Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Easy embellished towel

I've been on the look-out for some new towels for my powder room--some of my old ones are getting pretty threadbare. So far, though, I haven't found any that strike my fancy.

Target had some plain towels on sale last week, and I picked up a hand towel for a song, wondering if I could make an embellished towel for the powder room. A quick look through my fabric stash revealed a remnant of fabric that I used in my bedroom. Sure enough, the fabric worked well with the hand towel and with the color of the powder room walls.

Here are the easy steps for making an embellished towel:

Cut a strip of fabric six inches wide. Wash and dry the fabric and the towel to pre-shrink both of them.

Turn under a hem on both long sides of the fabric strip. Press well.

Place fabric strip on bottom of towel. Center whatever fabric design you like best, then cut away all but about one inch of the ends of the fabric strip. Press down raw ends of fabric strip.

Then comes the easy and fun part. Heat up your glue gun, and glue the fabric to your towel.

If you like, add some trim, such as this dark brown gimp, along one or both sides of your fabric strip. Glue trim securely in place.

Turn towel over. Wrap ends of fabric strip around to the back of the towel, and glue ends securely in place.

And just like that, you've created an embellished towel:

A cotton fabric works best for embellishing towels--you don't want your embellishment to impede the towel's absorbency.

As for the hot glue, I know it will work. I made some embellished towels for my kitchen several months ago, and they've already been through the washer and dryer many times. The hot glue has kept the fabric securely in place through all that use. Of course, if you're a whiz with a sewing machine, you could just as easily sew your fabric and trim onto a towel. My sewing skills are pretty slim, so the glue works well for me.

Here's my pretty little towel in its new home:

What do you think?

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Regina from The Queenly Abode said...

Hi Richella, great job on the towels, they look very expensive!
have a great day,

Sharon {Grumpy, Sleepy and Bashful} said...

Love it! I have made burp cloths forever with cloth diapers and beautiful fabrics/ribbon in a similar manner to your towels. I NEVER once thought to make a towel. Thanks for the fantastic idea!!!

alanna rose said...

Looks great! I love the fabric. I made a ruffled towel a few weeks ago for my powder room and it really seems to give the space a little extra perk :)

Matilda Joyce said...

What a great idea! I use fabric glue for crafts like that, because then it's designed to go through the wash.

Linda said...

Hi Richella. Years ago when I was young and ambitious, I sewed ruffles and trim onto some of my towels, and that was fun.

Nowadays I would be much more apt to just hot glue some trim, thanks for the demonstration.

I love pretty towels. I found some nice ones at Big Lots...and four years later I am still loving them!

They just hang them there for decoration, and nobody uses them and once in awhile I throw them in the dryer with the little dryer balls to pound the dust out of them! ha!

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Shelia said...

Oh, these are so pretty! You did a great job on them.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

southerninspiration said...

Isn't that so pretty!!?? Smart girl you!

I didn't know the glue gun glue would stay thru the wash!

Richella said...

Suzanne, I wondered about whether hot glue would hold up in the wash, too, but I've found that it really does! I've washed and dried my embellished kitchen towels at least a dozen times, and so far nothing has budged. I figure that I might have to touch up the hot glue every few months. . . but then again I might not. So far so good! And using hot glue made this easy project into a super-easy project. :)

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

How pretty! What a fun and easy idea.

{waving hi} to you, Richella!

Dawn said...

i think... i LIKE! i've been wanting/meaning to embellish some for our bathroom, but i can't seem to get motivated. but hot glue? hmmm... maybe this weekend!!

Dear Lillie said...

You did a fabulous job, Richella!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Love that gorgeous color combo and pattern, Richella! :)

Heathahlee said...

Love that! You are so crafty! : )

And thanks for answering my question about whether or not it would wash well. That was the first thing I thought of...glad to know it works! :)

Patti said...

What a quick and easy way to glam up a towel! Luv it

Southern Lady said...

I love it, Richella! I hope you don't mind...I put a link to your blog in my post today. I really enjoyed getting to meet you last week. Carla

Paula said...

This looks fabulous! I had no idea that hot glue would survive the washer and dryer. These would make great gifts, too!

Bonita said...

Richella, these are lovely! I always like your tutorials because they are things domestically-challenged people like me can actually accomplish.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I think it looks great Richella! I keep meaning to do something like that with my kitchen towels.

Lori said...

What a beautiful towel! I would have never thought that hot glued fabrics would hold up in the washer. But these would really set off an otherwise boring room in my opinion. Thanks for sharing.

Life in the Big Grey Victorian On The Corner said...

Those turned out so beautifully!
Well done!

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

This is adorable, Richella! Love the little bit of pizazz it adds :)

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