Every kitchen needs a hanging kitchen towel. In my kitchen, the hanging potholder dish towel is near the sink and I use it numerous time a day. These potholder towels can be hung from your stove door handle also.
Learn how to make a hanging kitchen towel with a potholder and dish towel by watching this video and reading the instructions below. This project is so easy even someone learning to sew can make one.
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Best of all, this can be very inexpensive to make. Just purchase towels and potholders at your local Dollar Tree store for $1 or the affiliate link below.
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- Kitchen Towel
- Marking Pencil
- Basic Sewing Supplies
STEP 1: GATHERING THE TOWEL
The towel will need to be gathered so it is the same width as the potholder. To do this, fold the towel in half lengthwise and press with iron along the fold. This crease will be the gathering line.
Set the sewing machine to a basting stitch. A basting stitch is simply a straight stitch set at the longest possible length. Pull the top thread and bobbin thread behind the presser foot so you have a long tail about 5 to 6 inches. Then, stitch across the towel using the crease as a guide.
Gather the towel until it is the same size as the potholder. To gather, hold the top thread with one hand and pull the fabric away from the thread. Do this on both sides. When you get close to the desired length, on one side pull the bobbin thread up from the bottom and tie a knot with the bobbin and top thread.
Continue gathering until the towel fabric reaches the desired length. Again, pull the bobbin thread up from the bottom and tie to top thread. Adjust the gathers so they are even across the whole towel.
STEP 2: LOCATE MIDDLE OF POTHOLDER
The potholder loop will determine how the towel will be attached to the potholder. Make sure the loop is at the top. If there is no loop, you can make a loop with scrap fabric or ribbon.
Now, it is time to find the center of the potholder. On the wrong side of the potholder, use a ruler to find the center and mark a line along the center using a quilters marking pencil.
Note: Some potholders have no right or wrong side. Decide which side you will want to show when the towel is hanging. Mark a line on the other side of the potholder. If the potholder has a wrong side, then mark on that side.
For the example potholder above, I have decided to use the solid side as the side which will show when the towel is finished. So, I marked on the printed side.
STEP 3: SEWING POTHOLDER TO TOWEL
Place the towel right side up on your work surface. Put the center marked line of the potholder over the towel gathers. Pin the potholder and towel in place.
Set the sewing machine to a standard stitch length and sew along the line marked on the potholder, backstitching at the beginning and end.
The potholder is now attached to the top of the towel. Fold the potholder up and the towel downwards. The project is almost finished!
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STEP 4: MARKING AND ATTACHING BUTTON
Fold the potholder in half with the loop at the top as shown below. The button will be attached to the potholder. Fold the loop down to see where to place button. Mark this spot with a marking pencil.
Hand sew on the button to the front of the potholder in the marked location. The button could also be sewn on with a sewing machine. We have video tutorials on two methods to sew the button on. The first method uses the zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine, in How to sew on a button - Zig Zag Stitch method. The second video uses a button stitch on a sewing machine, in How to sew on a button - Button Stitch.
Place the loop over the button and the hanging dish towel is complete.
The hanging kitchen towel is complete and ready to hang from stove handle, near the sink or any other convenient location.
These towels are the perfect hostess gifts, teacher gift, Christmas gift or gift for any occasion since they are so quick and easy to make.
We hope you enjoyed this project and make a lot of potholder dish towels for yourself and gifts. Purchase towels and potholders from the affiliate links below.
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