Monday, May 17, 2010

Beach Towel to Hand Towel Tutorial

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Summer is almost here and that means lots of fun beach towels in the stores for CHEAP! I found a great zebra print towel that I knew would be great to cut up and make new hand towels for our bathroom. We have a white bathroom with black accents and the zebra print (once again as a small accent) goes great! I love hand towels- in my opinion, you can never have too many- they are the perfect way to add a little color, accent or pop to kitchen or bathroom!



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I started by cutting out my hand towel- I used another hand towel as my pattern.


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I then cut strips of my own hand dyed fabric to add to the edges of the towel.



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I sewed the strips to all of the edges with a zig zag stitch.


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I cut a circle from the fabric and sewed it down to the surface of the towel with a free motion flower pattern.


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I am THRilled with the result and will be making a few more hand towels plus wash cloths with the extra bits and pieces!


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17 comments:

ABCcreativity said...

that flower is wicked cool.
i am just getting back into sewing - i treated myself a new bernina (with the computerized embroidery module!!) and am so excited about all the cool stuff i can do with it.

i am seeing this flower on a sundress...

Feather said...

oh, that is so incredible! i don't know what i love more...the idea of making hand towels from beach towels or that free hand flower!

Eden said...

I have never thought to use the BEACH towels for hand towels!! Like you, one can never have too many! Plus i find alot of the hand towels, quite literally BORING!!! You have inspired me, THANK YOU!!

Createology said...

Great job and I love your zebra with the pop of hand dyed blue fabric. The flat flower with thread dimension works perfectly. Thank you for the tutorial. Happy creating...

deborahspalette said...

That is so adorable, Love Love Zebra Print, Would you mind sharing where you found the towel?
I wish I lived close to the beach. I Love the ocean. Keep on Creating, Blessing
www.artnsoulbydeborah.com

Tiffany said...

LOVE the combination of the zebra print and floral! Great project! I'm inspired!

Krista said...

I just love it!!! I really need to get my sewing machine out and re-learn how to sew. Thanks for sharing!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That is the pretties hand towel EVER! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

whyducks said...

What a great idea.

jgr said...

This is amazing! Very creative and affordable.
You inspire me to learn sewing.

Josée alias amelanche 1 said...

Une idée sympa, et les photos sont superbes, merci de la visite.

Passe une belle journée.
Josée

OliveraPlants said...

Thanks so much for this mini tutorial - just what I needed to add a cool towel to my guest bath!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I always love the beach towels but don't go to the beach enough to warrant having a lot of them on hand. This is a great way to still get the benefit of the designs without storing a bunch of unused towels.

Cynthia Eloise said...

what a nice bold accent to the bathroom. love the flower detail.

*jean* said...

o my girl, you are soooo clever! love this project

Ginger said...

What a fabulous tutorial.
Thank you for sharing it with all of us!

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