With money tight, I decided to update towels I had on hand to extend their life and usefulness. I used materials I had on hand, so the cost was essentially free. I always save the scraps from other projects for just such an occasion.
You can see more of my kids' bathroom update HERE.
You'll need the following materials:
- scraps of fabric large enough for the width of your towel plus 1.5", and at least 2" wide.
- iron-on interfacing that is the exact width of your towel and the finished width of your panel.
- scraps of heat n bond lite or similar product for basting.
- a package of ricrac in your desired color.
- coordinating thread.
- your sewing tools, including your iron and ironing board.
I ironed in both the top and bottom 0.25", and then added some scraps of heat n bond lite to help with keeping the fabric in place.
I positioned the fabric panel where I wanted it on the towel, and ironed it into place.
I cut ricrac the same size as my panel, and then pinned it in place over the fabric panel.
To finish the edges, I folded the ricrac and fabric together and pinned it in place.
I stitched everything together using a red thread for the top of the stitch, and ivory in the bobbin.
I also sewed along each edge. It isn't perfect, but it will keep the folded edge out of view.
And there you go, my take on embellishing a hand towel with fabric, and ricrac for fun.
Another take on the same theme, for my laundry room, I used giant ricrac, and basted it in place under the fabric panel before I sewed it in place.
I also used a double top-stitch for a decorative touch.
With the giant ricrac, I folded a longer portion of fabric behind the towel.
This method would work for embellishing any towel, and would be a fun housewarming gift or wedding gift.
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