Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Make a Ruffled Dish Towel

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we have been getting ready!
I love gifts that are a bit nontraditional, yet charming.
Why not give romantic, ruffly dish towels?



With pom poms, of course:).

For those of you who are just beginning to sew, I thought I would give a little tutorial:).
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To make this dish towel, you will need:

1 yard pom-pom fringe
9" x 24" piece of material for ruffle {longer for a fuller ruffle}
18 1/2"x 28 1/2" piece of thick cotton material


First, cut out your material to the specified measurements.
Remember, if you want a fuller looking ruffle, just cut the piece of fabric longer.
You will need more pom pom fringe if your ruffle fabric is longer than 35 inches.
Hem the edges around the tea towel.
I allowed an inch and made a wider seam.
Next, you need to serge or use your zig zag to stitch one side of the length of your ruffle.
{The long side...not the width.}


Now, hem the the two ends of your piece of ruffle fabric, and then the bottom side.
I used about a half inch allowance.
Pressing your seams with an iron first is a great way to avoid using pins to secure it.
I love doing it this way!
After you have hemmed the ruffle, you will want to sew 2 loose running stitches along the top side.
This is the side that you zig zagged.
Your running stitches are what we will use to make the puckers in the the fabric.
Sewing two stitches close together at the top makes for a more even ruffle effect.
Remember to leave long ends of thread to pull the fabric into 


Take the top two loose threads and pull!
You will have wonderful puckers...just make sure the ruffles look even.


Now, add the pom pom fringe.
Measure against the bottom hemmed edge and give your self about 1/2 inch extra on both sides.
Pin it in place, tucking the ends underneath.
I use my existing stitch as a guide and place the fringe along the top of the seam stitch.


Measure your ruffle against your dish towel and make sure it is the right length.


Place the ruffle on the right side of the dish towel {the finished side}.
Make sure it is facing right side to right side {of the dish towel} AND upside down...like so...


Pin in place and sew.


After sewing in place, just pull out your running stitches.
They come out quite easily.


Flip the ruffle over and iron...careful not to iron over pom poms.


You have a wonderfully simple gift for Valentine's Day, birthdays, or as a housewarming gift.


If you are not the sewing type ...this ruffled dish towel is available in my shop...The Field Barn.


Have a wonderful day!

~Julia

A big thank you to Kim at Today's Creative Blog for featuring me!
Kim...you are the sweetest!
Todays Creative Blog



{Also linked to A Bowl Full of Lemons.}

36 comments:

Goldie said...

Thats a great idea to use with random tidbits of fabric laying around! Thanks for sharing!

Joyfulmomofmany said...

Julia, *love* your idea! When I saw your pom-pom Christmas Tree I *knew* that I had to include pom-poms somehow in our decor~ perfect!

~ko said...

You've got me hooked on pom-poms now! Lovely!

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

That's really pretty! Maybe if I used prettier towels my girls wouldn't use them to sop up stuff like spilled tea, coffee, tomato sauce, etc... stains them so badly!

Jacqueline said...

These are so pretty...love homemade gifts!

Amanda said...

It's fantastic!

I have an old tablecloth with a few holes that I was getting ready to throw into goodwill today...

I think it will work great for this!

...
as always the pom poms make it:)

cestMoi Sandy said...

Very cute and ohhhh sooo adorable.
I can tell you have been very busy too.
Thanks for letting me know that I can just use the normal canning lids too.
I really am not too much into buying new or more if the old that I have works fine too.

You are such a friend!
And I still adore your blog! It has become a true must do visit.
Come back Friday okay! Join in on the fun at my side.

Hugs

Keri On said...

Very nice idea! Thanks for sharing it...love the "w/ pom poms, of course"!

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

So cute! I know who to go to whenever I want to create something with pom poms! :)

Plain and Joyful Living said...

Hi Julia, Thank you for sharing such a beautiful yet simple idea.

Gumbo Lily said...

Cute! Have you seen the pleated dishtowels on "sew4home"? They are somewhat similar to yours.

Jody

Peggy said...

Oh how pretty! I love your fabric choice. This would also look cute made into an apron.

Cailan said...

It's so lovely, Julia! This looks like the perfect project for me warm-up with on my new sewing machine - good times. Thanks for most helpful tutorial. :)

MrsKnight said...

I've been wanting to begin learning how to sew. This will be a great first project and your instructions are fabulous. Thanks!

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

This is beautiful!!! Great job!

Betsy @ Anna Nimmity said...

This is adorable! I found you on Today's Creative Blog. I'm adding your blog to my Bloglovin' feed. I can tell I'm going to like it here!

Carlan said...

CUTE!
We need to get together again! Love the fabric on this.

Amy Kinser said...

Just wanted to say "good morning" from Tennessee and nice to meet you. I have come over from Anne Marie's and looked around for just a few minutes. I am running out the door, but will be back to look around more and get more ideas.

I am a new follower.

God bless you, Amy Kinser

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