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Towel Topper - Free Pattern!


When I am in the kitchen cooking, I wash my hands frequently. So that I always have a towel nearby to dry my hands, I keep hanging towels on both my refrigerator and oven door. Over the years, I have made both crocheted and sewn versions. Mine are starting to look a little faded so the other day I decided to make some new ones. Because these make great gifts, I pick up kitchen towels when I find them on sale so I usually have a few in my stash just waiting to be put together.

Below is a photo of the first one I made using pre-made bias tape for the edging and ties.

Finished topper

I was not entirely pleased with the way this one turned out because the pink fabric showed through the white bias tape at the folded edge of the tape (the edges of pre-made bias tape do not meet at the middle on the inside so there is only a single layer of fabric there). I also used pink thread for contrast which sounded cute in theory, but didn’t work out so well in practice. I was just unhappy enough to dig out my bias tape maker to make matching tape from the same fabric for the second one. It was worth the time and slightly burned fingertips because I was much happier with my second effort.

Finished topper 2

If you would like to make some hanging towels, I have included the pattern and detailed the step-by-step instructions below. If you make any, please let me know how they turn out!

Step One (optional): Make the Bias Tape

If you prefer using pre-made bias tape, please feel free to do so. It does save some time. I think that if I had used a darker color, my towel would have looked fine, but the pink in the fabric is almost a hot pink and I could not find a pre-made pink bias tape that even remotely coordinated with it. If you are using pre-made tape (Extra Wide Double Fold), skip down to Step Two.

Here is my fabric strip coming out of my bias tape maker. I cut the strips 2” wide on the bias (there is a slight curve to the sides of the topper so the bias cut is required). After the folded strips came out of the maker, I pressed them in half again to end up with 1/2” double-fold tape. You will need approximately 48” of tape (depending on how long you like your ties).

My bias tape maker gave me a little trouble because it was not consistent in its folding. I had to keep my iron close to where the strip exited the tool and use my fingers to control the width, hence the scorched fingertips. I have read that the Clover bias tape makers are better and easier to use so I will have to pick up one of those to try out and compare to this one.

Making the bias tape

While your bias tape (and fingertips) is cooling off, you can cut out the fabric and batting pieces.

Click here for towel topper assembly instructions



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