Keep it Handy: How to Make a Hanging Kitchen Towel

Anyone who cooks (and who doesn’t these days) knows the importance of having a towel within hands reach. That certainly is the case for me. I cook a lot and the last thing I want to have to do is fish around for a towel for wiping my hands.

While not all kitchens are arranged in the same way; for me, having a towel hanging from my oven handle works best. But, darn it, sometimes that towel simply slides off the handle and onto the floor. I hate when that happens! So, the best thing is to secure it to the handle to prevent that from happening in the first place…

Follow along for my slip-free hanging kitchen towel solution!

kitchen towel

This sewing tutorial will show you a cute way to keep your kitchen towel hand and secure — and as an added bonus it looks great. All one needs is a kitchen towel, a very minimal amount of fabric (here’s where those fabric scraps come in handy) and some ribbon to tie the towel to any handle.

Directions for sewing a hanging kitchen towel:

1. Open up a kitchen towel, wrong side facing up and trim off the hem from one of the towel’s short ends.

trim away hem
2. Fold the length of the towel accordion style to create one center pleat and pin the folds in place. Baste stitch in place ¼” from cut edge.

measure towel width
3. Now measure the width of the towel with the pleat in place. This measurement will be used to determine the width of the added fabric strips and ribbon.

4. Take the fabric scraps and cut two strips which will decorate the towel and form the casing to secure the towel to the oven handle. Cut one strip to measure 4 ½” by the width measurement of the towel. Add 1” to the towel width measurement for seam allowances. Cut another strip that is 2″ by the same width measurement of the towel and add 1” for seam allowances.

5. For the ribbon ties cut two strips of ¼” wide ribbon that equals 14” plus the width measurement of the towel.

6. Add the first strip to the cut edge of the pleated towel. Draw a line 1” from one long edge on the larger strip of fabric. Place it wrong side up against the right side of the pleated towel. Fold in the sides to line up with the side edges of the towel. Pin in place and then stitch along the drawn line. Press the fabric away from the towel.

draw first stitching line stitch to towel edge

7. Fold the fabric edge down 1” and press. Place one strip of ribbon between the towel and fabric and hold in place. Now fold the pressed edge of the fabric to the wrong side of the towel and line up the pressed edge to the stitched line and pin in place.

insert ribbon pin fold to stitching line

8. Sewing from the right side of the towel edgestitch to secure both sides of the fabric to the towel.

front view

9. Center the ribbon within the strip and towel and stitch each side of the fabric to secure the ribbon in place.

10. Take the other strip of fabric and with the wrong side up fold down each of the long edges by ½” and press in place. Fold over the sides to fit the width of the towel and press those edges in place.

fold and press in edges
11. Wrap a measuring tape around an oven handle to determine the placement of the second strip of fabric.

measure oven handle

12. Lay the strip onto the towel using that between the fabric strip and towel and stitch the other edge in place making sure not to catch the ribbon. Center the ribbon within the fabric strip and stitch the sides to secure the ribbon in place.

stitch one edge and insert ribbon stitch second edge and sides

13. Fold the towel over the oven handle and tie each set of ribbons in a bow!

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