Pretty DIY Muslin Kitchen Towels




About: Hi; I'm Andrea. I am passionate about DIY projects and I focus on creating lovely for less. My days are filled with bringing the ideas in my head - to life. Aside from that, I'm a grandma who just stepped i...

It's easy to sew; inexpensive, absorbent and I have about 15 yards of it; plus kitchen towels are super quick and easy sewing projects.

That might be the reason I've developed a love for sewing muslin in the past months. And as everyone I know use kitchen towels, I've been making loads of them. What that means is a lot of people will be receiving kitchen towels at some point.

The best fabrics for kitchen towels are absorbent ones. And as muslin is 100% cotton, it fits the bill. In the towels featured, I used two layers for added absorbency.

Materials and Tools You Will Need

Muslin or absorbent fabric around 54” – 60” by 36” – 40”

Dressmaker’s chalk or marker

Sewing machine




Fabric scraps or trims for embellishment

Step 1: Prewash and Cut/Rip Fabric

Pre-made towel measures about 27” long by 18 inches wide on average. Make yours in a size that best fit your needs.

Cut fabric 54–60” long by 36–40” wide; ripping works too. Add extra inches to accommodate shrinkage in the event you decide to skip prewashing. Cotton wrinkles when washed; press fabric before sewing.

Step 2: Apply Trim, Turn Over, Align Fabric

Mark a placement line on fabric with an erasable marker or dressmaker’s chalk. Position trim right side up on towel; about 3” in from raw edge. Set sewing machine at longer than normal stitches and looser-tension. To avoid puckering after washing.

After applying trim, with right sides together, fold the fabric in half lengthwise. Line up raw edges ensuring fabric is flat.

Step 3: Stitch Seams, Trim and Press

Pin together and stitch ¼” seams–leaving short side open. You will now have what looks like a pillowcase; trim seams and corners; press seams and turn case right side out.

Step 4: Stitch to Close Open End

Use the side of the trim closer to the raw edge as a guide to stitch layers of fabric closed. Sew as close as possible to edge of trim with medium length machine stitches; backstitch at beginning and end.

Step 5: Press, Topstitch and Cut Fringe

Press and topstitch all around 3 stitched edges and beneath the border of the trim closer to the raw edges. Use scissors to cut 1/4” strips through both layers of fabric, to the marked line.

Step 6: Wash Second Time

Place finished towels in the washer and dryer to complete the look.

There; you have it: You’ve made your own pretty muslin dish towels in 6 easy steps!

Tip Sewing cut edges before washing is easier; fabrics lie flat, and cut strips are less likely to get entangled.

Dress up your muslin kitchen towels with tucks, fringes and scalloped edged fabric scraps.

Sew tucks To sew a tuck, fold fabric crosswise and sew seams parallel to the edge about the width of your presser foot. Repeat and stitch tucks at desired width apart. Press tucks toward raw edge of fabric; upward is okay too.

Appliqués Cut out a preprinted design from fabric or make your own. Spray the wrong side of your motif with temporary fabric adhesive or baste unto fabric/dish towel. Machine stitch around edges with close zigzag stitches. Do this before stitching layers together.

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    3 days ago

    Nice explanation and constructions! Thanks for the double layer idea - pure "why didn't I think of that?"

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    Reply 3 days ago

    Thank you BrendaR112! I'm so glad you like it. I'm always seeking out transferable ideas from everything to crafting.