" down from the top point and then add the top/button portion to the end of the strap on the front side about 1" from the end.

Free project instructions for making a handy-loop dishtowel.

To prepare the bottom trim, first measure the width of the towel about 1" down from the bottom edge of the design (15")

Then, add 2" to that measurement (17").
Free project instructions for making a handy-loop dishtowel.
Cut a piece of fabric that width (17") by 4" high.

Fold the long edges in 1/2" to the wrong side and press.

Free project instructions for making a handy-loop dishtowel.

Position the fabric on the towel with the top edge about 1" from the bottom edge of the design.

Allow 1" of the fabric to extend out past the outer edges of the towel. Pin in place.

Free project instructions for making a handy-loop dishtowel.

Turn the towel over to the back.

Measure and mark 1" out from the outer edge of the towel and trim the fabric at the mark.

Free project instructions for making a handy-loop dishtowel.
Fold the ends of the fabric over 1/2" to the wrong side and press.

Then wrap the folded end over the edge of the towel and press.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the entire outer edge of the fabric.

Free project instructions for making a handy-loop dishtowel.

You can add decorative trim to the top and bottom of the bottom trim fabric.

Sew or use fabric glue to add the trim along the top and bottom edges.

Free project instructions for making a handy-loop dishtowel.

This colorful, stylish dish towel is a must-have accessory for your kitchen needs!

The handy loop provides a fabulous alternative to hanging it over a towel bar.

Handy-Loop Dish Towel



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Products used in this Project:

My Mother Was Right $4.49 - $5.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

6.90" x 9.39" | 5.73" x 7.80" | 4.84" x 6.59" | 2.98" x 3.87"

With You I Am Home $3.49 - $4.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

6.56" x 7.82" | 5.86" x 6.98" | 4.86" x 5.79" | 3.24" x 3.87"

Pray Every Morning $4.49 - $5.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

6.84" x 9.74" | 5.47" x 7.80" | 4.79" x 6.82" | 2.79" x 3.90"