Embellished Kitchen Towels

Now that my daughter’s bridal shower is over, I can show you what I made for her!  It’s not too difficult to shop for someone who has never had her own kitchen before, but I really wanted to give her something homemade and personal.  She chose her kitchen colors based on the colors of three appliances owned that would be sitting on the counter, but I love them together.

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Embellished Kitchen Towels - Crafty Staci 1

I set out to find fabric based on her color scheme.  That proved to be more difficult than I expected, but I ended up finding a couple I liked together. 

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Embellished Kitchen Towels - Crafty Staci 2

I made the apron based on a pattern I came up with last year.  I’ve decided every bridal shower I go to from now on will include one of these in the gift from me.  I added an extra pocket this time, with a little embroidery for the bride.

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Embellished Kitchen Towels - Crafty Staci 3

And, of course, it’s reversible.

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Embellished Kitchen Towels - Crafty Staci 4

I love these cotton kitchen towels.  Also known as tea towels, they’re a good size, absorbent and fun to decorate.  For the first one, I decided to add a strip of fabric overlapping the top edge of some eyelet lace.  It reminds me of some of her outfits when she was a little girl.  Sigh.

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Embellished Kitchen Towels - Crafty Staci 5

For the next one, I just went with two simple pieces of fabric.  I wanted to make sure there was at least one that her fiancé might be willing to use.

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Embellished Kitchen Towels - Crafty Staci 6

For the last towel I went a little fancier.  I cut seven 4” squares, then folded each corner to corner and pressed.

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Embellished Kitchen Towels - Crafty Staci 7

Then I folded again to create this shape.

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Embellished Kitchen Towels - Crafty Staci 8

I pinned them in place on the towel, overlapping to spread them evenly across the space. 

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Embellished Kitchen Towels - Crafty Staci 9

Next I cut a piece of fabric the width of the towel plus 1/4” on each end, and 4” wide.  I turned all the edges under 1/4” and pressed.

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Embellished Kitchen Towels - Crafty Staci 10

I stitched the strip on, overlapping the top of the triangles. 

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Embellished Kitchen Towels - Crafty Staci 11

The turquoise is my favorite of the three, but it wasn’t an easy choice.  Fortunately, the bride loved them all!

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Embellished Kitchen Towels - Crafty Staci 12