Cute Kitchen Towel Makeover

My Grandma used to have kitchen towels with crocheted toppers.  They were always close at hand in her kitchen, hanging from the oven door, or cabinet knob.  Tired of constantly having my kitchen towels disappear from my kitchen, and since my crochet skills are nearly nil, I created my own quick sew version.

Quick kitchen towel topper
I dare the kitchen towel gnomes to try to run off with these!

towel topper supplies All you need is a kitchen towel, a scrap of coordinating fabric, and some elastic.

cut kitchen towel in half First, cut your kitchen towel in half, crosswise.  Each standard size towel can make two towels with toppers.

Cut fabricCut two pieces of your coordinating fabric, in whatever shape you like.

Make elastic loop Cut a piece of elastic approximately 4 inches long.  Fold it in half, and decide how big you need your loop to be.

Mark and place elastic Mark your elastic at the desired length, and line that mark up 1/2” from the top edge of the right side of one piece of fabric.  Make sure the raw edges of your elastic loop are oriented toward the edge, and the loop part is pinned down in place.

Pin Then, having the elastic loop pinned inside, pin your two fabric pieces, right sides together.  Leave the straight bottom edge unpinned.  This won’t be stitched until later.

Stitch 1/2 inch seam Using a 1/2” seam allowance, stitch all the way around the piece, stitching slowly and carefully across the elastic.   (Like my super nifty blue painter’s tape seam guide?  Nothing but the best will do for this gal.)

Backstitch over elastic To make things extra secure, I backstitched a couple of times over the elastic.   Then trim the seams to approximately 1/4”.

turn under 1 inch Before turning right side out, turn up the open edge 1” and press.

Turn and Press Then turn right side out and press.

Loosely gather towel Using your fingers, loosely gather the cut edge of your kitchen towel.

Tuck towel into topper Tuck the gathered edges into the fabric topper.  You may have to fuss with this a bit to get it looking right.   When it looks perfect to you, pin them together.

Stitch topper to towelSlowly stitch across the edge of your topper, making sure to catch the underside topper edge as well.   I used a wide zig-zag, but you could use whatever stitch you like.

Finished Towel Topper All done!  Your easy towel topper is ready to use.  Now, I’m off to make another one with the other half of the towel!

Did your Grandma have crocheted towel toppers like mine did?

13 thoughts on “Cute Kitchen Towel Makeover

  1. YES! My grandparents LOVED those kinds of towels! What a great idea and it brought back some good memories of them! Thanks for posting this! Seeing as how my kitchen towels always end up on the floor…? (gross), I def. need to work on this project pronto! 🙂

  2. I've made versions with buttons, but I love your loop idea! Thanks for the pattern–I'll definitely be using it.
    I have kitchen towel gnomes, too. They're called Jamie and Nick. For some reason, my kids like to use dish towels for place mats!

  3. Thanks for sharing this. I don't crochet and those are the only ones I remember seeing. I love this even more. No I can make one.

    Thanks Sweetie! nite-nite…Tracy 🙂

  4. I love this! I have a disappearing towel problem, too. Just one more reason to learn how to sew! Thanks for linking up to "AP Tuesdays!" @ New Nostalgia! Hope to see you again next week!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing!
    My mom found this "special kitchen towels" while her holidays in the USA.
    She came back to Germany and told my 3 times a week "you really should sew such towels for your poor old mum" 😉

    Now I know, how to do!

    Best wishes from Cologne,

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