Make an Easy Hanging Kitchen Towel


Hey it’s Vanessa for Crafty Gemini Creates.
And I’m back with another fun project for you. This time we’re working on this really
cute hanging kitchen towel. You can see that we’re going to be working with buttonholes
today. We have a hand sewn button. And this project is a great quicky gift idea. And I
think if you have a machine that has decorative stitches and buttonholes and you’ve never
tried it, I think you’re going to want to try it to make this cute little project. So
let’s get started. The supplies and materials that we’re going to be working with is a
towel of some kind. You can see this one is more of a hand towel, a terry cloth one. And
then the sample that I’ll be working on in the tutorial is to show you how to make
it out of a tea towel. Now the fabric that we’re using is called, it’s from a collection
called Vintage Made Modern by Amy Barickman for Indygo Junction. And then remember that
there’s always a link in the description box below the video on where you can find
the materials and supplies that I’m using in this project, ok? So we have our fabric for the hanging part
and we have our towel. Now the tea towel that we’re using here, let me show you. Most
of these come in kind of this basic generic size. I think this one measures maybe like
20 by 28 or something like that. Now from one this size you can make two of these hanging
kitchen towels which would make a super cute hostess gift I think. I cut it just right
down the center. And the reason I do that is because if you look at the finished kitchen
towel, or tea towel like this, all four sides are finished. They’re already been hemmed
for you. They may have some type of embellishment. So that way you don’t have to worry about
finishing those edges. Now if we chop it right down the center, you’ll see that the other
three sides are done and on the other one they’re done as well. So we take advantage
of that so we can crank through the project a little bit faster, ok? So here’s the ones that I’ve made from
this one tea towel. You can see I chopped it in half. This edge is finished, this edge
is finished, and this one is. On the raw edge where you cut is the side that we’re going
to go ahead and gather this up. Because if you look, this part is a little bit more narrow
than obviously the full width of our cut. So before we jump into tucking in our towel
into the top, let’s make the hanging part. Now you’ll see also in the description box
below that I’ve included a downloadable PDF pattern for you to download, print out
and cut out. This is what you’re going to need. The fabric that you’ll be using, you’ll
want to cut two of these units. Now if you’re using kind of a really lightweight fabric,
I would recommend using some type of lightweight fusible interfacing on the back, maybe like
a Pellon shape flex. I like to use a lot of starch so I find that for me that kind of
works for this quicky project. I am layering these two up pretty sides touching so we can
get ready to sew them up. And what I’m going to do here is show you is kind of a little
trick that helps make it easier in the next step. I’ve placed two pins right here. Head
over to the ironing board. I’m going to flip the bottom edges in about ⅜ of an inch,
just like a little bit bigger than a quarter of an inch . And we’re going to press that
in place. Now the pins are holding my fabric steady so I can flip it over. And that way
I don’t really have to measure with a hemming tool or anything. I just can look to see where
the fold is on the bottom one that I just hemmed and that way you end up with both perfectly
turned under so you know they measure exactly what you need, which that part is going to
be key when we go to tuck in our towel and topstitch it. You want to make sure that you’re
stitching through all of the layers: the top fabric, the towel fabric and then also the
backing fabric. The worst thing is to kind of look at it from the front it looks fine
and you look on the back and you’re missing the piece. So definitely try this little trick
when you try this project. Let me grab this, just trim off those little edges right there.
Then we’re going to head over to the sewing machine. And you’re just going to straight
stitch all the way up and around. Leave the bottom part that we just folded, you can just
leave it as it is open. So quarter of an inch around. And you can see that I have a sample
here that’s been done already for you. After that, because we have some curves, we need
to clip these curves. If you have pinking shears go ahead and grab those. Right here
in this curve I’m just going to do a few little clips. You don’t want to go all the
way up to the stitch line because you may cut into your stitches. And that’s no fun.
So I’m just going to do a few clips here. And then I just take the pinking shears and
go around any of the other lighter curves. So we’ll come around here. Reducing some
of that bulk so it’s easier to kind of flip right side out. Alright, after that, you’re going to flip
the whole thing right side out through here. Now if you don’t have any kind of turning
tool, I find that just putting my thumb all the way up in here, grabbing it and then working
it out. You can use a pen, a chopstick, whatever you need to just push it all out. And then
take it to the ironing board and give it a nice press. So here’s a sample of what that
looks like. Ok, so just give it a nice press. This one looks good already. And then at the
bottom edge you’ll notice that because we turned this under, we no longer have to kind
of try and fit it in there. When you flip it rightside out, it’s already done for
you. A nice, crisp edge, you won’t have anything wobbly. So make sure that you do
this step before you get to this one. Now in here we have our towel stuffed inside.
So let me show you how to do that. We are taking this to the sewing machine, well I’ve
already done it but let me show you. Just about ⅜ of an inch or half of an inch down
from the raw edge where we cut the tea towel in half, you’re just going to run a basting
stitch. And a basting stitch, if you have a computerized machine, or one that has different
decorative stitch options, you’re just going to want to set the stitch length to the longest
one. So whether it’s a 5.0 on your machine, whatever it is, do that. And make sure that
you leave tails so that you can pull. So there’s tails on both ends, ok? You don’t want to
trim it flush and you don’t want to back stitch. Just a nice long stitch. I’m going
to reach to the back here and just grab one of my threads and just start gathering the
fabric up. And I only do one line of stitching. I know some people do two. You can also use
a ruffler foot if your machine has that kind of accessory but I find that just to save
time I can just do it with one. And I did it the same way on this tea towel and even
on the bulkier terry cloth towel and it worked just fine. Just don’t yank on it super hard
so you break your thread, ok? And you just gather it up until it’s kind of gathered
enough that it will fit inside the opening of the hanging part. And that way you kind
of get more even gathers when you do it that way. So in this one I would gather it a little
bit more and then tuck it inside the opening. In here, what I do recommend you do is tuck
it in at least about a half of an inch in, that way when we topstitch this together,
we can guarantee that we’re going to catch all three of those layers. And because we
folded our hems under the way that I showed you, you can see that they’re going to pretty
much be even. So I don’t have to worry about catching on the back side. I just want to
make sure that the towel is high enough in there that I’ll catch the towel. So I’ve
placed some pins going vertically just so I can kind of line it up and get it how I
want it. And now we’re going to head over to the sewing machine and topstitch this down
with a basic straight stitch. And this part, the seam is not too long so
just take your time because you do want to make sure that you’re getting those stitches
right where they need to be and you’re catching all three layers of it. So I”m going to,
yep my stitch length is about a 2.5. Take a few backstitches real quick. And I’m stitching
close to that bottom folded edge. Alright, so that looks pretty good and I’m using
a white thread just so you all can see it in this video. But you can see how close to
that bottom edge I am. We’ll flip it over and you can see that it’s all pretty even.
Not bad, ok? Trim away any excess threads. And now we are ready to tackle the buttonhole.
So don’t freak out. Give it a try. Here we go. We need a buttonhole foot. There’s
a lot of different ways, depending on the machine that you have, on how you can make
a buttonhole. I’m working on a Baby Lock Katherine here. And I’ve had other several
different types before. So chances are if you have a newer machine that has some decorative
stitches, that you probably have something that works like this. It’s got a one-step
buttonhole. And here goes. We’re going to pick out the button that we want. And I love
this option because you’re not limited by the size of the button. There’s a little
option, ok, first I’ll walk you through here, where these little kind of red marks
are, that is where it is actually going to be stitching. So when you look to the back
part here, this is a little thing that kind of goes up and down. And this is where you’re
going to put in the button that you want to use in your project. So I think, let’s do
this kind of big light purple one. You place your button in there and then squish it together
so that it holds the button. And what this is doing is it’s gauging the size of the
buttonhole, of the button so that the machine can stitch the appropriate buttonhole for
that size button. So you’re not going to end up with a little small buttonhole for
a huge one. Ok, so it’s all going to be relative and it’s going to match up nicely.
So that’s nice and secured in place. I’m just going to snap this into my machine. These
snap-on feet are great because you can just pop them all right off. Then we’re going
to snap this here. Now there’s an option right here. There’s like this little thing
that you need to pull down to engage the buttonhole, ok? And it needs to be behind this little
knob. So there it is. Now on my machine, I’m going to go ahead and select a basic buttonhole.
And there’s some different ones. You can do some decorative things but we’re going
to line this up. And you can make some marks. For this type of a project, it’s not a big
deal. I know that I just want the buttonhole to be somewhere up here. Not too close to
the top edge but not too far down. You can just eyeball it. I think this is a great little
project just to try it out because you’ve only got to make one buttonhole. Alright so we’re going to start off. And
I’m just eyeballing it in the center. I think that will work fine. I have my buttonhole,
everything is engaged. And now I can just stitch. And don’t hold onto anything. The
machine is doing it. You can see, hands free. And you’ll see how it stops and kind of
goes back and forth. And it’s, it’s the size of the button that’s telling it where
to stop or continue stitching. It tacks itself down into place. All I’ve got to do is cut
my thread, come on over here. Let me grab my button. And you can see how nice that is.
It’s just a little bit bigger so it’s big enough to fit the big button through.
Now it’s not open in the center so this is the part where you need to come in here
and cut it. Here’s a tip. I like to place a pin near the end. I just kind of weave it
through the fabric like this. And then I’ll take my seam ripper to cut this. And what
this is doing is it’s going to allow me to cut through the buttonhole but it won’t
let me cut these anchoring stitches here so that I don’t have to redo the whole thing
again. So just poke your seam ripper in at the top and just slide it through. When you
get to that pin, you know you’re done. And there is your completed buttonhole. Super
simple, ok? Now on this part here, let me trim these threads. Now you just have to figure out where you
want to put the button. And I like to do it right where this kind of top part starts to
flare out a little bit. I find that that’s a good measurement for me. And then you just
go in with a hand sewing needle and some thread and just handstitch this button right into
place. Like I’ve done to this one, ok? Just like that. So handstitch that into place and
then you slip your button right through there. And you can put it over the handle of your
oven. You can hang it anywhere else that you want to and you’re going to have a handy
little towel ready for you to use. I hope you enjoyed this video tutorial, and
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