|A pile of finished hand towels. |
I prefer dark colours for the towels; they last longer.
But there was a white towel in the pack I bought; what can you do?
|Take one ordinary face washer. |
Hand towels are a little too large once you add a top to them.
|Unpick the hem with the tag in it. |
This gives you a thin surface to sew onto, about an inch extra length and gets rid of the tag.
|Iron the new area flat.|
|Mark a line on both sides, about 1/2 inch from the edge. This marks where the towel will be sewn into the top, so you don't want too narrow.|
|Cut two pattern pieces from fabric and one from interfacing. |
The beauty of these is that you can usually find a large enough piece in the scrap box and if you're making them for others, you can make them personal through the fabric choice.
|If using iron-in, cut it about 1/4 inch smaller than the fabric all the way around, except for ...|
|... the bottom edge. Cut that about 1/2 inch smaller.|
|Standard straight stitch. You don't need a picture, but I want to show off my new machine.|
|Sew the two pieces together, leaving the bottom edge open.|
|Start and finish the seam 1/4 inch from the bottom edge|
|Snip the corners and turns|
|Pin and iron flat a 1/4 inch allowance on both sides of the bottom edge|
|Tuck that 1/4 inch to the inside when you iron.|
|If you skip this step - you will regret it.|
|Mark the centres of the facewasher and one side of the bottom edge.|
|Match up the centres, |
lining the edge of the top with the line you drew on the facewasher earlier.
|Pin the ends of the facewasher inside the top.|
|Pleat the facewasher so that it fits inside the top.|
|I use a single pleat either side of centre.|
|Too many pins is never enough. |
I find that the pleats have a habit of 'collapsing'
and falling out of the seam allowance.
|If it's easier, pin from the back of the facewasher. |
When you've attached the facewasher to the top along one edge,
carefully pin the second edge as well.
|Pin and/or iron the entire top flat. I like to pin when I'm topstitching.|
I've found a fancy, wide stitch along the bottom,
with a plain single stitch around the rest works well.
The way I read Kerryanne's instructions, the steps are slightly different. You sew one bottom edge of the top to the towel, then sew the two pieces together, then topstitch the other bottom edge to the towel. I found I just wasn't getting a nice tidy finish, particularly on the corners. Although it's a little fiddly to pin and topstitch both edges to the towel at once, I'm much happier with the finish.