Patchwork and Rick Rack Dress Up Kitchen Towels

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Make Matching Pot Holders for an Extra Special Gift!

Transform store-bought kitchen towels into great gifts, as well as lovely accents for your kitchen. A row of simple patchwork and jumbo rick rack make ho-hum towels into something special. Give the towels as is, or use them to wrap up kitchen utensils for an extra treat.

Pull out your scraps, find a selection of fabrics that work well together and choose rick rack to match. Just be sure to pre-wash the towels, fabric and rick rack to prevent shrinkage and bleeding of the completed towels (wash the rick rack separately, perhaps in a lingerie bag). The tutorial, from Sew4Home, can be adjusted to fit various sized towels.

Trimmed Kitchen Towels with Rick Rack

While you have the fabric out, go ahead and make matching pot holders. The tutorial by Jodi Nelson of Pleasant Home is for 6″ x 6″ mug mats, but they can be easily enlarged into pot holders. Simply cut the fabric squares into 2 1/2″ squares to produce 8″ x 8″ potholders. Adjust everything else accordingly and add a layer or two of Insul-Bright batting (find it here) to make them heat proof.

Scrappy Mug Mat

Both of these projects are super simple and can be completed quickly. Wrap them up together for a truly thoughtful and appreciated gift.

Click here for the free “Trimmed Kitchen Towels with Rick Rack” tutorial.

Click here for the free “Scrappy Mug Mat” tutorial.

If the link above does not work, click here for a PDF screenshot of the tutorial for the Scrappy Mug Mat.

 

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