Make Your Own Towel Topper


| 1/14/2014 8:35:00 AM


Erin SheehanI have been attempting simple projects lately to try to improve my sewing skills. Our old dish towels that hang on the fridge have been looking pretty beat so I decided to try a sewn towel topper.

Many patterns online use a button as a fastener, but I wanted to try something easier than sewing a buttonhole. I experimented with a couple of alternate fastening methods, and I think they both turned out great!

Towel toppers only use a little bit of fabric, so if you have some scraps and you want to try an easy and useful project, it might be perfect for you.

You’ll need one 18-by-14-inch piece of fabric. Depending on how you decide to sew your topper you’ll either need a second piece of fabric, 1-by-28 inches or you’ll need a small piece of Velcro. The pattern I hand drew is here:

Tie Topper Template 



Tie-up Topper: Fold your fabric strip (the long piece) in half (widthwise) right sides facing each other, and press well. Sew closed, leaving only about 1/8-inch seam allowance. Using a tube-turner if you have one, or a safety pin if you’re like me, open up your tube. Press it flat. Cut the tube in half to make two long ties. Fold in one end of each tie 1/4 inch or so and sew across, finishing them off.