Ok! I promised to post a how-to blog on a Hanging Hand towel – so here it is! This will be a long post. Just a warning. I’ve includd a ton of pictures to help explain what I’m trying to.
First things first – here is the supplies you’ll need:
A sewing machine, pins, good fabric scissors, washcloths or a hand towel, and other fabric that you want to use for the top, a button and a needle and thread to attach it.
The setting on your sewing machine should be a straight line, and close seams. Mines set on “1.5” and I’m not sure how else to explain that It makes the needle go down in the fabric more often in an inch. I’m not that professional.
You’ll also need something to use to make a pattern. I used an old calendar page. Just something that is thick enough to hold up, but thin enough to cut around.
Here’s how I made it:
I folded the calendar in half, longways. If you have small kids… hotdog style fold.
Then I drew a curve that I liked. My pattern is about 6” wide and 9” long. That ended up being a great size to work with.
Next, if you are going to use a hand towel, then go a head and cut it in half. I’m going to bounce around with the fabrics/towels I use, but eventually I’ll keep it all the same. I’m in the process of making several of these at once. I used what I had handy for pictures.
Next, you want to fold up one end of your towel. Basically, you’re just bunching up one side so that it looks better when its done, but the neater you do this – the easier it makes it later on when you’re sewing it several times. *If you are using a washcloth, it’s lining should be a little different on two ends. Use the biggest hemmed end for your top.
Make sure when you are sewing this, that your folds underneath are being sewn flat.
Just help guide them in. You may have to ‘push’ the fabric through on some parts where your folds are. Once you get it halfway through, you can pull it from the back.
Go ahead and take your pins out. If it doesn’t feel real secure, that’s okay. You need it to hold for just a little while. You’ll sew it up again.
Ok! Sewing time again. I try and give myself as much room as possible, but we cut it generously, so you’ll have a little room to wiggle with.
Now – depending on the fabric/thread you have, this part can be easy or hard. First, when you do your very first seam, be sure to backstitch (sew forward and backward). I do this a couple of times, and I only make this seam about a quarter of an inch or less long. Also, keep the fabric taut as you sew around. This will make sure that your string doesn’t make your fabric bunch up.
Once you make your turn, you may be off a little. Like mine, I’m not at the same point on my measure as I was when I started. Just slowly make it match up again further down. The little handle part doesn’t matter as much as the base.
Once you get to the end, backstitch again a couple of times to make sure that it doesn’t come undone.
Sew time again!
Wherever you start, that’s where you should end. If you start with a quarter inch on one side of your sewing foot, then end there. This part matters. Check the bottom as you sew. It doesn’t have to be as perfect.
You’ll also want to backstitch a small piece at the beginning and end of this as well. Just helps it make it more secure.
This part is sorta tricky, especially depending on the size of your ribbon.
It is not that hard to keep in on the right line, especially since you are following a previous seam.
Now its button hole time! This was my first time doing a button hole. If you know of a better way to do this – BY ALL MEANS – do it that way.
Next, change your sewing machine setting to where it sews a zig-zag instead of straight line. Sew over your straight seam at least twice. I increased my zig zag seam after my initial sewing. Just to make it bigger. And tougher.
Let me know if you have any issues! Facebook me pictures of yours!