How to Sew Hanging Kitchen Towels

Transform your hard-working, ordinary kitchen towels into something more attractive and convenient. Instead of just hanging your towel over a cupboard door or throwing it on the counter, add a little ribbon to the top so you can give it a place of honor in your kitchen and hang it from your oven door. Creating a useful hanging towel is a fun, fast and inexpensive way to spruce up your kitchen. Even if you're just learning how to sew, you can accomplish this project in no time.

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(Image: Beth Huntington)

Things You'll Need

  • Kitchen towel

  • Sharp scissors

  • Measuring tape

  • Wide ribbon cut 1-inch wider than your towel

  • Narrow ribbon cut 8-inches wider than your towel

  • Straight pins

  • Safety pin

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Step 1

Measure the width of the towel. Cut two pieces of wide ribbon 1-inch wider than your towel.

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Step 2

Place one wide ribbon 4 inches down from the top of the towel and another wide ribbon 4 inches down from the first ribbon. Pin them in place across the towel. Leave a 1/2 inch hanging over the end of the towel on each side.

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Step 3

Fold the ends under and pin in place.

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Step 4

Sew across the top and the bottom of each ribbon to form a casing for the smaller ribbon.

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Step 5

Cut two pieces of narrow ribbon that are 8-inches wider than your towel.

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Step 6

Attach a safety pin to the end of the narrow ribbon and thread it through the wide ribbon casing.

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(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 7

Gather the towel by pulling on the narrow ribbon until your towel is about 1/2 the original width. Make sure the narrow ribbon has equal length on both sides. Pin the ends in place.

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(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 8

Sew across the ends of both ribbons. Be sure to remove the pins as you sew.

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Step 9

Fold over your oven door handle and tie the narrow ribbons to hold the towel in place.

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(Image: Beth Huntington)