DIY Kitchen Towel Boa

Love sewing for the kitchen? Then you need to see this amazing kitchen scarf and potholder combo project!

Updated February 15, 2019

This video tutorial and pattern for a kitchen towel boa is going to change your life! When was the last time you were cooking and needed to either wipe your hands or grab something hot from the oven ASAP? Even doing the dishes and not having the towel handy when it's time to dry. For me, all of those are common occurrences. Instead of running around your kitchen or letting things burn while you search for your potholders, consider this ingenious item: a DIY Kitchen Boa.

You may have seen this product around since it's been soaring in popularity for a while now. But, no need to pay designer prices - these sewing instructions will help you to create your very own kitchen towel scarf at a fraction of the cost. If you are always on the hunt for kitchen crafts to make, then be sure to watch our video to learn this one!

If videos aren't your thing or you'd like some written instruction along with it, then be sure to check out the written instructions from the video below to learn how to make a Kitchen Boa!

Pattern for Kitchen Towel Boa:

Another benefit of making this DIY Kitchen Boa is that they make amazingly creative gifts for the holidays or for housewarmings. If any of your family or friends cook, then be sure to make them one using a fabric design they'll love. So, whether you're looking for a thoughtful handmade Christmas gift or simply want a practical kitchen towel, this is the project for you!


  • 1 yd cotton fabric for center of scarf
  • 1/2 yd woven striped or patterned cotton fabric for towel scarf ends
  • Coordinating thread
  • Straight pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors

Tips for selecting fabric for the ends of the scarf:
  • Consider what you are planning on using this for. Drying dishes? Go for a cotton that will dry quickly and can be washed easily. If you want to use the ends as heavy-duty potholders, make sure you add heat resistant padding to your fabric pieces. This tutorial's fabric is 100% cotton.
  • This tutorial uses a woven patterned fabric for an important reason. Since this scarf will be visible on both sides, using a printed fabric may not look as nice as woven since it's more visible on one side and woven looks nice on both sides.
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Kitchen Towel Scarf Instructions:

  1. Cut one piece for the center, 1 yd x 15 in.

  2. Cut 1/2 yd piece in half vertically so you have two pieces each 18 in tall x 1/2 the width of the fabric, usually approximately 22 in.

  3. Make a folded 1/2-in rolled hem on one short side of each towel piece.

  4. Pin one towel piece to each short side of the center piece, matching right and left edges and the center of both pieces, and pinning a box pleat into the towel fabric as shown in the video (measure and pin 4 inches from center, then form a box pleat with the excess fabric by folding it in until it meets the center pin on each side. then fold it back).

  5. Attach each towel piece to the center piece using a flat felled seam. To do this, use a 5/8-in seam allowance. Then trim the excess cotton towel fabric. Then fold the woven fabric over and sew the felled seam. Top stitch along the seam.

  6. Make a folded 1/2-in hem on each long side. Lockstitch those seams.

    You're all done and ready to enjoy the benefits of wearing this scarf around your kitchen. Enjoy!

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Are you always running back and forth to the kitchen for a towel? Check out this Kitchen boa that drapes around your neck comfortably and allows you to keep the towel with you at all times. This is super idea especially around family dinners to keep hands cleaned. So easy to make and a great gift idea for someone hosting holiday dinners too. Match kitchen colors or even add a print. A great video to go along with the tutorial.


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