"Wax On, Wax Off"

"Wax On, Wax Off"

"Wax On, Wax Off"

Not with these Dish Towels, These are staying right where I left them.

I first made these as a gift for my sister and decided to make some more for my mom.

These were so easy to make and are great for any occasion, 

and now I'm going to share a quick tutorial.

First I bought some nice tea towels/Dish Towels from Walmart. I also bought some bar mops. Then I chose some fabrics that I liked and that matched to colours on the towels.

Next I cut the tea towels to the length I wanted. I cut mine to 19.5" but any length is fine. I also saved the cut offs for a different project that I will feature later.

Next I cut out 2 each per towel of my pattern on the cottons I had chosen.

 

 I sewed the edges, right sides together. Clipped, turned and Ironed.

Then I gathered the tops on my towels.

The next part is a little tricky. Take one side of the topper, and then sew it together with the towel, right sides together.

Once you have finished that, fold the seam to the inside. And flip to the back. On the back I finger press the unstitched side under about a quarter inch. I then stitch through all the layers, lining up the folded edge to the previous seam and stitching 1/8th of an inch up from there. Go slow and adjust as needed to keep the stitch line clean. It's not that fussy and if your stitching isn't straight, it's not too big of a deal, since it wont be seen once it's hanging. The stitching should be going through both sides of the topper as well as the towel.

Next is adding the hole. I used my embroidery machine and stitched out a modified rectangle. This was the thinest I could make it, about 2cm. You can also machine stitch a tight zig zag stitch like a button hole. I found 2 cm a bit wide, so recommend smaller if you are stitching it out. Then carefully cut out the centre, trying not to cut the stitching. I just added a bit of glue if that happened.

Here they are all finished. Insert the topper from the top and then fold the towel over and slip through the hole. And you have a fancy towel holder that wont end up on the floor, can be customized, embroidered and is perfect for any occasion.