Beautiful Fabrics Make These So Special!
Pretty ruffled kitchen towels paired up with matching pot holders are beautiful, functional and add a decorative touch to any kitchen. Make a set for yourself and make a few extra while you’re at it. They make wonderful gifts.
This set by Lisa Ann from Making It Up As I Go Along is so pretty. We love her fabric choices for the pot holders and ruffles. See more photos here.
Lisa Ann does not provide instructions but we found good tutorials from other sources to help you make your own version of her towels and pot holders.
It’s not hard to add ruffles to purchased towels, and the pot holders are super easy. Select the fabrics you want to work with and get started!
Ruffles are a breeze to make, especially if you have a ruffler foot for your machine. If you don’t, simply do them the old fashioned way by sewing two rows of large loose stitches across the top of the fabric you want to ruffle and pulling the bobbin threads to cause the fabric to pucker (full instructions here – method 2).
The following tutorial will show you how to add ruffles to kitchen towels (there are also instructions for a towel leash).
If you’d like your towels to stay put, add a hanger to the top.
We could not find instructions for the exact version Lisa Ann made for her ruffled towels but the following tutorial will work nicely. It’s from Little House Living and includes a PDF pattern.
The potholders are super simple to make. Layer a square of beautiful fabric with batting and backing, machine quilt and bind. Be sure to add Insul-Bright batting (find it here) for heat proofing.
The following tutorial from Fabric Mill will walk you through the steps (this is also an excellent tutorial for adding a binding to a small quilt). Of course, you can quickly stitch up some patchwork from fabric squares to make slightly more complex pot holders, if you want.
That should be everything you need to make your own towel and pot holder sets similar to Lisa Ann’s. Have fun!
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