Create Two Styles of Hanging Towels (Tutorial and free pattern)

Two styles hanging towels (pattern and tuttorial) Once Upon a Sewing MachineHere it is, the third week in January! That is hard to believe. It seems like just yesterday we were all in a hustle mode trying to get Christmas ready, plan menus, and figure out where everyone was going to sleep. Our four children are spread across a 350-mile-range, so holidays are always a production, and as more grandchildren are added, the production gets larger. Now, it’s always a great time once we get it figured out, but with so many families there always seems to be a glitch or two. I was still finding a few stray Christmas things this week as I was thinking that I really don’t have many decorations for Valentines Day.

That holiday always seems to slip past as we plan for Easter and the spring. Spring is a big deal here in the Midwest, even if we happen to be having a mild winter.

There are some things that I am rather compulsive about….here is where Rachel is laughing….and one of them is changing out my kitchen towels. I change my towels with the holiday or season. It is now time to tuck away the Christmas towels and switch over to something else. Now I do have a few snowmen and generally winter-themed hand towels, but no Valentines and very few Easter towels.

I like to hang them from my drawer handles next to the sink. They take a beating and really need to be replaced frequently. There are two methods of making hanging towels, both of which are pretty easy.

For both of these styles I start with a standard dish towel cut in half. This will give you two finished hanging towels.

Two styles hanging towels (pattern and tuttorial) Once Upon a Sewing Machine

Busting Your Scrap Stash

Using left over scraps of fabric is always fun. You can use this template for your pattern. (I’ve marked seam allowance and buttonhole)

Cut 2 and sew your pieces right sides together leaving the bottom open.

Two styles hanging towels (pattern and tuttorial) Once Upon a Sewing Machine

Turn. Press under the bottom edge 1/2 inch.

Two styles hanging towels (pattern and tuttorial) Once Upon a Sewing Machine

Fold your towel in thirds and insert into the opening. Top stitch the opening.

Two styles hanging towels (pattern and tuttorial) Once Upon a Sewing Machine

Make a buttonhole at the top of the tab, fold over, and sew your button on.

Break Out The Yarn

The second method is to crochet a tab directly onto your towel. Again, I begin by cutting the towel in half. I used an awl to punch a row of holes along the cut edge.

Two styles hanging towels (pattern and tuttorial) Once Upon a Sewing Machine

Crochet Towel Pattern

Create a row of stitching by single crochet in each hole. Then follow this pattern:

Two styles hanging towels (pattern and tuttorial) Once Upon a Sewing Machine

Ch 1 turn. DC in every other SC across.

Ch 1. Turn. DC in every other DC across.

Ch 1 DC in every DC across. Ch 3 .Turn.

DC in every other DC across. Ch 3. Turn.

DC in every other DC across. Ch 3. Turn.

DC in each DC across. 5 DC. Repeat this row 4 more times.

Each ch 3 at the start of the row counts as the first DC.

Bind off. Sew button on. I used a size 5/3.75mm hook.

Two styles hanging towels (pattern and tuttorial) Once Upon a Sewing Machine

Rachel is busy sewing up our boy look for PR &P this week. We’re excited to show it to you later this week. In the meantime, Do you have a favorite way to freshen up your everyday spaces when in the depth of the winter?

Happy Sewing,

Donna

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  1. One of my first crochet projects was a kitchen towel like that. My Grandma taught me how when I was a kid.;) The new towels look great! I love that you change out the towels according to season/holiday.

  2. Pingback: Tutorial: Hanging dish towel using your scrap fabrics | Sewing Patterns

  3. I was just wondering if you have an very easy pattern for granny squares. I am a beginner and have trouble reading patterns. What I really need is a very simple basic pattern that tells each row by row not go back. Sounds silly I know but it’s on my bucket list LOL