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Valentine’s Day Ruffled Towel

Hi there, friends! Don’t laugh, but I have coveted a cute kitchen towel for, umm a very long time.  I wanted something over the top feminine and pretty in there….I mean, if I have to be stuck in the kitchen, it might as well look good, right?! {and for the record, i’m a horrible cook. just ask davis. i ruined a batch of chocolate chip cookies last weekend. ugh}  Anyways, my new Valentine’s Day kitchen towel is everything I hoped for and more!

how to make a ruffled towel

Luscious ruffles, gorgeous colors, pretty polka dots, lovely florals, umm, LOVE it!!

ruffled fabric

I used my Ruffler Foot to create the stunning ruffles. My ruffle foot spoils me. seriously. It makes it way too easy to sew even ruffles in one pass through the sewing machine. Its one of my all time favorite crafting tools! {if you don’t have one, run to the nearest craft store and grab one!}

moda fabrics

You can never go wrong with a little Moda fabric, right??

how to make a towel stay in place

I added a “Towel Leash”, or sewed ribbon with velcro on one side, to the inside of the towel to help prevent the 2 crazy boys that live here from pulling it off every 5 seconds…. Ok, well, at least deter them for a few minutes to give me a chance to stop them before it hits the floor. ha!

DIY ruffle hand towel

I meant to have a tutorial for this ruffled towel ready for you today, but I ran out of time. So I will post the tutorial tomorrow {wednesday, 2/8/12} So sorry for the suspense! It will be worth it though. In the mean time, get your ruffler foot ready and I’ll see you bright and early tomorrow!

ADDED LATER: here is the link to the Ruffled Tea Towel with Leash Tutorial!

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About Linda@CraftaholicsAnonymous

Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When not crafting, I can be found chasing my 2 small {but very energetic!} boys or playing with my new baby girl. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1
    natalie says:

    i love the idea of the towel “leash!” my 1yr old LOVES grabbing at the towels whenever they hang from the stove! half the time i’m running around looking for my dish towel, and by the time i find it, my hands have already dried off! ha!

  2. 2

    I love the fabrics and the ruffles – so cute! :)

  3. 3
    PolkaDot says:

    That is to cute!! Love it!

  4. 4

    this is beyond GORGEOUS….i Absolutely LOVE the fabrics you chose, the size of the ruffles, etc. I’ve been whipping up ruffley tea towels here at this cottage recently too – I MAY just have to go out & get some more fabric similar to yours! yum!


  5. 5
    SueAnn says:

    The towel is adorable and so is your towel thief!!

  6. 6
    Mindy says:

    super cute and girly. Love the light you’re getting in your kitchen!

  7. 7
    Teri says:

    I love your choice of fabrics! So bright and cheerful!

  8. 8

    “Sew” lovely!!! :) Blessings!

  9. 9
    Danielle says:

    great towel. love the ruffle and great idea making it stay on the oven. I need to do that to my towles.

  10. 10
    Aileen says:

    Very cute! Where did you get the nice white fabric and what is it?

  11. 11
    Chris says:

    Can I tell you that the more I see the ruffles the more I want to make them, BUT my machine doesn’t have a ruffler foot! It has a Gathering foot, but I’m not so sure that it’ll do quite the same thing. :(

  12. 12
    Mary Jo says:

    WOW! This is such a cute towel! I LOVE IT!
    Seriously…if I pay you, can you make me one???? :)

  13. 13
    Niki says:

    So Cute!! I just love the ruffles!!!

  14. 14
    Annie says:

    A towel leash… you are a genius! (I think we have the same oven… i was so happy that there are a few little finger prints on yours too).

  15. 15
    Disney says:

    Ah! Adorable! And I love that it doesn’t come off-my husband always uses the towels for cleaning up coffee spills. :O)

  16. 16

    I am loving the color combination you put together! Oh, and the idea of the towel leash is brilliant. :)

  17. 17
    Jaan says:

    What a cute idea for Valentines day. Thanks for suggesting the towel leash, but do you think it would work if I put it on me? Its been one of those days!

  18. 18
    April says:

    So pretty! Love the colors-I am going to check out this ruffler foot thing!

  19. 19
    Susan Jensen says:

    Just finishing a towel for my neighbor. Im Next. Thanks Linda

  20. 20
    Jen Johnson says:

    Hello, my name is Jen I just purchased a new sewing/embroidery machine. I wanted my first project to be personalized tea towels for friends and family, and that’s how I ran across your web site. I just love your ruffled tea towels! Too cute!!
    I too am a craftaholic.. I enjoy card making, scrapbooking, making jewelry, and sewing. I’m interested in purchasing a Silhouette Cameo machine. I own a Cricut Expression and Love it, but would like a little more freedom in designing on my own. Also, I really like the rhinestone feature on the Silhouette. Does anyone own a Silhouette Cameo? Do you like it?
    Well, I’m off to make my tea towels. First, I have to figure out this ruffle foot. Wish me Luck!


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