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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Personalized Dish Towels:.

First things first. I'm over at the newly launched Sips Etc. sharing a tasty and delicious recipe. This blog is co-authored by the fabulous Kristin of kojo designs. Go check it out!

I was excited when Tasha asked me to be a part of her series last week because it gave me the boost I needed to get going on my neighbor gifts for our family friends. I've been trying to crank things out earlier than usual this year since my baby is due the beginning of December, and I'm fairly certain I won't be wanting to brave the crowds or stress out over making things with a newborn around.

Here's an inexpensive way to give a personal Christmas gift.

What you need:

- dish towel(s)
- heat and bond (get the sewable kind!)
- fabric
- Silhouette (Lucy!) or a pair of scissors will do if you don't have a digital cutter

Start off by following the directions on the heat and bond to adhere it to your fabric.

If you have a Silhouette or other digital cutter, you'll need to create your monogram in the software. Be sure to measure the area you want it to go.

If you don't have a digital cutter, you can trace a monogram on the paper backing of the heat and bond to cut out with scissors.

Once your monograms are cut out, iron them down on to the towels.

Then sew around the outside edge.

That looks nice, but I wanted to add a little more. How about a ruffle?

Measure the bottom edge of your towel. Mine was a little over 15 inches.

For a good ruffle, a general rule of thumb is to have the fabric be twice the width of what you are attaching the ruffle to. I decided to do a 32 inch width. I did a 2.5 inch length.

Hem up the sides and bottom edge of the strips.

Do a gathering stitch along the unfinished edge of your strips.

My ruffling tip is to find the middle of what you are attaching the ruffle to, as well as the middle of your strip of fabric. Pin the middles together, right sides together, edges matched up.

This will allow you to evenly gather the fabric on each side and pin.

Sew the fabric ruffle to the towel. Zig zag the raw edge to prevent fraying.

Flip the ruffle over and top stitch it down.


Now you've got a personalized Christmas gift for your favorite friends and neighbors!

Pair it with some cooking utensils, or ingredients for a favorite recipe and you're set!

Linking up here:


  1. I'm going to sister-in-law's house for Thanksgiving and was looking for the perfect hostess gift. I think I found it here. Thanks for the inspiration,

  2. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [09 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  3. These look great!! I love the ruffles! Would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party :) http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/11/bedazzle-me-monday-7_6572.html

    Also, PRETTY PLEASE stop by and check out Random Acts of Kindness Week going on all next week!! I would love it if you could participate!! More info here:

  4. These are really cute. I've done something similar before, but did a Christmas theme & gave them out at Thanksgiving. I really like the addition of the ruffle -- so cute!

    Good luck on your baby!

  5. I love these and think they would be great as Christmas gifts.

    I'd love if you would consider sharing this at my Thingamajig Thursday party...http://radcrafter.com/2011/11/thingamajig-thursday-party-2/


  6. So Cute, I would like to invite you to my Link Party, Crafty Lassie Tuseday. @ http://sewstylishboutique.blogspot.com/
    Hope to see you there, Rose

  7. luv it.Would luv for my readers to see this awesome idea, will you please join our weekly party at
    have a great crafting weekend!

  8. This is such a great gift idea! Although I totally plan on making some for myself too. ;)
    I'm featuring them today.

  9. great project, love the ruffle! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!


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