Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mother's Day Decorative Dish Towels: Tutorial/Giveaway!


Can't decide what to make for mom? What about a new set of decorative dish towels?! With Mother's Day right around the corner I was thinking I needed to get on the ball! I have wanted to make decorative dish towels for sometime now, but have never gotten around to it. Making them for a Mother's Day gift is perfect excuse to cross them off my list! I thought I would share this tutorial with you so you could make them too!

In this tutorial I make the long ruffled decorative dish towel.

So Sorry! I woke up in the middle of the night thinking...
did I give a width for the green dot and blue/green print??! I looked and sure enough I hadn't. I apologize! I added the width of the 2 and 3 coordinating fabrics.

Materials: fabric (I used 2/3 coordinating fabrics), scissors, thread, sewing machine/serger, rotarty board/cutter/ruler, trims(optional)

The dish towel measure 28 inches in length and 17 inches in width
I used a fat quarter (A fat quarter measures 18x22 so I needed 6 more inches to get 28 inches in length) for floral fabric (18x22"), Green Dot (40x6")and Blue/green print(40x3") I gave myself some extra room for seam allowance. About a 1/2". When all was said and done Floral fabric in length was (20"), Green Dot (5.5")and Blue/green print(2.5") After you cut your fabric...

1) I put rights sides of the green dot and blue/green print together and serged. If you do not have a serger you will sew and finish with a zig zag stitch to prevent fraying.

2)Press seams

3) Hem by folding over 1/4 of an inch and then again 1/4 and sew. You will be pressing with the iron each time you do this. If you have a serger you can serge in place of the first folding of 1/4 of an inch.

4) Set your sewing machine up for a basting stitch.

5) Pull the top string to gather, go slow so it doesn't break. Gather until the green dot fabric is the same width as the floral fabric.
6) Match up, right sides together, with the main fabric with coordinating fabrics.

7) Pin and Sew
8) Serge or Zig Zag stitch to finish the edge

9) Top Stitch for a clean/finished look.

10) Hem the edges of the towel (sides, top, bottom) like in #3

11) Finally top stitch the flower material right above the green dot like in #9 and you are finished!!!

And you have your Mother's Day gift ready to celebrate mom/sister/daughter/friend.

Now for the exciting news...
I am giving away one of my decorative dish towel sets!!!

You may want to enter if...
you don't sew, but would love some new decorative dish towels.
you do sew, but don't have the time.
they match your kitchen.
you need new dish towels.
you have a mom in mind you want to give the to for MD.
you love free stuff.
someone used yours for an oven mitt and now they are "toast."
you just want 'em for yourself!

Giveaway Rules:
1.Become a follower of 2 Giggle Boxes and leave a comment with your email address saying which set of towels you fancy.
2.Post this on your facebook or twitter page and leave another comment saying you did so.
3 Blog about it and comment!
Giveaway ends ON Thursday, April 29th at noon EST
A comment will be chosen at random on and posted next Thursday, April 29th!
Thank you for stopping by and playing along!

Which one would you choose?!
Mismatched Green and Blue Floral

Floral and Green Dot

Pink/Yellow Floral


Holly S. said...

These are so adorable!! You have to put some in your Etsy store. My mom and sister both need them :)

Melissa said...

OK...first of all you make me feel like the biggest slacker in the world every time I look at your site!!! Seeing as I know you have been sick when in the world did you have the time in addition to everything else?!?!?! Secondly, I am greedy and want them all! LOVE THEM!!!!

Elizabeth said...

I just became a follower. I've been wanting to make some cute kitchen towels for awhile now. Thank you for the tutorial. I like the pink/yellow floral set. Thanks for the giveaway!

Greer said...

I like the green and blue floral!

Mary Ellen said...

just became a follower!! These kitchen towels are so cute!!Would be happy with any set they are all so charming!

The Pooley Tribe said...

I'm a follower and the pink and yellow set is so cute! kapfife at gmail dot com

Lynne said...

I'm a new follower... you make the cutest stuff! I also love all of your baby items.
I love all three sets but my favorite is the green and blue floral.
Thanks for the great giveaway!!

Geoffrey said...

Your AWESOME Sarah!! Love the green blue floral!

Angie Kerr said...

Just found your site through One Pretty Thing....I LOVE these! I really like the mismatched blue/green set. Super cute!!

The4Rs said...

Sorry, I just left a comment without an email,
Please join my blog too,
If I had to pick my favorites, it would be the yellow green and blue floral. Thanks for the opportunity!

heather0103 said...

i fancy them all!

Scrappy Gifts said...

now following
Totally fancy the Floral and Green Dot

diva2129 at yahoo dot com

Scrappy Gifts said...

tweeted and FBed:

Looking Glass Jewels said...

Ooo I love these! SO Cute!

I am a follower!

I think I fancy the pink and yellow, but I love them all so it's hard to choose! :)

my email is:

Looking Glass Jewels said...

I tweeted your giveaway!

Looking Glass Jewels said...

I blogged about your giveaway!

Kady L. said...

I am a new follower and would choose the floral and green dot! They're all nice though!!

I too have a giveaway going on - low entries!

Kady L. said...

Posted on FB for you!!/pages/Take-A-Moms-Word-For-It/349525104833

Lara said...

I'm a new followers! I love the floral and green polka dot!

Esther said...

I love the ones in the Anna Maria Horner fabric. She has the most adorable fabric line.

Amanda said...

The floral and green dot are adorable and my mother inlaw would love them. Hope I can give them to her!!!

Brianne said...

I am a follower! I LOVE the floral and green dot ones. They would be perfect for my kitchen...or my mom's. :)

Audie said...

Wow...Very cute! The floral and green dot are to die for!

Sarah Elisabeth said...

I like them all! Just found and subscribed to your feed. . . I guess if I had to choose I'd take the first set! Thanks

Amy said...

These are so adorable (especially the pink/ellow floral)! I'm now following your blog... hope to see more stuff like this! amy_scraps(at)yahoo(dot)com

Corrie said...

I'm a new follower. I like the green floral Dot towels
email is

mw32959 said...

I'm a follower and love the Green & Blue Floral! My email address is and if I win I don't think I could give them away!

girlytwins said...

I think every mom I know needs these :) They are too cute!! I just became a follower :) And It's really hard to decide but I think I like the mismatched green and blue ones the best.

girlytwins said...

I tweeted about it :)

{All Thingz Related} said...

I'm a new follower! I like the Green and blue floral!

Come over and enter our giveaway!

MeMe said...

Love all of them, maybe the green and blue floral. Great job.

Courtney said...

green and blue - my favorite

babalisme said...

Hope I still can make it, because I can't even sew a button properly and no matter how great you post this tutorial I still can't make this on my own so please, please, I'm in love with Floral green and dot, don't separate us!!

Made.By.Jess said...

I love the Mismatched Green and Blue Floral..

SpAzzGiRL said...

Love it!
This would be great for our blog carnival!

linda said...

Gorgeous towels! Love the slight ruffle and great fabrics. Thanks for joining the Craftaholics Anonymous Support Group! I had fun stopping by and checking out your craftiness!

heather0103 said...

i thought i was getting a towel?

julia f. Baca said...
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Sarah Robbins said...

Hi I know you haven't posted in a while, but I was wondering if you make these to sell? Thanks.

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