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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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. 1

    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. 3

    That is to cute!! Love it!

  3. 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!

  4. 5

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

  5. 6

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

  6. 7

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

  7. 9

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

  8. 10

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

  9. 11

    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. :(

  10. 12

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

    1. 12.1

      Sure! Shoot me an email at Linda{@} and we can work that out :)

  11. 13

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

  12. 14

    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).

    1. 14.1

      bahahaha oh yes, finger prints always find their way on my stove! lol drives Davis nuts. Thanks for stopping by, Annie!
      happy crafitng,

  13. 15

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

    1. 15.1

      Hey Disney!
      Thanks for stopping by! Hope you’re doing well. Love your blog!
      happy crafting,

  14. 16

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

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  16. 17

    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!

  17. 18

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

  18. 19

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

  19. 20
    Jen Johnson

    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!

    1. 20.1

      Hi Jen! I’m so glad you found me! Congrats on the new embroidery machine! Someday I would like to own one. But I do own a Silhouette Cameo and I absolutely love it! I seriously use it all the time. The software is loads better than Cricut’s and you can do so much more and cheaper too. Here’s a recent thread on my FB page about Cameo vs Cricut with some great input from other crafters: and here is my review of the Cameo:

      And if you do decide to buy a Cameo, you may want to wait wait until Thursday, May 24….they *just might* be starting a new promotion that day. I’ll be posting details and the special link to the deal here.

      Hope that helps!
      happy crafting,