Monday, May 19, 2014

Custom Dishtowels (and a tutorial)

Last week I found some fantastic nautical fabrics at the local quilt shop.  I thought about it and decided that although I didn't want to make a quilt out of these fabrics, they would be perfect for accessory type gifts.  I thought some more and dish towels came to mind.  After speaking with one of the quilt store employees, I found out they carry dish towel fabric that is pre-hemmed on the sides...perfect!.

Once I got home, I tried making a dishtowel bordered in one of the fabrics featuring blue crabs...meh...it didn't turn out as well as I had hoped.  There just wasn't enough contrast between the towel fabric and the decorative border fabric, and worse, the edges of the border fabric didn't line up well. Then I remembered the foolproof method for making bordered pillowcases that results in perfectly encased seams and aligned borders every time.

I chose the other fabric and went to work using the same method to attach the borders as when I make pillowcases.  Here is the result.


I couldn't be happier :)

If you would like to make a pair for yourself or someone else, here is a link to the tutorial.  Note:  I updated the tutorial after I posted it to clarify the instructions in a couple of spots.

I just pulled these fabrics from my stash. Hmmm...I think I might buy some good European linen and make my own hemmed dishtowels and pair them with these.  They would make great Christmas presents for my wine drinking friends and family.


So, maybe a natural flax colored linen to pair with the dark corks fabric, and perhaps some chocolate linen with the corkscrews fabric?


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