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DIY Linen Hand Towels

| 9/10/2019 7:02:00 PM

I love to think of ways to reduce, recycle, and re-use. This is a good one for that and also a very easy project for beginning sewing. You can keep them for yourself or they make very nice gifts. As a matter of fact, I am making these as a house-warming gift for my daughter.

These towels will be approximately 16” wide x 24” long but you can make them any size you want. It just so happened that I could get four out of a yard of linen fabric. You can get linen blends mostly cotton and linen and these fabrics are very nice but I really wanted the super absorbent quality and beautiful soft "hand" (which means "how it feels to your hand") that 100% linen has. You can use 100% cotton or terry cloth, too, as long as it is 100% natural fiber. Most yard goods are polyester blends and they are not very absorbent. Even though linen might cost $21 a yard it’s well worth it because when you divvy it up into four towels you are only paying $5 per towel. Anyway, the joy is in the making, isn’t it?


Simple Handmade Linen Towels

Sewing machine
100% cotton thread to match your cloth
Iron and ironing surface
Scissors (optional pinking and regular)
1 yard of 100% linen or linen/cotton blend


1. Start by washing your cloth in warm or hot water. You’re probably going to wash your finished tea towels at some point after they get dirty and the cloth will shrink. Why not start by knowing what your finished size will be with very little shrinkage? Dry the washed cloth in your dryer on hot or medium setting. This will shrink it further. This is a good step to take any time you sew something. Now you’re ready to iron and cut the cloth.

9/11/2019 8:02:37 AM

Great project, I will give it a try!

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