Valentine’s Day Ruffled Tea Towel TUTORIAL

Happy Wednesday, Crafters! Hope you’re ready for a sewing tutorial, because here is the Valentine’s Day Ruffled Towel with Leash tutorial I promised from yesterday. enjoy!

how to make a ruffled towel

Just looking at this little lovely in my kitchen makes me smile….even though I’m not the biggest fan of cooking.

how to sew ruffles


A little Moda, a little ruffles, add in some polka dots and I’m swooning!

how to make a towel stay in place

I added a small, but rather important feature, on my towel so that it would have a chance of surviving the craziness of 2 small boys……a Towel Leash!

Ok, onto the tutorial.

How To Make a Towel Leash

supplies: towel, sew on velcro, ribbon {i used 7/8″  grosgrain ribbon}, Fray Check, scissors, thread, sewing machine

how to sew a towel leash

  1. I used a white tea towel.
  2. Cut 2 pieces of ribbon to be 3.5″ long and fray check or singe the edges. Cut 2 small pieces of velcro and separate the hook and loop sides.
  3. Sew both hook sides of the velcro to the back side of the towel in one corner.
  4. Sew one side of the ribbon on the other edge of the towel {still on the wrong side of the towel}
  5. Sew the loop sides of the velcro onto the other side of the ribbon as shown.
  6. Then sew the ruffles {as directed below} to the right side of the towel so that the velcro and leash are hidden in the middle of the towel.


How to Sew a Ruffled Hand Towel

supplies: towel {mine is 14.5″x29″}, 1/4 yard of 4 fabrics, 1/2″ ribbon, fray check, iron, sewing machine, thread, pins

diy ruffle towel

  1. Cut your fabric into 5″x44″ and iron in half {so that it measures 2.5″x44″}
  2. With your Ruffler Foot, sew ruffles with the 6 stitches to 1 ruffle setting along the raw edges. {don’t finish the small sides just yet}
  3. Place your ruffle strip over your towel and measure an extra 1/2″ on each side and then trim off the excess. Then fold over 1/4″ on the 2.5″ side and iron. Then fold over another 1/4″ iron and iron. Then top stitch. Do this to both sides of each of the 4 ruffle strips.
  4. Pin the ruffled strips to the bottom of the towel on the right side.
  5. I sewed the ruffles on the opposite side of the hook velcro pieces.
  6. Sew the next ruffle strips 1.5 inches above the previous ruffles.
  7. After you’ve sewn  on all 4 ruffles, pin the ribbon in place {I used a 16.5″ piece of ribbon} to conceal the raw edges of the top ruffle. Sew the ribbon in place.
  8. Wrap the ends of the ribbon around to the back of the towel and sew to secure in place.

Put your towel on your stove and secure the Towel Leash in place and enjoy!

DIY ruffle hand towel

I love my pretty towel! I’m hoping to make more for other holidays. Wouldn’t that be fun? Great way to make a stove look glamorous, right?

Oh and wouldn’t they make great gifts?

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 4

    Very pretty! The ruffles are super cute, and I love the fun, bright colors, too. I will definitely have to spruce up some towels for my house sometime.

  2. 5

    I was just checking to see if this tutorial got posted. Thanks! I already added it to my project to do list. :-)

  3. 6
    Donna C

    Super cute Lynda! Great way to add a little feminine touch to an otherwise…..”manly” household! LOL! :) YOu reminded me I need to see if I have a ruffler foot in my sewing stuff! If not….I’m getting one! I’ve been enjoying and coveting your ruffled projects! :)

  4. 7
    Donna C

    OH, I also wanted to ask where (online) you like to purchase fabric? I’m going to be making my son a quilt and I love your taste, so I thought you’d have some resources to share! thanks!

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  6. 8

    So darling Linda! I love the Moda fabric you chose. The leash idea is fabulous too!!

  7. 9

    This is so gorgeous, Linda! Love those fabric colours.

  8. 10

    I love this more than I could ever explain. It is so cute, and the leash is the answer to my prayers. My 18 month old is constantly tearing down my kitchen towels. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial, and your fantastic blog. I know I don’t comment much, but I read it everyday. You do great work, and seem like a wonderful lady. :)

    1. 10.1

      Thank you for the kind words, Sarah! Totally made my day :) Thank you for reading Craftaholics Anonymous! I really appreciate it.
      happy crafting,

  9. 11

    Hi! I was wondering where you find these towels? I can find simliar ones that are natural color but heavier weight. Yours looks so pretty and white and white! Any help on where to find these?

    1. 11.1

      Hi Anna,
      I found them at Target. They came in a pack of 2. Hope that helps!
      thanks for stopping by :)
      happy crafting,

  10. 12

    The colored ruffles really made this towel bright and cheerful. Great idea on the towel leash as well.

  11. 13

    I love this idea, especially the “leash”. thanks for you instructions!

  12. 14

    Your Ruffled tea Towel inspired me this weekend. I made a roman blind for my kitchen based on your design.
    It turned out fabulous. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction, I was struggling with what I wanted for my all white kitchen. When your post came about the tea towel, I was in love.

  13. 15

    I absolutely love the bright fabrics, gorgeous. The towel is cute!

  14. 17

    Curious–did you pre-wash anything in this project? Towels or Fabric? Possibly both?

    Thank you! Great project! Found you because of this post on Pinterest, but will now follow you daily!

    1. 17.1

      Hi Angie,
      No, I did not prewash the towel nor the fabrics. After using and washing the ruffled towel, there were no issues :) I’m so glad you found me! Thanks for stopping by!
      happy crafting,

  15. 18

    These are super cute! I’m pinning. Little Bit

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  17. 20

    This is absolutely beautiful……I hope I can do it!!