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Terrycloth Travel Kit

 

Free project instructions to make a terrycloth travel kit

Hit the road with a terrycloth travel kit, perfect for holding essentials in a convenient fold-up organizer.

An inner lining keeps it clean and dry, and a terrycloth insert with four pockets holds items safely and securely.

Read on for instructions to make a travel kit from a hand towel in just a few simple steps!

 

Free project instructions to make a terrycloth travel kit

Supplies Needed:

**Terrycloth hand towel (mine is 16" wide by 28" high)

**Terrycloth washcloth (optional -- for organizer insert; mine is 12" wide by 12" high)


**1/2 rip stop nylon (for inner lining)

**Lightweight water soluble stabilizer (for topping -- I prefer Sulky Solvy or Sulky Super Solvy)

Supplies Continued: 

**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Temporary spray adhesive


**Air-erase pen

**1/2" - 3/4" wide ribbon (for ties)

**Extra wide double fold bias tape

**All-purpose zipper (mine is 16" long -- the same width as my hand towel)

**16" long - 1" wide strapping (for handle)



Designs Used:

I used the 4" x 4" size of the Silhouette Hibiscus and the 4" x 4" size of the Silhouette Flip Flops. Designs 4" x 4" and smaller are a perfect fit for the travel kit's embroidery areas. Travel and Scenery themes are a natural for a travel kit. Let your imagination roam to choose a motif you love!

Finished Size:
When completely folded: 8" wide by 8" high
When laying flat: 16" wide by 8" high

 

Free project instructions to make a terrycloth travel kit
 

To outline the embroidery area, I laid the hand towel flat with the right side facing up. With an air-erase pen, I measured and marked 7" up along each side, starting at each bottom corner, then drew a line connecting the marks. The area below the line will become the front flap and is the embroidered area.

Next, to position my designs, I created paper templates. If you're new to working with templates, click here to see how to use them for design placement. I placed the templates within the embroidery area, centering the designs side to side by measuring equal distances in between the outer edges of the designs and the outer edges of the towel. I also measured equal distances between the top and bottom edges of the design and the top and bottom edges of the embroidery area. Then I poked a hole in the center of the templates and marked the towel there, as well as marking the horizontal and vertical axis points.
 


Free project instructions to make a terrycloth travel kit
 

I removed the templates and drew lines connecting the marks, to help line up the towel in the hoop in the next step.



Free project instructions to make a terrycloth travel kit
 

I sprayed a piece of medium weight stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smoothed the towel on top. I also put one piece of lightweight water soluble stabilizer on top of the towel. Then I hooped the fabric, stabilizer, and topping together by lining up the marks on the hoop with the lines on the towel.



Free project instructions to make a terrycloth travel kit
 


Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so the needle is directly over the center point on the fabric and embroider the design.

After the design has finished, trim away the excess topping. If any remains, you can use a tweezers to remove them or brush them away with wet fingertips. Repeat the hooping and embroidering process for the next design.



Free project instructions to make a terrycloth travel kit
 

To prepare the inner lining, I laid the towel on top of the nylon with the wrong sides together, pinned in place, and trimmed the nylon around the outer edge of the towel, leaving 1/2" excess around the shape.



Free project instructions to make a terrycloth travel kit
 

Next I stitched the terrycloth and the lining together by folding the nylon over 3/4" to the wrong side along the short ends of the towel, pinning in place, and sewing a 1/8" seam along the folds.



Free project instructions to make a terrycloth travel kit
 

To add the handle, I cut a piece of 1" strapping to 16" long, then formed a loop by bringing the ends together. I slid one end of the strapping down about 1" and then wrapped it around the other end. Then I placed the folded end of the loop onto the towel about 1" up from the drawn line (just above the embroidery) with the loop facing down towards the bottom edge of the towel.

I also centered the handle side to side by measuring equal distances in between the side edges of the towel. I pinned in place and sewed a 1/4" seam around the bottom edges of the handle (the folded end), creating a one inch box with an "x" shape inside (to reinforce the handle attachment).
 



Free project instructions to make a terrycloth travel kit
 

To assemble the kit, I laid the towel flat with the wrong side (the lining side) facing up. For the pocket, I folded the towel by bringing the bottom edge up towards the top edge so the bottom edge overlaps about 11" (measured along the left and right sides).



Free project instructions to make a terrycloth travel kit
 

Next I folded the bottom edge of the towel back down towards the bottom fold so that the bottom edge overlaps about 3 1/2" (measured along the left and right sides). Then I pinned all the layers in place.



Free project instructions to make a terrycloth travel kit
 

To add the zipper, lay the zipper flat, right side facing up. Line up the bottom edge of the zipper with the top fold of the pocket, pin in place, and using a zipper foot on your machine, sew a seam along the fold.



Free project instructions to make a terrycloth travel kit
 

To cover the raw edge of the zipper, I cut a piece of bias tape the length of the top edge of the zipper, then folded the ends of the bias tape in about 1/2" and pressed with an iron. I wrapped the tape around the top edge of the zipper, folded the ends of the zipper under the tape, and sewed a seam along the entire length of the tape.



Free project instructions to make a terrycloth travel kit
 

For the ties, I cut two pieces of ribbon to about 16" long and inserted the ends in between the layers at the bottom corners of the flap of the pocket. I pinned in place and sewed a 1/4" seam along each side of the pocket, starting at each bottom corner and stopping at the zipper.



Free project instructions to make a terrycloth travel kit
 

To make the removable organizer insert, I folded the washcloth in half and pinned in place, then sewed a 1/4" seam along each side from the bottom corners up to the top corners.

For the sections or pockets of the insert, I sewed seams from the bottom fold up to the top edges. I sewed one seam in the center then two more seams -- one between the center seam and the right edge of the washcloth, and one between the center seam and the left edge of the washcloth, for a total of four pockets.
 



Free project instructions to make a terrycloth travel kit
 

You can use the travel kit with or without the insert. To use it, fill the insert with travel items and tuck it into the inside zipper pocket.



Free project instructions to make a terrycloth travel kit
 

Zip up the pocket, and fold the embroidered front flap down.



Free project instructions to make a terrycloth travel kit
 

Fold the towel again widthwise, bringing the ribbons together. Tie them into a bow, and you are ready to hit the road!


An embroidered terrycloth travel kit lets you keep essential items close at hand and ready to use, all in one compact and stylish package.

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Products used in this Project:

A Bathing Cuties Design Pack $14.97

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.84" x 6.85" | 3.78" x 3.90"

A Fanciful Ferns Design Pack $16.97

Available in 2 Sizes:

5.87" x 9.45" | 4.88" x 5.98"

A Klean Kitties Design Pack $8.97

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.88" x 6.89" | 3.90" x 3.90"

A Go Fish Design Pack $9.97

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.90" x 5.09" | 3.88" x 3.83"