Holiday Hand Towels

Hi everyone! I’m Kara from Happy Go Lucky and I’m so excited to be here today sharing a fun and easy project.

Let’s dress up some simple white hand towels by with holiday fabric. These hand towels are perfect for the bathroom and kitchen and would make great hostess gifts. And I promise – if you make one, you’ll want to make more.

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Step 1: Find a plain hand towel or kitchen towel. I found mine at Walmart for 97 cents.

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Step 2: Choose 2-3 coordinating fabrics. I used fabric from the Holiday Bouquet and In From the Cold collections.

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Step 3: Determine how many different sections of fabric you want on each towel. I made one with 4 sections and one with 3 sections. For the towel with 4 sections, I divided the width of the towel (15 inches) by 4 and added half an inch to each section. So, I cut the fabric to 4.25 inches by 5 inches.

For the towel with 3 sections, I divided 15 by 3 and added half an inch, so I cut my fabric to 5.5 inches by 6 inches.

Step 4: Sew the pieces together in one long strip. Press your seams open.

Step 5: Fold top and bottom of fabric about half an inch and press with iron.

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Step 6: Lay the strip of fabric on the towel to determine where you should fold your seams on each side. You want the strip to end at the edge of the towel. Fold in and press with iron.

Step 7: Decide where you want the strip to be on the towel. Pin in place.

Step 8: Sew your strip of fabric to the towel with your sewing machine.

And you’re done! If you can sew a straight line, you can make these festive hand towels.

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Don’t you just love this fabric? I especially love the cookie fabric, and my new towels look awesome hanging in my kitchen!

I love that I can make coordinating hand towels for the different seasons and holidays using any fabric I want.

I hope I’ve inspired you to create your own festive hand towels. The hardest part is picking out what fabric you want to use since The Ribbon Retreat has so many fabulous choices!

I would love for you to come visit Happy Go Lucky and say “Hi!” I would also be thrilled to see any hand towels you make inspired by this tutorial.

Thank you Ribbon Retreat for having me! Happy Holidays!!

Thank you Kara! What a great idea that is easy to make, very budget friendly, and fast! These are great presents for family, friends, neighbors, teachers, bus drivers, co-workers…….The list keeps going and going! Thank you again Kara for inspiring us today with your creativity! We are so excited to have you as our newest Contributor!
Don’t forget to stop by Happy Go Lucky for more fun and innovative projects by Kara!

If you have a bin, drawer or box full of fabric scraps, these towels are a perfect solution for using up that fabric that is taking up space. Or, are you a collector of fat quarters or little fatties? Fat quarters are the perfect size for making loads of these adorable towels. You can create these fun towels for any holiday, season or everyday use and use up your scrap or fat quarter stash. They are so simple and perfect for any sewing level.

Are you still scratching your head over what little fatties are? They are amazing! They are a little bunch of fat quarters cut from our amazing fabric lines bundled together with a cute little ribbon. They are perfect for those little projects that require a little ounce of fabric! Check them out, they are so adorable.

Ok readers, I need your help…what is your favorite thing to give as neighbor gifts? I am running out of time. Yikes!

Happy Creating & Happy Holiday Towels!
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  1. Marti
    Posted December 22, 2013 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    These are adorable!! I can’t wait to make some. I’d love for you to share them at our Christmas Round Up! I am doing features all week. 🙂

    Just follow this link…Christmas Round Up!

    Happy Holidays!

    • Posted December 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

      Hi Marti! Thank you so much! These holiday towels are adorable, easy and so fun to make! I linked them and our other projects from this week up! Thanks for the invite. Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  2. Marti
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! I featured these in the Craft Countdown! Here is the link….

    Happy Holidays!

    • Posted December 25, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

      Hi Marti! That is awesome! Thank you for featuring these fun and festive towels. Have a Merry Christmas! Michelle 🙂

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