Pretty Linen Kitchen Towels

Linen kitchen towels

Linen kitchen towels

If your kitchen is anything like mine, it’s time to get some new kitchen towels! I’m amazed at how fast they go from pretty to pretty disgusting. Time for some spring cleaning and some new towels you can whip up in just an afternoon. And bonus! It’s a two for one today! I’ll show you both a fringed version and another version using my rolled hem foot.

Linen kitchen towels

There’s something about linen. Those soft colors and delicate feel. Lately I’ve seen them advertised all over but I thought how hard could they be to make? And for half the price I’m sure!

Linen kitchen towels

So off I went to the fabric store. I found what I was looking for quite quickly.  Which that in itself is pretty amazing. The chambray blue color, the clean white stripes, I knew this fabric would be perfect for some new kitchen towels. I bought one yard just to be safe.

All you’ll need for this project is the linen or linen-blend fabric, sewing machine with rolled hem foot, thread, ruler and scissors or rotary cutter. Optional items are a small piece of ribbon and button for hanging if desired.

Linen kitchen towels
Rolled hem foot

So let’s get to it!

Start by cutting two pieces of fabric, each 18 inches by 24 inches.

For the fringed towel, fringe the edges by removing one strand of thread at a time. I fringed about 1/4 inch on the long sides, and about an inch on the top and bottom. I have a tool that came with a crafting kit. I am unsure of what it’s called but it’s very pointy and works great for picking up each strand one at a time.

Linen kitchen towels
I used this tool for picking up each thread, one at a time.

After you fringe the edges, take the towel to the sewing machine. Your’re seriously almost finished. So easy, right? Sew on the line between the fabric and the fringe all the way around the towel. That’s it! You can sew a loop of ribbon on the top right corner, if you want. I left this one as is.

Linen kitchen towels

One done!

Linen kitchen towels

Linen kitchen towels

Moving right along to the rolled hem towel. Believe it or not this one is not much harder. And actually it might be a tad quicker too. That fringing can take some tedious time!

To start the rolled hem, iron a small hem, about 1/8th of an inch, on the back of the fabric. Fold over again to hide the raw edge and carefully slide under the sewing machine foot. Keep the thread tails out the back and long enough that you can grab them.

Linen kitchen towels

Back stitch and then gently pull the tails to help the machine to sew forward. Once you have forward movement, stop the machine, needle down. Lift the foot and help the incoming fold or seam to enter the funnel of the rolled hem foot.

Linen kitchen towels
“Help” the fabric into the funnel or groove of the foot.

Start sewing again, carefully feeding the material in. I tried to line the incoming fabric with a spot on my machine to try and keep the edges straight.

Linen kitchen towels

It worked out well. If you want it perfect, go buy towels. Ha ha, seriously though if you want the edges more precise, you will need to measure and iron a hem or fold first.

Continue to a corner, back stitch and remove the fabric. Repeat with that small ironed hem and steps listed above for each corner.

On this one I added some cotton ribbon and my button of course!

Linen kitchen towels

See how easy these are? I want to make a bunch in different colors. Maybe even some dinner napkins to match? I think they would make a sweet and thoughtful hostess gift!

Linen kitchen towels

Linen kitchen towels

Linen kitchen towels

Thanks for stopping by and as always, stay crafty!

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