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.

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.
(Image: Beth Huntington)
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.
(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

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.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 1

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

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.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

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.

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.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 3

Fold the ends under and pin in place.

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.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 4

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

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.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 5

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

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.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 6

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

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.
(Image: Beth Huntington)
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.
(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.

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.
(Image: Beth Huntington)
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.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 8

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

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.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 9

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

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.
(Image: Beth Huntington)
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.
(Image: Beth Huntington)
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