Hello friends, it’s Annie here from Zevy Joy and I am back joining you today for a simple tutorial. I have been admiring all the pretty trimmed pillows (can also be known as Greek Key pillows) seen around. They are a simple yet dramatic addition to any space and a nice way to add color. I have a thing for pillows and knowing that I have enough pillows already (ha!), I thought carefully about how I could utilize this design in a different way. After a bit of thought, I realized that just as much as I enjoy pillows, I equally enjoy kitchen towels and this trim would be fitting for a good DIY project.
It is elegant, simple and could be used in any style of kitchen… So without any more introduction, here is what I used to make one!
- Cotton Kitchen Towel
- Ribbon (I did not use ribbon with wire)
- Iron-On Adhesive Tape sized a bit smaller than the ribbon, I used Heat n Bond (sewing or hand stitching the ribbon on is also another option).
- Sewing Pins
- Iron/Ironing Board
Here is how I assembled this sweet little kitchen towel…
- I ran the ribbon down the length of the towel until I came down to the first corner.
- Once I reached the first corner, I began to form a square by turning the corners and pinning. Please note, that I only pinned the ribbon for measurement at this point and did not pin the ribbon to the towel quite yet. I continued to turn and pin making a U shape and then completed the square. I ran the ribbon across the width of the towel and repeated the steps of making a square.
- I continued these steps making another square in the third corner, pinning while I went and then when I reached the final corner, I followed the same steps. But this time, I cut the two adjoining ribbons so that I could tuck them underneath and hide the cut.
- Once I had the ribbon shaped I gave it a quick press with the iron to help hold its’ shape (but this step is optional).
- I then started to pin the shaped ribbon to the towel. I also made sure to tuck the iron-on adhesive tape underneath as I went. This specifc tape will bond the ribbon to the towel.
- Again, tucking corners as I went.
- I also cut small triangular pieces of the tape and tucked them into the small corners so that they would bond also.
- I slowly and carefully ironed (following the iron-on adhesive’s package directions as I went and removed pins before I ironed). If you want this towel to be more heavy duty (for serious dishwashing ;), I would suggest you hand stitch or use a sewing machine stitch to affix the ribbon.
This towel makes a pretty statement, as I love the bold lines and pretty style. With the holidays approaching, these towels would be lovely made with red ribbon or made into a trio as a gift for a loved one.
Tea towels or kitchen towels are a great way to accessorize your kitchen without spending a lot of money.
Like I mentioned earlier about my love for pillows, kitchen towels accomplish the same thing in the kitchen that pillows do for a living room! They give color, add pattern and even texture.
I really enjoy simple accessories such as these, that draw your eye into the little details. All these details make a home special.
Enjoying the little things is important, whether that be a homemade kitchen towel or a made from scratch meal.
They all are made with love and can be accomplished with very little. After all, it is the heart that goes into the process that counts. Thanks for letting me share with you today and thank you for having me, Lucy. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!
Sara Syrett says
I love these! The ribbon gives it such a beautiful, yet simple look.
Sara thank you and I am so glad you enjoyed! Have a wonderful weekend!
Thank you so much for sharing your detailed instructions for these adorable towels ~ I plan to create some very soon after seeing yours!