Monday, July 16, 2012

Bound Edge Towel Tutorial

I found these vintage towels at the thrift store the other day - 30 cents each.  But they were an odd size - either very large hand towels or really small bath towels.  I wanted to use them as hand/tea towels so I trimmed them down a bit, added a bound edge and . . . 

. . . voila!

My new kitchen hand towel.

Tutorial to add a bound edge:

1.  Create your binding

Apply binding:

Now you can enjoy your new towels!


  1. This is really a great idea. Most towels fray at the edges before they are worn out. This would extend their lives. Am I interpreting it correctly that in the last step you leave the pins in when you turn the towel to the right side and sew with the pins in?

  2. I sew with the pins in - but remove them as I go if they're in the way. This holds the binding lined up with the original sewn line so that the back side will "catch", thus being sewn down. Hope this makes sense.

  3. Those are so cute! Love the polka-dot trim.

  4. I LOVE polka dots !!! Very good idea.

  5. I LOVE polka dots !!! Very good idea.

  6. Thanks I like it.
    Xoxo, Mª José