How To: Make Super Towel

I’m back with my Super Towel Tutorial.

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I made 7 ~ one for each of my cousins ~

  • 7 tea towels {I think mine were about 16×24″}
  • 1/2 yard of 54″ wide fabric {washed & pre-shrunk}
  • 6.5 yards 1.5″ wide grosgrain ribbon
  • 2/3 yard skinny ribbon {for loops}
  • 1.5-2 yards thinner ribbon or ricrack PER PERSON {for optional waist tie}

Press the end of your tea-towel where the fabric will go.

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Each towel will take about 7″ of fabric. Mine has polka dots on it, so I wanted the fold & rows to line up nice & straight.

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But the built in rows made cutting pretty easy.

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Don’t worry about folding the top edges under, they’ll be hidden by the ribbon. You do, however, need to fold the side edges in.

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Press the edges nice & crisp.

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Then just sew up one edge, across the top. & down the other edge.

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If you’re going to embroider, do a few tests on scrap fabric.

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After about 6 tests, I learned that the ribbon needed to be placed about 1/4″ above these dash marks on the embroidery hoop. Use a sturdy interfacing to add stability to the ribbon.

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After you pop it out of the frame, use Stitch Witchery to glue the ribbon to the towel. I tried to sew it down but it just looked like poo. It

stitch-witched ribbon

Don’t forget to fold under the raw edge!

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Make 2 little ribbon loops.

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I wanted my towels to fold so that the back edge of the towel hit the top ribbon. Measure to the top of the loop, not the middle.

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Stitch in place.

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I switched the bobbin thread to white, so you wouldn’t really see the loops from the front.

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Thread through ribbon of choice.

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All done!

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3 Responses to How To: Make Super Towel

  1. Kim says:

    So adorable, and relatively simple.

    I totally purchased an embroidery machine tonight. SO EXCITED. I don’t have enough time to truly work it tonight, but I will be playing with it tomorrow. =)

  2. Wow – the tea towels are so cute! It makes me want an embroidery machine so bad!

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