Pretty Little Ruffled Towels

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if you’ve been following my blog – you know I DO NOT consider myself a seamstress (not at all!) but I’m working on it bit by bit!

But I wanted to make some of these dainty cottagey towels

I got cute graphics, printed them out on t-shirt transfer paper,

cut flour sack towels (from Target) in half as full size was WAY too big…

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and then I

lugged out my sewing machine…

wound the bobbin,

threaded the machine…

whew I’m tired and my head hurts already

And when I did a test seam run on scrap fabric – it just all bunched up and got a nice little ball of thread in the back..


ok troubleshooting mode:

did I wind the bobbin wrong?

did I thread it ok?

Are the feed dogs up and working (what a name for a part on a sewing machine - what are those anyway?)

Couldn’t figure it out…so I asked by friend to come over and take a look…

you know what it was?

I had the stitch length at big fat zero - 0


So once we got that squared away….

I ironed on the image, hemmed the cut edge of the towel, pinned the ruffle on

my dear friend ‘practiced’ on one of the towels…

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and then she showed me how she would pin on the ruffle and how she’d zig zag stitch it on….

so really this was SLAVE LABOR…I put her to work while I had her here (hostage situation!).

My friend (errr….sweat factory worker) headed home.

The next one I made ALL BY MYSELF


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I did it and I O it!

Plans for additional versions are in process!

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Chat soon -


p.s.  The images used on the towels are from this site.

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  1. These are really cute! Great sewing job and love the little design transfers.

  2. Very cute! Love the transfers! Alyssa of Boston Bee

  3. These are darling! I've used the t-shirt transfers before. They can be a little tricky. I think my iron was too hot. Anyway, love the addition of the ruffle! They look great! :)Michelle

  4. Oh, how darling! You did a great job! I love those little flour sack towels. I'll have to go and check these out! I love the images you used too.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. I love love love these. I have a few of those towels, I can see a few cute towels in my future. I'm not too good at the ruffle thing though : ( Gotta practice first : )
    ~ Deanna

  6. So precious....your seamstress skills are great!


  7. Oh how adorable. I love the graphics and the ruffle. You have skills!

  8. Love the graphics you chose! The silverware is just so cute! Great job!

  9. so so so pretty!! I really love it! And I'm just dusting off my sewing machine too...I just "conquered" zippers the other day and I feel invincible!! ;)

    I would love it if you would come link this up to my party "20 Below Thursday". It spotlights thrifty and creative things! Come check it out:

  10. Love these! They are wonderful.

  11. This is wonderful. I am hosing a giveaway on my blog. Would love for you to stop by!

  12. I don't sew either and every time I get my sewing machine out, we go to fist city. It just about drives me nuts and the ONLY problem is that...
    I don't know squat about a sewing machine.
    And, if I was told to make a RUFFLE like yours, or else all my eyelashes would be plucked out, I would be EYELASHLESS...:)
    hEY...come back to see me soon..ok?
    xo bj

  13. love this towel idea. better than any i've seen in stores to buy!

  14. These are sew cute! I love the little ruffle.
    I might have to try making something like this someday!

  15. I'm right there with ya on the sewing thing. It's all greek to me, but I still try. Love your new towels, and thanks for sharing where you got the designs! I came over from Cottage Instincts MIFM party.

  16. So cute! I'll have to try these. Love the little ruffle.

  17. These are really pretty! I think you did a great job! Give yourself some credit : )

  18. That is so adorable! And great job on them! I would love for you to come link up with me as well if you haven't stopped by yet! Best link each month gets prizes!

  19. Very cute! And I enjoyed your story, too. :)
    Visiting from Graphics Fairy. TFS!

  20. stopping by from funkytime! I love the transfers, especially the fork & knife one! could you tell me where did you find the graphics?

  21. Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)


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