Super easy and inexpensive tutorial for making your own hand towels with loops for hanging.
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I will start off by saying this tutorial is a bit, let me say, Wabi Sabi. I am not a perfect sewer. I only had black thread for this tutorial (would have prefered white but whatevs). I did not make any mitered corners on this one. Not to sound like Fancy Nancy, but a mitered corner is a fancy sewing term for perfectly pointed corners. I couldn’t be bothered with that on Halloween. Yes, I made these on Halloween. But I really love the way these turned out, imperfections and all. I also want to add that I cheated a bit. But that’s what makes this “tutorial” so great. It’s one of those “use what you have and/or don’t spend a lot of money” projects.
How did I cheat?
I used one Turkish bath towel I had laying around to make 4 hand towels.
I love this Turkish bath towel. It’s great quality. But I only had one. And I like my towels to have pairs.
So I never really used it that often.
Until I had this idea to cut it up into four equal parts and sew the rough edges in order to make 4 generously sized Turkish hand towels. I also added a loop so you could hang them from hooks if you wanted to.
I’ll show you how I did this …
- One towel or Turkish bath towel
- Sewing Machine and thread
- Cotton Clothesline (optional – I used this for the loops)
Tutorial for Hand Towels with Loops
- I started by cutting my Turkish bath towel into four equal parts. Now, this bath towel is very large (71 x 39 inches) – so my hand towels ended up being larger and not a standard size. Hand towels generally tend to be about 15 inches wide by 25 inches long (give or take some inches). For dish towels, I’ve seen most of them sized at 15 inches square. If you are going to sew in the loops – you might want to consider making them more of a standard square size so they hang nicer.
- Now that you have four equal parts – you will just need to “finish” off the two rough edges with a double hem or serger or zig zag stitch. I recommend using a thread that matches your towel color, so the sewed seam blends in.
- For the Loops – I cut off a small piece of cotton clothesline (I had leftover from my rope baskets), and bent the piece to form it into a “loop”. I sewed the bottom pieces of the loop together first.
- Before I finished the double hem on the top, I put the end piece of the loop in the corner of my towel and sewed it in place, the loop part should stick out. I folded the hem down and sewed that on top of the loop. It will nestle it in there for you. So, it really looks like a finished hem with a loop sticking out. That’s it!
This was a super simple project and again, I am not a perfect sewer. I can’t sew straight seams all the time but if you use a matching thread, no one will notice unless you point it out or they are oddly examining your hand towels for whatever reason.
I also really love that these hand towels have built in tassels on the end. That’s an added bonus for sure. I love tassel towels!
However – I kid you not – Wayfair wants $25 for ONE Turkish hand towel. I paid less than that for one entire Turkish bath towel on Amazon and after this project, now have 4 Turkish hand towels for around $20.
I guess it depends on the quality and company you purchase from. The Turkish towel I used here works great and washes up well (more on that below).
What about Washing the Towels?
Some of you might be wondering …
Did you wash it? Does the loop hold up in the wash? Do the ends fray?
YES! I mean, yes it holds up in the wash and NO the ends don’t fray. Or haven’t for me yet.
I put these hand towels through a normal wash (warm water with an extra rinse cycle and a splash of vinegar for softening and bacteria killing). I just started using Nellie’s Laundry Soda and Oxygen Brightener and I think I’m in love. It’s an all natural laundry soda and my clothes come out clean, bright and smell fresh. My daughter has very sensitive skin and it’s nice to use something that won’t cause further irritation for her.
According to Nellie’s website, the laundry soda is “Free from SLS, SLES, gluten, phosphates, fragrance and chlorine, our highly concentrated formula dissolves quickly in cold or hot water, rinses thoroughly and leaves no residue.”
After washing, I throw the Turkish towels in a low heat dryer (high heat can damage Turkish cotton fibers) with these wool dryer balls. I put a few drops of Lavender essential oil on the dryer balls and the laundry comes out smelling soo good! Plus, your dryer smells good.
I know some of you might not be fans of Turkish towels. I personally love them. They are thinner, but so soft and just as absorbent to me and the fabric is just beautiful. However, I don’t see why you couldn’t complete this project with a regular terry cloth towel or other towel. You would probably need a heavier weight needle and I would recommend using a serger or a zig zag stitch to finish the edges, since terry tends to fray.
What do you think of Turkish towels? Do you love ’em? Or are you not a fan?