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    Hi! I'm Traci. As a wedding and portrait photographer, I have a photography blog that shares the work I do for clients. This blog is for my other creative side. The side that goes weak at the knees over fabric, adores anything crafty, and gets cranky without some sewing machine time!

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fancy pants kitchen towels


Another long-time-coming kitchen project crossed off the list!  I used this tutorial for making some kitchen towels to tie to the oven–I’m pretty sure the white towels I used were even the exact ones from the tutorial (bar mop towels from Target).

While I love the look of this one, I realized that it wasn’t very practical–when I wipe my hands I want lots of nice nubby towel fabric–I don’t want to be hitting quilting cotton, so for the rest of the towels I only embellished the top portion of the towel, leaving plenty of hand-drying room below.

(Isn’t it nice that I have such crappy appliances and cupboards to really ‘sell’ the retro feel? ;))

We’ve been pretty hobo when it comes to towels for a good long while–all too often using old cloth diapers from Will’s baby days (the same towels/rags/cloth diapers that I use as pot holders).  But now we’ll have pretty towels all tied to the oven, and even better, I was inspired by my efforts to improve the kitchen and I organized our ‘linen cupboard’ and bought a little box for Ellie’s bibs and a box for our towels and now we’ll actually be able to find and use the appropriate tool for the job.  (It’s a little bit of a miracle after 5 years of tossing them all in a jumbled mess and never being able to find anything.)

In my organizing I came across two old nursing covers, and since we’re done with babies and it was tough to decide what to do with them…and then I realized that I could use quilting for what it was actually designed as–re-purposing fabric!  I cut the straps and metal rings off the covers and tossed them into my scrap container, and felt oh-so-wholesome about doing so!

Beth Moore - I love you!!!!!!!! I am beyond THRILLED that you just posted this! We are doing a little kitchen freshen up soon, and these towels are just what I was looking for to make to coordinate with the curtains I want to make. Squee!

Susanne - I think we have the same landlord…

Audrey - These turned out great! I am bookmarking that tutorial to use in the future. I should reuse my wrap, too. I hadn’t even thought about it until you mentioned it.

A.J. Dub - Awesome! The towels are great. I have been intending to use that Tute for a while, and they keep getting moved to the back burner.
Way to go with the reuse! I have one of those around somewhere… hmm.

Jill O'Hanlon - I found your blog through pinterest and just LOVE these towel. They would make the perfect birthday gift for a friend or family member. I’m totally going to do this. So glad I found your blog; I’ll stop by regularly for some inspiration! :-)

Dolores Gardino - I love these towels. I would love the tutorial on how to make.

Meg - I love this! And I have the teal towels in the tutorial. What a fun gift idea. I may make some for my kitchen! Thanks!

Nichole L. - I found this post through Pinterest. I love this idea! I have very limited sewing skills so hopefully I can pull this off!

Sarah M. - I have not joined the “Pinterest Nation” but saw your idea there. I absolutely ADORE this idea. It is a little frills, a little practical. My biggest complaint is that my towels always fall off. Yay for great ideas! Thank you for sharing! ☺

gerrilyn - Where did you get the striped ribbon you used on the aqua towels?

Sandra Sanders - I love you too!! These make me so happy – haven’t tried to make any since I’m not sure where to start, but love them even if I have to look at them from “afar.”

Danielle - Great idea! I took your idea and ran with it. I gave you a shout out at Thanks for the great idea!

Dani Marie - I just wanted to let you know I included this in my 2011 Ultimate DIY Gift Guide (101 tutorials/recipes)! :)

Lisa - Great instructions thanks!

Sarah L. - Love this! Thanks for sharing- your finished products are to die for!

Barbara Cieslak - I’m just getting started with all these crafty ideas. I love them.

Karen - I love these towels! I hate when regular towels slide off the oven or dishwasher door. I have bought the ones made with potholder tops, but can never find any that really go with my kitchen. Now I can make my own. I found you on Pinterest – I’m addicted to it! Thanks for sharing.

Jewell Hall - Love the kitchen towels!

Jane Koble - Thanks for this idea! My new year’s resolution was to learn to sew using my grandmother’s sewing machine. She would love that I’m making this (when I get skilled enough to get there…) and can combine her love of sewing and her love of cooking (and getting the kitchen messy!)

Karen C - Great step by step directions.

Nancy Willison - I am so excited to make these. I have very young kids that think towels NEVER belong on the rack. I am going to make these for friends too. Thanks for your creative ways!

Jeanne Peters - Love your website. Helps spark my imagination all over again. Thanks.

Ramona Hogsett - I would love to try to make one of your oven towels. Could you please send me the instructions, so I can try one.

Traci - Ramona, the tutorial is linked several times at the top of this post. Enjoy!

Valerie - These are gorgeous-well done! I have the same stove and cupboards as you. :D

Lynda R - You have GREAT appliances and cupboards. You made them beautiful..


Jen - They would make GREAT window treatments too!

Helen B. @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog - I really love this idea! I am moving into a new place soon so I will keep this pinned and will probably use it on my towels once I’ve moved in! Thanks for sharing this idea!

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Kathy - You MIGHT have “crappy appliances and cupboard”…but is that a Le Creuset pot I spy on the stove?

LOVE this idea for the towels!!! I’m going to have to try it and make some for my sisters. They’ll love it too.
Thank You!!!

Heather - Wow, such a great idea! I can never get my children to keep the towel on the handle of the oven. This will help for sure! Plus, I love how you just put a small strip of cotton on the towel, smart!

Traci - Yep–the Le Creuset pot shows the difference between me and my landlord. I buy quality and beauty, he buys cheap and ugly! :P

Linda Bryan - Just love it! Practical as you can be! They stay on the oven door in reach! The bows just make it! Are the ribbons made of grosgrain? Thanks.

Crystal Lear - Love all of this!! Great job

barbara - What a clever idea. Thank you for sharing with us. I certainly will make some of these for home and gifts.

Mary - I love your version of the stay-put kitchen towel! Your fabric choices are right on, and the ric-rac is a nice touch.

Janey Backer - This is the best! I am going to make a stash to give as gifts to my sisters and the kids’ teachers. I love practical and pretty gifts!

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Esther - This is so cute!!! Love these towels

Barbara - My daughter just made me some of these for Mothers Day. I absolutely love them!

Jenn - I love love LOVE this idea!! I hate how my towel always fall off the stove! I would have never come up with this on my own glad I saw this on Pinterest!!

Rebecca Owen - This is so cute! Visiting via pinterest via Maui. :)

Mary - Great idea! My kitchen towels slide off all the time. The handles are smooth and they fall on the floor all the time…like all day long! LOL!

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