Why are dads so famous for their barbecuing skills? Even those who rarely set foot behind the stove in the indoor kitchen are the king of the grill. How did that happen? I don’t have the answer. What I do know is that if dad is going to be spending time working the tongs and briquettes, he’d probably love it if you made him this handy towel!
Not only does it declare who owns it in big letters, but there’s a grommet on one corner, perfect for hanging it on the side of the grill.
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To make this you’ll need:
Cut the following from the fabric and interfacing:
4 — 2 x 2”
5 — 2 5/8 x 2 5/8”
2 — 6 1/2 x 2 1/2”
2 — 18 x 2 1/2”
16 — 2 x 2”
4 — 2 5/8 x 2 5/8”
8 — 2 x 2”
1 — 2 5/8 x 2 5/8”
2 — 2 x 2”
Start by gathering together the 2 5/8” squares. We’ll create half square triangles by placing two squares right sides together. Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite with a fabric marking pen.
Stitch 1/4” from the line on each side.
Cut along the line.
Press the square open, with the seam toward the darker side.
Do this with the following pairs:
red to blue X 4 to get 8 half square triangles
blue to white X 1 to get 2 half square triangles
I like making them larger than I need so I have room for error. Trim each half square triangle to 2” square. See how neat they look now?
This is the chart I used for my design.
Lay out all the half square triangles and 2” squares as shown.
Stitch row of squares together to create four rows. Press the seams.
Stitch the rows to each other. Press the seams.
Sew the 6 1/2 x 2 1/2” blue strips to the left and right sides. Press the seams.
Sew the 18 x 2 1/2” blue strips to the top and bottom. One more time, press the seams. Trim the edges to even up as needed.
Press the raw edge under 1/4” on all sides.
Pin to the towel 2” from one end. I’ve never bought a bar towel that had perfectly square corners, so just choose the straightest end.
Top stitch all the way around the outer edge of the fabric. Stitch again around the letters. Here’s what that looks like from the back.
Apply the interfacing to the wrong side of the remaining 2” blue squares. Place the squares right sides together and stitch 1/4” from the edge, leaving 1” open. Clip the corners. Turn right side out through the opening. Press.
Pin to the towel on the opposite end from DAD, 1/2” from the side and top on the left corner. Topstitch close to the edge.
Apply the grommet int he center of the square, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Clip the carabiner or ring into the grommet and hang, or wrap it up and hand it over to the grill master!