After cursing my ikea dishtowels that like to push water around more than soak it up, I decided to explore some DIY towels. After a bit of digging, I found that you can buy toweling fabric that is a handy 15-16” wide with finished edges so that all you have to do is cut 1 edge, them hem!
The Fabric. First, I found some basic moda woven fabric that’s 100% cotton. It’s pretty standard — lightweight, cotton. The next one I tried was Huck toweling, which is a weave that has traditionally also been used for cross-stitch. I was particularly interested in this since I can’t imagine the fabric that can handle needlework AND the dishes.
How I Made Them. To make the towels, I cut them about 12” long in order to get 3 towels from each yard. Then hemmed up the top and bottom (pressing under 1/4”, then another 1/4” and stitching). Then, I found a tutorial over at the Purl Bee with some decorative stitching to mimic vintage towels. For one, I went with 3 lines with multiple stitches across the bottom edge. For the other, I used a zigzag stitch to create a 2” grid.
I love how they turned out! And, so far they’ve been excellent at soaking up water. The huck toweling feels a little coarse to the touch, but it works really well as a towel. I’m imagining they will soften up tremendously after a wash or two.