Tutorial: Heirloom Hand Towel

October 14, 2011 Julie

Who’s ready to make a new hand towel for their bathroom? Or, to give as a hostess or housewarming gift because you’re such a generous and thoughtful person?!

Hopefully you can steal about twenty minutes today or this weekend to whip one up. So, put on the new Feist album–because it really gets better and better with each listen–and get your craft on.


Two fat quarters of fabric in coordinating prints/color–mine are both from Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom fabric line (hence the name)
6″ strip of either 3/8″ or 1/2″ twill tape in coordinating color


Step 1:  Square up and cut both fat quarters so they are about 20 1/4″ x 17 3/4″.  There’s no need to be a stickler on the measurements here so as long as both pieces are the same size, it’s all good.

Step 2:  Lay one piece of fabric FACE UP. If your fabric has a direction to it, make sure the top of your fabric design is at the top.

Step 3:  Mark your fabric two inches to the right and two inches down from the TOP LEFT CORNER.

I’m using one of those fun disappearing ink pens but chalk, water-soluble marker, or a pin could work just fine, too.

Step 4:  Lay your twill tape on top of fabric, in line with edge, so that each end sits on top of the mark you just made. Pin in place like this:

Step 5:  Lay your other fabric piece FACE DOWN on top of the first piece, aligning all edges.  Pin around entire perimeter of fabric. When you sew, you’re going to leave a 4″ opening (so you can turn this baby right-side out in a minute). I wrote “Start” and “Stop” to show you what I mean but there’s no need for you to unnecessarily mark up that beautiful fabric!

Step 6:  Using a 1/4″ seam, stitch around the perimeter of your project back-stitching at both ends. 

Step 7:  Clip your corners and then, insert your hand into the opening to pull the fabric right-side out. Be sure to use your finger or even a knitting needle (I used size 13 or larger bamboo) to gently push out those corners.

Step 8:  Press with iron along each edge. When you get to the opening, carefully fold in each side 1/4″. Press and pin.

Step 9:  Edge-stitch around entire perimeter of your towel.

Step 10:  Pour yourself a glass of wine and listen to the rest of Feist’s album. (:







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