Hanging Kitchen Towel Pattern

Lean how to make a hanging kitchen towel with our simple tutorial. Watch the video or read the instructions.

Sewn Hanging Dish Towel Pattern
Sewn Hanging Dish Towel Pattern
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Spruce up your kitchen with this super cute Hanging Kitchen Towel Pattern. Not only are these a pretty piece of decor when hanging in your kitchen, but they are also super practical for kitchen use. These hanging dish towels look cute and are made using actual dish towels, which are absorbent.

Plus, if you have an abundance of dish towels but aren't really sure what to do with them anymore,  transform them into kitchen towels with hanging loops. We have a sewing video tutorial to walk you through it. If that's not your style or you would like additional instructions, be sure to follow along with the written tutorial including pictures below.

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Sewn byMachine


Materials List

  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Pattern (click to print)
  • Thin batting
  • Fabric (about the size of a fat quarter)
  • Kitchen towel
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Button (snap is an alternative option)

Hanging Kitchen Towel Pattern

There are several variations you can have this pattern, including your own choice of fabric and towel. You can also choose to sew the hanging towel in pleated or gathered form. Add a button that matches your style with the traditional buttonhole, include a snap to make it easier, or even attach magnets. Whatever you desire for your own kitchen or when making this as a gift!

Hanging Dish Towel Tutorial:

  1. Print out the PDF pattern, cut the two pieces out, and tape them together so that the hanging flap outline lines up with the top of the bottom piece outline (see the second image below).

    Note: Leave a little extra below the end lines on the flap piece (shown in the first image below).

  2. Use the taped pattern to cut out a piece of batting of the same shape.

  3. Cut out two pieces using the paper pattern from your fashion fabric.

    Tip: Pick a fabric pattern that doesn't have a strong directional print. This will help you get as much use out of your fabric as possible. 

  4. Take a dish towel, new or old, fold it in half, and then cut along the fold. 

    Recap: Now you should have your half of a towel, the piece of batting in the shape of your pattern, and your two pieces of fashion fabric in the shape of your pattern.

  5. Pin your two pieces of fabric and the batting together, with the batting on the bottom and two pieces of fabric right side facing right side. 

  6. With a sewing machine, sew along three sides using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. You will leave the bottom edge of the pattern open so that you can turn the piece inside out and insert the towel in there later. 

  7. Before you turn your piece right side out, clip the corners, and then looking at the curved section of the stitching make some short diagonal cuts so that the fabric will lay better.

  8. Then, to turn your piece right side out, reach in between where the two right side fabrics are facing. Once it's right side out, press it flat. While you're pressing it flat, turn up a half inch seam allowance along the bottom edges.

  9. You can create gathers or pleats when adding your towel to your top piece, so gather or pleat your towel down until it can fit into the opening (approximately six inches). Pin that in place. 

    Note: Leave at least a half inch of towel inserted into the opening to keep it secure and from falling apart with wear and tear. 

  10. Sew a top stitch on the bottom of fabric part and then all the way around the piece, and then along the bottom again for sturdiness.

  11. In order to be able to close your hanging loop, you can choose to make a button hole and attach a button, or you can sew the button on for decoration and add a snap.

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What an easy way to upcycle towels. Plus, adding the hanging part makes it so much easier.


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